My Anti- Bucket List

As discussed in last week’s blog post, I’ve been working on two lists at the moment as a way of keeping myself on

It's just not a good look!

It’s just not a good look!

track for targets and not losing sight of my dreams and visions. I’m going to start with my Anti-Bucket list, those things I never want to do! My choices are numbered but are in no particular order of importance – so here goes!
1. Figure out the stock market – I just have no desire to figure out what goes on in those sweaty frantic money-orientated rooms, I couldn’t be less interested in it if I’m honest!
2. Space travel – I was reading about those folks training up to spend years traveling to be guinea pigs on a colony on Mars and I was absolutely convinced that this would never be me! I’ll take my chances on Earth thanks!
3. Karaoke – If I want to shatter glass and inflict ear pain on my nearest and dearest, I’ll find another way!
4. Be a morning person – those who know me, will be well aware that I live in a different time zone to most people and can be a little nocturnal. This is who I am, and after all these years, I have little desire to change!
5. Track down missing relatives to create a family tree – again this one popped into my head after seeing a programme about people hunting down random relatives, I can’t see myself

Just one word..."WHY?"

Just one word…”WHY?”

doing this in any hurry.
6. Wear socks and sandals – I just refuse to! In my eyes, this is possibly one of the biggest fashion faux paus that one could commit! I don’t understand why people do it!!
7. Keep toxic people in my life – This is self-explanatory really, I’ve done this in the past and it never ends well.
8.Get a perm – because I don’t think I’ll be heading back to the 80s anytime soon!
9. Limit my daughter’s potential – whether she wants to be an MMA Fighter, marry a woman or become a Rockstar, I will support her in all her choices, even if they scare me (that applies to the MMA fighter idea by the way).

The Bucket List Thing

I’ve seen a lot online recently about people’s bucket lists, you know, a list of things they really want to do before they die and it got me thinking aboutBucket List life in general and how our visions and dreams change as we grow older. One thing I noticed was that in a lot of cases, the bucket list of a teenager or someone in their early twenties would be markedly different from someone in their sixties or seventies. This isn’t always the case, as many teenagers and older folk also want to pet a tiger or see Niagara Falls, but you get what I mean.
Hearing about these bucket lists got thinking about creating some lists of my own. The reasons for creating a bucket list are pretty obvious, they are a list of things that a person really wants to do, achieve or experience. Having them there in a list format, stops the tendency that we as people often have of putting our dreams on hold, as work, the lives of our loved ones or just life in general take priority and push our dreams into the background, down behind the sofa with a stale biscuit and an old sock!
But as well as creating a bucket list, I also wanted to create my anti-bucket list, as a lot of the time, the older we get, the more we lose sight of our youthful idealism! Now I’m not for a moment saying that all old people are bitter, twisted and have a personality transplant sometime after their 45th birthday, so please don’t think that! But it does happen, we do change and sometimes that is not always for the better, so that’s why I also wanted to create my Anti-Bucket List – a list of things I never want to do, and am posting it online so that it is here as a start reminder to me, should any disillusionment (or personality transplants) try to sneak into my life! I’m hoping that by having both these lists here, on my blog for eternity will help to motivate me into doing (or not doing them in the case of the anti-bucket list)!
I’m working on both lists at the moment and will be posting them on here over the next few weeks.

Pure London – An Incredible Event

Last week I went along to one of the biggest fashion events in the UK, Pure London at the Olympia.  The event took place between the 2nd and 4thPure of August and showcases some of the hottest up and coming brands as well as leading brands that are on the market.  It is a trade only event that presents forward-order collections from hundreds of fashion brands to an audience of thousands of retailers.  

There is a lot going on at Pure, from catwalk performances, to talks about the fashion industry in general and retail advice for startups and beginners. It also had talks advising on setting up online stores, visual merchandising and styling sessions, all very important factors if you want to be a success in the fashion world.   
 I went to scope the event out with the intention of getting the BODO Sandal featured at the next event and it was a really interesting experience.  The place was kitted out by people who really know their stuff, bold, eye-catching displays lured you in and encouraged you to check out the various different products being showcased.  I listened in to several thought provoking talks on the fashion industry, some of the subject areas I already knew about of course, but it also gave me a lot of new ideas.  As well as that, it was also intriguing to see what other brands have really captured the public’s interest and are breaking through onto the scene with a bang!
 I really do enjoy attending events like this, I’ve got a thirst for knowledge and I don’t think that you can ever know too much about the industry you are trying to break into. 
I think events like these are really fascinating and an excellent platform for those with really good ideas who are trying to get their foot in the door. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get BODO on the bill for the next Pure event that is scheduled to take place in February of 2016 and that if I’m successful , the event will be a tremendous opportunity to promote the BODO Sandal.  

Social Media Users Unite Over The Killing Of Cecil The Lion

If you’ve been on the internet in the last week or so, then you would have no doubt come across the mass uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion, Cecil the lionwho was lured out of the sanctuary of the national park in Zimbabwe where he was protected by law, before being injured with a bow, tracks for two days and shot with a rife by an American dentist who paid somewhere in the region of £32,000 for the pleasure of committing this murder.
Like so many others I was left shocked and appalled by this violent act, I just can’t understand why people get kicks out of doing something like that. To me, it is unfathomable that someone would get pleasure out of tracking and shooting a beautiful and majestic creature, or any living thing simply for sport. If I had a spare £32,000 lying around, I could think of a million and one things that I would rather spend it on, than paying some dodgy poachers to help me put an arrow in a lions hide.
The other thing that moved me about the story was the way in which people united in their condemnation of what happened. People from all over the world, people of all colours, creeds, religions, ages, sexes, pretty much any variable you can think of (except the pro-hunting posse of course) came together on the internet to voice their disgust and outrage.
Some have said that things have gone too far, that the hate directed towards this one man, who has been forced to close his practise and go into hiding, is over the top. Others say it is simply karma, for now the hunter has become the hunted. Personally, I don’t believe in vigilante justice, but I do feel that those responsible should be punished for the crimes and I do believe that the internet’s reaction to Cecil’s killing will ensure that this won’t get brushed under the carpet and those responsible won’t get away with a slap on the wrist.
We can understand a great deal from the way in which the world has reacted to this news, one is that globally people are imploring governments to do more to protect the animals that we share our world with and that hunting for sport will not be tolerated! The internet has given us a voice and a platform from which to make our feelings known!