I have a lot in my life to be thankful for, and even though I don’t celebrate thanksgiving, I thought I’d share a few of those things with everyone today.

Recently my life has started to really pull together, although it has involved moving in what feels a little like a backwards direction in some parts of my life, I can really see where everything is going, and there are so many people who have helped with that.

First of all, my Mum and Dad. Now I know, this seems very “generic” but I really owe them so much, and I think quite often I don’t show how much I appreciate them. At the beginning of September 2013 they allowed me to move back into my old room in their house, after living away from them for almost 2 years. I can imagine that this has to be hard on them, but they have been amazing, and I am so grateful that I do have a place to live.

They have helped me when my faithful car, Polly, finally died by putting me on my mum’s insurance to allow me breathing space to sort out a new car. They are always looking out for me and finding ways I can expand my businesses – from articles I will find interesting to courses that I might want to do, through to helping with doing my accounts and finding things that I can apply for to help with funding.

Our parents are always the ones we complain about, but they truly are my rocks and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them – probably working in a job I hate, and not living my dream.

Second, all the people – members, mentors and volunteers – at my theatre school, OmniArts Performing School. I set up OmniArts in April 2013, and it has gone from strength to strength. OmniArts has been a dream of mine since I was about 15, and so to see it actually happening is something that is indescribable for me.

The mentors I have – Liz, Nicole and Caroline, and also Corinna and Lyndsey who have taught at OA in the past, have supported me throughout.

The members we have are amazingly talented and enthusiastic. I love the way that our meetings are a mix of learning and having a laugh – and that a lot of the members and parents of members have told me that OmniArts has helped their confidence and performing skills – that means so so much to me.

My Facebook friends. Now this one may sound odd, but I have found that when I post a status, I have had a lot of people commenting on them, liking them and generally supporting me. Now these may be people that I haven’t spoken to in a long while, but that support they give me, even just through a little “like” really boosts me to no end.

My vocal pupils. I love teaching. Over the past few years I have come to realise that it is what I want to do with my life, and that is down to my pupils. Watching them when they get something, and when their confidence is high enough to come and perform with me is fantastic. I also love the fact that they see me as someone they can talk to – they know I am not just a singing teacher, but a person, and if they need some advice, they can ask me. I love helping people, and so to see that people have that confidence in me, makes me very thankful.

Bev Craig who runs Scarlett Rose School of Dance. This lady is amazing – in February 2014 she allowed me to set up my office within her dance studio – this has allowed me to expand my private teaching and has also given me a new group of friends at the dance school.

Cosplay. Again, another odd one, but I was introduced to the world of conventions and cosplay in October 2013 and since then I have made so many friends online, and started bringing out my costume creative side again, which has in turn helped my life in general.

There are a number of other specific people I haven’t mentioned above who I am thankful for because of their support to me in various different ways and I just wanted to give them all a mention. Owen Jones, Kat Henderson, Tanya Marie, Kay Robins, Steven Wood, Kelly Gardiner, James “Hiccup” Hutcheson, James Cadwell, Amanda Cadwell, Ros Bristow, Sheryl Andrews, Joanna Wallington, Cathie McNamee, Cara Bendon, Elisa Mott, Sue Page.

Sorry if I missed anyone – it doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate you – what it does mean is that I have so many amazing people in my life that I have to be thankful for, and my brain can’t remember them all in one go!

We shouldn’t need a specific day to thank those around us who support and inspire us, but let’s take today as an opportunity to do just that.


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