June 2018

June has just involved a whole lot of back and forth between Manchester, Huddersfield and Birmingham but I wouldn’t change it at all!


The month kicked off with Toby Burton’s EP launch at The Parish in Huddersfield. Toby is the first artist that Max and I worked with for In Session so we naturally wanted to go and show our support. The gig was great and we picked up one of his EP’s, although you can listen to it on Spotify and I’d really recommend it because he is such a talented songwriter and performer.

The following day Max and I got the train into Leeds to spend our Wagamama’s voucher and have a wander around the record stores. There was a cute dog on the train back so obviously that day was a 10/10.


I went home and started a new job, just a Summer job picking up a few hours here and there at my mom’s office doing odd jobs and filing, but it’s been keeping me busy whilst at home which is always a plus.


Jumping in the car with Max’s parents to spend a bit of time with them in Huddersfield was lovely, before getting on the train to Manchester to see Taylor Swift at the Etihad. Honestly I’d never been a big fan of hers but seeing her live has changed my opinion highly! I happened to go by chance, but if you ever get the opportunity to see her I would beyond recommend it and I’m looking forward already to when she next tours again!

Back to Huddersfield the following day, I spent the beautifully sunny afternoon with Max and Peter, having a drink in Greenhead park and a good chin wag. We also walked by Max’s new house that he’ll be moving into next month so it was good to get an idea of the area he’s living in.

Once again, back on a train to Manchester, this time with Max, to see Haim at the Apollo, and it was incredible! I saw them last in 2014 at Glastonbury and I was obsessed, so it was amazing to see how much they’ve changed (for the better) over the years. They played a good amount of their old songs too rather than just the whole of the new album so that was refreshing!

The following evening was spent in A&E due to my worst endometriosis flare up since my surgery last September. It was a bit disheartening that this has happened again, however the doctors were lovely and very understanding, I was prescribed a lot stronger pain relief and they gave me a clear plan of what to do if this pursues.

A few days of bed rest was made better by meeting up with Max, Chris, Henry and Matt after a training day for their new job (suddenly ruined by me being sick in the toilets *classy* and having to go home).


Back to Manchester again but this time to walk across the city with some amazing people for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. The weather just about held dry, and it was just lovely seeing everyone again and being able to raise some money and awareness for a really important cause.

You can find more information as to why we did this walk, and donate money too, here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ibd-warriors-walk-it-manchester-2018


We had a chill few days in Huddersfield, Max took a couple days off work too which was really lovely as we got a proper chance to have some us time and relax a little!

Our 4th anniversary rolled around and we celebrated with a lie in, a walk into town fuelled by coffee, and an evening date night at Lala’s Indian (incredible, 10/10 would recommend).

The following day was spent pottering around The Piece Hall in Halifax, but I’m going to do a whole other blog post on that so keep your eyes peeled for that coming soon!


I went back to Birmingham but only two days at work before going to the caravan in Bournemouth with my parents and Lady. This was Lady’s first time at the caravan, but also her first ever trip to the beach and seaside!

(It should be noted that I’m currently writing this in 30 degree heat, on the veranda of the caravan with a beer in hand – cheers!)

She has been so good, I was worried at first because she’s so nervous around other dogs, but I think as it’s a whole new place to her she’s just focussed on taking it all in rather than crying at other dogs haha.

The weather has been incredible, as previously mentioned, so each day has been spent trying to get out and do stuff as early as possible to avoid being out in the heat of the day, chilling during the middle of the day then going to the beach for a walk in the evenings.

Honestly I wasn’t sure about coming away, as much as I adore spending time with my parents, like every twenty-something, I need my space too, but this has been a perfect combination of the two which has been very pleasant and not at all suspected.


My month ended the best way possible, Max came home for the weekend and I got to see Erin and Gina too! It’s so difficult trying to find time to see the girls, as they live here and for the past two years I’ve not left Manchester for longer than a week (until now). But even now that I’m back we all still have so many commitments, Gina is smashing it at work and Erin is somehow balancing working full time and being in a really cool band, playing festivals all Summer! So it is really treasured when we do get to spend time together, especially because it is so few and far between.


It wouldn’t be a monthly without some faves so here goes:

Album / Playlist: My role at work means I basically lock myself in a room for hours on end sorting files, which can send you a lil stir crazy as I’m sure you could imagine, so I needed some motivational music to get me through, and the album I am constantly going back to is “Death of a Bachelor”, which is a massive revisit, however the more I think about it, it’s definitely in my top 5 albums.

Song: Although June has been the month of all months for new releases, The 1975’s new track “Give Yourself A Try” was top of my priorities and it did not disappoint!

TV / Movie: I binged hard on TV this month after all of my deadlines were out of the way, but my favourite has to be Hollyoaks, it has covered so many important topics these past few months and it’s amazing to see the hard work and dedication put into portraying them excellently and accurately.

Place: The caravan, it’s the home of a million of my childhood memories and I love being in my 20s and still enjoying it and making more memories!

Memory: Taking my gorgeous doggy for her first seaside holiday.

Accomplishment: Getting into the swing of having a job again!

Journaling Maddie x

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1 Year of Journaling Maddie

Just over a year ago the reality of a summer alone in Manchester with a whole lot of nothing to do hit me, and with the sunshine fuelling my creativity, I began to plan out Journaling Maddie.


Growing up, I had several blogs over several years, and whilst my heart was always in the right place, I really wasn’t committed, long term.

Journaling Maddie however has been everything I ever wanted out of a creative space. I have loved every piece of content that I have produced and I am really excited about the future of it too!


So cheers to one year, and here’s to many more!


Journaling Maddie 

xxx

New Blog?!

New Blog Friday, New Blog Friday, New Blog Friiiiiidaaaaaay!

Ooooo look at my fancy new blog!!

As a part of my 23 before 23 list that I posted over on Specifically Sara, I said that I wanted to be proud of my blog, so I figured that it was time for a fresh start.

So I am now simply just “journalingmaddie.com” (how formal of me).

We’ve had a little make-over (do you guys like the new layout?!), we’ve got a new posting schedule and a whole ton of sparkly content coming in your direction.

It’s time for Journaling Maddie to step up and I hope you all join me on the ride!

Journaling Maddie x

February 2018

February has been a whirlwind of a month. It has been deadline after deadline, but finally I get a break!

I had a couple of crappy drs appointments at the beginning of this month but as always the pros outweigh the cons so I won’t dwell on this one here and move right on to some of the fun stuff!

The first weekend in Feb was spent at local venue Jimmy’s watching The Bright Black supporting YungBlud which ended up in a night out at HoldFast which is my fave bar in the Norther Quarter of Manchester!

The day after that I was rocking a hangover with Amy at the Principle Hotel, at their venue Copperface Jack’s, decorating for the third year uni ball. We spent all day there blowing up balloons and making the venue look pretty and meeting a spec, which was pretty fun and another thing to add to my events CV. From what I remember we spent our evening eating leftover lasagne, playing sims and cuddled up in many, many blankets in our freezing cold flat haha.

Max surprised me with a mid-week visit on his day off, so we went camera and record shopping (I got a De La Soul record and a Clean Cut Kid single for £8 altogether – bargain!), grabbed lunch at the infamous pizza hut lunch buffet and then had a nice quiet night in.

By some miracle, I got a first! Like an actual real life first at university. My first one at that too! It has defo been a confidence boost and a motivator for the rest of my assignments. I passed first year but my goal for second year is a 2:1, so watch this space!

A friend’s birthday resulted in last minute drinks at a local bar, which was a nice mid-week break from uni work.

To celebrate my first, Max was due to be taking me to the cinema to see The Greatest Showman, however he fell ill in the night, so we spent the whole day in Manchester Royal Infirmary (fun!), but thankfully he is okay and back on his feet!

I had to do a presentation, I hate doing presentations. But I think it went pretty well, and I am just so glad that it is over!

Max got the walking bug, so we went for a trek along Marsden Moors, which I think would’ve been more pleasant with sunshine and rainbows but we had rain, wind and freezing cold climates up until the last half an hour hahaha. But it was a lovely walk and an excuse to get out in the countryside, and by some miracle we felt fine the next day and ended up taking a day trip to Leeds (where I treated myself to some flash Zara trousers). A weekend full of dates which is rare for us but we really did just have the best time!

Jon waiting for us when we got back to Max’s
HumPit 

My wonderful best friend and flatmate Amy put on her first gig as Girl Boss, which was bloody ace and I really am so proud of how far she has come and everything she is achieving, and how she’s following her dreams, it is such an inspiration. (sop over, soz). My other beautiful best friend and flatmate (fellow blogger too – Specifically Sara) performed at the gig and she was absolutely amazing too! I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so much talent. We may or may not have ended up in Holdfast and then a karaoke bar afterwards too (and absolutely murdered S Club 7’s Never Had A Dream Come True – but it was all a good laugh)!

I got a call off my parents saying they were going to visit my sister for the weekend with my dog, so I jumped on a train to go see them for the day and it was so lovely. I really wish I could see them more but it just makes it even more special when I do! We went for coffee, some retail therapy, had lots of doggie cuddles and a good catch up.

How beautiful is my dog?!

My wonderful Max set up a company last year and this month I have been helping him pull everything together ready for the first release! Last month we recorded the insanely talented Toby Burton and the videos are coming out very soon so if you’re keen then you should definitely check out the In Session FaceBook page!

Album / Playlist: The 50 Shades Freed soundtrack ahhhhh !!

Song: My besties, The Cosmics, have released their song “Waste of Time” on Spotify so it has been on repeat!  

TV / Movie: I had about a month’s worth of Hollyoaks to catch up on so February has been taken over by that haha

Place: Lancaster – so pretty!

Memory: Not a great memory but they can’t all be fabulous, I had to take Max into hospital, this is my memory of February purely because Max never ever has to go to the hospital, I’m usually the poorly one so it makes a change and needed to be documented hahaha.

Accomplishment: Did I mention that I got a first?

M x

A-Z of Journaling Maddie

It’s probably around time I properly introduce myself after I’ve been here for so long already. Thought this would be a more fun way to get to tell you a little about myself, in a slightly unconventional way! Here is an A-Z of Journaling Maddie…

A is for Age – I turned 22 last September and will be 23 this year! I loved being 21, and I’m looking forward to 23 because I am not a fan of even numbers hahaha.

B is for Birthday – My birthday is September 24th and I was born at a hospital just around the corner from my home, in 1995. My older sister, who was just about to turn 2 was apparently more interested in the massive hospital chimney than coming in to see her brand new baby sister!

C is for Calendar – I have to put everything in a calendar, and by everything, I mean, everything.  I have a physical diary planner, a weekly rip-off planner, an array of online calendars (for personal, uni, blog and a joint one with Max), a calendar on my phone aaaand my bullet journal. Obsessed.

D is for Dislikes – As a general list of things I dislike, it varies from ladybugs, feet, butterflies, feeling paranoid, and cabin fever!

E is for Essential items – There are a few things that I feel incomplete without, one being my necklace (see jewellery), a cup of whole earth coffee alternative in the morning and my phone!

F is for Family – As mentioned in the birthday story above, I have an older sister and she is called Lydia. Despite the fact she was more interested in a chimney than me at first, we grew up to be such close friends. Although we aren’t as close anymore, she is now in Lancaster doing her Masters degree, so we try and make a conscious effort to see each other, and also check in with each other every now and then. I have the most incredible mom, she has been to hell and back with me and I couldn’t be more grateful to have such a strong woman to look up to. My dad is hands down my best friend, always has been and always will be! He taught me so much about life, he used to take me golfing and to tennis, and he most definitely gave me my “laddish” humour and traits.

G is for Go to – my “go to” thing would be cuddling up with a glass of wine, a hot water bottle, shit TV, and a blanket!

H is for Home – My home is in two places. My family home is the one I was brought up in, I lived there for 21 years, in the heart of Birmingham, surrounded by family and life long friends. When I turned 21, I moved to Manchester to go to Uni. I count this as my new home. I know there is always a home for me in Birmingham, but Manchester is where I hope to live for the rest of my life.

I is for Ice Cream – I try not to eat too much dairy, and ice-cream is one that I avoid like the plague! But recently I found my love for sorbet, and even more recently, dairy-free ice cream – INCREDIBLE!!

J is for Jewellery –  When my nan passed away 3 years ago, I sorted through a lot of her stuff with my family, and all the grandkids were allowed some jewellery. I had a few pieces but one I have always kept with me is a ring, which is gold with red stones, and one of the stones was missing when I got it, and still is – I think it makes it more interesting! I don’t really wear rings, but I kept it safe until I decided what to do with it. 2 Christmases ago, Max got me The 1975 necklace, because I had wanted it for so long, and they are my favourite band! A few weeks later, I decided to add the ring to the necklace. Since then, I have worn it every single day since. It feels so nice to keep Max, my favourite band, and my nan (who many said I take after personality wise) close to my heart every single day. 

K is for Kids – I never used to want kids. Then I got into a loving, long term relationship, and the ideas of having kids makes me want to have them right now! A matter of months ago I found out that my chances of having children are slim and that if I really want, I should try soon. Personally for me, right now is not the time to have children! I am midway through a degree and trying to sort out a career path. I have decided to just let nature take it’s cause. If one day, when I’m trying for a baby, it happens, then it happens. If my body decides otherwise, I am so open to every other option that is presented to me.

L is for Likes – Walking, taking too many photos, complaining, cuddling dogs, blogging and journaling!

M is for Music Industry – My degree specialises in the music industry. It is such an interesting and complex industry and I am still working my head around it, and think I will be for many years to come, but I am so excited to get back into working in the industry! I have previously worked for various promotors in Birmingham (I promise I’m not about to rattle off my CV to yous hahaha), and I had so much fun learning and getting to meet some incredible people!

N is for Name – In case my blog doesn’t give it away, my name is Maddie, short for Madeleine-Beth. Most people are baffled by my full name (including middle name and surname) as it is so long!

O is for Other half – I have the most incredible other half. I met Max when we were young teenagers. One of the first memories I have of Max, is I was training to be a live sound engineer, and when I turned up, Max was there and was told to move over to let me in so I could shadow the other engineer and a few years later he told me how much he hated me because he thought I was stealing his job – oh how things change hahaha.

P is for Pets – I have always been a pet lover. When I was a baby, we had the most gorgeous gentle giant, Bessie, who was a German Shepard. She was so patient and calm, but also a fierce protector. We had a hamster called George, because my granddad calls everyone George, so we thought we would avoid confusion and just call him George anyways haha! Shortly afterwards we got two guinea pigs called Sandy and Badger, and two bunnies called Lucy Lop and Lizzie Lop. We had a break from pets for quite a few years, when Bess died my dad was totally heartbroken. Around the time I turned 18, we fell in love with a retired greyhound called Glentar Lady, and we took her home as soon as we could. She is the most kind, caring, cuddle monster you could ever meet!

Q is for Quote – I don’t think I have a favourite quote, I have a weird infatuation with words so singling it down to one quote would just be far too hard. There are two I can think of off the top of my head, one being not long after the Manchester Arena attack last year, “This is our Manchester and the bees still buzz”. Another one I love is “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”, from Roald Dahl.

R is for Religion – I used to be really religious, I never understood it when I was younger, then when I turned 14 I found myself finding religion again. Over the years following I went on religious retreats in the UK, I read the bible, I sang in a choir, toured with a Christian rock band, and travelled to Lourdes on a pilgrimage to help the sick and elderly. Now I don’t practice, nor think too much about my religion, but I want to start reintroducing some positive affirmations back into my life.

S is for Song – My favourite song at the moment has to be Sting and Shaggy’s “Don’t Make Me Wait”, such a jam!

T is for Travel – I love to travel. From UK trips to worldwide ones, I get the travel bug so easily! I have been lucky enough to have some incredible family holidays, touring Germany and Holland performing with a Christian rock band, trips away with Max, Disney Paris with two of my incredible friends, and adventure camps in Spain, Italy and France with the Scouts.

U is for University – I go to university in Manchester. I study at a music uni, called BIMM. My degree is in Events Management – which is pretty damn cool if I do say so myself.

V is for Vision – I could’ve made this mega deep and talked about my vision of life, but instead let’s talk about my physical vision. I always refused to wear my glasses when I was younger, and boy am I paying for it now! My left eye is a blurry mess, so I wear my glasses pretty much all the time now, learning from younger Maddie’s mistakes!

W is for Ways to spend days off  – My days off are usually spent writing essays (in assignment periods), doing washing, going shopping, going out for lunch, blogging, playing Sims, or seeing Max! I like to take a step back on my days off but I still like to implement work in to those days too. I also have Thursdays off, so I tend to treat myself to a glass of wine or a G&T on Wednesday evenings!

X is for X-ray – (this one is so stupid but I couldn’t think of anything else hahaha) I’ve had my fair share of X-rays, my personal fave was when I had one on my ankle and they said it was sprained, but a few days later another x-ray said it was fractured and I was on crutches for 2 months and my ankle hasn’t healed since!

Y is for YouTube – I used to eat, breathe and sleep YouTube, then I went off it for a couple of years. Every now and then I will watch some channels that I love. My fave channels are Melanie Murphy, Hobbie Stuart, Ebony Day (& Our Tiny Tribe), Ellie & Jared, The Michalaks and Hannah Witton.

Z is for Zoo Animal – My fave zoo animal would have to be either an elephant or the big cats!

 

M x