Things My Mother Has Taught Me

In the UK, Mother’s Day is in March whereas in other countries it is in May. This year, it is the 26th March which is today, so I thought why not write a blog post on things my mom has taught me over the years. My mom is a very strong and independent individual who can do anything she puts her mind to.

Here are some of the things she has taught me:

  1. As cheesy as this sounds, honesty was something my mom always valued. She would tell my brothers and I, to always tell the truth or it will break apart the trust that was built there before.
  2. Be strong and confident so others will know that they can’t push you around.
  3. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I am sure this has come in helpful to some people once or twice.
  4. Sometimes you just have to be the bigger person and apologise.
  5. Have the compassion to forgive because life is to short to be unhappy.
  6. Always try to be optimistic and find the positives in any situation.

As I am getting older, I have realised my mom is my rock and will always tell me the truth. I can count on her being there for me no matter the situation and tell me the right from the wrong. I know we can disagree sometimes but through it all, we come out stronger and better.

Always my mother, forever my friend.

 

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Meeting with David Zolkwer – Creative Director at Jack Morton Worldwide

David was a very down to earth man and the way he passionately spoke about his work on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, showed us that he really puts his heart and soul into his work. He works as a creative director for Jack Morton Worldwide and has worked on several Commonwealth Games ceremonies and other major projects.

He told us how he and his team successfully planned the 2014 Games:

  1. He kept emphasising how important collaboration was. Working with others to achieve shared goals.
  2. He wanted to create, inspiring, spectacular theatre for live broadcasts and performances.
  3. He wanted to create moments of drama and spectacle to entertain audiences.
  4. He wanted to celebrate the uniqueness of the time and the place, to offer distinction.
  5. He wanted to engage with the communities; by having them participate in the show. The ceremony had so many participants, of all race, gender and age.
  6. He wanted to create enduring memories.
  7. He wanted to capture and convey Glasgow’s unique story.
  8. He wanted to leave behind a a meaningful legacy.
  9. He wanted to create each program, that was unique in its own way.

Employees:

  • Skills, talents and experience were the core qualities when choosing staff
  • Everyone can give new ideas in the early stages of production

Cast:

  • Personality was very important
    • They had to work together as a group
  • Diversity was also important

Celebrity Endorsements:

  • Celebrities were part of the ceremony but they weren’t the stars
  • They were integrated into the performance and embraced the experience

 

He said something and it really stuck with me.

“Failures usually come up with something better!”

For the actual ceremony, David wanted something to represent the progressing technology in the world, so he got Eric Whitacre to make a virtual choir, which involved over 3000 people being a part of the video.

In the program there had to be an allocated time for Unicef; he said it was quite hard to find a time to play the video as Unicef is not fun and entertaining. So he had an idea to bring out athletes from each region and introduce a film sequence, which showed the audience inspiring stories. Each region had a celebrity, and each celebrity had a Glaswegian partner to relate it to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

David said that the spirit created at the 2014 Games couldn’t have happened without the collaborations. He did say collaborating was hard, especially when everyone has their own opinions but it is completely worth it in the end.

Tips and Advice From David Zolkwer:

  1. Ego is toxic to collaboration
  2. For it to thrive, you need a safe, non-judgemental team culture
  3. All ideas and opinions are welcome
  4. Listen
  5. A clear vision. A shared vision
  6. Trust
  7. Courage
  8. Team Players – good people

 

“You want right ideas not just good ideas.” – David Zolkwer

I hope this advice from David Zolkwer helped you, as it did for me.

 

 

Cuba 2012

In August 2012, my family and I went on holiday to Cuba! It was an amazing experience as I hadn’t been to Cuba before and I was excited for the Cuban Summer unlike the Scottish Summer!

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We had a few hours to kill once we landed, so we thought we’d check out the resort. It felt like we were on a tropical island. To go from 10 degrees to 32 degrees took a bit of getting used to; it was more the humidity than the heat that we had to get used to.

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As we couldn’t get changed into our swim suits and we were all positively dying because of the heat, we decided to make the most of it and jump into the sea. It was quite refreshing not going to lie.

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One thing I realised about Cuba was that there is history wherever you go. The buildings are beautiful and the cars, really are something else.

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The views are magnificent if you know where to go!

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We went to see a dolphin show and it was amazing! We got to feed them and thankfully they didn’t bite my hand!

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If you have a chance to go snorkelling when you are on holiday I would definitely recommend it! I was scared at first to go that far out into the sea, but once I was out there I got the adrenaline rush!

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We decided to go on an excursion to an island! That was the day, that I tanned so much, I was literally unrecognisable! Aside from the tanning, it was a great tour and they had good food, which is always important!

Of course, no holiday isn’t complete without a little souvenir shopping! Cuba is an amazing country to buy souvenirs because they have so many little markets where they sell handmade gifts and paintings. It is a very artistic country, what I mean by that is: the buildings are so pretty, the cars make you feel like you are in another world, the views are scenic, the people are so friendly  and to me that is what makes a holiday! The culture is incorporated into everything you see and hear and it truly was an amazing holiday!

This was the holiday that made me want to explore the world and see what else is out there! Hope you enjoyed my first travel blog!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Starting Up Again!!

Hey guys,

I know it has been a long time since the last post, but I am going to put more effort into my blogs. So much was going at the end of last year: my cousin got married, I had so many family members come visit, university assignments as well working, so I do apologise for the inconsistency in my posts.

Anyway, I am back and hopefully you’ll enjoy my new material!

Sometimes all you need is a fresh start, to think of bigger and better ideas!

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