Sinead M A Baker
Countdown to NYC

The countdown begins. 13 days to NYC!!! So excited to see my big sis xoxo #NYC

Race for Life 2012
Hey guys!
I’m taking part in the 10K Race for Life, at Abington Park on Sunday 17th June, at 10:00am. It’s in aid of Cancer Research UK, and in memory of a very good man who is sadly no longer with us.
Please sponsor me, whatever you can afford. Any amount is appreciated. To sponsor me, go to the following link, or message me, if you would rather sponsor me in person.
Do what you fear and fear disappears.
David Joseph Schwartz
Hello 2012

I know it’s already a month into the new year, but I have decided to write my first blog about this year’s resolutions, aka things I want to do, but will most probably not do, due to my extreme lack of motivation, and my pure laziness.


On January 1st, I sat down and wrote a list of the things that I always say I will do but never get round to it. So here goes:


To get healthy – completely obvious choice? Probably one of the first resolutions on everybody’s list, and yet very few people actually take it seriously. My reason for wanting to get healthy?


I have been in a relationship for 5 years now, and while I wasn’t slim to begin with, I have gradually been putting on more and more weight over the years. I don’t hate the way I look, and I’m not making this resolution in order to lose weight. I need to get healthy.


The fact is, whether you’re a size 10 or a size 18, the most important thing should always be your health. I know a lot of people who are size 8-10, but eat junk food and drink fizzy drinks all day, which will be destroying them internally, whether they have the world’s fastest digestive system or not. But the fact is, the larger you are, the unhealthier you usually are, and in my case this is definitely true.


I have constant aches and pains, my bones feel a lot weaker than they used to be, and I get very tired very quickly. I think my grandparents are in better physical shape than I am, and at 23 years old that is not a good thing.


I don’t hate exercise, I actually really enjoy Circuit Training, Aerobics, Dancing, and most of all Kick-Boxing, the problem for me is time. At university the gym was about 500 metres from my flat, and so it was easy to go to the gym whenever I wanted. Now, I work 5 days a week, 08:30-16:30, and the gym is a 15 minute walk now. I know it’s not a huge difference, but factor in the fact of being tired from work, my laziness and lack of motivation kicks in and I just can’t be bothered.


Then there is the eating side of it. I have a very sweet tooth, and I love chocolate! Most of the meals that I eat are healthy; I think I just need to look at portion size. Obviously I need to cut back on chocolate too.


But this year, just for the fear of my body falling apart at the age of 23, I am going to do this resolution seriously. Exercise classes start again next week, I will no longer take the bus to work, I will be making my lunch for work at home instead of buying something, and eating less at dinner.


To Pass my Driving Test – This is a bit of a sore subject for me, having now failed twice. The problem is apparently nerves, yet I don’t feel nervous at the time. Doesn’t make much sense does it.


I am a good driver, I do all of my looks, indicate when I need to, and never go over the speed limit. I can spend hours in the car, with my instructor not making any mistakes, but as soon as the examiner gets in the car, it’s one stupid mistake after another.


The most annoying things about this situation are; a) I have a car, and I can afford insurance. Most people pass their test, and then have to scrimp and save for a car, and insurance, but I have that, I just can’t pass the test; and b) I need a license to be able to get a job in my chosen career, Forensic Science. I have had countless companies call me for telephone interviews, but as soon as I say that I don’t have my license yet, they say they can’t take it any further.


And so, I have decided, that this time I am taking no chances. I am going to take Kalms for the next week, and if it’s not working I’m going to the doctor to ask for Valium. I will make sure, one way or another, that I am not nervous during my next test.


To Go On Holiday – It seems like everyone around me is constantly going on holiday, a fact that really bugs me. My mum is flying off this weekend, one of my sisters went on holiday in November, and is going on holiday again in February, and worst of all, my other sister is jet-setting all over the world 80% of the year, (the luxury of working for billionaires! That, and the designer handbags, that she has no idea who the designers are – WASTED ON HER!).


I am determined to have at least 1 holiday this year, somewhere hot, where I can get a tan, and can then stop faking it. But if possible, I’m planning two trips this year, the second being to New York for my big sisters wild 25th Yacht Party! Woohoo! Might try and get in with the Billionaires while I’m there, I don’t mind being a housekeeper if I’m getting Kate Spade Shoppers, and Prada Clutches out of it.


Finish my Book – Last November, I decided to take part in NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month, in which you have to write 50,000 words between 1st November, and 30th November. I started off well, had a good idea in my head, and once I got writing, I was whizzing through the word count. It took me half an hour on the first day to write 1000 words. I thought, “This is easy, I’ll get this dine in no time, might even go past 50,000.” How wrong was i?!


The problem is that I have a very busy life, and by the time I am home from work it was half 6, then I’d have dinner, and make lunch for the next day which takes it to half 7. So there is about 2 and ½ hours left to write, but some days I would be at my boyfriend’s house, and some nights I would see my friends, and then it gets to a week in and I’m still at the first couple of thousand words, when by then I should have written 11,667 words.


I was falling behind badly, and it continued to the point where I didn’t even bother anymore. I would really like to complete the book this year, preferably before November, so I can start a new one for the next NANOWRIMO competition. If it’s any good, I might send it off to a few publishing houses and see what they think, you never know, I could become a best-selling author yet.


Start Saving Money – I am horrific with money. No matter how much money I have, I still seem to have nothing left 2 weeks after payday, or worse 1 week after payday!


I was unemployed for about 6 months last year, and was claiming JSA. I managed to survive perfectly well on £55 a week, even whilst taking driving lessons, yet now, I work 37.5 hours a week, and earn more than most of my friends, but still have no money :-(


The problem is that the reason I managed to survive on £55 a week, was that my dad & Boyfriend would lend me money when I needed it. The problem now is that I need to pay that back, and get out of my overdraft, which I have been in continuously since university, and pay off my Topshop account :-s


This year though, I am determined to get out of debt, out of my overdraft, pay off my Topshop account and cut up the card, and save some money on top of that. Might be a little ambitious … Unless the Euro millions is generous to me.


Start Playing & Writing Music Again – I am not pretending to be the next Jessie J, or Lana Del Rey. My music has always been something I do alone, as it is private to me, and I don’t believe it is anywhere near good enough to be broadcast to the world on YouTube … Maybe one day.


I started learning the piano in middle school, and loved it. I took my music exams up to Grade 3 and then stopped due to my GCSE’s and part-time job taking up a lot of my time, but I still continued to play at home, and in school. I gradually started writing my own music, and my own songs, but when I moved to university, there wasn’t room for my keyboard to come with me, and so it went In to the attic. Since then, it hasn’t come back down.


I miss it a lot, and so this year, I intend to bring it out of storage and start my music again. I would also like to learn to play the guitar as well.


To start ticking off my Bucket List – I, like a lot of people, have a list of things I want to do in my lifetime. My Bucket list is ever-growing, and full off the most random things, and some, not impossible, but very improbable things.


I haven’t really done much on the list so far; as I keep thinking I will do them one day, I am only 23 after all. But I have decided that that day has arrived, and I am determined to start ticking them off one by one. I will be blogging about them as I tick them off.


So this was my first blog. Hope you like it.