I seem to have an unending amount of blog post ideas at the moment. I'm not sure where this sudden inspiration came from, but I think it's because I've realised that the posts which are the most popular seem to be my travel, naval history and life posts. I'll still throw in the odd nail varnish review, because let's be honest, I am female and I do like pretty things. However, I think from now onwards I'm taking my blog in a slightly different direction. There are so many fashionistas and people who can contour, so many people who can shoot good videos and who can take outfit posts without feeling self conscious and that's not really me. It never has been. I want my blog to sum me up as a person and I really don't want to regurgitate everyone else.
Travel and naval history are the things I enjoy the most (aside from wine, rum and polo... but that's yet to come). I fully immerse myself in to these posts , I truly enjoy writing them and I think it shows more in my style. I may ramble a little, I may go off topic, but that's me in a nutshell.
I'm writing this for interest and not for journal articles. I am a scatterbrain, I flit from one thing to another like a butterfly, but that's how I am, it's how I've always been :)
People keep asking why I'm so interested in naval history, and I don't have a definitive answer. People say it's boring, that there's no point in it as it's in the past, but they're so wrong. It's far from boring, and if I can show you even a smidge of naval excitement, then hopefully you will see!
So many things have brought me to where I am today, but hopefully after reading this you'll have more of an idea about why I post so many photos of ships, Horatio Nelson quotes and constantly read books about ships.
I'm not kidding, pretty much my entire bookshelf is naval history...
Since I joined the Sea Cadets at 14 I think I've visited at least once a year.
The Sea Cadet Corps
It was a cold, dark October evening when my dad dropped me and my brother to the bus stop and I threw a total 14y/o hissy fit about not wanting to join. At the end of that first parade night I was sold. So much so that we managed to rope my friend and her brother to join as well. From the first month I was down at HMS Raleigh on courses, acquaints and area sports competitions, where I made some of the best friends I've ever known. Many of whom I am still in contact with, moreso than those from school/college.
I shot guns, I flew planes, I completed D of E and Ten Tors, I sailed on a tall ship, I took part in the T200 celebrations, I got to 'make ship and cheer' for HMTQ, whilst stood on HMS Nottingham for the International Fleet Review. I played in the massed bands of the SCC at Twickenham, for Trafalgar Day, for so many events. I was a drill instructor, I met members of the Royal Family.
Whilst my peers were going to house parties, I was going on summer camps to BRNC Dartmouth and running up and down the steps to Sand Quay and I wouldn't have changed it for the world. I'm a much more rounded person... and I can shout down an entire parade ground.
That's not appropriate in the workplace though.
And yes, we made a mast out of twigs and paracord in order to hold evening colours at the campsite, and yes we played sunset off a mobile phone. We were those people.
The Royal Navy
I'd like to say I wasn't that shallow about choosing a university, and that I didn't base it on naval links, but I did. Also, I knew Plymouth, thought it was pretty and I got to watch the ships from The Hoe.
If there was a way to tailor an essay to involve the RN/Maritime Power, I found it. Often putting a unique spin on things. I wrote my dissertation on The Implementation of Counter Piracy Policies in the Gulf of Aden.
And then something switched and I didn't want to join the Navy any more. I'm not sure if it was because I wanted at that point to do a Masters, or if it was because so many of my cadet friends who joined hated it, but my ideas were reversed. Turns out I'm now too old to become a Warfare Officer anyway. Past 25, I am on the pile!
Besides, I'm working in maritime security (something my dissertation focused heavily on) and I absolutely love it. My job is amazing and so varied.
I was going to be on tv. I knew my subject like the back of my hand - The Life and Career of Lord Nelson and out of all questions asked of me, there were two I didn't know. Unfortunately, I had a mind blank on national television, froze, flapped, got loads of easy questions wrong, sweated and swore under my breath pre watershed on BBC2 (spotted by everyone, including my lecturers, embarrassingly). I came last out of the 4, but aged 22 I did it, and it's something for the CV :)
So, that is why my blog will be taking a slightly different route.
Still girly, still reviews of things I think are game changers, but predominantly travel, Kilimanjaro prepping fitness posts and some naval history for good measure.