Amy’s amazing health story

I was catching up with my YouTube subscriptions and I spotted a really helpful video that I thought I would share, in case anyone finds it interesting.

Amy was told when she was 16 that, due to osteoporosis, she would likely need a wheelchair full-time by the time she was 25. Last year, when she was 19, she decided to become vegan, and after only a few months, she was able to go back to work, where previously she had been off work sick. Also, when she saw doctors about 6 months ago, they said she wouldn’t need a wheelchair until she was at least 60.

I’m so pleased for her! Being told such devastating news at a young age must have been so hard, but it’s great that through changing her diet to vegan, she’s managed to improve her health and her life so much!

I’m not here to try and convert anyone, I just wanted to share in case this was useful, plus with all of the doom and gloom in the news, it’s nice to see a happy story  :)

October 2016 film releases that I want to see

Happy October!

I’ve been checking out the up and coming film releases for this month and there are quite a few that I fancy watching🙂

UK release date: 3rd October 2016

Synopsis: Based on a true story in 1985. Derek is a dreamer and a loser. No matter how hard he tries he fails at everything he attempts. Determined to show the world he can succeed at something he forms an American Football team in a country dominated by Soccer, Rugby, Cricket and Fish & Chips. His desire to succeed consumes his life and he is blind to see that his success will lead to him losing everything. (via IMDb)
Stars: Michael Dixon, Andrew Harwood Mills, Dorsey Levens

UK release date: 14th October 2016
Synopsis: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. (via IMDb)
Stars: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer

American Honey
UK release date: 14th October 2016
Synopsis: A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. (via IMDb)
Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

One Crazy Thing
UK release date: 18th October 2016
Synopsis: Jay is a former daytime TV star whose life has hit rock bottom until he meets his dream girl. Hannah is bright, beautiful and hates modern life. There’s just one problem. How does Jay tell Hannah about the leaked sex tape which made him an internet sensation? (via IMDb)
Stars: Ray Panthaki, Daisy Bevan, Dan Renton Skinner

UK release date: 21st October 2016
Synopsis: This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. (via IMDb)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar,  Gwen Stefani

Keeping Up with the Joneses
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies. (via IMDb)
Stars: Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm

Burn Burn Burn
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: Following the death of their friend, two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses. (via IMDb)
Stars: Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing, Joe Dempsie, Sally Phillips

Ethel & Ernest
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events. (via IMDb)
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Pam Ferris

The Comedian’s Guide to Survival
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: One man’s journey around the world to discover the secret of comedy. (via IMDb)
Stars: James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Tim McInnerny, Jimmy Carr


I’m writing a book!

After the sad news that I can’t produce my magazine at the moment due to a family situation, I do have some good news: I’m writing a book! The two things aren’t related (except for coming around at the same time) and the time frame for the book being written is two years.

It will be a romantic comedy and will be written in real time over the two year period, starting later this month. It will tell the story of Millie and Jack, how they get together, their relationship and the trials and tribulations of life.

I am so excited to get started, I really hope people will like it!🙂

An announcement

It is with sadness that I have to bring you this news. Because of a family situation, I am having to put the production of Merryn Magazine on hiatus. I am hoping to resume putting the magazine together at the start of 2017, but unfortunately that means that the October and January issues will not be released.

I will still continue to post blog posts on the website but the actual magazine is ceasing production from this point on.

Thank you for your support and patience during this time.

Kind regards,

Less than 16 weeks to go!

But, to what you may ask! Well, it’s my 38th birthday in November and I am planning on going somewhere really fun and important to me, but I can’t tell you where yet as it’s top secret!

Sadly our car stopped working on Monday and we don’t have the money to get it fixed yet, so for now I am walking to work, which is 2.3 miles. There and back gives me exercise of 4.6 miles a day, which takes about an hour each way, so two hours in total. It was day 1 yesterday, which went fine, but I was so stiff when I got up today!

I’m currently 14st 8lbs so I’m hoping to lose a couple of stones with all of the walking (I only eat 1500 calories of healthy vegan food each day so hopefully it should be easy!), I’m hoping to be around the 12st mark by the big day.

Wish me luck!🙂

Do you know an unsigned UK artist or band?

One of the things I love to champion is unsigned UK artist and bands. With that in mind, I run a regular feature on the Merryn Magazine website on Mondays called Independent Music Monday where I interview a different singer or band each week. If you know of anyone that I should be featuring, please ask them to take a look at this webpage, as that will give them more information🙂

All about my magazine

Since the start of the year, I’ve been working solidly on my new magazine Merryn Magazine. The first issue came out on Friday 1st April and the second issue came out on Friday 1st July. People seem to really like it, which I am so relieved at! To say it started as a small hobby, it certainly has grown and people are already asking when issue 3 will be out! Issue 3 will be out on Saturday 1st October and will be the Christmas Gift Guide issue with 100 pages of great gift ideas from UK independent retailers. I can’t wait to get started on it!

You can find out more here :)

Weigh(t) to go – July 2016

Hello, happy July! (I know, I know, I’m a bit late with that greeting!)

I have been utterly rubbish at going in the gym since the last post in May, I was working flat out on issue 2 of the magazine, as well as working full-time in my day job, so the gym was the last thing on my mind every evening! Weirdly, I have actually lost weight but I’m not going to complain that I don’t understand how.

With regards to my weight loss, I was 14 stones 7lbs (203lbs/93kg) at the start of this month, which means I have lost 7lbs (3kg) in 2 months, which I’m really happy with. I know that people say that the slower you lose it, the more likely you are to keep it off, so that works for me!

Here’s my latest infopic. So, since 11th January I have lost a total of 2 stones 1lbs, which I’m really happy about! Onwards and upwards and I really hope that I can report back in in August with another weight loss🙂

The weight race- (non-IG)- 01-07-16

Happy birthday Janet Jackson!

Today (16th May 2016) is Janet Jackson’s 50th birthday! I have always been a big fan of Janet’s, ever since I was given a cassette copy of her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814 when I was 11 years old. It’s such a great album and I was hooked from the start. Not only is it a great album, but her videos are filmic masterpieces. To celebrate Janet’s birthday, here’s my favourite song from Rhythm Nation 1814🙂