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New Blog, New Me

Happy New Year!

2019 looks set to be quite the year but I’m choosing to stay optimistic. I thought I’d begin the year with a semi-fresh start and a new blog name and goal. Which is equal parts exciting and downright pant-wetting.

I’m hanging up A Voluptuous Mind after several years for something more me.

So welcome to The Middle Row, named after my new favourite spot in the cinema. Once I was a strictly back row kind of gal until I started going regularly with my friend Helen, who’s a front of the theater dweller. The middle row is our compromise and now I feel perfectly positioned.

Don’t worry though, all my posts have followed me over. I’ve just merged them with Thursday Night at the Movies and my mental health blog. Three for the price of one!

It was getting a little pointless keeping everything separate and when I thought about it, it made sense to put them all here. I mean, these are the things I want to talk about collectively after all. So I suppose I’m officially a Movie and Mental Health blogger with a steaming dollop of anything I fancy thrown into the mix.

The good news is that the Blog Collab is back next week with a Free for All January plus shit loads more posts about books I’ve been reading, films and TV I’ve been watching – and all my hopes and dreams besides.

I hope you’ve followed me over and enjoy the new scenery.

Introduction

Welcome to Thursday Night at the Movies, so named because who doesn’t like breaking up their working week with a trip to the flicks?

I’m here to talk about the films I’m watching at the cinema, the good, the bad and the bottom-clenchingly awful. The arty and the obscure. The popcorn movies and the clunkers. If I fancy it, Imma watching it and reviewing it – and you get to come along for the ride. Yeehah!

I’ll be publishing my first review shortly so watch this space and share your recommendations of the films you’re watching and loving too. This is a sharing and caring environment, baby – you know what to do.

Coming Out

I’m coming out today as someone who is struggling to cope. Not with everything, just some things and I’ve decided to get help.

I’m a strong, independent bad ass in many ways but mental anxiety has been kicking my head in for around a year now – and enough is enough (to quote both Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer in tandem).

I’ve started this blog so I can be truthful about bad days. Consider it a mental health diary.

Sounds well fun, doesn’t it? Oh, but it will be. Truth and honesty are hilarious.

While I don’t know what the help will be or what is making me feel so anxious all the time, I’m heading off to find some answers. Wish me luck!

And please, feel free to join me with your own experiences, comments, etc. I know I’m not alone and neither are you.

Peace ✌🏻

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Introduce Yourself

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Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
Via The Daily Post’s Blogging 101 program (14th September 2014)

It feels a little funny to be writing an introduction since this blog isn’t brand new and most of you know a little bit about me already. But I’ve signed up for this as a ‘creative fresh start’ so I’m game.

I’m Christa and I started A Voluptuous Mind because I wanted a place where I could showcase my writing without worrying about upsetting anybody. I’m not convinced I’m the best writer in the world but I do think I have potential and I wanted to be able to explore it without having to worry about who I’ve slagged off at work, or anywhere else for that matter (not that I do, you understand).

In fact, work had a lot to do with my new blog. I started a new job in February, as a Marketing Assistant for the company I had been with for over two years. Although it might not be where I am meant to be forever, I am proud that I started by answering complaint calls and then worked my way upwards (or sideways, depending on how you look at it).

My role has been interesting and again I am pleased that I have been able to wrap it around myself and mould it into something more fulfilling than it was originally intended to be. I think so anyway. Where I expected to be just an Admin Girl (nothing wrong with that, I love Admin), I’ve ended up putting myself forward as the department copy writer and being more involved in the production side of the business.

Sure I don’t have a proper title (yet) but I am getting the experience and that’s what I am focusing on now. So when it started to become clear that I would like to be doing something with my writing, professionally, I thought about having a clean blog that I could give to my bosses, or share publicly, without fear of what would come back to bite me on the arse.

(I allow myself to swear and say ‘arse’ as I feel it’s expressive and a valid form of language, I just try to keep it to a minimum so my mother doesn’t bollock me too much).

However, I feel I should say here that I’ve been doing quite a few writing exercises over the last month, which have brought out personal things I thought I had buried long ago. I’ve been honest to a fault about a lot of past experiences, which may render the plan to share this blog with my bosses a little ambitious. I’m not sure my manager wants to hear about the time I lost my virginity in Thornton Heath.

I chose the name of my blog because I wanted something that was all ‘me’ but also vaguely intellectual (pseudo, one might argue). I think ‘voluptuous’ is a pretty accurate way to describe me.

I like the way the word is spelt, the way it looks and is balanced; and I love the fact that it hints at a broad and rich waste ground of ideas. Plus it was inspired by A Beautiful Mind which hopefully suggests that I am much more than I first appear to be, much like the protagonist in the film.

I write because I genuinely enjoy crafting words into something bold and beautiful (hopefully). I think about everything I write as much as possible, even my work emails are little works of art (as far as I’m concerned). I do judge people on their grammar (silently, nobody likes a smart arse) but I’m not perfect, especially when tired and tip tapping on an Android keyboard.

That’s me really. I love reading, films and painting my nails. I love my friends but am a hermit at heart. I’m married to the greatest man and I have a nine-year-old stepson. I definitely watch too much Netflix.

I love food and eating (hence ‘voluptuous’), am on the eternal search for the perfect handbag and I blog too much about old boyfriends, because they haven given me such great material.

Welcome to A Voluptuous Mind!

Foreword

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Welcome to A Voluptuous Mind! Hopefully you will like what you read here and will decide to visit on a regular basis.

This page is currently a work in progress, a more ‘public’ blog that I can share with more people; an honest and creative landscape to share thoughts, fears and things that I dig.

Some of you already know me so don’t need any sort of introduction but for anybody who doesn’t, a small foreword.

I’m Mrs Bee (Bass). I live and work in Brighton and ‘work hard’, in my 98-year-old Grandfather’s eyes (“Do you work hard?”, “Yes, Gramps, you taught me to work hard”, “Jolly good”).

I love Matthew McConaughey, good grammar, strong tea, Chuck Bass, Breaking Bad, nineties music, Game of Thrones and doing absolutely nothing on the weekends if possible.

I am not a fan of Usher, people who spit in the street, people who stop directly in front of you when you are walking for no good reason, repeating myself, (I said repeating myself), bad puns, Mariah Carey, chipped nail polish or being rushed.

My biggest love beyond my family and my husband is film. There is no genre that I don’t like, but my favourite is Horror (Texas Chainsaw/Rob Zombie). I have a special place in my heart for Danny Trejo, Jason Statham and Nicolas Cage (in no particular order).

My Favourite Film of All Time toss-up is between (honestly) Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope or True Romance. My favourite novel is A Confederacy of Dunces.

And I love beards. Big beards, small beards, I just love beards.

Stick around if you want to, I’ll be here. Just kicking my feet and thinking about some of those things, and other things besides.

Welcome to my blog.