Another Chapter

Hi all!

I hope everyone’s having a great day where every you are. I know I am.

Today, as I write this blog, is a brand new chapter because it’s my birthday!

My 23rd year on this earth has been … eventful to say the least, and I must admit it had a lot of ups and downs. I can’t even tell you which was more because it was legit a rollercoaster.

Every year, on my birthday, and also the day before, I like to reflect and just think about what happened in the past year. The good and the bad, my decisions, my mistakes, when I laughed, when I cried. And I try to figure out what kind of a year it was for me, and I make a list of things to learn based on what my year was like.

So this year as I reflected I realised that my 23rd year was very bittersweet, the good never really outweighed the bad, and vice versa. It was just the same pretty much all year round. An even type of year.

If I could change some of the decisions I had made I would, but

who would I be today without those decisions, both good and bad?

Even though God doesn’t want us to suffer he does allow us to go through tests, boy did I go through some tests last year and failed miserably, haha. But thank heavens we serve a God of many chances (but don’t use his grace as an excuse to continue doing a madness!). I plan to surpass the next wave of tests I receive.

Today before I went to sleep at 6am (don’t question the time I slept lol) I prayed. I thanked God for all that had put me through, all the great things he had done, all the years I had cried, and all of the laughter in my previous chapter.

I write this to tell you guys that reflection is very important, especially when we’re in a season of difficulties. We sometimes have to reflect on the things God has allowed us to go through so we can appreciate the season in which we’re in today. We all go through so many things and we just don’t look back and think

“look at where God has brought me from!”

Yes, you may be in a really bad situation right now, you might be hurting, you may be spiritually battling a lot of things at the moment, but look at where God has brought you from!!

Looking to the past isn’t always a bad thing, it can be a great way to realise how much God has done in your life without realising it.

Yes, I have cried so many tears in my 23rd year but guess what? Not only did I laugh just as equally but God brought me out of every one of those upsetting situations I put myself in and he has brought me here. Back to him.

This time last year, there was a different Farielle that existed. But God has brought me out and has made me brand new … again lol. That’s how I keep my head up when times are rough.

“He’s allowed me to go through this situation before so the situation I’m in currently will pass with him by my side”.

God puts us through things because there is something within us that he wants us to learn. He wants to help us become better and sometimes that means by going through hard times.

But we can always take those hard times we have go through and take them as blessings because we’ve learnt something and we have developed.

So keep your chin up. And count your blessings. You’re still breathing for a reason.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

– ‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Just to add quickly before signing off. When things are happening in our lives we don’t always have the answer. Whilst going through things you might be thinking to yourself “what is the reason? What am I to learn from this?” But honestly, sometimes we won’t learn anything until after we’re out of it and the season has ended.

But that shouldn’t be a reason to give up on the season you’re in, keep trusting God and turning to him for guidance.

Anyway.

Here’s to another year of laughter and tests … that I’ll actually pass this time haha!

With being said. Stay safe, stay blessed

That’s all she wrote ❤️ …

Solo Travels: Day 2 – Vega

‘Sup from København!

My day started late. Got out of bed at 10am, opened the curtains to see that it was snowing! I mean I knew it was bound to happen so wasn’t that surprised and just because it’s a different place doesn’t make me like snow any more.

Anyway I ate somewhere new today. Café Emma. They make the best hot chocolate I’m being serious. I mean if this is brunch what’s breakfast and dinner like? I have to go back.

If you’re ever in Copenhagen, I’d recommend at least going once.

Afterwards I got on a hop on hop off tour bus. My plan was to get down and explore but boy that snow was not playing around, therefore I was not playing around either.

So I stayed in the warm bus and took pictures from the window.

Oh, one thing I realised from the other day is all the mermaid things they had in the gift shop. Realised it was because of this Little Mermaid statue.

I’m not really fond of statues, I have a phobia of them, so I’m surprised I got off the bus to take a picture of this whilst the snow was trying to devour my face. Not only that but I had to run in the snow before the bus left otherwise it was another 45 minutes wait for the next one.

One thing I was excited to see was a lake freezing over. I’ve only ever seen this happen in movies so it was nice to see in real life.

After the tour I came home and started getting ready for the Ella Mai concert. Which is the actual reason I wanted to come here. I couldn’t go whilst she was in Manchester or London because it was exam, dissertation and assignment season and I was trying to pass my module haha.

Once I was ready I made my way there. Guys honestly I can’t say it enough, I chose the best location to stay!

From my place it was 11 minutes by bus and 20 minutes by foot. I walked it, only because the guy said it was 10 minutes away. He lied! Add 10 on top mate.

I got there and was amazed to see a cloakroom! They don’t have this in the M.E.N that’s for sure. For 25k (£2.95!!) you can put your stuff away.

Anyway that’s not the best bit. There were no seats! I know that doesn’t sound that great but there was none of that “I wish I got a floor ticket so I could be closer” feeling because I was closer!! I had the floor ticket!! I didn’t know that I did, but I did!!

Time for the actual show. An artist named Jvck James the opening act and oh my days. The lungs on this guy … so amazing. He had the best energy, joking about with the audience as he sang and he’s 20 years old.

I’ve added a few videos onto my Copenhagen highlight on my Instagram if you want to check that out. Better yet go and check him out he’s awesome!!

His names highlighted so you have no excuse. Anyway, anyway, as I was posting the first video of Jvck (it’s highlighted again so you better click on his name mate!) I looked around the stage only to see Vic Jamieson!! He’s a guitarist and married to artist A*M*E. Couldn’t take a great picture of him because he was right under those purple lights.

When I say this was the best night, it was the best night. It was surprise after surprise.

And then the lady we were all waiting for Ella Mai! She was AWESOME!!

And she looked beautiful.

She looked amazing under purple light.

And I don’t think I’ve ever crushed on a woman so hard.

Yup. I feel it. I’m fan girling. Man, feels like I’m 15 again but instead of Chris Brown it’s Ella freakin’ Mai !!

Her band was great. Her singers brilliant and she … she was just amazing!

She sang all the songs from her album, Ella Mai!

Ok quick top 5 Ella Mai songs, in order:

  1. Sauce
  2. Trip
  3. Boo’d up
  1. Naked
  2. Run my mouth.

Right moving on. When the beautiful Ella left the stage, I also left. I walked out the doors and saw a black man talking with a few other people.

I looked at his face and said “nah not him” then I looked at the clothing he was wearing and I was like “oh my goodness it’s him!” It was Jvck Jones!!! Just chilling with a drink and two of his mates. I walked over to him and spoke to him then turned around and realised one of his mates was friggin Vic Jamieson!!

I took a picture with them using their friends phone, because my storage with friggin full, which I semi feel like I should have asked him to send it to me right there and then but I was too worried about the cloakroom queue [ugh Farielle you annoy me sometimes].

We actually had a good chat and I really can’t stop smiling.

I haven’t stopped smiling since I got to Manchester Airport but now I’m smiling even more because it was the best night ever.

Tonight was great. And I swear when I get that picture I will put it up on here honestly. Oh my days it was such a great night.

Here I was thinking I’d just be seeing Ella Mai and possibly falling in love with new music with Jvck James (which I definitely did), only to meet the man himself and Vic Jamieson.

I’m done.

Today has been wonderful.

Copenhagen you’ve actually been the best snowy holiday to date. I love you. I love Copenhagen.

But guys imagine if I had gone to London or Manchester, I wouldn’t have gotten to see them. Flip sake! I’m so happy right now.

It’s midnight here right now so I’m going to call it a night.

I love you all for reading.

That’s all she wrote … but she could write more but she won’t bore you.

F A R I E L L E. N

Guys it was the best night of 2019 so far!! Hands down!

Day 6: Rejoice

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals🎄!!

This interview happened like a month ago but it’s Christmas, might as well give you a present.

HERE YOU GO!!

You know when you see someone on social media and you imagine how they’ll be in real life? Rejoice met my expectation.

Rejoice is a 24 year old singer from Manchester. She was born in Zimbabwe, came here at the age of 9. She studied Psychology as her undergrad and Forensic Psychology for her masters. And she has one of the most beautiful souls that I’ve ever met.

I wanted to interview Rejoice because of three reasons:

  1. She has an amazing name. Rejoice. To feel or show great joy or delight. Which I feel she does do. Immediately upon meeting Rejoice she was smiling like nobody’s business.

2. Her voice is amazing. Like … have you still not heard her song Repair and Try Again? Go listen and download now, you sillies.

3. And lastly … I wanted to see if I my expectations of her were right. They were.

So that’s why I wanted to do the interview.

Now, here’s the interview. **oh btw I is me and R is Rejoice.

I: Growing up, who would you have said is your musical influence?

R: When I was young I grew up listening to Brenda Fasi, a South African artist. But I’d say that my biggest musical influence now, someone I’ve listened to the longest, is Tory Kelly.

I: You sang one of her songs at your gig.

R: Yes! I sang Day Dream. Not only do I appreciate her as a singer/songwriter, but also as a person too. It’s a big thing for me when listening to music.

I tend to fall in love with all of what they are.

I: Before the gig where else have you performed?

R: I’ve performed in and out of Manchester. Different kind of events. ACS Events, but I never put anything out although I got to network … I do love being on stage because I get to share, not just the song but the vibe.

I: Leading up to the event, were you nervous?

R: I had fear and anxiety throughout the whole process. I sat on my bed with my phone in my hand, breathing [deeply] thinking “there’s no going back now”. I was terrified.

I: Now that the gig is done, how do you feel?

R: I feel better. Great about it … Can’t stop thinking about it, I’m so proud of myself.

I: What made you finally share your music with everyone?

R: I felt like I was sitting on something that was special to me and I should be sharing it.

We’re our biggest hindrance because you have so much self doubt, but you have something you should be sharing that’s not just for you. But you’re holding back.

I thought “if I get to 30 [years old] and I haven’t given it everything I can, it would be my biggest regret.

I: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

R: Tori Kelly without a doubt in my body!

I: How do you feel about people enjoying your music?

R: It feels great and amazing. Especially from people I don’t know … It makes the difficult part of doing this so worth it!

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So there you have it folks. A quick snippet into Rejoice’s interview.

You might be thinking “but Farielle, this isn’t a resolution.”

Well babe, it is a resolution, just one too personal I’m gunna keep it to myself.

My interview with Rejoice really triggered a few things in me, inspirationally. How? That’s what I’m going to keep to myself.

And that’s all she wrote, folks.

F A R I E L L E. N