I Want to Try Yoga

I Want to Try Yoga - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI’m not the best at getting my exercise in. I think my average step count is about 4,000 a day, which is considerably lower than the 10,000 you’re meant to get. My job makes it hard. I’m either sat in the office all day, or I’m out and about walking around. There is no in between. Some days, I’m lucky to reach 3,000!

Although I could go for walks after work to increase my steps, I want to try something a little different. Something that will actually make me feel like I’ve done a workout. I can happily go for a 3 mile walk and not feel any strain. If I increase that, I’ll be taking up a lot of spare time that I don’t seem to have at the moment. Continue reading “I Want to Try Yoga”


A New Year’s Resolution… Sort Of

A New Year's Resolution Sort Of - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI don’t like making New Year’s Resolutions. They seem pointless to me, as the majority of them never get seen through to the end of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever made a resolution that’s made it to April, let alone a change for the rest of my life.

This year, or at least from a week ago, I decided to stop eating biscuits. I can either go a whole day without eating one, and then the next day I’ll eat half a packet of the sugary goodness. Badness. They are bad for me, that’s the whole point of not eating them.

I’m still going to eat chocolate and cake. I’m not completely cutting everything, that would be torture, but every time I think about going to the biscuit tin, I’ll eat fruit or nothing. Sometimes I go for biscuits because I’m bored, not because I need them. Continue reading “A New Year’s Resolution… Sort Of”

Social Media is Killing My Mood

Social Media is Killing My Mood - Lauren Mayhew Author
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I have a lot of down time at work. It’s a reactive job. If someone needs help with something, I’ll be called out to fix the problem, or at least try – I am only an apprentice after all. However, if there are no problems, and work is a little slow, I find myself not having much to do. Obviously, this is the perfect chance for me to start working on a book, or a play, but I just don’t do it.

I have access to a manuscript that I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016. (Read about my NaNo experience here.) I’m really proud of what I managed to write, but I’ve barely looked at it since NaNo ended. It’s not that I’m lacking in ideas for it, I have ideas spilling out of my head, I just can’t get round to sitting in front of the computer and writing. Continue reading “Social Media is Killing My Mood”

Now You’re Gone

Now You're gone - Number 1 Singles - Lauren Mayhew AuthorOn the 19th January 2008, Basshunter’s ‘Now You’re Gone’ hit the number one spot.

Now You’re Gone: I have so many memories of this song. Being fifteen at the time of its release, I obviously never got to hear it in a club, which is where I think a lot of people grew to love it. I think I first heard this song at my cousin’s house. My sister and I used to go round to my cousin’s house at least once a week, if not more. We wouldn’t really do a lot, except for talking to people on MSN Messenger, remember that? Or we played silly games whilst listening to music. Continue reading “Now You’re Gone”

Directing a Play

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAs you may already know, if you’re a regular visit to my blog, I’m directing a play for the theatre group that I’m part of. You can read all about the play here.

At first I was really nervous. Anxiety started kicking in. What if no-one listens to me? What if my ideas are all scoffed at? What if this is the worst selling Brightlight show ever? And so on… It’s a big thing to take on. It’s a big play to take on too, especially for a first timer like me. I’ve never directed anything in my life. I never thought I’d ever want to, but things have changed over the last two years of being with Brightlight. Continue reading “Directing a Play”

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman - Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe Greatest Showman – 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

This film was something special. Michael Gracey did a fantastic job with his full length feature debut. More experienced directors would shy away from the thought of directing a musical, but Gracey was right not to. He had a vision and he went for it.

I’m not a massive musical fan, Grease being one of the only exceptions, and Disney of course, but you expect a certain level of cheese with that. I haven’t even watched La La Land yet, and it’s supposed to be amazing. Maybe one day I’ll get round to it. Anyway, when I heard it was a musical, I wasn’t expecting to love it. I would have been happy to watch a film based on P.T. Barnum’s life without the singing, but I could not have been happier than when I left that cinema last night. I was totally in the mood for a singalong on the drive home. Continue reading “The Greatest Showman”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI go to the cinema a lot, so I thought it would be a good idea to start writing film reviews. I may not write a review for every film I go to see. There are some films that I simply couldn’t write a review about without writing only bad things, and no-one wants to read a review like that. I wouldn’t want to anyway. So, here goes… my first ever film review.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever. Continue reading “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Unanswered Harry Potter Questions

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. RowlingOne of the things I dislike most when reading books is the questions that I’m left asking once I’ve finished. As an author myself, I know how difficult it is to wrap everything up, especially if you have hundreds of characters, so this is in no way a criticism. If you explained what happened to every character after the books were finished, you’d have to write a whole new book just on that. It’s not realistic, and you can guarantee that someone would always find another question to ask.

If any of you are familiar with the Lord of the Rings books, you’ll know that there is an appendix at the end that sheds some light on what happens to the characters once the adventure is over. It made me happy reading that, as I knew where Sam, Legolas and Gimli went. I wish all authors could do this. Continue reading “Unanswered Harry Potter Questions”

Sleep Hallucinations

Dreams - Sleep Hallucinations - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI can’t remember if I’ve ever written about this before on here, or whether it’s something I’ve wanted to write about but never got round to. It’s something that happens to me when I’m stressed, or have a lot going on in life, and it’s not something I’ve ever heard anyone else ever talking about before. It runs in my family, with my mum, my aunt and one of my close cousins experiencing the same thing too.

Stress doesn’t appear to affect me during the day. I would generally say that I’m never stressed, until my sleep hallucinations happen. I think that’s the correct term for it, that’s what Google said anyway. It’s only when these hallucinations grace me in the middle of the night that I realise I’m probably not coping as well I should be. Continue reading “Sleep Hallucinations”

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Lauren Mayhew Author

I hope you all had a fantastic night last night and that you’re not suffering too much today! May the partying continue throughout 2018..

2017 was a mixed year for me, as I’m sure it was for a lot of you. There were lots of highs, but just as many lows. I truly hope that 2018 is a bit more peaceful for everyone.

To start the year on a positive, I thought I’d give you all a treat by offering up the Liliana trilogy for only 0.99 on Kindle! Click on the book name to be taken to it on Amazon.

Reality is in a Dream – FREE
Mourning Memories – FREE
Eternity Begins – 0.99

This will be the last offer on these books for a while, so snap them up while you can. The offer ends midnight 5th January. I’ve got lots of other projects in mind which I’ll be sharing with you soon, I hope!

Now go and make 2018 the best year you’ve ever had!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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