What I've Been Up To Recently

Life is a funny ol' thing...


As 'lockdown 2.0' comes to an end, I've realised how much of an "all or nothing" kind of guy I am - there never seems to be any middle ground for me. I'm either sat twiddling my thumbs with zero plans, or I'm all systems go (no rest for the wicked!)

Thankfully life has been much busier over the past few weeks and I'm back feeling motivated with a purpose again. So for today's post I thought I would share some of the exciting things I've been up to from the comfort of my home!


Chaos TV


As you all may know, it's no secret that I would love to work within the media one day - as I love all things TV, magazine and radio. So when given the opportunity to co-host Chaos TV via the charity Active8, of course I said yes!


Unfortunately the file size is too big for me to upload the full episode here, however I have included a couple short clips from our segment below. Please bear with some of the dodgy internet connections, I have since upgraded my wifi package - woop woop!

We were given a live 40 minute slot to fill and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be a semi-presenter of sorts. As a group, we planned some interesting chats / debates, as well as attempting an unofficial world record challenge... which of course turned out to be a massive fail haha.

RAREfest


I made a promise to myself earlier on this year to challenge myself and say YES to more work opportunities. So with that in mind, I was recently approached by the team at Cambridge Rare Disease Network and asked if I would speak on a panel for their online festival.

This was incredibly daunting at first but after several zoom calls and meetings with my fellow panelists, I was truly honoured to be involved. With over 850+ people registered to attend the online event, this was an amazing opportunity for our group to raise some disability awareness and of course promote our individual projects as well.


You can catch my introductory speech 7 minutes into the video below:

Thanks to this experience I have met some great people and I definitely feel more confident to do something like this again in the future.


BBC Spotlight


If you follow me on social media then you may have already seen the clip below... however I'm super proud of it, so sod it - I'm sharing it again!


BBC Spotlight (my local tv news) contacted me and asked if I would film a 'video diary of sorts' for one of their upcoming programs. The piece features me & Ralphy living our everyday life in lockdown, and I'm really pleased with how it all turned out.


I really am grateful for all these opportunities to showcase my blog work. But at the end of the day... it was Ralphy who stole the show!

Movember


As another month comes to an end, I would just like to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who got involved and supported my Movember challenge.


Together we raised a total of £185 which is just incredible! Although it may not have been my best look (and the upper-lip itches were driving me crazy) I really appreciate all the love and awareness we raised for this fantastic charity.


My donation page is still live, so any spare pennies would be a lovely boost to round off the challenge. Here is a perfectly unnecessary close-up shot of my final tash, 4 weeks after no shaving....

I hope you are all doing ok and keeping yourself safe & well.


Speak soon,

Ross xx