April 10, 2015

Hi everybody! Today I'm interviewing the lovely Becky of Becky Bedbug, who has been somewhat of an inspiration of mine since I began serious blogging back in 2013. With her uplifting daily posts which prove that life is always worth living, I have learnt so much in such a short space of time. Whether this be how to punctuate correctly, how to feel good in my own body or plainly which mascara was worth buying, I know I stumbled upon a gold mine the second I stepped on to Becky's blog. Finally, here's my interview with Becky!

What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?
This is a tricky question because I'm not a morning person at all! However, right now the prospect of summer approaching is definitely helping. I love the summer holidays when you can sleep in and wake up to a room filled with glorious warm sunlight, an open window bringing in a fresh breeze with the scent of cut grass and the sounds of birds chirping outside. Bliss!
Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?
I actually have a "Happy Songs" playlist on my itunes so I went through it and chose the five that make me the happiest:
A Town Called Malice- The Jam: The beat in this song is just impossible to wiggle to. Whenever I hear it, I can't help dancing and singing along. In fact, when I was looking for my first teaching position, I used this as my get-pumped pre-interview song to put me in a good, confident mood! It's ironic because the lyrics are actually quite depressing but if you don't listen to them too closely, it's all good!
Creeque Alley- The Mamas and The Papas: This is my favourite band and I grew up listening to their 60s hippy sounds. My dad and I were amazing at singing duets (I sang the girls' part and my dad the boys' part) and this song was our best one. Every time I hear it, I'm taken back to being a little kid in the passenger seat of my dad's car singing at the top of my voice.
Nine in the Afternoon- Panic at the Disco: I was a kind-of fan of PATD in my teens but, by the time they released their second album, I'd got a bit bored of them. Nevertheless, there's something about this song that feels so nostalgic and bittersweet that it always makes me emotional.
Livin' on a Prayer- Bon Jovi: Cheesefest! There's a long running joke in my family that this is OUR song and whenever it comes on the radio/TV we text each other. I'm not really sure how it came about or even what was funny about it but now, every time I hear it, I think of my mum and brother. It's also my karaoke song (not that I've ever done karaoke!)
MmmBop- Hanson: I was a huge Hanson fan as a kid. I had a wall of Hanson posters and they were my first concert when I was 10. (Funnily enough, all my boyfriends have had long hair and I blame Hanson for that!) This is such a feelgood song. It's impossible to feel down listening to it! 
Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.
It has to be my wedding! I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I went to Florida in 2011 to go to a Harry Potter convention (I know, I'm a total loser!) which coincided with the release of the last film. Of course we went to Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios and it was the most magical place. After thinking about it for a while, we decided that it was the perfect place for our wedding. In August 2014, we married in the garden of The Three Broomsticks, overlooking Hogwarts. During the actual wedding ceremony, I was terrified because so many people were watching, but the whole two weeks were just magical. Chilling in Hogsmeade, snorkelling with sharks at Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon, watching the fireworks in Magic Kingdom... It was just the best two weeks of my life! 
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Eek, what a challenging question! I'm not sure, to be honest. Maybe by then we will have started a family, hopefully with a mortgage and having travelled the world some more! I want to visit Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Tokyo and return to Florida in the next few years! 
What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?
Draw! I adore art, although I don't have as much time to dedicate to it as I'd like. When I've had a really bad day, there's something really soothing about picking up a pen and sketching something in great detail. For some reason, I always create my best work when I've had a bad time.

Finally, what is happiness to you?
Happiness for me is freedom. Freedom to explore. Freedom to go in whichever direction I choose, to spend my time however I wish, without any constraints. 
Thank you so much Becky! If you would like to partake in the 'happy interview,' give me a shout at xoliviamae@gmail.com and I'll be sure to respond, have a lovely week y'all!

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