May 01, 2015

Gingerly Pale is written by Jess, a rather fabulous Irish lass whose happy outlook on life was one of the inspirations for creating the happy interview series, even in the face of adversity Jess' posts are always filled with happiness and that makes me smile rather a lot. Filled with lifestyle posts, book reviews and frank discussions, Gingerly Pale is the place to be if you wish to spend a few hours perusing through thought provoking content with a cup of tea, I especially liked Jess' post on Scottish universities which you can read here. Here's the happy interview!
What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?
I would simply say that my motivation mainly comes from the opportunity to seize every day as it comes and the fact that I'll never get the same twenty four hours back - life is precious, and I think it would be seriously ungrateful of me if I chose to ignore that. Also - this year is one of the most important of my life, so every day brings the potential to learn new things, to make new memories and to try and to be a better person, and I can't do that happed up in my room asleep!

Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?
'Pocketful of Sunshine' - Natasha Beddingfield:
This song is one that brings back a shedload of memories from the summer of my third year in high school when I spent every day travelling somewhere different and going on adventures with my friends - it was a summer I look back on with such fond memories and hearing this song takes me right back to those summer barbecues and waterfights.
'Just Be Held' - Casting Crowns:
I will go to Casting Crowns when I've had a bad day - the chorus, 'if your eyes are on the storm, you'll wonder if I love you still...but if your eyes are on the cross, you'll know I always have and I always will - is enough to make me remember that I am loved unconditionally and that I am valued beyond words. It's one of those songs which gives me confidence in myself and that I have a purpose - even when I feel overwhelmed or even a little lost. 
'Pieces' - Ella Henderson:
You know those songs which you blast and proceed to dance around your room as if you're a professional? This ballad is one I'll stick on when I'm frustrated with life and it never fails to make me feel empowered and better about myself.
'Shake It Off' - Taylor Swift: 
This is the ultimate carefree song - Taylor just has this amazing ability to encourage me to shake off my worries and to embrace who am - and to live simply and to pursue my dreams as if I could do absolutely anything I set my mind to.
'Don't You (Forget About Me)' - Simple Minds 
I love love love this song. It makes me smile every time I hear it as it increases my self worth a colossal amount and it just has that happy (can I say retro?) vibe to it. 

Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why. 

Two summers ago, I went on a road trip beginning in America and ending in Canada. They were simply the best two weeks of my life as I was able to soak up the polar opposite cultures of the bright city lights and the amazing solace of the 'lake life'. I can't put into words just how content I felt canoeing down an incredibly beautiful part of the world, but it felt like I was on top of the world and it was dream like. I met the most incredible people and made the most wonderful memories - I want to go back so badly!

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Hopefully having completed my Masters in English and in a job I love - and having finished watching The Office, bought a Kitchen Aid mixer and still going after my dreams. 

What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?

I buy myself a patronisingly labelled 'share bag' of Tayto Spirals crisps, eat all of them and look up videos of cats. I pray, turn to my bible, spend time with my amazing friends and try to shrug off the hurt by trying to see the bigger picture. 

Finally, what is happiness to you?

To me, happiness is contentment. It's that feeling when everything seems completely right in that moment, and you wouldn't want to change it for the world. It's when you can't keep the smile off your face, the ugly laughter when you can't speak and you're crying real tears and it's when you're not worrying about a thing, because you know that every little thing is going to be alright (and I definitely didn't steal that last part...).

Thank you Jess! If you would like to be involved in the happy interview series, email me at xoliviamae@gmail.com.
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