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Forget January being the most depressing month of the year, in showbiz world January is awards season. One of the biggest awards ceremonies of the year is the National Television Awards. So, I thought it would be a good idea to take some friends to the ceremony and not to be working but going there to enjoy the evening. I cannot think of a better way to rid any January blues, if there ever were any. It would be the first outing of the year and a glam one at that!

There were five of us going, and we started our day mid-morning by getting a train to London. My train journeys to London usually involve a lot of work for the two hours. This train journey consisted of no work but a lot of laughs – the two hours just flew. I never had such a laugh getting a cab but then I didn’t often travel with four other girls. When I got to the hotel, I had a meeting scheduled but that was fun too and made it into a lunch meeting! Straight after the meeting, we all got ready together and that’s always fun too. With five girls together, hair and make-up were taken care of. Usually the best part of the evening is the getting ready than the actual event. The cab journey in the London traffic was even fun, it helped we had a friendly and chatty driver.

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The awards were great – we had fab seats, and it was just a great atmosphere on the night. One thing I had about large venues and their seating arrangements is the actual seats and not getting enough leg room. As our seat were at the front of the row, we had more than plenty of leg room – wearing heels, we appreciated this. The show lasted for two and a half hours and throughout the evening, there was a fantastic atmosphere.

The worst part of the night was the fact that it was raining and our taxi driver couldn’t locate where we were, because he didn’t know where he was! So we were going around in circles trying to locate him, in the rain. So can you imagine five girls with no coats, in the rain – our glad rags and hair were soaked and we weren’t the best impressed.

The National Television Awards are open to the public too – if you’ve not been, it is definitely worth going to. It’s held at the O2 Arena, so wherever you’re sitting, you’re probably sure of getting a great view. Not many awards shows are ticketed, so if you can get to the O2 for next year, you’ll be in for a great treat!

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Oh January, what a month you have been; a mixture of good and bad!

We’re so drilled into thinking January is the most depressing month of the year. I wasn’t depressed this month – I was excited! Excited for the year ahead – I still am.

I woke up on the first day of the year in a hotel spa – not a bad way to start 2014! The only thing I had booked for the day was a 2 hour massage. It did me so much good being away on my own, doing the things I wanted and just stepping away from my life for a bit. I did a lot of reading, planning and thinking. 2013 hadn’t ended the way I wanted it but I was determined to start 2014 my way.

The first thing I did as soon as I got back – before I even got home was to see my friend Sharon. We had a great coffee catch up and planning the year ahead. It was definitely going to be a year of spending time with good friends, that’s for sure!

Sadly, as a family we did receive some bad news. My mum’s cousin had passed away, so that was a very sad time for the family because of how young he was and the circumstances surrounding his death.

The most exciting thing I had planned for January was going to the National Television Awards with some friends. I made sure it wasn’t going to be a work thing, but more of a social thing to take some friends along to. We had great seats and had such a brilliant time.

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions but one thing I was adamant of doing this year is seeing my friends more and making time for them. Apart from the National TV Awards, I’m pleased to say I managed to meet 3 of my friends for dinner this week. I also got to schedule dinner and movies with my uncle (who is like a dad to me) – the movies didn’t happen because he was too tired. I also got to meet a Twitter friend too. I love meeting people from Twitter as I feel there are so many wonderful people I follow on Twitter and it’s actually good to meet them in the real world!

On the last day of the month, I am going to see my friend Kate to bid her goodbye as she leaves for her new life in Australia. I’m going with my friend Lizzie, so despite being exhausted, I am looking forward to ending the month with good friends!

What else I did this month:
• I bought a car
• A lot of business planning
• Booked myself onto something I find difficult and scary
• Bumped into an old friend on the way to work and she is now helping me with a personal endeavour
• Failed at something I wanted to achieve for a while but picked myself back up and facing it again in February

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Dear 2014

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Every year, I write a letter to the year ahead and then read it again come 31st December. I don’t know why I do it, but I do. So this year, I have decided to publish mine on here;

Dear 2014,

Oh 2014 – what high hopes I have for you. Such high hopes – you won’t even believe. I am hopeful for what you will bring. There’s a whole 12 months ahead that I can’t wait to live and experience through. I also have a feeling you’re going to fly by and that makes me feel sad – will I accomplish all I want to this year? But even if I don’t, I hope I have 2015 to complete it in.

I have tried to plan as much as I can for you, I really have. I have also tried to be realistic – I am not always sure of the definition of realistic but I have tried to stick close to it as possible. One thing is for sure, you don’t promise to provide nights of lots of sleep. But that’s okay because I never look back on the years and think about the nights I got a lot of sleep. Things don’t happen when you’re asleep, they happen when you’re awake, so I intend to be awake as much as possible during 2014.

All I know about you is that there are a few weddings, some good dinner parties and lots of work to be done during the time you’re around. I hope to spend a lot of time with new and old friends – but please don’t let me unfriend anyone else. I doubt you will because the friends I entered 2014 with are the friends I want around – the others have had their exits. I have two secret wishes that I hope you make come true, one during the first month of the year and the second, well as long as you begin on the process of that, I don’t mind when it completes.

As many hopes and dreams I have for you, I know that doesn’t really matter. You’re going to do what you’re going to do and do you know what? That’s quite alright. I like control, crave it in fact, but I know sometimes I need to be shaken up and for things to go unplanned and unscheduled. I need to be thrown off guard at times and that’s quite alright. Life is nothing if not full of learning and I am all up for the learning! So all I will say to you is, whatever you have in store, I am ready for you – so bring it on. You may be able to do a lot of things, but one thing you won’t be able to do is defeat me. I may be down, I may be down a while but I will find the strength to get back up and fight. We may be in for quite a ready, so come on, and show me what you’ve got for I am ready! But just a piece of advice, fasten your seat belt – you’re in for a bumpy right ride!

Regards,

Mayah x

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