Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Thinking back to this time last year when I was writing about how great 2017 had been… I had no idea that 2018 was going to be as amazing as it was. I mean, wow. What a year!

I like sitting down to write a post like this at the beginning of a new year, because it’s a chance to reflect on what’s changed since this time last year. Am I still the same person that I was? No, not at all. None of us are. We are always changing and growing and realising new things about ourselves, surprising ourselves, exceeding our own expectations. And yeah, we are all disappointing ourselves too: failing at things we thought should be easy, realising we aren’t quite as good as we thought we were at something, and not all of the changes we face are good. But that’s the human experience. We have to take the good with the bad and just roll with it. But this post isn’t about anything bad. Because what’s the point in dwelling on the things that didn’t go so well (unless it’s something we can learn from, of course, but that’s for another day!) No, this post is about my amazing year!

I finished 2018 so full of love and gratitude. On New Year’s Eve, I was literally buzzing with energy all day because I’d taken the time to write down things I was grateful for and the good things that happened that year. Having a years worth of positivity on a page in front of you and on your mind does wonders for your soul. I’m not kidding. Give it a try sometime, it’s not too late.

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Me and Yorick on New Year’s Eve, 2018.

Last year, I started a new tradition. On New Year’s Eve 2017, I wrote a letter to myself. A letter from 2017 Misuzu to 2018 Misuzu. The idea is, you open the letter exactly a year later and if you feel so inclined (as I was), you write another letter to yourself for the following year.

When I sat down to read the letter I wrote at the end of 2017, I was surprised. After a year had passed, I’d completely forgotten what I’d written, so it was new to me. It was like a little bit of Misuzu captured in time, an echo from the person I was the year before. I had written such a  kind and thoughtful note to myself, it was empowering. I didn’t realise how wise I could be until I read that letter from the year before. I definitely recommend this practice. I know it sounds silly, but give it a try. You might be surprised.

But anyway, the reason I’m writing about the little tradition I invented is because that’s in a way what these blog posts are to me. The public version of the letter I wrote to myself. Something to look back on. If I’m ever feeling down in 2019, or things aren’t going according to plan… I’ll look at this post, or the one I wrote last year, and remember all the good and positive things that happened in previous years and be able to capture some of that positive energy I felt on New year’s Eve. A little gift to myself. And you’re along for the ride.

Of course, this post is also a good opportunity for you to see what I’ve been up to and read about things that you might have missed while dipping in and out of social media. Or if you’ve only just realised I exist then here’s a chance for you to get to know me a bit. It’s not entirely for myself. Not entirely.


So I’ve decided to split this post into sections because there’s so much that I want to write about! I was going to go through the year chronologically but there’s too much and it’ll be all over the place… So here we go. Travel. Duo modelling. Photography. Personal life. Music.

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A picture of me looking a bit gothy, just because it seemed time for a picture but I couldn’t think of a relevant one.


Travel

In March 2018, I did my first ever modelling tour outside of England. It was pretty scary to be honest! Knowing that I’d have to negotiate my way around a foreign country by myself, meet a number of new people, and knowing that I would not be able to speak the language (I try to remember basic phrases so as not to be rude but they never stick in my head, I’m bad enough with English 😛 ) was kind of a big deal for me. As it happens, I needn’t have worried as the people I worked with while I was there were fantastic. Such lovely, friendly people. I felt completely looked after during my stay, especially as I was feeling a bit out of my depth when I arrived.

The first photographer I worked with collected me from the airport on the day I arrived and made sure I got back to the airport at the end of my stay even though he didn’t have to. He also made sure I caught the right trains when I was leaving for a different part of the country and he was lovely to spend time with as well as work with. We got some fantastic images from classical portraits and fashion, to more quirky images.

I also stayed with a photography couple while I was there and they fed me amazing food (and they catered to me as a vegan even though they weren’t vegan themselves, which was truly wonderful!) and made me feel welcome in their home. The images I got from my two days I was working with them were amazing!

Going to a foreign country by yourself is something that I now know makes you grow and develop as a person and I’m so grateful to have been given this experience. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to do something like this a few years ago, so I’m very proud of myself for actually arranging this tour and going through with it! There will definitely be a blog post about two of the shoots I did while I was in The Netherlands.

My traditional red wine selfie at the airport, followed by one on my first morning in The Netherlands when it was too sunny to take a good selfie, then a selfie inside just before I started my first shoot of the tour!

Selfie on the canals of Amsterdam and a selfie outside Anne Frank’s house when I got a bit of time to explore in between shoots. Exploring this wonderful city by myself was wonderful.

In April, I went back to Greece for the second time and I stayed for nearly twice as long as I had in November 2017. I learnt so much about the history of Greece as well as working to get some more amazing images… Which I knew we would. I was lucky enough to visit The Devil’s Bridge on Friday the 13th (what are the chances?!) and I got to spend a day in Athens too this time. The experience of ascending the Acropolis and visiting the Parthenon was something I will never forget. As well as exploring more Mycenaean ruins, of course. Something I find extremely fascinating, it’s sort of becoming my thing. I’m grateful to be able to work alongside such a talented photographer to get beautiful, classical images as well as the opportunity to learn about the people who walked those sites 3,500 years before me. Magical. Expect more blog posts about Greece too!

There it is. The red wine airport selfie. And then a bathroom mirror selfie at the airport before I came home. In between these two pictures being taken, I’d had so much fun, learnt a lot and created some amazing art. Although, I was glad to be going home to cuddle with Yorick, I missed him like crazy as it was the longest time I’d spent away from him. 11 days without bunny cuddles is 11 too many.

Selfie from when I revisited my favourite place in the whole world: The Theatre at The Sancturary of Asklepios… And a selfie when I was on the Acropolis in Athens outside the amazing Parthenon. What a place, what an experience!

In October, I had a very last-minute trip. I went to Bulgaria. I was asked if I was available to go late on a Thursday night… The flight out was the following Tuesday afternoon. That’s how short notice this trip was! Saying yes to things is a powerful tool. I said yes, even though the prospect of travelling so far away from home on such short notice (and knowing that the weekend in between me being asked to go and flying out was hella busy!) was daunting and scary but I’m so glad I went. Not only did I have a great time and got some wonderful images from the five photographers that were on the trip, I experienced another culture that is so different to England… and I made a friend.

The other model on the trip is a wonderful latex/fashion model called Stacie Mai. She is amazing at what she does, I mean, like… WOW. But not only that, after spending the week together, we realised we’d become really close.

On this trip, I also met Rosie, the daughter of Colin Grist from Pathways Studio in Chester who organised the trip. Rosie was there helping Colin to renovate the house he has out there, which is where we stayed for the first half of the trip. She was also there to help look after everyone and she was very good at that. Rosie is amazing. She’s funny, kind and really worked hard to ensure everyone was okay. Rosie also made me amazing vegan food and was conscientious enough to ask me about veganism so she knew she was feeding me food I was happy with. I think that was very thoughtful. She also got me an avocado for the road. That girl sure knows the way to a vegan girl’s heart.

I’m grateful to have been asked to go on this trip, I’m grateful for the places I visited and the things I saw while I was there, and I’m grateful for the new friendships I’ve made because I said yes.

The last red wine airport selfie of 2018 and a selfie with Dobby who I made friends with after a 3 hour flight and 5 hour car journey through the night to get to our destination. I miss Dobby.

Me and the wonderful Stacie Mai before we boarded the plane and again when we landed in Bulgaria. We were very drunk by the time we landed and I don’t fully remember getting there. Oops.

Some behind-the-scenes shots (taken by Stacie) of me modelling on the streets of Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria.

On the way  home: the pre-flight selfie and the onboard selfie. I love this girl more than words can say. She is a gem 🙂


Duo Modelling

Prepare for an awful lot of selfies… You have been warned.

So I’d been modelling for a full three years by the time 2018 rolled around and do you know what I’d not really done any of? Duo modelling. I’d done the odd bit where I was in the same frame as another model very briefly on group shoots and at photography events, but it was literally just the odd shot. I’d never done a shoot where the sole purpose was to be modelling with someone else. Weird, huh?

In January, I was asked to do a shoot with Phil Bruce, a local male model, by Kevin Sheldon, the photographer who was the first person I ever worked with and he’s the one who runs the studio I help out at (more on this later). It was January and it was cold, but we had a giggle and got some wonderful shots of the two of us walking around Rudyard Lake. Phil made shooting with him easy because he’s very outgoing and funny and you can’t help but have a good time when you’re working with him. He’d done a lot of shoots with other models, so I was a bit nervous to be working with him if I’m honest, but I needn’t have been. He was great.

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Me and Phil Bruce in January.

It wasn’t until August last year that I did another duo shoot. A photographer I’d worked with a few times, Danny, had also worked with a model from Wales called Leaf. Me and Leaf had been chatting for about a year about possibly doing some duo work together as we both love each other’s work but it never really happened until Danny suggested booking the two of us together. We both jumped at the chance.

So in August, me and Leaf spent an afternoon running through woodland, climbing trees, getting into rivers/waterfalls and frolicking along the beach while Danny took some pictures of the two of us. It was lovely. The next day, we were joined by Silk, another model from Wales. Danny shot the three of us together and we all got on well, creatively and personally. It was a really lovely day. Considering I hadn’t done much work with other models, I was surprised at how natural and how easy it was to work alongside these amazing ladies. It just sort of happened, and I didn’t really need to think about it, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.

In September, me and Leaf organised a duo studio weekend at The X Factory which sold out really quickly. We were impressed by that and we spent two hectic days at the studio, climbing into windows, rolling around in the dust on the floor, draping ourselves over each other and bending ourselves into different shapes. We were exhausted by the time we’d finished, but we had such great fun and some of the pictures from those two days were just outstanding. This isn’t the last time me and Leaf will be collaborating!

A quick selfie in the middle of my duo shoot with Leaf and a group selfie after our trio shoot the next day with myself, Leaf and Silk. These ladies are wonderful to work with.

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Me and Leaf outside the studio on the first day of our duo weekend in September by the sign I made with our names on.

Rolling into August, I met Kelsey. A photographer friend of mine Phil, who I’ve worked with on numerous occasions, had worked with Kelsey and thought the two of us would look good working together and would get on well as people. So we arranged it. A full day shoot, me and Kelsey in Delemere Forest. Phil was right, me and Kelsey do look good as a modelling duo and we got on better than I could have imagined. So we organised a duo studio weekend for October, which went well. We also did some duo self portraits that I’ve yet to edit (sorry Kelsey!) and we generally just chatted and had a laugh in between photographers coming to the studio. We have decided that in 2019, we will be working together a lot more so have come up with a reduced rate for the two of us together. I’m looking forward to the good weather so we can get creating in the wilderness again!

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Me and Kelsey on our duo shoot in August. We have more antics planned for 2019, don’t worry 😀

So I won’t go on too much about me and Stacie because I’ve already written a bit about how we met in the previous section on travel, but I’d like to elaborate a little if you’d let me.

Me and Stacie got the opportunity to model together on the trip and we created some fantastic results. I’d never modelled latex before and that’s sort of Stacie’s thing. So she introduced me to it. It’s always fun to try new things, but having someone who shot a lot of latex to show me the ropes was beneficial. I’m sure part of me and Stacie becoming close was due to us having to be all up in each other’s faces all the time but also, we just clicked. And on top of that, I bet nobody could not be friends after one of you (Stacie) was trying to pull a bit of latex up over the other one’s naked butt (Me). I’m pretty sure she saw wayyyyy more of me than she ever wanted/needed to during that trip but hey, if we weren’t friends before that moment, we certainly were after!

I’m so grateful that she was the other model on the trip because I feel like I’ve found a friend for life. Despite living a bit of a distance away, we’ve already seen each other a few times since then with more plans to meet up on a regular basis, along with Rosie of course.

Two selfies from Bulgaria of me and Stacie. I was so lucky to be modelling alongside her and spending so much time with her.

Me, Stacie and Rosie. These two girls inspire me. I hope to see a lot more of them in 2019.

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Here’s the three of us reunited in early 2019 ❤

There’s a model local to me called Vivian Blue. I’d never met her until this year. Photographers seem to think that all models know each other but it’s not really true. I rarely get to meet other models (unless I’m doing duo work with them, which as I said, I’ve only started to do this year!) so even though we live pretty close to each other, we’d never crossed paths before.

I was helping out a photographer on his shoot with Vivian and that’s how we met. We started chatting and decided to organise a duo weekend together. I did some duo self-portraits of the two of us and we used those to advertise the weekend. We sold out all of the slots. On the weekend, it was freezing because it was November but we soldiered on, getting some cracking shots and having a bit of a giggle along the way (like when Vivian was trying to zip me into a catsuit and the zip broke, and when she accidentally hit me in the face with a metal bar… yep, these things happen!)

The funny thing is that me and Vivian started modelling at the same time. We are the same age. We are the same height. We have a similar build. We shoot similar styles. The only real difference is that she’s very pale and I’m quite tanned. It makes a nice contrast.

We did a Christmas themed group shoot in mid December too. It was even colder than it was on our duo weekend, but we got through (just about, with the help of coffee and hot water bottles!) and I can’t imagine anyone else I’d rather be freezing my ass off in silly Christmas outfits with 😛

Me and Vivian Blue on our duo weekend and again at the Christmas themed group shoot we organised!


Photography

So as most people will know, I’ve been helping out at a local studio called The X Factory. The photographer who set it up, Kevin Sheldon is the first photographer I ever worked with. He asked me to be involved and to help him out. In return, I could use the studio whenever I want. Sweet deal. I ended up working there an awful lot since August and I was there so much that there were times when I was considering just taking a sleeping bag and staying there! I had so many amazing shoots in that space last year with an array of photographers. I have done so much work in that space that I’m proud of. I hope that this continues into 2019.

I organised several duo days (as mentioned in the above section) and I’m rather proud of myself for this because a lot of work goes into making such events run smoothly and the majority of the days I organised alongside other models sold out completely which is absolutely amazing.

In the space, I also did a fair bit of self portraiture. I feel like my photography has come along so much this year and having a studio space with such character and amazing light to play with was amazing. Due to the amount of photography I did in 2018, I was able to design my latest set of business cards using all my own images. I thought that was pretty cool!

My photography has just been getting better and better and I’m really proud of the images I’ve created. My self portraiture is something I pride myself on. It’s a great feeling to know that the whole process start to finish was all my own work. Expect to see more of this in 2019.


Personal Life

So I won’t bang on too much about my own life because I’m sure that’s not overly interesting to anyone else but me and I still want people to read my posts, even if my main motivation for writing them is for myself. But some things need to be noted.

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Here’s a picture of me dicking about in a tree on a walk in summer. Nothing if not a big kid!

In February, I participated in InCoWriMo. For those who don’t know, it stands for International Correspondence Writing Month. You write a letter to a stranger every day in February. And I did. I have made some amazing pen pals with people all around the world because I participated in this event. I already had a few pen pals, but InCoWriMo simply expanded my world-wide network of friends.

My pen pal from Canada, Sonia, definitely deserves a shout out. We have been writing to each other for over two years now and we basically write each other novel-length letters and I absolutely love and treasure our friendship. I keep all the letters I’ve ever received and Sonia had to have her own folder because of the sheer volume of lengthy letters we have exchanged. I love it. Thank you Sonia for your friendship, your letters and your thoughtful gifts on my birthdays and at Christmas. Also, I want to mention my pen pal from New York, Jonathan. I love the letters we exchange and although he’s been having a tough time, he still manages to write to keep me updated and he even sent me a wonderful and thoughtful Christmas gift.

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I don’t have any pictures to do with writing letters so here’s a random picture of me from June when I crimped my hair for the first time.

Now I’m pretty sure that absolutely everyone who knows anything about me will know that Yorick is my best friend in the entire world and I love him more than anything. He turned 5 this year. Obviously he has a million presents and a little party, because how could I not celebrate my fluffy boy’s birthdays?! We had a wonderful day, he was very spoilt. I enjoy every snuggle, every bunny kiss and I even treasure the moments when he gets cross with me for one reason or another and tries to ignore me. Yorick, you’re the best!

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Here is Yorick on his 5th Birthday enjoying his birthday breakfast of parsley (his favourite, mine too), coriander, celery, mint and cavallo nero.

Halloween this year was fun. I didn’t go anywhere. I stayed in. I watched horror movies with my other half. You all know that I still dressed up though, right? I even did a quick little photo shoot just for fun. Playing around with liquid latex was interesting and I’m pretty happy with the results I got considering it was the first time I’d ever used it and basically was winging it! If you haven’t watched Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ yet, then I recommend it. It was amazing. I have yet to read the book though. It’s on my wishlist so I don’t forget!

Anyway, I made a yummy Halloween themed dinner (vegan, of course!). I had an amazing time.

My pumpkin this year. I was pretty proud of him actually. Then a selfie after I’d done my Halloween make up. And finally, the Halloween-themed dinner I made: Mashed potato bats, mummified sausages and pumpkin patch veg (carrots as the pumpkins, kale as the grass and broccoli as the trees). Clearly I have too much time on my hands/am never going to grow up.

A couple of my Misuzu Photography shots from Halloween featuring my liquid latex skills and excessive photoshop on the background to make the shots look tacky because that’s allowed when it’s Halloween!

Something weird happened this year. After being someone who despises sport (yes, that’s a strong word and I mean it 100%), I was tempted into watching the last few World Cup games this year because England got really far. I mean wow, well done England! Getting as far as we did was pretty exciting. I watched the final even though we weren’t in it and was happy to see France win (I wasn’t a fan of the Croatia team in general). But anyway, when it was over, I found myself feeling a bit lost, so I ended up getting drawn into the Nation’s League after that. Possibly just because of Harry Kane *swoon*. I’ve been watching a lot of football in the last half of this year. I actually understand the offside rule too. Get me. I’m really getting into this football nonsense, and I barely recognise myself while I sit there cheering on our team and shouting, ‘come on lads’ (I’m not even kidding, I genuinely heard myself saying that and thought, ‘who the hell am I? What have I become?!’) Embarrassing, considering I’ve always thought watching sport was pointless.

Here’s the best part: because of my sudden newfound interest in football, me and my partner decided to start watching American football. And do you know what happened? I absolutely fell head over heels in love with the game, I’m not even exaggerating. New Orleans has always been a bit of a thing in our household. We celebrate Mardi Gras every year and there’s rarely a day that goes by where New Orleans jazz and/or blues isn’t played at some point. So the obvious choice for an American football team to support would be the New Orleans Saints. As it happens, the Saints have been having an amazing season and ended up getting the first seed in the playoffs. Woop. Good time to start supporting a team, eh? Anyway, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara work their magic on the field. One of my close friends in America even sent me a Saints shirt for Christmas which was amazing. Now I’m a proper fan. Fingers crossed to see the Saints in the Super Bowl this year! #WhoDat #WhoDatNation #NewOrleansSaints

Selfies in my super awesome New Orleans Saints Football shirt. The first was just after I got it on Christmas day and the other two were taken just before the first Saints game of 2019 🙂

I continued my avid reading this year. I read a total of 52 books. That’s not quite as many as I read in 2017 as I finished that year having read 57 books in total. A lot of my time for reading comes from spending a ridiculous amount of time on trains, which I just haven’t done this year as most of my work has been local. But I set a goal and reached it. One book a week on average. You can see the list of what I read in 2018 by clicking here if you’re interested at all.

I also wrote a short story in 2018 called ‘The Railway Rabbits’ based on my favourite bunny. Of course, Yorick is the main character. Who’s surprised? Nobody. I’m super proud of this story and a lot of my close friends and family have already read it and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on it. I’m grateful to everyone who’s read it so far for taking the time to read my little bit of silliness.

Nothing to do with writing, but some pictures of me that I feel capture my personality a bit. They are both from a trip I took in June with my friend. We spent a day at Dovedale. The first picture is me being silly as usual. The second is on the stepping stones where I modelled once back in 2015. My friend said, ‘do a pose like you did that time you shot here’ so I did. It looks a bit less impressive when you’re wearing a Harry Potter hoodie and Converse shoes, but still. The memory is there.

I also wanted to note that I had an amazing Christmas. We had an extra guest at Christmas which was a welcome change! I’m always one to try and spread the magic of Christmas to anyone and everyone, because I love Christmas and everything it stands for. Having an extra person around to share in the festivities was lovely.

Also, I was very much spoilt at Christmastime. I had so many people express gratitude towards me, lots of wonderful Christmas cards with touching messages inside, and even had some unexpected gifts from people whom I didn’t expect to be on their gift list. I’m so grateful and felt very loved and appreciated this year. Particularly thoughtful gifts I received this year include: Books (obviously a good choice with me, especially since my wish list is probably 90% books), New Orleans Saints shirt, remote trigger for my camera (for my self portraiture), a book about whales (I love whales), a banana (yep, you read that right), a llama travel mug, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, and a personalised book about me and Yorick.

Thank you to everyone who made my Christmastime special with messages, letters, gifts and hugs. I felt so much love and positivity this holiday season. It was amazing, definitely my best Christmas so far.

Two silly Christmas Day selfies. I love Christmas!! Check out my amazing Christmas jumper!

Two selfies from before Christmas. The first one was just before a Christmas party where I wore jingle bells in my hair and had a stash of candy canes in my bag. I am Christmas personified. The second one was showing off my fab Christmas t-shirt. Dinosaurs + Christmas = Super Happy Misuzu.

Selfies with my family. Me and my wonderful nan on the left (she hasn’t really got the hang of selfies yet, bless her) and on the right, me with my grumpy dad and my beautiful mom.


Music

So I usually write about the bands I’ve seen that year, because music is important to me. So here we go, I will try to be brief as I’m sure if you’re still reading this, you’re waiting for me to wrap it up.

In February, I went to see Bowling For Soup (my favourite band) for the second time and it was pretty last minute. I couldn’t really justify the cost of the tickets, travel, hotel, merch, drinks, food etc. when the tickets went on sale, but I found myself in a position to be able to afford to go a few days before the event. I was lucky to get tickets to be honest as most of the places were sold out, but I managed to get tickets to see them in Manchester. I know I would have regretted it if I missed the chance to see them as they are an American band, so it’s not like they’re always touring the UK!

So I got tickets and me and my partner went to Manchester to see my favourite band! They were being supported by a band called the Aquabats! that I hadn’t heard of before, but I absolutely love them now. Their set was so full of energy, it was funny and lively. They even had inflatables that they threw out into the crowd. At one point, they sent a child out into the audience crowd surfing on an inflatable slice of pizza. I’m not even kidding. It was great fun.

Of course, seeing Bowling For Soup who have been my favourite band for the majority of my life (not an exaggeration here) was just amazing. I’m so glad I was able to go. Also, being in Manchester means going to get falafel too, which is always good.

MC Bat Commander of The Aquabats! followed by Bowling For Soup (in order left to right: Gary, Chris, Jaret, Eric) and a gig selfie of me and the other half in the crowd 🙂

In September 2017, I went to See Jaret Reddick, the lead singer of Bowling For Soup, in his solo acoustic tour called Heartache and Hilarity. I went by myself. In London. It was a proud moment. The gig was amazing. More personal than their usual shows, and very touching. So when I found out that Jaret was coming back for Heartache and Hilarity Too, and he was bringing The Dollyrots with him (another of my favourite bands)… of course I had to get tickets and go, this time dragging my partner with me. It was amazing. I also got to meet Kelly after the gig too, one of the highlights of last year for me!

The gig was in Liverpool and so I got chance to explore a bit of Liverpool, rather than simply going there for work and coming straight home, which had been the deal on my previous visits to Liverpool. I found an all vegan pub for dinner before the gig and a then found a place that was all vegetarian and did a vegan breakfast for us to refuel the morning after. We also visited The Cavern Club, which was amazing. I can’t believe it had taken me 27 years to go there. If you haven’t been yet, you need to get down there. It’s an experience.

Mirror selfie of my outfit for the gig, and a pre-gig selfie of me and Matt waiting in line outside the venue!

Luis and Kelly of the Dollyrots on the left and Jaret Reddick on the right.

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Kelly was hanging around after the gig. This woman inspires me. I’m so happy to have been able to give her a hug and get a quick picture with her. The Dollyrots truly love and appreciate their fans and I think that’s wonderful.

Me and Matt in The Cavern Club and me in The Cavern Club wearing merch from the gig the night before!

In November, I got to see Reel Big Fish. From backstage. No kidding. That was really really cool. I saw their sound check, hung out on the tour bus, and watched the entire show from backstage. Everyone was really really nice to me while I was there. I will treasure the experience of meeting these talented people forever 🙂

Me and Billy Kottage outside the gig venue… And me wearing his hat, because why not.

Two selfies with Matt Appleton (one after soundcheck and one just before the band went onstage) and a selfie with Ed Beach after the set.

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A shot of the band as they were going on stage. I just thought this was pretty cool 😛


2019 Goals and Resolutions

So, onto the main reason for this post. Below is what I wrote were my goals for 2018 as it seems like a good place to start. I’ve just copied and pasted it from the post I wrote at the beginning of 2018.

My Goals for 2018

So I’m just going to write down a few things here that I want to achieve this year. Some are more personal, and some are more to do with my modelling work. If I post it on the internet, then I have to try twice as hard to achieve them. That’s how it works, right?

Anyway, here goes:

  • Blog more (first post of 2018, check!)
  • Plan more modelling tours, including Scotland and Ireland (because I’ve wanted to do that since I first started modelling!)
  • Go back to work in Greece again, if Rick will have me!
  • Put more effort into my own photography.
  • Read at least 52 books this year too. Because only good things can come from reading more.

There, it’s on the internet now, so I have to try extra hard. Accountability. It works wonders 😛

I did some of them. Okay so I always say I’m going to blog more and I never get around to it.I blogged a bit in 2018, as I wanted to but I’m going to try extra hard to actually achieve that this year.

I didn’t plan as many modelling tours as I wanted to because I was simply too busy locally, especially in the last half of the year. There’s still so much of England that I haven’t explored yet and so many photographers I’ve yet to work with who are simply too far away so I desperately want to travel England more this year… As well as going abroad again, obviously.

The last three goals, I did achieve. I did make it back to Greece, I expanded my own photography more than I could have possibly imagined and I hit my goal of 52 books as I mentioned earlier.

Three and a half out of five for 2018 isn’t bad going! I’m going to try extra hard this year to hit my targets and achieve my goals. And here they are:

  • Travel to Europe as much as last year, if not more.
  • Blog properly (come on now, Misuzu. You can do it. No excuses).
  • Organise modelling tours to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. It’s about time you just did it.
  • Continue to develop your photography skills and aim to sell some of your work.
  • Read another 52 books at least.
  • Write another short story. Or two. Go for two. Shoot for the stars. Also do something with the story you’ve already written, don’t just let it sit there on your hard drive, for goodness sake!
  • Take the chance to see the bands you like when they’re playing near you.

I think these are attainable goals. And they will make me happy. So I’m going to do it. here’s to an amazing 2019.

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I feel like this needed an image at the end so here you go. Throwback to summer when it was crazy hot and I constantly felt like I was melting.


That you to anyone who made it all the way through my rambling, slightly self-absorbed post. I love and appreciate you more than you know. I hope 2019 brings you everything you want and more and I’d like to wish you a slightly belated Happy New Year. Go out there and smash your goals and achieve your dreams!


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