Sunday, 10 March 2013

Mothering, Mum's right foot & Me.

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Well it's that special time of year again where we thank all the amazing women around the world for doing the most important job... Being a mother. 

Since my mumsy has only recently begun the healing process from her foot surgery, it's been nice to look after her for the past couple of weeks and with today being mothers day it was no exception. Being able to look after her and give her loads of treats today has been lovely, and she truly deserves it. I've been serving all her meals in bed, got a bouquet of flowers delivered to the house and since she handcrafts cards for everyone around her, I thought she deserved to have one made just for her! Not to mention whipping up a simple childhood favourite Angel Delight, what's not to like about that? 

I truly adore my mumsy, I mean it hasn't exactly been the perfect day for her... I think as a family we're beginning to realise the healing process for mum's foot is going to take a lot longer than expected. But hey, everybody heals differently! But I know it must be frustrating for mum. 

Myself & my beautiful Mumsy 
Now here comes the mushy stuff...

I adore my mumsy & couldn't be more grateful to have her in my life. She's supported me through so much, just in the last year alone. I tend to call her the 'voice of reason' because she's that little voice in my head that's always telling me to 'keep going', 'get back up & try again' and 'never take no for answer'. I just hope with caring for my mum these past couple of weeks I've been able to show her just how much she means to me, it's nice to be able to repay her a little for everything she's done for me.

Love your mum, treat her like a Queen & please never take her for granted. It's the only job where the hours are 24/7 and you don't get paid for doing it :-).

Peace & Love.
Ginny x 

Sunday, 10 February 2013

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” - Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

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I turned 24.
I survived the so-called ‘end of the world’.
I made New Years resolutions that I knew I’d be able to keep.
I made myself a promise that this year would be better.
And so far… it is!

Yes, I know it’s only February and it’s too early to say, but this is already turning out to be such a fantastic year. “How?” I hear you ask. Well…. I’m back to dancing classes after a couple of years, taking up Ballet & Tap. I already have acting work lined up in May, an audition for more work a week today & myself and my amazing Mumsy are going to see live the legendary Fleetwood Mac in October!! Not too shabby, right?

Next on my agenda of ‘Making 2013 an amazing year’ list, is finding a flat with my beloved BB [Broadway Buddy, to you] Andy in the big smoke! A big task? Oh yes!! Am I scared? Hell yes!! But I’m 24, I’m responsible and above all… I’m ready. Sometimes, you just know when something is right, an epiphany for one of a better word and when I turned 24 it hit me like a ton of bricks that this would be the year that I’d make the big move. I wish I could tell you how I know this, but I can’t, I just have do it now! Sigh.

Moving on!

This is also going to be a major year for my Mumsy as well, as tomorrow she goes into hospital for foot surgery… It’s nothing serious, but it is something that needs to be sorted. What the surgery will do is hopefully release her of pain when walking in the future, so it’s very important to her that she does this. I know it’s selfish, haha, But I can’t wait for her to be home for the next couple of months!! Ok, I know she’ll be incredibly uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, but it’ll allow myself & my dad to look after her the way she looks after us and everyone else around her! Mushy, I know but V-Day is coming up after all!

Basically, this is going to be a year of change and metamorphosis for the Quinn family [Yes, the whole family… As my dad turns 50 this year! Shhhh!].

Happy Chinese New Year!! Here’s to the Year of the Snake!

Peace & Love.

Ginny x

Monday, 26 November 2012

Que Sera Sera.

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Tomorrow is a rather important day for me.

I turn 24.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this yet, I mean, I know I have no choice about the matter! I don’t mean it like that… What I mean is it’s not a mile stone birthday or an important year as such. It’s one of those ‘odd years’. I found turning 23 odd too. Is that just me? Well either way, I’m determined to make turning 24 a blast. It will be an excellent year for me, I’m sure of it.

When turning 23, I had all these plans and so much enthusiasm for the year ahead. I had been working consistently, I had a partner & everything was moving in the right direction. But during this year, all those things I worked so hard for seemed to disappear one by one, quickly making this year, horrid and unbearable (apart from the last two months, I may add). I’m very glad to be leaving it all tomorrow; I’m not letting this happen again. For me, turning 24 is kind of like my ‘New Year’. I have all these resolutions for myself and I just need to fulfill them…

And before you even think about it… No, none of them are about going on a diet.

Nothing extreme! Just things I want to succeed in, plans I've been making but actually getting off my bum and doing them! Not just say I’m going to do them, and never end up doing anything about it.

Since my tour finished on the 16th, I've been desperate to get back into work and although I've got an understudy job which only takes up a day of my time unfortunately. I’m using the time sufficiently, rather than moping that I haven’t got any full time pantomime work… Which is what I’d normally be doing, I’m not going to lie… This year is different. I have a lot of goals I want to achieve and hopefully they’re achievable ones!

Expecting things from myself that are either ridiculous or impossible, wouldn't be an unusual thing for me!

So I’m going to enjoy tomorrow whatever happens, and here’s to being a fabulous 24 year old.

Peace & Love.
Ginny x  

Sunday, 7 October 2012

What happens on tour, stays on tour. Except when I post it on blogger...

Snapshot 15.

Well, here I am. I’m sat in my beautiful accommodation (for the week), in the stunning countryside of Lincolnshire (near Grimsby to be more precise) and it’s suddenly dawned on me that I’ve already been on tour a week.

The rehearsal week seemed to take forever, being that it was split in two. But there’s nothing better than having complete freedom on the road and knowing now the show is all down to you and you can mix it up. Well you’re not really supposed to, but it keeps us on our toes! You’ll be happy to know I’m getting on really well with my team, which is good considering we've all come from different places and backgrounds.

Matt is a 30-something year old from Liverpool, with years of experience in this industry and has a family all of his own, which comes in handy as all he’s done is look after me so far (bless him haha)! That’s because for the first time in my life, I’m now the baby of the group! Rachel is from Manchester and fresh out of drama school. Then there’s me! Kind of the middle person (apart from being the youngest!) I've been doing this T.I.E thing for a couple of years, didn't go to drama school but determined to get where I want to be.

So… There’s my team!

Our first week went pretty well, we've already been dubbed ‘The Dream Team’ by Claire Bird (she’s the road safety officer of E. Lincolnshire… And she knows good places to eat cake hehe!!). So, fairly happy! Most of the schools we've been to this week have been amazing and very receptive towards our play…. However, there’s always the odd school were you just want to kill them all and let the ground swallow you whole *ahem*.

But hey! Cést la vie, eh?

I’m going to enjoy myself, watch 'Downton Abbey' tonight, have a glass of wine & have a lovely day off tomorrow! Yes. I have a day OFF tomorrow.

Hope you all have a good start to the week ^.^!

Peace & Love.

Ginny x

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Suitcase Kid.

Snapshot 14.

I simply cannot believe I’m back into work on Monday!

It’s taken long enough to come around, but now it’s crunch time I’m second guessing myself. Thinking all the time “Am I ready for this ‘living out of a suitcase life’ again?” And I know what the answer is….


Touring theatre. Many people hate it, as it’s not much of a ‘life’. There’s no stability, no feeling of ‘going home after work’… You’re kind of living your life very much ‘up in the air’ and you never know where you’re going to be travelling to next. But at the moment touring theatre is my life and has been for quite some time & in the big wide acting world it’s really all I know.

And you know what? I LOVE IT! Hehe.

Oh! Before I pop off, here’s a lovely little quote that’s really inspired me lately:

If we discover a desire within us that nothing this world can satisfy, we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world” – C.S. Lewis

Peace & Love.
Ginny x 

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Next Chapter...

Snapshot 13

So, 13? Unlucky for some?

Well, I think it’s fair to say I’ve had my own share of bad luck in the past month or so… Hence my absence. Unfortunately, one week in July I lost my Auntie and I broke up with my boyfriend of 4 years. Tough, right?

You have no idea…

My auntie was such a wonderful person, she had the most infectious laughter and her smile could brighten up even your darkest day! She’ll be greatly missed, but her laughter will echo in my mind forever. 

My ex-boyfriend… Again, he was such a wonderful person. But we both had different plans for the future ahead; and although all of them included each other, the plans couldn’t have been further apart.

But with change and great sadness, light must emerge from the darkness… Mustn’t it? Well, you’d be right about that!! As if some grand miracle had come from out of nowhere, I then received 4 auditions in one month (and leading up to this point, I hadn’t an audition in 8 months!!) then subsequently got offered a job with one of those companies!!

When Charlie Chaplin famously said “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles” I know now that he was right. 

I’m now very hopeful for the future. A new acting job and the meeting of new people, the chance to move to London next year, and above all getting what I want out of life. A teacher once wrote down in my leavers book “Remember, life is what YOU make it”, and she couldn’t have been more right and I’ve now got the chance to make it amazing.

As long as you’re happy, you can do anything.

Peace & Love.
Ginny x  

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

"At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry" - Les Misérables

Snapshot 12.

Where does the time go? Seriously.

I’m super excited! I’ve been given something to look forward too! I received the best news the other day, that I’m invited to one of my best friend’s wedding in July!! Excited doesn’t even cover it!! Out of my entire university class, a few others and I got invited to go; I have never felt so privileged.

Although, this does mean I have to get a new outfit, as I certainly wasn’t planning on going to a wedding this year! But I do get to go back to my beloved Wales and see some of my wonderful friends that I have seen since I graduated in 2010!

Talking about friends I haven’t seen in a while… I had the best time last month when I was lucky enough to see two of my greatest friends, at the same time I was visiting my boyfriend. We met, shopped, got drunk and ate greasy food. Ah, it was exactly like old times. Well isn’t that what university was all about, apart from the studying? Yes! Yes, it was! I can honestly say I needed that.

It reminded of being at home and trying so desperately to get a job that I was forcing myself to grow up, be responsible and have no fun. Although no one at home expected that of me, in the slightest. I was still expecting that of myself. I’m like that… But being in that company I felt like a teenager again I didn’t have a care in the world. Yes things had changed, but we hadn’t.

Friends are so important to me; it does worry me sometimes to lose contact with them for just a month or so, as one month can turn into six and so on. You’ve just got to hope that others are willing to keep in touch as much as you are. It is difficult; I’m not going to lie! I find it much easier to stay in contact with my wonderful friend in America, than I do with a friend who maybe only lives in the Midlands! Crazy, eh?

Do people still write letters anymore? I still get excited when I see some cute stationary in WHSmith! I’m easily pleased, I know! I must admit getting a handwritten letter through the door addressed to you is still one of the greatest feelings in the world. That someone took the time to sit down and write you something. It’s a huge novelty these days.

Why not get in touch with some old friends & make someone smile this Mayday bank holiday!

To inspire you, here are some photos of
my wonderful friends & I!

Peace & Love.
Ginny x