Cheer up Tuesdays – Ayden

I am really excited for this evening’s post, because I have something new to introduce to the blog! I wanted to start a regular feature, and a feature that would allow me to invite some of my favourite bloggers onto ‘A Rosie Outlook’.  I also wanted to think of something that was in keeping with the rest of my blog.  So without further ado, I bring you….

As cheesy as it sounds, I like to think that I am a pretty positive person, and it was always my intention to use this blog for good things – having said that, I also think that Tuesdays are positively the worst day of the week (you’re not the beginning of the week, you’re not the middle, what are you trying to be Tuesday?) and we could all use a little happiness on a Tuesday.

With this in mind, every two weeks I will be featuring a favourite blogger of mine, talking about what makes them happy.  As Ayden from Little Blog of Horrors is not only my favourite little blogger, but always comes across as such a cheery, lovely person, I thought she would be ideal to be the first! So here she is…

1. For those readers that don’t already know you, tell us a little bit about yourself…

Hello 🙂 My name is Ayden, I am 21 and I live in a lovely little town between Glasgow and Edinburgh, in Scotland. I have a blog called the Little Blog Of Horrors, which I started writing as a reflective exercise when I was at uni. When I discovered the awesome online community that existed via blogging, my blog started to morph into more of a personal diary and less uni related. Thus, the Little Blog Of Horrors was born! (I even have my own Audrey monster now)

2. Tell me five things that make you happy…

Drinking tea, eating cupcakes, pop punk music, my wonderful boyfriend, cuddles with my guinea pigs Oscar and Alfie. These are the 5 main components of my day when I really sit down and think about it haha 🙂

3. If ever you do feel down, what song or songs do you put on to cheer yourself up?

Without a doubt (as mentioned above) pop punk music is a sure winner to cheer me up when I am feeling down. My music taste hasn’t changed much since I was 15, which sounds pretty cringeworthy but to be honest it just makes me so happy! The nostalgia certain bands and songs give me is a feeling I will never get sick of. Luckily my boyfriend shares the exact same taste in music as me, so dragging him along to gigs is never a problem 🙂 A few of my favourite bands include Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Forever The Sickest Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Dashboard Confessional, The Get Up Kids, The Early November, Biffy Clyro, A Day To Remember, and City and Colour.

4. What’s your happiest memory? Or a memory you think of that always makes you smile?

I actually have 3 memories from the past year or so which when I think back to them, I know I was in the most happiest state of mind I’ve ever been in. No demons, no paranoia, no insecurities, no fears… just a genuine feeling of contentment. My 21st birthday, my graduation day and swimming in Lake Bled, Slovenia, during my month travelling europe last summer. I feel like I finally have the right people around me in my life to allow me to be the best person I can be. It took a while, but I got there eventually <3

5. Describe your perfect day.

A perfect day for me would be getting up early and heading over to the east coast for an early morning surf. Afternoon tea in a cafe by the beach (Cafe Irie in Cornwall is my most favourite place in the entire world, and my number one choice if I could be morphed from Edinburgh to Newquay in a jiffy) Assuming this morphing around the country could continue, I’d pop over to Carnaby street in London to find a nice outfit and some new makeup. I’d then jet back up to Glasgow for dinner with my girls at Sapporo Teppanyaki, followed by cocktails at Malmaison, and a night of dancing at the ABC. I’d have to top it off with a night in the awesome Citizen M hotel or even Blythswood Square if I was feeling REALLY extravagant. But yeah… that mega operation of whizzing around the country, and hopefully not running out of steam (or money, haha) sounds like a pretty awesome wee day to me.

6. One of the reasons I wanted to pick you for the first ‘Cheer up Tuesday’ is that you always come across on your blog as having such a positive attitude to life.  How do you maintain that?

Thank you Rosie, I really appreciate that you think that. I’m not saying that I don’t – I defo do! But I have the same ups and downs in life as the next person. I guess I just try not to moan about something, or focus on a negative aspect/incident in life unless I actually intend to do something about it. I really don’t understand people who would moan about their life, then then not actively want to go out and try to change it (as much as possible within their power) I feel like if you give out positive vibes and positive karma, you should get the same back to you. Whenever I have low days, or difficult situations or difficult people to face (being so young and working in the TV industry has also exposed me to my fair share of competitive, and sometimes back stabbing, people) then I try to think clearly about it before I respond to the situation. I have a couple of quotes tattooed around my body that remind me what’s REALLY important in this life we have – and I guess keeping that sort of wisdom close helps me maintain positivity, and think back to a time when I have faced adversity and overcame it. Plus, speaking to likeminded, genuine, down to earth and honest people (like you, Rosie) helps to remind me that we are all in the same boat at some point in our life, and that amongst the madness we have all been through similar motions at some time or another. It keeps my feet on the ground and reassures me that we’re only human 🙂 “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”


So there we have it – the first cheer up Tuesday of many I hope! Massive thanks to the gorgeous Ayden for being my first little interviewee!