Rachel and simon’s ultimate playlist

Holy crap, I think I’m in love with the Duke of Hastings. And how nice it is to get lost in a world of romance and balls and marriage and courtships. I have never made a secret of my love for Austen novels and although this isn’t a ‘classic’ it’s just as dreamy.

I’m over half way through a bit of a binge and it’s become a little bit steamy, shall we say. And it’s made all the more special with the music.

Now, I don’t have a musical bone in my body, and I’ve always been very sad about this (I’m a closet X Factor wannabe, sorry). However, I adore a good movie soundtrack or score. I remember being fourteen and listening to the Titanic soundtrack over and over, just reliving that moment when Leo died.

Bridgerton has used string quartets to cover modern pop songs and, oh my God, it’s sexy. I am writing my own little love story at the moment and I’m busy writing with these tracks playing in the background.

Which leads me onto my point; how music can somehow shape the things we create. I always have a couple of songs that I listen to while I’m working on any one project. If the story I’m writing is based in the 90’s I might have a bit of a Backstreet Boys theme going on. If it’s a story about love then it’s probably got to have some Celine Dion power ballads.

I just wish that I could create music myself. I was blessed with the ability to write and draw pretty well but music is not a thing over here. Sadly.

Much Love

Rachel xx

how to hustle

photo of cup near flat screen television

They tell us all that we must hustle

In any way we can.

Make more money, work and have a hustle on the side.

Put yourself out into the world,

Don’t waste the time that you are given

And most of all remember that

A person with no loud ambition

May as well be dead.

I swing between wanting to be a raging success and then ten minutes later I want nothing more than to never leave my house and just spend the rest of my life crocheting blankets and watching boxsets.

But society always seems to scream at us that we need to be hustling (whatever the fuck that might mean). I think that it involves putting yourself out there to make money and be that raging success that I sometimes want to be.

But does anyone actually know how one is supposed to put herself out there? Do I go to London and knock on doors? DO I become extremely vocal on Twitter? Or do I just keep plodding onwards and hope for that lucky break?

It seems even harder if you are a bit of a quiet and anxious person (hi there, that might be me) and I’m just becoming a little bit curious as to how I’m supposed to be this ambitious girl boss?

I don’t even think I really want to be a girl boss because my nervous disposition means that I need to take regular breaks. I’m thinking that once again, I don’t fit into one of those perfect boxes that we are forced to squeeze into.

At least Bridgerton has just been released on Netflix so I can just be unambitious on my sofa for the next few days.

Much Love

Rachel xx