So myself and Islah alongside Michael Truong went up the BBC studios and had a interview with Kan D Man and DJ Limelite on BBC’s asian network!
What a cool experience as it was my first time on a mainstream radio station as for Islah and Michael they are pro’s! haha!
We got asked about The CornerShop Show which Islah created, directed and also plays the main character Malik, Michael plays his sidekick Tony Chang and I play ghetto queen Shantelliqua! We spoke on Pick Me Up Inc and future plans for us all!
If you want to check the interview out the link is below, the show was great but if you just want to hear the interview forward in to 1:36.
We hope you enjoy as much as we enjoyed being there! Follow your dreams, you may be surprised with what you achieve.
I will keep this short and sweet. I was going to bed and my mind started wondering to the thoughts of how much pressure we put ourselves under to know what we are doing and to grow up! It leads us to feel sad, have spurts of down days and even leads to depression. We hold ourselves prisoners in our minds, piling on the pressure to find our bliss and to get it all done perfectly before we hit a certain age.
Well I am here to say enough is enough! We don’t have to feel inadequate because we’re not moving at the same pace as others. It’s ok not to be ok. It’s ok to be stuck, it’s ok to not know what you want to do and it is very much ok to NOT have your whole life planned out in front of you. With social media sky high and the images we see of everybody ‘having it together’ we almost look at our own lives and think ‘Damn, what am I doing?’.
Firstly, its never a good idea to compare ourselves to others, yes by all means allow someone to have a positive influence on you but too much comparison leads to too much resentment and some of that old self hate that we are all so good at doing.
Secondly, whilst we are so busy and in a rush to climb to the top of the mountain we forget to stop and take in the view.
Slow down, take a minute to take in your surroundings. Remember you will never get these years back! They should be enjoyed. Be a little more gentle with yourself. Allow yourself to find what it is you want to do, you may find you don’t just have a love for one thing. You may be somebody that jumps from projects to projects and thats ok, or you may be somebody that puts their all in to one project and guess what? Thats still very much ok.
What works for you may not work for somebody else. But thats perfectly fine. Its your life and thats the beauty of it. It’s your journey. Go have fun with it. Free your mind.
I can’t stress this enough. We live in a generation where we see a couple together and are quick to throw up hand signs praising when really not knowing anything about them. We are so quick to see people post a dinner in a decent restaurant and are like ‘omg. Living!’ These times there are literally 3 prawns on a plate. We see designer footwear and assume ‘ballingggg’.
We are also quick to try and keep up with the pressures of presenting our best selves. But we get so caught up on what we look like we forget what we feel like. And trust me! People will be able to feel you and your presence before they even decided if that LV belt is real or not.
Having luxury things are not a crime and yes if you are doing well and that’s the way your bank account is setup then go ahead, as Kevin hart says ‘IF YOU GOT IT…BALLLLL OUT! Haha! No but jokes aside, lets start making out inner selves luxury, let’s start making our energy expensive and just as wanted as you know these designer labels are. Work on your self and your happiness. I’ve learnt that I am not perfect nor should we aim to be. Keeping up an image is long. Be you. Be free. Be happy.
I personally love this poem and read it a fair bit to just remind me whats important, it also reminds me not to invest my energy into certain things. Thought I would share it with you beautiful people on this rainy Monday! Enjoy!
As the weekend comes to an end and some may be disappointed to learn that yes tomorrow is indeed Monday. (can i get a boo?) lol. Others of course don’t mind a Monday. Anyway we are not there yet so for now lets come back to the moment, lets come back to now.
I only really wanted to write this post to say instead of worrying too much about tomorrow, or moaning about your job or feeling miserable that the weekend is over. Use this time to relax and reflect. Use these last few hours of Sunday to smile, to read a book, to catch up with a friend or family member. Whatever will make you smile. Do it.
What you do today sets the frequency, what you allow your mind to think before bed will affect your mood for the coming day. So enjoy now. In this moment. Take a minute to think a happy thought and last but not least I hope you have an amazing week.
We was lucky enough to catch up with Shirina, the founder of ‘Beauty from Within’. Now apart from being a business woman, forensic scientist and mother! (yes woah we know) this young lady suffers from a skin condition called Vitiligo.
When Vitiligo is mentioned only a small few will immediately know what we are talking about but this is down to lack of knowledge. We wanted to raise awareness on this skin condition to bring some normality to it, we may not realise it but there are so many more sufferers out there that are also ashamed and some don’t even leave their homes.
Shirina is a prime example of somebody who has embraced her difference and we hope that by her sharing her story will give you the confidence whether a sufferer or not to embrace who you are.
We got to catch up with the amazing DJ, Jamz Supernova! Now this interview was fun and such a role reversal for our founder and director, Yasmin. Jamz in the past has interviewed Yasmin so it was nice for the young women to catch up.
This interview was to symbolise progression and the journey that you go on when following your dream. Jamz Supernova has had knock backs and got back up, she has experienced discrimination being a woman DJ and speaks openly about wanting to give up but her passion and love for the music getting her through.
Again another inspiring story to show you that determination can get you where you need to, Jamz is on a journey and we wish her nothing but the best.
Our second interview was with Hannah Bourazza, a mother who sadly lost her son to knife crime.
This story was so sensitive that we had to edit it in to 2 parts. I can speak for everybody in the room when I say this was emotional and raw. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Hannah managed to tell the story in one go and we at Pick Me Up felt so honoured that Hannah felt comfortable to tell us the story. Her strength and courage is admirable and sets an example for anybody that has suffered a loss. Hannah also highlighted the lack of support young people get when in court, Hannah’s passion for young people shows in the interview and that in itself is a force to be reckoned with seen as her sons life was cut far to short by young people. A true woman and a true inspiration.
Everybody deals with loss differently but we hope that by Hannah sharing this tragic story that you know that there will be some light at the end of the dark tunnel.
Our first interview was with Jayde, a mother from South London who suffers with anxiety.
Jayde kindly opened up about her story, which stemmed from pregnancy but later on she realised it was more serious then the usual new mother jitters.
We explored where her anxiety started and how much it affected her day to day life and also her life as a parent. But with persistence and strength Jayde has managed to find ways to control her anxiety and not let it control her.
It was so insightful to hear Jaydes story and how she has come out the other side, we hope you enjoy and it gives you some comfort if you are going through a similar thing.