Sunderland International Airshow 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sunderland International Airshow Picnic



It's hard to believe that it was just over a year ago that I wrote this post. However experiencing the airshow this year as a guest was just as good as working at the event.


The airshow is one of the highlights of the North East's calendar and when my brother got some good news on the Friday, heading down for a picnic on the beach seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. Since he was driving and I'm not a big drinker, I grabbed my M&S picnic glasses, stripey straws and a bottle of Shloer sparkly grapefruit juice and off we headed.


Unfortunately in true typical British weather style, the sea fog came in and swamped the entire coastline meaning no night flying displays, but the party still went ahead nonetheless. We grabbed some food and tucked in while the entertainment was just kicking off. To finish Them Beatles played a fantastic set where we danced along and facetimed our Mom who couldn't make it! To polish the night off, a slightly misty but albeit very pretty fireworks display took place before we headed home for hot chocolate and tea.


I didn't make it along on the Saturday or Sunday as I had plans already but I did catch the Red Arrows fly over. It was a lovely way to spend a Friday night and a great way to celebrate Adam's good news. Now if only it could happen again next weekend, that would be nice!

Escape the North East: Win a weekend break in Paris

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Eiffel Tower Paris

Recently my twitter and instagram feeds have been jam packed with people flying off to all sorts of wonderful destinations and I have to admit, it's made my rather envious of all you lucky people escaping on a summer holiday. The most popular seem to be city breaks and especially so Paris. It's been over two years since I was in Paris (some of you may remember my post about it) and I'd love to go back... there was so much to do and at the time the weather was so hot, it was hard to fit everything in.


So when I received an email from idbus telling me about their competition to win a weekend break in Paris, I jumped at the chance and had to share so those of you who also weren't lucky enough to escape this summer could be in with a chance of winning! Just don't forget who told you about it if you win!


I have to admit I'd not heard of idbus before (probably because I've not had much chance for holidays these past couple of years) but I'll definitely be planning some getaways now. You can travel all over with these guys and even from London to Paris at very affordable prices!


All you have to do for the chance of winning is click the link and answer one very simple question! Good luck!

"Look at all this mess I made!" - The Color Run Sunderland

Monday, 21 July 2014

Katy, Girl in the North at Sunderland Color Run

Surprise - I bet you didn't think you'd see a post from me given the time since the last one! It has been really nice these past few months to check my blog email and hear from people who miss my posts or who just generally want to wish me well, so thank you for all your lovely comments.



Before Christmas a good friend of mine recommended I read a book called The Secret and to be honest at the time I brushed it off. Last year I had somewhat got myself stuck into a rut of working constantly and felt like I didn't have time or energy to pursue anything else I wanted to in life. I had my whole work/life balance completely out of sync. Randomly one day in Waterstones buying a gift card, the book had been left out on top of a bookcase and I bought it. Reading it later that evening, it suddenly dawned on me that the problem I was having was actually me!



So in the first week of January I made a list of everything I wanted to do and everything I wanted to achieve. Then I wrote how I was going to do it. The list included everything from going and getting a gel nail manicure to changing my career to focus more on digital again. I'm now almost finished my original list and so much has changed for the better since January. I absolutely loved working in events but it was time for me to move on and when an opportunity in digital came about I snapped it up. I'm healthier and happier than I've ever been before and moved to a new home with a lovely garden which means I can spend lazy Saturday mornings soaking up the sun with a coffee.



I have more free time now too which has worked wonders for my relationships with my family, friends and boyfriend. And it also means I get to take part in some of the events I worked so hard on last year. The Color Run took place yesterday and while I had so much fun taking part, standing and looking round afterwards I did have a massive lump in my throat. It was so lovely to see thousands of people enjoying something I'd played a part in.



So what's next... currently I'm sat with a mug of green tea, catching the last few rays in the garden compiling my new list. However I'm not going to write just yet what all the items are, because my plan is to blog about them... A bucketlist of sorts!



And for those of you who can't wait to find out, make sure to follow my instagram and twitter for some clues.
Katy x

Where I've been Hiding...

Sunday, 23 February 2014



I have been a terrible blogger for the past several months... I've (not on purpose) ignored emails, comments and generally suffered a lack of time to post. So I thought it was about time I explained myself.



At the start of 2013 I made a promise to myself to always try and say 'yes' to things and in doing so, my life got a lot busier. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, I just started to prioritise things in my life differently and focussed on my career and made an effort to spend more time with friends and go places I'd never been before. It just simply meant I didn't have time to fit everything in - no matter how many posts I wrote in my diary and scheduled.



This year, I decided to do the same and in turn, 'Girl in the North' is still suffering for it. So far I've had trips to London, celebrated my birthday with wonderful friends who I hadn't seen in ages, had my very first afternoon tea at Betty's, decided to zip wire off the Wearmouth Bridge again, met a lovely boy... and tested out the 'color' at The Color Run Sunderland launch, thanks to a dare from Monica at The Echo!



It's been absolutely brilliant so far and I wouldn't have had it any other way which is why I can't guarantee exactly when I'll be back writing properly again but what I can promise is that I will at some point! I'm just having far too much fun and enjoying each and every moment to be able to record it all right now.



In the mean time, I'm still around on twitter and instagram. I'll be back properly soon x