Those of you who have been following the press will know that this year is a very special anniversary in UK history - 100 years since women got the vote for the first time. It got me thinking about a lot of things, not least the famous slogan that the suffragettes adopted. Deed not Words.
Happy International Women's Day - a day for us girls to celebrate each other, everything we have accomplished, and everything we can achieve in an ever changing world. There are so many people I could name as inspirational - the suffragettes, Paloma Faith, Marie Curie, Michelle Obama, Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel to name a few - or closer to home, my mum, grandma, best friend. But today I thought I would talk about a slightly different female role model who is precious to me.
This June I'm setting myself a challenge to walk 10,000 steps per day, in the name of cancer. For a while now, I've wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research UK for personal reasons, so what better way to motivate myself to get fitter than for a fantastic cause. And it's not as easy as it seems...
Ever since my uncle bought me The BFG as a young girl, I've been a big fan of Roald Dahl. The man who was born just 5 minutes away from where I live, was a genuis. For me, he wrote some of the most imaginative and magical stories around, and he created some of my favourite characters that even today as an adult, I love to escape with. The Witches, Charlie, Matilda, The Twits, James... I love spending time with them all.
So, what a crazy few weeks it has been. Rewind to 23 Jan and after a manic day in the day job, I headed to the cinema to watch La La Land with some colleagues. Now I'll admit, half way through the film I did notice my phone was vibrating a lot, which was weird but I quickly dismissed and thought nothing more of it. So much so, that even after I left the film, I didn't check it. It was 9.30pm before I did... and I was in for a shock. I'd only been chosen by Theo Paphitis as a #SBS winner.