Mrs Edna Wright(Gracie) -My Mum 

As most people are celebrating the beginning of the new year, I do too but without the two most important people in my life – my mum and dad! January marks the last memories I have off mum as she died at 10.30am on 19th January 2000. 

It’s amazing what I can remember from being born to the age of eight even now but they are mainly happy memories that make me smile. Some however are not happy…..

Millennium – It’s one in a lifetime opportunity to be alive when a millennium occurs. We were a happy family unit of four (mum, dad, me and my step brother Fraser) I remember the table being moved into the living room from the kitchen and on the table was confetti with 2000 on it. Think we had ham for tea too….we had no idea what would follow. 

18th January 2000 – Mum was unwell she had been for a few days but we thought it was the usual winter cold. I came home from school and did homework with mum including my extra spelling practice she liked to do with me. After that mum decided to have an early night but I said I’d come through before I went to bed….nothing can prepare an eight year old for what they saw(I won’t go into detail) I remember my dad called my granny first and then the ambulance. The ambulance came and then got started helping mum I want to say there was hope but I could see in my dads eyes maybe this wasn’t the case. So my dad went to hospital with mum in the ambulance and I went to my granny and papa’s house. 

19th January 2000 – I came into the living room at my granny’s and my dad was there. He said there is something I need to tell you. I can’t remember his exact words but he told me mum was up in heaven. After that my memory is hazy I suppose I just want to forget the next few months that followed…….bullying and family arguments with me in the middle. 

By the time I reached end of primary six so I was ten years old me and Dad became our own little team working together. I was always a Daddy’s girl from when I was born as my Mum was too scared to bath me of pick me up. Nothing or no one was going too get inbeweteen me and my Dad. As he said “right my name, right my nature” 

It’s taken me a lot of years just to be able to say this too myself and then too others. So posting this on my blog is a really big deal! 

Happy memories are off course there too : making my packed lunch box, helping me with school work, coming into school when I got my pupil of month award, holidays to Blackpool and Scarborgh, Annan Riding of the Marches, last holiday to Strathcylde and Pitlochry,going to see her at work at Victoria Wine….. Plus many more

If anyone has any questions or wants any help if you are going through something similar then please don’t hesitate to contact me on here or Twitter @XxAmyxPopxX
Amy 💜

Double…triple…quadruple check 

If anyone has ever tried to leave somewhere at the same time as me or been out and about with me…you may have noticed something my constant need to keep checking that I’ve got everything. I can take me a few extra minutes just to leave the house. Now for most of my life I just think it’s me being me and over cautious but is it or does my dyspraxic have something to do with it. 

People with dyspraxia have excellent long term memories but their short term memory can be very poor. So maybe I just forget that I’ve put my phone and purse back in my bag or that I did in fact switch the cooker off when I finished using it…..

Leaving the house to go to work or too go out can be the worst once I’m ready and got my coat on etc. I have to double check that 

  • The oven or hob is off – even if I know I haven’t used it
  • The fridge door is shut properly 
  • The taps are off
  • The taps are off in bathroom 
  • My phone or iPad charger is taken out of socket 
  • All lights are switched off
  • That I have actually locked my front door 

Even though when I’ve used the tap I turn it off, or turn light off I an room or close the fridge door 

    I have been in the past known to ask someone to drive back round to my house to check this or even walked back if walking to work … Sorry to those who have had to do this.

    Think this also shows when people tell me things like what our plans will be and unless I write them down or screenshot I can instantly forget them. So I quite often double check plans a lot…..I want to say I am getting a little better?! 

    It does have its frustrations though I can be at work or out and I am constantly thinking too myself that I have switched off cooker or lock the door. I can at these times see my mood drop and I’m mot fully focused what is happening around me.

    I don’t know if this offers an explanation to why I do this but it kind of in a way offers some comfort that it’s just nit me being weird… It would be great to have feedback from other people who have dyspraxia if they do the same. 

    Amy 💜
    Next blog posts – There’s early and then there’s Amy early,my need for organisation…..(probably what the next ones will be) 

    Blogging Madness!!! 

    Well I’ve went from just creating this one on Sunday 3rd January to spread the word about dyspraxia to a blog I wrote for Anti Bullying Pro on my experience of bullying and how I overcame it being published to now also writing one for The Strong Young Minds Project.

    Being Miss Amy Wright Blog

    I have had previous blogs on tumblr but not many people read them and I didn’t post on regulary. Then through reading one of my Twitter followers Emily’s blog on WordPress and that of fellow dyspraxics Natalie and Rosie’s I thought id give it a go…. Little did I know by sharing it on Facebook in particular I would get so much praise for my writing 

    So I am 100% continuing this blog 😊

    Anti Bullying Blog 

    It started as a give it a shot email and ended with me writing a blog for the website of Anti Bullying Pro.An organisation  which forms part of the Diana Award with the purpose of tackling bullying in schools through its ambassador programmes and supporters. I feel in a very privileged position to do this. To share my story and how I have moved on and became the person I am today. If it gives one young person the courage to speak out about bullying or inspires them…well then I have succeeded.

    But you may ask why in the first place did I email. Well I first heard of them as my fave – Max Bowden is a supporter of Anti Bullying. I read his Back 2 School Blog then decided too look further at the organisation. From then I believed in their philosophy and wanted to try and be involved anyway I could.
    Strong Young Minds Project

    I posted the link to my Anti Bullying Blog on Twitter, tagging @AntiBullyingPro and within 10 minutes it had been quoted by Strong Young Minds Project calling it’s followers to read it. They asked me to have a look at their blog posts and if I wanted to contribute. I read a few blog posts including Naomi, Lydia and Anita and was drawn into the posts and wanted to be involved in the blog.

    Simple Young Minds is a Big lottery funded project with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Herefordshire. They work with young people on issues that can have an adverse affect on their mental health and well being such as bullying, cyber bullying and low self esteem.

    I’m in the process of creating my profile for the page and deciding what I blog about. I’ve also been connected to other bloggers.
    Through all of my blogs I want to help people through problems and educate people to dyspraxia and other issues.

    I hope my blogs make you stop and think for a few moments.

    Thanks

    Amy 💜

    Randomness 

    So far I’ve covered my dyspraxia, The Usual Place, Open University and Team Max. They will be the main sources of my blogs however it will never stop random blogs. They could be like :

    • Musicals I go and see
    • Concerts I go to
    • Books I read ….okay this one is very limited, lol
    • TV shows I watch 
    • Food I cook…….or attempt to cook
    • Visits to see my family 
    • General life questions 
    • And anything I can think off.  

    I can never say when I will post a blog but I do hope to post at least once a week

    So bye for now my blog readers 
    Amy 💜

    Team Max – Part Three

    Sunday 6th September 2015 

    My journey started at 00.20 when I got on a coach from my home town all the way too London, nine hours later I arrived!! I meet Hannah and her Dad then we made our way to the venue. Now it was time too find Max 😊

    We stood where the players were coming in and out to the warm up areas….and we spotted him, he looked straight up too us and smiled 😊 Ahh no sleep and nine hours on coach totally worth it for that smile.

    He chatted to us for a bit before he started playing, mentioning he didnt like the colour of his football strip (Being an Annan girl, I quite like black and gold/yellow).
    team max 1                                                                                    Team Max reunited again – This has to be my favourite Team Max picture 🙂

    (Picture Credit – Steve Burcombe)

    We followed him around the various pitches he was playing on with our banner. I’m impressed with our banned considering one half was made in Annan and other on Isle of Wight.  By this point I was getting a little tired and my muscles were starting to hurt but I knew I was going to speak to Max again soon so I muddled on. Max noticed our banned quite quickly and he even gave us a cheeky wink too 😉

    team max 2                                                                                      Me and Hannah with our Team Max Banner 🙂

    (Picture Credit – Steve Burcombe)


    So the games finished and Max’s team didn’t win….boohoo 🙁 After a little searching we found him again. We gave him a few gifts and a good luck card – many a hug, thank you so much and your just too sweet followed – he copied my accent a few times, lol 😊

    Now unfortunately my lovely blog readers the events that followed have to be classified as Strictly between Team Max!!!

    I am sorry I can’t say but I don’t want to be seen as bragging or being special……

    That time I hate came saying goodbye as both me and Hannah had to get coaches home.

    Soon I was on a coach back to Carlisle followed by an early train back to Annan, it was then sleep before work in the evening. To some it might have been madness but I honestly can I say I don’t regret it at all.

    I sent Max a DM on Twitter thanking him for everything and he replied with

    Thank you amazing Amy. I will see you soon promise. Lots and LOTS of love. Max x

    I will hold that reply forever, now I don’t know when I’ll see him or Hannah again but I just hope it’s soon. Oh and I’ll be blogging about it too.
    Amy 💜

    Team Max – Part Two

    So the best opportunity ever came to Team Max when Max announced he would be playing in a charity football event called Star Football in Liverpool in May 2015. It meant long journeys for both of us but it meant that we could meet each other and Max together.

    On our Twitter page we decided to get our followers involved by making a fan book for Max with sections on Waterloo Road, Jiffany, Jonnie,Jenzie, Birdsong, Anti Bullying, Singing as well as fan messages. It was a big project and became bigger than we imagined but in the end it worked.

    Saturday 30th May 2015

    My day began very early and with three trains but finally I arrived at Liverpool Lime Street Station and I met Hannah along with her Dad, Steve (our team max photographer) . We went to the venue and after a while we got in…..then we saw Max!!

    Now however at this point I must say I can’t tell you everything that happened that day, some things just have to stay between us but all I can say is It was one of the best days ever!! 

    We met Max and his girlfriend Lucy, she is very lovely too.They loved our Team Max on Tour T-shirts. We saw Max play, he’s rather into his football he supports some team called Chelsea! We were cheering him from the sidelines, his team played very well. Then the time came to give him his fan book, from the expression in his face he wasn’t expecting it be as big as it was or in as much detail, he had a quick look through it and thanked us for our amazing efforts. We chatted so much that day which was lovely, I really didn’t want it too end 🙁 Afterwords he DMd us on Twitter and RTd and tweeted us too 😊😊

    img_0015                  Picture of Hannah, Me and Max with Max holding his fan book. Just love his smile in this one 😊😍

    (Picture Credit – Steve Burcombe)

    img_0010Team Max picture : Amy, Max,Hannah and Lucy – Do you like our T-Shirts?.
    (Picture credit – Steve Burcombe) 

    So that’s part two over and done with…..part three coming up soon (last part)

    Amy 💜

    Team Max!!!! Part One

    How do I explain Team Max?…

    Well have you heard of Max Bowden, he played Justin Fitzgerald in the last series of the BBC show Waterloo Road.

    I am part of the number one fan account for him along with my Twitter bestie Hannah.

    It all started in November 2014 when Max’s character Justin started a relationship with soon to be Step sister Tiffany played by Sammy Oliver which had the ship name Jiffany. I began talking to Hannah after I saw she liked Jiffany too and so we created @TeamJiffany on Twitter.

    We began by tweeting along with the show what was happening to Justin and Hannah would post her awesome edits. From the account we also formed many friendships and became a little WR/Max Family, with me as the ‘big sister’! We had follows and Favs from Max and Sammy followed by many more RTs, Tweets and DMs from Max. Our favourites being “LOVE U” and “I love you guys”

    Then the opportunity came in April when Waterloo Road had finished to meet Max along with his Waterloo Road co stars at a tour hosted by Hussians House. Hannanh met Max in London and I met him in Glasgow. I remember I was so nervous I couldn’t eat my tea before I went but when Max saw me at top of stairs and said “Aww I know who you are, your Amy” I knew I had done the right thing going that distance on my own. Max totally appreciated all that we done on the fan account for him 😊

     

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    Selfie with Max 😊😍😍😃

     

    After Waterloo Road Max went on the road with the touring production of Birdsong playing the role of Tipper and Gregorie. I went to see him in it in Edinburgh in April, on my own off course. Max was amazing in this he really made you believe he was a scared 15 year old who had found himself in the terror of the trenches of World War One. There was honestly real tears at this points. Then his French accent as Gregorie was so funny. He took the time out of busy schedule to speak to me and sign a few things after the show which he didn’t have too but meant so much too me….

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    Selfie with Max after Birdsong 😊😍😊🎭
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    To Amy Love Max Bowden X 

    That’s part one, ha!

    Part Two coming up very soon

    Amy 💜

    Open University

    I am currently an Open University level 2 student and I am studying an English based course called Worlds of English which is part of my Open Degree. The Open Degree allows me to pick a selection of course to best reflect the primary curriculum. After this course I will complete courses at level 3 and then I will hopefully achieve a degree. I will use my degree once completing other qualifications to undertake an PGCE in Primary Education to get my dream job of being a Primary School Teacher.

    I choose to go to Open University as I didn’t get the required grades at school as I was caring for my dad and I have to work to keep a roof over my head. 

    I have actually surprised myself and last year I got my first A for an assignment. Yes it’s hard because you have to motivate yourself to study but I think it makes you a better student.

    One thing that has been great is they accept my disability and have made changes for me…for example all my course books are spiral bound, I get transcripts of DVDs, they let me know earlier when my exams are in case it’s an unfamiliar place. They also take into condsideration of the anniversaries of my parents passing which I don’t think you’d get any other university.

    I would honestly recommend anyone to study with the Open Univeristy. 

    If you have any questions about OU then ask me on here or on Twitter @XxAmyxPopxX 
    Thanks 

    Amy 💜

    The Usual Place

    The Usual Place is a cafe that is based in an old church in the town of Dumfries. But it’s no ordinary cafe, you see The Usual Place gives young people with additional support needs and disabilities the chance of training and work opportunities in hospitality.

    It is run day to day by a team of amazing staff members along side our growing band of volunteers there to give our trainees the support and encouragement they need.

    Over seeing this shall we say is the board of directors made up of staff, volunteers, representatives of other disabled people’s organisations and me! I was voted as chair at our AGM in January 2015.

    I describe it as a place I feel at home, where I can be myself and no one ever questions why I do certain things or ask certain question , they just know it’s Amy! 

    I am so very proud to be the Chair of this amazing cafe and I can’t wait to build on the memories of 2015 and make 2016 our year.

    Thank You

    Miss Amy V Wright, Chair of Board of Directors 

    More posts about The Usual Place too follow 

     

    Just a little note 

    Heyyyy 😊 Just to say along with my more planned blog post and long blog posts there will be shorter more on the spot ones too.Things that I do, or think or how I go about everyday situations. I suppose it will be these ones that really give you an insight into what it’s like to have dyspraxia and be me. Well at least trying to say how my mind works 🙈
    Today’s posts – Introduction to The Usual Place and being an Open University student 
    Bye for now.

    Amy 💜