MOVEMBER: It’s Happening!

It’s that time of year where men all around the world make a solemn pledge to grow their facial hair, no matter how embarrassing it may seem. For the uninitiated, Movember is a movement (I don’t use the word lightly) created by the Prostate Cancer Charity, where men (and women!) attract sponsorship to grow (or support someone growing) a moustache for the month. It’s a great deal of fun, and it’s for an excellent cause. Prostate cancer ruins the lives of men, often requiring frequent hospital visits and painful treatment procedures. It also kills one man every hour in the UK. Something clearly needs to be done, and hats need to be tipped towards the Prostate Cancer Charity for creating something so quirky and fun, which people generally want to associate themselves with.

It is Sunday 7th. I am well aware of this, but I began my own fundraising efforts yesterday. I did start clean-shaven on the 1st, but for some reason did not document this. Just as well, I suppose, as it wasn’t too pretty.

If you’re a man, or a woman, who isn’t involved yet, then I urge you to do so. As with any good cause, raising awareness is a key factor in helping overcome whatever we’re battling. If you haven’t already, head down to the Movember website and sign up, even if it is to post pictures of your barren mug, which is perhaps punctuated by the odd sprout of facial growth. Believe me, you won’t be the only one.

Alternatively, click below to view my ‘introduction video’, as it were, where I bumble my way through a somewhat painful shaving experience. You can also visit my Mo Space (the ‘space’, I feel, is somewhat vital to avoid infringing copyright) which I’ve lovingly shortened to bit.ly/moaris.

Also, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, if you are in on it, I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below. Feel free to share your Mo Space links, too!

Well, ladies and gents, this is the start of a wondrous journey for me. It’d really mean a lot to me if you could spread the word about my mo-growing efforts, and of course, to my fellow participants, the favour shall surely be repaid. The best of luck to all of you!

May the mo be with you!

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Finally Free

I’m finally free, for the first time in a long time. It’s a fantastic feeling. I handed in my first ‘proper’ assignment for my course, this morning. A huge 3,000 word monster. I’m really not sure how I’ve done. I’m quite scared at the moment that I’m no good at this course, and I just don’t know it, but time will tell.

Today we started a module on ‘consumer insight’, which I thought was rather fascinating. It’s linked heavily with consumer psychology, which I’m always shouting about. Essentially, it’s about understanding consumers (those who consume products, as opposed to buying them) and the psychology behind what engages them, and attracts them to products. We discussed Freud, who is always a hot topic in anything remotely psychologically-related. We also talked about other schools of psychology, such as Erikson and Deleuze/Guattari. We discussed materialism, post-materialism, and many other boring sounding things. I found it absolutely fascinating. To cut this short, I’m quite certain that I’ve found my niche with marketing. It’s very early days, yet, but I can definitely see myself researching and writing a dissertation around this.

After my lecture, I ran into my fellow peers from the Feminist Society, who had set up a stall on campus, and were raising awareness about Equal Pay Day. Essentially, women, on average, get paid 17% less than men. If, at this current rate, women and men were paid equally, over a whole year, women would stop being paid on October 30th. I’m not sure if that made any sense, but I hope you can see my point. It was a lot of fun, and afterwards, I ran into an old friend of mine, who’s currently doing a Creative Writing MA.

He sounded like he was working on some amazing things, and it made me very jealous. He told me of an enlightening seminar he had today about the fear of writing. Admittedly, I’ve come some way to overcoming my ‘fear’, but I haven’t had the time to write anything, recently. This makes me very sad. I think I might dig out one of my unfinished stories this weekend, actually. Here’s hoping!

On the subject, I’m going to start my NaNoWriMo project in a couple of days. NaNoWriMo happens every year, and it’s essentially about writing an entire novel in one month. I have no idea what shape or form it’s going to take, but I’m just going to run with it. I’ve got my own profile on the website, and will try to post updates if I can. It’s going to be an experience, that’s for sure.

In other news, I’m also going to grow a moustache for Movember again. Last year’s moustache wasn’t epic. I’m hoping to change that this year. If anyone hasn’t heard of it, it’s a month long moustache growing fest, raising money for the Prostate Cancer Charity. Again, if you can, get involved!