Latest obsession: The Greatest Showman

The greatest showman

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 musical directed by Michael Gracey. It was written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. It stars two musical legends, Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron so of course I had high hopes (Turns out the only song they sang together was probably my least favourite). It also stars Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. I was so excited to watch it and I was surprised to see it had only 55% on Rotten Tomatoes but please don’t let that discourage you. It’s a fantastic movie and I wanted to go door to door to spread the good news about The Greatest Showman!

The movie was inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum, who wasn’t exactly the greatest guy. I didn’t know about this until after I became obsessed with the movie. I read a few articles about the real PT Barnum, like this one (read this). Apparently he was known for promoting hoaxes, abusing animals and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

In this movie, PT Barnum (Hugh Jackman) was the child of a poor tailor who fell in love with a rich man’s daughter, Charity (Michelle Williams). He worked hard to ensure his wife and children lived a very comfortable life to prove to his father in law that he’s not good for nothing. This drive led him to open the Circus.

My favourite thing about this movie is that all the songs were pop songs which could be played on the radio even in 2018. It was fun to see characters set in the 1880s jamming to music that wasn’t from their time. The soundtrack had 11 songs but I only really like 4 of them : A million dreams, Never Enough, This is me and From now on. This is me was the stand out song for me. It had such powerful lyrics and a real treasure who is Keala Settle. The other unmentioned songs are okay but are unmemorable to me. Even at that, the movie is quite entertaining and a visual delight.

Overall, this was a fantastic movie and the soundtrack is phenomenal. The soundtrack is really the defining part of the film as a whole. I strongly recommend this movie. You will love it (I hope).

Colouring outside the lines – Embracing my nicheless blog

My sweet nicheless blog

Before I begin, what is a niche? A Niche in blogging refers to creating a blog that is focused on specific content for a specific target audience. It is usually on one topic, weddings, fashion, parenting etc.

When I started this blog in 2015 (OMG), I struggled to find a niche. I strongly believed it was about writing what people wanted to read. I had difficulty trying to pin point what people wanted to read or what tone of voice I should use. Initially, my blog posts were about my relationship misadventures and things like that because I was a single lady and it would be fun to talk about my mishaps so people could find some joy in my misfortune. I wrote and kept my blog secret until one day, I was discovered by my husband while we were dating and I felt so embarrassed that I had talked about terrible love life in such detail. I felt that wasn’t who I was anymore and deleted the blog posts and left a few random ones.

I was stumped. I had no inspiration to write. I didn’t post for about a year and I came back slowly. Most of the blogs/vlogs that I follow are beauty/fashion focused and I knew I didn’t want to do that because my make up skills are shit and my fashion is guided by comfort. I wanted to write about things with the right buzz words to be seen and then I got this great epiphany: Just write! And it was that simple. I feel so much happier now that I’m no longer worried about what niche I should belong to. And now I can write about what I’m most passionate about: ME! I’m just going to write and I hope whoever finds this blog loves it as much as I love it.