Crashed Like Lightning – Adjustment Period.


So i’ve tried to type this blog out maybe, six times in the past three days and I’m sick of re-writing it. I even contemplated making a separate blog just because this didn’t seem to “fit” but decided that’s just me trying to avoid everything and decided to put it up anyway ha!

I should probably start by explaining that i’m a 20 something year old trying to find her place in this big ol’ world.Yes, cheesey and overrated I know. Sure, I sound just like one of those millennials that the news is constantly going on about. You know the ones, the kind that haven’t bought their houses yet, who are constantly spending money without earning, and feeling that they don’t have to work hard to seek the rewards. Here’s the thing, I’m not particularly sure where I’m going with this blog post, only that my fingers are typing whatever thoughts come out, so forgive me if I go onto tangents. I suppose I wanted to know if anyone else felt like this.  People will tell you that being a teenager is difficult and that the transition into adulthood is difficult but they didn’t tell you how long the adjustment period should be. So i’m sat here wondering, why I still feel like an imposter a few years into what is supposedly the “best decade of my life.”

Is it wrong to feel so empowered and have that feeling that you should be doing more? That I just haven’t found the thing i’m supposed to be doing for my whole life? Is this normal? Does that ever go away? Do you suddenly get used to it? Okay, I feel like I should clarify that I have no problem grafting to earn something, to work hard to see the rewards – it’s just logic. However, what I am struggling with is this feeling that one day you just know what you want to do for a career, because honestly, I thought I did and I don’t love it. Is that normal?

Anyway, the point to this whole thing is that the adjustment period is hard. HARD. So if any of you can make me feel relatively normal or have any tips on how to ride the wave of the adjustment period that would be great. I’m asking for a friend….


Your regular programming will resume shortly…


I know, I know. It’s been a while. I’ve been contemplating what to write all day, not that I actually need to write anything, but I suppose for my own sanity I felt like I should. So, yes, I know that I took a short break. A very needed one. Some things happened in my family and I wanted to take a while to process what was happening and also a bit of self-care doesn’t hurt anyway.

Whilst I was away, I started to think about what I loved and what I wanted to spend my time doing, I came to the conclusion that whilst I don’t want to be put into a box of being a particular type of blogger I also didn’t want this blog to not have a direction. I realised that perhaps I had been shying away because I didn’t think it represented me. Crashed Like Lightning will still be my little place of the internet but I’ve got some really great things lined up. If you love film, books, my original writing, the process behind all of that and maybe the odd life/beauty hack. Mainly, it’ll be the insides of what people love and why they love doing it. I just want this to be a happy place where I can talk about what I’m loving and what other people are loving, because we all need a bit of positive in the world right now don’t we?

I worried at first that no one even read this blog, so why did I need to bother? Then I realised the more I didn’t bother the more it annoyed me, I missed it or that something didn’t feel write. I figured out, that perhaps I don’t have the biggest online following, or maybe no one reads it all but I needed to write for my own sanity.

Life really is to short. This blog is going to go straight up (mainly because If I give myself a chance to re-read it, I’ll talk myself out of it.) so forgive any mistakes. This leads me to my promise to you, I promise that whatever post you see on here is something I will actually love, care about and want to write about. You can expect at least 2-3 posts a week and a service with a smile!

So for those of you who have missed me, thank you and I’m back. Those of you who didn’t know this blog existed till now…Hi there! Stay awhile? I’ll pop the Kettle on.

We will now return to your (Semi) regular programming.

Val xx

Five Minutes With – Photographer Alex Georgiades – Crashed Like Lightning


I think one of the best things that makes us who we are is what we choose to love. Hear me out, our passions is what we choose to spend out time doing. What really makes us tick. It’s been a while since I got to speak to someone about their passions and I had the chance to interview one of the most talented photographers I know.

If you haven’t heard the name Alex Georgiades don’t worry, you will. He is one of the best upcoming photographers and At 24, he’s managed to take stunning photos from all around the world. He some how manages to really capture what the subject is trying to say. He’s often traveling and exploring the world, but I managed to catch him just before he leaves the U.K on another adventure.

What makes you love what you do? 

I love being able to capture a moment in time as strange as that might sound, whether it’s a laugh, a moment between two people, the emotion on someones face. For me, being able to immortalise a moment is very special

What inspires you to do it?

When I was a boy my mum and Dad took a bunch of photos on film and loads of home videos. They essentially documented my child through photography. I still love looking through our albums now and finding a photo I’ve never seen. The best thing is, that is the essence of photography and however much technology may develop, that will always remain the same

How did you start it?

My Dad bought me a Canon 600D EOS when I was around 18 and it became an extension of me. I carried it everywhere, on our holidays and around home. It took many years of practice to actually know what I was doing, but I’m so glad I stuck with it, as it’s such a fulfilling hobbie now and such a big part of my life.

What photo are you most proud of?

There are a few I’m really proud of, and not necessarily just because the photo might be good, but because of what it meant to me. Two of which I took during my recent travels to Myanmar. The first, we’d ridden our motorbikes around in the earliest hours of the morning searching for a quiet temple to watch the sunrise. I managed to get catch this scene – the sun rising, the hot air balloons floating over the city, the haze running through hundreds of temples that sit within this gorgeous jungle. I felt I captured my experience of that moment in that photo.

IMG_0658The second, was taken later that day, searching for a different spot for sunset. We briefly shared a moment with a lone child who was playing near a temple. Earlier that day, I’d been reading extensively of all the turmoil that exists within the country and it had really effected me. Besides that, there were ongoing problems in many areas of the world that had been occurring in recent weeks. This boy was potentially homeless,  yet he exhibited so much purity, innocence and happiness that really warmed me, and I was able to capture it. It put things into perspective.

You’ve been traveling, how has that influenced your work/point of view of it?

Travelling has influenced my photography massively. When you travel, your eyes are opened to so many different cultures, voices and ways of life and I felt that growth extending through my lens. There’s a famous quote that says “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”. This is definitely true of me and my photography. I feel as though travel has been an extremely eye-opening experience.


Where do you think it will take you?

I’m not sure really. Whilst my profile has grown considerable over the past six months, it still feels like a hobbie to me, but the more I delve into it as an art form, the more I find myself wanting to push it further.

What do you want people to feel when they see your photos?

I want people to feel connected. I want them to feel as though they are sharing the moment with me, immersed in the moment or the feeling or the experience of the image. That’s always what I try and capture, that emotion of the moment.

Who influences you the most?

At the moment, photographers who I find myself incredibly inspired by are Steve McCurry and Chris Burkard. But then, there is also this emergence of the social media photographer that I find so exciting. Platforms like instagram are giving people the chance to be creative and push the art form in directions its never been before.


What’s the one thing people should take away from your work? 

A moment, I hope. I really hope that people can look at my photography and take that moment that I’ve tried to capture, whether it’s a landscape or a portrait, and think about what I felt within it.


Where can we find you/your work? 

You can find all of my recent photography from my travels on my website,, some of which are featured in blog posts and some in photo albums – I hope you enjoy!

Alex really does have a talent for taking a moment and making it last forever. It’s amazing to see what people find interesting and you can turn it into something beautiful.

Be sure to check out his website and let me know what you think!

The Birthday Adventure


This weekend I celebrated my 24th birthday, and what did I do to celebrate you ask? Did I go for cocktails and embody the idea of sophistication and adulthood? Of course not. I decided to be a kid (I would say giant, but i’m 5ft 2) and go to the Zoo! It was amazing, I hadn’t been the zoo since i was around 12 years old? Maybe before then but nevertheless I enjoyed it a lot. I got to feed the baby goats and anyone who knows me will know that for some strange reason that no one can figure out I have a strange obsession with them. They’re just so damn cute. Anyway I got to feed them and walk with them, see the lions, tigers (and bears oh my!) monkey’s, exotic birds. I fed an elephant and a giraffe…I truly let my inner kid run free. All of this whilst wearing my new set of sunglasses that make me look like i’m trying to be a John Lennon wannabe!

Not only this, I was spoilt truly by my husband, my family and friends. It wasn’t a huge deal, it wasn’t a massive affair or event, there wasn’t a ridiculous party but it was just me having fun with the people I love, enjoying the weekend and it was perfect.

2017, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from you but if this year continues to go how it’s the first few months have been, I think I’m going to fall deeply in love with you.

Here just a few photos of my adventures this weekend.

I am not my anxiety – VMB


I made this a few months ago. I wrote it quickly in an afternoon where I was frustrated with people’s perception and attitude to anxiety. I had my friend perform the voice over and threw this together in an afternoon…It’s not the best quality but I just wanted to create something.

I’ve been anxious to put it on here but it’s not winning. So if any of you fancy watching it I’d be grateful. Let me know what you think, It’d mean a lot.

16 Things I learnt in 2016.


Happy New Year! It’s finally 2017, and despite it being a politically unstable year plus the fact that we lost so many talented people, It’s been a pretty good year for me. First, I got married. I finally married my best friend and could not be happier but not only that I learnt a few things too. So as I start 2017, I wanted to share 16 things that 2016 had taught me.

1. I am NOT my anxiety.

2. It’s okay to put yourself first, show yourself some self care.

3. Work is not everything – You have a whole life outside of work. Live it.

4. Do what you love, not what everyone wants you to do. If you’re not happy doing what you do, why are you even doing it?

5. Listen to other peoples stories, sometimes it just might help – You’re not the only one who needs someone to listen from time to time. You just might learn something.

6. Just because you’ve spent a long time making a mistake doesn’t mean it’s not a mistake. Yeah, it doesn’t make it any less wrong, cut that negativity out.

7. Be silly – seriously, it’s fun.

8. Apparently, I really like Justin Bieber now. I don’t know when or why this happened, but damnit his songs are catchy.

9. I’m still a Disney kid at heart.

10. No one else knows what they’re doing either. If you feel like everyone else has their shit together, chances are they don’t. Fake it till you make it baby.

11. Being a wife is literally the best.

12. Things always comes in threes. The bad…but also the good. Just ride the wave out. You’ll get there.

13. I have the most amazing friends. Don’t fight me on this.

14. Just remember to breathe. (This relates to number one, you can do this. One step in front of the other)

15. My make up obsession is getting a little out of hand but there are worse things to be addicted too.

16. My love for film and books isn’t going anywhere.

2016 may be the year that no one really wants to remember but it’s taught me a lot and it was completely magical in every way I needed it to be. So here’s to 2017.

Happy New Year.