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Things I’ve Loved In October | #10

Well, that’s Halloween over so now Bonfire night and Christmas is fast approaching. Anyone else wish that time would just slow down. Even just a little bit. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was writing the first things I’ve loved post in January. Maybe that’s a sign I’m getting old as time never seemed to fly by as fast when I was younger. Anyway, overall it has been a good month so I’ve picked some of my favourite things I’ve loved in October. Please let me know in the comments what things you loved the most?

Shaw Trust

If you follow me on social media then you may already know my exciting news that I was included on the 2018 Shaw Trust Disability Power list of the 100 most influential disabled people in Britain. The list aims to highlight the amazing things disabled people are doing to help inspire the next generation for a more inclusive world. It is such an incredible honour to be included in this list and be amongst actors, Paralympians, OBE’s, MBE’s, comedians, activists and bloggers. Alex Brooker, co-host of Channel 4’s The Last Leg was named number one with Warwick Davies and Jonnie Peacock also among the top ten. I use achievements like this to remind me to keep going with my blog. Encourages me to continue to raise awareness, to challenge perspectives of disability and help knock down barriers to accessibility. You can view the digital version of the disability power list here.

A collage of photos. On the left side is a the front cover of the Shaw Trust Power 100 2018 an annual publication. On the right is the page Emma is featured on with an image of Emma in Amsterdam with a description of Emma's work and achievements.

Disability-related Product

It has been a few months since I featured a favourite product, so it felt right to share a new product I got this month that I am loving. It’s the Ornamin plate*. I know what you’re probably thinking, what is so special about this plate so let me explain. My type of Muscular Dystrophy mainly affects my limbs meaning my arms are extremely weak. I can’t lift my arms up, so to eat I need to use my left arm as a lever for my right arm. This method works for me and allows me to eat as independently as possible. However, I’m essentially only using one arm to eat so most of the time I’m chasing my food around the plate with a fork trying to scope the food up. It’s frustrating and time-consuming so this awesome plate with its sloped base and bumper/raised edges make it so much easier for me. No more chasing peas, rice and all sorts around my plate.

Kevin Bridges

Earlier this month I went to see comedian Kevin Bridges during his 19 show stint at the Hydro. If you haven’t heard of Kevin Bridges then I highly recommend you check him out. He will have you in stitches of laughter as he did with us. I went to the show with Allan and my sister and it was a brilliant night. I honestly don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time.

Inside the SSE Hydro Arena. A view of the stage from level 2 accessible seating. The stage is lit up with three large screens with Kevin Bridges photo and name.

TV Shows

As you probably know by now, I love a good TV show and movie. This month Making a Murderer part 2 was released on Netflix, three years since the first part. We couldn’t wait to begin watching it so we put it on that Friday night and had it completed by the end of that weekend. I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t watched it yet, but if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? This documentary is addictive, devastating, enraging, and a whole host of emotions. Another show we’ve just started watching is The Haunting of Hill House, which we are loving. I’ve heard great things about this show, so I’m excited to see how it progresses.

Falkirk Herald

This months Falkirk Herald column was all about our Blairgowrie caravan holiday and trip to Manchester to see Pale Waves. Equal measures of good and bad things all summed up in one article. Lovely jubbly.

Emma driving her powered wheelchair up the ramp to the accessible caravan.You can read the online version of the column below:
Caravan holidays are back on the agenda

Day Out

Just last weekend we enjoyed a day out with my nephew into Glasgow. To get us into the Halloween spirit we decided to go to the cinema to see Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it, but it was great. My nephew loved it, although he did admit he was a little bit scared so took up residence on Allan’s knee for most of the film. I loved seeing his face light up as he watched the movie and all the characters come alive. Perfect for his amazing imagination.


This month was also Simply Emma’s 4th anniversary/blogiversary. I honestly can’t believe I’ve been writing about my experiences of disability, muscular dystrophy, accessible travel, gigs and more for four years. Loved it all though. Have a read of my blogiversary post if you want to find out more about my blogiversary, my goals and highlights over the past year. Oh, I also share four random facts about me too.

Emma is wearing a pink/red puffy jacket, black jeans and white converse shoes while sitting in her powered wheelchair. She is in her local park. She is sitting beside a giant number four shaped out of leaves.Gigs

I had a few gigs booked in my calendar for October, but for various reasons including one of the venues lift being broken, we didn’t get to attend. However, we have been busy booking quite a few gigs for next year already. It’s exciting to see 2019 filling up with gigs and we already have six in the calendar so far.

What have you been loving in October? What are you most looking forward to in the coming months?

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You might also enjoy:
Things I’ve loved in January | #1
Things I’ve loved in February | #2
Things I’ve loved in March | #3
Things I’ve loved in April | #4
Things I’ve loved in May | #5
Things I’ve loved in June | #6
Things I’ve loved in July | #7
Things I’ve Loved In August | #8
Things I’ve Loved in September | #9

*Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples, all reviews are my honest, unbiased opinion.
*Some links in this article are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a small reward. You are not charged extra by using the link. I appreciate your support of my blog when you do. All products recommended on my website are products that I personally used and love. 

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Hello I’m Emma. My mission is to show you the possibilities of accessible travel through my travel guides, tips and reviews. I also share personal stories, live event reviews and more.

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