BBC Two Interview: Proud to be a Single Woman
Guess what I got for Valentine’s Day? A surprise appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire Programme on BBC Two. Now you’re probably wondering, “How on earth did she manage to get on a BBC news programme?”
I’ll tell you what happened…
While reading through my emails Monday afternoon, I noticed one with the subject line, “Single and Proud – Valentine’s Day BBC News Interview”.
I thought it was a scam. It’s not every day you get an invitation out the blue to appear on TV, is it? So, I called the number in the email. I nearly fell out of my chair when I realised it was genuine and from the BBC Broadcasting House in Central London. Suddenly, I went through a mixture of emotions rolled into one. I was shocked, excited, nervous, overwhelmed and happy that they chose me to appear on the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
This is an excerpt of the email…
Dear June,How are you?I hope well. I work on the Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC 2 and News Channel. Tomorrow morning on the show we are doing a feature with men and women who are single and proud of it – I found your blog and was really taken by it.I think it would be really interesting to talk further. It would be a live TV chat lasting around 10/15 mins – how you find being single empowering, it’s a choice, past relationship history impact on your decision now, or a work focus, or lifestyle choice.
Later that afternoon, I had a few calls from the studio, including a short interview on the phone and what to expect on the day. I have never done a live interview before, so I was a little scared, obviously.
I told friends and family my amazing Valentine’s Day love news. They were just as shocked but happy for me.
Anyway, in the evening, I walked around in a daze. I couldn’t believe it. Then the worry of what to wear kicked in. So, you can imagine, I didn’t sleep very well Monday night.
Valentine’s Day – the BBC Two Victoria Derbyshire interview
On the morning of Valentine’s Day, I felt frazzled because a few things went wrong. And, I was running late. Luckily, I had a call from one of the team on the show telling me they shifted the time. They moved it from 10.15 AM to 10.45 AM which was great for me.
I picked my favourite green dress to wear. Then worried that perhaps it’s too bright or I’ll look overdressed. But in the end, I decided to go for it.
Breakfast was off the list. I was too nervous to eat. At 9.30 AM, I made my way to the BBC broadcasting house. When I arrived, I met the other two single people taking part in the interview. One was Stefan-Pierre Tomlin, the most swiped man on Tinder, and Lauren, a dating blogger.
It was an amazing experience. When I sat on the sofa, all nervousness left. However, I prayed before I left home.
I’m still trying to get a video clip of the show from BBC. But for now, you can watch the interview below. A friend recorded it on her phone and I uploaded it from Facebook to my blog.
Video Interview uploaded from Facebook
Be happy and proud of your single life
Let me just say, if you’re single, be happy. Don’t worry. Why?
Here are a few reasons…
- It’s the perfect time to get to know the real you. In relationships, you are either someone’s wife, fiance or girlfriend. You can get so caught up in stuff that happens in relationships, especially toxic or abusive ones, you forget who you are.
- Love yourself for who you are instead of conforming to be the woman he wants you to be.
- Discover your hidden talents and put them to good use.
- Strengthen your relationships with family and friends. They tend to get left when you’re deep in a relationship.
- Know the type of man you want to meet. Don’t settle for second best because you’re lonely. Set your standards and stick to them.
I’ve been single for 11 years and it’s been an awesome journey. I have achieved more than I ever imagined. I completed a teacher training course, graduated from university as a teacher, became a freelance copywriter and blogger, wrote and self-published my book, Deep Within my Soul, and became closer to my three beautiful daughters. But the biggest achievement for me is my relationship with Jesus. My faith has given me unbelievable strength and peace.
I can honestly say, I’m happily single and content. When Mr. Right comes along, he will complement my life instead of filling a love gap. I love myself so I no longer have to look for love in any man. That’s the best feeling. Enjoy your single life and use the time to be the best you. Work on yourself and iron out any flaws before you meet your prince.
Over to you…
Are you happily single? Or are you in a place of coming to terms with the single life? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below. And share the single woman love with others on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.