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BBC Two Interview: Proud to be a Single Woman

BBC Two Interview: Proud to be a Single Woman

By in Inspiration, Single Life | 19 comments

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.

 

 

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    19 Comments

  1. Hi June,

    Congratulations you are famous! Thanks for sharing your experiences. By the way, the video could not be played.Have a great day!

    Clover Jean

    17/02/2017

    • Thank you, Clover. What can I say? It was an incredible experience and a privilege to be able to do a live show on BBC Two on Valentine’s Day.

      I’ll check out the video. Thanks for letting me know.

      Enjoy your day. 🙂

      June June

      17/02/2017

    • Clover, I checked the video and it worked on my computer. Can you try it again, please? Thanks.

      June June

      17/02/2017

  2. Wow wow wow see who is going international? You are a flag bearer and you were so gracious on set.
    Over to me: Am happily single even torn between hoping to meet anyone again…kind of please Lord could that be in 5 years or so if at all?

    All the reasons you share are vital ones and I feel them in my life

    Am single since August 2016 with a tiny interlude in January which left me feeling disgusted with myself.

    Some insignificant nights I may feel lonely but am generally a bee and with 3 teenage boys, what am I going to do with a fourth grown up one?

    I am making the best of the present season in my life, trusting Jesus with all my being, marvelling at his awesomeness.

    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to more of such here

    Marie Abanga Marie Abanga

    17/02/2017

    • Oh, Marie! Thank you. Isn’t it amazing how being single can get you places? It’s not all doom and gloom, is it? I tried to be gracious as I didn’t want to embarrass myself on national TV, lol.

      I understand what you mean by not wanting to rush into a relationship, till the time is right. Too many women make that mistake and end up regretting it. Better to stay single and become whole as a woman than forfeit that because of loneliness. I used to do the same thing and it alway got me in hot water, so to speak.

      And don’t beat yourself up because you had a tiny interlude. You’re only human and it happens sometimes. But at least you know what you want and you’re now heading in the right direction.

      No, you don’t need a fourth teenage boy, lol. 🙂

      I’m happy you have Jesus to give you the strength and peace to cope when the days seem bleak. He is indeed awesome.

      Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

      June June

      17/02/2017

  3. Hi June, I am now able to watch the video via my IPad. I love your honesty and the colour green really suits you. You have truly inspired other singles to follow their heart. Keep up the good work!

    Clover Jean

    17/02/2017

    • Hi Clover,

      That’s great. I’m happy you’re able to watch the interview on your iPad.

      Thank you. Yes, I have to be honest because that’s what I stand for. My life is like an open book and my desire is to inspire other singles. They need to know there is nothing weird about being a single woman. In fact, it’s a wonderful experience. After they meet their spouse, the single life will become only a memory. So, like all things in life, enjoy it while you have it. And make the best of the situation you’re in.

      That green dress is so comfortable. I love wearing it. But I thought it would be too bright as it’s not the typical winter colour.

      Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

      June June

      18/02/2017

  4. And of Junie that colour Green you had on, did you know what the colour stands for and is associated with? life, renewal, nature, energy, hope…

    Marie Abanga Marie Abanga

    20/02/2017

    • No, Marie. I had no idea the colour green was associated with life, renewal, nature, energy and hope. That’s awesome. I love green, but don’t have much of that colour in my wardrobe. Now I know how powerful the colour is and what it represents, I’ll be adding more to my collection of clothes.

      Thanks for that piece of information, Marie. x

      June June

      20/02/2017

  5. Thanks June for this post. Valentine’s day is the special day for Lovers, who loves to each other.

    advikaweb

    22/02/2017

    • Yes, and it’s also a good day for singles to appreciate where they are in their lives. It’s good to be happy whether you’re single or a couple.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      June June

      02/03/2017

  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it is interesting to me! I am a happily single, but sometimes I feel empty inside. So what do you think to be a single man?

    David Vu

    27/02/2017

    • David, you’re welcome and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      I understand how you feel. It’s good to surround yourself with friends and family to keep your life full. Also, maybe taking up a hobby, starting a course or doing fun things with other single men will help take away the emptiness inside. Being a Christian has helped me as it fills that empty void inside.

      As a single man, use that time to develop yourself and work on any flaws you may have. Prepare yourself to be the best for when you meet your partner. I think being single is a wonderful time to develop yourself and really get to know you and the type of woman you want to meet.

      I hope this advice helps. And it’s good to see a man commenting here. Thanks.

      June June

      02/03/2017

  7. very helpful post thanks and keep it up.

    adeel

    03/04/2017

    • Thank you, Aditi. 🙂

      June June

      25/04/2017

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