Monday, 21 July 2014

#vlogchallenge Week 3 - Books


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Reasons to be cheerful 12th July 2014 #R2BC

Reasons to be Cheerful

  1. The sun is still shining!
  2. I managed to gets lots of jobs done this week as I've been off work.
  3. I have been commissioned to write 7 articles (1 a month from August to February). As well as a nice bit of income, it means that my writing career is ticking along and that I'm on the right wavelength with editors and readers in my field (early years education.
  4. I'll be in the great outdoors... Later today I'm meeting with my Scouts for an afternoon/evening of climbing, picnics and hiking to celebrate the end of a very successful term.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

When moving on meant leaving people behind

I recently started a new job and it meant stopping doing most of the self-employed projects I'd been doing for the last couple of years. Now I really only do some freelance writing alongside my job.

Because I'm no longer doing admin and P.A.stuff I also stopped going to a local networking group I'd been attending and I don't use the Skype groups I'd been using to keep in touch with other Virtual Assistants; I no longer have a business to promote or services to sell, so there was no point renewing my membership.

The biggest consequence of this has been leaving a whole bunch of people behind. People I had thought of friends as well as business contacts.

I'm not blaming them either, I've tried to keep in touch with those I was closest to, but I've really struggled to find anything we have in common now. I realise that the thing that bound us together was that we were self-employed, freelance women and now that I'm no longer that, we don't seem to have any common ground at all.

I'm not saying I now don't have friends, I absolutely do, they're just old friends from before the days when I was being an entrepreneur. They're mostly people I was at school with or people who do a similar job to me.

It's almost as if there were a few years where I was trying to be something other than what I really am; when I was playing at something that didn't really work out and that now I've stepped back on to the path where I'm confident in myself and know what I'm doing.

I don't regret the few years when I tried something new and met new people, but neither do I regret leaving it behind. I look back, secure in the knowledge that I'm on the right path now and I smile as I turn away.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Reasons to be cheerful 7th July 2014 #R2BC

Reasons to be Cheerful

Sunshiny weather just seems to make everything better and we seem to be having a long run of it at the moment.

More Exercise

Going out to work means I'm a lot more active now and that's really benefitting me by making me feel healthier and sleep better.


I'm currently into knitting socks. Here's the first pair I made. They are super-comfy.


I love my job so much. That is all :-)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Why I Scout

I'm heading towards the end of my first term as a Scout Leader so it seems like a good time to review what I've been up to and why I do it.

I never thought I'd be a Scout Leader, I was happy at Cubs and helping out at Beavers, I really didn't think I had anything to offer Scouts. Then the Troop at my Group were struggling to find a regular leader, there was even talk about closing.

The Scouts we had were a lovely bunch who'd kept coming to meetings week after week. I was feeling like a new challenge, so I volunteered to take on the leadership role.

I'll be the first to put my hand up and say I'm on a learning curve! I spend my Scouting life a couple of pages ahead of the Scouts, but I am learning new skills and the kids are making progress in their badges and challenges.

At the end of my first term and with the summer holidays ahead, I know I need to spend some time learning about knots, lashings and map reading before we start again in earnest in September.

The most important thing is that I'm really enjoying learning new skills, running the Section and getting to know the kids... Now, off to make an oven from a pizza box.

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Picture Perfect

I've had a problem with blogging lately. Not a lack of ideas you understand, I have plenty of those, but a lack of pictures. Most of the blogs I read are very visual (as well as having great content), and I thought mine had to be the same. So that's what's stalled my blogging recently.

Thinking about it on the way home from work yesterday though, I decided that a lack of pictures shouldn't stop me from writing, it's much more important to create and get things out there than worry about perfection ( the kids I work with prove that every day, they're much more interested in experiencing than waiting for the perfect moment).

I like writing essays and longer-form stuff, so why should I worry about being the same as everyone else and/or assume that my readers aren't going to want to read something that isn't short and broken up with pretty illustrations?

I'm not saying that they'll never be pictures on my blog any more, just that I'm not focused on pictures so much at the moment, but I don't want that to stop me writing about the things that are important to me and my readers.

So, as I get back into blogging be prepared for more words and fewer pictures.

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