Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 in review

Another year gone and another year to reflect on. I remember I could not wait for last year to end and I am glad I do not feel this way as 2014 draws to a close. I have so much to be thankful for from this year and I can't wait to document it.

1) What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

Without a shadow of a doubt buying and moving into my first house. I have loved the independence it has given me and the chance to make something my own. I am so lucky to have a great housemate too! I have really enjoyed being creative, and alongside Lotte, really make a house a great home!



2) What was the single most challenging thing that happened this year?

Losing my Gran. This was our first Christmas without her and it really was so very strange to not have her around. She did not have the most pleasant of passings but I remain thankful that I have a Gran that I can miss and remember so fondly. 



3) What was an unexpected joy?

This may sound like a strange response but I would have to say counselling. At the time it was quite draining and there were many weeks I dreaded attending the sessions. However, there was an unexpected joy in being able to address some of my demons and really understand my thoughts/feelings. I was able to come away from my therapy feeling a lot more understood and less anxious! Counselling allowed me to feel excitement for things again and really feel like there was a way forward...and for that I will always find joy (and hope!) in. 

4) Pick 3 words to describe 2014.

Thankful, Confusing and Nostalgic.

5) What were the most entertaining things you have seen/done this year?

Snorkelling in Tobago, walking the sights of NYC and Washington DC, Hornblowering in Niagara Falls, seeing Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, watching Wicked/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Lion King, skyping with Oli in Australia, watching children in need within the studio live, hosting airmail christmas, decorating my house, becoming an auntie to Honor Rose and celebrating my blog friend Laurie's 30th birthday (with space hoppers!) 





6) With whom were your most valuable relationships?

There are quite a few but I think my friendship with Lotte really stands out. We have been great friends for years but then we became joint home owners, which adds a whole new dimension to any kind of relationship! I am so pleased the transition went smoothly and I am so incredibly lucky that she's so much fun to live with. She accepts my quirkiness and allows me to just be myself in the house. I have really valued our friendship this year!



7) What was the single biggest waste of your time this year?

I would have to say dating Jack. At the time it was great dating someone that didn't take life too seriously. In fact it was refreshing! However, with any relationship there has to be some level of commitment to it, which we both didn't have!!! So even though you live and learn through the relationships you have with people. It was just something that wasted my time rather than enriched it. 

8) What are you most proud of doing this year?

Being more open in talking about my mental health, counselling and getting on the property ladder!




9) How did you spend Christmas 2014?

I worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I finished my shift Christmas Day and went over to my sisters for dinner, games and antics with my nephew! On boxing day all my family came to my parents - there was 15 of us! We ate, drank, chatted and played more games. The last time we all came together was for my Gran's funeral so it was good to be together on a more joyous occasion. 

10) What did you do in 2014 that you hadn't done before?

I crashed my car twice! I have never damaged any of my cars badly but to do it twice, in one month, was crazy and borderline stupid! I also went and saw the poppies at the tower of London to honour the fallen. It was an incredible sight to behold! Oh and I turned 25!



11) Looking back on 2014, what one thing have you learnt the most?

I would definitely say to have faith (faith in things generally, not religious)  My faith has really been tested this year and I have had to really persevere at things. I remember last year finding it so hard to accept I had a mental illness. This year I have really had to adapt my way of thinking and acknowledge my mentality into my waking life. I have had to rely on faith to get me through so much from little things like getting out of bed on my low days to losing my Gran to organ failure. There have been SO many days where I have questioned why I lead the life I have but I have faith that I'm doing okay...and trying my best!

12) Finally, your plans for 2015 and what are you most looking forward to?

I am so looking forward to New Zealand in February but even more looking forward to travelling with Oli! I am excited for Italy in June and also looking into other avenues of nursing I can work towards. I'm looking forward to getting more tasks in the house sorted and making it more homely. There is also an S Club 7 reunion to attend in May wahoo! I am sure there are lots more things 2015 has in store for me.




Hope you had wonderful 2014's to remember. See you in 2015 everyone!

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Nursing + Christmas = Love

So another Christmas is flying past and I always feel a little meh at this time of year. The buzz, rush and excitement of seeing family, exchanging gifts, eating way too much and still trying to fit into your jeans is all a little too much take.


Then it's over and you await new year.

I have worked every Christmas (apart from last year) since I was 16. And I won't lie...I really enjoy it. Yes, it sucks that people are in hospital and yes it does suck getting up to go to work when people get to have a Christmas morning at home. But I'll tell you what I love about it.

When I work Christmas it makes me realise why I am a nurse and why (even on the crap days) I do the job I feel born to do. Two weeks before Christmas we had a patient who came in for extensive cancer surgery. Due to the nature of her aggressive cancer she needed the surgery ASAP, which probably meant Christmas in hospital. She had this lovely 10 year old daughter called *Mollie and all Mollie wanted for Christmas were two things; 1) Reindeer slippers and 2) her mum to be home for Christmas. Mollie's mum came through the surgery brilliantly and recovered really well. It was so AWESOME to tell her that she would be home for Christmas. All the nurses were sworn to secrecy not to tell Mollie as her mum wanted to surprise her Christmas day!

It really was the best feeling in the world to know we could get Mollie's mum home. The whole team were elated! 

Then on the 23rd I got a message from my colleague saying Mollie's mum had turned poorly and that she wouldn't be going home. I was gutted, absolutely gutted, and I am so glad Mollie never knew a thing. I came into work Christmas Eve to do my late shift and Mollie had brought in her Mum's presents, they decorated her room and watched a Christmas film. I just longed for and hoped that Mollie could have her Mum for Christmas...even for just a few hours. So we arranged a plan that Mollie's mum could go home for a few hours. It was tight with all her medications and attachments but we could make it work...and it was all set in motion. 

Then I came into work on Christmas Day feeling a little miserable that I couldn't be at home with my family. The consultant came to do his ward round and I explained we had arranged for Mollie's mum to go home for a few hours. What happened next was the best conversation...ever.

Me: 'She's doing a lot better and we have arranged for her to go home for a few hours.'
Consultant: 'mmm her bloods are good...not great but good. We can remove her lines and she could go home on oral medications. I don't see why she can't go home...but I'll let the you assess her mid morning and if you're happy then let her go.
Me: 'I think we can manage her from home and also you may have just made a little 10 year old girl's Christmas sir.' 

Mollie's mum did really well all morning and when I told her she was over the moon. Mollie came in at 10am, with Reindeer slippers in tow, she didn't know her next present was coming. I went into Mollie's mum's room at 11am and told Mollie to sit with her mum. I said I had something important to tell her mum and not to say a word until I had finished. I went through all the discharge paperwork and Mollie's face went from a casual stare, to confusion and then pure enchantment.

"MY MUMMY IS COMING HOME. I THOUGHT IT WAS AWESOME THAT I GOT MY SLIPPERS...MY MUM IS COMING HOME...TODAY???? NOWAY! THANK YOU FOR GETTING BETTER MUM"

And I think that's what makes Christmas so joyous. This is exactly the reason why I do nursing. Yes it's great there is so much choice, so many clinical skills to learn and the responsibility that comes with it. Yet, sometimes just being able to do something good for another person is what makes you happy. I helped make a little girls Christmas this year...and I would work a thousand more christmases to see a reaction like that again.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas this year.

*The name Mollie was used as an alias to maintain confidentiality

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Honor

I have had quite a few people ask me about my niece and I have realised that apart from announcing her birth I haven't really mentioned her.

I know I am biased but she is just the cutest bundle ever. Honor is now 3 months and it has just flown by! If there is one word to describe this little girl is...


DIVA!

Honor knows what she wants and wants it right away. I think compared to her older brother, who was such a smiley and cuddly baby, she is so the opposite! She is very observant and I don't think she will be at all cautious as she grows up. I reckon she'll be a fast learner and grasp things a lot more easily. There are some similarities to when Cohen was 3 months old between them, but they're also very different too.


When Honor smiles the whole world lights up. It totally changes her face when she grins! She is also really chatty and can be quite happy sitting on you and gurgle away. At first Cohen had no interest in her whatsoever! But over the last few weeks he does try and interact with her and he always likes to show me her room when I go round.


I am excited for her first Christmas. I am spending Christmas with them and I cannot wait. I absolutely ADORE being an auntie to these two beauties. I will never know how life existed without them. Life is so much more colourful and fun with them in it!

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Adverts!

I remember when I was kid the Coca-Cola advert was the one advert you would wait in anticipation for. Over the years other retailers have really stepped up their game and come out with the most AWESOME Christmas adverts. I think adverts vary all around the world but I especially love the UK ones (yes I am biased!) So I want to share my favourite adverts from this year and why I love them.

John Lewis - Monty the Penguin

This is big retailer in the UK and it's only in the last 3-4 years have people really begun to notice their adverts. In fact it's their adverts that have made other retailers quake in their boots and think 'crap we need a GOOD advert this year!' The response to their adverts is now just the same as when the cola advert comes on telly. People go crazy over it....and I don't blame them. I love the story of this advert...and now I really want a penguin!



Waitrose - The Gingerbread Stall

I think this advert is okay but I just LOVE the song and the interpretation of it. I would never associate this song at Christmas time but now I always will. Plus, I really want to bake a cookie after its been on. 



Boots - Special Because...

I love how they have thought about the people who won't be celebrating Christmas with their loved ones this year. It's a good reminder that whilst we eat, drink and be merry, there are people on shift in hospitals, police stations, fire departments etc. It is such a good reminder for us to be thankful for the 'strangers' that are out their giving up their Christmas to ensure we're safe and healthy. This advert isn't glitzy but it's so heartfelt and really hits home! 



Sainsbury's - Lest We Forget

When I first saw this advert I thought it was too long but boy do I ADORE the true story. The way they have recreated it is so touching! So many people have had people who have fought or are fighting in wars/conflicts. Therefore, people really connect with it! For me this advert represents the true meaning of Christmas and what the gospel wants to bring across.



I'd love to know what you're favourite Christmas adverts are and why they're so special? The countdown to Christmas is on!

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

One week left to join #AirmailChristmas!

There's just ONE WEEK LEFT to sign up to Airmail Christmas! This year it is in memory of Anna Basso. She sadly passed away from bone cancer in 2011 but the legacy she leaves is beyond incredible. The charity 1 million 4 Anna will share more about her personality and what they aim to achieve - you'd be mad not to check it out. If you could it be awesome if you could send a Christmas card to someone in honour of Anna this year!


If you are willing to take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.

1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you would like a card to be posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and will not be shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card. Emails need to be sent by 1st December 2014.

2) I will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.

3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous person.

4) Then tweet/instagram/facebook a picture of your card using the hashtag AirmailChristmas (#airmailchristmas).

The only rule is that you need to be willing to post abroad if the person you are paired up with lives in another country.

I really hope you can take part in this years Christmas card exchange. When I asked Patrice if it could be in honour of her baby sister this year- she was so honoured! I wish I had the chance to meet Anna and I hope in a way this helps spread her legacy and spirit around the world a little bit more. 

So the more the merrier! Tell your friends, family and fellow social media families. Anna loved Christmas so lets start wishing everyone 'A Very Airmail Christmas' this year!!!


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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

AIRMAIL CHRISTMAS: 2014!

This is the third year I have ran Airmail Christmas and what fun it has been!!! I really hope you take part this year. One of the most important things for me about Airmail Christmas is that it is ran in honour of a special person. And this year is no exception...



When you send your Christmas card to someone in the world this year. I would love it to be sent in honour of Anna Basso. I think the only person who can sum Anna up is her big sister Patrice. When I started blogging back in 2009 Patrice's blog was one of the first blogs I followed. Patrice is so funny, witty and real! I remember so vividly Patrice documenting how her and Anna would get into their Christmas pyjamas on Christmas eve and open gifts. I was gutted when she announced her little sister had bone cancer. Patrice documented Anna's battle so beautifully and even though Anna is sadly not on this Earth...the legacy she has left behind and the sterling work her family carry out in her memory...is beyond incredible. Here Patrice, Anna's big sister, shares more about her and how sending a card in memory of her is so important!

Anna Basso was a fun loving, free spirited, beautiful girl. She loved to have fun, to make people laugh and she had a huge heart. She cared deeply about other people; in the words of one of her best friends, “Cancer is supposed to crush your spirits and bring you down. Anna never let it get to her like that, she only showed her strength and if she was worried about anything it was her friends and family. “ Anna was diagnosed in the middle of her junior year of high school with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer that primarily affects adolescents ages 10-20. She endured a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and then was given the all-clear report. Sadly, 5 months later, it was discovered cancer cells remained in her bone marrow. She had relapsed and had to fight for her life. 18 months after her diagnosis, and less than a month after her high school graduation, Anna passed away.


During her battle with cancer, over 1 million prayers were pledged on her behalf. It seemed right, but also just natural, that Anna’s legacy should carry on through the people she connected. Anna, too, had a dream for what her legacy could be. Rather than pass along burned CDs of music she found significant, or fill journals with her wit and wisdom, Anna wanted to be remembered through a foundation bent on finding ways to defeat this disease and helping those affected by it. With that in mind, we created the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation in January of 2012.

Christmas was always a special time in our family. It is the holiday that I have the most special memories of growing up, and all of these include my sister, Anna.

Every year on Christmas Eve, we got to open our first present, which was always Christmas pajamas.  These were often matching, too. Then, although we had separate bedrooms, my sister and I always spent the night together. Anna would wake me up early in the morning so we could go downstairs and see what “Santa” brought us. Christmas day was always spent in the laziest, but best possible way; usually in our pajamas all day and enjoying our new presents. Our Dad is one of the best cooks, so we always had a delicious Christmas night dinner.

Our family cherishes the Christmas memories we have with Anna, and we feel strongly about honoring her giving and loving spirit, especially around Christmas time. That’s why AirMail Christmas is the perfect fit! More ways to spread the love that Anna had for each and every person she met. 
As you can see Anna's story has left a mark on so many people. The charity - One Million for Anna - started off with excelling a million prayers for Anna's healing. I would love to be able to send a million Christmas cards off for her too. I know that's asking a little too much...okay a lot...but it would be great to get it started would it not?

If you are willing to take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.

1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you would like a card to be posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and will not be shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card. Emails need to be sent by 1st December 2014.

2) I will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.

3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous person.

4) Then tweet/instagram/facebook a picture of your card using the hashtag AirmailChristmas (#airmailchristmas).

The only rule is that you need to be willing to post abroad if the person you are paired up with lives in another country.

I really hope you can take part in this years Christmas card exchange. When I asked Patrice if it could be in honour of her baby sister this year- she was so honoured! I wish I had the chance to meet Anna and I hope in a way this helps spread her legacy and spirit around the world a little bit more. 

So the more the merrier! Tell your friends, family and fellow social media families. Anna loved Christmas so lets start wishing everyone 'A Very Airmail Christmas' this year!!!

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Service before self.











This morning I woke up at 10:50 and my immediate thought was the 2 minute silence coming up around the world. I turned on my phone and watched the proceedings at the Cenotaph taking place in London. Each year we remember the two great world wars that have taken place over the last 100 years. We remember the sacrifices made and the lives taken for our country during this and the subsequent wars I have witnessed since. We think of the bereaved families who haven't or won't ever see their loved ones return home. 

I think of how much I would just love to see peace. Just for once there be no fighting, no deaths, no military action and no terrorism. I know that the chance of seeing this in my lifetime are slim but I still hope.

But there was one thing that has been on my mind this Remembrance Sunday. Would the soldiers and people who died fighting for our freedom be proud of the way the world is today? If I am totally honest I am on the fence. I can only hope we are worthy of their sacrifice.

Last week I went and saw the poppies at the Tower of London. I got to witness the 888, 246 poppies that represent the great world war and the people who fought in it. I'd love to hug my great grandfather who fought in the first world war. I'd love to shake hands with my great uncle who died on the Bismark after it was bombed by a torpedo. I cannot even comprehend how thankful I am to them because I am so lucky to feel safe in this country. Despite every bad thing we see or read there are people out there who want to protect us. And for that I will be eternally thankful and forever indebted to their courage.

Thank you. It will never be enough.

I just hope hope remembering them will be.

Lest we forget.


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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Something is coming...

Airmail Christmas...



And it's in honour of someone very special this year. I am excited! Will you be joining this year?



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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Home improvement inspiration.

I have been in my new house since May and things are slowly coming together. I have really settled in and now it's just about tying a few loose ends to make rooms more homely. The most lived in room is the lounge and there's a space in it that just isn't there yet.

Can I have your help?

A few people have sent me photos and I have looked on pinterest. I have an idea of what I might do but I just wanted to see if you guys could help? 


This dresser is quite a prominent feature in the living area. I LOVE the canvas scripture above it and the colour of the room is grey/purple. I just feel it lacks a little something! We have the lantern on it but I'm thinking of moving that to another place in the room as it looks like the sideboard just drowns it.

So do you have any quick thinking and price savvy ideas?

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Petrol Light

Earlier this year something happened that I never thought would happen. This is where you stop and think 'Oh my what could this be? Did she miss a big birthday? Did she quit work on the spot?'

Nope.

I nearly ran out of petrol.

I can just imagine all your arched eyebrows and going PEERLEASE!

But seriously I am one of, many people I hope, who refuses for my petrol to get low. As soon as it is about to get on the 1/4 full line I am in the petrol garage filling up.

It has always been in my nature to ensure things never run out. When I hear people who have had to call the AA out, because they thought their petrol would last the journey, I just think how silly?

I guess I have something chronic about me in that I have to prevent disasters from happening. When I was having counselling earlier this year I quickly acknowledged that I worry about the small details. I like to get to work on the small things, the niggly things that people don't want to do. I trust the big things get sorted out but the small things - they bother me.

Such as the petrol light.

I was driving to my friends in Kent. He lives about an hour away and I had over 1/4 full of petrol in my tank. I knew I would need to get petrol at some point but I genuinely thought I would have enough.

I had this covered. It was a small thing and it had been dealt with.

About half hour into the journey the light came on and I suddenly felt a little surge of panic. I instantly thought that I needed to get petrol. I had to get rid of this amber light. But the petrol station that was coming up was closed. 'You had to kidding me?' I thought. I was also on a part of the motorway that I had no clue as to where I was. 

So what did I do?

I got a bit of paper and covered the amber light of course. As that would make it go away! I kept looking at my sat nav and the minutes to my destination were getting less. I was acutely aware though that I was passing no petrol stations either!!!



I won't lie I was starting to panic. I was edging closer to the steering wheel as if to make my car move faster on as little petrol as it could. I kept telling myself how silly I was and that OF COURSE I didn't have enough petrol to last the journey.

Then all of a sudden - with 10 minutes left to my destination - the amber light starting flashing. I could see it lighting up every 2 seconds through the paper. 'Just great!' I thought. I was in an area I had no clue about. I was on a stretch of motorway with no lights. And now I was potentially going to be stuck on a stretch of road in the dark.

Whoop!?

So I pulled over so I could fight with myself and then decide what to do. My car was lagging and I was anxious. Do I call my parents and tell them to bring me some petrol? I had no breakdown cover on my insurance then so couldn't call them without paying loads! So what did I do?

I laughed.

I laughed and I laughed and I laughed.

Then all of a sudden I felt no panic. This was not the end of the world. I had learnt in my therapy that when faced with situations that are hard to tackle it's a good idea to make a list. The list could range from absolutely ludicrous ideas to rather sensible ones. So my list included to magic a wand and conjure up a spell to produce petrol to googling for help.

Luckily my friend text me (he doesn't drive so he couldn't help me out) and he saved the day. He used the wonders of the internet to track my location and he emailed me a map of a petrol station that was a 2 minute drive away. He was my saviour and I managed to get my car there in one piece. Despite the pull I had to drive it!

Since then I still do not let the petrol light get too low and I tell this story to almost everyone - poor buggers. But it will always stay with me for one simple reason.


'where there is a will there is a way'

I now tend to think that situations could be worse off whereas before my therapy I would always - without fail - think I'd be in the worst situation possible.

I was just amazed at how differently I handled it. On reflection the situation was not funny. If it wasn't for my friend I'd had probably had to fork out hundreds of pounds to get a person to fill up my tank. But I was okay. I was more than okay.

Sometimes you just have to let the petrol light hit empty before you realise that.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

I'm productive 24/7...said no-one ever.

We are now delving into the depths of winter where I live. The darker evenings and chillier days tend to send my productivity levels to below sub zero. I can honestly say some days would be much rather spent staying under the duvet or closing my office door at work to the ward. I find staying productive a challenge at times, especially when there are so many things I would rather be doing. Whenever my productivity levels are slumped I find the sofa singing out to me more, the sun shining more brightly to invite me outside and the notifications on my phone lighting up more heavily to check my social networking sites - again. Is anybody else in the same boat here? 


 So I've been reflecting and thinking of ways as to how I can stay productive. So I have listed 5 ways in which I try to stay more focussed. 

#1 - Take a break. 
I find this to be the most effective thing to do but also the hardest. I work on a busy ward and most of the time I have the attitude of ' I'll just do it' or 'If I just do [such and such] before I take a break.' But then this just cascades into lots of tasks being done and the break being ignored. So I have to make a concerted effort to take myself off the floor, sit down with a drink and just take a break from the ward. 


#2 - Take a break from social sites.
This is a must do! Sometimes social networking sites are just a distraction. I now on purposely lock my phone away at work so I am not inclined to check it. I find if I am checking my phone then my focus is away from work, and that's not good.

#3 - Relax.
This is waaaay easier to type than it is to actually do. I think mainly because we all relax in different ways. I really like to listen to music and read. I also have a meditation app that I listen to when I am struggling to sleep. As much as it is to 'be on the ball' all the time - what's a good nurse that is tired from thinking and doing too much? So I make sure I have some me time when at home so I can at least try and have a good balance.


#4 - Shut the door.
I think this is a very powerful thing to do but hard as well. At work I have a little office space to do my administration/managerial work for the ward. I often keep the door open so I can listen out for patient call bells, phones and also to show my team that I am visible/available. However, there are some days that are manic and I can't be as productive as I want to be with all that there is going on. So what do I do? I walk into the office and close the door. The sound of silence can be so cathartic, and it allows myself the chance to collect my thoughts and head back out onto the ward a lot more focussed. 

#5 - Give myself credit. 
This sounds a bit absurd doesn't it? But sometimes I feel like I focus and question so much on what I should be doing or haven't achieved, which gets me down, that I forget about what I have done and who I have helped. So I try to tell myself frequently, when that negative lightbulb pops in my head, what I am doing well at. I think giving ourselves credit for what we are doing for others and ourselves helps increase our self esteem. This allows me to be way more productive and adds a little spring in my step.


So those are my tips to how I stay productive. I am sure you can find many other great tips over on Kabbage - a company that provide small business loans to increase productivity. At the end of the day we need to focus on being productive instead of just busy!

*All views are my own. I have not been compensated for this piece of writing.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Dad Tag

I was recently tagged by a you tuber to take part in a Father meme that has been circulating. I thought it would be fun to talk about my Dad for a change. We may not have the strongest of father-daughter bonds but it is special to share a little of him on here. Below is the video I filmed in my garden. Enjoy!



I tag all who are reading this- it be awesome to hear your answers!


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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Hiatus

I've decided to take a little break from social networking. As much as I love it, it can also act as a distraction.

In recent weeks I have noticed I have become a lot more lower than normal. I don't think it helps that things ended with a Jack, a guy I was seeing the past 6 months. i know heartbreak is a bugger at times and it has left me feeling very empty.

I have also noticed that I am not looking forward to things as much and I have been a lot more negative of late. I think I really need to go back and re-evaluate things before things spiral. I have had a chronic fear that I will 'relapse' back to how I was last summer.

I am trying so hard for that not to be the case.

But I am accepting that this could happen too.

So I think a break is in order so I can try and get back on track.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Tobago

I returned home from Tobago two weeks ago and it still feels like a distant memory. It was my first time going to the Caribbean and I LOVED it.

I have never been to a place with blue waters and white sands. It was just idyllic to relax in. Tobago itself is such a lush country. It is green everywhere, not at all built up and the people are so kind. 

One of my favourite days was going snorkelling in the waters at Crowne Point. They have the Caribbean's largest coral reef there so it was so good to see it.

So pretty!

Our hotel was pretty basic. When choosing holidays I don't really feel the need to splash out on a hotel room since I hardly spend any time there. However, the hotel did the most amazing cocktails!

This was Pigeon Point beach. It was so picturesque! We were so lucky with the weather. It reached 35 degrees most days.

This was Nylon pool in the Caribbean sea. It is a place where 4 different currents meet in the middle. It forms like a little whirlpool at night and during the day it becomes 'No Mans Land'. This is where it forms a big sandy mound in the middle of the sea. It was so neat (and bizarre!) to just stand in the middle of the ocean!

I found the locals to be really friendly. We went to an event called The Sunday School Trip - it is a party in Buccoo and the locals invite the tourists to come along. They play steel drums, dance and have bbq's on the street. It was nice to take part in something local! We were only there for a week so we tried to do as much as we can but the main aim of the holiday was to relax, read and have some me time. If I was to return to Tobago I would try and visit the Atlantic side as we heard it is very different and it also has the rain forests that side too. Since going to the Caribbean I now have a huge desire to see more of the islands. It was such a nice way to spend the week!


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