My Employer supports the British Heart Foundation and every so often, they do something great to raise money to provide support for them. They also match any donations received so we can support the charity to the maximum.
This year, they have organised a bike ride from Glasgow to London and Owain, my lovely boyfriend is cycling from Sheffield to Leicester.
The British Heart Foundation means a lot to me and not just because my employer is raising money to support them but because my close family has suffered with heart problems so i’m no stranger to pain. My family was lucky but i know there are other’s who aren’t and if any small amount of donations i raise on behalf of Owain’s cycling, i will feel proud to have supported such a great charity which does such good work.
If you can donate, however big or small, then please do – you can do this by visiting our Just Giving page here – please leave your name and a small message or comment here if you do donate, so i can make sure to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
If you are unable to donate for any reason, or simply cannot – please leave comments of support for Owain and i’ll make sure it keeps him motivated. 🙂
I’ll also let you know how he gets on, the ride is in September and it means at least if nothing else, i get rid of him for half a day 😉
I’m competitive. Not just with other people, but with myself. I always want to out-do myself and be the best. Something though, i’ve learnt that it’s not possible and sometimes you just have to do the best you can.
Take my University Course for example. I’m currently studying Criminology & Psychology at the Open University. My first module started last year and i was achieving Grade 2 passes for most of my essay’s. I was good at that module. It set my aim higher for the next module and i felt unstoppable. I felt like i was good at it and not only that, i pushed myself to do better in every essay than the one before. I finished the module looking forward to the next.
Then came this years module. It’s been harder and more difficult to learn and communicate what i’ve learnt in my essay’s. I started on Grade 3 passes. I know, it seems like not a big difference when i write it down, but to see my scores on screen and written down, it’s disheartening. Especially when my tutor pointed out the fact that while my scores were not the best, i might still pass. That was the worst. I panicked. I’m due to hand my last essay in tomorrow ready for Wednesday and i am terrified i won’t pass. Im at the point where i could cry and i feel miserable because i’m not doing as well as i wanted too.
But, like everything, you can only do your best and i’m trying to work to that. Handing in this essay won’t set out the rest of my life for me and it’s not the end of the world. I have other things that many may not; a well paid job, friends, family, a place to live and when i discount this University module, i’m actually happy. So why let this get me down eh?
So, as i said – it’s okay not to always do well. Sometimes you can’t, other times you can.
So, i have a question… It’s something that’s always been on my mind whenever i’m at work or out with people from work when i’m not at work.
This might just be me wondering this but i hope it’s not. I had a conversation at work the other day about when you see somebody outside of work and they look exactly the same as they do in work. Not in terms of, they’re a whole different person but in terms of hair, make up, clothes etc. Those people who wear a full face of make up to work, the same as they do when they go out on a night out. Or who dress up and wear heels everyday and have their hair perfectly done everyday – like they would for an evening out.
Now, usually at work, i randomly shove clothes on that quite frankly may not even look good/go together/be weather appropriate but i’m not one for sculpting my hair into a perfect ‘do’ or bringing out the red lipstick for work but, i have seen people who do this.
So, my question is – should you make more of an effort for work? I mean, i’m there most of my day but i can’t help feeling that if i did, when people saw me outside of work, i would look the same and no one would go ‘wow, look at you, you look so different’. I think i would start to associate my work self with my going out self and getting ‘glammed up’ or experimenting with make up on a weekend would not be as much fun. Are you with me?
Is this just me? Or do you feel the same? Someone please make this easier for me!
So, this July marks exactly one year since i started this blog. Starting out, i wanted something i could do as a hobby and i enjoyed writing so what better than to start a blog. I wanted to create an online diary which i could look back at in the future and say “look at all the amazing things i did”. What i didn’t imagine was how addictive blogging was. It wasn’t just writing about things i’m passionate about, it was connecting with other people.
I’m usually a person who prefers what she knows, – staying in, keeping to myself etc but blogging has made me open up and connect with all you lovely people whether it’s via wordpress, twitter or instagram! I find myself wanting to get involved and i’m working myself up to possibly attending events (watch this space, i’m still completely terrified of meeting new people) and i’m sure in another year things will be completely different.
I didn’t start my blog thinking i would receive free things and i’m still not under that impression. Although i have received some really great products and worked with some amazing brands, that’s not what blogging is about for me. I enjoy writing to connect with people – even if it’s only one person in the entire world. I know some great people in the blogging community and although i haven’t met other bloggers (YET!) they are the best community of people! Always there for each other and so supportive.
I’m still learning – my pictures are not the best and i’m well aware of that. Sometimes i have NO ideas what so ever about posts so there’s nothing for a few weeks but it’s my blog and i’d rather post when i have something to say rather than because i’ve told myself i will post a certain number of times etc.
I’m hoping blogging will bring more great opportunities to connect with others!
Thank you all so much for reading my ramblings and for connecting with me – you have no idea how much it means to me!
Ari, over at Comics & Cookies tagged me in her ‘4 things’ post and i love love love reading about other people so i decided to provide a bit more of an insight into the crazy girl behind the blog. (Also, Visit Ari’s site – it’s crazy good!)
Four places I’ve lived:
- Scunthorpe when i lived with my mum.
- Upperthorpe in Sheffield when i first moved to the city.
- The Wicker in Sheffield – Yeah, don’t ask.
- & now, Kelham Island, Sheffield!
Four jobs I’ve had:
- Staff Trainer at Mcdonalds
- Lloyds TSB Mortgage Service
- Santander Collections Complaints
- Coffee shop assistant when i was a teen!
Four things I don’t eat
Four of my favourite foods
- Curry (Korma, i’m no animal)
- Roast Potatoes
- Can’t go wrong with a Kebab. (Okay, maybe i am an animal)
Four films I’ve watched more than once
- About Time
- Top Gun
- Love Actually
- Kill Bill
Four TV Shows I watch
- Once Upon A Time
- Pretty Little Liars
- House of Cards
- Game of Thrones
Four things I’m looking forward to this year
- My 25th Birthday in October – I don’t think i’m doing anything but still.
- Being back home during the week (i’m currently working away)
- Finishing my 2nd module of my University Degree
- Christmas, because who doesn’t?
Four things I can’t live without
- Tea tea tea tea (Kept Ari’s answer because, she’s totally right!)
- Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels
- My Phone (this pains me, i feel so modern)
- My Bed.
Four things about Owain – My better half.
- He sunburns BADLY & it’s great (i am no longer alone)
- He REALLY likes his PS4 & Xbox.
- He cooks
- He owns more than 3 coffee machines.
Four places I’ve visited
- New York, USA
- Paris, France
- Nice, France
- London, UK
Four pet peeves
- Being able to hear people while i’m trying to sleep.
- People who think they’re entitled to everything.
- Nasty People.
- People who cough without covering their mouth.
Four things I wish I could do
- Apply make up better.
- Drive (LAME)
- Wake up earlier.
- Grow my hair.
Four subjects I studied at school
Four things near me right now
- My phone
- Lemon Bon Bons (YIPEEE)
- My Watch
- Owains Ray Bans
I hope you now know me a little better, feel free to steal this and complete yourself!
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