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become fluent in spanish (read all 5 entries…)
This habit has slipped in the last few weeks

due to me applying for jobs and finally getting a job :D I’ve decided however to practise Spanish tomorrow, in the evening after I come home from work. I want to follow my passion, all that’s needed is the energy and continued determination to do it!

Progress, Not Perfection (read all 5 entries…)

Today was my second full day in work (I had 4 days off for the Easter bank holiday weekend.) The person I worked with today, V, was a lot better of a teacher than the person I observed last week, and I felt I learnt a lot. It does feel weird, being paid (not that I’m complaining) after doing 2 years of volunteering and working almost full time hours, and the mornings kind of drag and I get sleepy, probably as a result of still being on the medication, but it feels so good to be part of something, improving my skills and meeting new people :)

post 100 quotes that inspire (read all 54 entries…)

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” ~ Tim McGraw

I have stepped up my game (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve only gone and left my DBS (Criminal Record Check) form at my workplace, and it’s Easter weekend so offices are shut up until Tuesday. Plus, it was already late :( I REALLY need to get on top of things :0

P.S. It was fine. Panic over!

be happy and occasionally post snippets of happiness (read all 7 entries…)
Last weekend (12/04/14-13/04/14) me and my boyfriend went on a walk

up to the mountain behind my house. It was a warm, sunny day, and although the walking uphill was arduous it was a great view! It surprises me how little I’ve walked up that mountain, considering I’ve lived by it practically my whole life. Still, a great workout, great view and better late than never!

I was given the details of a job which the job agency had entered me for with my permission, the interview was held on 15/04/14. I got it! Currently I’ve done 1 1/2 days there, I’m so thrilled that I’ve finally got a job and am being paid…I hope to try out hypnotherapy for my flying phobia this year, but I needed a job first.

Today was Good Friday and I went cycling with my boyfriend- the first time I’ve ridden a bike in at least 10 years! The first half an hour was weird, just trying to keep balance but I soon got back into it and I really enjoyed it- plus it’s exercise! We also walked around quite a bit to get some fresh air. Loving this Easter weekend with 2 bank holidays!

~2014 Take the EasyJet Fearless Flyer course (read all 2 entries…)
I'm being paid now- yay :D

Not being in paid employment was a major barrier to taking this course, and I also really want to try hypnotherapy to conquer my flying phobia, which I know can be expensive but IMO would be totally worth it if it’s successful. Early days yet though as this was only my second day of work!

I have stepped up my game (read all 2 entries…)
I'm a lot more organised and have a lot more job confidence that I used to

...thanks to several people and organisations in my life. However, I still feel, starting a new job today, that I am not quite on top of it all, and that I need to step up my game a little. I hadn’t been in paid employment since April 2011, and while I’m thrilled to have a job I’m guessing the transition might prove a little tricky. One way I try and get in a good mood for work is wearing outfits that express my personality (obviously within limits due to the office environment) and that are vibrant and fun. My first ‘full’ day of work is tomorrow!

Be grateful and positive (read all 2 entries…)

...I finally have a job! I was only told about the interview the evening before, had the interview today and now I start tomorrow!! I’ve not been in paid employment since 2011 (between that I’ve been doing voluntary work) so I am thrilled! The voluntary work had reached its peak and I felt I was just stagnating there and not learning anything new, so this is a welcome change! Please wish me luck! :)

Don't spend more than £12.50 on a single perfume for a year starting from today (10/04/13) (read all 2 entries…)
I did it!

Although about a week ago I spend £17 on two perfumes…£8.50 each

keep a record of the books I read in 2014 (read all 9 entries…)
9) 'Fairytale of New York' by Miranda Dickenson


keep a record of the books I read in 2014 (read all 9 entries…)
8) 'Sugar' by Bernice L McFadden

will update later

Be grateful and positive (read all 2 entries…)
So far I've filled up 1 and 1/2 gratitude journals

I hadn’t read the previous pages in a while, so I did it last night with the newest notebook and it made me feel great! It’s amazing how many great things in life are easily forgotten and dismissed unless you take notice and keep note, in my experience anyway :)

make each day count
Today (28/03./14) I

- got up around 30-40 mins earlier than normal because I felt awake, and because I wanted to do more with the day than just vegetate in bed like I usually do until the last minute. I felt so much better and awake for it!
- went to the post office to post a package to one of my online penpals (a girl called Emily from the US)
- Had a good chat with Richard and Gwen while working on reception and got to know them better.
- Applied for a job as recommended by the job agency I’m signed with
- Am about to (hopefully!) have a Spanish lesson via Skype, with a guy who lives in Florida and is originally from Argentina. He’s the best teacher of Spanish I’ve met so far!

conquer my Skype phobia, AGAIN! (read all 16 entries…)
Today (26/03/14)

A 44:00 min (exactly) call with L from Florida (originally from Argentina.) He was the best teacher of Spanish I’ve encountered so far! What’s more, he said he is willing to practise 3 times a week :)

keep a record of the books I read in 2014 (read all 9 entries…)
7) Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

At first this was a little confusing with so many characters, but before I was a quarter of the way through I became 100% convinced that this was an awesome book! 5/5

Use what influence I have for good
If you live in the UK

Marks and Spencer is a really ethical company- all of their showergels, bubblebaths, perfumes, sun lotion, make up and recently deodorants, are not tested on animals and carry the BUAV-approved logo. They’re a little pricey at times but not extortionately. Just my 2 cents :)

keep a record of the books I read in 2014 (read all 9 entries…)
6) The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Again I’d give this 5/5 stars- it might seem like I give most books this rating, but that’s because I mostly only read books that have a great overall rating on a site I love and recommend!

Be an awesome girlfriend (read all 5 entries…)
We've been together since August 2013

I still don’t think I want kids, but I feel I’m falling more in love with him than ever! He mentioned yesterday the possibility of in a few months, me maybe moving in with him. This will be the first time, if it goes ahead that I’ve lived with a partner.

I just want to enjoy and savour the time we DO have together, before we have to start thinking about serious stuff like kids. The last 7 months have been amazing :)

help others have an abundant life (read all 2 entries…)
A good way to do this if you're looking to give money to a cause

is through ‘Gifts that Give More’ on there are many causes to choose from and 100% of your donation goes directly to the people. I have contacted several of the charities to confirm that this is the case.

One I chose to donate to this month was to give $14 to World Bicycle Relief, which contributes 10% of the cost of a bicycle to help a schoolchild in Sub-Saharan Africa get to school safely and gives them more time to do other stuff, walking it may take them 2-3 hours, according to the site, but with a bicycle the journey to school typically takes between 45-75 mins. Check them out on or if you live in the UK like me, :)

be happy and occasionally post snippets of happiness (read all 7 entries…)

Today was doubly awesome. First of all, someone contacted me yesterday from the job agency asking to see me today, so I didn’t have to go to my voluntary work, which I have been completely sick of for the last 4+ months (aside from the people, who are generally very nice.)
In the evening I met with a girl I was friends with in school, who I fell out with the first year of uni (about 6 years ago) and so hadn’t talked to since we accidentally bumped into eachother in town recently, when she told me she’d never had a problem with me. We were talking and reminiscing loads, it was so nostalgic and like we had never not been speaking. Here’s to forgiveness (her forgiving me and me forgiving her) and hopefully a lot more catch-ups!

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