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~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
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 :)

Send a Welsh postcard to anyone here who would like one :)
Just leave a comment

and send me your address in a PM, it might take me a week or so to get a Welsh postcard, but I promise I will send it!

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 6 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!

conquer my Skype phobia, AGAIN! (read all 16 entries…)
A 1 hr:02m:58s conversation

with my longstanding Colombian friend JC yesterday (02/03/14) and a 36m07s conversation with a guy called Rodrigo, from Spain but living in Wales at the moment. My Spanish, to me at least, appears very bad, but I enjoy attempting it and connecting with people :)

cultivate the right priorities (read all 2 entries…)
Yesterday I asked my boyfriend

if he thought I called him enough. He said yes, that he’s often tired after work, but he’d appreciate it if I texted a bit more often. That’s what I’m going to try to do from now on!

acknowledge when I've done something well, no matter how small. Even slow progress is progress :) (read all 23 entries…)
I don't know why (02/03/14)

but my social skills seem to have got a lot better recently, I find it easier to strike up conversations with people I don’t know, and I think I’ve become more open, more approachable, I seem to be connecting with people more. I’m also a lot better on the telephone in my receptionist volunteering work :)

Spread Positive Energy (read all 2 entries…)

Me and my boyfriend were walking through the park in his hometown, we had quite a long conversation with a lady in her 60’s who was walking her dog (a Yorkie cross- so cute but skittish- she had rescued it!) I showed her a picture of my dog,(which she thought was adorable) and I really feel like we made a good connection, we ended by wishing each other a good day :) I love striking up conversations with strangers, it was a really warm chat!

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