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Friday, 28 July 2017




I can't believe it's been almost four years since I posted! To be honest I have no excuse, life just got in the way. After feeling very ashamed of myself I decided to talk a bit about what's been going on with me during this time.


My life has changed quite a lot in the last four years but one thing that has remained the same is my single status. What has changed is my attitude towards it. I no longer worry about being on my own and actually embrace my independence. One day I may meet someone who will change my mind but if I don't that's fine too.
I have also done a lot of soul searching over the last couple of years and have learnt to accept something about myself that I had hidden away a long time ago. I still have a bit of work to on this but for the first time in years I'm starting to feel comfortable in my own skin.

Over the past year and a half I have suffered with severe anxiety. It started after the death of a family member and is by far the scariest thing I have ever gone through. The soul searching mentioned above is a result of the therapy I received. I have now also started taking medication and I now feel that the worst is over. Mental health is definitely something I will touch on in later posts. Although things are improving it's a subject that is not talked about enough and still has a stigma attached to it. 

To end on a lighter note I changed my job at the beginning of last year and it was the best decision I could have made. I have learnt so much and now have much more time to spend with family and friends. I also have amazing opportunities like a working holiday to Scotland next week.


Hope everyone is well and will most definitely post again soon.


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I wish....

Saturday, 19 October 2013



.... I could be a morning person. I swear I'm not human til lunch time and no amount of caffeine helps. Other people can leap out of bed and achieve a million things by 10.00 am while I'm pouring coffee down my throat and resisting the urge not to throw myself back under the covers.


.... I could sing. Now don't get me wrong I don't want to sing for a living, I just want to be able to carry a tune. I have always loved to sing, whenever there is music playing I'm singing along. Unfortunately nobody loves to hear me so I try to keep the noise level to a minimum. The same applies to whistling, I've never been able to do it as easy as everyone else makes it.


.... I could understand my sons maths homework. It was my worst subject and he seems to have taken after me. It's so frustrating to watch him struggle and only be of minimal assistance. He's doing really well in everything else so I'm not too worried, I just wish I could help.





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Workplace Bullying

Monday, 14 October 2013



This is a topic that is close to my heart as a friend of mine felt she had no option but to leave her job due to bullying. Now surely something is wrong if my friend is leaving the workplace and not her bullies so I did a little research.

- 8 in 10 workers are affected in some way by workplace bullying.

- 80% of managers know that bullying is occurring in their workplace.

- 19 million sick days are lost to bullying per year.

- Tribunal statistics rose last year.

Yeah, I was shocked too. I watched my friend go through hell. She did everything she was supposed to do, trying to sort things out herself before reporting the problem. Everywhere she turned she hit a brick wall and her managers only solution was to offer a transfer. My friend refused at first as she loved her place of work and asked if something could be done to avoid the transfer. Unfortunately nothing was done and she recently left the company altogether.

I feel that my friend was badly let down by her employers and it is my opinion that more should be done to ensure companies are dealing with bullying appropriately. Bullying in the workplace is not acceptable ever.

Have you ever had experience of workplace bullying? How was it dealt with?

Statistics taken from hrdiversity.co.uk







 


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Insomnia

Friday, 11 October 2013




For about a month now I have completely lost the ability to sleep. I have never been the best sleeper in the world but it's getting ridiculous. I am now starting to sleep in for work/school because I havnt got to sleep until 4, just 10 or 20 minutes but it's a mad rush and I feel like death.
Even after a 12 hour shift at work I'm wide awake. At 3.30 this morning I had been awake for 22 hours and still didn't feel tired.
I have asked myself the obvious questions. I'm not overly stressed, I'm not really worried about anything and I never have time to nap during the day.
I have stopped having caffeine after 6pm drinking camomile tea instead. So far this has made no difference. I also make sure not to fall asleep on the sofa on my days off as tempting as this is.
I'm at a loss as to what else to try as for me medication is not an option for me. Ideas anyone?



 


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My Kitchen Wall

Wednesday, 9 October 2013



I have been looking for something retro inspired for my kitchen wall for ages. I was thrilled to come across this beautiful and affordable decal. It's exactly what I've been looking for and the words are pretty true too. It was tricky to apply to the wall, it took 3 of us but I love the end result. It looks gorgeous and finishes off my retro theme nicely. Now for the bathroom.


 


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Destination Wish List

Monday, 7 October 2013


I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. Unfortunately I don't get to do it as often as I would like but I can still dream. Here's my top 5 places on my wish list.


Graceland 



I'm a huge Elvis fan so this has got to be top of my list. I've heard nothing but good things from friends who have visited. Oh and staying at the Heartbreak Hotel is a must.

Rome



This is somewhere I would love to take my son as he loves history and is passionate about all things Roman. Also making a wish at the Tivoli Fountain is on my bucket list. 

Safari



Not really fussy about the actual destination maybe Kenya. I have always wanted to do this but havnt found anyone adventurous enough to go with me yet.


Niagra Falls



This just looks so beautiful and powerful and a million other descriptive words I can't think of right now. Nature at it's finest.


The Northern Lights



Sticking to the the theme of nature we have the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis as they are known to people who can pronounce it. This just looks so breathtakingly magical I really hope to get there one day. I've been told it's well worth a visit even though the north coast of Norway is freezing beyond imagination.


What would be on your list?




















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Share The Love Blog Hop

Saturday, 5 October 2013



Welcome to Share the Love Blog Hop for October

I have BIG news

Has you all know Danielle from Sew Much Crafting as had to step down as host of Share the Love blog hop, So I put out a request for some new hosts. So thank you to everyone who replied, now let me introduced you to our permanent Hosts

Natasha from Serenity You (me)
Consie from Atop Serenity Hill
Cindy from Superheroes and Teacups
Danielle from Life of a Full Time Mom
Jessica from The Silvah Lining

Every month Share the Love blog hop will be on ALL of the hosts blog along with the co-hosts's blogs

Rules:
1. Please follow your hosts @ number 1-5 and The co-hosts at number 6-9.  And any others that you like.
2. Please leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you are a new follower and found them on 'share the love blog hop'
3. Copy and paste the code at the bottom into a new post on your blog (optional)
4. Have fun!!

I am scheduling co-hosts now
If you would like to be a future co-host please fill in this Form
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