Where am I now? Looking back on a year of BIG change…

So, here I am, a year after finishing full-time work and setting out on a life of uncertainty, one where I work for myself and am my own boss.  It seemed like a good time to take a look back at how have I done and how I feel about it all.  And a good way to kick-start my blog again as I haven’t written for a few months while I’ve taken a step back before deciding what direction it’ll go in (more on that in another post so I don’t bore you to death before you find out!).
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So, on to the working – has it worked out? Yes, for the most part it has, though I’m not going to lie and say there haven’t been some scary moments where I’ve wondered where the next job will come from – only for three to then come along all at once, leaving me wondering whether there are enough hours in the day.  Overall, though, it’s gone better than I hoped and, for that, I am grateful.  Continue reading “Where am I now? Looking back on a year of BIG change…”

Going Green: Part Two – Going Online

GoingGreenLast month, as part of my plan to live a simpler life that reduced the harm I do to the planet as much as possible, I set myself a green goal – to start using natural household cleaners.  You can read how it went here.
Goals work well for me, they help me develop good habits and that’s what I need if I’m going to make my life greener.  Otherwise, I have a tendency to start off with good intentions and then fail at the first hurdle because life gets in the way.
So, with this last month being a success, I’m going continue, looking at how apps and websites can help me do my bit for the planet.  I’ve been using different sites and apps for the last few weeks and these seem to be the easiest and most effective (at least for me!). Continue reading “Going Green: Part Two – Going Online”

Getting Organised: Keeping Paperwork Under Control

1647.jpgWhen I was doing the #minsgame challenge last month, I found myself shredding for days, getting rid of paperwork that went back to my first job offer over 30 years ago.  It’s paperwork I will never need again but which I was afraid to throw out, just in case.
It was pretty obvious I wouldn’t need a 30 year old job offer but with other documents, credit card statements for example, I just wasn’t so sure. So, I headed to the internet to figure out just what I needed to keep and how long I needed to keep it for.
By the end, I had a great list that now has pride of place on my office noticeboard and, since then, I’ve found myself referring to it often.  My inbox has never been so empty.  Because it was helpful for me, I thought others might find it useful too (at least others in the UK at least). Continue reading “Getting Organised: Keeping Paperwork Under Control”

June in a Sentence a Day

sentence a day.jpgI first came across this post on Natalie the Explorer’s blog and thought it was great. She, and some other bloggers, share their month in a sentence a day. I thought it would be fun to join in, though I’m not that good at limiting my days to just one sentence. It’s good to look back at what I’ve been up to and makes me feel grateful for the good in my life. So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Continue reading “June in a Sentence a Day”

My Summer Fun List

Summer Fun ListIn four weeks, school will be breaking up and my daughter and I will have six weeks to fill because, while my poor husband has to work, I don’t (yay!) – well not much.  We’re already talking about what we’ll do and praying for good weather.  Over on Natalie the Explorer, I saw a Summer Fun List and thought it sounded like a great idea.  It means we can have a plan of sorts and won’t get to September thinking “why didn’t we do xyz?”
So, yesterday, we sat down in between watching England play football and decided what we wanted to do.  We’ve come up with eight things, which I’ll write about as we do them (if I find the time).  I’ll be honest, some of them are already planned, but are still things that we’re looking forward to… Continue reading “My Summer Fun List”

Going Green: Part One – Natural Household Cleaners (updated)

Scroll down to my goals to see how I did…
One of the things I’ve been trying really hard to do this year is live in a more environmentally friendly way.  It’s something I’ve written about already in how to I’ve cut my energy bill and my food waste but something I haven’t really got a plan of action for if that makes sense?  I tend to do things that are better for the planet as the mood strikes me, though once I start I also tend to stick at it and an idea becomes a habit.  Continue reading “Going Green: Part One – Natural Household Cleaners (updated)”

May in a Sentence a Day

sentence a day.jpgI first came across this post on Natalie the Explorer’s blog and thought it was great. She, and some other bloggers, share their month in a sentence a day. I thought it would be fun to join in, though I’m not that good at limiting my days to just one sentence.  It’s good to look back at what I’ve been up to and makes me feel grateful for the good in my life.  So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Continue reading “May in a Sentence a Day”

Dreaming of my dream kitchen and a roof that will let me see the stars…

Since moving into our house a couple of years ago, my husband and I have been planning on having our garage converted and kitchen extended.  Both are desperately needed, mainly because we both work from home. Right now, the garden shed, and spare bedroom are used as office space, meaning there’s nowhere to put the lawnmower or any guests that want to come and stay.
We feel like we are drowning in stuff and constantly tripping over each other and the garage conversion and kitchen extension could be the answer to our prayers – that is, if we can decide what to do with the space.
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