Share your world – Week 4 2016

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What one thing are you really glad you did yesterday?

Cleaning. It sounds boring, I know, but there’s nothing quite like snapping on a pair of marigolds and having a clean house for the weekend. (Or maybe I should get out more…)

Are you generally focused on today or tomorrow?

Being a mindfulness coach I have to say present moment all the way. I do plan for the future though. I’m quite structured.

Would you want a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now?

Yes please! They would tell me to have more faith in myself, or not to eat too many chocolate hob nobs. Perhaps both would be really good advice.

Would you rather live in a cave house or a dome house made out of glass?

Glass – I love natural light.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the much needed support of my friends this week. Next week? It’s an adventure and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen.

 

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Share your world 2015 – Week 50

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Favourite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook?

I love to write fiction. I write non-fiction for work and writing is always a pleasure but nothing tops creating a character you root for, laugh with and weep over.

Photograph – my kids. They’ve grown so quickly.

Cook – I like to experiment. I get bored of eating the same things. And cakes. Don’t forget the cakes.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing? 

Yes! We had a swing in our garden, along with a see-saw, and I remember fighting with my sister over whose turn it was. (She won, she’s bigger). One of my favourite photos is me sitting on the swing while she stands behind me. We look so harmonious but I bet it didn’t last long. My cousin had a tyre swing in her garden which I loved, although I often fell off. If I see a swing now I can’t resist.

What has surprised you about blogging?

So many things. I started a blog 18 months ago with no idea what to write, if I could write. I’ve fallen in love with the blogging community – it’s so supportive. My writing has improved week by week thanks to all the helpful feedback I’ve received. I’m in the process of researching agents and publishers, looking for a good home for my recently finished first novel and have started writing my second.  I’m also self-publishing two flash fiction books next year. I don’t think I’d have got this far without you guys.

List at least five favorite desserts.

So tough. When I go out to dinner I always check out the dessert options first. Usually my lovely husband orders one he knows I’ll like so I have two!

  1. Eaton Mess
  2. Profiteroles
  3. Key Lime Pie
  4. Apple crumble and custard
  5. Trifle
  6. Hot chocolate fudge cake & vanilla ice cream.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m so grateful a friend is beta reading my manuscript again after I’ve added in a new subplot – I’ve got to the stage I can’t read it anymore!

I’m looking forward to some quality time with my family over Christmas.

 

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Share your world – Week 49 2015

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What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

Time spent with all three of my boys. Now they’re growing/grown up it’s difficult to get everyone together.

 

What colour would you like your bedroom to be?

It’s currently turquoise and cream which I’m happy with. I love bold colours.

 

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

I love the look of the snow and ice but I don’t like driving in it.

 

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

My first thought was urghhh, neither. My second, how lucky I am to have access to running water. There are so many people in the world who can’t wash themselves or their clothes without a long trek. So, I’m going to say, without complaint, either.

 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful I’ve had lot of social events on this week, it’s been fun, but next week I’m looking forward to some quiet nights in – I’m exhausted!

 

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Share your world 2015 – week 48

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

A hugger with friends, with strangers not so much…

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

Everything! It takes me forever to order takeout. As long as there’s Jalapeños I’m good.

If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

The World Wildlife Federation. An instantly recognisable logo for an amazing cause and who doesn’t love a Panda?

Complete this sentence:  Where I can seek my solace is… 

Within. I’m a Mindfulness Coach and the ability to find that stillness inside, that sense of inner peace when everything is in turmoil is invaluable.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My super-dooper friend Natalie who has been an amazing support during a tough week. This week I am looking forward to seeing Hazel O’ Connor perform Breaking Glass acoustically, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the movie, although that does make me feel rather old…

 

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Share your World – week 38

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Each week bloggers are invited to answer four questions set by Cee’s Photography. Let’s get to know each other a little better.

 

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I would be a sunflower because they are bright and happy and make people smile. My favourite flower, I had a hand tied bunch instead of a bridal bouquet.

 

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do?

I would have them put their feet up and take a break. A terribly hard job, they deserve a cup of tea and a biscuit.

 

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

Tricky. Probably pineapple. Or some crisps. You can’t go wrong with a good quality crisp.

 

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

I started work at fourteen in a care home for the elderly. A ridiculously young age to provide personal care. It’s only now that I’m older that I really appreciate how undignified that must have been for them.

 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for my lovely husband, keeping calm in stupidly busy week. I am looking forward to a few days off next week.

Share your World – Week 36

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

Fiction, although I would read cereal boxes if there was nothing else available.

What is your biggest fear or phobia?

Public speaking – shudder.

What is your favorite cheese?

So many, Wensleydale with cranberries?

What is your favorite month of the year?

September always feels like a new beginning. A throw back to school days. I love the onset of autumn, curling up with hot chocolate and I am normally a little bit relieved to be back in a jumper.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful to be teaching mindfulness to a terminally ill elderly lady. She is teaching me far more than I could ever teach her.

I am looking forward to getting back to my novel now the kids are back at school and I have caught up on my business paperwork.

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Share your world – week 35

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Share your world – let’s get to know each other a little better – answer four set questions set by Cee’s Photography.

 

Have your blogging goals changed?

I dipped my toes tentatively in the blogging world in May when I wanted to try to write some fiction. My only goal was to be fearless enough to hit the publish button. Seeing how much my writing has improved week by week participating in the Friday Fictioneers challenge I now aim to post a story at least once a week.

 

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

O00hh anything where I could wear something sparkly. I always fancied the trapeze.

 

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?  Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 45?

Shit happens. You can’t change that but what you can change is the way you feel about it. We all get to make a conscious choice about how we feel. You are responsible for your own mood and every day you get to choose how you feel – how awesome is that?  (Oh and also your thighs are thinner than you think)!

 

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Chocolate if I am in a sweet mood, I make my own so it is pretty healthy and guilt free. Corn chips and homemade houmous if I am in a savoury mood.

 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that my children have settled back at school pretty quickly. I am looking forward to starting work with two new groups next week teaching Mindfulness for Depression and Anxiety.

Share your World – Week 34

Share your World. Answer the four questions set by Cee’s Photography.

What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of?

I love the smell of bonfires. I remember being huddled with my sister and cousins watching the fireworks as we oohed and ahhed in synchronicity. Baked potatoes and hotdogs always followed. Good times.

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

*Pink Floyd Time. Always one of my favourite bands I recall hearing it at a party one evening at a time I was dissatisfied with pretty much everything. Rubbish relationship, job, didn’t like where I was living etc. the lyrics hit me like a sledgehammer. Make a change before it’s too late. Take responsibility for getting out of the rut I had created, so I did.

Do you play video/computer game? Which one(s) or most recent?

My boys often get me to play video games purely for their own amusement. I am terrible. We do collect retro games consoles. I am the Queen of Pong (that doesn’t read well does it)?

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)

I think I’ll go for happy. Being a mindfulness coach helps me see the beauty in every moment. If I were picking my own 8th dwarf name it would probably be hungry.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the lovely feedback we received at the end of our first 10 week mindfulness course specifically for recovering addicts and their families. I am looking forward to starting work with a new group next week with mental health issues. I feel so privileged to be part of someone’s journey to recovery. Also, as much as I adore the children being at home during the holidays I am looking forward to getting back to writing my novel next week when school restarts.

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*Pink Floyd – Time

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It’s good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away, across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell