Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring

Happy Spring!


Ahh, I love spring...also known as the vernal equinox. Today is the beginning. Spring is one of my two favorite seasons . My other favorite season is fall/autumn. I mean, what's not to love? Both of these seasons absolutely show out when it comes to displaying color. 

Back to spring specifically though...I love that it's a season of renewal in so many ways. Everything seems to be in bloom. Spring also brings many memories to my mind.  

Here's to an amazing new season...filled with renewal and opportunities to do better in a variety of ways!

Happy Spring! 


“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” 

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Could You Turn Your Passion Into a Business?


*collaborative post

If you have time on your hands, need or want to boost your income, and have the willpower to start and stick with a business, then your answer might be a resounding yes! After all, if you already have a hobby or passion that you really enjoy, then why not make some money from what you already love doing? 

If we have triggered an interest in you thus far, then take the following steps to turn your passion into a business.

Step 1: Work out what your passion is, and think about money-making possibilities. So, if you enjoy writing, you could become a freelance writer. If you create your own fashion, you might want to start your own clothing brand. If you have craft skills, you could sell your produce online. Do your research into business ideas associated with your passion, and consider the options available to you.

Step 2: Create a business plan. You will need this to secure funding if you plan on approaching a bank or an investor for a business loan, but it's also useful to you, as it will give you clear targets to aim for. Use the template provided by Gov.uk and start to put something together. By getting something down on paper, you will be in a better position to move your business idea into a reality.

Step 3: Consider where you are going to secure funding. You might not need any money at all to set up your business, but chances are, you will need equipment, be that something specific to your passion, or office furniture and computer tech. You might also need money to see you through the first few months of your business, as you are unlikely to turn a profit straight away. Banks offer business loans, so shop around for the best interest rates. If you get turned down because of a bad credit score, don't despair. Companies such as Buddy Loans might still accept a loan application, so use the Buddy Loans guarantor calculator to see how much you could borrow. And consider asking friends and family members for financial support, perhaps with the promise to pay them back once you start making a profit.

Step 4: When you have money in place, you can start to turn your passion into a reality. If you are still working 'for the man,' start small, and do what you can around your main job. Market your business, perhaps using these cheap marketing ideas if your budget is low. When money comes in, put some of it into a savings fund for any future needs or emergencies. And remember to sign up for self-assessment with the HMRC, as by working for yourself, you will need to pay your own taxes.

Step 5: Finally, have fun! This is your passion, after all, so while running a business can be stressful, you should still enjoy what you are doing. If it ever becomes less fun, perhaps because you are bogged down with the pressures of running a business, consider hiring other people to help you, be that on a voluntary or a paid basis. You can outsource certain tasks too, so if your finances bog you down, for example, hire an accountant, and if you don't have the time or ability to work on your business website, consider hiring a web designer to put something together for you.

So, could you turn your passion into a business? If the above steps haven't put you off the idea, and you think you might be up for the challenge, then consider doing so. It could be the best thing you do this year, so start to research the steps we suggested, and start to get the ball rolling on your business.

We wish you every success with your plans!

Monday, March 04, 2019

11th Blogiversary

Today is my 11th blogiversary! I've been blogging since March 4th, 2008. It's been quite a journey and I hope to keep blogging for years to come. I haven't been able to blog consistently in the past year or so for a variety of reasons, but hopefully I'm getting to the place where I can be more present here again like I want. I'm getting some things rearranged in my life and in my mind in order to do more of what I want in this life. It's a process like these things are, but I'm up for the challenge :)

I like the number eleven. In numerology, it is seen as a master number. I don't know a whole lot about numerology, but it's very intriguing.

I'm just grateful that I've been able to keep blogging for this long, no matter how sporadically I've done it lately. Here's to going forward with more posts again :) As I've said on past blogiversaries, the date of my blog's birth always reminds me keep going forward in life...to march forth! So that is what I'll do in life and here at my blog.

Until next time...



Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Spotlight: I Can't Tell You Why

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 


I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North, is an intriguing new novel. There is Dani – the agent, Alex Cambridge – the married star client whose career is on the rise, and Sean – the paparazzi photographer. The story is told against the backdrop of the entertainment industry. The novel gets right to the point straight out of the gate as Alex lets Dani know in no uncertain terms that he wants to get involved with her. This takes Dani by surprise and she hesitates, but it does dangle the carrot of temptation before her.

I found this novel quite intriguing. It makes you think. Many people believe that affairs are wrong...including me. Yet people still have affairs and it often makes me wonder what goes through a person’s mind when they decide to go forward with it. I’m fascinated by human nature and I wonder in each situation just what is the turning point. That’s why I found it fascinating to read I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s an intriguing look at what could happen perhaps.

For Dani, besides the moral argument against having an affair, she is cautious about crossing the professional line between agent and actor.  As Dani wrestles with the whole Alex situation, Sean the paparazzi photographer comes along. Dani has to watch herself around Sean as she knows that his profession is fed by stories just like the one between her and Alex.

I Can’t Tell You Why is a very interesting novel and it delves deep into human emotions. I liked that the characters weren’t perfect. The author is excellent at making the characters seem real. I kept reading because I wanted to see how it all turned out in the end. It's quite a page turner.

I enjoyed reading I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s enthralling and the realism shines throughout. It leaves you with something to think about long after you turn the last page.


About the Author
Elaine Robertson North spent a fast and furious 25 years working in entertainment marketing and communications. She spent seven years marketing national newspapers, ran the publicity campaign for three Red Nose Days, spent a couple of years working in entertainment PR and was the Unit Publicist on Four Weddings and a Funeral. She was also the Press & Promotions Manager at Capital Radio and the Head of Communications at UKTV. It was a fantastically  rich source of material.

I Can't Tell You Why is available from all good bookshops and online booksellers.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Six Favorite Authors

A couple of weeks ago, I was set a challenge on Twitter to post the covers of seven books that I love, with no explanations or reviews...just covers. I had to post a cover a day for a week. I was supposed to nominate someone else, but I couldn't think of anyone to nominate really, so I decided to bend the rules a bit and simply share the books that I love. It worked for me and the person who nominated me for the challenge didn't seem to mind that I bent the rules a bit. I love books, so I figured that even with bending the rules, I was still putting good energy out there in support of books, so all was well :)

Therefore, what follows is my list of my favorite books. It's always tough for me to compile lists like this, because like many people, I love a lot of books and love them for a variety of reasons. In this post I have also bent the rules a bit again and narrowed my list down to six books instead of seven. The six books that I have listed below are by my favorite authors of all time...Alice Walker, Tina McElroy Ansa, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West and Zora Neale Hurston. 

I wanted to highlight these six very extraordinary women and to highlight one of their works each which have inspired me, even though I love numerous works by them. This is in no particular order. I am continually inspired by these novels. One day I may or may not go deeper and tell why I am so inspired by these books, but this isn't that post :) Besides, I don't know if I have the words within me currently to express my feelings fully on this subject, so I'll just leave these extraordinary six books here to speak for themselves. Sometimes it's good to just let things be what they are and all six are amazing. No explanations needed :)










*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I'm just here to celebrate these amazing writers :)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Sending lots of love out to everyone.


❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Sunrise


I saw this beautiful sunrise this morning, so I thought that I'd share the view.🌄

When I saw this sunrise this morning, it brought a smile to my face.

I had a rough day today, but I'm going to go to sleep tonight and start over again tomorrow 🙂 No matter how lousy my day was, I'm still here and hey...nothing can take away from the beauty of this sunrise. Blessings to all 💖

Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day Product Round-up

*content courtesy of The Vegan Society - no compensation received

What if Valentine’s Day was celebrated this year to not just show love to your partner, but also to everyone else, including animals? Here are some of our favourite Vegan Trademarked products that show love to both people and animals.

Chocolate and Love’s dark chocolate tin 


This beautiful tin of all vegan Chocolate and Love napolitains contains 30 x 5.5g individually-wrapped dark chocolate napolitains in a mix of Panama 80% single origin, Rich Dark 71% and Madagascar 70% single origin ideal for romantic dark chocolate lovers.

RRP £11.99
Available at www.chocolateandlove.com and from independent retailers throughout the UK https://chocolateandlove.com/pages/where-to-buy.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Book Spotlight: Love, Lies and Lunch

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 


I’ve recently had the opportunity to read an intriguing collection of short stories entitled Love, Lies and Lunch by Diana Kay, published by Mereo Books. It’s a collection of stories about women who find themselves in interesting situations. The stories are beautifully written and vary from instances of daring to eat alone to daydreams about strangers on a train.

There has been great care taken with each story and they excellently tap into the human experience and allow readers the chance to put themselves into the shoes of the characters.  There are real life themes of love, deceit, vanity, humour, revenge and redemption, among others, woven into the pages of the book which definitely makes this a very enjoyable read!

Love, Lies and Lunch is available through Mereo Books, internet booksellers and at all good bookshops.

To learn more about this lovely book, please visit the Mereo Books website here.

About the author:

Diana Kay, lives in Hove (East Sussex) and is known to her many blog fans as ‘Delia Despair’. She is a former ground stewardess, governess, receptionist, library assistant and archivist to nobility. She was also a journalist with The Daily Telegraph and has written two other books, How to Get On with the Boss (1964) and her memoir The Grown-Ups Wouldn’t Like It (Mereo, 2014).

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Healthier Saturdays and the Moon

Happy Saturday!

I'm feeling better than I did two Saturdays ago or even one Saturday ago. I pray that the flu is gone and that I'm never that sick again. As I mentioned previously, I actually took the flu shot, but I still got the flu. Oh well, nothing is 100% effective. I'll still get the flu shot next time around because you just never know. Anyway, I'm extremely grateful to be feeling better and I'm praying for a full recovery and for my full energy to return soon. 🙂

As I mentioned the other day, as I feel better and better, I'd like to get back here more regularly to share what I'm up to, more like I used to in the earlier days of this blog. I'm also still loving taking photos, so I'd like to share them here again, even though I share them on Instagram often. I know that not everyone is on Instagram, so I'm going to get back to sharing them here on the blog also. I hope you'll enjoy taking a look.

To kick things off with sharing photos, I thought that I'd share a series of images that I shared on Instagram a few weeks back. I was walking home when I took these. The evening sky just took my breath away with its beauty. Nature is amazing! They're a little bit fuzzy, but I took them as I was walking briskly in the very cold evening air 😉






I loved getting a glimpse of the crescent moon along with all of that fantastic color! I love the moon!

I hope that you're having a great Saturday wherever you are.

Happy weekend! 





Friday, February 01, 2019

Happy February

Above: Beautiful trees back home

Happy February! 
Happy New Month!
Happy Black History Month!

Well here we are at the beginning of a new month. It's hard to believe that we're going into the second month of 2019 already. Time waits for no one. 

Since I've been sick with the flu for about half of January,  I feel a bit behind, but it's all good...no need to rush to catch up. I'm just going to trust the natural flow of life and just enjoy the now and go forward here...post flu 🙂

I hope that you have a wonderful February wherever you are!



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Almost There

Just a quick update...

I'm slowly, but surely getting better after my wrestle with the flu. It's been rough. I'm still very fatigued, but I'm on the mend.

Looking forward to being back here with more to share soon.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sick Note


I'm wanting to get back here to my blog so much, but currently I'm not feeling well. I've been sick since Saturday and the recovery is taking its own sweet time. I guess that I have the flu even though I took the flu shot. Oh well.

I'll be back soon when I'm feeling better. I have stories to share, more in line with my earlier days of blogging. I hope that you'll come back to visit me again 🙂

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The Moment


Lunchtime thoughts...

This was my view of the sunrise next to my desk at work this morning. It was glorious to behold!

I'm doing my best to relish this view while I have it. This is the temporary spot for my desk until we move the office again. We moved right before Christmas and we'll have to do it all over again in a few weeks.  I love sitting at that spot, so I'm relishing the view while I can. In February, I'll move to a position cramped between two other desks and I'll be far away from the view.

I'm taking this as a much-needed learning opportunity to practice being in the moment. I'm reminding myself to not think about the lack of a view in a few weeks and to concentrate on the beautiful view that I get to enjoy currently. I've struggled a lot in recent years with being in the moment, so perhaps the lesson will stick this time.

Breathe in...breathe out...and enjoy (my mantra to myself) 🙂

I hope that you have a great day wherever you are! Happy New Year!