2014 in review – Pretty Sweet…must do better tho.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Tis a far, far better thing I do, than I have ever done before.

I start the end of a 4 month sabatical from my blog with a quote from Dickens ‘A tale of two Cites’ which depics life right now quite well.

The reason for my absence in writing is a huge blow of depression. That has stemmed from being utterly miserable in my new job. It had and still does have some promise. I have found a number of things difficult; the culture, some people and some of the tasks I am required to complete within my role. But I am more optimistic than I have been in a long time.

I have a plan.

There are a few things that have contributed to my new motivation, one of them is improving my organisation skills.
In my current role I manage diaries, I juggle a variety of projects, emails, phone calls. I preverbly have ‘several plates in the air’ constantly. It is the sheer amount of work that has led to sleepless nights, pangs of fear and crying moments. But all is not lost. I realised that if I am SUPER organised then the work will get done. The stress is being created by myself. So I’ve made a pact to dedicate time each day to filing, tidying and making a list for the next day. My prioritisation seems to work as I haven’t been pulled up on much. There is one person who tells me each day I have done something wrong…but they don’t tell me how to fix it. At first this upset me, then angered me. Then maybe I thought that even though their aim may be to make me look and feel (it works!) a bit stupid, if I figure out how to complete things myself I will learn more.

I have also extended being organised to my personal life. Being an adult working full time, having to clean a house, maintain a garden and feed myself, a partner, two cats and a dog is bloody hard work! Now throw socialising with people you care about into the mix and you’ve got a full time job on top of the one you have to pay the bills.
Thing is, if I ‘block out’ time to complete social events and chip away at the housework each day it’s really not so bad, and its great for the stress levels, they melt away.

Yesterday I blocked out some time* to take a friend for a scarf making workshop, at Stitch Studio in Ramsbottom. It was her birthday treat and we had lots of fun. Needless to say I am already planning more scarves to make…look out ladies for xmas!

Pinning happily

Pinning happily


http://www.makeitstitch.com/ Check it out, they sell fabrics online too.

The final thing I want to share is a blog I have been reading and actually what prompted this blog post. That is a guy I found through watching his TED talk on YouTube. His name is Scott Dinsmore and he spends his life helping people make a career from their passion. His posts have inspired me to self-educate, rethink situations, start to plan a career down a path that I forge and blog more! Check out his work here: http://liveyourlegend.net/

It’s Sunday morning and once I’ve plowed through my emails I think I’ll go for a run…some endorphins should help me to complete tasks for today. Until next time, bye for now.
Boxfox XOXO

*Oh god, how corporate.

100happydays day 13, Youth

Yesterday I bought new shoes. Some tiny boots, I’ve wanted that sortof style for ages.
I don’t know how, I spent the day in pain, then went home, got into my PJ’s and did nothing.

Today I went for a run, cooked a veggie curry
and watched a new TC programme, orphan black. Not terribly exciting but at least I have my youth.

A happy weekend, days 9, 10, 11 & 12.

Something strange has happened, well I noticed that not making that extra effort to post a daily happy post made me focus on the sad things and so prevented me from updating on this project. Friday: Friday like Thursday was particularly hard for me. See I have ongoing health problems that are currently being assessed by drs..although at present I’m on a waiting lists until July to see a consultant. So it was difficult because I was super tired. I’d slept right through the night, and at 10am in the morning, 2hrs into my 7.5hr shift I was exhausted. I’m currently anaemic, this is due to my illness which is yet to be diNoosed. It leads to me being super tired, having palpitations and recurring neuropathy. The good thing though was that the Pashley bicycle catalogue I ordered arrived. It was glossy and slinky and I like at least 3 designs of the bikes,my favourite being the poppy. I hope to purchase one when I’m better and ride to work on it. Saturday: On this day two happy things happened, firstly I had my haircut…and got to tell my hairdresser show been gouding me for yesrs about it that I’m engaged. She was so happy, and then so was I. It was also the annual Eurovision song contest. My lovely friend Jayne hosted this year and did a fine job. Here’s a PIC we tweeted: 1399796721751       Go Austria!! On Sunday I was super tired again I actually had a midday nap which isn’t like me. My happy thing I guess was that for the past two weeks I’ve been constantly keeping on top of the cleaning of the house. Which means that now it takes 10mins to clean a room rather than spending all weekend cleaning when we should be having fun! Monday: Today i arrived at my usual side st parking spot to find it coned off!! After speaking to a workman, the council awere resurfacing the whole road. My happy thing lay around the corner…for I have found a free car park! Woop!! A rare thing indeed. And so when you’re not feeling well, its easy to dwell on the bad things. But II’ll continue to find the good, see you tomorrow.

100 Happy Days, A song for day #8

So my happy thing for today is actually an artist. His name is Julien and he is a very talented and very nice gentleman from France. I’ve been following and watching his YouTube videos for a few years now and no matter what he sings it always cheers me up and makes me happy!

Recently I found out about his patreon page. I’m not sure how long this has been going for as a site, but basically it allows independent artists to ask for pledges to support their ongoing work.

You can find Julien’s page here: http://www.patreon.com/trudbol

It was a no brainer for me. For the same amount of money it would cost for a serious tea/coffee addiction I get his sweet voice straight into my inbox 🙂

I should say a bit about Julien or Trudbol’s music. He sings a capella, which is in a barbershop style and he does the vocals, editing, lighting, everything! himself. Link to a capella: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_cappella

I got round to reading through my emails and found his most recent submission which as always is brilliant. I think, well I know the reason why I love his music so is because he inspires me. Unfortunately due to ongoing health issues I can’t commit to choir at the moment. I would love to start doing a capella myself. Every time I see him singing I want to join in too! But you can’t just go on YouTube hans solo, you need to put in the work. Go on audacity and get your vocals synced and then edit a video to accompany your voice.

I hope one day I will find the courage to join him. For now though, please go and enjoy his sound and if you love this artform just as much as me then go fund it too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0k6P2lclU this is one of my favorites. 

p.s I should note that although Trudbol introduced me to this genre and subculture on YouTube there are many other singers a capella on there. Another favorite of mine is a gent from Canada called Danny Fong, you can find him here: https://www.youtube.com/user/daniscool99

100 happy days, day 7

On my 7th happy day, I returned to work to find a bunch of flowers and a card on my desk, from my boss. I’ve not worked in my current position for very long, but I’ve already had cards and gifts galore for my birthday, engagement and even Easter. Its also truely epic that everyone in my new office is super nice, there’s not one miserable person…it makes working full time much more bearable! Flowers and appreciation make me very happy! What’s your favourite flower? IMG_20140507_221518

#100happy days day 4 (a day late, im only human)

So on my 4th happy day, which also had to be may THE fourth (international star wars day) we went to IKEA and got some frames for some of my Uncles art work, Kevin Hogan. http://www.fluxmix.con

He lives and works in the states and now we have a piece of him here.

After our Swedish visit we went to see the in laws. Dave’s sister and brother are home, they both live abroad. We had a traditional Sunday roast and spent the day playing with our 1yr old niece who is a whirling dervish and never stops!! That along with an episode of one born every minute, I think  we’ve successful delayed childbirth for a few more years.

When we got home I was going to try making some homemade hot chocolate from a recipe in a watrose magazine I swiped from the mil. But alas I had only fondant icing in the cupboard, no royal…boo.


So day four was for Family.