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Have You Got a Favourite Piece of Stationery?

Have you got a favourite piece of stationery?

I have always loved stationery, one of my favourite places as a child was "The Stationery Shop" in town. I would love looking at the rows and rows of pristine coloured pens. I would try them out on the ripped, scraggily piece of paper sitting on the edge of the stand.

One of my husband's first presents for me was a Parker pen with a pink case a gold lid, I still have it and I still love it, it's a special pen I use on special occasions. Since then he has bought me lots more, all of them special in their own individual way.

My husband got me a pen for my birthday!

I was telling a close friend what I got for my birthday, when I casually said "I got a Pen" in horror she said "a Pen? I would go mad if I got a pen from my husband". This got me thinking I can't be the only person who loves stationery, can I?

Getting my children prepared to go back to school brings back the warm memories of picking my special pens, pencils, pencil cases, note pad and the rest of the exciting things I "needed" to start my new year. I would spend ages organising which pen goes in which case and finding the "best" colours by writing my signature over and over comparing the colours. I watched my daughter do this the other day and felt her satisfaction as she got everything in order, all ready and perfect to start her new year.

You can imagine my excitement when I found out you can now buy highlighter pens that can be erased? I had to get them, so when a job has been done and you need to change the highlighted colour or you make a mistake you can erase it out! Well I was in heaven trying them out.

Have you got a favourite piece of stationery? Or am I on my own here?

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Find Your Missing Piece…

Find Your Missing Piece by Doing What You Enjoy

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Helping my Mum with her puzzles as a child is a happy memory, I would be in awe as to how quickly she would find the pieces and put them in their space. She would casually place a piece next to a gap in the puzzle for me to add, so I could feel the sense of achievement, a gesture I have followed when my children help me now.

As a Mum and business owner, “wasting time” on a jigsaw puzzle is rare and usually only enjoyed during the Christmas holidays or when all my jobs are done, are they ever done? These were my own restrictions as I would feel guilty that I could be spending this time on Mum Stuff or Making Money.

Until chatting to a lady a few days ago (who I found out is a fellow puzzler, yay!) we were talking about the things we would do if we had the time, I explained my guilt when thinking about doing a jigsaw and she simply said “Why do you like them so much” after a bit of thought I said “Well, it relaxes me, I love the sense of organisation and achievement, my mind gets taken away, I feel happy”.

She casually said “Do you know how much a therapist would charge to make you feel those things?” I laughed as I knew exactly what she meant! What a Gem to carry with me.

If you are wondering, Yes, the lady I was speaking to is a Therapist. I could tell you so many “gems” she has given me.

Judy Hoskins from Mind Shift Coaching helps so many people in so many different ways. All members at her WIBN Groups love her and her Mind Shift Coaching is invaluable. Judy has a way of making you feel good about all the decisions you have made even when you didn’t feel happy with them yourself. She effortlessly shows you how to make your future better and How to Feel Good Fast. Thank you Judy Hoskins

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How long do you wait until you know you have been stood up on Zoom?

How long do you wait until you know you have been stood up on Zoom?

How long do you wait until you know you have been stood up on Zoom?

It has never happened to me before!

I was ready, notepad, pen, diary and cup of tea.

11.00 - Start Meeting, No one there, Ok, I’ll check my phone and keep an eye on the screen in case I need to click Admit.

11.03 - “I’ll wait till 11.05 and I’ll send a polite message to let her know I’m Here”

11.05 - send message

Sitting staring at myself through the camera on my computer. Waiting, “the colour of my top looks different on screen”, check phone. Waiting, send message to school friends group. Waiting, check I still have pen. Waiting, check the polite message has been opened, nope. Waiting, send another message to rearrange meeting. Waiting

11.15 - Leave Meeting. Bitter Sweet – I have gained an extra hour Woo Hoo.

15 minutes I waited is it long enough? I guess it was in this instance as I never heard back, I could still be waiting!

How long would you wait? Is there a rule?

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