Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #44 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 44 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 44 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Pocket money – an alternative approach ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

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Pocket money – an alternative approach

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about pocket money.  #IfShesHappyImHappy is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  You can read it here if you missed it.

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Our approach to pocket money is probably not the most common one.  But perhaps it’s more common than I think.  Maybe you can tell me!…

Whichever way you look at it, money is something that our children will have to get to grips with in some form.  Be it physical money or by bank transfers or ‘plastic’.

Money makes the world go round…

Money is said to make the world go round and even if she has modest amounts of it when she’s older, hubby and I both agreed that our daughter needs to be empowered by it and not see it as a ‘problem’ or even worse, ‘dirty’.

We both agree that our daughter should understand that generally you have to work for it.  Yes, it’s nice to have some given to you, but more rewarding to have earned it.

To that end, we introduced weekly jobs for her.  In the early days, she earned 1p for each box she ticked on her weekly ‘job sheet’, of which there were 5 boxes a day.

So that’s potentially 5p a day, if she chose to do the job.  We’ve never put any pressure on her to do a ‘job’, simply telling her that she wouldn’t get her money if she didn’t do the job.  Of course, there are days when she’s sick and on holiday from school.  In which case, she gets her money anyway, because most people get sick pay and holiday pay after all!

So, what are her jobs?

We started with tidying, putting clothes in the linen basket and helping to hoover her bedroom.  That takes us up to the present day when she also sets the table for tea (by that I meaning putting the cutlery out.)

It works really well and there have only been a few occasions when she has ‘opted-out’.  At the end of each week, she counts how much money she’s earned by counting the boxes on her job sheet.  Sometimes we purposefully over pay or short-change her to see if she’s really counting and notices – which she does!  She’s honest when overpaid too!

What’s the point?

The point is not the jobs she has to complete but that she’s empowered, just like we are (generally!) in the real, grown-up world of work.  She has free-will and has experienced the consequences of choosing not to do a job (or 2…).  But she’s also felt empowered from earning her money.

Just the other day, we were out shopping, she saw something, knew she didn’t have enough money and said she would pay me back.  I felt mean by saying ‘no’ but otherwise, there’s little point in doing this little exercise at all…  It’s about earning money, maybe saving and spending as you earn it.  Not about spending it before you’ve earned it.

Unwittingly, our 7 year old is already learning about the value and power of earning money and that fuzzy feeling you get when you’ve saved for something or simply ‘earned’ something.

And that’s good enough for me because…

#IfShesHappyImHappy

  How do you approach pocket money?   Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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What Professions are Available in the Health Science Industry?

What Professions Are Available In The Health Science Industry?
What Professions are Available in the Health Science Industry?
The last decade has seen stunning growth in medical technology that has resulted in improved equipment, more facilities and an increase in the treatability of medical issues.This has had a huge overall impact on the medical industry, and with the plethora of doors that technology has opened in the industry we have also seen a growth in the number and options of health science jobs available.  So, what exactly can you do if you are looking to get into the health science sector? The options available in the industry are pretty vast, and while degrees will equip you to study in many different sectors, it’s important to decide where you want to work in order to find out what the best path will be for you.Before starting a health science degree, you should decide whether you want to work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health care facilities
  • Rehab
  • Laboratories
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care
  • Government offices

There are a number of different roles that can be performed at any of these institutions. Your role will be decided by your strengths and talents, and obviously where you would prefer to be placed.

The most common health science roles include clinician roles, administrative roles, and public sector roles.

Clinician roles

Clinician roles are for those who like a more hands-on, people’s person approach. They usually work in a healing or rehabilitation capacity. These clinician roles generally include (but are not limited to):

  • Physical therapists
  • Medical assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physicians
  • Research scientist
  • Dental hygienist/technician
  • Before you decide that you want to take on a clinician role within the health science field, remember that you have to be good with people. You are also likely to come into contact with disease, injuries, bodily fluids and other aspects that simply come with the territory – you need to be able to handle this.

Administrative roles

Not everyone enjoys a hands-on approach, and may simply not have the same characteristics that make them enjoy working closely with people as much as others. This is where administrative roles come into the health science industry. They are the engine of the healthcare industry and make sure that facilities run smoothly. The roles in administrative capacities include:

  • Finance
  • IT department
  • Accounting
  • Marketing and public relations

Public sector roles

Some health science professionals prefer to work in a public sector capacity that deals with the healthcare in a more broad and overall spectrum, rather than at a molecular level. These are the roles often found in the public sector of health science:

As you can see there is a huge variety of professions that you can go into if you decide to study a health science degree. While we have seen a huge increase in the number of jobs created through advancing technology over the last decade – there is bound to be more still to come due to the ever-evolving nature of the industry.

The healthcare industry is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if you have what it takes to make the grade when it comes to tertiary education, then you are heading towards a career that will set you up for the rest of your life.

 

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #43 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

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Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 43 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Priceless

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Mental Health ~ why we should keep talking about it

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

 Mental health is happening and is being talked about

Right now

And not just by ‘normal’ folk but by Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry.  And they show that mental health can happen to anyone.  Prince Harry has talked of how he was affected when his mother, Princess Diana died.

And Prince William has talked of how he and Kate will be encouraging their children to talk about their emotions as they grow up – not adopting a ‘stiff upper lip’ and bottling those feelings up.

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

The ups and downs

When we experienced a sudden family bereavement and began our rollercoaster of a journey, I remember clearly the ups and downs of emotions that I felt.  Once the shock subsided a little, I needed to talk about it, to get my feelings and thoughts out.  The tears came and went.  And came and went again and again, but the words that came expressed those tears and helped to make sense of a muddled situation.  And muddled it was.  Every single emotion was felt in quick succession, sometimes at the same time…

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Safety in the home – a clear alternative to glass

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Safety first

 When our daughter started moving under her own steam, we did what any parent with common sense would, and as all the professionals advised us to do – we began to baby-proof our home.  Apart from all the usual hazard prevention tricks like using electric socket covers, stair gates and temptingly dangling table cloths, we decided to change our coffee table.
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Making changes

We loved the table but it had a glass cover.  And it was a ‘standard’ height coffee table – the perfect height for a cruising baby/toddler to grab hold of and slam toys onto.

Of course, the glass was toughened but we just couldn’t rest easy and we wanted to let our daughter explore as freely and easily as possible.  So out the table went. Continue reading

Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #42 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 42 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Reading Books

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 42 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Reading Books

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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How a group activity can grow your child’s confidence ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

How A Group Activity Can Grow Your Child's Confidence #IfShesHappyImHappy It's About You Being Happy, Making Your Child Happy, It Coming Full Circle Making You Happy!

How a group activity can grow your child’s confidence

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about a group activity that our daughter enjoys and has helped to build her confidence.  #IfShesHappyImHappy is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  You can read it here if you missed it.

How A Group Activity Can Grow Your Child's Confidence #IfShesHappyImHappy It's About You Being Happy, Making Your Child Happy, It Coming Full Circle Making You Happy!

Expressing themselves

Our daughter’s 7 and typically, she loves to dance and sing.  Very soon I’m sure she’ll be singing into a hairbrush.

For now, she loves to express herself by dancing and singing.  And so when she got a place in the cheerleading club at her school, I was really pleased.  She’d been asking to go, to join in with her friend.  And she loves it!

I even found some cheerleading pompoms in Poundland.  Of course, her eyes lit up when she saw them and off she went.

Age range

What I love about her little cheerleading group is that not everyone’s her age.  The group of around 15 range from 6-11 years old I think.

There’s a boy from her class who joins in just as eagerly as the rest, and she’s always shattered afterwards so the teacher is clearly getting  a lot from them!

And it’s turned into a family affair.  Oh yes, one rainy Saturday, we were all up on our feet waving pom-poms around and strutting our stuff to the cheerleading moves!  I was shattered, I can tell you…

Seeing their confidence grow

A few weeks ago, they did a little performance for us which was lovely to see.  As with anything, we’ve been building her confidence by using encouraging words, by telling her well done and by playing music in the house which she generally sings and dances to.  Her confidence has been growing and growing.  It was great to see her performing to the songs with her friends.

Whichever way you look at it, this group activity is good for our daughter and though it doesn’t need to be cheerleading, an activity like this could be good for your child too…

And #IfShesHappyImHappy

  What group activities does/did your child do that helped their confidence grow?   Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Poetry for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ When Their Eyes Sparkle Wide

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Poetry, a short story… Have you got some writing to share?

Poetry, prose, short stories 500 words or under, flash fiction.  Anything goes!  As many as you like!

I’d love you to share your writing with me.  Please link up below – it’s open all month (and if you choose to – and if you don’t blog – please tweet your post url to me @AllSortsHere and include #WonderfulWorldofWriting or simply #www )


#WonderfulWorldofWriting is a monthly feature on my blog (new link opens 1st Wednesday of the month).  

#www for short because we can share a wonderful world of writing on the world wide web! 🙂

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When Their Eyes Sparkle Wide

 

When I looked through her school bag for homework and slips

I found an envelope inside, “To the parents of Miss…”

Absent-mindedly I thought, “It’s likely about SATS.”

As I skim-read, blah blah, wait, “I’m delighted that…”

 

Wait, what?  Slow down, the letter’s not what I thought,

The pride rushed right through me like a proud mummy’s ought;

I read it again, word by word, slowly this time,

Taking in each syllable, the wonder all mine…

 

There have been moments a-plenty in my days as a Mum

When my heart’s near burst open, and this moment is one;

Reading on some more, I called our daughter to look,

Slowly, precisely she read, “…poem published in a book!”

 

Our girl’s wonder, amazement, her eyes sparkling wide,

Her poem to be printed and read far and wide!

She’d penned a poem at school and handed it in,

Of 11,000 entries, the judges’ decision was ‘win’!

 

And it is a ‘win’ cos it’s amazing and believe it or not,

Her original, own poem is in the final ‘lot’;

She’s been chosen from thousands, she’s our little star

Our creative, wonderful daughter, see her talent go far…

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

What’s your happiest memory of opening your child’s bag?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Got some writing to share? Tweet your post direct to me @AllSortsHere using the #WonderfulWorldofWriting or #www hashtag and I’ll retweet!  You can also link up above.

WonderfulWorldofWriting

 

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #41 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 41 Blog linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Achievement Poem Published

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A Dose of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 41 Blog linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Achievement Poem Published

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

Easily one of the things that has made me smile from ear to ear, that has made my heart completely and utterly burst with joy and that has absolutely made my week is our daughter having her poem published in a poetry anthology!  I did the usual rummage in her school bag for stray permission slips, spellings etc and came across an envelope.  I skim-read the letter, thinking that it was about the upcoming SATS and therefore not paying much attention (I’m not in the slightest bit concerned about them – because although she’s bright, I wouldn’t be concerned anyway – and I’d digest it at leisure later, I thought).  THEN I read ‘I’m delighted to tell you that {our wonderful daughter} has had a poem chosen for an upcoming poetry anthology.’  As it happened, she’d come home from school feeling bit sick (I’m sure it was just indigestion) but knew this would cheer her up.  I told that out of 11,000 entries, her poem is one chosen to be published at the end of July.  As a creative writer who loves to write poetry myself, and as a mum who is utterly passionate about literacy as a whole, this, yes THIS made my day and I’m sure I was more excited about it than our daughter purely because she didn’t ‘get’ the enormity of it!  We waited patiently for daddy to get home from work, not wanting to tell him over the phone, rang the grandparents, popped it on speakerphone and shouted it from the rooftops!  Of course, we’ve already ordered our books!

and this…

 Seeing a golden sticker on our daughter’s school dress as she came out for end of day in the playground on Friday.  That golden sticker means that she’s been to see the Head for something.  And it was for her poem.  There are 3 others in her class that are being published too and they’ve all done so well 🙂

Can’t you just tell that the VirtuallyAllSorts household is buzzing this week?!?  I’ve noted down other things in my gratitude journal this week but without a doubt, this comes top!

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So that’s my happy and my happy word is ‘achievement’ because quite frankly, there couldn’t BE another word really now could there?  By next week, I may probably won’t have come down from cloud 9 so be prepared for more of this proud mummy!

And how about you?  I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Go on, share your happy with me!

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