5 great reasons to move your office space around
Have you ever considered how a good office tidy up could benefit you and your colleagues (or just you if you work from home)?
How it could literally ‘mix things up’?
Here are 5 ways that tidying up and moving things around in your office space can benefit you:
Review ~ ‘Feel Stress Free’ app from Thrive (with free code!)
So what did I think?
Here’s my vlog, giving your my 5 tips for your wellbeing!
So, if you’re not a vlogger, how about sharing YOUR top tip on finding your zen, balance and wellbeing? Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere. Thanks 🙂
If you’re a vlogger why not link up to #Vlogstars? (details below)
Review ~ hand made furnishings to make you feel good from Bespoke Binny
Home and gift with a story with House of Juniper (with discount code)
When you persuse the Home of Juniper website, you come away with a cosy, fuzzy feeling. With an easy to navigate website, the products just lure you in.
And the philosophy behind Home of Juniper is one that adds value to the products as you browse and here is what it’s all about:
At Home of Juniper we sell a distinctive collection of products; including well-being ranges, kitchenware, stationery, home decor, textiles and gifts. Products are carefully chosen not only for their usefulness and beauty, but also for their provenance.
The ethics and values
The people at Home of Juniper research the products, support British designers and look at the stories behind the products. They have values and are also very reasonably priced.
You get an ethical feel from scrolling through their shop and I love the wellbeing section. So many candles! The people at Home of Juniper have been kind enough to give me a discount code to use and I’m deciding between:
The moon phase clock (I’m currently reading about the lunar cycles and astrology). That aside, this is so eye-catching!
Positive Thinking ~ Surround yourself with positive people
This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.
And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.
We’ve been well and truly caught up with the lego cards craze!
It all started when one of our daughter’s friends gave her a duplicate. And that duplicate was a sparkly koala card. “Aw it’s so cute!” were the words that animatedly came out of our 7 year old’s mouth. Had she been given a duplicate of the odd-looking and sounding ‘alien villainess’, I’m not sure the craze would have taken off in quite the same way!…
But it did.
And we happen to shop at Sainsburys for our convenience. So do other family members!
Just in case you’ve no idea what I’m talking about (which is quite possible if you’re not UK-based and/or don’t shop at Sainsburys and/or don’t have children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews to educate you on lego cards…) here are 5 reasons to get caught up in the craze:
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.
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…
How do you approach pocket money? Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere
Mental health is happening and is being talked about
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.
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…