When does a reality show become your own reality?


Hi everyone

When does a reality show become your own reality? – When you feel like you are living in one. Do you ever get that feeling?

I spend so much of my life, reading, watching and writing about stories, that I end up feeling like my own life story is being played out in front of me, and that I am watching it, yet I am in it. It’s very surreal. I feel, that in reality, I am in my own reality show and that my eyes are the camera. Quirky, I know.

There is always some sort of drama going on in my life, and I often feel that my life is like a soap opera. Maybe it should be made into a soap opera – Hey! You heard it here first. On a plus side, I have got loads to pack into a series of autobiographies and that always bodes well when you are a writer.

To give you the highs and lows over the last week or so, here goes:

Daisy and Cinnamon went to the vets for a lump and mite check. Their lumps are fine at the moment and one of Daisy’s has vanished. I got charged less than I thought I would. Although the vet couldn’t find any mites, they have a spot on treatment to use for two weeks.

I received a cheque as compensation for an accident I had in 2011. As a result, I have been asked to be featured in the USDAW magazine about it. If and when it happens, I will let you know.

The preview of my Break through the barriers of redundancy book blurb, has been well received, and more people have shown an interest in buying it. I am still in the process of editing it at the moment. That is taking longer than I had hoped, because I am having to fit it in around my day job, my teaching job, and deal with other issues, such as technical difficulties and financial problems.

To summarise the technical problems, both my Mac and phone have not been working correctly. My blog would not load properly on my Mac, and a snail’s pace would have been quicker than the speed at which it was loading web pages. Some pages it refused to load at all. My phone was taking an age to load and sometimes it wouldn’t load at all. It switched itself off. At times it would not let me charge it and switch it on at the same time. Apologies for all of the comments that I haven’t had chance to reply to yet because of this. I took action and installed a new router and upgraded my Mac overnight to the Mavericks operating system. This took over 15 hours because I live in a gray area where internet speed is concerned, and it was still in the process of upgrading the next day. This is not good when I have to manage 3 websites (and one under construction), 3 blogs, 3 Facebook Pages, 3 Twitter accounts, a LinkedIn account, and a Google+ and YouTube account. I am still having some problems with my phone and I am getting a new one on Tuesday.

I recently got invited to a Google+ Hangout about my book, with Wiley published Author, Paul Lancaster. Who works for Sage One accountancy company. This is due to take place the week before my book is published and will be a 30 minute interview. I am so excited, watch this space for further details.

Yesterday I received a bill from HMRC saying I owe them £564.60 in unpaid taxes for 2011-2012 and 2013-2013 tax years. I believe this to be incorrect, so I have had to spend time getting the necessary documentation together to prove it, including my P60s and P45s, and type a letter to them. Other financial difficulties include the fact that I am still owed 3 hours for my basic wage in my day job, from 3 weeks ago, and some expenses from weeks ago, that I keep having to chase. I have been opted into the company pension scheme, when I have requested to opt out, and money is still being taken out of my wages for it. This is another thing I have to keep chasing.

The day before I got the letter from HMRC, I booked to go to the Business Showcase South West event in Bristol, and to the Only Colston event, following that, in the evening. Both promise to be fantastic networking opportunites and take place on April the 8th to the 9th.

Teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery went very well last week and I am optimistic that it will be just as enjoyable tomorrow.

You may have guessed that I don’t get much sleep. Currently I am getting on average about five and a half hours sleep a night. I have to watch my health and do need to get some more sleep but I have so much deal with, my guineapigs to clean every night, and my book to write, that it’s hard to find time to fit sleep in. I also have to try to fit some time in for fun as it’s essential for relaxation and motivation.

One of my favourite genres is drama and my life is full of it, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Am I living in my own reality show? I will leave that question to your imagination.

Thank you to everyone who has nominated me for a blog award recently and in the last few months. I will get around to officially accepting them, although I won’t be able to do that this month. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and nominate me. I also appreciate everyone who stops by, who comments or Likes my posts.

As I am still editing my book inbetween everything else that is going on, and I have people waiting to buy it, I am unfortunately still not able to visit or comment on many blogs at the moment and I am very sorry for that.

I will write when I am able to

Sandra

I Have Been Chosen To Meet HM The Queen


Hi everyone

I am very happy and excited to have been chosen to meet Her Majesty the Queen, at St James’s Palace, on Monday 15th of July.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may already know this and a few of you I have mentioned it to in my comments. For the rest of my lovely blog followers, the last update I gave you, was that I had been invited to St James’s Palace in the presence of HM the Queen. I have since had a letter to say I have been chosen to meet HM the Queen.

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I have been sent a map of the inside of the Palace and have been told I am group 10, in the Queen Anne Room, to meet the Queen.

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There is a red dotted line to indicate which route HM the Queen will take.

There are instructions of what I should say and do when I meet HM the Queen.

I am going there, to celebrate CSV (Community Service Volunteers) 50th anniversary. I do voluntary work as a Health Buddy for CSV and got nominated by my Manager to go.

If someone had told me a few years ago, that in the future I would be meeting HM the Queen at St James’s Palace, I would have laughed and said they had a vivid imagination, or yes, in my dreams. But I did something very important in my life, I changed my attitude and my belief in myself.

When I was made redundant for the second time in my life, in 2009, this was the starting point of that change. I knew from then on, that I was born 100% to write and to help others who have been made redundant to get back into work. It was the start of my creative journey. However, needing money and taking on a succession of temporary jobs, that I wasn’t happy in, took it’s toll, and although I still had these goals in mind, I didn’t do much about them at that time.

By the end of 2009, I got a job as an Assistant Manager of a shop and a couple of months later I was promoted to Shop Manager. The drawback was, most weeks I would be working 60 hours a week instead of my contracted 40.

In October 2010, I got headhunted to work as a Sales Person for more money doing less hours and so I took it. After almost a year of working there, I decided to take a year out from work, to develop myself, my skills, my knowledge and expertise to grow as a person and to finally fulfil my destiny of writing and helping others to get back into work. During that time, I gained all of those and so much more.

Although I am working again in a retail sales job during the day, I have chosen to be in a job as a Sales Person not as a Manager, so my hours are stable and kept to a minimum. The pay is not great but I can focus on building two businesses around my two goals during the evenings and my time off. I now know what action to take to make progress with those two goals. I still have time to do courses and to develop myself as a person. I am continuing on the path to fulfil my dreams and you can do it too. I am living proof that dreams can come true. Never, ever, give up on your own dreams. Believe they are achievable and that anything is possible.

Be blessed with what you have,
fight for what you want,
believe in yourself,
helps others along the way,
take action,
change when you are able to
and never look back.

Keep looking forward because your future is in your hands.
Treat yourself kindly,
look after those who are important in your life,
allow yourself ups and downs,
you are only human.
Above all, love yourself, live life to the max and do what makes you happy over and over again.

Until next time, keep writing and keep smiling.

Write soon
Sandra

Whose Birthday Is It Today?


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It’s Peaches and Snuggles’ Birthday today. Happy first birthday to you. xx

10 Reasons why I love my pigs:

1 They are great company
2 Their cuddles make me feel happy
3 Their hay munching is very therapeautic
4 Their gentle nature makes them very approachable
5 They are inspirational
6 They are motivational
7 They are fascinating to watch
8 Every day I feel blessed to have such beauty with me
9 They are funny
10 They are energetic

And they can be noisy – Which I love.

What do you love about your pets?

Write soon
Sandra

Make Your Writing Resolutions Count


Hi Everyone

It is important to approach the new year with confidence.

Knowing you are making progress with your writing will not only enhance your chances of being published but it will also increase your self-belief.

You need to make a minimum of 5 writing resolutions, number them in order of importance and give yourself a time scale to complete each one.  Work your way through the list.  You should aim to complete at least 3 of them, that’s one, every 4 months.  By the end of the year you should have accomplished at least 1 of them.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Write a book – 1 year
  2. Write 1 more new blog post  – Once a week
  3. Write a minimum of 1 letter to a friend – Once a Month
  4. Write at least 1 diary entry – Every day or every other day
  5. Brainstorm writing ideas – Once a week

Now add some of your own and figure out which of them:

  • You have the largest passion for.
  • Mean the most to you.
  • Will give you the highest sense of happiness if you achieve them.

Make sure they are your priorities.

These factors will be your motivation to success.

Good luck.

Write soon.  Sandra

Five Fantastic Reasons To Put A Smile On Your Face!


Hi Everyone

Staying positive in this current economic climate can be extremely difficult, especially when the daily news seems to bring nothing but doom and gloom. However, one simple thing could help you on your way to becoming a more positive person.

Smiling, simple but true!

  1. Smiling, puts other people at ease, it lets them know you are approachable.
  2. A smile can break the ice with a stranger and lead to new found friendships.
  3. Your usual tone of voice is lowered whilst on the telephone, smiling on the telephone allows your tone to become higher and sound more welcoming.
  4. Even if you are feeling fed up, depressed and really don’t want to smile, try it, a little bit at a time, you will be surprised how focusing on something else which contradicts your current frame of mind, could actually be a step in helping you to get out of the poor frame of mind you are in.
  5. If someone smiles back at you, it will make you happier and increase your confidence.
Keep smiling.
Write soon.
Sandra

5 Inspirations To Write


Hello Fellow Writers

Are you lacking inspiration?  Wanting motivation?

If you are lost as to what to write next, check out these thoughts.

1)  What if plants were really aliens taking over the planet?

2)  What if colours could talk?

3)  What would happen if your clothes controlled you?

4)  What would happen if your website decided to create itself?

5)  What if someone who you didn’t know, tweeted you about secrets only your parents were supposed to know?

Whatever genre you like to write, I am sure you could develop these ideas into a publishable piece or use them to encourage other ideas to flow.

Good luck.

Happy Writing.

Sandra

quirkybooks.net

New site beatredundancyblues.com


Hi everyone.

I have been busy working on my new website beatredundancyblues.com and when it’s finished I hope it will be an invaluable resource for you to use daily.

Redundancy can be one of the most traumatic times in your life but it can also be, as I discovered, one of the most rewarding.  If I hadn’t been made redundant for a second time, during one of the worst economic times, I would not have set up quirkybooks.net or my new redundancy website.  It is through my experience that I have been able to uncover important skills, gain a productive insight into the world of employment and become a more organised and positive person.

To go with the launch of my new Blog beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com you will soon be able to visit its’ invaluable website beatredundancyblues.com

The website will provide:

  • Access to job sites
  • Interview advice
  • Contact details for counselling organisations
  • Help in looking after your personal wellbeing
  • Time management skills

Write soon.

Sandra

10 Reasons Why Self Belief is Good for You


Hi Everyone.

If you have been reading my Blog and website quirkybooks.net, you may think deciding to self publish my own book by starting up my own publishing company is either brave, stupid or just darn right crazy.  Either way, I value your opinion and appreciate your feedback.

The fact is, I will not let anything stop me, not in the long term. Sure there will be problems to overcome, obstacles to step over and lots of skills to learn but I will feel better for having done it and I am committed to believing in my own capabilities.

You see, there is a lot than can be said for believing in yourself.  The benefits can be immense and I would like to share some of those with you right now.

1)  Your confidence will increase.

2)  You will achieve more.

3)  You will be more accepting towards constructive critisism.

4)  You will become a stronger person.

5)  You will be able to disregard people who make malicious comments and put             you down.

6) You will have a stronger sense of purpose in your life by knowing who you are.

7)  You will be a happier person.

8)  You will have more structure to your life by defining your goals.

9)  When you believe in yourself, so will others.

10)  You will become a more positive person, which is good for both your                          physical and mental well being.

One final thought…….Believe in yourself, the only person who can make you truly happy, is you, for their is no one else who knows you better.

Good luck and B E L I E V E.

Write soon.

Sandra

quirkybooks.net