Launch of My all New Design beatredundancyblues.com site


Hi everyone

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Yeeeeeeeehahhhhhhh! Yippppeeeeee!! Whoooohooooooooo! I am a bit excited to say the least. Finally, after weeks and painstaking hours of work, learning how to use more of WordPress.org’s tools, namely widgets and plugins, I have launched my all singing, all dancing, newly designed beatredundancyblues.com site. I was thrilled that my web host technician said it looks amazing, and I probably know more than him about using WordPress.org to design my site. Please check it out and tell me what you think.

This is my first post on that site:-

Welcome to the launch of the newly designed beatredundancyblues.com, taking your job seeking to another level entirely.

Here you will find access to multiple job sites, recruitment sites and course sites, from within the one site. All from your home page, in a sleek and easy to use layout.

No longer do you have to trawl through hundreds of sites to get to what you want, it’s right here for you at the click of a mouse.

Beat redundancy blues, takes the hunt out of your job hunting, by researching the web for you, leaving you more time to concentrate on what matters most; applying for jobs, joining recruitment agencies, and enroling on a course to expand your skillset and your chances of landing a new career.

Bookmark this site, and get your job hunt off to a flying start right now!

For Advice, Help and Support to beat your redundancy blues, don’t forget to check out our blog on our sister site: www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk/Redundancy/Blog

For Inspiration and Motivation, check out our original WordPress blog:

www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com

Want more Inspiration and Motivation? Like our Facebook page to get Inspirational and Motivational posts directly in your news feed:

www.facebook.com/beatredundancyblues

Stay positive, embrace your quirky, and keep smiling.

And – What did you think of it?

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When is it good not to think?


Hi everyone

I have so much to tell you.

I am back from my trip to the Success Seminar in London. While I was up there, I also visited London Zoo, I saw the film Anomaly and I went to the Digital Revolution Exhibition, that blew my mind.

On the day I came back, I had 4 hours sleep, then taught the Introduction to blogging course. I took so many photos and that much video footage of the Digital Revolution Exhibition, that my phone stopped working and I couldn’t call or do anything with my phone, until I got it fixed in the EE shop after teaching on Monday 7th.

On Tuesday 8th, I had an admin day. I also cleaned, tidied and cleared out some bottles of stuff from underneath my kitchen sink.

I have been working in my day job every day since, and trying to catch up with social media, emails and blogging.

As you know, I am a deep thinker and my brain never stops thinking. Sometimes it’s good not to think. I have so much to do that if I sat down and did the sensible thing of writing everything down that I have to, it would overwhelm me. Yes, I make written lists of things to do and set myself tasks and goals each day, but if I become too rigid and ‘work-like’ with everything I have to do, it doesn’t feel good. Instead of enjoying what I do, the opposite happens and I become unproductive. Yes, I have an overview of what must be done, but I have to do it the quirky way. If I schedule too much, it becomes a chore and that shows. Does that happen to you?

Things I need to do:

  • I have to create a new website for http://www.beatredundancyblues.com as my web host no longer services RV Sitebuilder that I used to build it. I have been unable to access my admin panel for at least a couple of months and now I can get into it, I can’t make any amendments due to constant Java script errors. This site is currently more popular than my http:// http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk site that is built using WordPress. I have no choice but to change it.
  • After making a few amendments to my Break through the barriers of redundancy book, I need to re-index and paginate it, within the interior CreateSpace template.
  • After being asked by businesses about training staff in blogging, I thought it best to set up a website to build a professional brand for my blog training. I have bought the domain name http://www.BlogTrainer.co.uk and have yet to build the site. I have a new @blogtrainerUK Twitter account and now need to grow my followers. Thanks to those of you who have already joined me on that account.

I haven’t forgotten that I still have blog awards to officially accept in future posts. Thanks to all of you who have given me awards. I very much appreciate them.

I managed to track down my English teacher from college. She edits manuscripts. I sent her a copy of my Break through the barriers of redundancy book manuscript so she could give it a quick scan. Her feedback was encouraging. She said it’s interesting, well thought out and there are not many books like it on the market. I was thrilled with those comments. As she is very critical, I know it must be a good book.

Because my Break through the barriers of redundancy book advertises my http://www.beatredundancyblues.com site on the front cover, updating that site, must be a priority.

I have to not think too much and just get on with it.

When would not thinking, be good for you?

Write when I can

Sandra

Blogging as an aid to recovery – Their journey has just begun


Hi everyone

As you know, I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery. Check out one of my student’s “about me” page and show them some blogging love. Click the “About” link below.

About.

David studied journalism and has 8, plus another 3, kids. That’s a lot of kids. Click on the link to read more.

It’s my last teaching session on Monday 10th March for this term, and it has gone very well. Better than last time. The students ask me lots of questions, I am learning more about WordPress and I love the interaction. I am blessed to be able to teach and empower others and to learn from them.

Write soon
Sandra

Today is a lovely day


Hi everyoneOne Lovely Blog

I was honoured to be given another One Lovely Blog award on November 13th 2013. This time my award was from Sherri Matthews at http://sherrimatthewsblog.com.

When Sherri made her nominations for this award, this is what she had to say:

“My nominees for this award are lovely blogging friends that I’ve met fairly recently whose blogs have greatly inspired and blessed me very much.  Please do visit them. I’m so happy that we met and for the wonderful conversations which I hope will continue for a long time to come”.

What beautiful words from Sherri. I have to say, that since talking with Sherri via this blog, I have found her to be an extremely supportive, kind and welcoming person. She seems to have a lot of love in her heart and time for other people. She is a joy to know. Please visit her blog, I am sure you will be given a warm welcome.

ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD RULES: 

1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

7 Things about me:

  1. I like wearing Disney PJs.
  2. I feel warmer wearing PJs than ordinary clothes – quirky I know.
  3. I love being called quirky.
  4. I recently bought the domain names quirky-books.com and quirky-books.co.uk. It will be several months before I build websites for these, due to other project that I am working on.
  5. I love eating salted popcorn whenever I go to the cinema.
  6. I have an Odeon Premiere Club card to get discount off cinema tickets on a certain day of the week.
  7. I can get discount cinema tickets to Vue cinemas through work. They can’t be used on 3D movies or in certain cinema venues.

My nominations:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  3. http://syl101.com
  4. http://madelinescribes.wordpress.com
  5. http://writingstraight.com
  6. http://hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  7. http://shras789.wordpress.com
  8. http://photographyofnia.com
  9. http://paulaacton.com
  10. http://scullyspeaks.wordpress.com
  11. http://goodguyswag.com
  12. http://canadianwritersabroad.com
  13. http://kindnessblog.com
  14. http://emiliajordan.com
  15. http://diedreblake.wordpress.com

Congratulation and have a lovely day.

Write soon

Sandra

 

Grab a little Sunshine and Shine On!


Hi everyone

I am still wading through the wonderful amount of awards I have been fortunate enough to receive.

These next two awards were given to me by Sharla Shults on 5th July 2013, from http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com. Check out her amazing blog.

SunshineBlogAward

The RULES that apply here are the usual question/answer typical questions.

I have answered some of these questions before.

Favourite colour? In clothes, Black and white or blue.

Favourite animal? My 4 guineapigs and Peaches who I sadly lost this year.

Favourite number? 6 but lucky number is 8.

Favourite non-alcoholic drink? In terms of tea, peppermint is my favourite.

My passion? Writing, writing and more writing.

Prefer getting or giving presents? I like both equally.

Favourite days of the week? Any days that I have off from my day job so I can spend more time writing.

Favourite flower? A rose – Red is my favourite colour.

ShineOn

The Shine On Award.

THE RULES ARE:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 15 (more or less) other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

7 Things About Me

  1. When I look back at photos of when I was a little girl, my hair appeared to be almost white in colour.
  2. My mum would not let me grow my hair long when I was young.
  3. I love having long hair now.
  4. I enjoy writing poems in greetings cards for my family and friends.
  5. I have two identical glittery santa decorations that hand on my Christmas Tree.
  6. I love hanging tinsel around each room in my flat at Christmas time.
  7. I have a Winnie the Pooh and Piglet bedside table lamp.

Blogs I Am Nominating for both awards are as follows:

  1. http://authorstephaniethomas.wordpress.com 
  2. http://eyedancers.wordpress.com
  3. http://kindnessblog.com
  4. http://simplyilka.com
  5. http://inigobautista.wordpress.com
  6. http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com
  7. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com
  8. http://turquoisecompass.com
  9. http://propelsteps.wordpress.com
  10. http://reconstructingchristina.com
  11. http://writingstraight.com
  12. http://marthareynoldswrites.com
  13. http://liveblissful.wordpress.com
  14. http://simplymejustbe.wordpress.com
  15. http://stuffitellmysister.me

I hope you embrace your awards with open arms because you deserve them both. I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon

Sandra

Double awards – Dragon’s Loyalty Award and The WordPress Family Award


Hi everyone

I am catching up with my blog award nominations.

On the 2nd of June 2013, I was awarded The WordPress Family Award for a second time and a new award to add to my collection,  the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, both from Sheri at sheridegrom.com. Please check out her awesome blog.

Wordpress Family Award X2

The rules for the Word Press Family Award are:

1. Display the logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others who have had an impact on your Word Press experience and family.

4. Let the 10 family members know you have awarded them.

My nominations are:

1. http://bluefishway.com

2. http://hutchagoodlife.wordpress.com

3. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com

4. http://blessedwithastarontheforehead.wordpress.com

5. http://mikesfilmtalk.com

6. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com

7. http://bookmust.wordpress.com

8. http://utesmile.wordpress.com

9. http://mischez2001.wordpress.com

10. http://friendlyfairytales.com

Thanks to all I’ve nominated for the Word Press Family Award for making my time on WordPress.com amazing. Thanks to every one who follows and comments on my blog, I appreciate all of you.

The rules for the Dragon Loyalty Award are:

  1. Display the award certificate on your website.
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  3. Present the award to 15 deserving bloggers.
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

My 15 nominations are the 10 bloggers I listed above and the 5 new ones I list below.                                               DRAGON AWARD

  1. http://authorstephaniethomas.wordpress.com
  2. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  3. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  4. http://turquoisecompass.com
  5. http://eyedancers.wordpress.com

Seven facts about myself:

  1. I played the recorder whilst in primary school but stopped because I couldn’t keep up with the group.
  2. I like listening to Floorfillers albums, morning and night.
  3. Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue were my favourite singers when I was a little girl.
  4. When I was a little girl, my favourite actor used was Fred Savage from The Wonder Years.
  5. I have kept a dressing gown that I used to wear when I was about 15 years old – Why? Because I like the fact I can still fit into it.
  6. Yeas ago, I was given a dog called Pepi by a man my dad did work for. His wife was not too happy.
  7. My favourite flower is a rose.

Congratulations to all of my nominees, enjoy your awards and I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon

Sandra

 

Sunshine and Versatile Blog Awards


Hi everyone
Well, it isn’t Snuggles this time, but me, that has been a naughty little girl.
Fortunately I have received a number of blog awards in the last week but unfortunately I haven’t made my nominations for other blog awards I received a long time ago.
Please don’t laugh. When I say a long time ago, I mean a long time ago. Okay – June 2013. ( Well, at least I said 2013.)
I am going to start with the Sunshine and Versatile Blog awards that I received from Gabriel Lucatero on 2nd of June 2013. His blog is inspirational so check it out.
Sunshine Blog Award
Sunshine Blog Award
Versatile Blogger Award
Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules:

  1. Post the logo above
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

I accept these nominations and would also like to pass both of them on to the list of bloggers below:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  3. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  4. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  5. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  6. http://darlenecraviotto.com
  7. http://jlroeder.wordpress.com
  8. http://thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com
  9. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  10. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com

Congratulations to all of you and don’t forget to put both awards on your blog, you deserve them.

Favorite color: Orange, although not in clothes.

Favorite animal: Guineapig – I have four.

Favorite number(s): 6 – Lucky number is 8.

Favorite (non-alcoholic drink): Pineapple Juice.

Favorite (alcoholic drink): I don’t drink any alcohol. If I am in a pub I have orange or pineapple juice or Appletiser.

Facebook or Twitter: I use both but have more followers on Twitter.

My passions: Writing, helping people, guineapigs, family, friends and films. I love visiting aquariums and zoos.

Giving or receiving gifts: I enjoy both equally.

Favorite city: London and Exeter.

Favorite TV show: I don’t watch much TV but like watching soaps. Neighbours, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. I watch Eastenders sometimes too. I like the X-Factor.

For the second award, apart from making my nominations, I need to share seven things about myself.

Seven facts about me:

1. I believe people can achieve their dreams, if they take action.

2. I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog for the Recovery Learning Community on a self-employed basis.

3. I work full-time as the Fitted Bedroom Specialist in John Lewis.

4. I have visited London 4 times this year.

5. I met HM the Queen at St James’s Palace In July this year.

6. I am a night owl and prefer to write at night as I can focus more.

7. I love going on courses to improve myself.

Enjoy your awards and I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon

Sandra

Blogging as an aid to recovery – How has it helped you?


Hi everyone

I published this post recently but it would seem that it has posted in the month that I first started to write it in draft form. This may have caused you to miss it in your reader and so here it is again.

( A huge thanks to Ralph, from bluefish way.com who left a comment on the original post. It will be a huge help to my learners.)

It’s official, amongst everything else I do, I am a Tutor for the RLC (Recovery Learning Community).

I will be teaching my first course, “Blogging as an aid to recovery” on the 18th and 25th of November and 2nd of December.
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The RLC provides a range of educational, practical and creative courses, for students with mental health difficulties and their family and friends who support them.

I will be teaching students how to start a WordPress.com blog of their own, that they can continue to use after the course has finished.

I will be teaching students how blogging can make them to feel better and improve their quality of life through:

  • Building online relationships and friendships.
  • Communicating with like-minded people.
  • Improving communication skills.
  • Building confidence and self-esteem.
  • Giving them something to focus on.
  • Giving them a sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.

Plus loads more fantastic reasons.

I would love for my students to know how blogging has aided your recovery. Please leave a message in the comments section so that I can share your story with them.

Thanks in advance.

Stay positive.

Sandra  Bellamy