So I asked the universe for a new boyfriend. Sound sad? Maybe, I dunno. I was very specific though. Being a single parent, I have learned many a lesson already and know exactly what is good for me and what I should walk away from. To my amazement, the universe delivered and I was indeed impressed, astounded and super loved up by a handsome young fella who adores me. The only 2 things that could be better - one being he could be 2 inches taller and the other, his age are both things that are linked to social and cultural biases that I don't consider to be deal breakers in the grand scheme of things.
Hi all and Happy Easter,
I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend and spring break.
Having noticed a significant increase in new readers, I wanted to reach out and see who is around. Why not drop me a note in the comments and keep in touch.
Some of my blogging highlights at the moment include;
1. The back garden transformation. I still enjoy gardening too much to give it up to a gardener and cannot stop admiring the results of my efforts.
2. I have finally seen MadMen, the American drama set in the 1960s around the characters that work in an advertising agency on Madison Avenue. I love the fashion and the style.
3. I have been admiring SS17 shoes and have stumbled across fOOfOO slippers, the super glam indoor slippers. I must have impressed the design team because I have a lovely discount code for me and my readers. Get in touch and I will send it over.
What are you up to this Spring and Easter break? Keep in touch on the blog.
Have a spring hopping, bunny bopping, chocolate munching, garden lounging, chilled out weekend
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Fashion elite gathered once again for the bi-annual instalment of designer presentations in Paris. Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris) ready to wear shows for fall / winter 2017 took place between February 28th to March 7th 2017. Designers displayed the new collections providing a sneak preview of what is in-store for us all this coming fall / winter season. This event did not disappoint and was as glamorous as ever
The description by Carol Lim & Humberto Leon on the Kenzo website sums it up nicely; “A discovery of an arctic surfing subculture led us to a wardrobe that combines wild protection with an urban sensibility. Celebrating the women and men who experience as raw an environment as it gets, and hoping for it to continue forever.” The fall / winter 17 Collection emerged onto the runway in Paris with a pop of extravagant colour.....
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I was looking back at an old blog post recently. It is called “Dear Inner Child,” a poem written by me to the child that I was and possibly any child today finding themselves in the same swirl of confusion. We live in tough times. Every time the news is on, a barrage of negativity hits our ears. It seems everyone is struggling with something. How then do you focus on achieving? How do you as a young person set your goals and once set stay on course to achieve them? So, I revised my note to the young woman of 16, riddled with insecurities, unsure of the future, uncertain if all that ambition is worth having. Here is what I would say to her.
Aside from the concerns about decrease quality of life and increase in number of families in poverty, zero hour contracts signal another change. The increase of people on zero hour contracts means that there are more people in work that is not secure and does not guaranteed enough income to live on day by day. This has a knock on effect that is causing a shift in our culture. We are now in a world where employers dodge the legal responsibility they have on staff, a culture whereby people have to juggle one job off against another and balance the availability of time against the need for more money in order to get enough money at the end of the month. A culture where everyone has to be entrepreneurial just to eat, a culture where you await a text message in the morning that tells you whether you have a job that day, a culture where there are no more secure tenancy agreements and property is too expensive for the average person to buy and therefore not receiving that text in the morning is just one more step towards losing your tenancy..... Has the increase in zero hour contracts created a new "hustle" culture and what does this mean for us in the future?
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Imagine the fun while watching an episode of "the Great British Benefits handout" where families claiming benefits were given £26,000 just for existing. I'm guessing a social experiment but observing who? I'm not sure. The views across twitter alone tickled me; some in support of innocent benefits claimants and how shows like this give honest people a bad name. Some talking about how benefits claimants are irresponsible and don't know the value of money. I will with-hold my opinion in this instance.
Does having £26,000 make you rich? The thing is with the £26,000 threshold is that to have that as a net wage would put the pre-tax wage above £34,000 per annum which the majority of working parents are not on. A wage that is neither above £34,000 nor below £26000 per annum puts a person square in the bracket of those not eligible for any benefits but also "just about managing" as the current prime minister would define. By cultural definition, it is a massive land of nowhere inhabited by hardworking families, that are expected to be happy to be paying bills with their hard earned cash, dropping kids at day-care so they can go and work for someone else but unsure of whether their dinner plate will be a balanced meal or yesterday's leftovers because what's left isn't enough to last up to pay day.
The addition of a lovely new hubby with the same salary would double the household income and make the situation different but who wants to go on dates with the sole interest of finding someone to share the bills? How romantic (not)! So these past few months my aim has been to get my finances in order and actually have a profit. I love organising so I don't have an issue with this. For those looking for an insight into how to become a millionaire, here are my suggestions:
1. Are you already one?
Since most definitions of a Millionaire do not just count money in the bank but count value of assets, a lot of people do not actually realise that they are in fact millionaires already. For example; the balance defines "millionaire" in terms of value of property, cars and stocks; "Net-worth represents that person's assets, minus their liabilities. Net worth is described as what you own minus what you owe." This Guardian article talked about how 1 in 10 Brits might be Millionaires because of their property. With the value property going up so much, a millionaire might actually not have a million pounds in the bank. So count your blessings, name them one by one and you may find to your surprise you already have a million!
2. Get your ducks in order
Not literal ducks mind, figuratively speaking. Practicing good financial habits means a number of things. get some help with a free review from "still struggling" where you can speak to a professional debt adviser from one of the partner organisations so that, your creditors will stop harassing you, you won’t have to get stressed every time mail arrives through the door, you won’t have to worry about the phone ringing, you can stop playing one debt off against another simply to be able to pay the important bills; and most importantly of all and you can establish a budget which means that you do have enough money left to cover the important things
3. The multiple side hustle
You would have seen it on many online articles and advice pages that millionaires have multiple income streams. They do not rely on one source of income nor do they settle for what their employer says they are worth. The day job is just the tip of the iceberg. Millionaires have multiple side hustles. So what do you do? Medium.com talks about he possible streams of income that are common to many millionaires, the day job is just one of them. So think like a millionaire if you want to become one and don't settle for "just managing" anymore.
I did hope to get us a place in that cool holiday club that my “minime” loved so much when we went last year. A couple of years ago, I complained that there were not enough options for working parents during the school holidays, these last few months however, I notice that there are lots of options, just not enough money to pay for them. This is a time when it helps to have two parents who both work and get an adequate wage.
So here we are, I have taken a (much needed) couple of days off work and must entertain as mums must do. I am a great cheerleader for the small pleasures in life so we never actually feel like we lack but make the most of even the smallest joys. Today our “joy” moment of the days was rediscovering the back garden. Today the sun shone after a couple of super cold days and snow, sleet and freezing cold rain. The February half-term is always so hopeful, it may be cold but it allows us a little hope of the coming spring. The days are getting longer and the evenings brighter. One thing we love is our end of day movie marathons that we both enjoy. Kind of a "Netflix and chill" but in a family-friendly kinda way.
I am so glad that my “Heat Holders” socks have arrived too. They are soft, cosy and so warm, perfect for an evening on the sofa. As I’m currently between house slippers, it works out a treat. I am a great follower of “Hygge” the Danish definition of cosy at home. Pronounced “hue-gah,” www.hyggehouse.com have a great definition of the current trend; “a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every-day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.” The corner of my living-room is dedicated to that which is soft and cosy. My blankets and throws are more than knitted wool, they must feel super soft. I light the candles that make the room smell of soft vanilla and musk, we have our mugs of warm milk and tea ready and the light dimmed slightly. This settles us both down for an evening. I’d love to hear some suggestions from readers; what’s your hygge favourite item?
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