Le Châtelard

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I’m spending the last evening of my holiday listening to THEESatisfaction and reading Basic Counselling Skills. Yesterday I went for a wander and ended up going into the local record store. As I walked towards the back of the store I smelt soap. Sure enough they were selling Le Chatelard 1802 soaps, which reminded me of my last months as a resident in Brighton (particularly the long walks I took to clear my head). I was reminded of the day I bought some Le Chatelard 1802 lavender pouches because that day I walked to the marina and looked out over the seafront, which I often did, and felt such love for the city that shaped me.

I can shut my eyes and remember the view, and the overwhelming emotions that moved through me at that time.

I have been reflecting a lot on my career path, because my holiday has made me aware how much being in a university (working and studying) is a big part of my identity. But also because I want a break from data and commuting. I like being in academia, but I wonder if I need more quiet around me. I used to think the idea of being self-employed was a little petite bourgeoisie yet as years/decades pass I realise I want this type of control. I want to be creative. I want a pet I can take to work (or have a home office where my pet hangs out with me). I like the community feeling of my workplace, and I don’t want to be without it.

I like the course I am doing now – counselling feels very natural. And something I would like to incorporate into my worklife. I’ll stick with it and see where this goes…

Holiyay

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I am loving my holiday so much I never want it to end!

Folkestone is an Art School

Folkestone is an Art School

I have spent the week riding my bicycle, painting, writing (a little bit) and seeing different parts of Kent. Earlier this afternoon I took part in a Twitterchat about the digital future of coaching. I’m excited about returning to college on Monday.

Things I Love Thursday – Valentine Edition

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I haven’t done a TILT in a while (2017 and 2018). And as it’s St Valentine’s Day, I figured it’ll be good to spread some love.

♥I woke up to find my tea in a new mug. Aww.
♥My workplace library‘s St Valentine’s Day activity:

♥The Chaplaincy chicken


♥I got Making Books as a present today. Yay.
♥The Tisserand Sleep Better collection (I love going into TK Maxx and sniffing this stuff).
♥The latest Resonance Press book Discovery.
Punkypins:

Vampire Hag
Big Boys burgers!

A (Work) Day in the Life…

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Following on from yesterday, here is what my work day looks like (typically Tuesday to Friday). It won’t be the most exciting, but people who do data entry will understand!

6:10 My alarm goes off, I lay in bed for twenty minutes.

6:25 My partner brings me a cup of tea (English Breakfast with soy milk) and a toasted bagel.

6:35 I scoff my breakfast, get dressed and get ready for the day.

7:00 We commute to Canterbury.

7:50 I arrive to my university campus, I try to convince myself to have a walk (if I have outstanding work I do skip this. But I am trying not to in the future).

Walk

Walk

Path

Path

Olive Grove

Olive Grove

8:00 Go to my office, open up and start working (thirty minutes for emails, twenty minutes for reports and ten-twenty minutes for investigation).

9:00 My line manager visits me and we discuss any outstanding issues and ideas, we also talk about upcoming meetings.

9:20 More investigation if necessary, and email chasers.

10:00 Break (I don’t always leave me desk, but I make an effort to do something not involving data).

10:10 Create web pages or files in our content management systems or review/update the pages.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Return to work and focus on outstanding projects and/or go to meetings. More data entry and creating pages/files.

17:00 Technically I have finished work but my partner doesn’t give me a lift until 18:00 so I browse my university intranet, and read HE-related blogs or news/articles involving my research interests.

18:00 Start the commute home (varies depending on traffic).

19:00 Dinner time.

20:00 Same as yesterday.