Monday, 16 June 2014

7 Goals in 7 Days | Weekly Wishes #9

Is someone fast forwarding time?  I’m finding it hard to believe we’re in the middle of June!  This last week has been rather challenging for me, it’s been really full on so I barely even looked at my last Weekly Wishes let alone achieved them!  Anyway this Thursday my hubby and I will be taking a well deserved short break to Amsterdam so I am very much looking forward to that!  I usually meticulously research and prepare what we’re going to be doing, but this time round, I booked flights out of the blue, randomly chose a hotel without looking to see exactly where it is and that’s it!  We’ll have to make things up as we go along – maybe it will be a bit more fun that way!  Anne Frank’s house is a definite on our list, other than that we’ll probably just explore the city ourselves and hopefully have time for one or two of the amazing museums there too.
Here’s a rundown on how I fared with last week’s goals:

1.    Write/ schedule at least 4 blog posts.  Erm, no.  Embarrasingly my last post is last week’s Weekly Wishes, how pathetic is that L  I blame it on my crazy hectic week

2.    Sign up for two upcoming local fairs to promote my wellbeing business – check J  All signed up and paid and ready to roll for July, looking forward to it as my wellbeing business has been lying dormant for a while 

3.    Finish wallpapering our hallway – don’t even get me started on this.  Annoyingly I did the wallpaper lining wrong and had to strip it all (again!) and start again.  However, the hallway is 80% papered, nearly there!  Just the wall behind the dratted radiator now! 

4.    Start putting together my speech for my next Toastmasters meeting.  Short answer is no.  See 1 above for my excuse! 

5.    Spring clean at least 2 rooms at home.  Again – nope.  I’ll get there soon though! 

6.    Run at least twice with my 10km run just weeks away now!  I ran once which is a good start.  The race seemed so far away when I registered and all of a sudden it’s round the corner – panic!  Definitely more running on the agenda this week! 

7.    Spend half an hour on reflection/ planning every day.  Actually yes, despite my crazy week.  There were quite a few sunny days last week and so when I got home I sat in the garden probably for half an hour or more and I eased my guilt by using it as reflection/ planning time.  Works a treat and helps me to focus rather than run about like a headless chicken.

And my goals this week?

Actually – I think I’ll set myself ONE goal this week and that’s to do a 'life audit'.  June is always a time of reflection for me as a halfway mark through the year, so this week I’ll try to evaluate where I am and where I’m going in terms of my goals set for this year and my life in general!  It's always so easy to get caught up in the hype and just get pushed along through life. 

And of course catch up with all the goals I didn’t achieve last week!  Oh, and go to Amsterdam – so it’s actually half a week for me this week - eek!

Linking up with Weekly Wishes over at The Nectar Collective! 

How has your week been and what are your main goals for this week?
The Nectar Collective

Monday, 9 June 2014

7 Goals in 7 Days | Weekly Wishes #8

It’s Monday again!  Which means it’s time to link up with Weekly Wishes over at the Nectar Collective -  a place where we share our goals for the coming week and make new friends J

Last week I listed my monthly goals rather than my weekly ones so I’m going to jump straight into my Weekly Wishes for this week!  I call mine my 7 Goals in 7 Days – here goes!

1.    Write and schedule at least 4 blog posts this week – my blog has really been taking a back seat in recent weeks thanks to all the DIY we’re doing at home and other commitments I have – not great! 

2.    Sign up for two upcoming local fairs where I can promote my part time beauty, health & wellness business 

3.    Finish wallpapering our hallway – this is really doing my head in and taking much longer than I planned L  

4.    Start putting together my speech for my next Toastmasters meeting 

5.    Spring clean at least two rooms in our house – this is well overdue!! 

6.    Run at least twice – I have a 10km run next month – eek! 

7.    Spend half an hour on reflection/ planning every day – find out why it’s beneficial here!

I could actually add another 50 things I need to do this week but I’ll leave it at that!  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with stuff to do at the moment and think I need to take a breather, however, the hubby and I are going away for a weekend break to Amsterdam in a couple of weeks’ time (yay) and my good friend and I have also booked a spa night in Belfast (Northern Ireland), where she lives, for July – so I have a couple of things to look forward to at least, thank goodness!

How has your week been, and what are you looking forward to this week?
The Nectar Collective

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Inspiring People | Meet ... The Home Schooling Mom

So I’ve decided to start a regular series of blog posts where I feature somebody inspiring and share a little bit about them.  There are so many unsung heroes in this world that we walk past every day, who are doing all sorts of amazing things and this is a brilliant opportunity to get to know these inspiring people a little bit more! 

So who’s first on the cyber couch?  I don’t mean to be biased but I thought I’d start with my very own amazing sister J - meet Michelle!

Michelle home schools her children and this alone is enough to inspire me to no end.  It’s challenging enough doing homework with my children, let alone home schooling them!  I greatly admire parents that do this.  It takes a lot of patience, skill, sacrifice and no doubt discipline!  Here’s Michelle with my gorgeous (and very clever!) nieces.

Michelle lives in the beautiful coastal city of Swansea in South Wales (it’s called Abertawe in Welsh) with her husband and three beautiful children, aged 12, 10 and 6.  Just look at one of many amazing views she gets to see any time she wants!  Jealous, me?

So over to Michelle -

Why did you choose to home school your children?

At first the idea of home schooling was a bit shocking to me, but when I had my children, the idea started to appeal to me.  I’m a teacher by profession myself, and after teaching classes of up to 38 pupils, I realised that as much as we’d love to give each pupil as much personal attention as possible, it’s not really feasible – home schooling gives me the opportunity to give my children the personal attention they need to identify and develop their strengths and work on their weaknesses.

What challenges do you face as a home schooling parent?

Even though we have the luxury of learning at home and the ‘school run’ is a minute or so down the stairs (!), it’s a challenge to keep the discipline going – being ready for lessons on time, sticking to a structured schedule and maintaining a balance between being parent and teacher.  However, most of these are challenges every parent faces whether you home school your children or not!

You’re a teacher by profession – is this necessary in order to home school your children?

No it’s not.  Even though I’m a teacher, I trained as a secondary school teacher, so teaching pre-school and infants has been a learning curve for me!

Do you follow a set curriculum?

Some home schoolers devise their own curriculum but we have enrolled with a Christian based curriculum that reflects our Christian faith.  My children take regular tests to make sure they are progressing and the curriculum is recognised in colleges and universities.

Does home schooling mean your children lose out on the social interaction they would get at ‘normal’ school?

No – we’re involved in loads of activities where the girls meet and interact with other children – swimming, guides, church, ballet, tennis, field trips with other families; the girls have a very busy social calendar!  We also meet up regularly with other home schooling families where we can share ideas and do stuff together.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of home schooling their child/ children?

Home schooling is not easy and is not for everyone – it’s a sacrifice – you can’t pursue a career or go out and earn an income.  It’s something you have to think long and hard about beforehand, but the rewards are so worth it.  As we all know, our children grow up so fast and being able to spend all this time with them, especially when they’re growing up, and being able to learn with them is such a blessing and I love every minute of it – I’d certainly do it all over again if I had the choice!

Michelle’s husband runs his own business as a web and education software designer and helps out with IT related subjects as well as Maths so that’s an added bonus!

Thanks to Michelle for being my very first guest of many more to come!

Home schooling your children is not for the faint hearted I’d say.  While I wasn’t too sure about the concept of home schooling to begin with, I’ve watched my nieces over the years develop into confident, strong, intelligent girls so if you have what it takes, I would definitely say go for it!

Home schooling - yay or nay?  What are your thoughts?