….Of the week

I wanted to post about a few things that have really helped ease the past few stressful weeks….



IT’S BACK….Cougar Town the best wine-sipping, summer loving, friendship growing programme on telly….


I tried it…by sipping it…I liked it….I drank the lot….This bottle of wine is delicious!!!

Have a great week everyone =D 

Pictures from google images with thanks.

Published in: on February 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm  Comments (3)  
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40 days and 40 nights….

Lent: 40 days and 40 nights of giving something up…easy?


I take on the lent challenge every year and every year it’s the same….

….cravings, over-indulgence and a vast amount of irritation.

So why bother?

The tradition of lent is a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. Although I celebrate leant with a Christian belief in mind, the tradition of lent is nowadays centered around the discipline of giving something up.

The facts:

The season of lent differs from religion/tradition-to-religion/tradition. This period of time is always 40 days and 40 nights but the start and finish dates vary. For certain religions, Sunday’s aren’t counted in lent (you get a day off) making lent a 40 day season over monday-friday. For most other traditional/religious beliefs, lent is simply a 40day period beginning on Ash Wednesday (the Wednesday after pancake day) and ending on Easter Sunday.

My Lent:

This year I have chosen to give up cakes, sweets; chocolate (except plain chocolate – I allow this to avoid low blood sugar) and biscuits. Yes this seems like an aweful lot to give up in one go (a challenge isn’t a challenge if it is easy) but I have chosen to give these items up because I over-indulge in them every day.

Giving something up for lent ulitmately forces you to face temptation. In deciding not to eat these food items I am craving them none-stop but I know not giving in is going to make me feel mentally and physically stronger and healthier (I always loose weight during this time of year)

Lent isn’t a bad tradition to take part in…it is fun (especially if you take on the challenge with friends) it provides you with the strength of resiting temptation and you can loose weight (if you give up food/drink products)

Don’t fancy giving something up?

A dear friend of mine reported that Twitter identified people were taking things up for lent. Maybe you could take on a new hobby for the next 40 days and nights.

Whatever you decide to do…give lent a go…you may be suprised at the outcome!

P.S. Keep a look out for my weekly updates on how my lent challenge is going.


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2 simple letters….

One really difficult word to say!

How do you say NO to someone without hurting their feelings?

There isn’t a simple answer to this question – you either say NO or you don’t.

What has to be done is a weigh-up of the risks and benefits of saying NO.

If you constantly live your life as a YESMAN maybe saying NO isn’t a bad thing.

If you always say NO what opportunities are you missing out on?

2 simple letters….

one really difficult word to say!

Weigh-up the outcome – you never know better things may come your way.


Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm  Comments (14)  
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**I look to you**

As I lay me down
Heaven hear me now
I’m lost without a cause
After giving it my all

Winter storms have come
And darkened my sun
After all that I’ve been through
Who on earth can I turn to?

I look to You
I look to You
After all my strength has gone
In You I can be strong

I look to You
I look to You
When melodies have gone
In You I hear a song, I look to You

About to loose my breath
There’s no more fighting left
Sinking to rise no more
Searching for that open door

Every road that I’ve taken
Lead me to regret
And I don’t know if I’m going to make it
Nothing to do but lift my head

I look to You
I look to You
After all my strength has gone
In You I can be strong

I look to You
I look to You
When melodies have gone
In You I hear a song, I look to You

My levee’s have broken, my walls have come
Crumbling down on me
The rain is falling, defeat is calling
I need you to set me free

Take me far away from the battle
I need you, shine on me
~Whitney Houston.

Another one of earth’s angels returning to her creator. R.I.P Whitney Houston.
 from blogspot with thanks)

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 11:10 am  Comments (1)  
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A poem….

The Forbidden.

The pursument of a heart’s
Perilous desires
Is the entrapment and
Damnation of a soul
And its counterpart
To the depths far beyond
The torturous pit of hell.

Like the most invincible venom
Poisoning ones veins
An uncontrollable fervor
Claws away
Tearing the walls from
Within ones womb.
A sabotage; an earthly lust.

Forget him not, the unborn
The one that never was.
Ones unintended, uncreated
Infallible joy.

A pain so striking
That numbs a beating heart,
Sucking the breath out of a body.
Jolting ones bones; the crisp, sharp
Sound of the spinal cord
Crumbling hopelessly into
A charcoal briquette.

Take ones broken shell
Shroud a body lifeless from suffering.
Conceal all recognition of oneself
And the impossibility of the unborn.
Ones love for you was honest, true,
Though the world deemed your life
A defect.

Release one from the hysteria.
Together, let us be joined in
Remind me of the glorious light
The reverence of your power oh God.
Cradle me with the unfailing love
Of your promise. In deep absolution I pray;

Lay my unborn’s soul to rest.
Written by hanandherattitude February 2012.

Published in: on February 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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**Thoughts For The Week**

I hate lessons that have to be learnt the hard way, but then, if lessons were easy to learn – they wouldn’t be lessons right?!

I have got a bug. No! Not A bug. THE bug! The performing bug. I just blinking knew it would return to haunt me at some point in my life and here it is right at the time I least expected I would need it….

During the last few months I have found myself re-living insecurities, forcing myself into situations I am very uncomfortable with; attempting to second guess the feelings and emotions of others and facing a demon which has troubled me for many years. All of which catapulted at me within the space of one classroom, during one lesson. The question is not how I could have let this happen…again, but rather, what am I, as a teacher, going to do about it? Eeeek!!

Racking my brains for professional ways to get a point across to my pupils, without them further intimidating me or their peers, is very challenging. Lining them all up against a wall and screaming “BULLYING IS NOT OK” is the best idea I have come up with so far.

This evening I sat with a cuppa in one hand and my wonderful iPod in my ears. I sat with no background noise and just focused on the music each song would play; on the words that would enter my mind in such a striking sense. It is funny how a song, one simple song, can transport you to a different place. How one song can envelop your whole being, making emotions surge through you body faster than the blood pumps around you. Tonight I was taken back to times when I was low; unhappy. Times where I couldn’t escape the intimidation and humiliation that I would face just by waking up each morning. I felt sick to my stomach remembering those times. And yet in the painful memories I remembered what pulled me through….faith, music, dance and drama. As much of a pain in the ass being a wanna-be-performer was to myself and those around me, I got through some of the hardest times of my teenage years by getting on that stage. 

As an adult, and especially as a teacher, I find it utterly heart-breaking watching pupils bully and intimidate their peers; more so than the bullying I was a victim of. At 16 I finally realised that this kind of behaviour was not acceptable in my life – that it was not acceptable full stop! It is my mission to teach every pupil of mine about equality – about being who you truly are despite what others think of you. But what do you do when you aren’t getting through? I do what I always do….I run to the stage.

Performing is my therapy; it is my way of dealing with life’s challenges. Whether that be part of a group, on a stage or in front of my own mirror…..performing is my escape. If I can channel all my anger and my emotions into one bundle of adrenalin, then I know I can perform to the best of my ability. Once I have performed I feel so elated that the anger I previously felt, doesn’t seem as bad. Whether I am teaching Drama or English, Maths or Science I aim to encourage all of my pupils to focus on their task, rather than what their peers or I think. Easier said then done I know but the basic implications that they have the right to be individual – to be themselves -speaks wonders for them and for their work.

Facing the issue of bullying once again in my adult life is something I have desperately wanted to avoid. This time around I may not be the victim of bullying but I am baring witness to such acts. Bullying is NOT ok people!!! As much as my peers or my pupils may hate me I will continue to enforce this – BULLYING IS NOT OK!! 

Thankfully my performing bug has returned and not only to help me but to help my pupils also. I want to encourage and inspire my students through the issues that they are facing in life but most of all, I want my pupils to realise that being different is ok – being different is beautiful.

Life is difficult…we are all very aware of this but finding something or someone to help you through its challenges, makes your journey that little bit less daunting. Performing may not be your option but something will be. Whatever or however you choose to fight through life’s barriers remember – you are beautiful in every way. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.  


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