Wednesday, 25 January 2012

January Update

Just a quick update

I started my new job on Monday 23rd . Yippee!!!!

There is a lot to learn and take in but so far enjoying it. Feels slightly strange going to work somewhere different as I spent the last 13 years going to one part of the town and now I am in another. Also really strange not sitting behind a desk in an office. (For the purposes of this blog I would rather not say where I work and what I do but it is something totally different to what I did before). But good all the same.

On the creating/craft front I haven't done anything for a while. I think once I get my self into the new working routine again my creating juices will return. But until then, I'm OK with that. I'm still looking in blog land and getting inspiration from so many talented people and I am constantly checking out My Craft Channel and 2 Peas which have some fantastic videos at the moment. Also my latest monthly kit from Sarah's Cards is calling me - "" Lesley - scrapbook me, scrapbbok me !!!!!""

In terms of my new goals for 2012, I'm working well on a few aspects but really bad on others. For example I've been making more contact with friends so that is a big tick, but reading and being creative is a big cross. I'm making more time looking after myself -ie looking after my skin, wearing make up etc but feel as if I haven't made much time for this blog.

I'm not going to beat myself up on it yet though as still only the end of the first month of the year. I still feel it is a year of More and starting my new job is a great new start for me.

A very good evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

New Beginnings

Today I had an interview for a new job. A job that will be a total change of career path for me. And guess what? I got the job. I am so pleased after being made redundant. It has only been two months out of work and to be honest this was the only job I have applied for in that time. But I feel myself very fortunate that I have got the job especially in these worrying times. I am so looking forward to starting my new career. I know it will be challenging and I am being totally re-trained along side a training plan. However, I am so excited about this change of direction for me. It has been something I have needed to do for a long time. It ties in with me finding myself again and becoming more of the woman I want to be.

Good times ahead

Good evening from Pickle Land

Speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

10 on the 10th - January 2012

Though in my part of the UK, it has been really mild for the time of the year, I am so craving the summer with long light nights and lots of colour all around. For this months 10 on the 10th I thought I would share 10 pictures (out of probably 130) that I took at Kew Gardens last August. I loved Kew and hope to visit again in the near future

Good day from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Here's to a good year in 2012 and More

Firstly a Happy New Year and hoping that 2012 is a good year.

I am personally hoping that 2012 will be a good year for me on all types of levels.
I am hoping it is a year of More - my word for the year.

1) More time with family and friends
AJ and I have been a little bit insular of late. We haven't made much effort in keeping contact with our friends and family as much as we would have liked. This year my aspiration is to spend more time with my friends and family. I'm not going to wait for us to be invited any where. I'm going to be the one who makes the invites. My goal is to open my house up abit more and have people around more.

2) More quality time with AJ
For the past four years AJ and I have lived together, gone to work together, met for lunch and gone home together. Since being made redundant that has stopped and I truly miss that. It was time where we talked and made plans. We also haven't had that much time together for the last few months (for reasons I can't go into on this blog). We now have come to realise we need more quality time together and make the most of our private time together. My goal here is to start up a date night. Either once a month or every other week and to go out from our house and do something. Even it is to go to a local pub for a couple of drinks or go to the cinema. We have become too comfy just stopping in at night and watching the tv. My aspiration for date night is it gives us an evening to look forward to where we know it will be just the two of us, where we can talk and continue to make plans for our future.

3) Be more creative
In 2011, I feel as if I have come a long way with my scrapbooking. I am finding my own feet and am really enjoying my hobby. I obviously want this to continue, but MORE. I hope I am not sounding too greedy in wanting to be even more creative this year. I want to scrap more, and share my layouts on this blog of mine. I also want to expand my creativity in new ways. I am aspiring to try new mediums. I have been truly inspired Christy Tomlinson and her videos on My Craft Channel and I really want to try mixed media art and my goal is to make my own art for the walls of my house. I want to learn how to use a sewing machine and to sew more. I want to start up my cross stitch again as I haven't done any for ages. My first goal on this front is to cross stitch a Les Paul guitar for my Father in Law's 60th Birthday this month

4) More time for reading

I used to be an avid reader. I used to devour books. This past year I haven't read that much. I can only recall about 10 books read in 2011. This year I am hoping to read a lot more. AJ bought me a Kindle for Christmas and I have already downloaded some books. It is so great that alot of the classics can be downloaded for free. My goal is to read at least a book a week, so in all I want to read at least 52 books this year. On my list for January so far are Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Kindle), Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran (PB), The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall (PB) and Transform your Life by Penny Ferguson (Kindle). I am going to track my progress on this blog on a monthly basis

5) More time for myself

This past year I feel I have neglected myself. I look in the mirror and hardly recognise the person in front of me. It is not about looks, my age or weight (though that is a major area I am going to work on this year). I just don't see the woman I want to be anymore. I feel like I have lost my sparkle. I'm grey whereas a few years ago I was colour. I need to start looking after myself more and put myself first abit more. This doesn't mean I'm only going to think of myself and neglect everyone around me. Far from it, but I feel I owe it to myself to rediscover the me I know I can be. I need to make changes that make me feel better so I can be a better person for all those who know me. I'm looking at little things such as making more effort in my appearance (something I definitely have let slip of late). Even if it to put on a little bit of makeup on and paint my nails. I want to take up exercise (something very lacking of late), eat healthily, look after my skin, sleep better (I am not sleeping particularly well at the moment). I need to do things that make me happy - hence be more creative. I need to start looking in the mirror and recognising myself again

6) More organised

This is something I am constantly aspiring to and my goal this year is to get my house in order. I'm looking at a massive overall. A massive spring clean so to speak. For example My craft room is still in the process of being done and I really need to step that up. Ikea shelves are going to be ordered this week. I'm hoping that in clearing my house out will also get rid of all the clutter in my mind. A cathartic experience.

Yes, I think More is my perfect word for this year. I am looking forward to seeing where More will take me this year.

Again wishing you a Happy New Year and hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx