IMPORTANT INFORMATION for my followers of this blog!

This is an important update for followers of My Wellbeing and Learning Journey.

After receiving an email of what it would cost next year to renew my blog on the personal plan I have it on, (unless I put a renewal in soon,) I have found the pricing will go up.
The price is a huge cost increase for a personal blog that I write just for pleasure and not for profit and so to renew the personal plan and keep my domain https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.com is just not worth it.

This blog is not a business blog and never will be, so it’s too much to pay for something I don’t earn money from. To go up to a price as it’s turned out to be is a huge increase for me, that I cannot afford, so I have cancelled my subscription. If I knew it would increase to that much, I would never have upgraded my blog in the first place and instead kept it on the free domain.

What does this mean for this blog?

Nothing straight away as of yet. You will continue to read my blog ad free. But next year, from 23rd July 2019, my blog domain https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.com expires. This means my domain will go back to the free version I had when I first started blogging, https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.wordpress.com

How will it affect you?

Any followers that followed this blog from 23rd June 2018 and onwards will be affected. I gather it will affect both  email followers and those who follow via WordPress reader. Those who have followed my blog when it was originally https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.wordpress.com will not be affected.

Please bookmark https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.wordpress.com on your computer for future reference, or whichever device you like to view my blog from, so that you can re-follow me back later, when the domain goes back to the free domain in July.

I plan to make my free domain link primary domain, in the New Year. (Way before it expires.) This will happen on 10th January 2019. So when you visit my blog, you will find it https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.wordpress.com and not https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.com

So if you followed my blog from 23rd June 2018 and want to keep following my blog after 23rd June 2019, then do make sure you re-visit and sign back up to emails, if it turns out you don’t receive updates when it has gone back to my free domain and if you are viewing my blog through WordPress reader, you can add the free domain link now to your reader, as this domain has been still available while I was using the paid version.

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A post for my readers to warn why I will be quiet

Today has been an unexpected difficult day. As I write this post from the visitor’s room on the ward I am on, in the early hours, I await for my mum to hopefully get better. I am letting you know that your comments could be late showing on my blog, as well as me replying, because of this.
There are posts planned still to air, which are already scheduled and these will still show. It’s just going to be quiet from me.

I found my mum unconscious yesterday afternoon. Thankfully I decided to call round unannounced after I could not get any response from her that morning. I wasn’t expecting to find her on her bedroom floor, unresponsive. Instead, I thought the issue was going to be her phone playing up.

She has had tests which they had results on that did not give much than possibilities to go on. One or two further tests done later, I will know tomorrow if they know anything more of those. Her breathing was supported originally and I was warned from the very beginning she wasn’t well. When they were taking her off support, because of her condition, I was basically expecting her to die, as I was told there was nothing more that could be done at that stage then to keep her comfortable. But after an hour or two off support, mum was still here and breathing and so they decided to treat her with antibiotics, in case there is an infection.

Mum definitely does not have a head injury from her fall, but she could have had a stroke, as well as the possibility of an infection. So it’s wait and see at the moment as she stays with us breathing easily hours later and through the night.

Although mum is comfortable, she is still unresponsive. I am hoping she will prove them wrong and come round.

Getting the gear to run

You know through following my posts, that I have been getting the basic gear in preparation to run. Until I run, I have upped my pace in my walking.

My running belt I ordered, I boobed on. It wasn’t quite big enough to hold what I wanted; phone in its case, my keys and inhaler. Thankfully, it didn’t cost much. But for the price, it looked good quality. It will come in handy for someone’s Christmas box next year, or it will go in a charity bag this year.
I have now ordered a Spiebelt. The large one. From watching the original be filled, this should work for me and I read somewhere last night, how someone was using one to hold the same things.

I also bought a Garmin Forerunner 30 watch for accurate distance I walk, or run. The watch alone will be enough for what I want it for, but trying it out to make sure it was ok and tracking me, I did upload to my Garmin account. I’m hesitant about uploading regular, because I was worried what internet data it would take up, with my internet being only a certain amount. Maybe someone reading this, who this uses their fitness watch everyday and uploading their content can tell me if it is known to gobble data, or not. Until then, I may just use my Garmin account every couple of months or more. I make notes that I want to keep in a journal.
The watch I have it set so it automatically stops when I do. From trying it outside for the first time walking to work, it seems to accurately track me. But when I tried it just for fun inside while working, (which at this point you are not using GPRS, because you are indoors,) I found that if my walking was at a certain slow pace, it did not monitor my walking at times. The timer was still on stop, even though I was walking. But anyway, my watch isn’t for work, it’s when I am outside to walk at a pace then at that point I was observing at work and for running.

So, using details from my watch, walking from home to work yesterday, it took me 27 minutes 14 seconds at the distance of 1.54 miles.
Coming back home on my same route, it took me 24 minutes and 56 seconds at distance of 1.55 miles.

The distance slightly varying, depending where I stood to start and end my watch from, on each occasion.

Do you run some miles, whether beginner, or been doing it for some years?

Do you use a fitness watch to monitor your walks/runs?

Have you ever done 5k?

When you was a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It wasn’t until my teens, when we are supposed to have an idea what career we might like to do, in a class at school, that we all had to take turns and say what we’d like to do. I remember thinking at the time, I don’t really know, but also the thought of speaking up and telling the whole class I hated the idea. My friend hated the idea of speaking out in class too. But then, we both had been bullied at school, so hardly surprising.
When it got to me, I said I want to be an artist, clarifying on that as in drawing and painting kind. Not a singer. It wasn’t surprising that the whole class laughed and sniggered. The teacher though, did put a stop to this, reminding the class that this was a career. It silenced them. The teacher then asked me questions. But I can’t remember what this might have been now, for blocking a lot of memories from those school days.

When I left school, although I persued it, it never came about. No support was encouraged to go into this. I went in to Youth Training, then later a job as a care assistant. My career then went into factory work. I was a packer for a bathroom manufacturer, packing from different bath panels, to toilet seats and vanity units that went round sinks, as well as cabinets that went on the wall. I loved my job, regardless the pay was crap. (It was before NMW came in.) I was there for just over 2 years.

Being young, I wanted to try other things and that’s when I went into cleaning for a short time. Then I worked at another factory, this time being fabrics. There I made up fabric swatches, but I left because I did not like the atmosphere there. I went back to the former factory, packing bathroom products as before. A lot had changed when I went back to the bathroom manufacturer place. First thing I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of work. Eventually I was made redundant and ended up being on the dole. But I did not regret going back to a factory I loved. About 3 months later from me being made redundant, the factory finished. What a shame I thought, but it was certainly managed wrong at that point, from what I learnt going back.

I then went into temporary packing work, which I hated, because the hours were not stable and there were some nasty people in there. From leaving there, that’s when I went into cleaning at the hospital all those years. Originally, the plan was temporary, but I loved working for the NHS that much, I stayed and had extra hours in a morning elsewhere, as well as overtime in the hospital. Once it went private in the department I was in, was when things started changing for the worst and then worser, that I couldn’t wait to get out.

Now cleaning for the council, a job I have loved from day one and been there over a year now. Who would have known, including myself, what career path I would have gone down.

What did you want to be as a kid, when you grew up? Did it turn out that way, or did you choose a different career?

Since the post, “the urge to run.”

Since the post, “The urge to run” I have decided to get some running gear. (You would have already known this, if you were following the comments in that post.)
I started with my trainers, thinking this would be the expensive part, but I came out of the shop smiling. It turned out not to be expensive. The trainer’s were in a sale and I thought the price I was looking at, was the sale price. But when I got to the till, further amount was knocked off! Only paid £25 for these Fila Threshold running shoes in the end. 🙂 I see they are not available online now, as I write this.
I bought these half a size bigger than I would normally wear, to allow room for my feet to spread when running. This is something I have learnt about, when it comes to running shoes.
Some recommend half a size up from your usual shoes and some say a size up. I wasn’t going a size bigger than my current shoes, as years ago, by accident when I done this, it caused problems. But I will try half a size up. Although years ago, I never had problems running in trainers that were same size as my other shoes.

Prior to buying these shoes, there was some excitement in town, as I blogged about in this post here: “An exciting time in my local town”.
After lunch, I went and bought my jogging bottoms from a local supermarket. I also bought a zipped jacket that wicks away sweat and I allowed myself one t-shirt that did the same thing. If I stick at this, I will allow myself another sports top later down the line, but until then, I will make do with some of my t-shirts.
I ordered my sports bra online and a running belt to hold my keys, small change maybe and mobile phone. I am waiting for these to arrive as I write this. Once they come, there is nothing to stop me from starting.

I do need to buy a sports cap and I will sort this out maybe this weekend, by going back to the sports shop. I will need to wear the cap especially in summer, as so I don’t get sunstroke.

In the meantime, as you know I like walking and there were times last month I really put a spurt on, to get the frustration out of my system of stress caused, which I felt the benefit from.  I have this past week, kept that pace going to work and coming back home from there and I have a personal best (PB) in that, as of yesterday. It now takes me 24 minutes to work, when it used to take me 30 minutes. I am happy with that. That walk, when I googled it, is 1.6 miles.

Blog post re-share: Let’s talk Rubbish! — Peacock Poetry

Being responsible about our rubbish is very important and this post reflects my feelings on the topic. Do take a look.

At the beginning of 2019 I decided to do my (very minuscule) bit for the environment by trying to pick up a piece of litter that I didn’t drop on a daily basis. We are also trying to use less plastic at home and use our own composter etc and although far from being eco-warriors, […]

via Let’s talk Rubbish! — Peacock Poetry

An exciting time in my local town

As I went into town today, I noticed there were several roads closed off. When I looked it up on Google, I learned that part of the town centre was closed too, due to secret filming.

I seen the last 10 minutes of action, as I arrived in the town centre of cars racing and I took a couple of pictures on my phone.
They had closed the town off from 3am to 11am for this secret filming. It went a little over in time. Not that I was bothered. I was excited in what I was witnessing. As I was watching amongst spectators, I spoke to one, to see if she knew who was filming. There was a rumour that it was the TV program called Top Gear filming and from what I seen, I was convinced this could be true.

Not long after all was finished, I seen the local Chad paper had aired it on their website. Link below. It turned out it was them. 🙂


The urge to run

Most of January, I have had the urge to run. Not run from the issues I have been sharing with you in my blog posts, but as in the urge to go jogging. This urge to jog has surprised me, because I have not done any jogging/running, since I was a teenager.

Through stresses I have had and as I shared in a post and some comments of posts on my blog as well as other blogs, I have been walking off my stress. I have felt the positive effects from that when I have. But to feel the urge to run, has come as a surprise.

Even now, I have the urge to go running. It’s not as strong as in January, but it’s still there. My mood dipping this week and so I think that’s why it’s not as strong.

Trouble is, I have no trainers, or a sports bra to keep things in place. Trainers I have not worn since my 30’s.
As I have shared in an earlier blog post, or in a comment this year, money has been difficult. I would need to draw money from my savings to get appropriate running shoes, sports bra and a couple of pairs of jogging bottoms, making do with everything else I have. As much as the urge to run, at the same time I don’t want to spend. But I know from other bloggers that run, that running does help their mental health. I know that will be true, for the effects I had when I really put some leg work in when walking around my area quicker than usual, to work the frustration I had off.

Whether I will risk and spend, I don’t know. It’s the part I am not liking right now; the parting of money.