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Giveaway Time – Two Mindfulness books up for grabs!

I have two books up for grabs, which I am going to run as two separate giveaway type competitions.

Book 1 giveaway: is this magazine, (bookazine,) for one reader. This giveaway is running due to me not realising I had already bought it earlier on, so I would like to give this one away to one lucky reader.

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This magazine, (bookazine) is called “The Mindfulness Book” and is certainly something to keep on your bookshelf and refer back to later.

Book giveaway 2: is “The Little Book of Mindfulness,” by Dr Patrizia Collard, which you will remember I did a book review about this here.

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Do you fancy entering? If so, please see how to enter below.

How to enter:

  1. This giveaway is open to anyone, regardless of where you live.
  2. Email me, to liz.myjourney@gmail.com, leaving just your first and last name at this point and stating in the email you are entering for the Mindfulness books giveaway, so I know.
  3. This giveaway I will keep open until 28th August 2017, at 9am UK time. I will then put all names into a bag and draw out two people, if they are sufficient entries. (So do come back to this post, which I will pin to the top of my blog page and I will keep you updated there, at the end of this post.)
  4. When the names have been drawn sometime that day, (if there are sufficient entries,) I will then contact the winners, which then at that point I will need to know where you would like me to post your giveaway. You will have 2 days to respond back, otherwise I will draw out another name.
  5. Once there are official winners, this will be announced in this original post and kept to the top of the blog for following two weeks.
  6. Details given are only for the use of this giveaway and not shared to anyone else. Details will not be kept once the giveaway has ended.

Good luck to those who take part.

I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award

This is not the first time I have been nominated for this award, as I was nominated last year. If you would like to see that post, you will find it here.

This year, I have been nominated by Carol, over at https://therapybits.com 

1. Write about how and why you started blogging.

This blog started because I needed to write for therapeutic reasons, which it still helps me for that same reason at times and acts as a release for whatever is inside. But it also gives awareness and I have met like-minded bloggers through this blog, so I never feel alone and that same I hope you don’t feel alone when you read what I share. My blog has also grown, which shows I have as I share new challenges, or learn new things.

2. Mention the person who nominated you and write a short description about them.

As I mentioned before, Carol, at “Therapy Bits” nominated me for this award, which you will find her blog over at the link shared above.
When you visit to read Carol’s blog you will learn about dissociative identity disorder (DID), PSTD and she shares sometimes her therapy sessions, as well as other parts of her life.

3. Choose 15 other bloggers for nomination, for this award.

I am not going to list 15 other bloggers for this award as I find not many really join in, so I will keep this open and if you are reading this post and have never been awarded before, then please feel free to feel nominated. Should you wish to join in, then don’t forget to tag this post so I can come and see your post.

4. Write two different pieces of advice for new bloggers.

Just be yourself, as this will reflect across in your blog and write what you are interested or passionate about, as this will keep encouraging you write something on your blog. Don’t forget to visit other blogs that interest you and leave comments there, as well as replying back to your own visitors.

5. Let the people you have nominated know about you nominating them and send a link to your blog post.

See number 3, for who I nominated.

My pet sitting course in a bit more detail

My course assignment and preparing my necessary folders

As you know, my latest studying I will be doing over the coming months is, “Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Course,” with Stonebridge College. I thought I’d talk about my course a little bit more in its own post, although I’m sure I will share my study experience in some way as I progress through this course in the coming months.
This course has 13 assignments and a final examination at the end.

My course contents:

Assignment one: Safety, Health and Hygiene
Assignment two: Getting Started Running Your Pet Care Business
Assignment three: Pet Sitting Basics
Assignment four: Pre-Service Visit
Assignment five: Dog Walking
Assignment six: First Aid
Assignment eight: Dogs and Cats
Assignment nine: Birds
Assignment ten: Fish
Assignment eleven: Reptiles
Assignment twelve: Hamsters, Gerbils, Rats and Mice
Assignment thirteen: Rabbits and Guinea pigs

Final Examination

There will be certificates at the end; a diploma from Stonebridge College and a level 4 certificate from ABC. (I previously said Level 3 in a comment on a post, but now corrected as it is level 4 due to reading my notes wrong about this course and another I plan to do later.)

Like my courses I have done elsewhere, you receive the first two assignments and question paper for the first assignment. When you have posted off your first assignment, you read the second one. When your first assignment is marked and you receive feedback on it, they also include question paper for assignment two and assignment three booklet and this is how it continues through the course so you can continue working while the previous is being marked and awaiting for results of that one and next question paper.

For my course, it is recommended I build up my own scrapbook, hence another folder in my photo. This is so I can paste cuttings discovered from my readings and keep building it as my knowledge and interest grows, creating a new set of data.

I hope you have enjoyed knowing a bit more about my new course and thank you for showing interest.

More can be found here about this course, which will take you to Stonebridge College.

The path could change

I am enjoying the different learning experiences I have had this year, from mental health courses to driving. I look forward to taking my theory test soon, so I can inform my new instructor of a new driving school the outcome and then also what I choose to do as I learn in an automatic car. This plan still staying the same; I want to do ‘Pass Express’ with them, as I know being in a car more than once a week will be so much better.
I am also starting a new course to learn new things about running a pet-sitting business, but this path could change. Yes, I know I would still like to do this, but giving a date to when I start I cannot give yet as passing my driving test is coming first over any thing and I want to complete my pet sitting course too, because of any new things I may learn from it. I want to be prepared the best I can. But this path could change.
Why? you ask. A few things possibly.
It depends how long to me passing my driving test, then also how long this course could take me. I expect that it could take me till Christmas to finish this, which if that is the case, then my pet sitting business will be on hold till next year. But depending on the work I put into this course, I may find it could be next year before I finish. I certainly don’t want to rush this course and I want to enjoy it, regardless I want to do something different that gives me something to look forward to in my life. But also, when I do buy a car next year, which the plan is to start looking from next May hopefully, then when I have a car, it will open new doors I am hoping and I may look further afield to live and work, so hence my path could change.
The next question you will probably be thinking then is, will won’t you be wasting money on this course if you don’t pursue your dream?
Well no, because I will still enjoy the learning experience and this experience will always be there to start this dream elsewhere if I wanted. I feel I just have options to play with and so my eyes will be looking and I will be doing some thinking with whatever may catch my eye while I learn with this pet-sitting course. If there was a chance I could live somewhere new, with a job to afford to live there and see me do, then I would move there. The pet sitting idea could then be started there, if that was what I wanted to still pursue.

A healthier crumble

I played about with a healthier crumble, using what I already had in my cupboards. This is not a sweet crumble, as it is just the fruit giving the sweetness, hence it being healthier, so if you are a sweet tooth it may seem strange. But you could add a teaspoon of granulated sugar, if you wanted. Next time, I will leave out the salt, with me always preferring to avoid. I can’t see it making any difference to taste.

1 and a half cups of wholemeal flour
half a cup of butter or margarine
1 cup of rolled oats
quarter of a teaspoon of salt

Method:

  1. Mix flour and butter together with your fingers until its breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the oats and salt and stir.
  3. Then spoon over your choice of fruit and bake in the oven 180C, for 25 to 30 minutes.

I did apple and blueberry crumble and had mine with cream, after this photo was taken. It was yummy. 🙂

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Blog post share: Solo Travel

I loved reading this post, when I discovered it today and this post had a lot of meaning and values too.

Turn The Page

If you can’t be by yourself and do things that truly make you happy. Then you shouldn’t enter any relationship with another person because they shouldn’t complete you they should just compliment you.

One way you can truly find what you want in life is by travelling and exploring a new place by yourself. When you explore a place or culture on your own you develop your own idea’s and opinions. Not having other peoples opinions that put a cloud over you forming your own ideas which can help you understand what you want from your life. When I travel by myself is when I can fully immerse myself in the new surroundings and experience what is happening around me. New surroundings means new experiences and I can learn and grow while understanding what I like and dislike. Solo travel allows you the opportunity to do what you want and…

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3 years today…

Today, I seen on my Facebook timeline a post I had written here that I thought I would re-share. It is 3 years today, when I decided I wasn’t drinking any more alcohol. Yes, I have felt at times I have fancied a drink, (for the wrong reasons,) but I have not touched. The urges are not strong as they were and I still feel this was the best decision for me to not drink again.
For those that are new to my blog and may not have seen my post that explained why I chose to stop, then this post you will find here.