Monthly Archives: May 2012

I won the Beautiful Blogger Award

Hi Everyone.

Although this is my beatredundancyblues blog, I could not wait to tell you that I am really pleased to have received the Beautiful Blogger Award for my quirkybooks.wordpress.com blog.  My first ever blogging award, it feels fantastic.

Dorothy Stacy from dorothystacy.wordpress.com  awarded it to me, she is a fellow writer and has some interesting posts that you may want to check out.

Apparently I should be passing this award on to 7 other people and I have been taking my time to contemplate who to give it to but as I don’t have a huge list I feel I have fallen short at concluding only 5.  I do however believe that these 5 are of good quality and are of people who I follow that take the time out of their day to blog regularly, so they very much deserve the award.  First I will tell you a few facts about myself that you may or may not know.

  1. I have 4 guineapigs that live with me in 2 indoor cages, they are called Peaches, Snuggles, Daisy and Cinnamon.
  2. I have been a presenter on Hospital Radio since 1995 and I currently present a Dreamboat show on Hospital Radio Exeter, on a Monday evening, 10pm-11pm.
  3. I have been made redundant twice during my 15 year career in retail and each time I have managed to successfully work my way back up the career ladder.  I started this blog to help others who have been made redundant, to get back into work.
  4. I have my own website called quirkybooks.net  that is currently about me and my writing but I am intending in the future to change it into an e-book shop to sell my own work.
  5. I now have an illustrator for my debut children’s picture book and hopefully it should be released as an e-book before the end of the year.
  6. I prefer to use a Mac rather than a PC, as I find it better to work with the large amount of applications I use, although I can also work on a PC.
  7. I am a student at present and I am currently studying an IAG Level 4 Diploma. (Information, Advice and Guidance.)  I got my 10 modules on the 4th of May and all work has to be completed by the 25th of June.
  8. I am going to the Coaching Academy in London on the 9th and 10th of June to get a certificate in Personal Coaching.
  9. I am currently studying Adobe Indesign at Exeter College.
  10. I am doing a self-employment course with Womens Development Unlimited to help me start up my own business.
  11. By the time I have finished all of my courses I will be launching a new website called beatredundancyblues.com that I am currently developing and I will be able to be a Redundancy and Unemployment Specialist Support Advisor, Coach and Trainer and will be able to A.C.T for you.

If you want to know anything else, just ask.

In the meantime, I have the very important honour of giving the Beautiful Blogger Award to 5 other lucky bloggers, so here goes:

  1. margekatherine.com
  2. hurtlingtowards60.wordpress.com
  3. talinorfali.wordpress.com
  4. ilovegetttingupinthemorning.wordpress.com
  5. lesleycarter.wordpress.com

If you have any recommendations as to which other 2 blogs I could give the award to, then please let me know.

Write soon.

Sandra

Do something different!

Hi everyone

When you are redundant, it can be easy to get into a rut.  Do something different to energize yourself.

  • Walk a different way into town.
  • If you usually have a bath, have a shower instead, or vice versa.
  • If you write with your right hand, then try to write with your left.
  • If you usually go to the pub to meet your friends, try meeting them in a cafe instead.
  • If you normally sit and watch TV in the evenings, then go for a walk.

It’s all about giving yourself something other than the norm to think about, to revitalise a tired routine and to see things from a different perspective.

If you enjoy walking for charity or you have never tried it before, there is no better time than when you are redundant to give it a go.

Why not take part in the first ever Discovery Trail Challenge on Saturday 28th of July 2012, in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.  www.daat.org  This will be your opportunity to walk the entire length of the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail, that is 25 miles, whilst raising money for a good cause.

The event will start between 8am and 9am and offer walkers the chance to complete one of the most varied and rewarding routes of the South West.  They are asking for a £10 donation to join the walk, which will cover all charges regarding the ferry crossing, transport at the end of the walk back to the start, refreshments at 8 points along the way, First Aid cover and a little towards the cost of administration.

For more information regarding the walk there are various contact methods as outlined below:

Cornwall Council Tamar Valley AONB, Tamar Valley Centre, Cemetery Road, Drakewalls, Gunnislake, Cornwall, PL18 9FE.

Becki Lumbis, Education and Community Resource Officer, 01822 350030, rlumbis@tamarvalley.org.uk.

www.tamarvalley.org.uk/explore/access/walking/discoverytrail.

Together we can beat redundancy blues.

Sandra Bellamy

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