Motivational Monday, 31 August


I think most of us would either work in a team or manage a team of people, and sometimes the hardest thing can be to try and motivate them and inspire them to be the best they can be. Some people may take the stance of “well if I can do it, so can they” and sure they probably can, but how they achieve it is different, and generally someone flashing their successes in your face doesn’t help with your own motivation!

What I have found to work well is to show them how great they are, and build on that each time you give them another task. It will differ depending on the person, where as one might only complete a small task and feel pretty darn great about it, another might carry out a 6 month long project. But that doesn’t mean to that individual person, that the achievement wasn’t something special.

By showing them how amazing they are, I don’t mean that to be a “job well done” followed by a pat on the back, I mean actually showing them, they will continue to be inspired and achieve great things. For example, a staff member created a new report for clients which provided 100 new data points and allowed them to do more in depth analysis, but not only that, managed to automate a lot of it which halved the time it took to generate reports for clients. It’s those kinds of tangible results that show them they are amazing, and that’s the kind of feedback I like providing to my team.

Friday Favourites, 28 August

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! I have had a jam packed week with work; we had a conference on for most of the week which has meant late nights with evening functions catching up with clients and other staff from the company.

The conference. Though the conference was for most of the week I only got to sit in on a couple of sessions, the rest of it was working on my normal work and catching up with clients, but what I did sit in on was great, there’s some really amazing stuff that the company is working on and the clients were really intrigued by it.

Seeing clients. It’s not often that I get to see clients face to face, conferences like these are maybe once a year, and we work with some really amazing clients so it’s always great to see them face to face and especially be able to socialise with them and not just talk shop all the time.

50’s themed dinner. Tuesday night in particular was pretty special. The company put on an official conference dinner which was a 50s theme and they really went all out. There was a 50s band with some 50s dancers, a photo booth, a pinball machine, one of those hammer strength test things, even the decorations down to the straws were 50s, it was pretty cool!

Hanging out with work buddies. There are a couple of people I work with that are based overseas, and one in particular that I met in the flesh for the first time this week, and that’s one of the things I really love about these conferences. One of the guys even had his partner come over, so we did a bit of an intimate catch up with partners last night and got to socialise a bit more outside of work which was so great.

Downtime at home. The whole week has been busy and tonight is the first night that I’ve had to just relax at home, as amazing as that has been, it seems equally as amazing to be having a night at home. So I’ve got some chocolate and chips and I’m just going to binge watch TV and not move for a while!

I hope everyone else has had a great week, let me know in the comments below what the highlights of your week were!

Talk soon,


Throwback Thursday, 27 August


It surprises me sometimes how some young people don’t know what old phones looked like, or even that maybe they used to have a cable from the phone to the receiver, or that you used to have to be transferred through an operator. So today for Throwback Thursday I thought I’d have a look at how phones have evolved up until the first mobile phone and then next week I’ll continue that train of thought and take a look at the evolution of mobile phones.

Many people have probably heard of Alexander Graham Bell right, the guy who supposedly invented the telephone? But did he really? Not necessarily. Bell was just the first person to patent the idea of a telephone and so is widely known and associated with the telephone. Between 1854 and 1876 several people had been designing telephones, like Antonio Meucci created a telephone like device, while Johann Philipp Reis actually made a prototype! Yeah yeah, that’s all great, but what did they look like?

1870s – the first telephone looked something like this…hardly even recognisable as a telephone is it?


1880s – this is a Gower Bell telephone, it replaced the Morse Telegraph


1890s – starting to look a bit more recognisable as what we know as a telephone


1900s – a slightly different design but still kinda looks like a telephone


Ok I’m going to skip ahead a bit here before we hit the scroll of death with so many pictures in this post! Let’s see what are the highlights between 1900 and now…

1960s – we had the rotary phone. Who remembers those? It’s a bit before my time but that was one of the first phones I remember using when I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s.


1970s – so I think this phone was actually on the cusp of the 1970s and 1980s with its fancy push buttons, how cool lol, then shortly after that they morphed into the cordless handsets that we know today…if anyone has house phones these days which I don’t!


1980s – the first mobile phone was released in 1984 and it looks like a giant beast of a thing!


I was going to continue on up until now, 2015 but as I hit the 1980s I realised that there is a huge amount of change in such a short amount of time, especially with the introduction of mobile phones. So I think that already gives me an idea for next week… I’ll take a look at the evolution of mobile phones, stay tuned!

Take care,


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Motivational Monday, 24 August

I have been pole dancing for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it. Actually the reason I go to the gym is so I can get stronger and do more and more pole tricks! Otherwise you probably wouldn’t find me anywhere near a gym. I’ve never really enjoyed “exercising” or “going to the gym”, so when I found pole dancing and it was something that was so much fun and I always felt like I accomplished something, I stuck to it. But now I just happen to be at a point where I’ve built as much strength as I can with just my weight and now need the gym to build on that.

So my motivational post for today is one about the whole stripper stereotype that is sometimes associated with pole dancers. I don’t see so much of it now, but this is my take home message to those guys who make those kinds of innuendos, and ladies, feel free to join me if you want to feel strong and confident in your body’s ability to move!

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Friday Favourites, 21 August

Another Friday means another weekend is here which is always something to be happy about. Although sometimes it does feel like the year is slipping by far to quickly! And sometimes that quick passage of time makes it hard to remember all the good things that have happened during a week, but here goes my attempt.

My 30th birthday. Hasn’t happened yet but I’ve started planning it and have already booked a location for it which is pretty exciting. I’ve also sent save the date messages to friends and family to try and gather postal addresses for when I have the invites ready.

Uni work. It has been amazing to have a light workload topic for a change, particularly with everything that has been happening with the house. This week I was able to get everything I needed done on Monday and Tuesday so I’ve been free to relax all week. During the weekend though I’ll do a bit of pre-study for the week ahead but otherwise, I am enjoying only having a small workload.

Sharing the driving. I might have mentioned this one before but with us living so far away from work now, we have started sharing the drive to work which has made it easier to adjust to. It’s a trip that I used to do when I lived around here a couple of years ago, but it’s nice not to have to do all the driving myself!

Sore muscles. Ok so this is a weird one to be happy about I know, but the reason I’m happy about having sore muscles is because it’s a reminder that I beat my personal best for pushups this week. I did 11 proper pushups, woohoo!

Haigh’s Chocolates. It’s Friday night so I’m unwinding with some Haigh’s Chocolatey goodness! Not so great for my figure but damn it’s delicious!

How has your week been? Leave a comment below and let me know what your highlights of the week were.

Talk soon,


Throwback Thursday, 20 August

I’m a bit sore from being at the gym tonight and so it inspired me to look up some old workout videos from the 1980s. Like this one for instance….

I’m sure there are still loads of these kinds of workouts that you can get on DVD, or even if you wanted to look on YouTube like I did, there’s tonnes of them all full length!

It brings back so many memories though that old video. Waking up early on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons, only to find that Mum has hijacked the TV to do her Jane Fonda workout. Not to mention the workout clothes from the 80s! Wowser, high waisted undies over the top of tights, no thank you. Mind you I say that, but then what I wear for pole dancing isn’t much different lol.

The outfits were as colourful then as they can be now, which I personally find the be a good thing. I mean, sometimes when I’m feeling a bit gross anyway because I’m sweating so much, but there’s something about wearing pretty clothes – pretty clothes that you’re meant to get sweat soaked! – that makes a workout a bit easier to do.

Out of curiosity I decided to Google a few pictures to see how gym fashion has changed since the 1980s, and here are some pictures:


1908s fashion image


1990s gym wear image

2000s – Looking almost exactly like what’s worn now

2000s gym wear image


2010s gym wear image

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Motivational Monday, 17 August

Well hello, hasn’t it been a heck of a long time since I did a Motivational Monday post! I feel so bad, it’s right at the beginning of the work week and I get so distracted by actually surviving Monday-itis and relaxing for the night that I completely forget to write a post. I’ve set a reminder in my phone, for all of my timed blogs actually, so fingers crossed I keep on top of them now.

In thinking about Monday-itis and how to overcome it, here are some words about it. I don’t speak French so I’m not sure how correct the translation is, but it sure makes Monday sound a whole lot better!

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