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Counselling

Well hello 2021 and a chance to put a retrievingme philosophy, to be a lifelong learner, into action with a commitment to a formal Counselling course. I’ve started a Level 2 Introduction to Counselling this week and opened up the Zoom call to meet my 9 classmates and tutor with some trepidation, its a while…

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50 challenges complete

I am so glad that I had the inspiration and applied some perspiration to get all my 50 challenges done over this year.  It’s provided much amusement, mental and physical stimulation and kept me sane over a stressful period.  It has worked as a re-set for me too, to know that it makes me happy…

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Week #50 hot stones

After a year like this then who wouldn’t say yes to a relaxing massage? I’ve never experienced a hot stone massage and whilst perhaps it would have been more theatrical to end my 50 challenges with some wild, outdoor adventure experience I am content that I try this new thing and soak up some soothing…

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week #49 showstopper

I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off and as they judge the contestants in each episode on the ‘showstopper’ I thought perhaps I should do the same for my penultimate effort on my #50challenges that I’ve undertaken in 2020. My baking skills aren’t too bad but construction with biscuits and any kind of decorating…

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week #48 tree festival

An online tree festival sounds so very 2020 I couldn’t resist. This was a Woodland Trust organised event called the Tree Charter Day Festival 2020. There were speakers, debate about the future of our trees and the tree-scape of the UK, works of art and examples of communities raising awareness of the importance of trees…

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week #47 memory

This week it’s about memory. I have an item on my list of 50 challenges I created last summer to memorise all the countries of the world. Why? Just as physical exercise can make and keep your body stronger then mental challenges can support healthy brain function and lower your risk of mental decline. Secondly…

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week #46 family tree

How much do you know about your family background? On the surface of it my family seem fairly conventional, all living in England over as many generations as I know of, however digging only a couple of layers in and there are gaps and mysteries. This is the joy of technology meeting a mental workout…

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week #45 tarot cards

The strangest thing about having a tarot card reading, where my questions were around career and work, was that the outcomes and comments were so very similar to the careers coach that I consulted in week #30. Two women with empathy and intuition but marketing what they can offer in quite different ways. I found…

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week #44 trackcycle

This week’s challenge was track cycling. It was a dark and stormy night and I completed a women’s induction session at the Herne Hill’s outdoor velodrome http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/women/ and was made to feel really welcome as I worked to remember my skills on a bike. I possess a pair of ancient cycling shorts so I dusted…

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week #43 monitor stand

I had come up with a challenge to build myself a monitor stand. My lovely daughter made me a standing desk that has had a lot of use over the past months as I continue to work from home. I stand in the mornings and generally sit in the afternoon, but looking down at a…

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