Archive for September, 2013

Up, Up and…….. Up (aka week 38)

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , on 22 September 2013 by misselisabethuk

I wanted to share with you a little of the excitement of my week (week 38), being that it’s been a ‘special’ birthday week for me and therefore a time to celebrate, commiserate, fly caution to the wind and also for some reflection.

So what have I been up to, well… it has certainly been a week for going up in the world… Let me explain….

Wednesday I flew to Scotland on a business trip, which went really well (this was the first up of the week).  I was a little worried that the weather might affect the flight but it actually went without hitch.  The flight although a little turbulent in places was to time and when we landed in Edinburgh the sun was bright and it was actually pretty warm.

Thursday was not such a great day the sun had turned to rain and the day was dull and wet, but I was either in meetings or in a taxi so I was not really affected by the dampness of the day.  With all business done I was back on the plane (the second up of the week) to London, on which I slept for the most of the journey as it had been a long day.

Saturday was celebration day, all the hard work had been done for the week and a day of pampering had been had the day before (nails and hair cut).  Among the other celebrations, this is when the final ‘up’ came this week….. at The Shard. To satisfy my penchant for buildings and architecture, here are a couple of pictures I took on level 72:

Shard architecture 1 Looking up to the sky….

Shard Architecture 2

Although a little misty the rain stayed away.

It was a really enjoyable week and I hope that many more will follow.

Hope you had a great week too!


Oh wooh wooh six pack….

Posted in Time for Change, Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , on 14 September 2013 by misselisabethuk

Ok so the exercise plan is not going so well…

The last two weeks have been soooo busy at work, time constraints have meant that the exercise plan has gone on the back burner.

The plan, however, is still alive and normal service will resume…  In the meantime I will leave you with the following thought:

The Shard

Some say the sky’s the limit, I say it’s just the beginning of the journey!

As I sit here and think…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , on 7 September 2013 by misselisabethuk

…..Week 36 has been a tough one.  And when I say tough I mean tough purely in a work context, with very challenging deadlines.

The result of this challenging week is a weekend feeling rather tired and if I’m honest a little down.  Energy levels are low and any inclination to do anything today has been severely compromised.

And so to a quote from the film Mary Poppins (1964), one of my favourite films:

Bert: Well it’s about me granddad, see, one night he has a nightmare. He was so scared, he chewed his pillow to bits. Bits. In the morning, I says, “How you feel, Granddad?” He says, “Oh, not bad. A little down in the mouth.”

I enjoy having moments of quiet contemplation, sitting and just thinking (and I am a great thinker – not of great thoughts, well maybe I have the odd one, but of thinking, a lot).  It helps to reflect on and appreciate personal growth, which passed you by whilst you were experiencing it.

So what do I think I have learnt about myself this week?   That I need to be:

– less absorbed in work at times and enjoy what’s going on around me, and
– be firmer about what I want and how I want it.

I have found that it’s important to have your own opinion (which is different from being opinionated), that you need to drive your own personal goals (which are separate from any Company’s), networking is one of your keys to success and it is unlikely you will get all the experience you need from one place so look out for volunteering opportunities which add to your skill set and get involved in projects which provide diversified and varied experiences.

Your long-term goal will be made up of lots of short-term goals – stepping-stones to the end game.  Some of those short-term goals will be hard to achieve and some you won’t enjoy doing, but once each one is complete it’s on to the next goal and a step closer to your ultimate goal.

Here’s to short-term goals and their significance in reaching the end game, to quiet contemplation and reflection and also to having a laugh from time to time (life would be very boring otherwise).

Until next time I leave you with another quote from the film Mary Poppins (1964), which compares an office to a cage (not much has changed since 1964):

Bert: They makes cages in all sizes and shapes, you know. Bank-shaped, some of ’em,

A blast from the past…

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , , , on 1 September 2013 by misselisabethuk

Whilst going through my photos today I came across a very old photo from when I was about 18(?!).

I was doing some photography work for a local amateur photographer, who suggested I went in for a beauty contest to get some exposure from other photographers.  Well I did it.

There were two heats; evening dress and swim wear.

Beauty Contest c1991

My one and only beauty contest…


True enough there were plenty of photographers to pose for and smile at.  Some of the pics are bound to be floating around on the web somewhere but then it was a while ago and probably pre mass-internet.

I still have that dress too, not sure I should be owning up to that?!

It fits, just 🙂



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