My Last Job

Yes that is correct, I am about to start my very last job and I wanted to take a moment to explain how I am in this position.

I am 28 years old, 28 and preparing to finish work forever. I have not won the lottery and I don’t have a partner willing to work all hours to support me. I am able to give up work completely because of a decision I made back in September last year (2014).

To really explain what led to that decision I want to take you back to June 2013. After almost 8 years working in the cleaning industry I decided I wanted a change. I applied for hundreds of admin based roles and eventually I was offered the position of Clerical Assistant at a local University. Everything was great for a while but gradually my health got worse and in May 2014 I decided to quit my full-time job to enable me to recover.

When I started feeling able to return to work, I found the opportunities were pretty thin on the ground. I applied, I had interviews but nothing came of it. I was starting to get pretty desperate and I didn’t know what to do.

Then, in September 2014 whilst wasting some of my valuable time on Facebook, I saw a post from an old friend of mine about some new products she had been using and she was talking about how amazing the health benefits were. I ‘liked’ her post and thought no more of it. She soon sent me a message asking if I was interested in knowing more about the products. I thought to myself ‘you may as well, if they help you feel better then why not?’.

A friend of hers called round to my flat to allow me to sample these products for three days for free…who can resist a freebie eh? I was sceptical, I didn’t really believe that drinking some gel and using some creams would help me feel better but I thought I should at least give them a try.

After three days I was convinced. These products were actually as amazing as they sounded. Not only did I look like I was taking care of myself but I genuinely felt it too. I had more energy, my pain was subsiding and I was noticing a huge difference in my mood. I was wanting to buy almost every product that I had sampled and was keen to get them as soon as possible. When this friend called back to collect her products, we talked for hours about them. I just couldn’t praise them enough. She briefly mentioned the business opportunity associated with the products and though that wasn’t what I was looking for I instantly knew what to do.

Within a matter of days, I signed up to be a distributor of these products. Not only did that mean I was now working my own business but as a distributor I was offered a generous discount on any products I purchase.

That decision is the one that has changed my life for good.

Yes, since I started my new business, I have also taken on employment from other sources (a business doesn’t grow overnight after-all), but now, I am ready to never have to worry about finding and keeping a job ever again. Now, I can look forward to my future, working from home, as and when I want to, and earning as much money as I put the effort in to earn. It’s simply amazing. But, if I was told this was possible this time last year, I would have laughed and rejected the idea.

I can’t quite believe how my life has turned around, all I know is that if you, yes you reading this, want to change your life and give yourself that freedom, there really is nothing to lose.

If you would like some more information on my business and how I can help you to achieve your goals, please email me: jaimieewen@outlook.com

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Stoptober

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OK, here we go again. The month of October is now synonymous with stopping smoking. I see it everywhere I go, in every magazine I look at, every time I turn on the TV.

This year, we have a bunch of celebs trying to make it easier to quit. It isn’t.

I signed up to Stoptober a few weeks ago, received the Quit Kit, and I am all good to go. But…I am not ready to give up smoking just yet. I don’t feel the time is right for me to even try. I have smoked for over half my life and I can’t remember what it is like to not smoke.

I get up in the morning and enjoy a cigarette with my coffee. I enjoy relaxing with a cigarette and taking those 5 minutes for myself that I often desperately need. So quitting smoking is never going to be easy for me. I actually like it. Yes, before you even think it I know of all the health risks, the financial implications etc etc. That doesn’t take away from the fact that I like smoking.

So, instead of attempting and failing to quit during Stoptober I am going to aim to cut my cigarettes down to 10 per day. (Currently I smoke between 20-40). My theory is, if I can cut down to 10 per day, when I am ready to quit for good, it will be far easier to achieve than going from 40-0.

Of course, you can always give Stoptober a go for yourself, just click here to register. Good luck 🙂

What Are You Waiting For?

Life isn’t just there to get through. Life isn’t all about doing the same as everyone else, keeping your head down and working 9-5. Life is there for you to live it, to change it, to make it yours and to make it unforgettable. 

It’s a Monday morning in September, the weather isn’t great and I really didn’t sleep too well last night. But, I am loving my life. Why? Because it is mine, I am moulding my life to be exactly the way I want it to be. I am sitting here, in my pyjamas, drinking coffee and ‘working’. (I say ‘working’ as it really doesn’t feel like that is what I do). My office is my dining room, my hours are whenever I want, my pay is up to me to decide, my holidays are flexible and I never need to ask permission!

I am sitting here now telling you all about this as I want to share my experiences along the way. I want each and every one of you to sit up and realise that the traditional 9-5 or shift work style is on its way out. We have the chance to change how we view our working lives. We have the chance to change how we earn, how we relax, how we live.

When I first heard of this opportunity I was incredibly sceptical about it. I had heard of things like this before along with comments such as ‘Oh it must be a scam’, ‘There is no way you can earn money that way’, ‘Go and get a REAL job!!’. So, needless to say, I didn’t think that I would ever get involved with anything linked to Network Marketing. It just wasn’t me. But, I decided to take a chance, learn more about the company and lay my negativity to one side, just for a few moments. I listened to presentations, read the brochures, Googled the LIFE out of the subject, talked to others doing the same thing and then…..”I’m in, I am doing this, sign me up NOW!!”. Yeah, I was surprised at myself for that one.

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So, a bit about the company…..

I run my company under the umbrella of Forever Living. Forever have been around for 36 years and have a worldwide turnover of 2.6 billion. In over 155 countries they are the worlds largest grower of Aloe Vera. The most interesting thing about this company, and to me, the most important, is that they are run by one family – the same family that started this company, are the same family in charge today.  The company grows every year, they have never had dips in profit and are completely debt-free.

And their products…..

Forever have a wide rang of products that include weight management, personal and animal care, beauty and life balance. Their products can be used by men, women, children and pets so there is a large customer base out there!

What I do……(briefly)

OK, so if you are still with me at this point (thank you) I will now tell you how you can achieve the same lifestyle as thousands of other people.

I talk, I network, I buy, I sell, I get the word out, and I keep it going. I write, I read, I learn and most importantly I love it! I love every day on this journey because the opportunities are endless, the income is in my control, my life is mine to make!

All of this was only a couple of weeks ago, so I am new, still learning and by no means an expert! But in the few short weeks, my life has already been transformed. I wake up smiling, knowing that today, if I want to lie in, I can. I know that I am choosing what work I do and when, I can go out, meet people, get talking and sharing this opportunity.

This business is open to anyone, there are no limits on who can do this. That is the real beauty of this business.

So, if you want to know more about how you can take control of your own life, please just get in touch. You can leave a comment and I will get back to you or find me on any of the following:

Facebook:  That Aloe Thing

Twitter: @thataloething

Email: thataloething@gmail.com

After all – What are you waiting for?

The Spoonie Life

If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘Spoonie’ take a look here. A ‘Spoonie’ is someone, like me, who can identify with the Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino.

Being a Spoonie has been a life changing thing for me. I only heard about The Spoon Theory a few months back but I was amazed at how it related so perfectly to my life and the situation I have found myself in.

It was in March 2013 that I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. To get this diagnosis was both frightening and a relief. I have suffered with the symptoms for over 10 years and there seemed to be no help out there for me. When I finally got a diagnosis, a name to what was wrong, it at least felt like a step in the right direction. Now I might just be able to get some help and get my symptoms under control.

My GP has tried me on so many different medications, none of which have worked at all. I have had sleepers, uppers, downers, painkillers, anti-epilepsy and anti-psychotic drugs. Nothing has even touched my symptoms. Alongside the usual head to toe pain and the extreme fatigue I also get chronic migraines (which have meant I have had to go into hospital for treatment), depression and anxiety, I also have sleep apnoea and I don’t think I have had a good nights sleep in over ten years.

So not much to deal with then.

As my GP has so far been unable to help me to deal with any of my health issues, I sought out my own help. Taking to the internet, I looked for anything that might help, a new drug, a therapy, even a quote that may just make me feel better. Then, I came across the Spoon Theory. I read this over and over again, amazed at what I had found. It has given me the chance to show people what I feel like, to explain to them what it is like being me. It has also shown me a great way of coping with my symptoms and my health issues. I simply work out what needs doing that day, assign the Spoons needed and ensure I stick to them.  You can’t buy or replace your Spoons so you have to be strict.

It is really working. I can’t wait to see how much I can gain from doing this but I am sure that it is better than waiting around for a miracle!

 

I have also just set up a Facebook group for those living with health issues who can identify with The Spoon Theory – find it here.

 

Three Meals Per Day For Under £3

That is my new challenge.

I see so many people taking supplements, juices, powders, pills and shakes in an effort to lose some weight. But why?

Have they ever stopped to consider what will happen if they stop using the products? It’s a well known fact that a well known brand have designed their products so that when you stop using them, all the weight is regained, quickly.

A friend of mine, considering starting up one of these ‘fad’ plans, tried to convince me that it’s great that you can get 2 meals per day for approx. £3. I say, you can get 3 healthy meals per day for £3 or under. So that is what I am about to do.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am ALWAYS trying to lose weight. But when I do lose the weight, I want it to be because I have made genuine changes to my lifestyle, genuine and sustainable!

 

So, here goes….3 meals for £3….bring it on!

The Power of Positivity

Can a positive mind really have an effect on your life?

I’ve always been a bit sceptical about this one. Life is life after all and I am no magician. How can my thoughts influence my life? But recently I took some time out to really figure things out. I took a good hard look at my life and decided to think more positively, it can’t hurt, right?

It started by reading a blog written by a woman (Holly) who I happened to grow up with.  She has written some really inspirational posts on her page The Geordie Hippy – check it out!.

After reading one of her posts – Oh the traffics been bad…. I was inspired to start using the tips she gives to improve my everyday life. I’ll admit, I am one of those negative, self-criticising people. I love to have a go at myself and moaning is my hobby. It has took a while to see, but this is not a healthy approach to life.

My favourite out of the five tips has to be Number 1.  “When you are asked how you are, say (without hesitation) I’m good thank you, how are you? If you’re not good say ” life is a challenge right now and I’m working on some stuff, but I’m on the right track” neither a lie, just a more optimistic response

I am never honest when asked “How are you?”. Never. If I am feeling lousy, ill, stressed or upset I answer “Good thanks, you?”, but then if I feel amazing, happy, confident I answer “Not bad thanks, you?”.

I seem to have this fear of owning my own feelings.

Why, when I am feeling so happy and positive do I turn it into a negative? Why do I not want to share my positivity with those around me?

I think it is because I am worried what others might think about me being so happy (I know that sounds deluded). I worry that other people will hate me for my happiness so instead, I pretend to be merely OK to please them.

I have had my fair share of negative situations in my life, I have dealt with a significant amount of hurt, upset, anger, trauma, depression.

 

I have been looking back on all of these events in my life and wondering, if I had put a positive spin on them, would the end result still be the same? In some situations yes, it would be. You can’t change what is happening to a certain degree – but you can change how you feel about it, and how it affects your life.  But, for some of these, if I had thought more positively, I definitely think I would have coped better and been able to get more out of myself.

I can tell this is going to be a lengthy process. Bit by bit I am working through the pieces of my life and trying to think positively about each of them.

I will continue looking for inspiration wherever I may find it.  I can only hope that one day I am a positive person and others are too.

With a bit more positive thinking, our lives could be changed.

 

 

 

Dear Me

Dear Past Me,

You were so stupid, how could you be that dumb???

Dear Present Me,

You are still stupid, though not as stupid as you were.

Dear Future Me,

Don’t be stupid!

I’ll admit it – I stole that. I read it on Google images or most likely Facebook and I loved it so much I stole it!

It really got me thinking though. If you could go back and speak to ‘Past You’ what would you say?

Mine would be fairly similar to the above with some added extras, along the lines of:

Dear Past Me,

You were so stupid, and ignorant, and immature. Why did you put up with that? How can you not see what you are doing to yourself, you absolute moron!!!

Imagine if we could talk to our future selves, would we want to know what life had in store for us? I’m not sure I would. Even though I regularly stress about my future and always wonder if it will all be ok, would I really want to know?

Would you?

We All Have Secrets

 

I am usually a fairly reserved person, not even my partner or closest friends can say they know all about me. I like to keep certain things close to my chest. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in honesty and trust in relationships, friendships, life. But nobody is being 100% honest all of the time. Each of us is holding a secret within us, be it that they secretly love the Cheeky Girls, they have never had sex or they are a killer. Everyone has something to hide. this can be for a wide range of reasons.

My main reason for keeping part of my life secret is that it is the only thing I own that nobody knows about, nobody can judge me for it, nobody can steal it. I heard a quote recently though admittedly I can’t remember where “To have a secret is to be its master, to admit the secret is to be its slave”. I like that, a lot. I enjoy being the master of my secret. Only I can choose if and when to reveal it. 

When I do, I will forever be its slave, the secret will be out, as fact, and it will rule me as I once ruled it. And that…I am not ready for that.

 

Heartbeat: Sex Drive

Brilliant post…..read for yourself and see, definitely worth a go 🙂

The Fickle Heartbeat

Heartbeat Sex Drive

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I am a 22 year old woman, (sounds weird to call myself a woman as I certainly don’t feel like one) and I have a boyfriend.  And that’s pretty much all you need to know for now.  I’m just going to blabber on about my sex life for a while, (weirdly personal, I know) and if you feel like this might be interesting to you then please be my guest and read on.  Otherwise keep browsing!

So, at the beginning of my relationship, that is to say the first couple months, I could be found complaining about my vagina hurting.  The reason being not because I was plagued with spattergoit, (Harry Potter reference) but because of all the sex I was having…

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