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Work in 2018: What I Do; What I Have Done

For this post, I’d like to share details and thoughts around what I’ve been doing for work and employment over the past year. It’s something I don’t often talk about as I’ve rarely been someone who enjoys or looks forward to spending five-days of their week in one situation, with only two days to then rest and recover before starting again.

While I write this, I’d like to make it clear that I am not writing with any intent to discredit any of my employers or co-workers, past and present. These are merely my views and experiences of how I have reacted and felt in certain situations.

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Blue Monday

Today is known as Blue Monday. For many, it can feel like the ‘darkest’, coldest and loneliness day of any year. Little to look forward to and a reluctance to struggle on.

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Life Choices: Writing

If there’s one thing I believe I am very good at then it has to be writing. I’m not a talker and I will sometimes doubt my abilities in other fields where I can otherwise excel. But for a reason that remains unknown, I never doubt my ability to write very well, if ever imperfectly at the same time.

But how could I make a living by putting pen to paper?

Or, should that be: tapping keys infront of a computer screen?

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Life Choices: Woodwork

It should come as no surprise to many people that I have talents and abilities when it comes to working with wood. I appreciate there are still likely to be more-recent followers to this blog who aren’t aware of this site and its inception. But for my training as a carpenter and furniture maker, these skills are only fractionally utilised in what I do on a day to day basis.

Still, if I was to shift from my current role in to something different then, looking at things on paper (in particular, my CV and qualifications), it would make the most sense for me to return to one of the woodworking trades.

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Life Choices: Now

It’s not often that I will go to the effort of drafting one of my posts, especially when my writing is something that flows so naturally (and yes, I am aware that I occasionally use the incorrect word, even when it’s spelled correctly). In this instance, I began writing this over a week ago and here I am now, replacing the entire content of text with a fresh script. My thinking now is that the one post I started writing may now be better served in several shorter supplements.

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This is going to develop in to a ‘series’ of posts based on an area of my life that I am not and have never been satisfied with: what I do to pay the bills on a day-to-day basis.

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Halogen Oven Update

There’s one recent meal I’m going to write about tomorrow evening but tonight, there’s some rather sad news regarding my halogen oven that I’m going to have to inform you about…

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It’s currently on its way back to the manufacturer awaiting either a repair or replacement after inspection.

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Daylight, All Night

It was a only a few years ago when I revamped the lighting within my workshop with a series of daylight-coloured bulbs. Sources online had suggested these bulbs provide the ultimate working (artificial) light and that certainly matched my own findings. At the time, I never gave any thought to the psychological benefits a good lighting and it is only now – well, a fortnight ago – that I have decided to improve the quality illumination with my home.

Daylight-coloured bulbs match the light from outside.

 

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New Blue

Since repainting my living room in Dulux’s lemon tropics over the summer, I’ve woken up in bed most mornings with the thought of what to do about my ever-pale bedroom. Since I moved in, it’s been white and in the winter months, the room feels extra cold.

Last weekend – in fact, several weeks after buying the paint for this re-decoration (B&Q sale) – I decided to get my brush and roller out again.

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