Friday, 26 September 2014

Day Dreaming

OK so this is a bit far fetched but I've been looking at properties to buy. Obviously I can't afford one now, as I said a few posts ago I only work in catering so money isn't exactly plentiful. Hopefully some time in the future it will be on the cards. 
I don't really enjoy living in Birmingham anymore so have been thinking about my other options. London popped into my head and although it's lovely for a visit I don't think I could live there. I think it would feel like Birmingham but bigger and with more people. That's not the way I want to live anymore. What I really want is to be surrounded by lots of nature as I really miss it. 
I used to live in Cannock which is famous for it's beautiful countryside. I enjoyed nothing better than getting lost around Cannock Chase. I couldn't move back there though as it's an old part of my life and I think it would be like taking ten giant leaps backwards. 

Whilst looking for properties to see the kind of things on offer I found the Strutt & Parker website. I managed to find lots of property for sale in Devon. I have some family there and it's a beautiful place so I think I would like to start a new phase of my life there. Imagine waking up on a sunny Summer Sunday and going down the beach for a walk, or even taking a barbecue there for an after work munch. The thought of it makes me smile for ear to ear.

As I said I'm only in the daydreaming phase at the minute but I can see it all coming together.

Have you ever turned a daydream into reality?

London Calling

It's my friend Amy's birthday coming up so I'm heading to London for a few days to celebrate with her. We've decided to spend the Wednesday at the London Designer Outlet. I've heard great things about the place and Amy said it's the best place to get designer clothing in the UK. There's a huge selection of shops as well as food outlets and even a cinema.
The restaurants and cinema are open until late so we have a whole day to fill first. First port of call will have to be 'Bjorn Borg'. It's my boyfriends birthday coming up so I want to surprise him and at the same time treat myself to some new underwear as well a weekend away somewhere nice. 
Then onto food - my favourite bit! 
I'm really looking forward to going to 'Handmade Burger' for a vegetarian Sweet Potato and Bean burger and a massive helping of Peri Peri chips.  
Then onto the cinema with a full belly but still enough room for a massive box of popcorn! There's 9 screens to choose from so I'm sure we can choose a film when we get there. Failing that I wouldn't mind seeing 'A Walk Among The Tombstones'.

Dependent on what time the film finishes we might head out for a drink or two afterwards. All in all I'm really looking forward to spending time with Amy and getting away from Birmingham for a bit.

Does anyone have any other recommendations for when we're there? 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Job Hunting

I'm currently in the middle of job hunting. Lets face it - when am I not searching for a new job. I'm feeling a little stuck with what I'm doing now. I work in catering and it's all I've done for the past 10 years. It's getting really boring and I feel like I'm going round in circles, it's just the same thing every day. I really need a change but as much as I would love a new job there's several things holding me back. The main thing is the fact I have to rely on public transport. The buses are OK by me and they start pretty early however as I live so far from town I would have to set out a lot earlier than I really want to or even earlier than I should have to. The only way round this is to start taking driving lessons. I think this might take a while but it's the only way I'll be able to move on in my work life. 
Another bonus of starting to drive is that once I've been driving for a long time I can then start applying for a job in transport. My friend Amy suggested I take a look at the City Calling website to get an idea of what type of job I can go for. They have lots to choose from including delivery jobs at Argos and even pharmacy drivers. I know these jobs would be tiring but at least I could listen to my music whilst going from place to place. 
This isn't all I want to do in my job life, I haven't really decided what I want to do yet but I think a driving job would fill the gap whilst I figure out my permanent plans. 

Do any of you work in the transport sector and if you do how do you find it? 

Monday, 22 September 2014

My Favourite Crystals

A few of my beauties
Crystals have been used by tribes all over the world for many years for their therapeutic and healing properties. For example Baltic Amber amulets can be traced as far back as 30,000 years ago. Each different type of crystal has a unique structure which causes it to resonate at a certain frequency. These frequencies are what give it the beneficial properties. 

Crystals come in many shapes and sizes. There's tumble stones which are literally as the name suggests. They are put into a machine and tumbled until the crystals are smooth. 
You can also get wands with pointy ends. These can be used during healing practices such as Reiki. You can also use wands to charge your other crystals as the point enables the energy to flow directly. 
I love crystals in their true form, un-tumbled and un-carved. I think it gives more of a connection with mother nature due to there being no middle man messing with it.

I love my little crystal collection and feel lost when I don't have one round my neck. I thought I'd share with you our favourite crystals and would love it if you commented with your favourite crystal and what draws you to it.

My Selenite pieces
I absolutely adore Selenite. It contains feminine energy and can be used to connect with angelic or spirit guides. It's name comes from the Greek Goddess of the moon, Selene. 

This is such a beautiful crystal which has a frosted pearly white colour. It really is quite beautiful to look at as well as being amazing to hold. Perhaps as it's made up of 70% water is the reason it has such a soft feel to it, it actually reminds me of frosty ice shards. 

I was initially drawn to this crystal due to the it's properties. It boasts extremely high vibrations and can help to bring light from the higher realms into the physical body therefore helping with personal transformation and healing on all levels. The frequencies from Selenite are so powerful it absorbs any negative energy which surrounds it. This can benefit us by helping to clear the mind. As an added bonus this beautiful crystal directs high frequency energy into the body stimulating spiritual, physical and emotional healing. 

To cleanse Selenite you should not put it in water as it can dissolve easily. This isn't really an issue as Selenite is so pure and elevated it doesn't need cleansing. In other words it doesn't store bad energy, it absorbs the negative vibrations and then transforms them into light. 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapiz Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest spiritual stones known to man. It's actually made up of a number of different minerals - mostly Lazurite, Pyrite, Calcite and Sodalite. This may be the reason why it's so powerful. It can even be traced back to 9,000 years and was used on King Tutankhamen golden mask.
 It is another one of our favourites. This is due to the strong energy coming from it as well as its amazing benefits. This is a good crystal to aid with concentration which is well needed when tackling written work. The colour is a stunning dark blue which represents honour. This fits in nicely with its other attributes such as it being a stone of friendship which helps to bring harmony to relationships. It is also known as a stone of truth as it brings honesty of the spirit. Spiritually this beautiful crystal can help to quickly release stress which can result in peace and serenity. 

Just like Selenite it assists with connecting with spirit guides due to it being a good connector of the celestial and physical plane.

If you're thinking of buying some crystals I can fully recommend the lovely Kerry at Spirit and Soul Island
She has a wide range of beautiful pieces and has new stock regularly. 
The Lapis Lazuli pieces in the above picture were bought from here.
You can check her page here.

Do you have a favourite crystal and if so what draws you to it? 

**This post was originally posted on my other blog 'Rematter Psychedelic News'. 
You can view it here.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Travel Tips

I think it's time for a holiday so I've been looking online for some trip planning sites. There's many to choose from but a lot of them are complicated and long winded. Luckily I stumbled across Amadeus. They have an easy to use online travel planning service which I can thoroughly recommend. The website has lots of tools including subway maps, weather forecasts, currency converters and airport guides. Basically you have tons of information in one place instead of having to search on numerous websites which can be time consuming. 
Picture 1
To start off with you give your plan a name. I choose the highly creative name 'Trip to Thailand'. Then add some tags - for example I decided to use 'buddism', 'beach' and 'Thailand' as my tags. This then brings up various pictures related to the chosen tags and you can select which picture you want to use as the trip picture. 
Stage 4 involves adding a short description to your plan. Maybe say why are you going there and what you want to do when you're there. 
Picture 2
Once this is done you can then move onto the specifics. There's a search bar where you can search flight details and Input where you want to go to including dates and the site will bring up different deals (see picture 2)
One thing I love is that you can add favourite links to your plan. For example if there's a certain place you want to visit you can add that and then it's logged so you wont forget about it. I've added a link to 'The Golden Buddah' in Koh Samui as this is somewhere I really want to visit.

If you have any plans for a holiday you really should head over to Amadeus to create your travel plan. It's fun as well as informational and it'll stop you having to search through site after site for different bits of information. 

My Favourite Meal of the Day

Anyone who knows me knows I love food. One of my favourite dishes has to be eggs. Not only do they taste amazing they're also full of nutrients and can be eaten at any time of the day in a massive variety of ways. One of my favourite egg based dishes has to be Omelettes due to being able to throw in any item you like. I normally go for as much cheese as I can fit in, sliced mushrooms, diced bacon and some diced red pepper. What a tasty way to start the day and to top it off it fills me up till late afternoon so I suppose it's good for if you're watching your weight.

Even though Omelette is one of my favorites you can't beat a couple of large Red Lion Eggs. Soft boiled with seeded toast soldiers covered in butter - absolutely beautiful! 

My only issue with this is that I don't actually know how to boil an egg properly. Even though everyone thinks you boil the egg for 3 minutes it just doesn't work for me. I can't seem to get it right. I either cook the egg for to long and end up with a hard yolk which is no good for dipping my toast in or I end up with a soft yolk with an uncooked white. For this reason I don't eat boiled eggs as much as I would like to. 

Does anyone have any tips on how I can get the perfect runny, soft boiled egg? 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Incompetent Solicitors

A while ago I had to deal with solicitors. I didn't find the experience very pleasurable to say the least. Of course, dealing with solicitors isn't meant to be a happy thing but it would have been nice to not have the added worry that came with it.

I had to deal with missing files that led to me having time off work due to needing my signature again (this happened several times) as well as phone calls that weren't returned. When you have the stress of the actual issue you're at the solicitors for as well as incompetent solicitors then stuff can begin to get a bit much. 

My friend has suggested taking my issue to Redress Law so they can help me. Suing a solicitor for negligence isn't exactly a day to day thing and it really isn't something I want to do never mind being something I can be bothered doing. Luckily my friend said Redress Law helped her out no end and it wasn't as daunting as it sounds. I gave them a call and they explained the process in brief. I have an appointment soon so we can discuss it further and I'm hoping I can get things sorted as soon as possible.

Have you ever had issues with solicitors and if so what did you do about it? Any advice would be welcome.