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Five for Friday: Shinning my light

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This post is inspired by a chat with some of my peoples. We were talking about how there's a thing that women need to be all humble, humble, humble. And really we should shine the light on our accomplishments. So here are five I'm shining a light on.

I finished my MA in a year - that is freaking huge, especially in a department where most take three years. No more downplaying it for me, and saying I did stuff on it the year before when I was doing the diploma. I registered for my MA Jan 2017, and submitted end October 2017 - so actually less than a year, but hey I'm still waiting for my mark.

I have finally completed a 30 days of yoga challenge. Folks I've been trying to do it for three years, and this year it happened. Also I'm at 31 days of it now...and am going to ride the wave as far as I can. It's become so ingrained that both J and K tend to ask when I'm going to do it when we get home in the evenings.

I got accepted into a PhD programme at a UK university. Funding is an issue, but you know what...my proposal for my research was so good, they want me. Totally got to remember that.

I have an 81 day streak on Duolingo, that means I've set aside time 81 days in a row to learn a language or three. I'm taking action to make things happen.

A soppy one. Tomorrow Jerall and I will have been a couple for 14 years - that's an accomplishment. The work and love that goes into a relationship is astounding. And I'm proud to be half of a pair that's getting it right.

Want to share some of yours?

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Now you are four

Dear Keiden,

Today you turned four, and as you keep on telling us it means you're big boy now. Sometimes I'm not to sure about that, but I do know that you're most definitely not the little monkey we brought home from the hospital. Instead, now you're a fully blown silly goose. Well also a kiddie-binki, a silly, mommy's love, kiddio, goosey-loosey, sweetie pie, silly nanana and always mommy's baby.

Your year of three has been an interesting one. You started swimming lessons - you took some time to get into it, but now it's one of your favourite things. You go to lessons on Friday afternoons, then we have lunch at daddy's office, after which you and I go to the library and gardens. Sometimes, we both have silly moments, but mostly mommy really enjoys spending that time with you. We both agree that books are awesome :D

It's also been the year that Lego became a big thing for you. You decided that duplo was for babies, and as you're a big boy it'll only be Lego proper for you. Fortunately when you decided this, there was friend having a birthday who got to enjoy getting lots of blocks. You have spent hours and hours "reading" the instruction books, paging through the Lego catalogue, watching lego videos on youtube and building ALL THE THINGS. You often build something, and tell me to take a picture. Something you and daddy do often is see a cool toy - like your friend's marble maze, and then go home and build it from lego. You make up some great adventures and stories for your mini figs...all while asking me if mine can play too (it's still a no on that goose).

Given how much lego has been a big thing for you, it's not surprising that your first movie at the cinema was Lego Batman. And while you liked Batman, he still doesn't top your love for Captain America and Star Wars. Speaking of Star Wars, the Last Jedi was your second ever movie at the cinema. I'm still disturbed though by you being a big fan of Darth Vader and Kylo Ren...it just doesn't mesh with how much you like Luke, Asoka, Ezra and Rei. You really enjoyed your advent calendar, and very generously gave mommy the builds and mini figs you weren't that keen on :p

Although goose, its not surprising that you happily share. Your kindness is something I'm in awe of, also it's something school mentions in your reports, along with your dance moves (dance moves that are something all you, mommy and daddy don't have any). Your kindness, gentleness and caring heart are something that explains just why you seem to have many friends at school. Although, I'd appreciate if you'd remember that P is your friend that is a girl, not girlfriend. 

You've settled in more at school, something I'm glad happened. It seems Keiden, that while you're slow to warm to people, once you've decided that someone is your friend they're your friend for always. This also means you want to see your friends all the time. So school holidays were tough for you, you missed seeing your people. E is one of your people not from school, and goodness do you love seeing him. It's a good thing that his parents and yours are friends too. He and his mom are often people we ask to come with on our exploring.

Our exploring has carried on, but sometimes you just want to stay at home and not do much. Well other than build, read some stories and play "cooking game" with daddy. Playing in your kitchen, or playing cooking games with daddy on his computer are such fun for you. But not as much fun as when you and daddy cook or bake together. Your year of three had you making sandwiches, stirring all the pots, and making cheese sauce and pancakes. I hope that cooking stays something you enjoy.

Three was the year when you moved away from baby and toddler things to big boy life. And while it's been great to see, it's also been hard. Your stubbornness has been something epic, not to mention this habit of back chat. Best you sort that out this year :p

My Keiden, there is no one and there will never be anyone like you EVER. 

Love you lots and lots,

Friday, 19 January 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Book Thursday: Dragon School: Initiate by Sarah K L Wilson [Review]

Magic comes to Dragon School. Can it be trusted? 

With First Flight behind her, sixteen-year-old Amel believes she can finally settle into her studies and learn to be a Dragon Rider. 

But when a friend is brutally injured, another has a dark secret, and Amel is entrusted with a vital message, she must question where her loyalties lie. Worse, Magikas have arrived at Dragon School and they bring both change and new prejudice against Amel. 

With the home Amel found at Dragon School quickly disappearing, will she know who to trust or will her new friendships disappear as quickly as her safety? 

My thoughts

Dragon School: Initiate

Well hello second book of action packed punches.

In this read - which is far too short, I need more answers - the world is fleshed out much more with magic beyond that we see at the school shows up. It's great seeing Amel find her feet around the school and with those who keep on doubting she'll make it. Her growing relationships with those around her is great to see. Not to forget that while she can dither on making a decision when needed she can be decisive and get things done.

It's another enjoyable four stars for this read from me.

*I'm a lucky fish and received an ARC of this*

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The power of music

I was introduced to The Cranberries, well Zombie specifically by the older daughter of friends of my parents. She changed the way I saw music, and the world. From it I learnt that the world was so much more, and bigger,  than my ugly family bubble. That anger could lead to something beautiful and powerful. And that, that power could change the world.

I find it fitting that the words that best describe the loss of Dolores O'Riordan comes from another musician we lost, Chester Bennington [who wrote the song for the loss of Chris Cornell]

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Friday, 12 January 2018

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Book Thursday: Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah K L Wilson [Review]

Join Dragon School. Learn to Fly. 

Sixteen-year-old Amel arrived at Dragon School just like everyone else – with a dream to ride dragons and join the Dominion Dragon Riders.

But Amel has a crippled leg and Dragon School training is grueling. Before she can even become an initiate, she must complete her First Flight on a dragon. 

Can Amel survive First Flight and become a Dragon School initiate or will her dreams dash on the rocks below?


My thoughts

Dragon School: First Flight
This was an enjoyable taster of a fascinating world. I really enjoyed the pace of it, the protagonist, and the other cast of characters. It's a really quick read that grabs you from start to finish.

It's a four star read for me.

There are two things that stopped this from being a five star read: I didn't enjoy that the school despite the attention made to it not mattering who you were before with all being equal as a dragon rider, this was not done with the dragon selection. I understand that it shows the other factors at play, but it would have been great if Amel wasn't the last to pick her dragon. Another quibble is about the dragons, if her chosen one was so special why how did he make it to last pick?

*I'm a lucky fish who got given an ARC of the book*

Monday, 8 January 2018

You contain multitudes

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash

You contain multitudes.

Your issue/thought/concern X matters because you matter - the right people will understand this.

Your multitudes mean that you can see and care about the state of the world, all of it's ugh and ugly and tear inducing horrors...all while being annoyed by bad coffee. 

You matter.

But while you matter it does not mean that you can treat anyone like they and their concerns matter less than you and your concerns. There is no scale of who matters and who doesn't - find people who understand this.

Find people who understand that while they have BIG things going on, it doesn't mean your things aren't BIG too.

Treat and care as you desire to be treated and cared about.

You matter.

You contain multitudes.

There has never been, there is not now, and there will never be someone like you.

You are multitudes.

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