Guardians, Fakes and Cakes!

I thought that nothing much had happened this week until I actually sat down to think about it. Turns out that quite a lot has happened/ is going on!

Last Thursday we went to see The Guardians of the Galaxy. I was a bit unsure about what to expect because it wasn’t going to be the usual Avengers line up. If I’m honest I was not too happy about the lack of Robert Downey Jr or Chris Evans! But it turned out to be a great film and I thought it held its own quite well. For me, Groot and Rocket Raccoon made the film! Also – Lee Pace as Ronan?! I don’t buy it. The villains kinda let this film down.

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Then I did a bit of auctioning on eBay to try to earn some money for Florida. So far I’ve made a grand total of £11 on sold items (Disney DVDs) with some auctions – mostly clothes – still live and being checked on every 2 seconds to see if they’ve gained any more watchers! I both love and hate selling on eBay. I love getting bids on stuff but I hate the rest of it! All the fees and packaging… trips to the post office.. chasing up people who don’t pay.. leaving feedback. Like, just give me my money already!

I then had a bright idea of buying Frozen on DVD from eBay for my sister’s birthday present rather than paying £15 in Asda. Seriously – who is buying it at £15?! By now other releases are down to a more respectable £7 at least! “Let it goo….” I ended up buying two copies off different sellers because I thought I’d bought one for the wrong region and tried to cancel my bid then went off and bought another. Turns out it was the sellers “mistake” and it would work in region 2. So yeah, 2 Frozen DVDs on their way to me. I was not happy. I was definitely not happy when I received them both the next day and they were BOTH FAKE! Argghh! I got a refund for them both but I’m now wondering whether to report the sellers to Trading Standards/Ebay. Not sure if it’s worth my time, especially since fake DVDs are in abundance everywhere… but now I am stuck with 2 fake Frozen DVDs. Grrrr. “Let it…. go?”

Another sale has started where I work so I’ve been given a lot of extra hours this month – a total of 70 hours compared to the 32 I had last month! I cannot wait for September when I get to put most of my hard-earned money into my Florida Fund. Speaking of which, I have bought a Terramundi pot for my mum’s birthday so that she can start her own Florida fund. I’m actually really gutted that it’s not for me because it’s lovely! Hopefully I can find some spare pennies to buy myself one or hope that Santa will bring me one this year! This is what the pot looks like: 2014-08-07 15.38.06
So what else has happened… Ooh yeah! I started some 30 Day Challenges this month – planks, push ups, squats and sit ups! I think you can still see the picture from Instagram on my sidebar. I’m on day 4 at the minute and it hasn’t been too bad but it’s only going to get sooo much harder! I thought the sit ups wouldn’t be too bad until I realised what I thought were sit ups were actually crunches! Actual sit ups are bitches! We’ll see how far I get over the 30 days!

We went to see The Inbetweeners 2 today. It was quite good but not sure that it was as good as the first one! I’d like to see Will’s mum’s wedding though!

The highlight of my week has to be the Great British Bake Off starting again! I’ve watched every episode of this since the first series and I just love it! I don’t like Paul Hollywood very much, there’s just something about him that puts me off but I love Sue, Mel and Mary Berry! I wonder who comes up with all the baking innuendos! I’m hoping Martha will be in it until the end, can’t believe she’s only 17! Jordan is the only one that I’m hoping will go soon.. I like a bit of quirkiness but this guy is in his own league! I think he’s maybe trying too hard to do something different with his baking and if he chilled out just a touch, he might go quite far! Do any of you guys watch it? What do you think? This show always gets me in the mood to do some serious baking! Although I’m not sure my cakes come out like this one! I would love to get my hands (and my taste buds!) on it.

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Counselling Experience…

http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2014/jul/22/university-counselling-really-helped-me#start-of-comments

I’ve just read this on The Guardian’s website and was touched by this student’s account of her experience with counselling. This is what makes this job so wholesome and rewarding! ❤

Have you had counselling before? What are your thoughts on it? 🙂

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Let’s Talk about Counselling…

I’ve mentioned briefly about me being a student Counsellor before with the promise of doing a more detailed post about it.. so here we are!

i got into counselling purely by accident, it was totally random and surprised everybody – including myself! But it was the best random thing I’ve ever done! I used to work full time on the tills in a large local store and I hated it! I lived the same day for 5 days a week. The same types of customers, scanning the same crap that people thought they needed, the same songs on a loop that played at the same time of day every day, the same drama when someone was exactly 1 minute and 43 seconds late back from their break…. with every beep of my scanner I felt like I was losing a brain cell and the will to live!

28930_10151416333373617_1947605538_nSo I went back to college to study Health and Social Care, I thought I wanted to be a midwife. I worked a day on a maternity ward at the local hospital and watched One Born Every Minute – more focused on what the midwives were doing than the women delivering their babies! Nothing was going to stop me. Until we did a Psychology module and I was fascinated, I thrived off this stuff and wanted to know more about how people worked. My interest in Mental Health was increasing suddenly. One day a friend had a problem that she wanted to talk to our teacher about. I stayed behind with her and listened to her talk to the teacher. Without realizing I had said something to her and then the conversation carried on until the teacher stopped and looked at me. “Have you ever thought about being a counsellor?” she said. I shook my head in surprise. “You should look into it, honestly. You’d be a fantastic counsellor, you just have a really calming aura and presence and you’re just listening and intervening when you think it’s needed…”

Wow. What do I do with that? I went home and Googled what Counselling is for a start! The more I read the more it ticked all the right boxes for me and before I knew it I was looking at university courses and applying! I completed a Level 2 in Counselling while finishing my Health and Social Care Course so that I could get into uni the same year. Now I’m writing this, in the summer holidays before my second year, full of intrigue, passion and excitement about a career I never thought I’d want! I feel totally out of my depth but yet so comfortable and as though this is what I was born to do. I never thought I’d have this feeling. It’s scary, but the best kind of scary!

1554451_479587105474577_1550702814_nPeople still ask me if that means I work at the council offices or if it’s like mentoring or if I give advice to people and the answer is always a big fat no! My definition of counselling changes every day because it’s so simple, yet so complex and so beautiful but ugly too. My definition today is that counselling provides a safe space for people to talk about their issues and feelings and try to come up with their own answers and solutions with the support of a counsellor, free from judgement and unhelpful advice.

Only, it’s so much more than that. Yesterday I worked with a client who had such an emotionally charged session that I had the most surreal feeling, like our souls were touching (I very visually imagined palms touching) and I was able to be there for her completely.

Counselling is met with a lot of scepticism and doubt because of the unfortunate stigma around mental health but I would encourage anyone who feels they would like it, to seek it. It’s not for everyone and you need to make sure you’re ready for it but in my experience, those 50 minute sessions have been more rewarding than anything I have ever done.

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The Road To Hell is Paved With… Chocolate?!

It’s Monday today which means this is the Monday that my life changes! I’m going to get up early and start my weight loss mission/healthy lifestyle change. I’m going to eat clean, work out, drink lots of water and I’ll be dropping the inches in no time! Of course, I said all this last Monday too.. and the Monday before that.. and the one before that.. heck, I’m even gonna say it next Monday too!

The thing is, every Monday I start off all motivated and feel like this:

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And I start whatever regime I have planned. Today I got up, had my Herbalife shake, had a bowl full of blueberries, strawberries and non-fat Greek yoghurt, I started the 30 Day Shred workout programme for the millionth time and had a protein shake with a couple of eggs afterwards. Later on I’m making fajitas and will finish the evening with a frugal couple of squares of dark chocolate. Easy! Right? No.

By Wednesday I feel like this:

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And by Friday I’m raiding Sainsbury’s like this:

vYAyaThinking ‘Hey, I worked hard on Monday and Tuesday, I deserve it!’

Then Sunday morning comes around and I get my measuring tape out and the results aren’t exactly what I’d hoped for and I stand there for a few moments like:

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rachelThen before I know it, it’s Monday again and this time it’s going to work and I’m going to be super healthy and look good and feel even better… until Wednesday!

Does anyone else go through this weekly cycle?! I’m hoping by this time on Sunday I can say ‘Oh look, I’ve lost a couple of inches!’ instead of ‘Oooo it’s Monday tomorrow, I’m gonna start being healthy!’

Good luck to you if this is your Monday too! 🙂