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MIn - sounds exciting. I totally get the 'grey' and 'colour' thing. One thing pays the bills, the other is what you'd still do if you didn't need money.
Min - the 'keeping quiet about it' thing? You may want to work on your marketing.
Mind you, if you're doing lots of work with other events companies it's probably no bad thing to keep your own business low key at the moment.
Min - it's definitely not something to be bashful of - you need to shout about it to the brink of being annoying! (And I say this as a naturally bashful person.)
But you might need to be careful with those colours, if organising events in Northern Ireland or Glasgow, that you choose your exact routes carefully...
Go for it min! Never know where your plans will lead you(well LBS for me )
went for a run last night, it was not a pretty sight!
Min - how exciting! Sounds like an excellent combination of what you clearly have a talent for, and your passions. Keep us updated!
I cycled 39miles and resisted the OCD urge to make it 40 by cycling round the block. The wind has dropped a lot, but without it, it would be a gorgeous day, instead of just a nice one.
I'm having my hair cut this afternoon. I live at the pinnacle of excitment, truly.
Not much off, I hope, Flyers? I do regret that I lost 9 inches off mine after Lanza, but it was in such bad shape, there was no option. Well resisted on the mile - that's the sort of thing I do - round it up. A pain sometimes, isn't it, OCD?
Will keep you all posted, but it'll be a while before there is much to report, me thinks.
I suppose in reality, most of us wallow somewhere in the shades of grey!
This is officially the funniest thing ever!
Sometimes I think about changing my job - much like other educationalists I think that there are tensions between what students want from us, what we want to give to them and what our employers want us to do. Bureaucracy rules ok! I am thinking about doing a bit of retraining on the side with a possible move some time in the future. However, having had big problems with the PhD and basically having nothing at all, I've had to start that all over again and don't think I'll have time to pursue my other avenue of interest for a couple of years yet.
I've got BTF level 1 coaching Min, are those the quals you are doing? I get to do level 2 end of this year/start next but not reffing. The ref courses have changed from how I understand it though - assume you've done the first level of that, or have you gone higher already?
Min - 2 inches, so not a lot.
Crashie - tee hee, that's hysterical!
Mouse - I'm sorry you couldnt salvage anything. But surely you dont have to do 3 more years? 2 at the most - the first attempt could be summarised as prelim studies, so would count for 1 year at least??
Mousers, that sounds like a right disaster; say it ain't so!
Min, WSVTS; he's wise. I know what you mean about it being liberating when everything has gone to ratshit; my divorce did it for me, no money or material possessions to speak of, but I was happier than I'd been for years and it gave me the courage to try new stuff and go after things I'd wanted but never dared to take on.
The sky has certainly decided to err on the grey side of things today.
I was thinking (as you do when running at 6am, still half-asleep) about the whole grey vs colour thing. Maybe the reason the grey stuff is grey is not so much that we don't like it (okay, we possibly don't) but that we have to do it. Someone else, be it a boss or the customer, dictates what we do and how we do it. The 'colour' stuff tends to be on our own terms - we choose to do it because we want to, and if money is involved it's not the primary motivator. If we don't want to do it, we don't have to.
So the danger is in taking something you enjoy, trying to make money from it, and losing the sense of freedom it used to give. The ideal would be to get into a position to do what you love and be able to say 'no' when an opportunity isn't quite right, knowing that the bills are taken care of.
Lottery ticket, anyone?
Flyers/Crashie - measurement error. So what worked in the pre-tests didn't work in the real thing, thus I have no data. Having just been on a fantastic course, I know exactly what I did wrong. Bittersweet.
Fed up today. Slacker and I had words last night.
Still, lots to do to keep me busy.
SVT - my job is almost in colour. The PhD has always been a big issue and riddled with problems (not all of my own making) which makes it very grey. I often look forward to getting past it to move out of those shades of grey and sometimes I worry I'll give up before I make it that far.
Mouse - I shall leave you with a motto for the day:
Chase the rainbow
I think my job is colour. Certainly very large parts of it are, even if frequently that colour errs towards the red.
The BT engineer has been here, fixing my phone line for 2 hours. Now it is pouring with rain and I am hungry. I think I might give the neighbours a laugh by digging out my Tae-bo video for a bit of toning work, in the hopes that by the time I am done it will have stopped raining so damn hard and I can pootle round the block too.
Oh dear Mouse - hope you feel jollier as the day progresses. I suppose knowing where you went wrong might help, eventually?
Silly Slacker. I must admit (peers round to see who's listening), on FB he does come across as a Very Angry Young Man. I'm sure he isn't really.....
People with coloured jobs are probably quite lucky - or knew what they wanted out of life quite young, unlike me who messed about for years!
Well, as he stunned me recently by quoting back something I'd posted on here, it would appear he's an occasional iPlayerer so I shall plead the fifth in this instance.
Note: not that I'm flattering myself that he stalks us on a regular basis, of course.
I suspect that those of us who have jobs that are colour suffer a vocation, rather than a job. If I'd kept doing what I was doing when we lived in London, I'd have been earning a great deal more than I do now, but not enjoying it nearly as much.
Please remind me that I said that next time I am moaning about work?
Well, I tae-bo'd, then pilated, then ran in between rain showers. Now I am sitting down for a little bit before I finish off today's chores. And making Wyre Forest Cupcakes. They're like Black Forest ones, but with damson jam instead of black cherry. Clever, eh? Lets hope they taste OK!
(waves to Slacker)
It's grey outside but I'm enjoying my work today. Give me a tricky problem to solve with just Excel and VBA and I get happily engrossed.
In unrelated news, after my woeful attempts to lose (i.e. gain) weight at the start of the year, I've just lost exactly one stone in exactly one month.