Pharrell’s Not The Only One Who’s Happy…

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I’m really enjoying my new job and apparently I’m doing quite well as I’ve already been asked to cover other staff members shifts on several occasions when they’ve been unable to get to work. This is apparently rare for a newbie so I must be doing something right. I’ve also just been given my first monthly pay packet and I have to say I was so excited I could barely rip the envelope open. It took a while for all the information to sink in – this really is all mine! YIPPEEEEEEEE!

Not only am I getting paid to work alongside a really lovely team of people, I also now have my very own company email address and therefore potentially have access to a vast number of benefits which I was previously unaware of, such as “good local deals, shopping cards and exclusive privileges – available only to staff.

This really is a whole new world to me – and I LOVE it!

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining…

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Woo hoo! I was annoyed last year when HMRC put me on ‘emergency tax‘ and took a large chunk of my freelance corporate wages from me, but now they’ve finally given it back in the form of a tax rebate I can start trawling through the First Choice website looking at where to go for my winter hols this year (which will be predictably called ‘Feliz Navidad the Sequel’ – a.k.a. Tipsy and Topless Again!)

Will it be a return to Gran Canaria… but maybe Maspalomas this time? Or what about Lanzarote – Playa Blanca looks good? But Tenerife also looks very inviting…. Decisions, decisions…. what IS a girl to do?!!

First Day at Work…

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It’s been a few years since I was the ‘new girl’ at work, and today began with last-minute nerves and a touch of OCD as I checked, double-checked and triple-checked that I had everything I needed before leaving the house at stupid o’clock in the morning. I knew I’d completed the required training and that I’d read the work manual so many times I could probably sail through Mastermind with it as my specialist subject, but it’s surprising how easily your brain can empty during a thirty minute walk.

On arrival I nervously introduced myself to my Senior, who immediately put me at my ease by shaking my hand and giving me a very warm welcome to the team. All of my adult life I’ve secretly yearned to be a part of large and important organisation, and when a member of the public approached me, after noticing my brand new ID card hanging from my neck, and asked “Excuse me, do you work here?” I could barely contain my pride at being able to reply “Yes I do, how can I help you?”

Who knew you could earn so much money doing something that makes you THIS excited!?

And The Winner Is…

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When your hobby is entering online competitions, by the law of averages sooner or later you’ll win something. Of course, most of the time your ‘fabulous‘ prize will turn out to be the DVD of a movie you have little or no interest in watching, or a CD of a band you can’t stand (this is where Ebay or Cash Converters comes in handy), however, if you put the effort in and don’t lose faith you might just get something marvellous through the door.

In recent years the odds of winning anything at all have been slashed by the introduction of social media into the equation, but the old cliche still stands that “You have to be in it to win it.” If you’re prepared to accept that there are no guarantees with this pastime, and simply look upon it as a way to fill any spare time you have, you’ll eventually be rewarded handsomely for your efforts.

I now can’t wait to start spending using my new, three-figure-sum gift card – yippee!!!