Famous Faces…

Celebrity

When you work for any organisation that’s remotely Governmental, the minute something kicks off in the world; let alone anything as ‘exciting’ as an unexpected General Election; you find yourself surrounded by people busy giving television interviews and having articles published here, there and just about everywhere. As the person responsible for the department’s social media, amongst other things, it’s certainly keeping me busy at the moment that’s for sure.

It’s a good job I don’t get starstruck or I’d never get any work done these days as my office seems to be attracting all and sundry. However, if any of these academic ‘celebrities’ ever decides to get a bit above their station, I will simply remind them that we’re all pretty much the same underneath… as I show them for the umpteenth time how to use the photocopier…

Embracing Change…

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When you work in an inclusive environment, which caters for individuals with a wide variety of lifestyles, it’s nice to learn a bit about the more complex choices some people make. This explains why I have just attended a highly informative workshop on transgender issues, with the emphasis on relationships, work and emotional problems experienced by transgender people.

Today’s trainer was Leng Montgomery from Stonewall, with guest Jamie Raines, who featured on a recent Channel 4 documentary called ‘Girls to Men‘. It’s a complicated topic, full of potential social minefields, but in this day and age we should at least try to understand those who choose a different way of being. Very thought provoking…

Has Anyone Seen My Mojo…?

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I appear to have lost it somewhere between the middle and the end of July.

Juggling work schedules, a hectic social life and numerous NHS appointments has certainly been keeping me very busy these past few weeks, but now it’s all caught up with me and I need to slow down and allow my body, and mind, to recover ready for when I have to return to the cancer unit to be told the results of my biopsy.

The good news is that I’ve now got the stitches out of my neck, and with the dressings finally off I can begin boring everyone rigid with the phrase “Wanna see my new scar?!” Every cloud has a silver lining…

NHS Merry-Go-Round…

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It’s not easy dealing with unexpected medical woes while trying to avoid taking any time off work, not to mention maintaining a busy social life, but somehow I’m managing, despite undergoing more tests and xrays. An emotionally challenging appointment with a lymphoma consultant this week means I’m now on yet another list; this time waiting for biopsies. Well, that’s something new and ‘exciting‘!

I’m fully aware that I’m extremely lucky to have the support of my wonderful friends and family during this particular saga, who cheer me up when all I want to do is mope. Endless blood tests have made my veins a tad sore, but thanks to ‘Team Karen’ I’m actually in a really good place mentally. I’ll give you all a great big hug … once my arms are better.

Now, my birthday is looming and someone mentioned cake…!

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!!!

Festive Cheers…

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I’m not usually a fan of this time of year, quite the opposite in fact, and my first single Christmas could’ve seemed quite daunting had it not been for my wonderfully supportive friends and family members. My social life has come on in leaps and bounds in recent months and instead of potentially facing a rather uneventful yuletide, my diary is positively brimming.

So, while Jack Frost ensures the outdoor temperatures remain sub-zero, I’ve been all toasty and warm in my lounge writing on endless Christmas cards and wrapping an enormous pile of gifts; a task made all the merrier when accompanied by a large glass of mulled wine… without the mulled bits. Cheers!

Not So Fast…

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With your new single status and fresh enthusiasm for being ‘whoever you want to be’, try not to be too much all at once. While it’s a really positive sign that you’re focussing on moving forward with your life, and being pro-active regarding your new social life, additional work commitments, recently acquired hobbies and so forth, do bear in mind that there is still only ONE of you and unless you have a time machine stashed away in your loft there are STILL only 24 hours in any given day.

Just because you made a ‘to do’ list it doesn’t mean that you have to ‘do’ it all at once, no matter how much you want to. Try to reign it in a little and actually enjoy yourself rather than indulging in some manic, whirlwind of activities that can only realistically end with you holed up in bed suffering from exhaustion a couple of months down the line.

I know it’s all new and scary and exciting and that once you get to a certain age, when you have more birthdays behind you than potentially ahead of you, it’s tempting to make the most of every second of every minute, of every hour…. But do try to take a moment or two out of your jam-packed schedule to savour these new experiences. You’ll get far more pleasure out of it if you do.