A Beauty Bust: closing thoughts

What I learned by not making any beauty purchases for eight months In January I decided to try and stop buying any beauty products for a whole year. My objectives were: be more mindful about my motivations for buying save some money make some space in my house by using up what I already have when…

Weeknotes S2Ep08

A bit of space Overarching feeling of the week A much quieter week, I’ve had some space to think and some opportunities to “be nosy” within work hours rather than outside of them. Space to do things which are interesting, helpful, useful. Space to learn. I feel a bit better, and a bit more like myself. I’m…

Weeknotes S01 Ep11

Special bonus feature Here I am, after saying I’d call this series a day at ten episodes, now bringing you a super special extra episode! It feels right, as I’m on holiday next week, so there will be a natural break in proceedings. And, as this is the season finale, I’ve also included a little round…

Weeknotes S01 Ep05

Another non-typical week… Since I started weeknotes, for a variety of reasons, I’ve had a series of what have felt like non-typical weeks. So I thought I’d take stock a little and see what’s been going on… Ep01 – 2 work from home (WFH) days Ep02 – approx 2 days travel to Brizzle and back…

My accelerator journey…

How taking a chance on an accelerator scheme helped me find meaning and motivation in my work. I joined my department in April 2015 at end of a significant technology transformation project, the first of it’s kind in the Civil Service. It’s fair to say that when I started, my team we were all on a…

Beauty Bust: June update

I’m trying not to buy any beauty products for a year. Here’s my 6 month check-in. After my previous misdemeanour I’ve jumped back on the wagon and I think I’m doing pretty well with not buying (despite two small indiscretions which I actually feel fine about). My indiscretions were to buy a big blue pot…

Beauty Bust: April/May update

I’m giving up beauty buys. Well, trying to. I didn’t manage an update in April. Partly because I couldn’t find time among work, time off, a toddler with chicken pox and trying to keep my head above the water of general life admin… but also because I fell spectacularly off the wagon in April. I’ll do…

Beauty Bust: March Update

I’m into my third month without any beauty buys… This month I’ve started feeling as though I was seeing and reading a lot more reviews of beauty products. I don’t buy or read magazines (even the free ones, though I do read The Pool online religiously). I don’t buy any newspapers, and I can’t say I…

Beauty Bust: February Update

This year I vowed to give up beauty buys, here’s what I’ve learned two months in… First up for February I have a confession to make… I forgot to cancel my Birchbox subscription in January, oops. Is my subconscious already riling against this whole process? It was actually a disappointing arrival, with some ok eyeshadow (which…