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My View On Grammarly

I’ve recently found an online tool which I’ve seen to be very useful for writing. It’s called Grammarly, and though it does play on your paranoia ever so slightly, it does work well.

Not only does it help with grammar and spelling, but I’ve also found it helps me think about what I’m writing and therefore makes me a stronger writer.

I have bought the premium subscription, but only because I feel it’s keeping me motivated to get the writing done (and more importantly I waited patiently for the 50% off email to come in), You can get by with the basic free version though.

It’s not perfect as it seems to want to add unnecessary commas so still have your wits about you.

If you’ve used it what do you think? Has it helped or hindered?

Posted in motivation, personal, progress, thoughts, writing

Career Epiphany

Evening all.

This post is simply an announcement of a big life choice. Ever since I was a teenager right up until I hit 30 I have been in, what I call, ‘pit stop’ jobs. Constantly.

The goal at the beginnimg was to just get some money and then try and figure out my passions and go from there. I would get to the point where the job would bore me then I’d move on. Unfortunately that viscous cycle continued for 15+ years. Some jobs I thought would help bring out the best in me only brought out the worst, others I hated but then fell in too deep and couldn’t find a way out.

Either way you looked at it, the problem was the wrong attitude searching for the dream job that would make me happy. So what if I had qualifications in IT or I was a supervisor in the catering industry previously? What mattered should not have been driven by money which it was for such a very long time. It should have been finding what makes me tick, what makes me happy outside of work, what my dreams were and living life that way.

Instead it was not. I am a full time mum for now and when I’m done having more of the little blighters I will be returning to work. Something that for a long time has been pushed to the back of mind as the mere idea of going back to IT terrified me, has recently changed.

Because I choose to not go down that path again. It dawned on me in recent weeks that if I don’t want to get any old job just to help pay the bills then I won’t. If I want to continue with my writing then I should go and look for related work there. Not in IT, not in bakery, not in that bar job down the road as that’s the only place who will hire me. I choose to look out for my future happiness in my career and nothing has pleased me more than writing my projects and blogging to the world about their progress.

I look back on my career and wish I wasn’t so stressed out by the office politics, I wish I wouldn’t have been petty or pedantic but I am so lucky to be in this position today.

I had to share this on my blog as it’s shifted my perspective somewhat and now the thought of going to find work excites me. I know I previously signed up for freelance work but the truth is I cannot dedicate much time to it and as a result I’ve not continued down that path. I would rather wait until I’m in a better routine with my ‘work’ hours. A couple of hours every evening is not enough for me to achieve work happiness. It’s going to be a long haul before I get there…but I know I will get there one day with my new attitude.

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Naming & Shaming: The Best Christmas Present Ever!

This story by Ben Mantle isn’t as harmful as I’m about to make out, at it’s core it’s got a strong friendship based around what gift to get a best friend.  But that is where I feel opposed to this book.

I’m not a fan of Christmas, I find it a hard time due to some grievances and with having a Christmas birthday you’ll never find me getting excited in September as it’s less than 100 til the big day. To me Christmas is NOT about the gifts at all but this book has a big emphasis on the bear getting stressed out about what to get his squirrel friend.  He spends hours and hours trying to figure out the perfect gift and then making it.  Can’t it be a story where the squirrel and bear decide it’s not about the gifts but about being in each other’s company? or what about giving gifts to those who actually need them?

In the end they both exchanged gifts and unfortunately it’s left a sour taste in my mouth.  It’s a book that is currently on the way to a charity shop as I don’t want my children to grow up thinking that the ‘special time of year’ is about buying presents.

Am I too much of a scrooge or do you agree?

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Why I Motivate

You may have realised that over the past few weeks I’m posting daily motivational quotes for my readers. If they help you in any way then that’s my work done.

I find, by looking for the quotes and then posting them on my blog, that it also helps me with my writing. Whether that’s ideas, progression, characters etc. I think if I didn’t motivate on here I’d struggle to be motivated if that makes sense!