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Get Out While You Can

Another late thanks – I’m terrible, I know. Again at Christmas I was the lucky recipient of a book called ‘Get Out While You Can‘. Someone I know in the industry I work in had written a book, and had sent me a copy to read. George Marshall, one of the nicest people in the industry, is someone, admittedly I should talk to more often. When we do talk we get on really well, and George always mentioned writing a book. Well, he did it. He put his mind too it and wrote it!

You can buy a limited copy from Amazon at the moment and through the website and it’s on pre-order at Waterstones

The front page simply reads – Plan A. Work hard at school, secure a good job, set your sights on promotion, climb the corporate ladder, live happily ever after.

Reality check for Plan A. Work longer and longer hours just to make ends meet, being condemned to a life of wage slavery, drowning in sea of debt, the poverty of mind and spirit, existing to work.

Plan B. A simple yet revolutionary idea. Get out while you can.

Reviews include – “If you are serious about escaping the rat race, or you just want to make some extra money on the side, then I d highly recommend you buy Get Out While You Can.” –John Crickett, Business Opportunities And Ideas

George Marshall has spent the last six years excavating an escape tunnel that leads directly away from the rat race. He calls it Plan B and he thinks it’s an escape route you might want to explore for yourself. It won’t bring the wage slave society crashing down, but for tens of thousands of people just like you, it may just provide the blueprint for the life of endless possibility that you were born to lead. –

I really enjoyed the ‘live’ examples, and seeing figures, as I find case-studies a lot more inspirational and motivating than simple proof of concept paragraphs of text. – affiliaterich

There are loads more reviews out there… go look them up!

I’m not going to say too much about the book, because if I am honest, I’m only half way through. What I have read is clearly written from the heart, without agenda, in a simple, easy to read way. Knowing George, I know he wrote this to help others, to get his thoughts on paper and to complete a project he started many years ago.

Hat’s off to you George, it’s brilliant – Can’t wait to finally finish it! Thanks so much again for sending me a copy!

Late Christmas Thanks – All Up And On

I know it’s bloody late, very bloody late in fact, and for that – I apologise! I went home for Christmas to see my gorgeous nephew and the rest of the Swift Clan. What was waiting for me was a gift from one of my clients – All Up And On Andy, Jo and Co had very kindly sent me a laptop cushion. What you may think is a strange gift, is actually the perfect gift for me! Not only do I spend far too much time on my laptop, but I spend that time either sat on the sofa, or in bed.
Bosign Laptop Pillow in Black

So What Exactly Is It?

A cotton black rectangular cushion with a set of oversized black silicone buttons to rest your laptop on to prevent slipping and to allow air to circulated to prevent the laptop overheating and your knees getting too hot!

Made from 100% cotton with a machine washable cover, this slim cushion takes up very little space so is easy to store when not in use.

I tell you what, even as I use it now, I can’t help but admire it. No more burning legs or sitting leaning over the laptop. This nifty little cushion sorts it all out.It’s got beady things in the middle like a bean bag, so you can shift them around to fit more comfortably too, especially if you sit with one leg on the sofa like me!

Thanks Jo, Andy and Co!

You Guys!

You Guys! *blushes* Honestly there is nothing better after a long day at work, and a few hours at the radio station, to come home to a message that a parcel is awaiting you next door. The anticipation of what it could be, mixed with the self doubt – did I buy something when drunk on ebay again (not that I can drink at the moment, but that is another story)
I trundled my way over to the house next door to discover a package for me. I cheated by looking at the sender to find it was none other than the gorgeous people at Loquax. More commonly known to me as fellow Muse lover Jude, and fellow chocolate brownie lover Jason.
To cut a long story short, a few weeks ago now, there were rumours of the infamous bags being sold off on ebay! Well, a twitter conversation turned into a bidding war, and I lost. I loved my sunshine bags, they were great for the gym and for diving and for just well, having. So when I lost out I was upset. Turns out that pesky duck Jude had won the bid, and despite my earlier misery, it would soon be winging it’s way to my home! Hurrah! Along with that was a fun postcard/photo/compliments slip type thing with a pretty picture on and… wait for it… the best bit…

A duck toothbrush holder! (modelled by a sleeping Tinker) I have never seen such an amazing duck styled bathroom object! Amazing! I have taken it upon myself to take random pictures of ducks when out and about, especially in sea-side gift shops, and then tag Jude and Jason in these photos, but never on my travels have I seen one of these! Amazing!

So thanks you two – you really cheered me up after what has been a shitty few weeks! I love my surprise gift! xxx

Resolutions For 2011

Granted, the 9th is a little late to be thinking of all the things I’d like to do in the year ahead, but given my 2010 post was finally put live on the 13th November – I’m actually very early with this one!

So my resolutions for 2011 are;
1. Continue my work with Hospital Radio Plymouth – do you know what – I really love it there, such a giving, friendly bunch of people, who have fun whilst really helping people. These people give so much of their time as volunteers and it’s something I have become really passionate about, and think everyone should do.

2. See the family more – Over the last few years, I have been fairly lax on seeing the family, although i frequently phone Mummy and Daddy Swift, seeing them regularly has never been priority – mainly because they live so damned far away (my choice I know). This year I’m going to make sure I use some of my holidays, or tie in meetings in the North to see them and my gorgeous Nephew – Zak. I keep trying to steal him, but my Brother and his partner Steph keep saying no! ho hum!

3. Lose Weight – yes, I know, I say the same most years, but I’m currently in Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy for both my knees, and losing weight will help. Although doing exercise on two dodgy knee’s is hard going! Although 25 isn’t actually that old, I do feel older, and quite often see pictures of a very petite slim me and long for those days to come back. Well long now more, 2011 is the year to slim down, tone up and not have silly knees.

4. Fix My Body – As I said above, I have dodgy knees, and a dodgy back etc etc – This year I’m going to focus some energy into taking care of myself, getting body parts fixed and using some of that girly stuff – think they call it moisturiser? I might even be seen out wearing makeup and ironed clothes, but one step at a time eh!

5. Follow Some Dreams – those close to me know I have a few ambitions that I have never really followed up on. Well this year I intend to focus some real energy into seeing whether what I want to do, can be done. That makes no sense to most of you, but I don’t want to say more just yet, as it may jinx it.

So there you go, a few things to get stuck into!

I think 2011 is going to be a big year for me, lot’s of new things in the pipelines, lot’s of new friends to make and lot’s of fun to be had!

I hope you all have a great 2011 too!

Here’s to a good AMAZING one!

Kerry Bella Beauty

I recently decided to bring back something I used to do alot, getting my eyelashes tinted! For those of you who have never had it done, you should. It’s not only super relaxing, but it’s also a great way of saving time in the morning! No need for mascara anymore!
So as a treat to myself I decided it was about time I started looking healthy again in the mornings, and luckily had just had a swish leaflet through the door for Kerry Bella Beauty – so I gave Kerry a call and got the balls rolling, so to speak! Having never done a treatment on me before the first step was a skin test to check I wasn’t going to have an allergic reaction to the products, that passed, Kerry then came round to do the treatment.
She was lovely and polite, and made me feel comfortable and like a celebrity at every moment, taking care to ensure my comfort whilst explaining everything to me. I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep in fact! My eyelashes took the treatment really well, and as you can see below – it made quite a difference! Something I will definitely be having done with Kerry again! I just need to decide from all the things she offers what to get done next!



You can see Kerry’s website here – and that has all her prices and what she offers. She does parties and all sorts and best of all – she comes round to your house!!!