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I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog.
That tends to happen when I meet up with Tracy I think she is convinced I’ve got something worth blogging about. It is lovely for someone to have faith in you. I want to be a good blogger. I just need to find something I’m good at blogging about.

Currently this blog is like a glorified diary, or journal, which I also do sporadically funnily enough. It’s like the second someone tells me I need to write more than 140 characters I clam up. I know there is stuff I want to say, but does anyone listen? And more importantly, do I care if they listen?

I’d like my blog to have more direction, more focus, but I don’t want it to be single-minded, I’m not a single-minded person, I’d like to think I’m multifaceted. Though maybe that is going a bit far!


The many facets of Becca

So I guess I need to look at my wordle and work out which bits of my life are blog worthy… Any hints and tips would be gratefully received! What do you want to read about?

Frugality for charity.


I’ve just come across this awesome blog
CJ is trying to live on £10 a week for the next 6 months in order to raise money for Save the Children.
I think it is pretty comendable and I don’t think I could do it!

CJ is documenting her progress over at her blog, so I shall definately be keeping an eye!

Link loving and a giveaway!



would like to take this opportunity to show you a fab fab fab blog I subscribe too (she is also running a giveaway! So what better excuse to read?!)

A Thrifty Mrs is a super lovely blogger, and twitterer (@Athriftymrsuk), and this is the blurb from her blog:

I’m a twenty something country Irish girl living in the big, bad city of Manchester right here in the United Kingdom. I live with my husband, Mr Thrifty, amongst beautiful items we’ve found on the street, bought in charity shops, made or even exchanged cakes for. I spend my days working for a radio station, editing scripts and aspiring to be a youthful Martha Stewart with an urban, sweary twist.

I adore her blog, and you might like it too! Go. See. Read!

NaBloPoMo Day 11 – This is not the blog you were looking for


So I started writing this great blog post whilst sat in the
AMV offices today, except it’s on my other computer and last night
I struggled to get my machine working online, so I’m afraid you are
going to get off the cuff, made up on the spot Becca blog. Except I
am watching the finale of Dexter season 4 and it is really rather
interesting! So short and sweet it is going to be. Sorry gang! But
I have a question for you… what do you
want me to blog about?!

NaBloPoMo – day 1


I’m going to have a go at NaBloPoMo this year, in the hope that daily blogging for a month will encourage me to blog more. I’ve been seriously neglecting my little space here and it needs a spruce, and a tidy up ready for the new year.

I’ve got tonnes of stuff to write about, so here goes nothing… It is November 1st and I’ll be here all month!

Today is my dad’s birthday, I’m just back from spending the weekend with my family and we also fitted in a visit with Dave’s mum and dad, all of which were very lovely, but the weekends just fly by.  I’ve got a list of craft stuff I want to attempt as long as my arm, and sadly not really enough time to do it, especially with trekking backwards and forwards on the train to London, I had an idea of taking some stuff on the train with me, but its just awkward.

Anyhoo, this is just an introduction and a reminder to my few readers that I’m still here and will be for a while (I hope!)

Bring it on november!

Emotions, Strengths and getting told off


I’m writing this blog entry from the train after having a discussion with Tracy yesterday, about my lack of blogging. She believes that I’m in a truly unique position and should be sharing my experiences with my readers, and also recording them for the future. (This was the telling off bit! I’ve been putting off blogging for a while!)

I know that she is right, but I find it so easy to make an excuse not to bother blogging, ranging from who wants to hear what I have to say, to I’ve got no time. Neither of which is a valid excuse and she is very right. I am in a unique position. And I’ve got a story to tell. So sit back, get comfy and I’ll tell you about my current adventure.

Those of you that know me in real life will know that I’m a bundle of emotions, I wear my heart on my sleeve and no one ever believes me when I say nothing is wrong – my face tells it all. But right now I’m in an amazing place that I haven’t been for a long time. I’m truly happy, I’m tired, I’m working long days and I’m missing my boy, but I’m loving almost every minute of it. And all because my work situation has changed.

I’m currently on a secondment to my company’s head office, working on a massive global campaign, I can’t tell you what it is just yet, but don’t worry, I have a blog planned for that too! And I am playing a really important role in this campaign, I’m helping to coordinate the social media part of the project. I’ve had meetings with people from facebook and google, I’ve been involved in the strategy for our campaign, and not only has my opinion been asked, it’s also been listened too.

It makes me feel validated, and damned good at my job. What makes it even better is that it doesn’t feel like work. I’m out there, doing something that I’m actually good at, and I’ve made it happen. I think that is the part that scares me the most. I’ve got to this point by being myself, doing my job well and proving myself. This is truly playing to my strengths. I wish everyone I loved had the chance to do this.

When I first got interviewed by Tracy (did I mention she was my boss for a couple of years) I had to carry out a strengths test. Everyone in the team had read the book by Marcus Buckingham and as part of the interview process they wanted to send me this book and get me to do this test that would tell me what my strength themes were. I was super excited and couldn’t wait to get started. The book really spoke to me (as an aside I’d like to reread it but don’t know where my copy is!) and the idea that we should play to our strehgths rather than focussing on our weaknesses and what we needed to improve really spoke to me. 3 years later I can still tell you what my strengths are without thinking about it:
• WOO (stands for winning others over – I don’t see strangers, just friends I haven’t met yet)
• POSITIVITY (always looking for the positive spin on any experience, I look for the good in everyone)
• EMPATHY (I find myself truly understanding how people feel, its not sympathy but the ability to really empathise)
• LEARNER (Life is all about the journey, whatever I can learn from something is important and this is actually one of my big necessities)
• INPUT (Always looking for more information, I may also be a collector)
These are just my takes on the themes, and at first I was a bit gutted, they were all such fluffy, non definable strengths, but I’ve since learnt to embrace them, and my woo, my biggest strength is also the thing that has helped me to get where I am. I don’t treat anyone any differently, I always make an effort to talk with people and put them at ease. I’m truly grateful for my woo.

I’m not really sure where to take this story next. This doesn’t feel like an end, but it also doesn’t really feel like there is a logical next step. So I’m going to press pause… But first, what do you think your strengths are? Don’t think about your weaknesses, tell me what you are good at?!

Bitten by the crafty bug!


So you know I make jewellery right? Well just recently I’ve come over all crafty licious! I’m dying to turn my hand to all sorts of new things, this doesn’t bode well for my bank balance, or my time, but it’s one of those things that happens to me every now and then.

So, I started off with my mini clipboards which I adore, and can’t wait to send one to Han in her next letter (it’s not a secret so I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing! My sister will also be getting one as part of her belated birthday presents. (again, not a secret!)

I’ve also been perusing loads of craft blogs – there are soooooo many ideas!

One of my favourites at the moment is dollar store crafts I’m a HUGE fan of the pound shop (our UK equivalent!) and am so jealous that they have so much cooler stuff in there dollar stores over in the States, but there are so many cool ideas of things to make whilst spending very little cash… check it out!

I’m also loving Chic’ n Scratch which I found whilst looking for coasters to decorate. The woman who runs it is amazing and also a stampin up consultant… Must… resist….stampin up…

Finally I love the UK Craft Forum for chatting with like minded UK based crafters, I’m sparklybec if you fancy finding me!

So hopefully look out for some new projects soon, and maybe I’ll even brave a tutorial at some point!

I’ve also booked in to do another craft fair in Norwich on 17th July! Fingers crossed this one goes well 🙂

Of lips and blog bling!


A couple of things in a little bit of an update!

Firstly, a happy easter to my lovely readers, wherever you are and what ever you believe. We spent the day with Dave’s family today, and I made an easter egg hunt for everybody 🙂

Becca does the easter bunny

Just call me the easter bunny!

I wanted to share my new beauty find with you all, I’ve been struggling with really dry lips recently and whilst looking for something to help I discovered this:

Neutrogena’s Immediate Repair Lip Balm.  It is a lovely little pot of loveliness that I just can’t get enough of. I love it! I’m never going to buy another lip balm again, it makes me lips soft and lovely without leaving them sticky.

And down there, in the corner is my other little bit of loveliness!

My friend Jen gave me my first ever bit of blog bling, its the sunshine award! Along with it is a meme about what my handbag holds 🙂 That is a whole other entry for when my camera is back with me (I left it at mum and dad’s last time I visited).

So massive thanks Jen, I’ll do the rest of it when I can:)

Day 4 – of 1001


So today marks Day 4 of the 1001 challenge I’m undertaking with Han and I’ve managed to start 4 of my challenges:

These are

  • Learning to drive
  • Writing in my journal once a week
  • Drinking a bottle of water every day (on days I’m not in work this is going to be at least 2 glasses)
  • Contributing a million grains of rice to freerice (I’ve done 1500 ish)

I think Han and I might also help each other out by being penpals too!

I’m also working on getting Sammi to do her 101.

So thats the update.  I’ve got another blog idea in the pipeline, so expect something else soon!

A little bit of link lovin’!


I wanted to share a little bit of link love this evening.

Firstly, a beautiful blog I’ve discovered through twitter (I think one of my friends tweeted a competion and I followed in order to enter the competition.) all about retro/vintage fashion, it satisfies my inner girlie!  I give you

Secondly, please welcome my baby sis to the world of blogging

So there you go, a little bit of monday linkage!