Motivation for Monday – Pineapples and Fear

This week, the kids finally went back to school. I had a few days respite from roasting chickens to sustain Son 1 and Son 2 and I had the house to myself for a few days, but motivation has been lacking and it has been a tough time for this Career Changer.
Reader, I had a birthday….

It came hurtling by last weekend when I wasn’t looking, knocked me off my feet and left me feeling very wobbly indeed. I was clearly unprepared for this particular birthday and have been left with an uneasy feeling that time is running out.  I am shocked by the realisation that it is now a year since I returned from a fantastic trip to Costa Rica – significant because it was this trip that was partly to blame for my reevaluation of my life. Costa Rica is the happiest nation on the planet and visiting this Garden of Eden when your own life is a misery obviously has life-changing implications….

Motivation - Pineapples

In an effort to keep the focus, here are the good bits.

In the last two weeks I have… Continue Reading →

There are Courses…and there are MOOCs

Last week, I started two very different courses and they are worlds apart.

Firstly, I am doing a web design and WordPress course at a Local Authority College.  The ‘Digital Suite’  is a very small room with a very large radiator, belting out heat.  There are ten tiny workstations wedged into the room.  Fortunately, only seven people have signed up, otherwise we would struggle to squeeze in.  We will all be sitting in this tiny room for 3 hours every Monday afternoon, trying to get to grips with the heat from the radiator and building a website.  As with all group courses the pace of study is likely to be determined by the slowest person, and I am hoping it’s not me! Continue Reading →

I’m doing a MOOC..yes a MOOC

I am allowing myself plenty of time to achieve my career change and one of the luxuries I am giving myself is the chance to do some courses.  Some are aimed at improving my skills and make me more employable, some will be an attempt to reignite my long-defunct creativity, but one is just for my own self-indulgent pleasure.
Next week I am taking part in a MOOC – a Massive Open Online Course.  The Introduction to Forensic Science course is being run by the University of Strathclyde and will be the first course to be run by Futurelearn, a private company owned by The Open University.  There is no formal qualification, the courses are purely for pleasure and for me this is simply an itch that I needed to scratch.  Continue Reading →