Book Review: I Was Told to Come Alone

Book Review: I Was Told to Come Alone, by Souad Mekhennet
Book Review: I Was Told to Come Alone, by Souad Mekhennet

I Was Told to Come Alone is an important book written by Souad Mekhennet, a German journalist whose parents migrated to Germany from Turkey (her mother) and Morocco (her father).

In an era where politicians and people are fond of shouting fake news every time something comes up that does not fit their agenda, this book is a powerful reminder of the commitment of journalists the world over who dedicate their lives to finding and disseminating the truth, in some cases at great personal risk.

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How I started running

Running is an excellent way of getting fit, and it also helps you improve your mood and clear your mind
Running is an excellent way to get fit, and it also helps you reduce stress, improve your mood and clear your mind

Over the last few years I tried to start running many times. Unfortunately however I never made much progress. I would start off, then get tired and give up, telling myself that I did not know what I was doing and most likely was doing it all wrong. It’s quite amazing the number of excuses that fall fully formed into your head when you decide you prefer to sit on the couch reading a book instead of going out and getting active!

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Money CAN buy you happiness

Happy Money : The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
Happy Money : The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton

Financial Independence bloggers churn out hundreds of posts about money every year. In the main the focus is on how to earn money, save money or invest money. Which all makes sense since the goal is ultimately to have enough money to finance whatever goals the bloggers might have for themselves.

A less common subject, however, is how to SPEND money, a topic which has always struck me as very important. For after all, what is the point of working so hard to have “enough” money if we do not then use it in order to buy happiness?

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Happy New Year! My goals for 2018

goals for 2018
2017 was a successful year. I plan to achieve even more in 2018!

Every year I take a few days off between Christmas and New Year and inevitably I mull over how I spent the previous 12 months and take stock of the successes and the failures, the good and the not so good . I also look ahead and plan what I would like to achieve over the coming 12 months.

This year I decided to share my goals for 2018. These are categorised as follows:

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A Weekend Project – Fingerless Gloves

Knitting project, Santa Hat
My kids loved them and their friends wanted one too, so I knitted MANY of them!

It’s been a nice quiet week over Christmas. Outside the weather rages and inside we keep cosy and busy. As I mentioned in a previous post, over the last three months I found a new hobby – knitting.

In the run-up to Christmas I was very busy knitting Santa Hats.  Now churning out red hats with white pompoms is a sure-fire way of getting into the Christmas spirit, and it’s great fun to browse through Facebook and glimpse a photo or two of your friends wearing your creations – but it does grow old quite fast. By the end of it I couldn’t stand the sight of the things.

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The joys of….knitting!

Knitting is not just for old ladies :)
Knitting is not just for old ladies 🙂

When I was a little girl I used to love to knit. My mum had lots of light blue wool and I made countless accessories for my dolls. They all had little blue scarves and dresses – I felt like a fashion designer!

However this was all many years ago, far more years than I care to remember. My knitting needles were put away and I forgot all about it….

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