Laboro Marketing Solutions to kickstart the year!

Hello,

Happy New Year!!

And what better way to start off the year, than by starting off with a new company? Laboro Marketing Solutions has been set up by myself (obviously) to offer companies in Kent and Sussex bespoke marketing and social media packages that suit exactly what their companies need. What I mean by this is, rather than just going in and creating generic social media messages, or generic press releases, I will help you tailor everything so that you are sending your messages out to the right people- your customers. The packages available can be adapted to businesses, as well as being able to request specific services such as just blogging, or copywriting for websites and press releases. Visit the website http://www.laboromarketingsolutions.com for more information! As for my wonderful blog, I will be using it as normal and I will also be writing about specific articles and information that will be useful for companies looking to increase traffic to their websites, and customer outreach!

It’s all a lot of fun and games. Hopefully I don’t fall flat on my face…

In other news, our son turns four on Monday and I have just applied for him to go to school in September… So I feel like I am about 95.

Have a good evening.

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It’s okay… we all have the same relationship with technology

Hello,

I read a recent post about how guilty we can be of using our technology, watch the video and read the post- http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131102175726-32720-why-are-we-checking-our-smartphones-150x-a-day

Now, I won’t even bother lying to you, it isn’t worth it and too many people will be happy to rat me out. I am on my phone a lot. It is a constant joke with both my family and friends, and I even get told off by Jake sometimes. After I saw the post, I tried to remember what I was like before I had a phone, before technology took over. When I was about 14, I went with my family to Devon to celebrate New Years, as my aunt was living down there at the time. At the party I met a guy called Toby. We hit it off straight away and exchanged home telephone numbers and addresses. We wrote letters, though sadly I no longer have them, and would speak on the phone every week or so. I remember it being a lot of fun. My friend Danni the make-up artist; we got the bus together to school and would write each other letters to read on the bus. I know that there are some people who are still like that, but let’s be honest, it isn’t many of us, and it certainly isn’t a lot of people who I know personally. In fact, I sent postcards whilst I was on holiday, and I got laughed at by Mike but it was nice to write a note, even though I don’t think any of them have arrived yet.

We just don’t write anymore. I mean yes, technically I am writing right now, but through a laptop that will share the post within seconds. That’s why I got so excited when my step-mum got me an old type writer to say thank you for helping out in the shop. One of my earliest memories as a child is writing on a type writer. It is taking me forever to get the right ribbons so that I can actually use it, but I am so excited. Which makes me think that there is some hope for me yet. Or is there? Here is the thing; what ever you might say, you use technology every day, without fail. Companies rely on technology more and more for quick and easy contact with customers, and to attract more business, as well as using it to keep up with the rest of the world. You can’t escape it. But where do you draw the line?

Mike and I have both agreed that Jake will not be allowed a mobile telephone until he is at least 13. I had to wait that long. And to be honest, what do 13 year old kids have to talk about? Recently, we have seen how technology has played a large role in teenage suicides due to online bullying. So I need to do what I can to protect Jake.

I say all this knowing full well that I cannot give up technology. I use it on a daily basis for work and to keep up with friends. But I can certainly cut down. The holiday showed me that, especially due to the horrendous roaming charges phone companies will try to lumber you with, I can manage for an entire week without even texting anyone. I read a lot. I read Cheryl Cole’s autobiography and it was brilliant, judge all you like but it was. So how do I do it? I’m going to try to be in the moment more. So no checking my phone when I am eating dinner, or with friends and family, or more importantly, when I am with Jake.

I get the feeling that people may protest a lot, but I think it’s safe to say they would be lying. I also suspect that people won’t try because everyone is doing it. It’s just so hard isn’t it?

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Settling in

Hello,

You will be pleased to know that we moved from Bangor and arrived safely into our new home in East Sussex. The weather has been constantly pleasant, even on the day that we left Bangor, which does feel like a slight slap in the face because I was feeling ever so miserable that day. It was harder than I thought to walk away from the place that had been my home, that had been where Jake had grown into the wonderful, tantrum throwing, stair falling, laughing, jumping little boy that he is. I have made friends that will last a life time, I know I sound mushy but I’ve never had friends like these. Anyhoo… I miss Bangor and all the people in it.

I am back in Sussex though, and tomorrow I am off to see where I will be working which is exciting… I mean it is but oh I so wanted to get a job that was ever so slightly related to what I want to do with my life. I am going to start advertising my proof reading skills on a free lancing website so that will hopefully get me going in the right direction.

I must dash, jobs to apply for and exercise videos to do, my life of excitement never stops.

Also please don’t forget to vote for my blog in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2012

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/Nominations_are_open_Cosmo_Blog_Awards_2012_

Just fill in what category you feel I should be in and vote 🙂

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Friends

Hello,

One quick thing- I posted a few weeks ago about the inability people have to tell the difference between too and to, or their and there. I can’t remember if I said this or not but the advance in technology hasn’t helped. I was on twitter the other day, and I noticed that a few celebrities blame their bad spelling due to their new technology… This isn’t a good excuse, nor is it ever going to be an accepted excuse. Stop it, pick up a thesaurus or a dictionary, and learn how to do it correctly. Oh and don’t be afraid to tell the person responsible for the tweet how to do it correctly too.

Now on to the main body of today, I should really be working, but I am struggling to concentrate, this is partially due to all the Stilton I have eaten, as well as having something playing on my mind. Now, not to brag or anything, but I have an amazing set of friends. They are like my family, they are there for me when I need them, I can say anything to them and, apart from Mike, they are the only other people in the world who I can be myself with, and who make me laugh until I cry. They are not just my family, but Jake’s too, and what they have done for the both of us, goes beyond anything I ever expected. Sorry for the sob story, but I haven’t always been that fortunate with friends. From my days in primary school and secondary school, I only have about five real friends, who I still talk to constantly. Then I moved schools for sixth form, and this is where a large chunk of my friends come from. I can say with total confidence that the people I met here and especially at university, I will grow old with, and we will still be sat there (hopefully on my porch with a lot of alcohol flowing) making each other laugh, and talking about all the crazy things that we have done with our lives. I have shared so much with these people, and them with me, that at times I wonder how I became so lucky.

So, it is quite painful when one of these friends suddenly fades away. As much as these may be a number of reasons that don’t involve anyone else specifically, (and yes I am including myself in this), it is hard to let go of the memories and the things you have all shared, even though they may have moved on quite happily and let it all go. The problem is you find yourself wondering, and maybe even blaming yourself, thinking of all the things that have gone on and you wonder… I obviously need to stop wondering, because there are bigger things going on in people’s lives other than what I am talking about here, and maybe it isn’t something that they could talk to anyone about no matter who their friends are. Who knows? Certainly not me.

Moving on from this, you will all be pleased to know that I took Jake swimming this weekend, and it was a complete success. You may be wondering why I sound so shocked, but if you ask Mike, then you would know why. We took Jake to Tenerife last year and he screamed bloody murder when ever we tried taking him near the pool.  The really upsetting thing was that some little boy taught Jake how to jump off the side of the swimming pool without any fear what so ever. Upsetting? I hear you question, what is wrong with me? Well, he’s my little boy, my baby. How can he be like this already? I am not ready, I cannot have him changing so suddenly without any warning. The really sad thing is this- one day, I will turn round and he will be gone, living his own life and making his own choices, and taking much larger leaps than just the side of a swimming pool, but I am not ready to let go of it yet, of any of it. Don’t I sound crazy? I think I sound crazy…

Anyway, time to apply some of this writing to some essays. Hope you have a wonderful day xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

A quick thing…

Hello,

I can’t stop for long sadly but I just wanted to quickly mention a couple of things that have been annoying me writing wise.

Why can people not learn the difference between ‘to’ and ‘too’? It is the most annoying thing in the world, and it is just so lazy. For goodness sake this is just so practical, who hasn’t learnt it by now? I see it everywhere, especially social network sites.

Guys step it up a bit, and stop with the lazy writing.

Have a wonderful Sunday xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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