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Read the Signs

When I was in my early twenties I read a book called The Celestine Prophecy, which made me look at life in a very different way. The book shows us how to make connections between the events happening in our life now and use them to predict what is going to happen to us in the future. It claims there is no such thing as coincidence and that everything happens for a reason – we just need to learn how to understand and read the signs. And, for a very long time I believed this to be true. I looked for signs from the universe everywhere I went. Every chance encounter had a purpose, every opportunity was a message and – after watching Sliding Doors – every delayed train took me on a different path. If I was unhappy at work, I asked for a sign as to whether I should hand in my notice or stick it out. When I was single, I looked for signs for the person I was meant to be …

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The Facebook Freeze Out

I had a cup of tea with a friend a while back and she told me she was feeling a bit low because another friend had stopped liking her updates and photos on Facebook, something to which she had taken great umbrage. She, rightly or wrongly, assumed this inaction was a sign of a bigger problem in the friendship – a conclusion she only reached when her real life friend of ten years seemingly lost interest in her online life. My friend responded by giving her friend the same virtual cold shoulder and they were now engaged in a Facebook standoff with neither one of them liking, commenting or acknowledging the other’s presence on their timeline. My friend, now believing a real problem exists in the friendship, has not contacted her friend by any other means since. She has not picked up the phone to say hello or sent so much as a text message or friendly email. Has regular Facebook interaction joined loyalty, kindness and trust as a desirable friendship trait? While Facebook is …

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The Dinner Party

There are many good reasons to entertain at home – not needing a babysitter being an obvious one – followed closely by not having to leave the house when it is frigging freezing outside and being in such close proximity to your bed after a couple of glasses of wine. With this in mind, we invited a few friends over for a dinner party last weekend. I received a new white tablecloth for Christmas (YES I AM THAT OLD) and I was desperate for an excuse to use it (YES I AM THAT BORING). I was also excited to get this particular group together, as although I have known them all individually for many years, we have only recently started to hang out together as an ensemble. So, call it an experiment. An experiment with food and wine. What could possibly go wrong? Well, lots if we had stuck to our original idea of cooking kleftiko (slow-roasted Greek lamb in the oven). However, a routine message to double check dietary requirements ended with a list …

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Portfolio Working

A portfolio career is something that has intrigued me for a while, but it is really only something I started to put any effort into shaping for myself a few months ago. If you are not familiar with the term, portfolio working is when self-employed individuals work on a wide range of different projects for different clients, rather than for just one employer. A portfolio career has many strands to it and my income comes from part-time employment, freelance work, blogging and running my own business, Yiayia’s Kouzina. I am a slasher – Blogger/Writer/Entrepreneur/PA/Stay-at-home mum. I used to think that jumping from one career aspiration to another meant I still had to work out what it was I really wanted to do. However, now I understand that each of us are made up of many different parts and have many interests, none of which totally define us but without each one we would feel incomplete – we would not be ‘us’ – so, it made sense for me to explore them all. I wanted to find a way to be at home more, to be able to write for …

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If Grey’s Anatomy was a Sport…

If Grey’s Anatomy was a sport, I would wear my Team McSteamy t-shirt with pride. I would wear it to the shops, to the pub and on holiday. I would wear it out to lunch with friends and to my best mate’s birthday party. If I spotted other Grey’s fans on the street, I’d wave and call out ‘It’s a beautiful day to save lives’ and we would all laugh. If Grey’s Anatomy was a sport, I would watch it in the pub on the big screen with my friends. We’d order shots of tequila and slam our empty glasses down on the bar every time Kepner broke up with Avery. The whole place would erupt into cheers when Callie scored on the surgical table and later in Joe’s Bar, and we’d all BOO loudly whenever Meredith said anything at all. At the end of the episode, we’d replay certain scenes in slow motion and discuss how we think the rest of the season will fare. If Grey’s Anatomy was a sport, I would ask to watch it at parties and other social events. I would arrive at someone’s house …