Why you’ll fall in love with Bullet Journaling

Please welcome my friend and colleague Sarah Sibley, the founder of Got2Jot – a fashion stationery company with the most gorgeous designs of all kinds, both for personal and some business uses. Sarah is a huge fan of Bullet Journaling – a highly personalised type of ordinary journaling . I asked her to tell us about it … and why she fell in love with it. Now I’m falling in love with it, too…over to Sarah:

article about bullet journaliing by sarah sibley on how to write better with suzan st maurI came across Bullet Journaling about three years ago. Attending trade shows and working in the stationery industry gave me a chance to find out more and see what this craze from the US was all about.

Since then I’ve been hooked. It is a simple system for those who still love putting pen to paper but are looking to be more organised in their lives.

We know that writing things down helps to offload some of that stress so that you can clear your mind and look at things more objectively. But sometimes writing lists and more lists can make things worse, as it can be overwhelming. [Read more…]

What to write when someone has lost their job due to coronavirus

One of the most popular articles here on HTWB for the last four years has been “What to write when someone has lost their job.” As you know, at the moment (May 2020) this has become even more of an issue due to social distancing, self-isolation and of course the closing down of many businesses.

Even a short email or private message on social media can help support someone who’s facing job/income loss due to coronavirus, but it’s a delicate path to travel. Here’s how to help, not hinder…

Some workers are lucky and have been furloughed, but others – especially in small businesses and the self-employed – are facing not one but two major dilemmas: one, loss of income, and two, no clear vision of how – and when – the job and business markeplaces will get back to normal … if they ever do. [Read more…]

How have we become so selfish? An 18-year-old writes about coronavirus

by James Tierney

Please welcome James Tierney, 18, a highly talented young writer who hopes to make writing his career. His current projects include excellent fiction for children and young adults: this time, however, I asked him to share his nonfiction thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic from the point of view of a teenager in the UK. Over to James…Sz.

Now can you see the benefits of being tech-savvy, as we young people are?

At first, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It is like something you see in the movies.

Some sort of disease and no one is allowed to go out.

However, as the days have gone by the realisation has hit home. At first, they were saying it was only the elderly that were affected. As time has gone on, I have heard more cases of people around my age, or even younger, getting it and dying from it.

I think the worst of these was the 13-year-old boy who died from the coronavirus. [Read more…]

Diary of a self-isolator: Lockdowners’ Laughs … Easter & Passover jokes

Updated April 2020. When this period of Easter, Passover and other religious events should be observed within gatherings of family and friends – not on lockdown standing at least two metres away from the family you live with and not being allowed to see our folks who live elsewhere other than through the cold, squinty eye of a digital camera – we can at least have a few laughs to help us through it.

Here are some jokes about Easter, and further down about Passover (Pesach) for you to share with your folks and give you all a smile.

Humorous Easter Eggs on How To Write Better

Why shouldn’t you tell an Easter egg a joke? It might crack up.

Jokes about Easter: enjoy…

A white rooster was strutting around the henhouse on Easter morning and came across a nest of eggs dyed every colour of the rainbow. He took one look at the colorful display, ran outside and beat the living daylights out of the resident peacock.

What would you get if you crossed the Easter Bunny with an over-stressed person?
An Easter basket case!

How does the Easter Bunny stay fit?
EGG-xercise and HARE-robics! [Read more…]

Diary of a self-isolator: handwashing rant Part Two

Corona virus common sense: washing your lovely pinkies ain’t enough. Washing your palms and wrists ain’t enough.

On the other hand you do not need a full-body power shower each time you sneeze or touch a handrail.

Do you get where we’re going here? What do you wear on the lower part of your arms, connecting with your hands?

Coronavirus might be lurking in these…

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Diary of a self-isolator: so thanks for April Fool, coronamonster

You notice I have upgraded myself from lowly social distancer to the rank of fully fledged self-isolator? Being the wrong side of 60 with the medical history of a three-legged baboon, plus my son snapping at my heels to make me stay indoors, I’m in.

One little germ and its trillions of friends, naked to the human eye, have managed to achieve what the world’s superpowers and despots would love to have done many times over. WTF.

Voluntarily though: no letter or text from the NHS sentencing me to 12 weeks’ incarceration. It’s nice to know at least they think I’m healthy.

Had it not been for the internet and social media I would be chewing the wallpaper by now but what with Facetime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Messenger, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc. I have a larger choice of socialising venues than there are (or were) in London’s West End.

Anyway that’s not the April Fool: this is: [Read more…]

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