Five more sleeps until we’re all at sea

Plus close friends and domain names

Hello, welcome to this week’s missive. Thank you for being here.

A few months ago I responded to a call for submissions on Instagram from The Kindred Voice. I love writing and this was a great opportunity to submit something I’d written for publication. This week my post went live. I was thrilled!

Love is Blind (Literally) is the story of how I met Chris and you can read the full post here.

On the podcast this week is Brenden Kumarasamy, a coach and the founder of MasterTalk, a YouTube channel to help others master the art of public speaking. 

We chat about how to present effectively, the importance of building a foundation first, making your story relatable, and creating repeatable presentations. Brenden also shares his thoughts on a topic close to his heart, the water crisis, and his focus on helping solve this through his association with charity: water.

As well as covering that perennial challenge, overcoming fear of public speaking, Brenden talks about how we are each uniquely positioned to solve specific problems and how we should prioritise where we invest our time, and how public speaking can be a great medium and opportunity to spread our ideas.

If public speaking is something you would rather avoid, Brenden’s suggestions will really help.

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Some women buy shoes. I buy fountain pens, stationery and domain names! There’s always an ebb and flow for me when it comes to domain names. Sometimes I’m acquiring new ones, sometimes I’m taking them out of circulation. Recently, I’ve added several to my collection.

In the same way that we change as individuals, I often feel the need to update my email address or online presence. Because I can, I like to tinker with my Gmail setup, streamline and filter my incoming emails, and assign email accounts for specific purposes. It’s just what I do.

I recently joined Snapdragon Studio Club, created by Jane Lindsey. Membership opened up again a few weeks ago. I’d been waiting for the announcement for several months as I’d been following Jane on Instagram and enjoyed her focus on living life at a slower pace and in tune with the rhythm of the natural seasons. It’s just what I need as we’re about to start our new life in Derbyshire.

Jane adds members as Close Friends on Instagram so that they can share in some of the behind the scenes Stories. I though this was a great idea and I’m going to do the same and invite newsletter subscribers to see my behind the scenes Stories.

If you would like to be added as a Close Friend, please follow me on Instagram and either DM your username, or message me by clicking on the button below.

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Until next time, thank you for reading.


P.S. In case you’re not interested in reading about the move (some of it does get repetitive - we’ve packed more boxes, I’ve been to the charity shop … again, I’ve sold something on Facebook etc), I’m going to give it a section of its own.

For most of the week there has been radio silence from the various solicitors. We found ourselves 7 days away from the pencilled in removal date but with no sign of confirmation. As we’re putting our belongings into storage for a couple of months we planned on going ahead with the actual removal anyway. Talk, recently, has been of deckchairs and blow up mattresses. I’m hoping it won’t come to that.

Late Friday, after a day of Chinese whispers, there was light at the end of the tunnel. The estate agent told us they were waiting on our solicitor. He said he was waiting on the buyers’ solicitor. The buyers’ solicitor told our solicitor they weren’t ready to exchange. Our buyers told us the contract for their sale would be exchanged on Monday!

For the first time in months I’ve allowed myself to get a bit giddy about the prospect of finally living in Derbyshire.

We’ve been saying farewell to neighbours as several are going away for half term and will be sunning themselves abroad on the day we’re scheduled to move.

I’ve set up a PO Box number with a company called Ship to Shore. It turned out to be something of a challenge to set up a PO Box with Royal Mail without a permanent address. Quite by chance, as I was searching for options, I came across three businesses that provide mail forwarding for boat dwellers. So, if you need us, we’ll be all at sea for a few months!