#everycloudeveryday Girls rock!

Today’s post is inspired by this video by Goldie Blox, a toy company from America who are blazing a trail to get girls into ‘STEM’ (science, technology, maths & engineering). Currently in the US, only 1 in 10 engineers is a woman – a fact not helped by the gender stereotypes usually represented by toy manufacturers. The story here isn’t much different; this report shows that we have the lowest proportion of female engineers in the entire EU, at only 8.7%. Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday That warm & fuzzy feeling from giving back

I’m very fortunate that where I work, we get to do two days of volunteering days per year & this year I have had the privilege of organising this for my team.

Choosing what to do was a difficult task, with so many worthy causes & charities all needing support. There was also the issue of us being a national team & we are so spread out that I needed to find a central location, so I settled on Birmingham & I decided to look into the option of supporting a Food Bank, as the coverage of these in the media has risen in recent years & I was also interested in knowing more about what they do. Continue reading

It’s (not currently) all about me

When I started Project Happiness, one of the things I noticed was that I’d forgotten about myself. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, an employee, a sister, an aunty, a friend, a housekeeper & a cook, but somewhere along the way my identity of just being ‘me’ has got a bit lost. I’m not totally sure I know how it feels to shed these other titles & be me. Continue reading

My Ultimate Running Top 10 (well, 11 but who’s counting!)

It’s fair to say I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, but I’d like to share with you my favourite songs & the reasons they get my legs pumping & my brain happy! They’re maybe not obviously upbeat – although some are – but each one is special to me & here’s why: Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday ‘Holiday’ is a tricky concept for a toddler.

A while ago we went down to Devon for a week’s holiday. Little T knew we were going somewhere & had helped us to pack, but I’m not sure he understands the concept of a ‘holiday’ as it’s not a fixed, tangible ‘thing’. When we picked him up from pre-school, we said we were going on holiday & if he had a little sleep, we’d be almost there when he woke up.  Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday Little T’s ‘Roary-isms’

Little T is a huge Roary the Racing Car fan & while we don’t watch tv regularly in our house, he requests Roary whenever he goes to my parents house & – grandparents prerogative – they usually say yes!

The voice of Big Chris, who is the mechanic in the show is narrated by Peter Kay & it is a proper broad northern accent, as you would expect. Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday What do you want to be when you’re a big boy?

One of my friends bought Little T a DVD of Tractor Ted for his birthday last year & he loves it. Another favourite in our household are the ‘Harvest’ programmes that were on the BBC at the end of the summer, so it’s fair to say he has more than a passing interest in farming, which Mr T’s family are very pleased with.

Little T goes to my parents-in-law every Wednesday afternoon, after pre-school. They are dairy farmers &, as such, have very specific gender roles within the households – Granny does the domestic things, while Grandad does the more physical & demanding jobs. Little T often goes on to the farm to help with the jobs, such as feeding the calves or prentending to help with many other tasks – I’m not sure if he is more of a help than a hinderance sometimes, but they would never tell him that & are definitely encouraging the passion he seems to have for farming & all things farm-related. He can tell you more than I could about the workings of the farm, the animals, the machinery & can tell you what make a tractor is based on it’s colours. He waxes lyrical on the jobs he’s done on the farm most Wednesday evenings when we go to pick him up. Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday The Power of Music

Music has always been a massive part of my life. My mum used to play the Basoon in Leicestershire Orchestra & from a young age, I played the violin & the organ. When I got to secondary school, I decided I’d had enough of the violin (something I regret now) & chose to play the saxophone instead (I think I thought this would me look cooler?!).  Continue reading