Five Things This WeekFriday, December 02, 2016
Catching up with friends that I don't see nearly enough of, in a bar we recognise from our more sociable days, that has seen many transformations but always manages to feel like the same old place by the end of the night.
Commenting on a Burt's Bees Instagram post and winning a prize. I didn't even realise it was a competition (didn't read the description properly), but was pleased to receive a back-up for my current favourite mango butter lip balm. It's delicious, and super nourishing, especially in these cold days with central heating and it's dehydrating ways!
Donating to a good cause thanks to Laura, who has been taking part in #hatwithaheart
The idea is that you buy a novelty Christmas hat from Tesco for £7 and £1 goes to FareShare and The Trussell Trust.
I have mixed feelings about these sorts of merchandise incentives, I can see the positive side, I understand why charities do it, but I can't help feeling sad that people need to receive in order to give. I had a mini rant over in Laura's comments, and then felt I should put my money where my mouth is, and donated the cost of a hat via Just Giving.
Donating reminded me that I hadn't visited Lend With Care for a while, I knew I had some repayments adding up, and decided to lend to another entrepreneur. I had enough to lend to two people. I searched for the oldest loans and selected two farmers (I'm fond of a farmer me).
Both are from Ecuador, one needed a loan to buy fertiliser and pay a labourer to help on his farm, the other to repair machinery used extract juice from sugar cane, pay three labourers part time, and also buy fertiliser.
I've mentioned Lend With Care before and this week I was able to help two more families without spending a single penny. By lending I'm able to help more people over time by simply lending the repayments to someone else as they come back to me. I can't even begin to tell you what a genius idea I think this is.
Going KonMarie. Again. I should've listened to the advice in her book and done the whole house in one go but I didn't and things got cluttered again. I don't have time to do the whole lot so I am just focussing on my office, which will no doubt return to chaos over time but at least for now I can see the rug again.
Also: Looking forward to opening my advent calendar, adding to my vast collection of Christmas decorations, planning my festive wardrobe, and pondering goals for 2017
So, that's been me this week, what have you been up to?