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Why Wait til Retirement to Live Your Dream Life?

Why Wait til Retirement to Live Your Dream Life?
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I’ve written before about my Nan and Grandad on my Dad’s side, who lived and worked in London and Essex for most of their lives and then moved to Lowestoft to enjoy their retirement by the seaside. They both worked hard their whole lives to enjoy a little slice of the quiet life in their old age, but if the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that life can be short and we should be embracing everything we can while we still can.

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Life · Money

My Bucket List (The Lottery Win Edition)

My Bucket List (The Lottery Win Edition)

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Unless you’re already completely loaded, you’re probably like me and spend a fair amout of time thinking about what you’d do if you won the lottery. Aside from the obvious ones of buying a house and going on holiday, there are a few things that I’d love to do and so I thought it would be fun to share a few of them with you today:

A New Motorhome

Husband and I absolutely LOVE the idea of buying a new motorhome and spending time travelling around, seeing the UK and Europe. We’ve spent many an hour online looking at everything from top of the line Winnebagos to old converted school buses that people have made into the most incredible mobile homes and it’s something that would be really high on our list, should we win the lottery.

A Greener Car

I wrote a blog post a few years back about how “saving the world” seems to be reserved for the middle and upper classes, as they’re the ones who can afford to buy greener cars, install solar arrays etc. and I still feel that this is relevant now. We’re currently using my Dad’s car while we’re saving to buy our own, but it’s unlikely to be an eco-friendly electric model, so if we won some money I’d definitely be investing in an electric car.

A Treehouse

This one might sound absolutely bonkers, but I’ve always had a thing about houses in trees! I don’t know if I’d want to live in one full-time, but if we had a big house with a decent bit of land and some big trees, I’d definitely get someone to come in and build us a super treehouse for fun camp outs and even to have family over to stay in!

My Own Book

Bear with me here, again, I know this sounds strange! I’ve been in the process of writing a children’s book for a couple of years now and once I finish, I’m hoping to get it in front of the right people to get it published. However, if I had the money, I think I’d skip this step altogether and just self-publish and distribute it without a third party. It would be a lot easier and I wouldn’t have to deal with the inevitable rejections from editors!

An Education

I started my OU degree back when Sausage was a toddler but between life getting busier and tuition fees TRIPLING since I started, it’s been well and truly shoved onto the back burner. If I have the money, I’d start some sort of course just for the fun of learning. We all focus on education being a gateway to a career, but wouldn’t it be nice to just pick something you’re interested in and learn all about it?

What would you buy if money was no object after a lottery win? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your ideas.

Family · Life · Travel

Anywhere But Here…

I’m not going to lie, between the relentlessly horrible weather (we’re currently on day 4 of being snowed into our village) and the looming spectre of Brexit, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about places I’d love to live which aren’t here. My lack of foreign languages and massive pot of money to enable us to do so means we’re pretty limited, but it doesn’t stop me from dreaming. Here’s a few of the places we’d love to go:

France

Husband actually lived in France in his youth, in a fairly remote Alsace town, and although I’d rather go somewhere warmer and more southern, France is a really appealing prospect. I think the girls would love the culture, and there are some amazing IB schools in France that they could attend where I think their education would probably be even better than here. France is also only a drive away if we ever need to get back to England quickly.

Iceland

Okay, so I know it’s really not an improvement in terms of weather, but I really love Iceland and the pragmatism which seems to be at the core of their culture. It’s a beautifully rugged country and the more I read about it, the more I’d like to go there – maybe for good!

Vancouver Island, Canada

I’ve had a bit of an obsession with Vancouver Island after reading about it a few years ago, and I think I’d move there in a heartbeat if I had an opportunity. Unfortunately, so would thousands of other people and I think it’s pretty expensive and hard to get visas for these days, although that does show you what a great place it is. The landscape is incredible and the way of life there just seems like something we’d really love. Also; who doesn’t love Justin Trudeau?!

New Zealand

New Zealand is another place that we have a bit of a family obsession with and somewhere we’d happily relocate to. It’s one of those incredible countries where you get the best of it all  – hot beaches, snowy mountains and temperate areas which feel pretty much like home. The wildlife in New Zealand would be fascinating for the girls, especially Sausage who’s had a lifelong dream of becoming a marine biologist.

South Korea

This one might seem odd, and the proximity to NORTH Korea doesn’t fill me with joy, but I’ve seen a lot of programmes about South Korea recently and as well as it being a beautiful country, the way of life seems really nice, too…although I must admit, a large part of the draw is the food!

Where would you go if money were no object?

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Life · Love

Let’s Talk About Love

Valentine’s Day is a bit of a non-starter in our house. Husband and I don’t really believe in having a prescribed day on which to love each other (although the big git always manages to buy me lovely presents for it, even though we say we aren’t going to!) so we don’t do the whole ‘romantic meal’ thing like other couples do, and one of our anniversaries is on 22nd February anyway, so it all feels a bit silly.

The Independent Pharmacy have put together a really interesting infographic to show a whole load of facts relating to love, sex and health, just in time for Valentines Day.
Sex, health, and romance on Valentine's Day.

I’m genuinely shocked that 53% of women would end their relationship if their partner didn’t get them something fancy and proudly count myself not part of this group! I also love the stat about how many babies are conceived on Valentines Day – November must be a really busy time in maternity wards across the land! All of the stats are actually really fascinating from a sociological point of view.

What’s your favourite stat from the infographic? Did any of them really surprise you? Do leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Life

Career Options in Criminal Justice

If you are considering a career in criminal justice you may be surprised by the diversity and variety of jobs that are available. Opportunities can range from working in prisons or probation, legal aid or public defender positions and even charities serving specific criminal justice interests.
The possibilities are wide ranging and almost all of the jobs help you contribute to society and have a direct impact on people’s lives.

While each of the specific jobs has different requirements you will typically be deeply involved with protecting society and assuring the safety of the general public.

You will be required to interact with people from all different backgrounds and will need to very quickly develop a connection with them.

Your intuition and interpersonal aptitude will be put to the test with almost every encounter, and the more skilled you are in these areas the greater positive impact you will have.

Typical Jobs in Criminal Justice

There are diverse job categories and opportunities within criminal justice. For instance, you may choose to be a police officer that protects the community and keeps people safe from crime. In this role, you will have direct on the street interaction with a wide range of individuals in potentially difficult situations.

If you prefer to work in a different environment, you could consider become a parole officer. In this role you would work with offenders and provide pre-sentence recommendations to the court. You would also work with individuals about to be released from prison and help monitor them and ensure public safety after they are placed back into the community.

Numerous jobs are available for individuals interested in working as a prison officer. These positions are very challenging. You may also want to see if working with youthful offenders is the right path for you. As a youth offending officer you may participate in youth Intensive Supervision programmes and other initiatives that are specifically designed to assure better outcomes among young people.

Other Types of Criminal Justice Jobs

 There are extensive options available for criminal justice jobs beyond the typical ones mentioned above. If your calling is to work in defense of those charged with a crime, you could consider a career with the Legal Aid Agency or the Public Defender Service. There are also numerous charities that offer the opportunity to work for criminal justice reform.

Among the careers in criminal justice there are a number of offerings that are health-related. If you focus on offender health you could pursue a role as offender health nurse, pharmacist, mental health nurse or a drug treatment nurse.

There are also specialized opportunities available in the field of substance misuse, including substance misuse recovery workers and nurses.

If you are interested in a career in criminal justice be sure to research the different options there for you. It would also be very helpful to talk with people in the jobs you are interested in and ask for their help and advice as you evaluate your career opportunities.