Charity Marathon- Show your support for Hope Springs and Temi!

Help a poor developing community in Africa get access to clean water

Did you know there is a Herefordshire based non-profit organisation that is dedicated to providing access to clean drinking water? In some parts of Africa, there are small children walking hours everyday to get water. That’s why Hope Spring was set up to help combat this daily plight.

To raise more funds for this not-for-profit organisation there’s a  charity marathon that Temi Odurinde will run in Barcelona to drum up donations for this charity. Read details of it here.

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Hope Spring helps developing communities in Africa access safe, clean water. Lack of clean drinking water and adequate sanitation in developing communities is one of the major killers of children under 5 years of age. In collaboration with the beneficiary community, they dig wells or boreholes.

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A message from Temi

“I am running Barcelona Marathon on March the 12th, 2017 to raise money for Hope Spring, a great charity that helps poor communities in Africa access clean drinking water.   I could use big impressive statistics to back up the reasons I am raising money for a water charity, but I will not.  I will just share a story from one of the past beneficiaries of Hope Spring water project called Amuda. 

Amuda is 8 years old. Each morning, she must wake up early, take a plastic container and walk 2 miles to the nearest well. She joins a long queue. When it is eventually her turn, she collect about 10kg of water into her plastic container, carry it on her head, and head back home.”

Learn more about this charity by visiting
 w w w . H o p e S p r i n g . o r g . u k 

F a c e b o o k : @HopeSpringWater
T w i t t e r   : @HopeSpringH20

The Donation Page is found here

About Temi:

Temi is passionate about the environment. In his day job, he works as a consultant on various sustainability projects. Some of his spare time is spent volunteering on sustainable development advocacy projects. – TemiOdurinde.uk

Odurinde also runs Marches Hour a Twitter networking platform for people, businesses and organisations based in:

Herefordshire    Worcestershire    Shropshire    Shrewsbury    Ludlow    Powys Presteigne   Monmouthshire

Please Give a Donation Today here
Read  Hope Spring’s blog too!

How to hygge…

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So you have heard about the new Danish craze that is hygge (HOO-gah) (and if you haven’t heard of it, refer to this post).

Perhaps you grasp that it is cozy, but give me an example, you ask…besides fresh mugs of coffee and crackling fireplaces…

How does one hygge?

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Hygge is a subjective term, and different for everyone. In my humblest opinion, hygge boils down to simple pleasures that bring you joy.

Create a pleasant environment: you don’t have to live in Scandinavia to cozy it up like the Danes; here are some of my favorite ways to hygge at home, no matter where I am:

  • Light a candle (specifically in an earthy scent like pine or vanilla, or even better, scents that smell like baked goods)
  • No overhead lights, use warm, cozy lighting like lamps and string lights
  • Play music, often. One of my favorite things to…

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2017 New Years Goals: Fitness, Learning to Cook, finish a Grand Project i.e. my debut novel

Dear Readers,

I am going to share my New Year’s Resolution and the ways I shall effectively execute them.

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Given that in 2016 I managed sans plans/friends/connections and a whole lot of depression and anxiety launched a literary career, had a (fleeting) Amazon No.1 and performed at a major British Literature Festival I figure I must have some kind of knack to Get Things Done.

2017 is the year I finally get around to accomplishing the mundane goals, which I’ve not yet fully consistently committed to.

The Goals:

  • Establish and commit to a x3 days weekly fitness routine
  • Learn to cook
  • Complete the 1st draft of my novel.

How I will accomplish this:

Review date: 1st April 2017. Therefore goals are to be ‘run’ for 3 months/90 days.

Fitness:

  • Do the Tabata Workout x3 days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
    – In the mornings.
    – After April 2017 double this workout but continue only x3 days a week.

It will begin as only a 4-minute, high-intensity workout from now until April 1st 2017.

Cooking:

  • Using a mix between recipes found in Sam Stern’s student cookbook, my Mother’s recipes, other cookbooks and BBC Good Food recipes. Learn one new recipe per month.
  • January = Macaroni Cheese  ||  February = Chicken soup  ||  March = Carrot soup
    – Cook the dish only twice a month, then move onto the next assigned recipe for that certain month.

My Novel:

  • Write one hour a week
    – High focus, content driven writing on my novel. No note-taking just plot writing. If I get stuck/suffer writer’s block I simply move on and write in another chapter or edit written work.
    Tuesdays 6pm work on writing novel
  • Review material, research plot gaps for one hour
    Fridays 6pm work on rereading manuscript and doing extra research on passages marked TK.

The secret to these goals is to keep them as simple and small as possible so that I can actually consistently commit to them because implementing these accomplishments is a necessity. Also by having them take minimal time I can easily over-deliver on each task and gain small wins as a confidence boost.

Additionally I shall counter-intuitively reduce my blogging commitments.

This Lifestyle blog: CatherineVaughansWorld.com will not have a set blogging schedule. This will be my ad-hoc blog. Namely blog posts will definitely be posted early April to see how I have come along with my New Year’s Resolutions, to see which goals I’ve stuck with analyse what has worked and hasn’t worked. Any inspiring ideas or disappointments will be posted online.

My Arts & Culture blog NouveauBohemian.com will have only x1 article posted on the 15th of each month and a once a season Bohemian selection.

HerefordshireWriters.co.uk remains a once monthly article editorial. (Writing plans remain the same.)

 

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2016: The Year Hereford Culture Blossomed

A 2016 Highlight of Herefordshire Culture. Thank you Michelle of HerefordCityCentric.com

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“The scene is starting to settle now (in a nice way). People are beginning to ask what music is on this coming weekend, rather than ‘Is there anything on?’ which is a massive change and a great reflection on the venues, the quality of the acts and the local promoters who have taken the risk in time and money to have a go this year. 2017 I hope will continue with that support from music lovers. I also hope people will take the plunge more and go to see acts they’ve not heard of before. After all, live music is a great night out whether or not you can sing along” – The Underground Revolution Music Director, Rich Lovell

From the day I set foot on Hereford turf I felt a special magnetism to its quiet green fields, open air city centre unobstructed by big heavy concrete monsters you find…

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10 STEPS TO DE-CLUTTERING

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed, drained and stressed while you are in your home, you need to seriously evaluate your space.

Ideally, your home should be a place to relax, unwind and spend time with your loved ones. Your very own oasis!

If “stuff” has taken over, and you can’t take it anymore, here are a few tips to help YOU take back control over your space.

  1. Start with one room or a small area. Take a look at your space and try to envision how you really want it to look. We often think we need to buy new things to create the space we desire, but really we just need to get rid of the things that we no longer have use for. Try to picture your space clutter-free and use that as your motivation to get you going.
  2. Give yourself a good amount of time to get in…

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A New Style for 2017

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So last night I just randomly decided to change the entire design and style of my lifestyle blog CatherineVaughansWorld.com.

This choice has been determined by my recent foraying back into the blogs I enjoyed back in the day. On my gap Year in 2009 and in my first year of University I was dipping into to blogs by Leo Babauta, Tim Ferriss and Cal Newport. I became frustrated as well as deeply affected by the horrid things that had been going on in my life since my teens and needed a new outlook on life, a vision of how life could be. I was insatiably materialistic with a huge propensity to excess (in attitude and habit) in those days and knew it was not the way to be. The bloggers and writers mentioned above are somewhat collectively LifeHackers, a term fellow British readers may not be too familiar with as life-hacking techniques are not particularly present in our culture. It’s a very American concept and one that I didn’t realize I had been doing since my teen years before I discovered these online writers.

I felt the need for transformation on my blogs. Things had been brewing for a while. I had successfully updated, revitalized and changed the entire layout of my arts blog NouveauBohemian.com and now it was time for my namesake Lifestyle blog to get the same treatment.

This former website design and aesthetic is simply too much. Too colourful, too bold. It’s crowded and distracted. It’s time for change. Time for simplicity. Time to pare things down to the bare essentials.

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It reflects the old me that had to be bold and striking but now I’m fed up of that approach and crave simplicity and spareness, even boringness.

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I want to go back to the roots of my reading and writing style. Previously I thought my obsession with efficiency and discipline would reduce my artsy credibility so to speak, but then I realized that firstly those qualities shape me and enable me to find pieces of success in the arts field and secondly fellow admirers of productivity tips are actually quite Bohemian. The likes of Ferriss, Babauta and Newport are often contrarian in their views. They’re non-conformist types. If anything efficiency and productivity are non-conformist traits because there’s so little presence of it in daily conventional life despite it being necessary for a functional life.

I was watching an interview with ZenHabits.net blogger Leo and FourHourWorkWeek.com blogger Tim and realizing these guys are the Zen Bohemians that Laren Stover writes about in her book The Bohemian Manifesto.

Something else I’ve also had to accept in life is that these kinds of people are basically the top in their field and that such discussions in the video just do not happen in real life, sadly. It’s not a typical topic of discussion at all… Though it seems quite natural to me….

I no longer have to choose either side as both sides of myself the artistic, romantic and sensitive dreamer can work in unison with my detail-orientated, productivity-seeking and perfectionist tendencies.

I’m glad I’m embracing this side of myself again and also discussing such writers because they’ve been so influential on my life and are cumulatively a supreme bank of knowledge. I hope maybe some readers of this blog will check out these incredible writers mentioned on this post:

Tim Ferriss
His books, USA Link: http://amzn.to/2ikY071
UK Link: http://amzn.to/2hkiSvm
Blog:
FourHourWorkWeek.com

Cal Newport
His books, USA Link: http://amzn.to/2i0nLGT
UK Link: http://amzn.to/2il9RC1
Blog:
CalNewport.com/blog

Leo Babauta
His books, USA Link: http://amzn.to/2hQGTZE
UK Link: http://amzn.to/2hgA4QI
Blogs:
ZenHabits.net
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Please have a read of the article I wrote for Marches Hour (a networking digital community that shares info on local businesses and goings on) here. If you feel inspired to do so please like, read, share and follow the social media sites listed below…

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Introducing Herefordshire Writers

Herefordshire Writers is a multi-platform digital literary network to showcase Herefordshire born or based Authors, Poets, Writers, Publishers, Bloggers and Digital Content Makers.

catherine-quadrant-no-spaceAs a Writer living in this county I wanted to find a way to connect with other people in this field. I couldn’t find a network in place so I started one. It just made so much sense as I feel our county is a literary treasure as we have wonderful annual events such as Hay Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival on our doorstep. Plus, it would be a way to make friends and connections as writing is a such a solitary process and I’ve met some really lovely and talented people through this site. I feel HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is a unifying presence to embrace and highlight our literary roots. I’d been blogging for two years on NouveauBohemian.com so I have harnessed the self-taught skills I’d learned to design and run a website and poured it into a new site to serve the literary community of my hometown and its neighboring towns and villages.               

HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is an online platform to showcase authors, poets, writers and digital content makers plus publishers that are born, based or connected to Herefordshire. Each month there is one new article with an interview of a featured writer. Be sure to check out this month’s feature on our Poet in Residence for 2015-2016 Adam Horovitz plus previous articles like the one about our Leominster based Screenwriter Elisaveta Abrahall adapting Wuthering Heights to the big screen!

The hopes of this project is to inform residents of our county of the creative literary folk we have, establish a digital footprint of our writers plus create a multi-layered pool of connectivity, inspiration and guidance for aspiring writers living here. We can only do this if you get on board and visit the site (plus tell friends, family and workmates!) Be sure to like its accompanying Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter!

Something is changing in Hereford… There is a blossoming and distinctive Bohemian scene being carved out that is attracting and nurturing artisanal tastes and creative minds and HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is your online curated guide of local literary talent: visit the site today!

Details on how to get featured

As it is a monthly site with one article published per month slots fill up fast. If you are a Writer our county then send a message to Catherine on Facebook.com/HerefordshireWriters, giving a brief bio plus web links to your work. Next available slots are from January 2017. Join the Facebook Group to stay up to date.

If you are selected, you simply need to fill out a Q&A form via email.

Notably “Writers” INCLUDE: • Bloggers • Digital Content Makers • Editors • Copywriters • Journalists • Infopreneurs • Critics/Reviewers • Ghost Writers • Press Agents • Short Story Writers • Technical Writers • Script Doctors • Copy Editors • Literary Editors • Screenwriters • Playwrights • Hack Writers

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Social media

Facebook.com/HerefordshireWriters
Twitter: @HFDShireWriters
For writers in the county there is a Facebook Group you may join:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1196972073661218/