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5 Share Friday – 5 Jan 2018

It’s the first 5 Share of 2018! It’s a little late as I’m suffering from a flu like illness, there is a lot of it going round here in the UK. It’s also why there has been no other posts over the last week. I hope you’re all well and healthy.

1. Quote I’ve been pondering:

2. I’ve been pretty ill this week, lot’s of flu type illness going around. My son hasn’t been ill which is amazing as lots of illness has been at his school. We partly put it down to his daily dose of Elderberry syrup , I’ve started taking it too, it’s like magic.

3. I’ve been using one of these Yumboxes for my lunch when I’m on the move or in the office for 6 months now. My son has one for school too and they revolutionize the lunchbox. Check them out, they are amazing.

4. This week we’ve been listening to the Minions movie soundtrack over breakfast. It’s got some inspirational and fun tunes. I’m going to use it while working next week as have a feeling it’s a good set of tunes for productivity. Check it out, I think you’ll like it.

5. I gave a little gadget to my wife over Christmas. The Tile Mate key finder. It’s awesome and they do other versions too (phone, bag etc.). Cheap and you’ll never not find your keys again!

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5 Share Friday – 29 Dec 2017

Christmas is done and the New Year is around the corner. What a year 2018 is going to be (for all of us!). Here are 5 great things from the past 7 days, I hope you enjoy as much as I have.

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes for you”Tony Robbins

2. My wife made me a couple of bottles of delicious Vegan Irish cream (like Baileys but without cow’s milk). They were delicious and you can make them too (I recommend the coconut milk one as it’s creamier):

3. Each year I choose a word of the year, a word that represents the year ahead. My 2017 word was ‘gratitude’ and it defined my outlook, changing my life dramatically. For 2018 I’ve chosen ‘change’. Change is the theme of my life for the next 12 months and I’m excited and looking forward to it. I follow Claire Diaz Ortiz and a few years ago she inspired my word of the year, maybe she can inspire you too?

4. Gratitude was the word for 2017 and I’ve been reading how gratitude changed others too:

5. Our friends in Canada – George and Clare –  gave my wife and I Zen Pencils volume two: Dream the impossible dream. They also gave our children Zen Pencils Inspirational quotes for kids(check it out it’s fabulous). Zen pencils takes your favourite inspirational quotes and poetry, transforming them into heartwarming cartoon stories (comic strip). Tremendous reading!

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5 Christmas Friday – 22 Dec 2017

There aren’t many things in life better than 5 Share Friday, except of course 5 Christmas Friday!

We’ve only 2 more days to go until an old bearded man wearing a red robe breaks into our homes, eats mince pies, drinks cherry and claims to leave presents that we actually purchased ourselves.

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week:

2. The Cookie Monster is stealing Christmas, or rather internet cookies are. Have you ever searched the Internet for anything and then seen it appear in ads on other websites and Amazon? Here’s an article I read that shows how this is spoiling the surprise for many, doh!

3. We all know the origin of Spiderman, though do you know the origin of Chewbacca? Well you do now… this photo I found shows our family dog Bertie biting Chewies finger before he became everyone’s favourite Wookie (I didn’t realise our Bertie could time travel, awesome!).

4. On a more serious note, this time of year is a good one to consider what giving you’re doing outside of immediate family and friends, both time and money. On the money side we’ve gone with a monthly donation for 2018 to Doctors without borders aka Medicines Sans Frontieres site here).

5. And finally, the guy at this website knows the truth about Santa Claus, read it and feel shame if you no longer believe.

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5 Share Friday – 15 Dec 2017

After today it’s only one more 5 share to Christmas. I’ve been doing these in a couple of different formats for well over a year now and I appreciate you coming with me on the ride. Readership is growing and so the content must be ok!

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” – Pema Chodron

2. I went back to this 5 minute read on books several times this week. I like the idea of being a constant work in progress. Books really help with that, though my wish list keeps on getting longer: Why you should stop feeling bad about all those books you buy dont read

3. A colleague shared this hilarious write up on how a guy made his shed the #1 restaurant in London on Trip Advisor. He was interviewed on TV and has since been made semi-famous from his antics. Read it and never trust an online review again I made my shed the top rated restaurant on tripadvisor

4. In my quest for music at work and to increase productivity, I’ve discovered this 5 hour compilation of video game music and it’s pretty good. I’m still trying it out and so far the results are positive.

5. I’m shopping for a turntable for next year, this one is currently my favourite choice  if anyone has any advice or input to help me get a great player for under £300 let me know!