The Miracle of Positive Thinking

At work recently, we completed an exercise where we wrote down three anonymous complements on a sticky note for someone in the office. One of mine I received: 'always happy'. Initially, I was taken aback, whilst mentally reviewing each-and-every interaction I'd had with every person in the office to see if it matched up with... Continue Reading →

Saying bye to the booze ** TW – Alcohol**

For a 5ft2 pint-sized person, I sure do used to drink a lot of wine. I’ve never been the go-out-every-weekend-and-do-shots-in-nightclubs kind of person, but since I turned 20 (five years ago) you’d rarely see me after 18:00 without a glass of wine in my hand. This was just a part of my evening routine: get home from... Continue Reading →

My accidental soul-searching journey

Sitting outside for the first time this year, soaking up the sunshine and smelling the fresh scent of the grass, I embrace the feeling of calm. The last few weeks have been really, really stressful and there have been some huge alterations in my life. Dealing with these has meant I've been away from home,... Continue Reading →

How the pandemic brought us together

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder and up until now, I've been fortunate enough to never truly understand the gravity of that statement. I've felt that stomach-dropping pain of absence more regularly in the last 18 months than ever before. I haven't seen my dad in 8 months (which seems even longer thanks... Continue Reading →

What Christmas 2020 meant to me

My favourite Christmas tradition is to wake up early whilst the rest of the house sleeps on, shrouded in darkness. I pad downstairs in my dressing gown and slippers and turn on the Christmas tree lights, breathe in its piney scent and watch the lights twinkle lazily, hearing only the reliant ticking of the clock.... Continue Reading →

Back to university

When I started my Open University degree in 2015, nobody could have predicted that 5 years later, online study would be pretty much the only option across the whole of the UK. Open University must be leading the way for many other universities in how to move all lectures and activities online... Perhaps now OU... Continue Reading →

Getting back in the (literal) saddle

Speak to me for five minutes and you can guarantee I'll incorporate horses into the conversation somewhere. My nickname is Shetty, my office computer is adorned with a pink fluffy unicorn pen, my house is covered in horse pictures and I would most definitely wear my riding stuff everyday if my boss would bear it.... Continue Reading →

Buying our first house in lockdown

Being the superstitious worrier that I am, I've delayed writing this post to avoid jinxing the very motive behind it. Clearly the House-Buying Gods smiled down on me and appreciated my thought because thankfully this blog can go ahead. We own our own house! Thinking back to pre-lockdown feels like years ago. Nevertheless, it's only... Continue Reading →

Why I Work in Talent Acquisition

When people think of a Talent Acquisition role, they often think 'recruitment'. Yes I earn commission for hires, work to monthly ‘starter targets’ and am focused on hiring into a company. I spend the majority of my time on the phone to candidates and embrace the target-driven and incentive-focused nature of the wider company, but... Continue Reading →

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