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I just wanted to give you an update on my situation and stance with regard to the outbreak.
I hope you all stay healthy during this. Please please wash your hands well regularly and for longer, don't get too close to people in public if you can avoid it and stay away from super crowded places when you can.
As a side note, I suffer terribly from dry hands that crack and bleed ordinarily. I have found bar soap to be so much better for them and to have virtually stopped it. If you find your hands getting dry with the extra washing using liquid soap, make a swap to bar soap and you should find it much better.
Take care everyone
I love history. I love reading historical novels, watching movies and TV shows like Vikings, The Tudors, The Last Kingdom and The Pianist, as well as fantasy history like Game of Thrones. I guess I just love being taken back in time and living another person's life for a while. As George R R Martin says:
When I read a historical book or watch a show, I am taken into a radically different life, and I love that.
Let me introduce you to a Welsh Princess called Nest (or Nesta). She pops up in a few of the novels I've read and she's rather awesome, so I just thought I'd share a little about her.
She lived from 1085-1136, during the time of intense fighting against the Normans who had come over, won in battle against our King Harold Godwinson, and taken over England. That was of course near Hastings and is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Her father was a Welsh King and he resisted the Norman spread across England into Wales. He died fighting just outside Brecon against William the Conqueror's son, named, erm, William . Nest was still a teenager but was packed off to English court, as she was quite the beauty. That must have been such a tough time for her as she was separated from all her remaining family, but she struggled on. She settled in to London life, and even had Henry 1s illegitimate son (before he was King). According to written accounts, they were very close and things could have gone differently for her here, but she was ordered by Henry to marry a Norman Constable of Pembroke. This sounds rather harsh as he did love her, but he had become King and had to marry someone else for political reasons (he no doubt wasn't all that happy with it either).
This is a medieval manuscript in the British Library showing Nest in bed with Henry, crowns an' all!
Nest was shipped back to Wales with her new hubbie Gerald, so I'm sure she was happy to be going home; she even managed to make the forced marriage work. It's reported that she and her hubbie had a good relationship, despite her being a Welsh Princess and he a Norman Invader who had taken over Pembroke Castle. She was a well-balanced, strong, open and honest woman from what I've read, and she learnt to love Gerald for who he was. He learnt to respect her Welsh roots too, and was respectful of Pembroke and the Welsh people. I'm sure making the relationship work was not easy at the start, so hats off to them both.
They had 5 children together, and during her life with Gerald she was abducted and possibly raped by her cousin. She came through that ordeal with real strength, only to have Gerald die (not after he avenged her though) and her to be married off by her sons to someone else. It wasn't the best time to be a woman that's for sure. She had another child in this new marriage, and this son went on to be famous in his own right, Robert FitzStephen.
Despite all her trials and the constant battling between her family and the English (her brothers and nephews continued the fight), she still managed to walk the fine line in the middle with dignity. She maintained relations with both sides, and that must have been extremely tough with times of very high tensions. She was held in high esteem and Henry 1 reportedly remained very fond of her. He lost a great woman and I bet he knew it.
Women have made all sorts of marks over history, largely not documented or known, and Nest is one I feel a real fondness for. She spent her life being ordered around by men due to the time she lived and the little rights she had, but her legacy and the recording of her life shows she was held in very high regard. This is no mean feat for a woman back then and I think she helped pave the way for the end of the Welsh and Norman/English tensions. Go Nesta.
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a lovely festive time and you still have some teeth left (mine are just hanging in there, with just some Matchmakers boxes to go). I made a 3-month planner for my life last year that I use to try and keep track, take stock, and move forward with the things I want to achieve. I just had the crazy thought that it might be a good idea if I share it for once! I have an accountability page, but I just give it to my partner, so here I am sharing it with the world this time. LET'S DO THIS JO.
So, I have 3 personal and 3 work goals for every 3 months that I chip away at. This time they are:
1. Get my stock software sorted. I started with a new software last year called Angel Books and I am still struggling to get it to work for me. I am going to get that really sorted one way or another, as this will help you guys with my stock levels and manufacturing of products.
2. I will sort out some advertising. I find this really hard to do, as I am so limited with time as a one-woman shop. I'm going to work on a plan for this so that I can keep the stock turning over and develop new products when needed.
3. I'm going to get my discount code scheme going. I think I have found a way to offer loyal customers codes for discounts, so I am going to find a way to integrate that to my store/newsletter. If you would like to hear about that when they come out, make sure you are signed up to my newsletter at the bottom of my home page. My goal should probably be to write 2 more newsletters, as I only managed 1 last year, but I'm sure I'll send one out when I get the codes going.
1. Build new storage in my wardrobe. Quite frankly it is shocking in there, I have to shove the door shut and therefore could do with a better storage system. Power tools here I come.
2. Learn to say no. I'm a people pleaser and this first 3 months of the year I am going to start with the retraining of my brain to keep that in check.
3. Build my personal chronic disease health workbook, to help me when my health is going off-kilter and I need support/positivity/a reminder that I'm only human.
If you want to be accountable to someone with your goals, feel free to email me in complete confidence. Warning though, I will check in on you!