Just the other day I joked with my friend on the way home from school, saying that I am so glad that I don’t have to currently go to an office to work. People still laugh and joke with me that what I do from home isn’t a “real job” (or rather they don’t quite get “blogging” – which I am always happy to talk about), but either way I feel very fortunate at the moment to have something I love doing, that is so varied, and enables me to stay at home with my kids whilst they are little and study too!

When I hear about the office politics and remember the ugly chairs and desks I once worked at back in the day, I am grateful that I now work from the comfort of my own home with my own style around me!

Before anyone thinks I am boasting, this post is by no means a criticism to anyone who does work in an office – I recognise that I am fortunate to be in an industry that means I can work from home and make money doing something that I enjoy and that I have built up from a sad chapter of my life – it suits me and it suits our family, and I find it such a blessing and have always seen it as a gift to our family from Poppy (for she was my inspiration for writing it).

Blogging is hard work some days and take a lot of imagination other days – the work isn’t always consistent and I also find that working around young kids has its drawbacks and struggles too, but ultimately I am glad I do it, and that I work from home. I guess what I am saying is that when I hear of the problems Nath feels from his back from spending the day at his desk, or when I think about personally being confined to an office 9-5 like he is, I am rather glad that that isn’t my life right now, and I am incredibly grateful to him for working hard for us whilst I can do my thing at home (or in a cafe with WIFI and cake)!

I fully expect/plan on working when all the kids are in school (and when I have completed my therapy training), but again this work will eventually be me seeing clients in our own home in a purpose built office space (eventually being the key word there) as well as part time elsewhere (I hope).

With all of this in mind I have been asked to share some ideas about #MYChairStyle – a campaign looking at how the office furniture we choose (be it at home or Furniture At Work) is reflective of our personality or we can have it reflect our fave celeb style.

So here is what my dream space would look like (courtesy of Pinterest of course).

My dream office Space 

My dream office space would have to be designed to be a calm and relaxing place. Whilst I love vibrant colours and crazy prints (check out Olivia Nicole Silk’s home office – its ideal), I have to exercise an element of self control to recognise that this isn’t everyone’s taste and that an office space used to offer therapy in also, would need to feel calming to the clients I am seeing.

I have thought a lot about this, and would go for greys or whites, or monochrome with maybe small accents of colour. This way it is calming and cool but holds elements of me too to be happy to work in!

The office furniture would include a desk, bookcases for therapy books and files, and some lovely plants in cool pots! I would need a comfy chair or small couch.

and then the final touch – #MYChairStyle – Well that would of course have to be something like this (I can’t be too conservative!).

*Collaborative post – All images are taken from Pinterest! 

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Christmas is such a wonderful time of year; rich in opportunities to spend quality time with family and loved ones, enjoy cozy nights in, and copious amounts of festive food and treats. Its so exciting to give and receive gifts, and watch as people delight in their new things! I don’t know about you, but with only 4 days to go, the kids are really feeling the excitement of the season, and I am hugely looking forward to the magic of the day as we watch them open presents from Santa (and family)!

Whether you save for it, collect vouchers through the year, or just blow a load of cash weeks before, trying to fund Christmas can be a little stressful for some! I guess we can’t help but avoid feeling the pinch of extra spending this time of year can we? I always try to be frugal and thrifty with sales, offers, cheapy shops, and pre-loved items, but even then November/December time end up being a big outgoings month!

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My biggest fear (aside from arachnids) would most certainly be to lose my teeth! I have had many a recurring dream in my life of teeth crumbling, being excessively wobbly, or just plain falling out, and they terrify me! Closely behind the whole teeth falling out fears, are my insecurities about my teeth generally. I don’t like the colour, the little wonky one on the bottom, the fillings, the time I had a root canal, and the fact Iv’e had to have a couple removed.

Whilst they are generally okay and I work hard to take care of them now, and whilst I have perfected my smile with teeth showing, thinking I do actually look quite pretty, there are still improvements I frequently envision. It is because of the latter and less of my insecurities, that whilst out of comfort zone I was excited when The Centre for Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire got in touch and asked me to share my thoughts on my smile…(so here goes!).

Thoughts on my Smile

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Be it out of fear of something actually happening to them, or just plain insecurity, but talking about my teeth and drawing attention to them is something I dislike very much. I know without a doubt, hands down, that I am one of the three quarters of people whose confidence would improve if I had work done on my smile. I also live in hope that doing so would conquer my teeth falling out nightmares too!

Its annoying really because I actually love to smile. Sometimes I hide behind my smile and wear it as a mask, but mostly I genuinely love to laugh out loud and give a big cheesy grin when faced with a camera. Smiling is good for the soul and it make us beautiful, I really believe that. I have learnt that smiling feels fantastic and that whatever I face in life, one thing to be sure of is that to smile will see me through, or rather finding things that make me smile will help keep me in a good place!

Despite loving a good grin and chuckle, I find that any comments geared towards my teeth, my smile and my mouth generally all make me uncomfortable, cringe, and surface feelings of insecurity. They at one time would have upset me, but with time I have increased in confidence a little more, and more so just cringe and shy away. Only in the last 10 years have I made a conscious effort to over come this and smile with my teeth, because up until then I thought I looked weird, or even unattractive if I did. I now realise it looks so much better.

IMG_20161210_124503As a child I don’t think I did great at taking care of my teeth, and know for a fact that I ate far too many sweets…the evidence is in memories of fillings and a missing molar. But this was short lived, as when adolescence hit I became more than serious at taking care of my oral health, and very eager to see the dentist. We worked together to fix my gappy/wonky smile with a retainer and some minor cosmetic dentistry, and within a year or 2 my confidence had sky rocketed.

Perhaps I am one of the weird ones, but dentists don’t bother me. They never have and if i’m honest I actually enjoy going. It’s kinda odd really when you think about it, that for someone who is so awkward and insecure about their teeth, and for someone who has had so much work done, would be so happy to go to a place all about the very thing they squirm at! But quite possibly it is due to the realisation that they can cure the dissatisfaction’s I have, and so I tolerate drills, needles or a general check up.

Over the last 16 years I have continued to regularly have my smile checked out by the professionals, discovered whitening toothpastes, and had someone fall in love with what he describes as “a beautiful smile”.All have helped me widen my smile and boosted my confidence, and they have helped me look at pictures and feel happy and pretty with what I see.

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I even wear an array of lipsticks on a (mostly) daily basis which of course draw attention to the very area of my face I have shy’d from in the past. But whilst I am in a better place with how I see my smile, and have so many things to smile about (and do smile about) daily, I still have the niggling teeth falling out fears at the back of my mind, and the strong desire to have them whitened. I know if I had a tonne of money I would totally go for veneers (another dream I’ve had). But for now, here in my 30’s, I work hard to take care of what I have and hope for the day (hopefully this year) when I can have them whitened. I know without a doubt that doing so would tip me over the “secure/insecure about my teeth” line.

So if like me you are considering cosmetic or implant dentistry in 2017 to improve your smile in someway, and are lucky enough to be in West Yorkshire, then why not pop over to The Centre for Advanced dentistry and grab a quote! They offer patients an array of dental treatments to the very highest standards in Cosmetic Dentistry, Implant Dentistry and General Dentistry, and are regularly helping people transform their smile.

*I have been compensated for writing this post

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