17 things every girl needs to remember at all times

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This made me smile on a gloomy Friday morning – going to do #17 and then go get some spaghetti hoops!

Hannah Gale

Because life isn’t always easy, most of the time it’ll make you want to smack yourself in the face, cry for no reason and eat potato-based products. But that’s a-ok.

Go on, remember these things and try not to have a breakdown today..

1. Nobody on their deathbed ever says that they wished that they had worked more. Any dying regrets will be that they loved harder, lived fuller and embarked on more adventures. Remember that when you’re beating yourself up about your career or lack of. Your work should always be to fund your lifestyle and happiness and not to be the epicentre of your universe. If you’re moping because your career plan just ain’t happening, get a grip. Go on holiday with friends or have a boozy barbecue with family. Don’t ever forget to think about and prioritise what makes you happy.

2. £2.99 eyeliner from Collection 2000…

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Having Fun with Fusing Beads (Hama/Perler/Magic)


Sorting little mans craft box and found these (£6.99 at Sainsbury’s) – so thought I would have a play…. then inspiration struck, have been looking at ways to liven up my scaffold piercing and beads are used in jewellry – bingo! New adornment.


Next it was over to Pinterest to search for inspiration – if you search Hama Beads or Perla Beads there are lots of ideas to inspire you. Unfortunately the boards that came with the kit are only 15 x 15 and the designs I liked (and pinned) are too big.

So ‘Being Sharon Greenwood’ I decided to have a go at designing my own and this is what I came up with:  A Roller Derby Quad Skate.


Ta Dar – the finished project – not bad for a first attempt.


My Flamin Roller Derby Skate, the team I skate with is called Code Red and our branding is flames, and this is modelled on my own Riedell Dash skates with Poison wheels.

Why not come over and find out more about Roller Derby and like my team at http://www.facebook.com/coderedrollerderby



#100HappyDays & Happiness Tests

So, if you are anything like me, you will know and recognise when something annoys you, but do you know and recognise what makes you happy! In these crazy times, with all the pressures life throws at us, it seems that we may have forgotten how to be happy and the benefits happiness can bring. So as a little experiment I have jumped on the 100 happy day’s band wagon.

100 Days Happy

I keep seeing the hash tags 100happydays, 100dayshappy and variations on Facebook and Twitter – all with a picture of the source of the individual’s happiness. So with the help of Google I decided to investigate this viral trend.  The basics – for 100 days in a row, take a picture of whatever made you feel happy and post it to your preferred social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) and use the hashtag #100happydays and a few words if you want.

Reading posts like “Are you one of those people like me who has a super busy life? Does your daily agenda allow you to be mindful of what makes you Happy every day? No? Well you may be interested in #100happydays. It truly is a lovely project to get you back in touch with what makes you happy.” (Manon Popjes) and my friends pictures have inspired me to give it a go. Firstly, this challenge is not about being happy 24/7 – it is about taking note of what makes you happy and about finding time for happiness every day.

Now ‘Being Sharon Greenwood’ I just cannot do it for the sake of doing it, so decided to do some ‘bench-marking’ to gauge if my happiness does in fact increase by reminding myself that ‘happy things happen every day’ … I just don’t acknowledge them anymore.

So back to Google to find some ‘Happiness Tests’, I completed three of varying complexity and here are the results:

Test 1:
http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1320 (47 Questions)
Result:  42/100 Cynicism.

100 Happy Days Test 1
Cynical me?

Test 2:
As the specialist Tal Ben-Shahar explains, happiness depends on the level of pleasure you get from your day to day activities, and the meaning you reach by performing these activities.
Result: Pleasure = 31%, Meaning = 49%

100 Happy Days Test 2
Need more of both?

Test 3:
This is an actual psychology study so you do need to enter some basic info, age, gender etc. I feel that out of the three this is the most accurate – oh and you get to do a free personality test at the end, which, for me, was really accurate.
Result:  Stress – High, Stress Coping – Average, Happiness – Below Average, Positive thoughts – Average.

100 Happy Days Test 3
My current state of mind?


So I now have my starting point. See you in 100 days.



Be Your Own Hero – not just about the skating.

I love Facebook for the fact that my news feed is always full of roller derby goodness. Every now and again one of these posts engages me and touches me enough to share. Today a friend shared a link to a Rollin’ News article – Be Your Own Hero by Jay Pegg.

‘Be Your Own Hero’ is a well used phrase in the derby world, and for me personally it was not an appealing thought – I agree with Jay when he says….

“I’ll admit that I considered the phrase to be nothing more than one of those trite empowerment sayings that you see all over the place – much like aim for the moon and you’ll still land among the stars, which, is astronomically inaccurate for starters”

… but then I read the article, which did bring a tear to my eye, and know now that it is not about being the best derby player or the best skater, it is about your contribution to your sport and your team that makes you a hero.

So whether you are a skater, an NSO,  or on the committee – take time to read this, it will make you smile.


6 Reasons Why Roller Derby is NOT Ready for the Olympics

A good blog from Canadian Derby Frontier – and as much as I would like to see RD as an Olympic sport, lets stick to ‘World Cups’ until we get the sport generally accepted, watchable and enjoyable by anyone, and really less complicated – I skate and NSO and have around 80+ hours viewing time, and I still get lost. Love the description about multi-personality disorder – yep that’s my sport and that’s most leagues I know – may have to print this out for next time I am asked ‘What is Roller Derby’.

5. Roller Derby has multiple personality disorderIt’s true! I cannot even begin to count how many leagues strive to be a hardcore competitive All-Star team, casual athletes, beer league and a junior sport organization all at the same time. Even the leagues that are not all of those things at once are, more often than not, still a combination of two or three of them.Trying to be several things at once and trying to make several groups of members, with different levels of commitment, all happy at the same time is bound to drive wedges into the community of a league and contribute to increased tensions.To the outsider who asks me, “what is roller derby?” I don’t really know how to answer them anymore.The best way I could describe it now is: “It’s a competitive, professional, grassroots, amateur, casual, complicated, frustrating, fun, fascinating, stressful, amazing extreme sport for women, men and children of all shapes and sizes. But in order to be competitive you need to go to the gym and cross-train. But don’t worry anyone can play! But you might not play if you don’t dedicate enough of your mind, body and time to it. Oh, and it has Olympic dreams but doesn’t get a lot of love from the media and has fluctuating spectator numbers and many leagues can’t secure venues or practice space, or consistently recruit and retain members, but when they do… IT’S AWESOME!”That’s roller derby in a nutshell.

via 6 Reasons Why Roller Derby is NOT Ready for the Olympics.

5 Things to Keep in Mind About Safety, Over-Training and Body Image in Roller Derby

Just started Roller Derby? Rushing to get on track? Over-training? Taking up new diets and exercise regimes to get out there quicker and be a derby hero – Yep, I did that too and it didn’t help,  all I did was break myself.  Some good sound advice in this blog – read it, note it, do it! You will thank yourself later on.

5 Things to Keep in Mind About Safety, Over-Training and Body Image in Roller Derby.

My life on a spreadsheet.

Well, this is going to be a very quick post as this is not my ‘blogging’ time. A couple of weeks back I posted that I needed to manage my time better. Well this week I have been forced to work it out, I have just taken on a 100+ hour desktop publishing contract (freelancer) and have to fix delivery dates. So yesterday I sat down with a list of things I am committed to at the moment, and the things I still need to be working on, including a couple of personal projects and my study. Well yesterday I jotted them all down and popped them into a spreadsheet. The grayed out area everyday is family time, normally cooking and eating. Well, I think I have managed to fit it all in and will try to stick to the times. 


“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” Thomas A Edison