So Far so Good

img_20170207_135009img_20170207_134957I am now into my second week at my new  job. I have to say the place is nice. The other teachers and workers are lovely to be with. It’s a work in progress with it being a new building. We spend a fair majority interviewing new students.

So far my previous material from teaching ESL in Korea is going to be gold here.

Hopefully this keeps going nicely.

Let Everybody Know That You Are Here, Complete with New Goals and Fresh Outlook on Life.

standtallKeep Your Head Up and STAND TALL!

I am very excited to let you all know that my first book is now available. Its taken eons to get this far. The proofing and structure had not been a walk in the park by any means.

So what can you find? Well this is a collection of over 200 quotes with many examples that I have collected over the years. The content comes from many experiences during traveling and working as a teacher in various places.

Preview first on

There are so much more inspirational bits than on this site. You can find:


Part 1 – Motivation and Happiness

The first five chapters are in quick fire succession with many small points to help with in your life that can be addressed quickly. They help raise questions in you about what and where you would like improvements.
1. Lifestyle and Character
2. Motivation and Passion
3. Priority and Direction
4. Decisions and Choices
5. Simplicity and Creativity

Part 2 – Lifestyle and Organizing

The second set of five chapters is more in depth. They cover deeper aspects in your life that need more focus. They come with more details, explanations and examples.
1. Success and Dreams
2. Life and Organizing
3. Choices and Opinions
4. Anger and Emotions
5. Earnings and Rewards


If you like what you see on my blog then you will like my book.

You can read a preview on Amazon now at

Simple Tips to Be Prepared and Deal with the Future

I want to ask you, what really matters in life?

The reason I ask is because these days many people seem distracted and their focus in life is misguided.

The world is very materialistic and I for one have grown up in a house where there are many ornaments on shelves and in cabinets. My parents had a house that was very traditional in style. The world has changed now as the house I grew up in and the house I am now living in look nothing like each other. This is not being rebellious but more of a personal expression and a role of I see of practicality.

I did not hate the house I grew up in as it was nice, but the environment to me did not seem at all practical and more of a trophy collection. Right now for me the space I want is to be very useful. This does not mean there is no room for sentimentality, just not as a museum.

Just a thought…

When things are of more practical value, does that make them any less  in touch with what is correct in life? To be in touch with a successful way of life and have positivity does not need to be materialistic. I find it quite invigorating that my kids can come home with friends and they know where things are due to the less crazy atmosphere. It means they are in command of the space as well as me.

Be a teacher

What I’m trying to get at here is that technically we are all teachers to some degree to our friends and family around us and so they should see you in a good light. Now, if you can then address the common day problems in life that occur and you look to be successful then that’s the moment you become the teacher to others.

Being in touch with life in the eyes of others could also be attached to your health. If you look at friends and family and see that they are healthy, wouldn’t that then want to make you to follow their style? We can try to be healthy, but things happen that can affect our days. We always have good intentions, but to follow through and make those intentions stick can be a lot harder.

In Conclusion

So as we’ve addressed to have good health and to have a good home that you share with friends and family makes a good life, but does that mean that we are in touch? I would like to think so but the problems that we face every day can change that environment for us. There are many things that affect our day and that has to be acceptable as those are natural. Things happen that we cannot be ready for, but we have to be ready that our day may change.

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Top Five Tips to be Inspired and take on New Challenges

Its time to get some new inspiration!

Over the past 5 months, I have blogged about numerous topics in helping people but now I feel it needs a new angle. It is easy to make the same old styled top 10 tops etc.

I need to give my readers a newer and better challenge. As to what that is, depends on where to introduce new topics or not. The idea of inspiration is to have a new outlook and introduce new methods. Therefore, those ideas need a new source.

In addition, that leads to today’s dilemma, where can we find some. Here are some ideas:


1. Travel and see Places

See new cultures and iconic places. Go on vacation where the place has some history. Ignore going on a party or package holiday and live in another country.


2. Include your Friends

Talk to new and exciting people. Meeting people can help with some surprises in their experiences.


3. Pick up some new Hobbies

Take up new and fun activities. If you ever put off doing something fun as work was the priority, well this is the time to change that. Also ask friends what they do and you can do it together.


4. Go for a Walk

Simply take a walk and clear your head. This is so easy to do that there is no excuse to not do this anyway.


5. Get Organized

This may be hard work but clean out and refresh your workspace and home. Refreshing your home to be more productive can help your health and motivation so much better.


For myself I work from home so I love to get out and clear my head as I take a walk along the river. If I could do more often, then i would love to travel to new places.

I hope you can take some ideas in building inspiration from here, go on, and become inspired. Let me know how it goes.



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How to Check if Your Career is Out of Order

So, How tasty is your block of cheese?

Not sure what I’m talking about, then read on.

A long time ago there was a boss I had that used a saying called ‘don’t be attracted by the block of cheese’. At the time this was quite strange as we were unaware of the reason why he was saying it, so it was seemingly quite funny to us to use this saying for it was not rightly explained. So, looking back on it now it does actually make sense because you can get suckered into something that doesn’t kind of help in the long-term of your career. We worked in a place that was fairly easy to work and not that demanding. I would say that what we did didn’t prepare much for our futures.

After a while I got the whole story and it was a situation between 2 mice. The 2 mice had coincidentally a block of cheese. One mouse would stay there with it and never leave and eat only the cheese. He would never go and get more food much to the concern of his friend. The second mouse would go out and get food from other places. Eventually, the block of cheese did run out and the first mouse then was in a bit of trouble.

The reason for the saying from our boss was obviously coming from too much time with his own block of cheese.

Recently this has raised its head with my long-term future and am I working to make it better? Now it’s looking that I will go back to my country after working 8 years in South Korea as an ESL teacher. To a point I have taught kids but the material has been purely to help teach English as a secondary language. My concern with that is it is firstly not grammar orientated and secondly not UK curriculum orientated.

A Final Thought!

So, the question I have for you is are you in a similar situation with an ever decreasing block of cheese? Or have you branched out and have many sources?


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If you want to read more from me then why not pick up my latest book covering many, many more tips in  Motivation and Happiness.



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