Author: Jen

When you think I’m being rude, here’s what’s going on inside…

You might see me on the school run, head down, face set, eyes resolutely avoiding contact. You may notice that if we cross paths in town, I will take out my phone and busy myself rather than stopping for a chat. If you do happen to engage me in conversation, you will likely pick up on the fact that I will just about answer your questions but rarely ask how you are in return. Socially, you may note that I look unapproachable and like I would really rather be anywhere else than where I am, even if it happens to be your birthday/hen party/some other celebration. You will realise that sometimes I just won’t show up if you invite me out.  I won’t always even give you advanced warning. Quite quickly, you will get the sense that I am, simply, astonishingly rude. It’s fine; you won’t be the first person to have thought this. But you, like they, will be wrong. Attitude doesn’t come into it; I’m far too busy trying to temper the anxiety …

Give Your Business a More Profitable 2019

Picture source Perhaps you’re looking to expand your company this year so that you can increase its profits. Of course, that’s easier said than done. You might not have the necessary funds for a massive investment. Still, there are plenty of ways to stimulate business growth without excessive amounts of funding. Here’s how to give your business a more profitable 2019. Increase your company’s productivity levels. A great way in which you could give your business a more profitable 2019 is to increase your company’s productivity levels. If you can boost your daily output then your business can expand as a result. This gives you the potential to meet the demands of a much larger client base, and that means your profit potential will increase as a result. There are lots of small ways in which you could make a massive difference to your company’s productivity on a daily basis. You could incentivise your workers by giving them rewards (e.g. a bonus or a free lunch) for pushing themselves. Give them a reason to work …

My Experience with Data Breach

One of the downsides of blogging, or indeed any online activity, is the susceptibility you have to occurrences of hacking and resultant data breaches.  Back in 2013, when I hadn’t been blogging for very long, my site was hacked, I was locked out and sensitive information that belonged both to me and to my readers (those who had commented left their names and email addresses on my site) were at sudden and immediate risk of theft. Now, I am the first to admit that I know nothing about the technical side of maintaining a blog and I simply reported the incident to my hosting company who did all the hard work for me.  As it turned out, it was quite a substantial and serious hack that also resulted in my personal email address being hacked and my financial data being at risk.  Due to this, it was deemed that the best way forward was for my hosts to shut down my site and reopen a whole new one.  Not ideal for any blogger, but the best …

An electric atmosphere at Teesside Audi as new e-tron rolls into town

Motoring fans on Teesside have been treated to one of the stand out car launches of 2019, as the new all-electric Audi e-tron was previewed at Teesside Audi.  The first fully electric model for the brand, the Audi e-tron is due to be released in April and is expected to set the standard for luxury electric vehicles, with features that will take the technology to the next stage of development.  But before it does, Audi has been touring the country with the car, allowing motoring enthusiasts to get up close to what many consider to be the new challenger to the Jaguar I-PACE when it comes to today’s new breed of luxury EVs.  A world class leading car in terms of build quality, The SUV provides a zero-emissions alternative to the likes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC and features a plethora of technological advancements.  Among the more innovative features on the Launch Edition is the integration of two high-definition cameras in place of traditional door mirrors, adaptive air suspension, LED headlights and charging …

Garden Tips for Allergy Sufferers

Springtime is on the way, and many people will be gearing themselves up to get out into the garden. Now is the time to prepare our garden for the summer season, planting seasonal crops in readiness for the months ahead. It’s the time for our children to get outside after the colder months, to explore, play, and burn off energy. And it’s time to sit outdoors in the warmer weather, perhaps to relax with a good book and a glass of wine. It’s the time for all of these things unless you are an allergy sufferer. If you’re somebody who is prone to allergy symptoms because of the high pollen counts at this time of year, you are more likely to stay indoors with the doors and windows firmly sealed for protection. Unless, of course, you consider the tips we have given you below. Consider artificial grass. 95% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen, so while you might be resistant to replacing your grass with something artificial, when it comes to hay fever …