Prince’s Trust: Day 21 (Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Hey everybody,

Another short blog post from me today.

We managed to apply two coats of magnolia on the kitchen walls. Honestly, walking into the kitchen was like walking into a freezer and that was down to the really British weather we keep having. British summer is here because it keeps snowing! It’s been so cold that my nose could have run the London marathon all by itself, or at least the distance from where I live to where the project is.

This afternoon, some of us managed to start on the artwork side of things. I need more practice and that means less opportunities to nanna-nap when I get home. When it’s finished I’ll post pictures of what we created and you can make the judgement for yourselves.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 20 (Tuesday 25th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short-ish blog post from me again.

This morning when I walked into the building where we are doing the renovations, I found out that some members of the team had already baggsied me yesterday.

I know, it came as a shock to me too (not so much of a shock to Mum though, I expect).

My job is in the kitchen with a few of the lads. Some of you might be thinking, well a kitchen is a woman’s domain. It’s not always the case, I know plenty of chaps who are quite decent in knocking up a solid meal.  According to the lads I’m helping out, they said they only chose me to help them because I’m the hardest worker in the team.

Now before you start getting your knickers in a twist, I’m not full of myself. Far from it.

Although I’m very flattered that they think of me like this, I don’t subscribe to their opinion. Everyone in Team 125 is as hard-working as each other. Admittedly, we do lose focus sometimes and the maturity levels slide with it, but as a collective, we have great potential and its important that we find a way to extract it. I’m going to try and help with this.

I spent the morning sandpapering the kitchen walls and painting the corridor walls.

This afternoon, because of something I can’t tell you about, we were unable to finish what we started this morning. Instead, we did folder work.

Now, I need to come up with a word to describe the accumulation and mixture of different charities.

Tomorrow, I start on my artwork.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 19 (Monday 24th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short blog post from me today.

All members of the group were at the project today bar two of us. Unfortunately, I was one of those who wasn’t there. There must be one of those 24h sickness bugs going around.

I heard back from Kelly who said that both herself and Mel were impressed with the press release. It was within word length too! I’m so glad it went down a storm.

I have it on good authority that the group started painting the walls of the corridors and they also started work on demolishing the kitchen area. They smashed it apparently (not literally, Kelly would be up to her eyeballs in paperwork – don’t ask, it makes for a very unhappy Kelly so we’ve been told).

Honestly, I can’t wait to re-join them tomorrow.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 18 (Friday 21st April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Just a short blog post today.

Today was a half day but this morning I got an inkling into the many hats I’ll be wearing for the next two weeks. We did a final total count of our funds raised from the cake sale. As Team 125 Accountant, it’s my job to make sure we have the right figures.

As Team 125 Press Officer, it’s my job to write an engaging press release to intrigue and pique the interest of both the press and the general public. It’s all fair new to me and to be honest, I’m doing my best. Most of us are pros at winging our way through life, some of us are so good at it that the rest of us don’t notice. However, there are times when we have to ask for help and as I no longer suffer from this teenage insecurity, I had to pick Kelly and Mel’s brains (or what was left of them, so sorry ladies).

I have a serious confession to make: I’m a chronic worrier. Unfortunately, it’s hereditary and it is at its worse when I am not sure what I’m doing. This is the first time that I’ve had a spot of the old chronic worry-itus syndrome during this course and I genuinely thought those days were behind me. I guess it came back to tap me on the shoulder with the reminder. Not even the entire group’s enthusiasm and optimism could keep it at bay.

The worry-itus comes when I am being hard on myself and all I want is to get the best out of myself. I always see that there is room for improvement, but perhaps it may be high time to change my strategy.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 17 (Thursday 20th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Kelly and Mel always say you can never fully predict what will happen that day when you turn up at the base (no, I’m still not naming it) at 9am every morning. It could not be more true than what happened today – I’ll get onto that in a bit. Most likely, you probably won’t even believe me.

We turned up at our fundraising event at Tally Ho (don’t ask- it’s too posh a phrase even for me) unfortunately with less cakes than we thought we’d have and raised less money than we had set as a target. Our target for the fundraiser was £200-£400 but ended up around the £140 mark. Coupled together with the lack of interest as we moved around from place to place across the city made for a disappointing start to the day. To have ensured its complete success, as a Team we should have sat down and discussed what we wanted to do. In saying this, I take full responsibility for my share of the disappointment due to the lack of success with our fundraising event.

The afternoon came as a welcome and refreshing end to the day. The project leader for the next two weeks, suggested that we give the rest of the cakes (in exchange for a donation, of course!) to someone worthwhile. We hopped on a bus and headed out of the city and ended up meeting this person (out of respect I won’t name said individual publicly nor the place we went to) who asked us if we would walk their lambs home. I can just hear the punny jokes. Sorry but Mum already beat you to it with her ‘sheep walking’ joke (thanks for that Mum). We walked their lambs home, gave them a bottle, cuddled a hedgehog, a chinchilla, two lizards and met a couple of cockroaches. I know right, you and me both! If you feel the need to read this paragraph again, go ahead, I won’t blame you.

The day ended with a 3km walk to get home. Every day this week I have walked between 6km and 9km. I’m not complaining as I both enjoy and need the exercise.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 16 (Wednesday 19th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

It’s a very short blog post from me today.

This morning we were doing folder work. I’m not going to go into detail about that because I don’t want to bore you.

This afternoon, some of us went to the jobs fair.

I’m going to be honest, I know I’ll never find the job I’ve always wanted at these places. Neither can I see myself having a job that I am not passionate about; it’s fair to say those advertised at the fair (engineer, scientists, sales managers, & managers) are just a handful. I have nothing against the jobs, they neither float my boat or fit my skillset. I’m sure some of you have read the scientific papers which have tested out these theories. There’s no greater evidence for my nerdy-scientific family to digest and reinforce the message. There will be no greater thrill for us all to enjoy when my hard work pays off and the dream turns to reality.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 15 (Tuesday 18th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Hope you all had a great long weekend.

It’s back to the grindstone for Team 125 for the next three weeks.

It started today with our group pitch in a Dragon’s Den environment in a bid to secure funding and resources from one of our sponsors. Thank you very much to Wilmott Dixon for helping us out, it’s much appreciated.

I think the most important thing that the group took away from this morning’s experience was that it is imperative that we work together as a team, dedicating 100% of our time, effort and focus, and setting ourselves realistic targets rather than potentially over ambitious ones. Whilst there is nothing wrong with being ambitious and I’m all for proving the doubters wrong, it is more important to be realistic in terms of what we can achieve within our time frame. We have eight days, three rooms and twelve people with which to complete the project. One room is more manky than the other two and so we have decided to do all we can with the other two and then bring in someone else to de-mould and plaster before handing it over to the charities so they can move in.

So what jobs do I have to do from now until next Monday?

I have to find cake donations from companies to help with the fundraising event and furniture donations to be used by those who visit the charities. I’ve also put myself down for artwork duties.

No rest for the wicked, eh?

 

LexC

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