Prince’s Trust: Day 52 (Thursday 15th June 2017)

Hey everybody,

The penultimate day began with showing family members my speech at the presentation. Later, I joined the rest of the team at one of the college’s, but got lost looking for them because I went to the wrong one. Whoops. When I arrived at the right one, I had to do the Maths and English exams again that we did right at the start.

I’ll be honest I was disappointed in the results as I could have done better. For those who want to know:

I scored 58% in the level 1 English.

I scored 80% in the level 1 Maths.

You might be thinking “Hang on a minute Lex, why are you disappointed in those results?”

These are the equivalents of GCSE’s. I got a B in both for my efforts (although don’t ask me about the maths one – I still haven’t figured that one out yet). I have an English honours degree, I can’t be getting 58% in situations like these. Looks like I’ll have to revise those english grammar rules all over again (in which case, I’m heading back to French class to relearn them all – yes, French class, because ladies and gents, that’s where I learnt all the english grammar rules). British schools either cannot be bothered to teach them or they simply don’t teach these grammar rules.

That’s all for now.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 46 (Wednesday 7th June 2017)

Hey everybody,

On this day, Team 125 went up to a place just on the outskirts of the city centre to help out with Animal Therapy. We spent the entire day outside and I ended up with lobster tan on my nose, but that’s a story for another time.

We were split up into small teams of two’s and threes and then Anji allocated animals to us to look after and introduce to the children. Don’t worry, we all had DBS checks (but they were more in depth).

I won’t go into details about where it was or the extent of what we had to do, purely out of respect for Anji and the people she works with.

We all managed to do our jobs correctly as I don’t recall Anji coming over to any of us at any one time, except the odd occasion that she came over for a chat. It was a great day and for the first time in a long time, my skin colour from a pathetic ghostly white to something slightly brown.

It marked a week until presentation night.

That’s all for now.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 43 (Friday 2nd June 2017)

Hey everybody,

This is going to be a very short blog post.

Apologies for that but not much happened.

I took the opportunity to reduce my CV from an embarrassing 3 pages to just a smidge over 1 page. I made a couple of customised ones but there is more I need to add to one of them.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 42 (Thursday 1st June 2017)

Today we spent much of the morning thinking about next week.

I’ll be honest most of us find the idea of folder work quite mundane but if we want to gain our qualifications it has to be done – without qualms. Somehow, not that it’s important but I’ve been writing in my neatest handwriting. Don’t ask me how it happened.

We were then put into groups as some of us went to get resources for the activities we will be doing next week. Others were tasked with planning the activities. We were in charge of compiling a list of quiz questions. We made a good start but after our visit to one of our ‘Team Challenge’ places, we have to revise the questions.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 40 (Tuesday 30th May 2017)

Hey everybody,

Today was a good day.

This morning we had a professional motivational speaker/ life coach come in to see us at our base. His name is Ralph Watson.

You can find Ralph on Twitter.

You can find Ralph’s company ‘Inspire Impact’ on Twitter.

You can find Ralph’s own website here.

You can find ‘Inspire Impact’ website here.

Check him and his company out, it’ll be well worth your time I promise you.

There was a lot about what Ralph was saying that I understood mainly from personal experience. Whilst I cannot speak for the rest of Team 125, I found it reassuring to know that I was not the only one who thought like this. I’ll be honest, there was also a strong reminder of what my parents have already said to me in the past.

The things I really understood were his five steps and his encouragement and enthusiasm for us to fulfil our own individual ambitions.

  1. Focus (What are your goals?)
  2. Hunger (Do you want to achieve your goals badly enough?)
  3. Effective Action (What pro-active steps can you take to achieve them?)
  4. Choose Your Pack (Who do you have around who can support you in your endeavours?)
  5. Impact (What is the desired outcome from achieving your goals?)

According to Ralph, we all need a pack that resembles a close-knit family. Unfortunately, these days there are fewer a fewer close-knit whole families. My only knowledge of this is because others make me aware of just how lucky I am to have the family I have. Just as Ralph said in his talk with us, in a wolf-pack every wolf knows it’s role which by its very nature, if successful, will ensure the pack’s survival.

For the purposes of this blog, I will answer those five things above.

  1. My goal is to become a best-selling novelist. Everyone has a novel in them or potentially an idea in them, it’s what they do with it that counts. Most do not pay it much attention, but I have always known that this is what I want to do for reasons that I’m not sure I have. You might have noticed my irregular hint-dropping throughout this blog that I am writing something. It’s true, although it’s by no means finished yet.
  2. Do I have the hunger? Yes, I do. Writing stories has been in my blood since I was small (around 7 years old), but it was until a summer holiday between years 8 & 9 (12/13 years old) when I realised that this was something I really wanted to do. The first novel-ish thing I wrote was awful to say the least (I’m so glad I deleted it, saved myself from the cringe-fest). I’ve spent the last decade or so trying to be good at it, and aside from the break I took after uni ended (for which reasons shall remain private), my desire to fulfil this ambition has never wavered.
  3. Writing the manuscript is a good start. I have a general overview of how I want the book to go but it never turns out that way. Sometimes the plot just darts off into the unknown and there’s little old me huffing and puffing after it in a bid to chase the thing down. Who am I kidding? That happens all the time.
    The next step after writing the manuscript is to edit, which judging by my need to constantly edit will probably hurl me onto the nearest therapist’s sofa. Honestly, send help. My mum said she’ll wrestle it off me if needs be (the manuscript, you can keep the sofa!).
    After editing, I’ll ask for help from a literary agent. If I have to, I’ll keep nagging until I find someone (watch out people, I have an inner-Mum and not afraid to use her). What happens after that could possibly end up with me having a publishing deal. I won’t stop until I get there.
  4. There’s an anedote that I presume everyone has heard of: “It’s take a village to raise a child.” Family has always been important to me (again for reasons I don’t have, it just is what it is). Friends are important to me more than ever. Trust me, I have some real corkers in my life (you know who you are). When I achieve something, I will make sure both family and friends are right there with me to celebrate. They are the village and in turn we’ve helped raise each other.
  5. Impact? The most important thing is that people read my work. As it stands, I’ve a list as long as my legs (I’m 1m68 or 5’6, so in the grand scheme of things it’s not that long) of people who want to read it when I’ve finished. Please just be patient. Hopefully, I’ll create enough of an impact to make my writing career last well into old age. Sometime soon, I hope to create an even bigger project than my writing career – that’s for another day.

That’s all for today.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 33 (Wednesday 17th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short blog post from me today.

I finished the database I started yesterday as promised.

Shuaib joined me here at the publishing house and we had a chat. Low and behold about 10 minutes later we were joined by our (Team Leader) Mel. We had a general catch-up and unsurprisingly Shuaib nearly made her cry with all the good stuff he’s been doing. His supervisor has been surprised by how well he’s coped and the different things he’s done to help out others. Much like all the rest of the group, Shuaib can do anything he puts his mind to.

As I write this at the end of another long day, I’ve no idea what tomorrow has in store for me. But I’m ready for whatever task Ash and Lianne or Andre give me tomorrow.

I can go home feeling happy and fulfilled about what I’ve done today. I’ve taken regular breaks and even fitted in some writing into my lunch break (it was only 250-odd words but every little helps right). As soon as I’m home I’ll be writing more of my novel. These days I wake up feeling awake and ready to smash my target word counts. The Prince’s Trust has changed me more than I thought, and, come to think of it when I wasn’t even aware of it.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 32 (Tuesday 16th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

Just a small blog post for today.

The buses were severely delayed this morning so I walked the whole way. Safe to say I was more than a little soggy when I arrived.

My task today was to start on the database. I had a slight issue which was relatively simple to solve. Ash wasn’t here so I took the initative and asked for help from Microsoft Office Tech Team. Both Ash and I are very happy with the progress I am making on it. As I am over halfway through it, I’ll finish it tomorrow.

Shuaib visited me earlier today albeit briefly. It made for a nice break from the work. Speaking of breaks, I made sure I took two more breaks other than just the lunch break (even that was a working one after I had eaten – I was writing up last weeks blog posts…whoopsies…sorry!).

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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