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Top 5 Photos of 2011 – Listography

Well I’ve seen an abundance of ‘My Review of 2011 posts’ but my memory is soooo terrible I can barely remember what I’ve done this year so Kate Takes 5’s Listography to list your top 5 photos of 2011 seems like a much better way to recall my year.

1. Like my friend Jay I have to pick a picture from our friend Stacey’s Wicked themed Hen Do in London. Jay has picked a great one of the group of us (complete with random lady) which you can see here. As the Bridesmaid I felt a certain amount of pressure to get the day right and I believe everyone had a fantastic day on our tour round London, Ice-cream at Harrods, Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester and trip to see Wicked. It was great to see my Musical Theatre loving friend collecting autographs from, and pictures with the cast at the end of the night. The rest of us snuck in on this picture with Elphaba herself, Rachel Tucker (thanks Rachel for being a) mind-blowingly amazing as Elphaba and b) so lovely to your fans outside).

2. Then of course there was the Wedding, complete with me making a tit of myself; blubbing whilst attempting to read the poem I’d written Stacey and her hubby, gorgeous dresses of green, a sweetie stand, button bouquets, cupcakes, karaoke. All in all a great day that would have scored very highly on Four Weddings. Here’s a photo of  6 schoolfriends that I believe have been bought even closer through the use of Social Media this year.

3. I’m going to cheat a tiny bit for this one and add two pictures, but forgive me as it was a mega special occasion.  It was my Nainy and Taidy’s  (welsh for Gran and Grandad) 60th (Yes 6-0) Wedding Anniversary. As well as arranging the telegram from the Queen that you can see here from one of my earlier Silent Sunday pictures, we travelled up to help them celebrate. The picture on the cake is them on their wedding day and then a picture of all of their family that we are putting on canvas for them to keep.

4. I’ve spent the last couple months of the year being creative, in November during NaNoWriMo I managed to add another 10,000 words to the 50,000 words of my novel that I started in last year’s challenge. A Facebook challenge at the start of the year was to give a handmade gift to the first 5 people to comment on your statement. I made a promise of the draft (no matter what state it was in). So it is in the hands of others as we speak and I’ve had two really helpful sets of constructive critique so far. I did debate making bookmarks to go with them but because I provided the draft in Kindle format this wouldn’t really be that helpful so instead I made a set of slightly unique paintings for each person that is representative of the book. Here is the version I made for myself in a mock up front cover.

5. Finally, I re-taught myself to knit using You Tube and, in my recent Bucket List I noted that I wanted to finish the scarf I was working on and then make one that I could actually wear in public. Well my mother suggested not to waste wool by continuing knitting a long scarf that wouldn’t be worn so I stopped at a mini scarf which I folded in half and tonight I’ve stitched together as a gift for my long serving cuddly Sultan. Here he is wearing it at my parents as we wait to see in the New Year (off to cross off half of a Bucket List item – I’ve already started the new one).

So creativity and weddings were the order of 2011, what will 2012 have in store? Hopefully more of the same.

If Kate repeats this challenge in 2012 I’m going to find it much harder to narrow it down to 5 pictures considering I’m hoping to take one every day of the year (see here).

Happy 2012 everyone, I hope it is a peaceful one for us all.



5 Reasons to Use Social Media

5 Reasons to Use Social Media

Today’s post is a guest post by Clarissa (@clissa89), a third year BSc Occupational Therapy student and self confessed OT Geek. I ‘met’ Clarissa on Twitter and have since met her in real life at the Occupational Science conference in Plymouth. She kindly agreed to write this post on what she, as a student, has gained from the use of social media. Today I am running an optional social media surgery at work for interested students, aiming to show them how social media can be used to support Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Only a select handful have signed up but I hope that this post will help encourage more to investigate social media for themselves. Over to Clarissa.

Although I have grown up using the internet to connect with people, it wasn’t until I attended Sarah Stewart’s presentation on Personal Learning Networks at last year’s World Occupational Therapy Day Virtual Exchange that I began to intentionally use social media for learning. Since then I have mainly using Twitter (but also popping in to Facebook groups), and have frequently been asked why I invest the time. Here are my top five reasons:

5. It’s Interesting
A quick look at my Twitter timeline this morning reveals “tweets” about health and social care, mental health, world events, politics… and recipes. I discover what people are doing and thinking about around the world, and read first-hand accounts of how people are affected by various events and issues. Social media also helps me to find out about upcoming learning opportunities, whether on- or offline.

4. Sharing Resources
I recently asked Twitter if anyone could recommend resources on Activity Analysis. I came back from placement to several very useful responses – and resources which I wasn’t aware of. Likewise, I respond to requests for resources. This makes me aware of how much I do know, and confirms that I have something to offer – I’m not “just” a student.

3. Engaging in Discussions
Discussions are constantly taking place on Twitter and Facebook. Often these discussions include other people’s networks, and I am exposed to different perspectives. Sometimes I just read them with interest. But joining in the conversation allows me to test my ideas out, challenge my thinking and learn from other people’s experiences.

2. Getting Connected
Through social media, my network has become broader. I’ve developed relationships with people who I would otherwise not have met. These people have challenged, supported and encouraged me, which has been invaluable.

1. Developing a Professional Identity
Engaging in discussions with Occupational Therapists (and students) around the world has strengthened my professional identity. I feel like I am part of the Occupational Therapy community. For me, this has been the most significant benefit of using social media.

So What Now?
To find out what’s happening with Occupational Therapy in the Twitter world, I would recommend searching the following hashtags:
– #occupationaltherapy
– #OTuesday
– #OTalk and #Occhat (live discussions Tuesdays 8-9pm UK time)
And following @BAOTCOT and other Occupational Therapy-related accounts.
There are also various Facebook groups you could join, including:
– Occupational Therapy Students: Get Connected
– OS4OT (Occupational Science)
– OT4OT (Online Technology)
– MH4OT (Mental Health)

Huge thanks go to Clarissa for taking the time to write this post, not only has it saved me from a job, it is more authentic coming from a student than me as a lecturer. Hopefully you can use it as evidence in your CPD folder now. I have been very impressed with your dedication and commitment to exploring the scope of the profession you will shortly be joining in a professional capacity (or as full member of the Order of the Phoenix as I like to refer to it ;0)).

There is a growing network of OTs using social media to connect both socially and professionally including many more 4OT groups on Facebook than mentioned above. This post comes hot on the heels of a hugely successful 24 hour virtual exchange last week. A quick search for the hashtag #ot24vx on Twitter will give you a long list of OTs to follow.

If you are a student/ recent graduate please feel free to comment below on your experiences using social media.

Z is for… (#atozchallenge) – Calling you all to comment!

Z is for…



Inner Love


If you have arrived here at my request for lots of commenters on today’s post then thank you and welcome. Today is the final day of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2011, which has been both fun and a lot of hard work. I’ve decided today to go short and pass the hard work to you all.


Now I mentioned this Z word back in one of my posts on the Southern Screen Writing Festival as Lucy V Hay had suggested that there are things she calls Zeitgeist scripts where there appears to be an influx of scripts on a particular topic with no particular reason for it. It was also likened to the hive mind.


Now according to Wikipedia (you can follow the link to this page by clicking on the red zeitgeist and this is not an academic essay so I’m referencing Wikipedia with impunity):


Zeitgesit is “the spirit of the times” or “the spirit of the age.” Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era.


So friends, readers, collective conscious or hive mind (apply your preferred term) what I would like you to do is to comment responding to the following (even though this is writing related you don’t have to be a writer to take part and I’d love everyone who stops by to do this):


If you were to write a short story today what would it be about? Give it a title and briefly describe the plot, the theme, the main characters and anything else you feel is important.


That’s it – that’s all I want you to do but what I’m not going to do is release the comments (at least not straight away). I’m going to keep plugging this post until next Saturday and would love all of you to share this with your friends (feel free to use the share button below). Then next Saturday please come back for the big reveal when all of your lovely comments will go live and we can check what the spirit of these times is.


Thanks for reading – A-Z challenge over and out!


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