Monday, 25 October 2010

When you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together

 I was talking to a friend the other day and I mentioned this book to her and she hadn't heard of it. Thought I would share it. Feels like one of those things most American people know about.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life.

Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.

Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup -- they all die. So do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: look.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

Think what a better world it would be if we all -- the whole world -- had cookies and milk about 3 o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

~ Robert Fulghum ~

Feeling more at home

I think one thing that has definitely changed within the last few months is that I am starting to feel at home in London in a way that I haven't before. I no longer feel like the person who is constantly battling against feeling out of place or who wants to focus on how different everything. I find myself going with the flow and feeling more relaxed and adjusted that I have ever felt. 

At the same time I still feel conflicted and homesick, but in a much different way than I have before. I think I've also rebelled against writing about it too. 

I've grown tired of talking about where I am from. I think this should make sense to other expat bloggers. I am tired of most of the conversation being about being from some place else and then moving onto thoughts and observations about life in London. 

Of course I realise that the majority of the population of London if from some place else, but I feel like I end up spewing out the same speech time after time only to end up boring myself not to mention the other people.
Do other expats feel this way? I'd be interested in finding out what you all think.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

My social media campaign is in Marketing Week!

It was pretty excited to see our agency in both the NMA and Marketing Week for the work we're doing on the Mr Kipling account. It's the main account that I work on at Wax Agency and it's been absolutely fantastic. Here's a link to the article :)
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