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Written by
Sam Alderson
Published
2nd November, 2019

October has to be one of my favorite months of the year. The nights are drawing in and all the big jumpers are out of the cupboard. I have on all my hats and scarves out of the winter wardrobe. And everything has that comfy hide from the cold feeling.

Not only that but there are some fun and practical days and some incredibly important days. One of those monthly observances that is close to my heart is Mental Health Month. I work from home and I am on my own a good portion of the time.

I have had good and bad days throughout this time and have had to fight those invisible demons that lived in my head. Thankfully I have an amazing husband and fantastic family and friends that I know that I can reach out to when I know that I am having a bad day.

The first step as always is opening up to those around you that you are struggling. There is no shame in reaching out for a random coffee or maybe a walk through the park. A little understanding can go a long way towards helping those closest to you live an open and meaningful life. Don’t let Mental Health Month go by without broadening your understanding of the challenges of mental illness.

Improve Your Office Day

Like I said in the intro I work from home. I am lucky enough to be able to do this and work on this website and talk to you amazing people! My home office was one of the first things I had built when my husband and I bought our house. If you are feeling nosey you can read about it over on my personal blog.

When we set up our desk I knew that I wanted to have art and flowers and things that I loved in front of me so that I was not looking at a blank wall. I have two shelves about my monitor that are full of all the things that I love. Yes, it may seem a bit cluttered to others but to me it makes my office mine! How are you going to improve your office?

Shelves above my desk

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace was the first person to foresee the creative potential of the Analytical Engine. She explained how it could do so much more than merely calculate numbers, and could potentially create music and art, given the right programming and inputs. Her vision of computing’s possibilities was unmatched by any of her peers and went unrecognized for a century.

She was revolutionary in her day and was pivotal in the creation of one of the most advanced pieces of technology of the day. Most people still think that the tech world is a boys club but it all started with women and this amazing lady was one of its pioneers! 

No harm in a bit of CSS

No Bra Day

No Bra Day was established to raise awareness of breast cancer and its prevalence in today’s society, as well as to drive opportunities for fund-raising to help keep the research moving. As much as we as women love to tear off our bra at the end of the day, this observance is really important.

So many lives have been saved because they have a well-established routine to check themselves once a month. It’s doesn’t take long and it could mean the difference between early diagnosis and a late start to treatment. One of the easiest ways to remember is to do it on the first of the month that way you can ensure that you do 12 checks a year.

Don’t forget to stick it in your calendar!

Chocolate Cupcake Day

Everyone loves a chocolate cupcake. It’s a great little treat to reward a productive week! Not only do you get to enjoy a mini cake all to yourself you also get to have a little bit of indulgence at the end of the week.

NOM!

There are so many different types of Chocolate Cupcakes out there it’s hard, well not really, to know where to start.

Caps Lock Day

Caps Lock Day first came to pass in the year 2000, when Derek Arnold of Iowa decided that he, like so many other internet users, had simply had enough of people using all caps to emphasize themselves on the web. So he created Caps Lock Day in the interest of poking fun at people who use this abomination of a typing style, and to finally bring some sanity to the net.

We have all done, forgotten to take caps lock off and then proceeded to type out a whole sentence only to find that it is in all caps and then have to delete it and start again.

WHY DON’T WE ALL JUST USE SHIFT!

Pumpkin Day

There’s one thing that represents October more than anything else, and it’s not Halloween (though it’s involved). That thing? The pumpkin. It’s a great time of year to harvest any that you may have been growing in the garden. Or if you haven’t done this nip to your local greengrocers and grab one.

So happy with how this turned out!

I got my hands on one this year as I have not had the chance to actually plant any this year, next year! I grab one from my local shop and I get to decorate it however I want! Let me show you how I got on with mine!

Checklist Day

I love the origins of the checklist. I use one pretty much every day and I have a monthly one for tasks that need to get done around the house. Its humble beginnings were back in the 1930s to help pilots make sure that they had gone through all the safety features to ensure that there would be no accidents.

Though with the rise of things like Trello the digital age has replaced the humble pen and paper with a digital alternative. Pilots still have a rigorous checklist to go through before starting their engines.

There is still a lot to celebrate this year. I can’t wait to share November with you!