For many of us, it's that time of year again where we need to put the heating on at work and at home to keep warm. It is after all November so we have to expect fuel bills to rise.
A flick of a switch and a few minutes later the chill is off the room. We can work, we can play, we can eat, we can wash and we can sleep in the comfort of central heating and warm homes. If we're fortunate enough to have heating and a roof over our heads that is.
But of course, central heating is not always on hand. A few years ago Mark and I spent some time in south-west France. We rented a house (converted barn) on the edge of the Midi-Pyrenees. There was no central heating and the only way to keep warm during the winter months was from small electric wall heaters and a log fire.
This meant for Mark, organising the firewood became a top priority, and as anyone that has ever had to take on this task knows, it has its hidden benefits.
As the saying goes...
Chop your own wood and...
In this post I am going to help you to understand that just because you have never taught subjects, you'd find in fashion studies online before, this does not make you some kind of impostor. We all have a right to do things for the first time—this post I have created because of a conversation I had with a potential course creator recently.
She said that she didn't feel qualified to teach online because she had no formal teaching qualifications. "Why would someone pay to be taught by anyone that had never taught before?", she asked.
I told her she was suffering from a degree of impostor syndrome.
According to Wikipedia
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud".
The term was first...
Have you ever had one of those moments working on your laptop or computer when you’re struggling with something and a colleague or friend, perhaps even one of your children comes along and shows you how to overcome the challenge you're having?
They make it look so easy don't they?
Or perhaps you’ve been on an IT course being taught how to use some software and the trainer shows you a really neat trick. Then suddenly, in that moment, you realise you’ve been wasting time to do something the wrong way, the slow way, the inefficient way....for years?
We’ve all had those moments I’m sure.
They’re when the 'penny drops' and it’s as if a veil has been lifted and suddenly you can see clearly how to do something. The origins of this phrase are thought to have come from the days when people would put coins into a slot machine to retrieve an item or get the machine to work in some way.
From time to time the coin would get stuck and...