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Happiness at work

It’s pretty common, and unfortunate, that these two words don’t match. It’s as if they couldn’t be together. Or that’s what we are all used to think. Things can always change. As long as we change, which is obviously not easy. But changes will always bring new good things to our life, even if at the beginning we can’t see it.

Going online can be tiring and boring. Unless you have good music and something great to read. Like this article I found by chance

http://fortune.com/2016/10/12/small-businesses-employee-happiness/

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Exercise

Take your bike to work, a class at the gym, taichi at the park, go for a long fast-paced walk, or just go to the park and get your legs moving. You have 1 free hour and we are sure you can always use then wisely, exercise will relax you and will bring amazing benefits to your life 🙂

 

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Wall of Shame

Funny names from customers and/or colleagues we find out around our job either from a phone call or an email.

They make ous laugh hard.

This is our homage to them.

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Wall of Name

This contains all the weird-naughty names we find around the office, colleagues, customers, no matter who or what calls or emails, we’ll just keep him/her on this list.

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On the Job is for all the secret things you can get up to at your desk, whilst looking like you are working!

This is a great survival technique because you can pretend you are busily working away whilst really you are busy day dreaming of something else…

Luchtime cañas

After a very long time without being able to take our breaks together, for work rasons, we have finally made it and have celebrated with some cañas on our break 🙂

 

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Pensees

We recently found this on a spanish speaker’s email. Not quite sure of the message he’s trying to share with us, with you, with anyone…

“For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either”

Blaise Pascal

Fringe Benefits

There are many, many things that I love about Madrid and Spain.  There are the tangibles, that before moving here I knew I was going to love and that would improve my quality of life, then there are the intangibles, that I cannot quantify.  In addition, there are the things that I never expected, but that are now amongst my favourite things about this magnificent place.

I have a fringe.  I have had a fringe nearly my whole life, it’s my thing, my look (such as it is).  Anyone with a fringe will know that this is a love/hate relationship.  There is a fine line between a fringe looking gorgeous, and looking awful, and sometimes that line can be crossed de la noche a la mañana.  Monday evening you are congratulating yourself on how good you look, Tuesday morning you cannot stand to look in the mirror: all due to the fringe.

When I lived in the UK, my fringe ruled my life.  My hairdresser was super expensive and I could only afford to go to her around two or three times a year.  She would provide a free fringe trim in-between cuts, but this wasn’t really a sufficient amount to keep me looking my best.  I would have to meticulously share them out across the year and consequently spent a lot of my time feeling ugly.

Imagine my total and complete delight, then, when I discovered The Very Best Thing About Spain: THE HAIRDRESSERS HERE WILL CUT YOUR FRINGE FOR YOU WHENEVER YOU WANT IT AND NOT MAKE YOU HAVE A WHOLE HAIR CUT – AND IT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE TO BE YOUR OWN HAIRDRESSER!  For three little euritos every five weeks, my life has been transformed!

So, when trying to make the most of my time in this shitty job, one of my favourite break-time jaunts is to walk up to the nearby high-street, where there is one of these magical places, and have my fringe trimmed.  I leave for my break feeling disgusting and I return feeling like a champion.

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Discover places

Well used breaks can certainly renew you. They should work as a disconnection to your office job or an opportunity to use time wisely.

During my alone break I decided to open maps and see what parks I had near our office. Parks are places I often go to relax, take a break, or escape from the everyday stress and responsibilities. I would’ve never thought I had this gorgeous park a 10-15 min walk away. I’m sharing some pics from my lovely walks…

Parque Quinta de los Molinos (Calle de Alcalá, 527). Metro Suanzes

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