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The Regency Chess Company Vs. Gemma’s Obsession

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It’s not something I share often with many people, but I have a small obsession with collecting chess sets. This might sound a little odd considering my friends call me a hippy, but sitting down and playing a good chess match really helps me to unwind after a hard day at the office. Since I started playing (over ten years ago!), I’ve collected more chess sets then I have canvasses for my paintings! Most of this has been unwittingly encouraged by The Regency Chess Company.

I blame my friend Gary for my little chess habit. He introduced me to the game when I was a student and soundly beat me to a pulp thirteen times in under an hour. Despite being useless at the game, I kept on playing. Strategy, foresight, problem solving and assertiveness all come into play during a chess match. I was hooked from the word ‘go’. After that first experience with Gary, I started playing regularly and bought my first chess set three months later.

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How to be more assertive

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Assertiveness is not something we are born with, in my opinion. It is something you learn from people or pick up from things around you. It can be a reaction to something – this person has to know what I think right now – or something we are told – you must be more assertive. What it is, I believe, is a skill. So, in theory, you should be able to learn it.

Not always the case either, when you think about it. The tricky thing about being assertive is that it’s all wrapped up in personality and identity. So, when you think about it, it really depends on what kind of a person we are: bossy or easily led and many more things besides.

Always think this: am I comfortable

Here are a few tips for being more assertive.

  1. Don’t automatically say Yes. Think about this: why is someone asking you to do something? If it’s to manipulate you into doing something rubbish – like working overtime – then you don’t HAVE to say yes. Remember that Yes is a powerful word. And No is too. Never forget that.

  2. Being assertive is not being mean: some people think that it’s all about being mean and bossy. It isn’t. What it’s really about is being fair and not being taken advantage of.

  3. It will take practice. Like anything, learning to assert yourself doesn’t happen overnight! Say you work for a running clothes business and they want you to model some clothes for them, say a sports bra. Yes they might need you to because the model is of sick, but are you comfortable with that scenario? Always think this: am I comfortable. If you are not and you go ahead and do something anyway then this is a mistake. It means that you’re putting someone else’s needs before your own, which means that you’re doing yourself an injustice. That has to stop!

  4. Do people boss you around a lot? Are you often picked on for what seems like no reason? This might be because you’re such a nice person that people take advantage. This doesn’t always have to be the case (being picked on, I mean). You can turn things around and change peoples perception of you. Again, just don’t expect it to happen overnight because invariably it won’t!

  5. There is no need to shout: being assertive should always be done with a clear head and conscience, and should not involve shouting. But I’m sure you knew that already!

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How to be more assertive

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Assertiveness is not something we are born with, in my opinion. It is something you learn from people or pick up from things around you. It can be a reaction to something – this person has to know what I think right now – or something we are told – you must be more assertive. What it is, I believe, is a skill. So, in theory, you should be able to learn it.

Not always the case either, when you think about it. The tricky thing about being assertive is that it’s all wrapped up in personality and identity. So, when you think about it, it really depends on what kind of a person we are: bossy or easily led and many more things besides.

Always think this: am I comfortable

Here are a few tips for being more assertive.

  1. Don’t automatically say Yes. Think about this: why is someone asking you to do something? If it’s to manipulate you into doing something rubbish – like working overtime – then you don’t HAVE to say yes. Remember that Yes is a powerful word. And No is too. Never forget that.

  2. Being assertive is not being mean: some people think that it’s all about being mean and bossy. It isn’t. What it’s really about is being fair and not being taken advantage of.

  3. It will take practice. Like anything, learning to assert yourself doesn’t happen overnight! Say you work for a running clothes business and they want you to model some clothes for them, say a sports bra. Yes they might need you to because the model is of sick, but are you comfortable with that scenario? Always think this: am I comfortable. If you are not and you go ahead and do something anyway then this is a mistake. It means that you’re putting someone else’s needs before your own, which means that you’re doing yourself an injustice. That has to stop!

  4. Do people boss you around a lot? Are you often picked on for what seems like no reason? This might be because you’re such a nice person that people take advantage. This doesn’t always have to be the case (being picked on, I mean). You can turn things around and change peoples perception of you. Again, just don’t expect it to happen overnight because invariably it won’t!

  5. There is no need to shout: being assertive should always be done with a clear head and conscience, and should not involve shouting. But I’m sure you knew that already!

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Family Solidarity

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I don’t have kids. The twenties are a weird and wonderful time, some people spend them celebrating their freedom, others trying to figure out how to settle down. My best friend from childhood already has 3 kids! What I noticed is that a lot of her friends dropped her like a hot potato when she decided to have children. Our friendship is different. We go to 3 or 4 festivals together every year and I like to share wild family More

Why is being a ‘hippy’ a bad thing?

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Hippies have never really been allowed peace for five minutes, have they? No, they’re constantly being have-a-goe’d-at by people: you stink, they say, or worse…get a job, you useless pathetic hippy layabout!

What’s wrong with this picture? Hm, let me see now…I’ll tell you. What’s wrong is the fact that:

A) we don’t stink. Actually we do care about that stuff. I know a few hippies who are the cleanest people alive, and I’m not even messing!

B) we DO have jobs, and what’s more we work really hard at other stuff once we have finished work. Just because some of us have dreadlocks doesn’t mean we don’t care. Far from it actually. More

Slimming Fashion Tips For All Body Sizes

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Slimming Fashion Tips For All Body Sizes

All of us wish to appear our finest, regardless of whether we’re short and heavy or tall and slender. It might not be as easy for some people. As human resource software makes life simple for a HR Manager, finding the right style for our own individual body shape makes life easier for us. Here are a few ideas for heaver sized ladies that will assist in helping you appear your best.

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Not my kind of celebration

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Not my kind of celebration

I’m trying not to be too grumpy about the Royal wedding. It is an exciting occasion for most of the country – and even my grumpiest friends are quite curious to see the dress. And to see what kind of state Prince Harry is in when he turns up to Westminster Abbey!
But I would have to draw the line at the crazies who were on the news this morning, camping out in London city centre to get a good More

Gothic Interior Design

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Recently as I was applying Majirel Hair Colour to my hair one of my relatives, who is into the Goth thing, asked if I would design the inside of my home in the Gothic style. I was floored. I had never heard of Gothic interior design before and so I checked into it and in some ways I must say depending on how you do it it’s not that bad.

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Tips for Clean, Clear and Healthy Skin

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Tips for Clean, Clear and Healthy Skin

You cannot find any better target of winter season than one’s pores and skin. The chilly, unpleasant winter time air just isn’t nice to our skin or pores, leaving behind skin that is flaked or cracked. It really is a whole lot worse when you have dry pores and itchy skin all year long. The lower moisture simply leaves numerous of us having scaly pores and skin, as the chilly air zaps out all the moisture our own bodies soaked More

A Few Ways to Eat Healthy and Lose Weight

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A Few Ways to Eat Healthy and Lose Weight

Would you like to uncover the strategies on how to reduce bodyweight quickly through more healthy foods? This doesn’t need to be dull as you will find different ways to create meals to personal taste. A few little modifications will create massive change between increasing and reducing your weight.

Even though poultry is known as the trim protein dish, you have to think about the method it really is prepared. You should not have chicken fingers, nuggets and hotdogs, have More

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