Welcome back to another weekly roundup where I chat about my adventures and favourites from the week just gone.
The Lord Mayor’s Valentines Charity Ball
On Saturday evening Des and I dusted off our party clothes and headed over to The National Railway Museum for an evening of fun at the Lord Mayor’s Valentines Ball.
The event was all in aid of the York Lord Mayor’s and Sheriffs charities:
My Sight York - supporting local visually impaired people to live independently
The Island - mentoring children and young people in York
York Music Hub - providing inclusive opportunities for children and young people to learn music
We had a fantastic evening and more importantly, I believe the event raised a significant sum for the charities!
Time is running out #SchoolStrike4Climate
Whilst I wasn’t able to join the protest myself, I did manage to catch a glimpse of the York march on my lunch break on Friday.
Thousands of schoolchildren and young people across the UK walked out of classes to join the climate strike due growing anger at the failure to tackle the crisis in any kind of meaningful way.
Climate breakdown is happening and we can no longer stand by and stick our collective heads in the sand - we need to take radical and immediate action if we want to preserve the planet for future generations.
Trying out some plastic free beauty from White Rabbit Skincare [Ad - Gifted]
It would be disingenuous to bang on about how we all need to take climate breakdown seriously without trying to do something about it myself. Over the past few months I’ve made a lot of changes, including dramatically cutting down the amount I drive, but one of the things I still really struggle with is packaging, especially when it comes to skincare/haircare.
I actually came across White Rabbit Skincare whilst putting together a guide to UK plastic free/ low waste beauty brands for this blog.
I have extremely dry and acne-prone skin (despite almost reaching my thirties) which always makes me hesitant about compromising on quality when it comes to skincare. This has previously put me off (rightly or wrongly) from switching from trusty old favourites to plastic free products.
I’m going to be testing out a few bits from their range over the next month or so and am hoping that they tick all the boxes. I’ll let you know how I get on!
If you want to have a try for yourself, I have a discount code for 15% off.
Just enter “BETHAN15” at the checkout.
I’ve dabbled around the edges of learning to code for a long time now, however this year I’m determined to make more of an effort.
You can of course learn at home on your own using online learning tools such as Code Academy or Code School, but I personally have always found interactive classes with other people are much more suited to my own learning style.
Luckily there are a number of groups that exist across the UK which offer this type of environment!
On Wednesday I headed along to York Code Dojo which offers an informal environment for people to come together and teach/learn from each other.
During the session we worked in pairs on some sample interview style coding problems, which was a very interesting way of being introduced to fundamental subjects such as linked lists, recursion and binary trees.
I'm still looking for folks who would be willing to share their stories about resilience and overcoming challenge on @thebravelisten!— Bethan (@BethanVincent) February 16, 2019
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Any help sharing this also v. appreciated!