It is January so #janlawblogpost is back!

For the last two years I have run janlawblogpost (also known as #janlawblogpost).

janlawblogpost - #janlawblogpost is back for 2017!

#janlawblogpost is back for 2017!

So what is #janlawblogpost?

Quite simply #janlawblogpost is where everyday in January I will upload a blog post. I usually post a few times a week, but this is every day!

The type of content I will be sharing includes, legal news stories, weird cases, book reviews and much more.

I try and vary the content I upload each day, but it is always legal related.

I will be automatically uploading posts and then resharing them with the hashtag #janlawblogpost.

Previous (Janlawblogpost) links

I ran #janlawblogpost back in 2014 and 2016 and you can check out a few of the posts here.

Would you sue your mum over a birthday card?

Kissing in public can land you a fine and other strange laws….

Mooting.. a key skill and rite of passage for law students?

Strange Laws.. Japan and over-the-counter medicine

List of Strange Laws in January 2016

Panorama: Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed

So do keep an eye out on the #janlawblogpost hashtag on twitter over the coming month.

Rebecca x

 

 

Register To Vote – 3 Hours To Go

This is your final reminder from me here at Lawyer In The Making…. you have 3 hours to head onto the Gov.uk website and vote.

You can read my two previous blog posts on this here and here which will you give you the lowdown on how to vote, why the deadline was extended and all of the details you need.

One thing that did slightly bother me about the extension being granted, is that whilst the website should not have crashed… why were so many people leaving it until the last hour or two to register?  They have known for ages that they need to register if they want to vote (and they aren’t already registered) so why did they leave it until the last moment.

I do however think that it is important that everyone who is eligible to vote should be registered, and voting! Not just for the EU referendum, but all the other times we have a right to vote.

Don’t forget to register tonight!

Rebecca x

 

Register To Vote – extended

So the other day you may have read my post about the deadline for registering to enable you to vote in the EU referendum  – well the deadline has to register to vote has been extended as the systems crashed last night leaving lots of people unable to register!

They have announced that they will be extending the deadline until Thursday 9th June at midnight, which gives you two days to register if you haven’t already done so.   I will be uploading a reminder post again tomorrow – just in case you forget to do so today!

You can read the article written by the BBC on all the events which unfolded yesterday evening when the Gov website crashed here.

Register To Vote Extended - Gov.uk Website Down (taken from the BBC Article)

Register To Vote Extended – Gov.uk Website Down (taken from the BBC Article)

For more information on how to register to vote read my previous blog post here which explains how you can register and what you need to do and have with you.

Please do make sure that you register to vote (if you are eligible to do so), it is important that as many of you as possible have your say, as the decisions will impact

Rebecca x

Why everyone needs to take some time out?

Time out is crucial, whether you are a student, parent, company owner, employee etc.

I am very conscious that I spend a considerable amount of time working, blogging and studying, and this is something I have done for many many years.  However, since running my own company it is so easy to get into the habit of working 24/7.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not moaning about that, I love my job and I love working and being able to work to my own schedule, but sometimes it takes over.

I am someone that finds it very hard to switch off, and stop working.  I am that girl that will respond to emails late at night sometimes and will get into a full blown conversation with clients, I am the girl that will be writing content for clients on a Saturday and Sunday – and once again, that is my choice and the reality of working and I am fine with that, and the geek inside me actually loves it.

I love my job, and I love what I do, and the ability to work when I like (which seems to be most of the time!).  I am also aware that this is the same for most people, whether they are employed or self-employed, it is just a matter of fact and whilst I am not complaining about working long hours (it was my choice, and it still is) it really is important to take some time out.

I have always been a hard worker and that won’t change, and whilst I am happy with my working patterns, I don’t mind working late nights and weekends, every once in a while it is great to switch off and have a proper weekend to yourself.  Not even a weekend, even just a day or an evening, where you can put the phone away, the laptop (or in my case my Mac), disable emails if you need to do so, and just be you.

Do the things you enjoy doing, catching up on boxsets, going out for dinner, having people over, have a duvet evening, run a bath, do nothing, – do whatever it is that makes you you, and make sure the focus is on you and not your work or job.

I am strong believer in taking some time out, and whilst I am not very good at doing that myself, whenever I do, I am always so much more productive for it.  It never impacts negatively on my work, and very often I come away with some new ideas as well!

It is far better to take 1 day, 1 evening or a weekend out a month, where you say no to work, you put everything work related to one side and just switch off.   So often you see people reach that burn out point, where they are over worked, stressed, unhappy, tired and that impacts on home life as well as work life.  Wouldn’t it be better if we didn’t let ourselves get to that point, where our bodies are forcing us to take a break?

Schedule in some time if you need to, where you can be you, do the things you love, and not feel guilty that you are not working!  I am going to be making a conscious effort to do this more often.

I will also be sharing some of my top tips and some of things I do to switch off so keep an eye out for that soon.

Rebecca x

Register To Vote: EU Referendum

Today (7th June 2016) is the last day that you can register to vote for the EU Referendum – you have until midnight tonight to register and it really doesn’t take very long to do so.

Just a quick reminder: you need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.  That means that if you do want to vote on the 23rd June in the EU Referendum then you need to be on the electoral register and click the link below and register by midnight tonight.

You will not have been able to avoid the press surrounding the EU referendum over the last few weeks and months, and it is important that you vote, but you also make an informed decision, and that you are aware of the ramifications surrounding remaining or leaving the EU.

Head on over to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and click the button towards the bottom of the text, they estimate that it takes roughly 5 minutes to register.

You can use this button to register to vote, but also to:

  1. update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
  2. change your voting preferences, eg to vote in person or by post
  3. change whether you are on the open register

The website states that you may need your National Insurance number, or your passport (if you are a British citizen living abroad)

Quick note: you do not need to register again in order to vote in the EU referendum if you live in the UK and both of the following apply:

  1. you were registered to vote in the May 2016 elections or the 2015 General Election
  2. you still live at the same address

Please make it a priority today to register (if you are eligible to do so) today so that you can have your say in a few weeks.

Rebecca x