2016 in Guiding

2016 has certainly been a negative year in many senses and in a lot of ways I am grateful to Guiding for keeping me sane throughout a lot of the year. While I look back on 2016 with a lot of pain in the knowledge of people lost and bad political decisions and know that there are many things even in Guiding that I meant to do that did not come to fruition, there are many great things that did.

Finish my Adult Leadership Qualification.

This year was the year that I was finally able to say that I am a Brownie Leader, rather than a leader in training. It has been a long time coming, I have been with Brownies for four years now and a lot of bumps along the way have prevented me from finishing earlier, finally this year, with a trip to another city for a safeguarding session, I finally had everything signed off.

This is definitely the biggest and most important thing to have happened this year within Guiding. I have done everything from modules 1-4, meaning that in theory, I could run my own pack. I don’t in any way feel ready to but the knowledge that  I could is amazing to hold on to.

Look Wider

Although I have no received my badged, nor have I even got a record book to write things into, I have done a lot of work on my Look Wider octants. I have been posting on here the write ups on the things I have been doing, I turned 24 this year, so I am running out of time to finish Look Wider, so I’m a little close to desperation in getting this done.

Creativity Octant, complete. This was always going to be the first thing I worked out when I started, creativity is my thing. It was an exciting opportunity to try new things and continue others. Many other octants only need one or two things added to them.

At the moment, the printed out version of my notes is with Tracey, my Senior Section Leader and I am hoping to get them back in the new year, in order to continue and receIve a log-book and the badge.

Update my blog with all Brownie events

There is perhaps one or two more blog posts I need to make regarding things we have done, but for the most part, I have successfully kept this blog up to date with things that I have done with my Brownies over the course of 2016, which is great to be able to look back over.


Update and apology.

It’s been exactly a month since I last updated this blog on World Thinking Day. Since that time my Guiding journey has not ground to a complete halt but rather I allowed thing to get in the way of me blogging. A bit part of this was the fact that I had a CFS flare up. CFS stands for Chronic Fatigue syndrome and I have suffered with it since Ii was 13 or 14. I am mostly able to manage it these days, but I caught a cold or flu virus and it knocked me out for a few weeks. By the time I was better,  I was focusing on my writing, getting back into guiding and going back to work. However, I couldn’t leave my blogs abandoned, so I am back and I am back with a plan.

I will now be updating this blog every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting today. Tuesday is the day my Rainbows meet, Wednesday (every other week) is Rangers and Thursday is Brownies. I will endeavour to keep this up even in school holidays.

Apologies for disappearing but I am back now. Here goes nothing.

Happy World Thinking Day

February 22nd marks an important day in Guiding. The day that both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell had their birthday and a day that Guider now use to take time to think about other people in guiding all around the world. World thinking day is a time when we remember that even if we are a brownie pack with only 12 girls, we are a part of a community of millions of girls and women all around the world. It’s a time when we stop to realise just how important GirlGuiding is, just what our impact is on the individual lives of everyone who comes through us.

For me World Thinking Day marks the anniversary of me making my Promise. Last year my division took over the local cinema. Rainbows, Brownies and Guides were there and we watched Shaun the Sheep. Before the start of the movie me and another girl made our promise in front of the whole division. Although I felt that I was living by it already, Thinking Day 2015 marked me officially promising to do my best, for me it was a big step in my guiding journey and World Thinking Day will always help me remember it.

Phase Three || Creativity Octant

Compete in and win NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) is a challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. As someone with a passion for writing and even a degree in Creative Writing, this is perfect for me.

Although I did not write a complete draft of a Novel during November 2015, I was successful in writing 50,000 words. It was a challenge due to going on holiday during that month and it did mean writing almost 14000 words on November 30th but I did get there.

My NaNoWriMo profile can be found at: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/josieruby1

The novel I began writing (and about midway through stopped due to lack of plot and started writing something else) followed a teenage girl after she died and woke up on some other plane of existence. Here is an extract from it

I shake my head at that. I don’t want to know. Not yet. There’s too many possibilities and none of them are good, it is for the best if at least just for a little while I don’t know how I got here. It can give the illusion that I’m not dead. That I’m not starting this new ‘journey’ as Tom put it.

“Want to just stay here?” Grace asks. “I could make tea?”

This time when I attempt to smile, I’m a bit more successful and I sit up properly to allow Grace to move. I move back on the bed so I am leaning against the wall with my legs outstretched in front of me. I watch Grace moving around the room, only noticing the kettle as she approaches it. They say tea can solve anything; announced a war? Have a cup of tea. Been through a hard time? Cup of tea. Struggling with anything? Tea. Happy situation? Celebrate with tea. Just died and woke up on another plane? It’s okay we have tea.