10,000 steps a day for Cancer Research UK

Check out my other little space on the internet mainly aimed at Cancer Research:)


Back in May I was riffling through Facebook and up came an advert for Cancer Research Walk All Over Cancer with 10,000 steps. I sat reading through the ad and before I knew it I had signed myself up. From July 1st until July 31st I would walk at least 10,000 steps every single day, some days this is easy but other days this is not. Back when I signed up I thought in my head July it will be warm so I can get fitter and a tan at the same time, well that sure as hell hasn’t happened today but there is still time.

I challenged myself last year with the twist on the Dryathlon and I out done myself so I thought what the hell. I get to support a charity that means the world to me. (If you didn’t already know I now work full-time for Cancer Research UK…

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chasing fireflies.

These are the sort of blog posts I have missed…and the sort on inspiration and motivation we all need especially on a Monday morning. Thanks again Ksbeth. Also don’t forget to check out http://www.lifestooshortblogger.wordpress.com too.

I didn't have my glasses on....


just at dusk




gaggle of grandies

trying to catch up with them


“i began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.

he taught me that if you are interested in something,

no matter what it is,

go at it at full speed ahead.

embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it

and above all

become passionate about it.

lukewarm is no good.

hot is no good either.

white hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”

― roald dahl, My Uncle Oswald

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Woah it sure has been a while…

Wow! I really didn’t realise how long it had been since I last looked at or posted on “Hayleyslilworld”, for those of you who used to regularly visit my little place on the internet I guess you know why it all fizzled out. Yesterday I posted a comment on a very good friends heartfelt blog post and up came “Hayleyslilworld”. Sandra’s post can be found here!

So in being supportive for a friend I then started re-reading a number of my posts. Some of which gave me great pleasure some were a little random or not what I would have posted these days. But we live and learn and this little place is a part of my progression so I won’t be deleting or changing too much at least. In looking through all the stuff that has been sat here I found the quote below, which I personally think was very apt.

So I won’t be making any promises on what I will post and how often but it is nice to have this back. I am still on/off writing book reviews and also started a blog that was originally aimed at volunteering before I changed jobs to work for Cancer Research if you are interested in that it can be found here!

Until next time… 🙂

By leaving behind your old self & taking a leap of faith into the unknown, you find out what you are truly capable of becoming.

2013 In Review

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who told me to carry on. Blogging can be awesome but sometimes as Michael Owen stated the Keyboard Warriors can make life difficult. Whatever you are doing to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another do it in style. I believe that 2014 can and will be the year of change. Have a good one and I shall hopefully see some of you lovely lot next year. Thanks for spurring me on to continue you know who you are.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

An Awesome Feeling…

On Saturday 14th December 2013 I got up early on my day off and headed to Bromley Intu centre to Christmas wrap and raise awareness on Make A Wish Foundation.

It was a lovely morning, the morning crew consisted of me, Amanda, Michael and Claire. Plus the awesome Emma from Make A Wish. It really was good fun getting festive, wrapping presents and raising awareness. Very early on in the morning we met a lovely woman who looked like she’d seen a ghost. Her son had benefited from Make A Wish Foundation and she was eager to give back. Her story was both beautiful and heart-breaking. Emma was awesome with her. Later on, we met others who had benefited from the charity and a lady who had helped grant a wish.

A truly enlightening day that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope to do more for Make A Wish Foundation next year. Today I found out we raised an awesome £550. I am still hoping some kind friends, family, colleagues and followers will add to my personal page http://www.justgiving.com/Hayley-Thorpe1

Make A Wish

I just adore all of acuriousgal’s piccies and I thought I would share this gem with my faithful followers. Make A Wish now!!!!

Make A Wish Make A Change…..

So on Saturday 14th December 2014 I shall be giving up some of my time to wrap presents in a local shopping centre for Make A Wish Foundation. I decided that I want to raise some extra money for this amazing charity. So I have set up a Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Hayley-Thorpe1
so my friends, family, colleagues and followers can help me support the charity. I would love to wrap all of your presents for you but I just won’t see all of you, seeing as we all live in different places.

I am sorry for my silence again…I have been a busy bee but I hope to check in with you all whenever I can. Thanks again to all the wonderful and supportive friends I have made just on WordPress. It’s been a testing time but I won’t be beaten by negativity and pure cruelness. I really do appreciate whatever you can spare I have set myself a target of £100 without whatever I get on the day and I already have £15.00.

Anyway I shall love you and leave you with a quote that I believe we should all be saying to ourselves.

Start every day with a new hope, leave bad memories behind and have faith for a better tomorrow.

Blurred Edges

blurry sunrise

I headed towards the sunrise and the edges of the world blurred as night reluctantly gave way to day.

Black seeped from the heavens into the land and blues took its place: first royal, then navy, then the hint of sky warmed with a kiss of pink.  The swap was nearly instantaneous.  One moment it was night and the next it was day, the only evidence the lingering blur on the horizon where the two continued to fight it out.

I headed towards the sunrise and marveled at the beauty of the coming day.

Not a single blemish marked the infinite sky.  Swiveling around I could see from one edge of the world to the other, front to back, and nothing spoiled the slow progression of hues.  I couldn’t see where one color ended and the next began, but the sky behind me was not the same as that in front of me.  I wondered if I could turn around and chase down the darkness.  I wondered what adventures the light would bring.

I headed towards the sunrise and witnessed the birth of a day.

It was messy and perfect.  It was blurry and beautiful.  It was exactly how things should be.  The sky heralded the approaching sun through vibrant splashes of color.  The sky lamented the loss of night by clinging desperately to the darkness.  Where the two met, the world was discordant, fragile.  If the colors pulsed too brilliantly or if the darkness refused to budge, the two would crash together and the earth would cease to spin.

I headed towards the sunrise.

The blur called to me, and I answered, unafraid.  The light reached out for me from the edge of the world and I didn’t try to avoid its grasp.  The darkness tried to slow my progress, glue my forward momentum to the night, but my will, my desire to bask in the morning’s glow, was too strong.  Adventure beckoned.

Inspiration Comes When You Least Expect It

I have been wanting to post all day. But I did not know what to say. Today has been one of those days that just drags, I guess because I’m off to the Emerald Isle tomorrow. Although London Transport sure did ruin my evening tonight, what a nightmare. Trains cancelled, buses packed and next to no info.

Anyway, I didn’t know what to say and wanted to try and have some relevance and meaning to my blog entry and then I found this…..

Instead of putting people down all of your life, inspire someone, change someone’s life for the better, make someone smile.

Chateau De Pierrefonds, Compiegne, France

Ever since Emma had first visited Pierrefonds I knew I wanted to embrace the wonder and beauty of this breath-taking castle.

Chateau De Pierrefonds is a castle situated in the commune of Pierrefonds, Compiegne. The castle is best known from the hit TV series Merlin. Although in the Middle Ages it was a defence base for the military.
I had said to Emma on a number of occasions if I ever got to visit The Castle I’d like it to be a nice sunny day. Now we visited Pierrefonds in October and on the day in question when we first set out it was a rather gloomy day. But I am pleased to say my wish was granted on this occasion. It was everything I’d expected it to be. I kind of wish I’d had the chance to visit when Merlin was being filmed but hey I’ve seen it and I thoroughly enjoyed embracing it. I hate telling my bestie that she’s right but just this once I will whole-heartedly admit it. Chateau De Pierrefonds is out of this world amazing.




I’m in the court yard


A view from the castle…



Well this was one of my trips whilst in France a short train ride away from Paris. It’s funny how much reminded me of watching Merlin. Walking up to the castle there is a greenery that you can imagine is the woods. Sadly no King Arthur a girl can dream eh?

I really don’t post enough pictures I shall try and rectify that.

Anyway, time for bed.

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