How hard is it to sell The Big Issue?

I spotted the below video when the Big Issue Foundation tweeted about it. I have bought the Big Issue magazine before when I have come across vendors and I knew that the vendors bought the magazines to sell on, but how many people think the vendors get them for free? As Eddie, one of the vendors in the video says, “a lot of people get the misconception that we get these for free, whereas we buy them.”

I found the below infographic on the Big Issue website which I found really interesting; there are approximately 2,000 vendors, with 500 of them in London.

The Big Issue is a great magazine and a fantastic way for people who need support to get that support while helping themselves. As the Big Issue say on their Our Objectives webpage, “we seek to ensure that our vendors have the following:”

* somewhere meaningful to call home
* access to a doctor and equality of access to health care opportunities
* the essential support that is needed to overcome addictions
* direct help with business skills to maximize independent earnings
* the crucial personal identification that opens so many doors
* access to additional financial support and secure saving opportunities
* the opportunity to re-connect with family members and loved ones

You can read about the difference the Big Issue has made to vendors by reading their stories here. The Big Issue is such an amazing idea, so if you’ve never bought one before, grab a copy the next time you see a vendor. It’s more than a magazine, you are helping someone to invest in themselves.


Quote of the day – Friday 15th April 2016

Always believe

Sometimes life can really get you down and make you think, “wow, is this my life?” It’s at times like this, we need to stay positive and not let life drag us down. I found this quote on a notebook I bought recently and it really resonated with me. I’m a naturally positive person, but life has been throwing enough lemons at me recently to make lemonade for pretty much everyone in the UK. I like it when aspirational quotes just pop up in every day life, like the universe is sending you a message: keep going, everything will be okay.

If you have any phrases that help to guide you through life, let me know in the comments 🙂

Quote of the day: 7th February 2016

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything.

I have been guilty of “all or nothing” thinking. Throughout my life I have been of the opinion, ‘if everything isn’t 100% happy in my world, then nothing is happy in my world’. This kind of thinking is so destructive and leaves you with a false sense of what your life actually is like right now.

Recently, our life has been negative in so many ways, but I have had an epiphany this weekend, and much like Howard Beale’s character in the film Network (1976) reminds us, I am reminding myself (and anyone else who needs reminding),

“I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!”

‘Water’ way to spend your birthday

Some people like to celebrate their birthdays. Others like to retreat back into their caves of denial about their next milestone. If you’d like to help others on your special day, there’s a very special way that you can. You can pledge your birthday and help change someone’s life forever.

Take a look at the video below, it will explain everything 🙂

World AIDS Day on 1st December

What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important?
Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

There are lots of events taking place around the UK, and not just on 1st December. There are events taking place from now until 16th December. Take a look at this link to find out what’s going on in your area and lend your support to World AIDS Day.

A note to my younger self

If I could write this note, time travel, and leave it somewhere that my younger self would find it, I SO WOULD! Turning 35 next month has left me somewhat reflective about where did my life go? Like, how am I 35 in November??!! Crazyness. Anyway, I wanted to write myself a note, and maybe a younger Jenny in internet-land will see it, and it will help them. I couldn’t fix me, maybe I can fix them. Nothing like a cathartic blog post, eh?

So, what would my note say?

1. No matter how poor you get, don’t sell your stuff on eBay or at car boot sales, as that stuff is important to you now, and believe me, you will be ruing the day you got rid of them. That 7″ Take That single they signed before they were massive? Where is it now, younger Jenny? What the **** did you do with it? Gah. Also, you should NEVER have left that queue to meet Take That when you were 12. You’d already queued for an hour! So what if your friend Vicky wouldn’t queue anymore and left for the bus home, you should have stayed. Rookie mistake.

2. In relation to above, be better with money. Just because you suddenly have some, don’t go ker-razy and spend it on tat. You’ll need that money for say food, rent, etc. This see-sawing of affluence and gutter-bound will continue for many years, so maybe learn the basics of saving early on, eh?

3. Also connected to #1, don’t lose all the photos you had of concerts you went to, like Party In The Park when Let Loose waved to you from their van and you felt like the world had stood still for a moment. We all know what Blue and people like that look like now but there was no Twitter, Facebook, etc when these concerts took place, and maybe people who also attended, or are your age, would like to see those photos of a moment in time in a fit of retro flashbackness.

And most importantly:

4. You will always try to fix everyone and everything. You cannot avoid this one. You were born this way so I’d just get used to it early on. Sometimes that urge to be a ‘vet’ or ‘miracle worker’ will lead you into strange situations. Yeah, try and avoid them. You will always have strange OCD and only be able to tidy a room starting at the doorway and working clockwise. It helps you to see what you’ve done so far, rather than scatter-gunning, so that’s a useful one.

I guess you’ve already figured that fate leads you. Continue to believe that, because it’s true. Try and be happy, life will work itself out. Even though you have to wait thirty long, stressful years, your knight in shining armour will ride up on his white charger and rescue you, and believe it or not, you will live happily ever after, because he really is the most amazing, wonderful man you could ever meet and hope to marry. Which you do, when you’re the ripe old age of 31. The best things in life are worth the wait, and Michael proves that.

So, I hope that you get to read this, younger Jenny, and that you’re the happy me I am today when you’re 34. Because, despite what you’ve always thought, you’re actually alright.