Erik Stensland recommendation of Jonathan Burrows (on LinkedIn)

I was very pleased to receive the following recommendation on LinkedIn by Erik Stensland. In fact, at first, I didn’t think it was me that Erik was writing about!

“I’ve known Jonathan for over 20 years and he continues to amaze me with his ability to link disparate ideas to find creative solutions. He’s someone who seems to thrive on solving puzzles. I’ve had him help me with several web related problems and he always comes up with terrific solutions. The range of his technical skills is really impressive. Most of the folks I’ve worked with in the software industry are specialists in just one area while Jonathan seems to cover an incredibly wide range of technical fields. I’m fairly competent having established numerous networks and projects, but when I’m in a bind, he’s the guy I call. Extremely competent and creative. I don’t think I know anyone else who even comes close to his amazing set of computer skills” – Erik Stensland, Owner of Morning Light Photography

Thanks!

When 1,000 criticisms bounce off my skin but one man’s belief in me makes me cry

My inner belief

I’ve built up a core belief inside me over the years. Most of it over the last 12-18 months but nevertheless a belief that allows me to be strong despite any criticisms or ‘flaming arrows’.  It is this belief that helps me be strong in the face of adversity or strong when I don’t feel very strong at all!

When I was going through a ‘tough time’ in my life, I suffered from depression and really didn’t feel like even leaving the house! All that has changed thankfully.  Now I go out each day with this core thing inside me which just won’t go away – my belief that I’m on the right track and that I will become what I want to become.

One man’s belief in me makes me cry

However, someone I have know for years now, who has helped me in the past and who has guided me; made me cry and brought me low!

He seems in a low place himself right now and so when he wrote:

“I have only one thing left now and that is belief in you for all these years”

It made me cry….

So, how did I react?

After my little choking up episode, I went for a walk and that belief that has made me strong came flooding in. Now, I more and more want to succeed on my chosen path simply to show this person that their faith in me WAS worth it!

What an amazing and powerful thing ‘belief’ is.

Go get some yourself. I think they sell it at your local supermarket, pub, workplace, websites etc ad infinitum….

Take care and believe in yourself.

Laughter is a medicine

Reader’s Digest

If you are old enough, you may remember Reader’s Digest. In fact, silly me, it’s still published today, but I remember the magazine as a kid way back in 70’s and 80’s er 60’s and 70’s. One of the sections I used to read (I didn’t understand the rest!) was “Laughter is a medicine” and that phrase has stuck with me for several decades now. Of course, I didn’t really understand what the phrase meant, I just thought it sounded good.

Now of course, you will find many websites and magazine writers (who are experts in health) tell you that indeed laughter is good for your health! Apparently, laughter is a pain killer, a relaxant, a stress reliever, releases endorphins which make you happy, boosts immunity, protects the heart, makes us more attractive(!) and much more. Got to be worth a try then! I personally like the ‘makes us more attractive’ benefit….

Self improvement and laughter

Setting aside the proclaimed health benefits for a moment, how does laughter (and smiling maybe) help ones ‘self’. How can it positively affect our self improvement? Apparently laughter relieves stress and I believe it! So less stress and more happiness equals self improvement.

What to do about stress

At times my job is stressful and I find myself getting a little morose, down or generally fed up with the way things are going. The answer I think is to have a jolly good belly laugh! Watch a comedian like Stewart Francis on Youtube or go to see a live comedian near you. Maybe just deliberately joke about with a friend? In fact, why not laugh out loud for no reason at all?

Go on, be daft and (try not to feel embarrassed) laugh out loud right now!

Search Engine Optimisation

Getting your site or page high in the search engine results is of course very important. However, there is a balance to be had when creating pages and writing content. I’m pretty sure you have seen some websites that seem to be written for the search engine in mind. Google (other search engines are available!) suggests that you write your pages for the consumer (the website visitor) and this is generally how I make my websites and my customers’ websites too.

So, this category is all about posts I’ve made that hopefully provide some information about the topic (such as images of Rocky Mountain National Park or student accommodation in Plymouth) but also about enabling better search engine results positioning.

An introduction to this site

No apologies!

I make no apologies for the diversity of the content on this site (and no apologies for the shocking picture here either!). It’s what makes me me. In fact, I wouldn’t mind betting that you are just the same. It’s what makes us human.

I need to update the About Jonathan Burrows page, but here is a very brief summary of what you will find on this site.

Future Thinking

Most of my blogging is to do with something I call ‘Future Thinking‘. Read some of the posts in the Future Thinking category to find out more. Future Thinking is about having the right attitude to life’s journey. It’s not ‘positive thinking’ in the strictest sense of the word, but something more.

IT & Web

I’ve been involved in IT and Web stuff for a number of years and I build websites and do search engine optimisation for small businesses around the world.

Property Management

Yes, I know it’s different to the other stuff I do! It’s called diversification! I manage student rooms in Plymouth either jointly with landlords (such as Bryce Properties) or on my own as a full management package.  It keeps me busy so you will see some posts on this site about that.

That’s it. Feel free to contact me about anything. Almost!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. USA

An introduction to Erik Stensland’s Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

Erik Stensland is my brother in law and he’s a renowned photographer in Colorado who takes pictures of nature in the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP for short).  Take a look at his website and I’m sure you’ll agree that his photos are way above the average in terms of quality and composition. He also sells framed images of RMNP through his website and the gallery based in Estes Park.

Drama at Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)

Google Images is a great way to look at a sites’ images if you know how. Click on this Images of Rocky Mountain National Park Google Images link and you’ll see that the search term is:

site:imagesofrmnp.com

This enables me to show all photos that the Google has listed for the site imagesofrmnp.com.

So, moving on! I’ll be periodically picking out some of my favourites and posting them here in this category so feel free to pop back and take a look.

Thanks, Jonathan.

Future Thinking Blog, Random Thoughts and more