1. Learning to relax and prioritise life over work. I recently watched a documentary in which a former Company Director talked of how he took the decision to work in a job that paid a fraction of his previous salary and how he had reimagined and recreated his life as a much more self-sufficient gardener and urban farmer. I’m not going to start keeping sheep but I do know that I don’t need to be head of department when I can be perfectly happy teaching and perhaps gain back a social life or weekends without additional paperwork to do.
2. My home. Humble as it may be, it is the home I’ve lived in longer than anywhere else. We do the best we can with the little we have and I am blessed to have Richard and Russell and a Ruvvely Residence.
3. I keep wanting to say cheese but I won’t; I already said cheese. I would say Indian food but I said that too. So I will say, Cornflake Cakes! I made some today and they are DELICIOUS!
THE DIET IS GOING WELL! Amazing what you can do with some cereals and chocolate. On the left, Honey Loops, Nutty Cornflake and Crunchie Bar cake…on the right, Coffee Flavoured Chocolate with Honey Loops, Nutty Cornflakes, Oreos and the remains of a Thorntons Easter Egg.
WILL YOU JOIN ME IN THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE?
On the surface I seem fine but I am just like you, dealing with the challenges that come my way.
Life can be one struggle after another and you can begin to wonder why you bother.
Do you ever feel that you invest too much time and energy in people and activities where your efforts are unrecognised and, perhaps worse, taken for granted?
I don’t seek praise or validation but I do need to learn where best to focus my efforts.
In a bid to maximise my time and bring more positivity, I have been searching for inspiration online.
TED talks are consistently life affirming and there’s nothing better than pouring a glass of wine and settling down to catch a few of these talks on Netflix or YouTube.
One of the talks recently was about changing your perspective and refocusing by finding and acknowledging the positives, whilst letting go and not dwelling on the negatives.
So, in a bid to reprogram my mind, I will take the 21 Day Challenge. Apparantly, after 21 Days, this thinking will become automatic.
This is not to say that I’m a negative person, far from it, but I am like anyone else; when faced with a solid, constant barrage of challenges, I get exhausted and feel my motivation begin to drop.
So, here is what I will do:
Acknowledge and write down 3 reasons to be grateful – 21 Days
1 email or message of gratitude – 21Days
In addition, I will continue to watch TED Talks, spend time with people who Uplift me, focus on what is needed to move forward by assessing what it is I really need and prioritise positive thought over negative contemplation.
The great thing about this initiative is that even before writing down my first reason to be grateful, I am buzzing as I mentally begin to consider all the many wonderful people in my life.
Damn it, I have so much to be grateful for!
WILL YOU JOIN ME?
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