Monday, 28 February 2011
Still made me smile though!
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Today I have allowed myself to be lazy, I cooked some nice food and sat in the sunshine to eat it. I wandered around the garden listening to the birds and admiring the crocuses and snowdrops that have popped up in the beds. I would never have spotted them from the house and just spending time looking at them in the garden really brought me in the the present moment. Then I allowed myself an afternoon nap and now am reading through some of my favourite blogs; Zebra Sounds, Zen Habits and Unimaginable Adventures. I can wait to start my new blog that I have been plotting over the past few weeks......will reveal all as soon as it's ready!
And how about you? What have you been doing that makes you smile? Would love to hear about it no matter how small!
Friday, 25 February 2011
The turkey fajita was so simple. Again, I didn't want to buy the packaged powder because you never know what kind of preservatives they have in there for the shelf life...so I made my own. You'd be surprised but most of the ingredients are stuff in your cupboards already! Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, celery salt, chicken stock cube and one key ingredient, cumin!
The tricky was going to find the right flour for the tortillas. Corn tortillas are made with a type of corn meal flour called Hasa Marina. Shockingly I found some in Muswell Hill in a small specialty food shop!! I was psyched!
Anyway, long story short, I successfully made the tortillas! The house smelled amazing!! The pico de gallo (fresh tomatoes, onions, coriander and lime juice) was perfect!
I think I should open a taqueria!
Off to a candle lit yoga class this evening to finish off a lovely spring day!
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
I started this challenge to raise money for Anna's amazing charity and event plans in November. My business is all around helping people go for what they want in their lives so it is already my passion. The week before the challenge started I found out my key stream of income, coaching and training part time with in a business, has dried up. They are cutting costs and I no longer have regular work there. Luckily for me I still have my own business and clients but it still isn't a guaranteed income. Anyway this shift has caused me to think, well maybe now is the time to radically shake up my life, I help other people do it and now it's time for me!!!
As a result of this I am currently consumed with "what's next?". It is incredibly exciting but also incredibly scary as it feels totally out of my comfort zone. I know I have been playing a bit small though and I think now is the time to start to play for my dream life! I may even be leaving London for a while and following my dream of spending 6 months in India. How perfect is the timing of this challenge, and I promise I had no idea this was around the corner.
I will reveal what the new plans are as soon as I have actually decided on them but in the mean time things I have been doing that I love over the past couple of days are:
- I ran my last time management course for team leaders yesterday and I received some great feedback after it, it feels amazing to have hopefully made a bit of a difference to someone's day.
- I went on a last team lunch yesterday and we ate somewhere new that I had always wanted to try, it was delicious and of course I had fab company!
- Last night I had a good cry and then enjoyed putting the world to rights over a bottle of wine with a great friend from college days.
- I was up at 6 this morning working on my new ideas, sending emails, checking social media - love all that!
- I chatted to my boyfriend who is in Australia, what a brilliant invention Skype is!
- Had a very hot and sweaty yoga class
- And now the afternoon is for blogging and learning more about my new business idea.....which actually is all about blogging and making money online.
How often do we say we didn't have time to do something for us? Or perhaps we put the things we love doing last as the to-do list is bulging with things that must be done (as if me-time isn't something that MUST be done!).
Well for me, today was one of those days... BUT as I'm consciously doing something I love with this challenge I made the time I needed to touch base with someone I've not done so for a while. In fact I made a concerted effort to post 'hello' messages on Facebook, to send Tweets saying 'hi' and also emails to people I've not been in contact with in a while.
I know because I've already got some messages back with little bits of news and one that just said 'I needed that'.
And all that took was a few minutes of my time and a little thought. Really must 'drop by' more often on people to say 'hello', 'hi', 'how you doing', 'thinking of you' or whatever. Knowing someone is thinking of you is, sometimes, all you need.
The path up through woods and up the hill (probably a Scottish word for it) but steep hill or hillock will do. Anyway it was steep and just a few metres into the woodland was very muddy and squelchy with little room to get round without loosing a foot to the mud. I wasn't best pleased and was certainly getting grumpy when further up the pathway we approached what appeared to be an entire field of mudbath... and the path that we needed restarted the otherside! Yes OK I know I should have been sporting a pair of wellies but I wasn't, OK?
I know that there will be a few of you reading this waiting for the splash as I fall into the mud or perhaps to hear the line when I tell you that I lost a boot in the mud or something... well I didn't do either! Much to the great annoyance of brothers and nephew who were constantly taking the michael about me and my girly ways (which by the way I forgot to add that I was also sporting a definitely London, not walking in mud, LK Bennett handbag!)
But the climb to the top was worth it.. you can see the view that we got overlooking Loch Lomond in the photo below.
.... then we had to get down again!!! ;-)
The day started early with the arrival of Scottish niece climbing into bed with me for a morning cuddle and announcing 'I'm so excited'. When I asked why, she simply said that her cousins were coming and asked how long until they arrived - it was v early! But so as not to disappoint we set about texting my nephew to ask for an ETA. When we heard nothing in response, Scottish niece was besides herself as she announced 'if there's no answer, they must be on the plane'. And they were. No more sleeping for me, just a constant reminder to check the time, check my phone for return texts and a great deal of snuggly wriggling!
Shortly after 8am the cousins appeared. There was much stomping up and down the stairs so that Scottish niece could show them the new house and particularly where all the hiding places were.
After breakfast, Auntie Anna and her posse of nieces, nephew and dog went off to the chemist to purchase 'hair pretties'. Hehehe we came back with an armful of clips, bands and of course multicoloured hairpieces. How colourful and fab did the girls and I look when we later headed into Edinburgh town?
Scottish niece modelling:
I also love cooking with my nieces... particularly if you're able to get messy doing it and still end up with something edible too. However my younger brother was in charge and did a marvellous job of making bread with nephew and little Scottish niece. Then there was homemade jelly with gelatine and fruit by older Scottish niece and English niece. I think between both culinary attempts we managed to create a mess... yay!
So, just so as not to let her down and also to continue with the 'crazy Auntie Anna' that she has come to expect, I purchased two nail varnishes - pink and purple (her favourite colours). Lots of mess and giggling ensued as we painted our fingers nails and her neighbour (aged 8) called round and had her toe nails painted in similar colours!
How cool are these?
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
I also went to one of the main cancer hospitals in Glasgow and met some of the staff there. Again I'm honoured to meet so many kind and caring people and am constantly impressed by their sense of compassion. Most of all I love that they smile and have a vast energy and belief in the people they are looking after. This was so evident in the hospital and a tribute to everyone who works there.
I met with patients who are terminally ill but put many to shame with their positivity and ability to look on the bright side.
Most of all, I wanted to share with you that today what made me smile was the beautiful, kind, compassionate and giving people I met. They make me smile... thank you.
So, where have I been? I've been based in Edinburgh staying with my younger brother and his family. What a treat to be able to spend some quality time with my bro, his wife but most of all my deliciously gorgeous nieces. The oldest of which is 4.5 and just loves her Auntie Anna and 'doing stuff'.
On Wednesday 16th February, I arrived in Edinburgh and was greeted by the bestest hug ever... you know the sort... when a small person totally wraps their arms around you and nuzzles into you neck.. well that was how my older niece greeted me. Awww now that in itself is something I love, so I was truly blessed.
We unpacked my bag and she waited expectantly for her belated Christmas presents to be pulled out of the bag. When I revealed a package containing coloured card, coloured foam sheets, pots of glitter and glittering flowers and some glue, her eyes widened and her grin spread from ear to ear. It wasn't long before we were sat at the table doing 'cutting and sticking' but mostly doing glitter everywhere!
And the results are in the photo below.. how chuffed does she look with her card?
I hardly say this but Monday was a great day! I wanted to shake up my routines a bit instead of just focusing on working out so I went out for a long walk in the morning, went to the local market and came back with loads of fresh fruit and vegetables. When I got home, I spent 3 hours in the kitchen playing around! It's been so long since I spent any good time in the kitchen just for myself so this was greatly therapeutic.
I got the new Glee vol 4 songs on my Mac (yes...Glee is my guilty pleasure...), blasted on the stereo then I proceeded to clean the kitchen, made a pot of Japanese braised vegetables, prepare fruit salad for rest of the week, roast a beer joint and made some After 8 Mint Chocolate brownies! All of the above done with dancing and singing in the kitchen...the cats were not impressed...
Since I'm being all health nut and stuff, I only had one small slice of the brownies to taste, the rest I packed up and sent to Jez's work place...they better appreciate...shockingly I didn't take any photos! Just take my word for it, they were decadent!
I still did my workout, I'm 7 days away from completion so I just need to suck it up and finish the program! I can do it and THAT will make me smile!
Monday, 21 February 2011
- Playing the feather game with my cat, has been lovely to see her after a weekend away
- Bumping into our plumber and then a friend in Balham, love the feeling of community when you know people in your area....it takes a while to find this in the big sprawl of London
- Pushing myself and improving my postures in bikram yoga
- Listening to 2 inspirational podcasts on successful bloggers and getting excited about some potentional life changing plans around this!
- Eating my chocolate cake :-)
Yesterday I spent the day hawking. It was amazing, being, being out in nature. The birds were amazing - we flew owls, vultures and hawks. After, we went for a lovely pub lunch - a roast on a Sunday is such a warming, delicious thing to do.
Back to today - it's a bit early to feel inspired, I'll be thinking about it on my journey to work and see what others have been doing.
I'm musing it over now..... What does the life I love look like today?
Sunday, 20 February 2011
drawing my curtains in the morning and seeing the sunrise through the pine trees, roof top views over to the sea, a black bird on our bird table, the first clump of snow drops in the garden, chirpy children's voices next door and seeing my new photo passport with the face of a grim looking lady staring at me sternly, is that really me?!
And finally, baking a cake with my dear daughter, whose tidiness standards are not quite my own and whose little face couldn't wait to get in the bowl and lick it!
Friday, 18 February 2011
This week has been hard. Really really REALLY hard! I've finally admitted to myself and to the rest of MFP that I'm burnt out. I really didn't want to admit it because it feels like I've failed myself. But I wasn't happy doing the workout anymore. To be honest, this probably has to do with me not working right now. My new job doesn't start till 7 March so I'm lucky that I have all this time to take care of my body. However, for the last 3 months, that's all my days have been about. Wake up, prep lunch for bf, feed cats, eat breakfast, meet Jillian, eat lunch, do dishes, do laundry, prep dinner for bf, tv, sleep. Lady of leisure? Maybe..boredom? Hell ya! I stopped talking to people, like verbally. Apart from updates online, I hardly say a word to any human being during the day. When my bf comes home and asks me 'what's new?' I have nothing! Of course, everyone says, enjoy this time and I really have but when Jillian Michaels become the only 'person' that you're talking to...there are issues!
I'm very lucky to have found MFP. This morning I posted at note on the forum filled with defeat. I really wanted to eat junk food but instead, I just decided to type. After I typed up my post, I decided to leave the house and NOT do the workout at exactly 12pm as I have done in the last 50 days. I shut off the computer, got dressed and went out window shopping in one of my favorite areas in London. It turned out to be exactly what I needed!
I didn't wear my heart rate monitor as I've been when I'm out walking. I wasn't concerned with burning calories, I wasn't concerned with raising my heart rate, I was just...walking! I checked out shops that I haven't been in a while, I tried on shoes and bought myself a new pair of winter boots, I even went to a Mexican joint (seriously though...Mexican food in London is so disappointing...) and had some rubbish tacos...ate the meat but not the tortilla...it really wasn't that great...but that wasn't the point! Then I spent some good time in my favorite book store looking at new cookbooks. Finally in weeks I took a breath and not gasping for air...it felt so nice...
Took a long bus ride home and just thinking about everything. It was the same bus I used to take to school 6 years ago when I first moved to London. I was at my goal weight then and it was nice. The long bus journey got me a bit emotional but in a really good way. When I got home, I didn't turn on the tv, I checked MFP and I couldn't believe the overwhelming responses I got for my post! People that don't even know me are supporting me and pushing me on and teaching me! I couldn't ask for better teachers...I felt very blessed and I cried a bit as I read the comments.
I took a short nap...then I decided to see Jillian. Not because I had to, because I wanted to. The workout was...I'm shocked to admit this...GREAT! And this was the hard DVD! I said to myself...do 2 circuits and see how I feel. Then I said to 2 more circuits then see how I feel. Next thing you know...we're at cool down. And this time, i didn't collapse on the ground and feel like I was about to die...like she always wants you feel. I felt amazing. I can feel the endorphins flowing through my body and I just felt so great! Even during those damn standing mountain climbers!
Tomorrow is my weigh in day also my rest day. I get to reunite with my scale and see the damage...I'm also really going to enjoy my rest day.
I really love MFP and I love all of your supports...thank you..
Motto of the day: With all the hatred and anger happening in the world, I'm lucky to meet like-minded individuals who support me and love me for who I am, no matter what. I hope to provide them with the same love and support for this long journey. Smile at a stranger today, they just might smile back =)
When I was at the ashram in India in January one thing I learnt about mediating was to slow your breath down and focus either on your heart, if you are a person of love and devotion, or if you are more of an intellectual nature then the point in between your eyebrows. (Little photo below explaining this from the hall in the ashram) A lovely mediation to do is to sit and focus on your heart sending out love to everyone you know, focusing on one person at a time and saying "I Love You" or "I send out love to you" What ever works for you. You might simply like to repeat "I am Love" over and over like a mantra.
Doing this really has a lovely effect and sends out lot of positive vibrations to those you care about.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
>>> The discovering of life and who I am in that life is been a pretty exciting and interesting one until now and sometimes rather difficult, but I count myself lucky to have met some amazing people who have shown me what it is to be human.
>>> So, what makes me happy, hhhmmmmm...
>>> 1. Coffee - ok those out there who know me won't be surprised by this. I have a real obsession here. It isn't just coffee or even good coffee. It's the experience of going out for a coffee, the buzz, the sound of the milk being frothed. The environment - a place for meeting people, that constant din of laughing and smiling people. Coffee also has it's roots in one of my earliest childhood memories, a rare day out with just my mum and I. She would order a cappuccino and let me have the froth from the top.
>>> 2. Trees - being outside and walking amongst trees. I love the feel of the bark under my fingertips, that rough, worn gnarly texture that makes me think of things that trees have seen.
> Ok - two things I love. More to think of.
What did I do today that I love - I spent time on me. I got early and preened and poked and prodded until I walked out of the house with a satisfied smile and the thought 'I don't look too bad'. What a satisfying morning - isn't it just going to be a glorious day!
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Well my first little treat was a Cadbury's cream egg today, the first one of the season! I try to leave it as long as possible usually and once the seal is broken there is no turning back. It was indeed very yummy, although must say Maltesers Bunnies are big competition this year :-)
After scoffing the egg I spent my lunch break on the search of someone to compliment, I just thought it would be a nice thing to do, it was fun I felt like I was on some kind of make over show running around undercover checking out what people were wearing!! When I did find my lady she looked rather chuffed to be told how lovely she looks.
I've ended up going for a triple whammy and have decided to give myself a night off tonight, instead of planned yoga and then work I am going to turn the laptop off after this, have a long soak in a bath and then read my book....(and not feel at all guilty!).....bliss.
Good night! x
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
This evening was a scramble to do it all, I dashed to drop off some papers at the charity lawyers, then off to the Cancer Partnership meeting and later followed by a More to Life Than Shoes meeting and now home....
So what did I do to make me smile today?
Well actually lots of little things made me smile today... even when I was filling out endless forms. Not sure quite why but little memories or triggers today seemed to make sense and create a picture. But that wasn't enough.. on my challenge journey I want to make others smile too.
So what did I do to make others smile today?
Well I figured that I had a great opportunity today. This particular cancer partnership meeting is made up of a range of people, ages and professions themselves affected by cancer together with medical professionals and charity representatives. Just before the meeting began a gentleman walked through the door. A man of 'distinction' (err queue Shirley Bassey singing in your head) and a gentleman of stature. He's wearing a tweed jacket and has a trilby hat perched on his head. But there was something instantly about this gentleman that said to me he was a little tired and perhaps showing a brave face. I'd met this gentleman before at a cancer conference and somehow tonight he seemed, despite his stature, to have lost his mojo a little. We talked briefly and he mentioned that his treatment was having side affects and as he spoke I felt his pain and saw it in his eyes.
So... I decided it was time for 'Mission Hug'... I put out my arms and said "I think you need a hug". Initially he looked a little bemused and surprised - I'm not sure he's the hugging kind or indeed I'm not sure he often has strange birds with their arms outstretched suggesting a hug. But he did. A little tensely at first. Hug. As we separated I saw him smile. I also saw a little twinkle in his eye had returned, as he'd had the first time I met him. And as we all said our goodbyes at the end of the meeting he suggested that we hug next time we meet too.
So I leave you today with a quote I found:
A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange. ~Author Unknown
Yesterday, Day 16, was Shred Level 2. I did it first thing in the morning and I wish I could say it's gotten easier but it really hasn't. I think because I'm not doing the same routine everyday, I don't have time to get used to it which may very well play in my favor. You are suppose to keep your body guessing to avoid a plateau, right? Well..it is guessing everyday! I am always a little sore everyday. Not sore enough that I can't function but sore enough for me to go 'oooohh' whenever I raised my arms. Anyway, got Level 2 out of the way and I was out the entire day overindulging on everything butter, cream, wine, olive oil and chocolate. It was amazing...but I was so stuffed! I didn't even finish my main at lunch! I ate half and I threw in the towel...dinner was just as scrumptious. Loads of sushi, we were literally little piggies!
I wish it felt nice to eat so much but it didn't. I went to bed feeling quite sick..and my stomach was so bloated! It was so uncomfortable and just as I would say everytime suffering from a hangover, I said, 'I will never eat like this again!' You know what, I meant it...it was so not worth it...it was really yummy but portion control really is key. I need to learn that I can eat what I want as long as I only eat a small portion of it. So needless to say, I went wayyyyyy over my calorie count yesterday, I didn't even log the sushi!
So today, of course, we go back to a healthy week. Few mini goals for the week:
1. No weigh-in till Saturday. Boyfriend's hid my scale and he said it is somewhere I can't reach...well, I looked but I can't find it so I have to find something else to be obsessed with...
2. Burn 500kcal a day. I'm doing good with my 30 Day Slimdown program but I'd like to burn at least 500kcal a day so I will be incorporating a bit more daily, whether it's Dance Central on Kinect or more walking...whatever it takes, 500kcal.
3. No more food after 8pm. Last week was bad. We've been having these mini film nights and while I have always been within and most time under my calorie count, I've been munching away at night knowing that I have extra calories left...that is no good cuz that is just a slippery slope! So...no more! Only water will enter me past 8pm.
So far so good today. Day 17, No More Trouble Zone. It just doesn't get any easier! I tried to mix it up with the 5lb weights but JM is right! I can't lift these for 5 minutes straight...so I had to go back down to the 3lb weight. Her tricep circuits are killers and I always sweat beads going through them. My left knee is not feeling all that hot but I'm still okay to do lunges and squats, just not going deep enough. I still burned an impressive 350kcal today but it is definitely a bit less than before since I am getting fitter. Such bitter sweet news...I'm fitter so my heart's working better but I'm burning less calories so I need to push myself more!
Working out is hard...it is so so so hard and I don't know why some people say they love it because most days, I really hate it. I only love it when I'm done because I'm proud but during, I hate it. But I have to do it because I want to get healthy, I want to feel better, look better and I want to come out a winner. So hatred aside...I will do it.
The remaining 12 days are going to be brutal. There are days where I will be working with JM for 1 1/2 hrs...I don't know what's going to happen to me...watch this space...
Motto of the day: Scale is not your friend, hide it. Junk food is not your pal, get rid of it. Exercise is not easy but nothing worthy ever is, right? Get off the couch and do it!
As per Lou's instructions I thought I'd introduce myself first. Hi, I'm Mel, I've been lucky to meet such an inspiring person as Lou at work and it Is that day to day smile on her face that has reminded me that even in the depths of work that there is more to life than.......uummm, this. It's funny the habits that you can get in to, doing the day in day out feels safe, normal. After all it's what everyone else is doing. So after careful thought, lots consideration (procrastination) and plenty of time living the status quo, it's now time to create a life I love.
So hello. The life I love involves lots of smiles (real ones) from me and the people around me.
What am I doing today to create the life I love? I left my desk at lunch and now I'm sitting in a coffee shop typing this blog. It's the small things that matter that make the big things so great.
Thank you Lou for your inspiration and to those friends I haven't met yet. I look forward to journeying with you along the way.
It felt great to have finished the workout in the morning so I can be free to do what I wanted. This is Day 16 and just 14 more days to go, I will have completed another one of her brutal 30 day regime.
The rest of the day was amazing. Bf took the day off so for the first time in 5 years, we actually decided to do something for V-day. Long story short: a wonderful 90 minute couples massage, followed by a calorific but satisfying lunch at La Petite Auberge on Upper Street in Islington and ended with a game of Super Mario on the Wii and sushi delivered to the house. Who says video games are not romantic? I'm pretty sure we bonded over destroying turtles and collecting coins for 2 hours...
Yesterday was a wonderful day.
I will be doing the No More Trouble Zone dvd today and will later post my experience. Since I am also blogging my journey on another site called Myfitnesspal, it will be copy and pasted here so it may contain a lot of moaning, a lot of whining and a lot of nonsense about jumping jacks...
Monday, 14 February 2011
Wanna know what I did today?
Well I'll tell, but you've got to promise to keep a secret... OK?
I've been plotting some misbehaving. In a few days time I'm going to be seeing nieces and nephews (well and their parents too) and just in case you don't actually know me, I love spending time with the many small people in my life... I think it's because i can behave like a kid, that I love nothing better than making a mess.. oh and making something creative at the same time... but mainly just making something. I love finding crazy new crafty things that the kids don't know about and then sitting for hours making, cutting, drawing, sticking and doing.
So what's the secret... well I'm armed with a whole heap of shrinkles for starters. If you don't know shrinkles you haven't lived! They're sheets of plastic that you draw or write on, make shapes with or a hole in and then, an adult (errr don't look at me) then puts it in the oven and it shrinks. [NB 'Older' people reading this, remember when you did that to a crisp packet?] I've also got a strip of magnet and some chains and some clips so we can make all sorts of fridge magnets and keyrings and stuff... Guess what the parentals will be getting as presents?
AND I've also got a box of assorted flowers, glitter, feathers AND a stack of coloured card...
Do you think we're going to get messy? Yeah definitely. Do you think I'm going to be in trouble with the parentals? Most certainly... Watch this space and I'll upload some pics for you all to see.
But I love love love the plotting and planning, the buying and then the bestest bit ever is the creating stuff and watching the kids faces as we get messy and they love it cos Auntie Anna is the one in trouble, not them!
Mwah Happy Valentines. Hope you're having fun.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Thank you for joining the challenge and do encourage others to join in too. What fun you can have doing fun things with friends, colleagues and family. Imagine a workplace when you're trying to out-smile the others.. it's gotta be worth a try?
Oooh and one of my all time favourite poems that I reference often:
Smiles Cost Nothing by Anon
A smile costs nothing, but gives a lot.
It enriches those who receive it without making poorer those who give it.
A smile takes only a moment, but the memory of it can last forever.
No one is so rich, or so mighty, that they can get a long without a smile.
And no one is so poor that they cannot be made richer by a smile.
A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business and is the
counter sign of friendship.
A smile brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the
sad and is nature's best cure for trouble
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen
for it is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give a smile so give them one of yours as no one needs a smile so much as he who has no more of his own to give.
For the next 60 days, I will be blogging my workout regime! Not if that'd be interesting as it is mostly me moaning and complaining about the pain...but it is something I have found to enjoy doing every single day, shockingly. I have finished something called 'Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred' which is a 30 minute circuit workout split into 3 levels that you finish in exactly 30 days, 10 days on each level. It changed my body significantly in just 30 days! I am now doing her second program, 30 Day Slimdown. I am currently on Day 15. When I finish this program, I will hopefully be starting a running program called Couch to 5K (C25K) accompanied with more of Jillian Michaels' torture boot camp, also known as Ripped in 30. I will be blogging my progress and I hope this will inspire people to get healthy and start moving!
For those that are not familiar with Jillian Michaels, she is the evil female personal trainer on the US version of The Biggest Loser. Since I stopped working in December, I have been focusing on getting healthy and feeling better and as much as I hate her, JM has jump started my journey.
Anyway, good luck to everyone and happy blogging!
Just one day to go until the challenge starts, I just can't wait to see where it all takes us, what we get up to and what comes out of consciously planning to do something that makes us smile every day. Knowing that it is about to start I have been thinking about what I am going to do for my first week, I am a planner and like to get things planned in for my week ahead!
I had a fab idea yesterday whilst going through someone's wardrobe (I am an image consultant) of how lovely would it be to go up to random people on the street and give them compliments. It's so nice when someone comes up and tells you how nice you look or comments on something you are wearing, it really gives you a little lift. I often see people and think how fabulous they look but never actually say anything to them for fear of them thinking I am slightly odd! So I think I will do that on a few of my days in the challenge.
Another I idea I have had is to send people thank you cards, this idea came from reading about this fab book 365 Days where the writer sent thank you cards to people every day for a year. Every day I do think about what I am grateful for but this is one step further and again like the compliments idea it's touching other people.
After just spending a couple of weeks in an Ashram in India I am addicted to yoga now so making sure I do bikram yoga will be another thing this week.
And finally I am going home next weekend to see my parents so I think I might bake a chocolate cake with my mum and enjoy licking the bowl afterwards (with no guilt!).....used to love doing that when I was younger!!!
Looking forward to hearing about what you all get up to!
Saturday, 5 February 2011
OK here is my list of 50 things that put a big smile on my face.....as I started I wondered how I would think of 50 but as i got going more and more kept springing in to mind! Now I just want to go do them all :-)
I look forward to reading all of yours!
- Walking along the Thames
- Going into nice cosy old London pubs with open fires in the winter
- Visiting Brighton
- Going down to the New Forest to see my parents, love seeing the ponies wandering around
- Running along the cliff top/ sea wall where my parents live
- Roller skating
- Bikram Yoga
- Reading a good book, love Paulo Coehlo
- Cooking a roast for a big Sunday lunch with friends
- Hosting a dinner party
- Throwing a party
- Looking around shops
- Baking Cake
- Being spun around salsa dancing
- Tooting bec lido in the summer
- Writing my blog/diary
- My cat
- Lying in a hammock
- Eating fresh fish by a beach in Thailand/India
- Kyaking through crystal clear sea
- Chatting to friends abroad on Skype
- Planning a holiday
- Having a really great open conversation with someone I care about where you really share yourselves and learn more about each other
- Kissing :-)
- Going for coffee and cake with a friend for a good catch up
- Going to the cinema on my own in the middle of the day
- Going to the Tate Modern
- Sitting somewhere peaceful and meditating
- Running along the Thames
- Borough Food Market, going saturday morning and wandering around feasting on everything!
- Saturdays at Portobello Market with a friend and glass of vino after shopping
- Pie and mash after a good nose around Spitalsfield market on a Sunday
- Going to seminars that inspire me and help me to grow
- Seeing my friends children, they are all so cute!
- Taking photos, I aim to take one a day
- The feeling at the end of a personal shop where the client is excited about all his/her new clothes
- The energy I get when I am coaching someone and they start to make the changes they desire, to see their confidence and excitement growing is a true gift
- Waking up in the arms of my boyfriend
- Ordering food in a new restaurant
- Eating delicious food
- Listening to music up LOUD!
- Dancing round the lounge to a great song on full blast
- Playing Wii with friends
- Visiting somewhere new and exploring
- Long windy walks where your cheeks are pink and you feel wind swept by the end of it
- Swimming in the sea, even in UK!
- Getting dressed up with friends to go out, music on, wine open!
- Going to concerts/gigs
Friday, 4 February 2011
To sign up please go to this site and donate via the paypal link. Then I will add you on to this blog so you can start contributing. Some suggested tips to get you started are:
- As soon as you recieve an email from me to say you are added to the blog write a quick post just to introduce yourself to everyone. I am sure people would be interested to get to know a bit about everyone doing the challenge and who knows you might get to know some people who can help you/ you help them etc
- Then before the challenge started on Valentines day you may like to post an idea of the kind of things you will be doing. A great exercise to create some ideas of what to do is to write a list of 50 things that make you smile, then you can start to plan to do them. They might be things you like to do now, things you haven't done for years or something you have always wanted to try.
- On Valentines please start posting what you do every day, it doesn't have to be long just a quick few lines to share ideas and experiences with everyone.
- It's perfectly ok to copy other peoples ideas!! That is one of the reasons for this blog to inspire each other.
- Above all HAVE FUN!
Once I have an idea of how many people are on the challenge I will then book a venue for the party to celebrate the end on 14th April.
Again the site to sign up is: www.createalifeyoulove.co.uk
Over the new week I will post my list of 50 things that make me smile too :-)
Thanks everyone for your support!!