Celebrate

Celebrate

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I have been thinking a lot about planning and goal setting lately.

I love setting goals and achieving them, it can include daily goals/plans, weekly or larger goals.
My thought for now is what we do when we achieve our goals?

What do we do when we have made the commitment, when we have set apart time, when we have prioritised and said no to others things?

How do we celebrate our goals or do we?

I was reminded of this when one of the schools that I work at had a goal setting night for year 6’s and their parents. On the worksheet was the question what are your 3 great successes?

It’s an interesting questions and it did prove a bit difficult to answer.
We sometimes put down what we have achieved.
We may say yes but it was easy or it’s only a small things others have done it.

I know that when I finished studying for my Diploma in Child Care (which was a while ago now) I was going to celebrate by going on a cruise, yeah well that didn’t happen.

So I am going to challenge myself to celebrate the little things that I have achieved.

I am going to remind myself this week to Celebrate Well.

How do you celebrate when you reach your goals?
What are your ideas?

Will share more soon.

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Balance

Balance

balancing my time

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I love this saying by Brene Brown and have been thinking about it a lot lately.
I love the part where it says-
“We must let go of exhaustion as a status
symbol and productivity as self-worth.”
I want to live a full life and I just don’t want to make it to the weekend and find that I am not able to enjoy it because I have pushed myself all week. Working yourself too exhaustion is not living a full and abundant life. I am actually really talking to myself at the moment.

I don’t know where you are in your life about balancing your time?
I know for me that it is a work in progress.
I have had to learn to say no lately and that has been quite difficult because I really enjoy helping and caring about others.
Saying No is not easy for me, but I am learning.
I am not saying No to every opportunity but to ones that I know at the moment I cannot commit too and give it my all.
Do I have the capacity to do this?
I have been asking myself this question quite a lot lately.
Do I have the capacity to this?
I am also learning to schedule time in my planner for activities that I need to do to nurture my creativity.
I have school holidays coming up in about two weeks and I really want to focus on how to manage my time wisely.
Stayed tuned to see what happens next.

Will share more soon.

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Today is a Gift

Today is a Gift

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The Story About the Boxes

I realised that when you have an eating disorder that sometimes you just don’t buy anything nice for yourself. You’re always thinking of others and their needs. You also feel that you don’t deserve nice things.
I came up with the idea about the boxes because it reminds me how far I have come and the progress I have made. It also reminds me that Today is a Gift, a day that I didn’t think that I would have.
The boxes represent Hope, Hope that I have another day to live, to laugh, to enjoy myself, to try new things, to meet new people and to be grateful for the new days that I am able to enjoy.
I made these Boxes for an Inspiration Evening that I spoke at. I explained to the audience that at the end of the night it will be an opportunity for them to have a box. The boxes were free and we did end up running out. I loved making the boxes they just remind me of my journey and that I can celebrate every day. It’s exciting.
My suggestions for the boxes were to place them somewhere that you can see them, for example in your office in your house in your locker at school and every time you see it, it will remind you that Today is a Gift. The day is here for you to enjoy.
Be reminded that you are a Gift.

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Yes you are. xx

It Does Not Deserve a Name

It Does Not Deserve a Name

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It
(It does not deserve a name)
It has stolen years from me
It has kept me isolated
It was my best friend
It controlled me
It took away my dreams, hopes and desires.
It kept me small
It made me frail
It turned my bones into chalk
It bullied me
It gave me no direction
It controlled me
It became all I’ve known
It kept me weak
It left me frail
It was dark, ugly and deceiving
It did not have my best interest for me
It was loud
It left me empty
It left me broken
It made me feel invisible
It scared me
It was not my best friend.

Imagine having a friend like that.

I wrote this in 2008 when I was just so angry about having an eating disorder, and what it had done to me. At that stage I was in recovery.

So now fast forward seven years and my life has changed so much, my world is so much bigger.
I really wanted to encourage you that there is hope, that recovery is possible, that your life is so valuable and you are so worthy of living a full and abundant life.

I will share more soon.

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It Did Not Destroy Me

It Did Not Destroy Me

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The Purpose of this blog is to encourage others.

I am going to be quiet vulnerable in the next few weeks in sharing my journey.

I am taking a deep breath and exhaling.

Okay here goes.

For me to make some changes this year and to go into the direction that I have wanted to go I need to be brave, I need to be bold and to take that next step.

I need to share my journey.

It did not destroy me, is what I am saying and claiming over my life.

I will share more soon.

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Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

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It is important to look after yourself, to care for yourself.
Do you find this easy or are you comfortable caring for others?
I found for myself it was easier caring for others and not for me.
I would put everything before what I would like to do.
It seemed so selfish to me that I would do anything nice for myself. My beautiful friends kept reminding me to do something nice for myself.
My answer was always yes, with a lot of hesitation and question marks.
What did it look like to care for yourself what do you do?
Those questions kept rolling around in my mind.
I would see friends going to have a facial, a pedicure, to short holiday, to buy some nice perfume or to buy those shoes.
I am in a lovely career now that is about looking after others and helping others. I love what I do, I keep saying it but I really do.
When you are in a career where you are giving a lot to others you really do need to take care of yourself.
You need to take care of yourself so that you do not burn out, you need to recharge so that you can run your race.
This year is a new season and a new way of doing things.
So I am challenging myself to take care of myself and some of the ideas that I would like to do are-
o Going for a walk, finding somewhere nice to go
o Dance
o Going out for dinner
o Sing
o Have a facial
o Have a pedicure
o Catch up with friends for coffee
o Watching a DVD
o Being Creative
o Writing
o Take photos
o Go on a mini holiday
o Have an afternoon where I could just read an inspiring book
o Have a pyjama day
o Buying something nice for the house
o Drawing
o Sleeping in
o And more.
I also need to schedule these things to do in my diary, just like I would do for an appointment with someone else.
So my question is what will you do this week to take care of yourself?

I would love to hear some of your ideas as well.

Will share more soon.

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