Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 21 We made it….. 

So this one is the last of this series #21 Days blogging….. we made it (thanks to those that have regularly read and like them) 

I wake with mixed emotions….. Today is my birthday 🎉 ………. and it’s also the day that another tragedy has taken place in London. 

It’s soooo sad and scary at the same time. I work round there, have had courses in that very area and can think of more than one night when I have casual walked down those very streets on a Saturday night. Its not happening from in a far away country, it’s on my doorstep!! 

There’s just so much tension now because it becomes more real, the footage and first hand accounts are by people like us, it’s not called a TERROR ATTACK  for nothing. My heart is heavy!!

On another note, last night I was digging my heels in….. my birthday was cancelled. I have no car as it broke down on Saturday and I was frustrated as I had so much planned. My family however, had different plans and made sure that the day did not pass me by. 

In the bigger scheme of things my worries are small and fixable in comparison. 

It really made me thing about all the things that I take for granted. It gives extra meaning to taking the time to appreciate my loved ones, tell them you love them and make sure that each last interaction is positive, because you really don’t know when you walk out the door whether you or your loved ones will return 

I guess the message is LOVE!! 

I will continue to blog but it won’t be daily unless my brain is too full and requires an outlet. 

Have a blessed day guys, be brave, be fearless….. be loving. 

If you have enjoyed my #21 days blog-  please like and comment

Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 20 Birthday weekend

You know you’re getting old when your not counting down the days till your birthday with weekends upon weekends of celebrations planned and subtle as a sledgehammer comments in every conversation.

Instead unless it’s considered one of the significant birthdays, it’s a quiet affair / intimate meal or sit down event. This…. is one of those and to make matters more interesting, Mother Nature is unable to decide if she will be visiting. so I have the mood swings, cramps and lack of patience to also contend with.

It is also the grazing to o close of this blogging series…. what a rollercoaster ride that had been? I didn’t realise how emotional I was until I started to read back. Wow 

I was up ready ready to do my 2.5km this morning and was joined by my other half. It was a chance to really talk without the distraction of technology or the kids. I think it’s often what’s missing #communication, it’s so vital to keeping everyone uptodate and avoiding crossed wires.  Had to do my priming later in the day but it’s a challenge that I have set for myself and currently I’m 2/2. 

Can I get up and walk on my birthday?? Now that would be great 

Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 19 Disappointed 😔 

Today the sun naturally woke me up at 6pm and for the first time in ages I felt motivated. 

My plan was to start everyday with a quick walk (roughly 2km) and some “prime time” (will explain that later….)

I was in an amazing mood, I didn’t rely on others to motivate me to get up and out of bed. I just knew it was make or break for me – 1st day of the month, such a good way to begin. It was also lovely outside which helped. 

Throughout the day I have felt unstoppable, ready to fulfil my potential…. getting ready to be the best version of me come my birthday – the countdown has officially begun. 

But true to form, my surroundings are tilting in a different direction. 

Sometimes I just feel like for every step I take forward, something will happen to create a negative spin. Today it was a reoccurrence of a situation that I have discussed previously, I’ve explained my concerns but realise it has fallen on deaf ears. 

With the mindset that I can only manage my own emotions and reactions I decide not to rise and go to bed early.

Tomorrow is another day…… 

For those interested in a positive mindset.

Prime time: (based on To y Robbins method) 1 minute Deep breathes , 3 minutes Showing gratitude – for me it’s praying and thanking God for my blessings, 3 minutes Praying for my family, friend, work colleagues or people you meet through the day and finally 3 minutes Focusing on 3 main outcomes for the day – what does that look like to you … etc

Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 18 Happy Hair day

Patience was tried and tested today….. When every plan you make turns on its head sometimes it’s better to stand still and let the situation play out. 

Was feeling like pants this morning, I wake up so early but do not have the motivation to get out of bed and go for a walk…. it was one of my New Years resolutions and 6 months in I’m still hitting the snooze button. 

To cheer myself up, I sit in front of the mirror and do my make up, no particular reason other than hoping that looking pretty will make me feel better. I was half way there but once I had my hair done….. (birthday hair) …. I was feeling on top of the world.

It’s nuts how just changing your hair can have such a positive impact. 

I’m fully feeling myself now….. gosh I’m knocking myself for being so shallow but after a quick selfie photo shoot in the car, I’m ready to face the world…. it’s just a pity it is so late at night… #daydone 

Tomorrow I start #FLY30 – a month of living fearlessly…. can’t wait !! 

Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 17 Goal setter

Afternoon my lovelies 

Woke up with great intentions this morning, with a positive attitude ready to face the world. 

I rushed to work, was stood up at a prearranged appointment- no worries, will make good use of the time and turn what could have been a negative into a positive situation. 

As the #21 day blog is entering in the final quarter I realise that there are real benefits to blogging daily. I also realise that I’m “time poor”. Through the the 15 days I’ve often been typing frantically at 11.59 trying to post it on the right day, I’ve also put it off and forgotten – woken at 3am and typed the draft ….. it’s all stuff and nonsense but I’ve got it done. 

I was invited the do a 30 day challenge, in which you live fearlessly for 30 days, doing things you would normally never do and taking chances you normally would avoid. I’m excited, signed up – now to think of ALL the things I should/ could do in my birthday month. 

It’s gonna be interesting 

If you have a minute, leave a comment and let me know what you would do. 

Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 16 And she’s back ?

Today was all about glimpses of the past

After a rollercoaster of emotions this week, I am faced with the opportunity to go out and let my hair down. But in true “ME” style, I turn down the opportunity !

Is this the return of the old me? Did I ever leave, let alone – return?

I just know that as I sat on the sofa contemplating the prospect, it just felt like too many steps ever required (get up, get ready, find something suitable to wear, make it there… etc ….etc). The easy option was to decline and stay in my safe spot.

Not sure if my reluctance to move means I’ve slipped off the motivation wagon but I do know that sometimes I just wanna do nothing but sit home and chill. Although thanks to what can only be described as “sour grapes” (literally) the day has not been completely stress free. My stomach has been turning and the loss of liquid has been painful – maybe subconscious I knew my belly would be bad. It would have been ten times worse if I was out with my mates too

I’ve been attacking the hot water, in an attempt to curb the pain. This may be my comeuppance for exaggerating I’ll health when asked if I was coming. Not one to be a liar – my body is responding 😩

Next week is gonna be so busy – a little peace and quiet can’t hurt.

Posted in #21daysblogging, Emotion, Friendship

#Day 15 Something new

I’m trying to remain focused on my bubble….. not let outside influences blur my vision.

But I spent the morning in bed, feeling a little drained (unsure why?) So I’ve made the conscious effort to get up, get dressed and…. bake ! (Baking has always been my escape)

Today I made something new – a Jamaican spiced bun…. two in fact (one in bread maker and the other was oven baked) and they were delicious…. I’ve been nibbling all afternoon. 

Had a chat with my close mate today, she made me realise the benefits of blogging and how therapeutic it has been for me, it also has given me a sense of accountability in terms of making every day count so that I have something to blog about but most importantly she confirmed what I also ready knew…. duvet days aren’t always a bad thing 

In her words “Even doctors prescribe BED REST” 

Reading back through my last few posts I notice the rollercoaster of emotion and that although I’ve felt very alone, simply extending my hand and reaching out to my mates could have made the much needed difference. Basically even when we feel very alone, it’s because we have wandered off …… alone and we are still loved even when we feel empty.

Friends are the family we chose – and I would chose her over and over again xx 

Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 14 Riding the wave 

Today’s blog post will be short and sweet

I’m still riding the wave of yesterday’s taste of what success could be like. I woke up with so much energy that I had to create a todo list to transform it into something practical and surprisingly I got stuff done.

It funny how one small thing can really push you towards your potential – *self belief*

I updated all my social media for my project, tweeted and retweeted until I upped my followers (success). I paid bills, spend some quality time with my daughter – which ultimately is what weekends are about and was even able to tackle the small tree in my garden that my gran has been fussing about (cut back, cut down before it ruined the house 🙄) 

All in all I would say that positive energy is transferable from day to day and having the right attitude definitely helps get things done. 

You can not get positive results with a negative mind #me

Roll on tomorrow!! 

Posted in #21daysblogging, Random

#Day 13 Crawling outside my Comfort Zone 

No matter how slow you think you are progressing, you are still overtaking everyone on the couch. #trainingmotto

 Day 13…… Unlucky for some

Today was full of barriers, self doubt, hurdles, my mind mixed with circumstances was screwing with me. Dramatic? Not today…. first my car was playing up – no problem will plan my journey and get the train *shudder*, then the bus to take me to the station did not turn up meaning I missed the desired train. Still workable, will reroute and take a later train from a different station….. get to station with seconds to spare and confused lady with buggy blocks my path and I miss the train!!

Right I’m sweating now, hair is frizzing, the air is thick with not a whisper of wind to cool me down. I’m ready to give up – call it a day and head back home. Everything is telling that this course is not meant for me – my business partner can’t come, I don’t wanna be late and I cant seem to get there!

I call my mate as I head back down the station stairs, explain the situation and she scoffs at me “Is that all it takes to give up? This is what happens outside your comfort zone…. go …. be amazing, if it’s this hard it will be worth it” So I turn on my heels, get the next scheduled train 5 minutes later and by God’s grace get there with 10 minutes to space #gofigure

The training session is about public speaking and anyone that knows me , knows I can talk for Britain but put me face to face with a “real professional / expert” or in front of a big group and I’m useless. Within the first 5 minutes the trainer explains that this is an interactive session and we will be doing most of the talking. I look around the room at all these confidence, professional women with business cards placed in plain sight ready for networking…. I shrink into my seat but as we are taught tips, tricks, share stories and gain structure. I’m ready to get in the thick of it and change the world !!

Under normal circumstances I would not have even entered the room but today just felt different, I feel the accountability of the blog also helped. What would I present if I had not attended? Excuses make us lose our authenticity but the truth is also not a great show of character if we do not try.

Needless to say my pitch was pants but it was an amazing starting point, I met some amazing women, learn something new about myself and my project ….. it was an all round win.

They say the magic happens outside of your comfort zone and I’m inclined to agree

Today was magical .

Posted in #21daysblogging

#Day 12 Thursday has the Friday feeling….

Chilled day!!!! 

Did all things that were required then I began planning my son’s birthday. 

Birthdays have a weird way of measuring your successes against your life’s plan. What did you want to be at 15 ? You there yet?? 

My son is definitely one of my greatest achievements. He’s young enough to still want to give me hugs (which I love) but old enough to understand the world around him, so I also enjoy hearing his views on the world. Gosh I look at him and realise that if he’s getting older then so am I. 

My own birthday is slowly creeping up and I have no clue what I will do. I’m the planner that doesn’t want to plan, I’m forever looking for inventive, creative ways to celebrate others birthday and just wish someone would take the initiative to plan something for me. When it comes to birthday surprises, I am forever the bridesmaids never the bride.

Was also able to do some retail therapy today but the worry about tomorrow’s bank balance made “the high” short lived. 

I kid you not that as I type I’m also mentally making a note of what I need to send back. #sadtimes.

Tomorrow I’m doing the unthinkable….. stepping outside of my comfort zone and testing my resilience.

Go me!!