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Are You a Checklist Junkie or a Sailor on the Winds of Chance?

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I have a confession to make. I harbor a secret stationary fetish - particularly diaries, journals and weekly planners. Oh the thrill of a new year and the annual hunt for the perfect diary and planner. The frisson of excitement as I open a new journal. The idea of a whole new year to fill with meaningful activity excites me. Each year is a blank canvas full of possibilities. I read through old journals and flip through the previous year’s diary to reflect and appreciate all that happened and what I learnt and accomplished. Journaling explores my inner world, records various events, practices gratitude, documents hopes and dreams and inspirational things learnt from books, podcasts and others. I call mine “My Little Book of Thoughts.” And then my diary awaits - a knight in shining armor that magically turns dreams into reality. A chalice of potential. What’s not to like?  Having written down my goals I consider if there is any new ability, skill or resource I could acquire that could …

Getting Your @#%* Together

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Having read, watched and listened to a lot information about effective goal setting I’d like to share what works well for me. I’ve nutted this out very imperfectly over many years and it has been quite useful for me to sit down and actually write this process out breaking it down into blog-sized chunks. I hope you find it useful too and I am very interested in how you go about planning your life.  Some people find it easy to work out what they want in life. Others struggle. Sometimes life takes a huge detour and we find ourselves lost and needing to deconstruct and re-evaluate everything. I find it helpful to start by looking at the big picture:             Where would I like to be in 5 - 10 year’s time?  If you’ve never done this before why not give it a go. This was a game changer for me. I spend time dreaming about what my life would look like if it unfolded perfectly? Once I attended a yoga retreat and created a “Vision Board.” It was a poster-sized piece of paper covered with im…

New Year's Resolutions

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I have always been a big believer in making New Year’s Resolutions. I love taking a season at the end of the year to reflect on what has been and dream about what could be. We yoga folk talk a lot about being in the moment and rightly so. Wisdom traditions and science both agree. Constantly obsessing over a past that cannot be changed and worrying about a future that might not happen are surefire roads to unhappiness. But I think we should be cautious about “chucking the baby out with the bath water.” Nostalgia makes us happy. We have the amazing cognitive ability to mentally time travel bringing the past into the present so we can enjoy valued past experiences that give us a sense of meaning and purpose. There is a link between nostalgic reminiscing, openness and the ability to support others. Replaying happy occasions with family and friends makes us want to connect more and be better at it. The feelings attached to those happy occasions fill us with love and happiness. Remembering…

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The Northey Street Organic Markets. Great food, great music, great community atmosphere. Windsor, Sunday Mornings.

2019 -Your best year ever!

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I have always been a big believer in making New Year’s Resolutions. I love taking a season at the end of the year to reflect on what has been and dream about what could be. We yoga folk talk a lot about being in the moment and rightly so. Wisdom traditions and science both agree. Constantly obsessing over a past that cannot be changed and worrying about a future that might not happen are surefire roads to unhappiness. But I think we should be cautious about “chucking the baby out with the bath water.” 
Nostalgia makes us happy. We have the amazing cognitive ability to mentally time travel bringing the past into the present so we can enjoy valued past experiences that give us a sense of meaning and purpose. There is a link between nostalgic reminiscing, openness and the ability to support others. Replaying happy occasions with family and friends makes us want to connect more and be better at it. The feelings attached to those happy occasions fill us with love and happiness. Remembering …
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