These days we really have to be very careful with our health. It seems to me that it has to be a top priority not just something that we think about now and then. And also not something that we think about with fear, but something that we honour and respect and take care of with love.
Watching the way that we eat, getting out for walking or even walking in our homes with a video, doing some kind of a weight bearing exercise to keep our muscles strong, doing some meditation or breathing exercises to keep our energy on point – all those kinds of thing are important.
And the good thing is we can do as we like. We don’t all have to do the same form of exercise or practices. Is it individual choice. The more easy and fun we can make it the better it is and the more we are likely to be consistent with our practices.
Just keep moving and keep positive in mind body and spirit and we can love & enjoy our lives more.
I did a thing! ☺ I designed and made a motivational mood word art poster to keep our vibrations high, and keep that self love and self preservation and healthy spirit top of mind every day.
You can find it here – without the watermark – in my ko-fi shop:⬇️
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Did you know that gratitude for everything, even tiny little things, can bring more of that good energy into your life? It’s true. I came up with an A to Z list of things in our lives for which we can be thankful. Have a look!
A-Z of Gratitudes
A- thank you for the Air I breath
B- thank you for the power of my Breath that can calm and also Invigorates me
C- thank you for Caring people in my life
D- thank you for the Dreams that have and are coming true in my life
E-thank you for this wonderful planet Earth on which we live. I appreciate its beauty and do my best to take care of it
F-thank you for the Friends in my life – old and new
G–thank you for the Good in my life. Look for the good and praise it.
H-thank you for Health. My health is getting better every day
I-thank you for the Internet. I can meet new people,pursue interests,find answers & be entertained
J-thank you for the Joyous moments in my life
K-thank you for the Kindness I have experienced in my life; both receiving and giving
L- love I send out Love and I get it back
M-thank you for the Money that comes from all sources to meet my needs
N-thank you for the New day. Every day is a fresh start, a chance to move forward
O-thank you for Openness. I am open to change and new experiences
P-thank you for my Purpose in life. I have goals and I can work to make them come true
Q-thank you for the Quietness of meditation and reflection time
R-thank you for times of Rest and Relaxation. It helps me renew myself and energy
S-thank you for moments of Serenity in my life. They can help renew my spirit
T-thank you for Technology – my phone,computer and so on are all very helpful
U-thank you for the knowledge that I am Useful. I am here for a purpose
V-thank you for the Vim and Vigor that I can feel from exercise and taking good care of myself
W-thank you for my strong feelings of Worthiness. I am good enough!
X-thank you for a Xenophile spirit. (A person with an interest in celebrstong people’s differences. ) We are all unique and I’m truly grateful for that.
Y-thank you for a Youthful attitude towards myself and life
Z-thank you for my Zealous love for life. I deeply appreciate this gift.
Well, that’s my list. Everyone’s list might be different. What kind of things are you grateful for today?
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Here are some very appropriate words of wisdom from the marvellously talented actor, Anthony Hopkins that perfectly embody this thought. I found this on the internet and want to share it with you.
from ANTHONY HOPKINS
′′Let go the people who are not prepared to love you. This is the hardest thing you will have to do in your life and it will also be the most important thing. Stop having hard conversations with people who don’t want change.
Stop showing up for people who have no interest in your presence. I know your instinct is to do everything to earn the appreciation of those around you, but it’s a boost that steals your time, energy, mental and physical health.
When you begin to fight for a life with joy, interest and commitment, not everyone will be ready to follow you in this place. This doesn’t mean you need to change what you are, it means you should let go of the people who aren’t ready to accompany you.
If you are excluded, insulted, forgotten or ignored by the people you give your time to, you don’t do yourself a favor by continuing to offer your energy and your life. The truth is that you are not for everyone and not everyone is for you.
That’s what makes it so special when you meet people who reciprocate love. You will know how precious you are.
The more time you spend trying to make yourself loved by someone who is unable to, the more time you waste depriving yourself of the possibility of this connection to someone else.
There are billions of people on this planet and many of them will meet with you at your level of interest and commitment.
The more you stay involved with people who use you as a pillow, a background option or a therapist for emotional healing, the longer you stay away from the community you want.
Maybe if you stop showing up, you won’t be wanted. Maybe if you stop trying, the relationship will end. Maybe if you stop texting your phone will stay dark for weeks. That doesn’t mean you ruined the relationship, it means the only thing holding it back was the energy that only you gave to keep it. This is not love, it’s attachment. It’s wanting to give a chance to those who don’t deserve it. You deserve so much, there are people who should not be in your life.
The most valuable thing you have in your life is your time and energy, and both are limited. When you give your time and energy, it will define your existence.
When you realize this, you begin to understand why you are so anxious when you spend time with people, in activities, places or situations that don’t suit you and shouldn’t be around you, your energy is stolen.
You will begin to realize that the most important thing you can do for yourself and for everyone around you is to protect your energy more fiercely than anything else. Make your life a safe haven, in which only ′′compatible′′ people are allowed.
You are not responsible for saving anyone. You are not responsible for convincing them to improve. It’s not your work to exist for people and give your life to them! If you feel bad, if you feel compelled, you will be the root of all your problems, fearing that they will not return the favours you have granted. It’s your only obligation to realize that you are the love of your destiny and accept the love you deserve.
Decide that you deserve true friendship, commitment, true and complete love with healthy and prosperous people. Then wait and see how much everything begins to change. Don’t waste time with people who are not worth it. Change will give you the love, the esteem, happiness and the protection you deserve.”
Just when I gave up I was standing right on front of it!
The other day I was in the supermarket looking for a certain item and and I walked all around the shop looking for this item called smash. I went up and down every aisle and around the back section but I couldn’t find it.
Then I went back down the very last aisle and I decided to ask the lady to help me.
And I asked her where is this item and she said it’s right there, and I looked up and I was standing right in front of it.
There was the Universe – giving me a little life lesson that I didn’t realise until sometime later after I left the shop.
Often we are working on a goal, a closely held to dream and we try this and that and nothing seems to be working really substantially.
We might have some small victories but nothing really big time as far as what we have in our minds. So we just give up and say it’s not meant to be.
Perhaps if we held on that bit longer, if we switched or tweaked our plan just that one more time, we might have crossed the finish line and found our dream and achieved our goal or at least achieved as much of it as would be needed to encourage us just to keep going.
So what was the lesson from this humble package of processed potatoes.
Don’t give up, even when it looks like it’s all over. Keep going!
If you must … tweak the plan; get some advanced knowledge – take a course/read a book; ask for assistance from someone you trust; try a different angle …but keep going. Don’t keep doing the same thing if it’s not working or you’re just get the same results and more frustration.
But make adjustments, realign yourself and set your sights again, monitor your progress, and go make the dream your reality or come as close to it as you can.
We can be so close to our goal but we just don’t know it. All we can see is that it’s not there. So just try giving it another shot going a little further down that road and then might be just just the thing that was needed to reach the goal post.
Lets share! …
Have you ever come so close to a goal, and you thought all was lost & were ready to give up, but something good happened that changed everything and you were back in the game again and on the way to a successful outcome. How did you turn things around in your favour? What kept you going?
Feel free to leave a comment on your experiences of perseverance in attaining your goal!
Today let’s talk about loneliness – the feeling of being alone whether you’re in a crowd or whether you’re just by yourself.
It’s quite common, especially now with the lockdown, then social isolation, and social distancing rules. It’s easy to fall into it.
There’s a difference between alone and being lonely. If you’re alone you’re fairly content with your own company. But if you’re lonely you feel like something is missing. You may feel isolated in yourself.
You may feel sad but you don’t know why. You life might be, to all appearances, going splendidly, but in your heart you feel like something’s missing and you don’t know how to find it.
Sometimes we might try to fill that hole in many ways. Some of those could show up as symptoms like sadness or boredom apathy, or an unidentified feeling of anxiousness or too much sleeping.
Or on the other hand – being over excited — which could look like too much shopping or drinking and so on, to fill up the emptiness.
Sometimes the feeling of loneliness can turn us against our own selves. We think that we’re not good enough. We make up imaginary flaws and faults, or exaggerate incidents from our past or current life that could be the cause of our loneliness.
So we’ve got to get ourselves out of this mess. Extreme loneliness is not healthy for us mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Here are a few ideas that came to me to alleviate these kind of feelings which drag your spirit down.
But the first major thing I must say is, if you are really feeling so lonely that you almost feel sick, it might be best to seek help from a trained professional who can talk with you and help you work through your feelings.
But if the feeling of loneliness is something that comes and goes, there might be a few self-directed things that you can do.
Here are 6 handy tips for trying to overcome loneliness and coping with it.
One is to visit the seaside. Yes you might still be alone but there are most likely people about.
But the main point is that you can sense the openness and expansiveness of the sea.
And you know that you are one with that sea. You are one with all that surrounds you and basically you may be alone but virtually you are one with the sea, with the sky, with plants, with nature. You’re not alone.
Being out in the open air can help us clear our minds and feel better.
I think we could experience the same feeling of belonging by going to the park or some nature area. And just walking and experiencing the beauty of the trees and the changing of the Seasons, and the feel of the air on our face. This kind of activity gets us out of ourselves because we’re experiencing the atmosphere around us, and this can lift or spirits and make us feel quite good.
What else can we do ? We can ask ourselves why do we feel lonely. We can grab a paper and pen or use an electronic device and write out why do we feel lonely. What will it take to make us feel not so lonely.
Is it because we want companionship?
Is it because we think our peers are doing way better than we are, so we feel like we have fallen behind and we just feel lonely because we think we’re the only ones in that situation?
Once you’ve identified it as best you can, try to come up with what is the opposite action that will make us feel fulfilled and lifted and then do and work towards that action to the best of our abilities.
Just taking a constructive action could lift our spirits, take us out of ourselves, and into the energy, into the positive Energy, of what it is that we really want in order to feel better about ourselves.
Another thing that we could do to alleviate the feeling of loneliness is get into social media in a positive way. And look for and find people & groups with like interests. And don’t be just a lurker, but get involved in the discussions. And find those groups that keep things positive and uplifting, so that it’s fun to join in.
The 5th suggestion is to take online courses.
Right now it’s a bit difficult to go to an actual course in person because of the current social distancing situation but online study can be fun and useful as well.
You learn something new and your mind shifts again, away from the feeling of ‘only me’, as you get into the thing that you are studying & the new things that you are learning, & the challenge of learning it well.
It’s like you are distracting yourself in a fun way and learning something in the bargain. And if it’s a course that has discussion groups that accompany the lessons, that can be a way to meet new people as well.
And the last idea. number 6…
There are also Meet Up groups that you can join. Meet Up is an app and a website where there are various groups that cover many different interests. Groups for socialising, groups for learning new things, groups for discussing business, learning languages, health, spirituality
… all kinds of groups.
If you get involved in a Meetup Group, that’s another way to get out – digitally at this point in time – and meet other people and exchange ideas and expand your horizons, and have a bit of fun.
I hope these few ideas can at least get you started on the journey out a lonely existence. I’ve been there in the past, it’s not good to hang around there too long.
Do you have any tips on how you shake off that feeling of emptiness or lonlines?
Or maybe you embrace it. Let’s share. Feel free to leave a comment on how you deal with loneliness.
Starting a company blog is one way to make the most of your content marketing. Your blog becomes the hub for news updates, opinion pieces and customer case studies, giving your audience a regular channel to follow, consume and comment on.
But how do you make sure your blog writing is engaging your audience? And how do you create blog posts that will add real value for your customers?
Here are 5 key tips for improving your business blogging
1. Blog about something you have a passion for
This may seem obvious, but if you’re going to write a series of blog posts around a particular theme, it really HAS to be something you have some genuine interest in and passion for.
If you’re running your own business, then you’re already going to have a passionate belief in what you do (at least I hope so!). But try to refine…