This week’s challenge: Write a list of things that you appreciate right now, in the present moment. Focus on each of them & let the love inside you well up. Even when things appear to be going really, really badly, there are always things to be happy about.
I think we should all do this everyday. Thinking about the things that we appreciate will make us feel more positive. I’ve tried doing this in the morning and it really works. Here are some the things I love about today:
- holidays and having random days off to chill out and relax. No one should ever go to work on Mondays.
- spring and a bit of sunshine goes a long way to make you happy – just remember that sunscreen.
- my boyfriend, Sam, who can make me feel better in an instant and looks very cute when he is sleeping.
- being able to speak to and see my family even though they are on the opposite side of the work – technology you are the greatest.
- having the opportunity to do so many things with my life – now I just have to decide.
- flowers, colour and pretty party dresses – hello ASOS.
Next week’s challenge: Indulge in your “guilty pleasures”, whatever they are. (Old episodes of America’s Next Top Model, ginger ale, chocolate cake, romantic comedies, etc.)
I have to admit – this week I was grumpy. And who wouldn’t be after getting back from nearly a month of holidays in sunny Australia surrounded by family, including a mum who looked after all your washing, and arriving back in freezing London to five days of non-stop WORK!!! Yes, that’s right, I had the post-holidays, post-Christmas blues.
So despite all my good intentions, I still hadn’t got my feeling-sorry-for-my-life self off the bed to do any kind of activity come Friday. That morning, when I was sniffling away on the way to work, is when I knew it had to change. I wasn’t going to cope moping around the house, crossing off each hour until the weekend each week. No, it was time for Zumba.
Extreme I know, but I’ve heard so many good things about Zumba and seeing all the happy people coming out of each class at the gym made me a bit jealous.
Having fun and exercising. Does that really happen?
So Friday night, I dragged myself along to the gym for the first time since getting back and it was kind of exciting. I strutted through those change rooms feeling so proud of myself. In Zumba, I stood near the back and couldn’t do a lot of the moves (how do you get your legs and arms to move in different directions at the same time) but I laughed a lot. And people chatted to me. And I got exercise.
And you know what, I was happy again.
I thought that this week’s challenge would be easy but then how easy is it finding the best chocolate you can lay your hands on. This one took a lot of time. I was on holidays with my family so it was the perfect time to try out lots of different types of chocolate – luckily, they offered to help me sample some of them too. So nice.
Lately, I’ve been really loving dark chocolate (Lindt Chilli Dark Chocolate – hmm) because it satisfies my cravings and is good for you. I love the thought of eating something so yummy and thinking about all the good antioxidants that my body is getting. But this week it was time to branch out from my safe Chilli Dark Chocolate – isn’t that what challenges are all about?
First I started with the Cadbury’s Old Jamaica Rum n Raisin. Not being really a Rum n Raisin fan I wasn’t expecting much but it really was so tasty – I definitely sampled that one a lot. I then moved onto Black Forest chocolate – really can’t get better than that – chocolate with biscuit pieces and cherry flavoured jellies. I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it. But at the end of the day there was a clear winner – the new Dark Cherry Ripe.
I still don’t think I’m finished experimenting with the best chocolate though so I think I might have to continue working on this one for a few more weeks.
Week one over!
I started this week by doing a lot of thinking and a lot of googling. What could I buy for people to make them happier? After a number of purchases (hello dawn simulator alarm – best inventions in the word) I realised that by the end of the week and lots of presents later I would have totally blown my monthly budget.
Instead of hanging out in my darkened room looking at my computer, I should have really been chatting to my family and friends and just listened to what they needed. Being helpful didn’t actually have to involve spending all my money.
Later during the week, my sister and I decided that we would get our parents on a date day – ahh, so cute! They have even scheduled one in each week now. It really hit home that even after 36 years of marriage you have to make sure you set aside time to spend together! Yes, we are now relationship gurus.
It was funny how little things were appreciated. My excellent babysitting skills were put to good use (yes, I had a baby strapped to me) and I even rustled up a family meal or two (we are talking meals for the equivalent of 15 people – those boys can sure eat). I was surprised about how grateful people were – and it didn’t really take that much effort from me. You know what, I might even keep this up.
While writing this, I can hear my family doing the biggest washing up ever (yes, after my nephew, Max’s, 2nd birthday party). I guess there are times when it’s ok to hide in a darkened room with your computer!
This weeks challenge: Do something good for someone else, even though you may not want to. Do a favour, help them find something, give them an item which will help them in some way. Start the flow of positive energy.
How hard is this one going to be? I’m sure I do nice things everyday don’t I?
Just sitting here thinking about it, I can’t remember the last time that I did something really sweet for my boyfriend, friends and family. Ok, I do little things every now and then (does the washing up count?) but recently I’ve been a bit slack and perhaps even started verging towards taking people for granted. Ekk.
I can remember nice things that other people have done for me though – like getting flowers from my lovely boyfriend Sam, receiving an amazing sending off from my friends before my holiday to Australia and lots of amazing shopping advice from my sis Lanny (who has no time to do shopping of her own with two little boys).
But now it’s time for me to do the same for them (and others). Well, that’s the plan for this week – challenge one. How hard have I been listening to what people actually need… let’s wait and see.
It would be so super cool if you wanted to try this with me. Especially this one – it’s so nice and you might be surprised at how awesome it will make you feel – making other people happy. And guess what you’ll be rewarded next week (check out next week’s challenge below). Yippee looking forward to that one. I might go shopping for that now just to get a head start.
Next Week’s Challenge: Eat the best chocolate you can get your hands on. In bed. Or in the bath.