Slowing down & enjoying life!

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One of my New Years resolutions was healthy ways for healthy days, I was beginning to think it really wasn’t going that well. Then I was reminded how fast, dramatic and stressful life can be. However this January I have been feeling relaxed and rested. I eased my way into the New Year. January  has been a month of camping, walking, reading and relaxing with family. It has been the best way to enjoy the summer, especially when it is the long school holiday break . My slow and relaxing month of January has been good for my mental health. Also I got to try something new,  barefoot bowling  and was challenged with some bush walking at Wilson’s Promontory.   Now I need to set a SMART goal to get me back to the gym in February. I have been exploring goals for this intention of healthy ways for healthy days, and coming up with a goal and action plan.

 

I sat outside today on this blissful summers afternoon writing this blog post. Two birds sat on the tv aerial musically tweeting away, it seems they had so much to say. My dog Little Miss Popularity kept me company and enjoyed rolling her fluffy self in the grass. It was blissfully  relaxing sitting outside under the leafy  lipstick maple tree with a light breeze blowing past me. I think this quote by writer Henry James sums it up perfectly.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

Here is what I have been loving recently, check out these journaling resources on the web:

I am always on the look out for a good journal post or video, so leave a comment if you have one you would like to share.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

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Just need to get my reading fix-reading challenge 2017 .

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On my 100 list for the year is read 52 books. This is something I have been doing for a couple of years now, each day I get to mentally indulge in some delicious juicy reading. Books are part of my life and I really need to get my reading fix each day. Books have been my most constant friend and teacher.

There are two reasons I read: Reading for pleasure
Reading for learning
I was inspired by Kimberly Wilson to join the Goodreads reading challenge 2017 I was following her challenge in 2016 https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/5493-2017-reading-challenge this will help me to record and keep track of the books I am reading. This year I want to read both fiction and non- fiction. Having a reading goal helps me figure out how much reading I need to do in a week or even a day. This year my reading goal is 52 books, so I need to read at least one book a week.

My kindle is a magical gadget full to the brim with awesome books, it is super light and fits easily into my handbag and travels around with me enabling me to always have something to read, at cafes, waiting rooms and even work breaks.

I love my library, and now you can search and order books online, I love that I get to read real books of my choosing, which I have for entire month. It makes my reading addiction affordable.

My Library again, audio books, for my iPhone, I can borrow up to four for two weeks. Listen to a story, biography, non fiction informative book, I can listen to a book and do my ironing or cook the evening meal. There is always a book on the go.

I just love books and learning. I love losing myself in a good story.

I really wanted to know the best way to go about succeeding at this challenge so I have included some of my recent readings.

How do you read
13 Tricks to read more books- https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275880

Literary-glutton-how to consume more books this year.
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/literary-gluttony-how-to-consume-more-books-this-year.html

11 ways busy people make time to read. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/11-ways-busy-people-make-time-read.html

How to build better reading habits and finish a book everyday. http://goinswriter.com/read-books/

What is your 2017 reading goal?

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Word of the Year – Completion

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I like the idea of choosing a word as an area to focus and set the intention of what I want more of in my life during 2017 . The word of the year for 2017 is completion.

I let myself down all the time, by starting new things which is something I love to do, but only completing a small percentage of the projects or changes that I start. Yes, I suck at finishing stuff! There are many courses started but not completed, for instance, I was doing a creativity online course last year, got three-quarters of the way through it and stopped. Why, distractions in life, another new thing to learn, oh yeah and it got hard. Yes, I am very good at starting new things, and then setting them aside, when life distracts me, or it gets too hard, or I have simply moved on to a new shiny project. So in terms of completion this year I will be focusing on completing and finishing what I start.

The definition of the word according to the Marriam- Webster Dictionary: “the act or process of completing or finishing something: the state of being complete or finished “- https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/completion

So how do I plan to use my word of the year? Firstly I have set myself a huge completion challenge that will run over the whole year. It is ok there has been a fun component added to it. I will post a photo a day on Instagram using my iPhone. Now this project is about challenging myself to improve my photography skills and it is also about following through with a project for 365 days until completion. Although this project looks easy it will be a big challenge for me. Secondly, when I start a project I will also be setting the intention of completing it, this means having an action plan, not taking on too many projects, and acknowledging that some days I will need to push myself through the hard stuff to get things done. It also means setting time in my calendar for projects and goals.

I will be checking in with myself on the first Monday of the month, by having some planning and reflecting time. I will review what I have accomplished and what needs to be adjusted or prioritized to complete my projects and move towards achieving my amazing goals.

Completion is a big word for me, I know this word will challenge me again and again through the year. I know if I can focus on it, start completing and finishing what I start I will be able to overcome one of my weakest areas and will set myself up to moving closer to achieving the goals I have set myself for the year, and years to come.

May 2017 be a year of completion.

Do you have a word of the year? please share in the comments

Wishing you all a wonderful day!FRAN DISHON