While contemplating in my yoga position on the floor, I suddenly found myself peering through my old planner. It was my 2013 Belle de Jour power planner. It is a beautiful planner especially designed for women. It has discount coupons offered by their business partners, dreamboard, goal, menstrual tracker, wardrobe checklist, health and fitness plan, vacation planner, cash flow, etc. But what got me to get this planner at that time was that, it has a lot of words of wisdom and positive thoughts to live by to help empower and uplift us, women. This planner may seem to favor women but I believe, thoughts, lessons and proverbs suit all genders. 🙂 Anyway, browsing through the pages recalls a lot of memories.. happy, sad, troubling, embarrassing. A roller coaster ride to everything. It was this year where I got the chance to go to Europe again, for the third time. How lucky was that? It was also the year where I had to battle and deal a lot of emotions. It was a learning process, the hard way. This planner somehow helped me in one way or another. All writings aim for positivity and for the betterment of our lives.
Like I said, the objective of this blog is to share random thoughts and experiences. Also, I would want to influence people by sharing positive thoughts and readings to live by. Let’s admit it, life really gets hard and tough at times so I hope, through these readings, would help you lift and uplift you in trying and challenging moments. Cheer up! It ain’t that bad. 🙂
Here are a list of readings. Hope this helps. Credits to 2013 Belle de Jour Planner. Have fun reading. Thank you in advance. 🙂
STOP AND BREATHE
Breathing can transform your life.
If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.
If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.
If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help you bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing right now.
If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.
ONE CHANGE AT A TIME
Focus on one change at a time.
It’s very hard to make changes that stick, especially if you’re trying to focus on more than one. Your focus gets spread thin, and in the long run you end up failing to stick to any of the changes.
So, do one change at a time, for at least one month.Six weeks is better. Then you can focus on one more change, and so on. That’ll be about six to eight changes a year – changes that will stick. They will last much, much longer than ones that you apply thinner focus to.
This method is effective. Most people use the less effective method of multi-changing, and fail to stick with things, and blame it on their “lack of discipline”. No, it’s just less effective method than single-changing.
Patience is tough. We are geared to wanting lots of changes right now, and waiting seems too hard. We want instant gratification, because television and marketing has taught us that this is best. It isn’t. Waiting and doing things slowly is much more satisfying.
The tendency of life in our society is to become more complicated: internet, television, work, family commitments, possessions, eating – these things pile on top of each other endlessly.
It takes a bit of conscious effort to simplify, but it’s one of the greatest things you can learn to do.
Simplify everything. It might sound hard,but with practice, it’s actually fairly easy, and leads to a quiet, content, lovely life full of space, with only the things in it that matter to you.
So, how do you simplify? As simple as possible.
Here are a few ways:
- Block off some disconnected time.
- Start eliminating commitments.
- Start purging possessions.
- Wash your dishes.
- Schedule time for what’s important.
- Get outdoors once a day.
- Eat some plants.
- Drink tea.
….more to come in my next blog. Thank you. Smile. Cheers!^^