356dayMom Blog

I have always wanted to write. I like to journal. I like to talk to people about pretty much anything (except I was raised not to discuss politics or religion in groups, so those topics will be off the table). I have challenged myself to write every day for a year. Click here for my list to date.

Day 11 – The Paths We Take

the pathEight years ago I was recovering from a serious illness and someone recommended that I go see an acupuncturist. I was pretty skeptical because until that point I had been Ms. Conventional Medicine. But I was desperate to start feeling better so decided to give it a chance.

So along came Fiona into my life. Totally cool woman who opened up a whole new world to me. And while the needling she did was important, it was the talks I had with her that were so important to me as I’ve moved forward. I could talk about anything with her. And I learned to open my mind to other ways of thinking and healing.

Fiona was also the first one who saw me as having writing in my future. We would often talk about books we were reading and she always said that some day I would write. So I’ve kept that with me for the last 8 years. I wasn’t sure how it would happen but I was completely confident that she would be right.

So now here I am, and I am writing and loving it. I am so grateful that she instilled that thought in me.

Have you ever had that person (or persons) in your life that have really had more positive influence on your life than you ever thought possible? What did that person do for you? Did you change your path?

Take the time today to reach out to that person and tell them how they helped you be who you are today. It will bring happiness to you both.

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Day 10 – It must not have been important

forget me notDo you find that you have your best ideas and thoughts when you are somewhere you can’t write them down? Usually while showering or driving for me.

And worse off, is your memory getting older and unreliable and if you don’t write it down, then you have not a chance of remembering it later?

Most of my blog topic ideas come when I’m walking or driving. I have decided that I need to use my voice recorder on my iPhone more to record my brilliant ideas. Before I forget them.

But back to my memory issues. I do worry about remembering things. So I have started reading lots of articles on memory and how to improve it. I like this article “Twelve Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory” (anything with simple in its title is what I like!). It focuses on the little things you can do to clear your mind. Not so much on how to remember things, but more about cleaning out the memory cache so there is more room.

Think about all the things you try to store in there every day. At any given time, I am working off two computer monitors, an iPad and an iPhone. That alone is sensory overload. How dare my family even try and talk to me! Something has to give in the memory recollection. Thankfully its no longer forgetting to pick up my kids from daycare!

Read the article and be kind to yourself when you forget what you just went in to that room for. As my parents always told us, if you can’t remember it, it must not have been important. Always hated that saying!

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Day 9 – When You Finally Find What Fits

Just fitsI wrote that title and then realized people will probably think I’m meaning my jeans. I’m not (although always happy when they do!).

I’m talking about finding something in your life that just feels so right. That it just fits. I have been trying to find that with my work for awhile. I loved what I did. And am proud of all the events I have put on over the years. But this past week I feel like everything has come together to just fit. And I truly believe it is because I’m doing something I feel passionate about, and so everything else has fallen in to place beautifully.

In one week I have launched this site. I worked with five other women to launch 100 Women Who Care Victoria (and we raised $14,000 for a local charity in one hour). I worked on and launched websites for the TC10K and the Victoria Goddess Run. And to fit alongside the Goddess Run, I developed another 365day project with 365dayGoddess. Throw in some rugby and PAC, and my week was crazy full.

I’m tired but I feel so good. Because I love what I’m doing. I’m challenging myself but that is a great thing. I’m really happy.

As eloquently put by Nelson Mandela, “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Have you found what fits? Are you settling or are you still striving for more?

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Day 8 – Can life’s problems be solved by Candy Crush?

candy crushHow many of you play Candy Crush? Come on, you can admit it. 93 million people play it daily around the world, so that means you and I are both playing it. It generates $800,00 in revenue every day.

You don’t have to say you have it on your iPhone because your kids like to play it. You can admit it. We’re all friends here. And it is okay. Candy Crush is good for you and I will explain why.

Now I know you may be asking me how this is possible, but it is true. Maybe not when you are procrastinating and not achieving what you should do because you have to just get through one more level. Or when you are timing everything you do in your day based on the 20 minutes until you get your next life in the game (for those of you who don’t play, stop reading now, you might be better off not worrying about getting a life in 20 minutes).

But I have found one really good use for Candy Crush. You know those days when you really really want to send out an email or make a phone call that you know you would be better off not doing. Well then take a Candy Crush break. Kind of like the 5 second rule when you drop something on the ground. Or the “don’t send out the email until the next morning rule”.

Because chances are, after figuring out how to make those candy rows work and those candy bombs go off, you will be so full of joy and happiness that you will have forgotten what your angry moment was about.

So I’m prescribing a Candy Crush Moment. Breathe and play.

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Day 7 – Netflix is the ultimate procrastination tool

house of cardsI discovered Netflix this year. Or more importantly, I discovered the mini-series on Netflix! What started off as a little Homeland turned in to House of Cards and then Suits and then Mad Men and then… Think my crowning glory was The Killing in which I managed to watch all four seasons in less than three days.

So have you fallen culprit to a mini-series yet? Have you done the terrible “just one more episode” at 2:00 am? Come on, you can admit it!

The funny thing about watching all these shows, you would think it would bring at least my husband and I closer together. I mean, what a great way to sit and enjoy time together. But nope, we can’t even do that. Because I watch every single minute. If he doesn’t like a plot line or a character, he fast forwards it so he can finish before me. He’s so competitive!

I guess while I’m working on my 365 day habits, I probably should not add this to my list of good habits. But must say, escaping in to the world of Carrie, Holder, Harvey and Francis is some days is just what the doctor ordered.

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Day 6 – Why can I not prioritize exercising?

Seriously, what is my problem? I grew up in a household of people who exercised. My parents (who I’m not allowed to say how old they are but let’s just say they are in their golden years!) still exercise all the time. I live now in a household of people who exercise. I am surrounded by it, yet I don’t make it my priority. I can make up every excuse in the book. But I know I am not the only one.

I heard this great interview with Gretchen Rubin this week on #WakeUpHappy. “Exercise for sanity, not vanity“. And it is so true. I get motivated to exercise when I put on a few (or more than a few!) pounds. But that should not be my only reason. Sure it’s a great motivator in the moment, but when I hit my goal weight, then I start slipping with my goals of exercise.

Gretchin Rubin has a number of books on happiness, including The Happiness Project. She is currently writing a book on habits. I’m looking forward to its release. She states “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.

She talks about scheduling, and I have taken this on full force with starting this blog. My calendar is now fully blocked out with time for each project, coffee break, lunch (yep, cause I forget that one all the time) and EXERCISE! Those posts I’m doing on Get Moving, I am actually doing every day. When I posted “Everyone get out, I’m dancing” I really did dance around my office for 15 minutes and I felt incredible afterwards.

So get it scheduled in and make it happen. Get moving for the inner benefits, not just the outer.

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