I know its only 1 month in but I already have progress to report….

So last year I didn’t set my 2017 action plan until mid February. This year I was all done and dusted with ‘getting my act together’ before last Christmas. I was exceptionally smug about how I’d caught up with myself by the end of the year. And I continue to wallow in my smug self-satisfaction as I celebrate the (near) end of January 2018.

I am ahead of my game.

I’m focused. I’m energised.

I’m (over) achieving !

I appear to have got my multifaceted act together.

To be fair I’m not really smug, but I am genuinely elated by how much energy I’ve leapt into 2018 with and how much momentum I’ve rolled with. I mean, blimey, 4 whole weeks and I’ve not had a meltdown; an identity crisis or fallen into a self-confidence hollow. I am on a roll.

I put this down to two things.

#TheJanuaryChallenge : this little package of fun and well-being run by charitable organisation 64 Million Artists, invited anyone and everyone in the UK (and beyond) to spend a few moments of each day mindfully contemplating something creative: be it drawing your self-portrait in your spaghetti hoops or expressing yourself using the medium of GIF, it afforded a period each day of self-expression, and an opportunity to engage and have a bit of banter with other individuals enjoying the daily micro-challenges. OK I didn’t actually post in every challenge of the month , but I did contemplate each one to varying degrees and I did enjoy reading the posts of those who did. The best thing is , there was no pressure to engage, it was simply a joy to do so.

Secondly, 2017 had been working towards my first ever solo art exhibition and the event opened on 12th January… a serious kick-start to my artistic self, my self-esteem and focused my mind on challenging myself – Lucy of What My Fridge Says made me her featured blogger #19 in the third week of January. That was and still is very exciting for me. But the very best bit was the most lovely words she used to describe me and my blog. It made me realise that my blog reads and represents me exactly how I hope it would

…When I read her blog it seems to me that she is living fiercely, boldly and with risk…not to mention enjoying the journey – Rose Tinted Ramblings of a life less ordinary , these

attributes are certainly something which I find magical. Plus, she drive a pink car – whats not to love. Click the link above to read about her first solo exhibition. Despite loving every second and going for it, she also captures her anticipation and anxiety beautifully. Often anxiety is seen as a mental health issue and connected to worry, but I really do see anxiety as showing you care and when used to drive the vision of you dreams, it’s often complimented by accomplishment. This lady could teach the world a thing or two.

So I’ve hit the ground running in 2018. I’m aware that in reality I can’t run at this pace solidly throughout 2018 and there are bound to be some challenges and setbacks thrown in along the way but, for just right now, I am very focused, slightly ahead of myself and feeling pretty mighty.

So at the end of month one how do the stats add up?

2018 is the year of LEARN, APPLY, INTERACT

so far I have

  • been the first featured blogger for Hayley of Mission Mindfulness new guest series blog spot ” Words About the Weekend”
  • been a featured blogger by Lucy of What My Fridge Says on her co-hosted twitter linky #thesatsesh
  • held a successful preview event for my first ever solo exbihition
  • …and sold a painting at it (it’s on until 17th March if you happen to be in Mid Wales before then)
  • been paid a deposit for a commissioned painting and have until November to complete it
  • been commissioned to design and make a window for a couple new to our village
  • been booked by a WI group to do a talk bout the stained glass window project I was involved in last year – not until October but booked on New Years Day
  • set out workshop dates to run sessions from my home studio teaching small groups stained glass – and have some people booked on some of them
  • created a pricing structure for commissioned work ( but not properly put it into practice, for example i never remember to ask for design payments up front or deposits)
  • have read so very much in my effort to learn and improve my use of social media (particularly twitter and wordpress). Have linked up to Ben Huberman over at WordPress, in an attempt to get more from my blogging. Plus, though twitter linky #blogcrush ( run by Wendy at Naptime Natter, Alice at Letters To My Daughter and Lucy of Lucy at Home ); discovered the very generous Hayley of Sparkles and Stretchmarks. I do plan to pick her brain more if she doesn’t mind because her success and openness on how to make a living from blogging is not only inspiring and surprising -I genuinely had no idea !
  • I have 25 more twitter followers, 11 more blog followers and 7 more FB followers – small changes but a step in the right direction
  • I’ve even been making stock items of some of my glass designs…. I have hens and blue tits ready to find their forever homes..

I’ve even achieved on my personal positive plan.

I have been eating less bulk, more healthily; drank more water; suffered less stomach discomfort (goodbye acid reflux) and am less bloated from skipping the alcohol. This has translated to having lost half a stone without even noticing (ie not felt like I’m missing out, hungry, deprived) and looking a darn sight healthier (less puffiness, clearer skinned). I’ve been dancing and I’ve given myself the extra 10 minutes I need in order to walk rather than drive into the village. Both of these activities have the added benefit of boosting my energy and sense of wellbeing.

All in all, one twelfth of the way into 2018 and things are going well. I promise I wont do this at the end o every month, but just right now, I’m feeling pretty damned elated and I wanted to share it with YOUx

Lucy At Home

Mission Mindfulness

Positive New Years Resolutions ……

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I’m beached. I am stuck slumped on the sofa, bloated gut, unable to unfurl, and reading some of my fave bloggers. I’m waiting for the excesses of another ‘eating-as-many-left-overs-before-the-diet-starts’ supper to subside enough to enable me to move again. And I’m sitting here trying not to vomit and feeling thoroughly disgusted with myself…. I’ve just eaten half a carton of Madagascan vanilla custard after a huge bowl of pasta with a four-cheese sauce made with a small portion of the remaining Christmas cheeses.

Then I come across this hilarious but oh-so-true poem by the very funny and talented Dawn of Rhyming With Wine, and I think ‘I feel your pain’.  it begins like this ….

Dear Christmas.

I’m sorry to write you this rhyme,
And it’s breaking my heart but I think that it’s time.

…… and if you follow this link you’ll get to the rest of it, plus (bonus) easy access to more of the poems on her lovely blog.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to sit at my proper computer and write my personal plan for 2018 but as I can’t shift my lardy butt at the moment I’ll make do with my phone app.

I never, I repeat, never. Never ever. I never do the resolution thing… especially the ones where you stop things, lose things, give up on stuff.  They’re such negative starts to goals.  If I do anything (and I usually don’t), I set a positive challenge.  …go to at least one live music gig a month; organise date days out with Hubby at least twice a month (that’s this years one); but this year I need to incorporate some of those stop/lose/give up things to my goals.  So I need a way to reword them with more positive phrasing.

This is my positive plan to improve my lifestyle and well-being in 2018

  1. FEEL GREAT in my own body by maintaining a healthier diet and staying hydrated
  2. ENJOY LOTS of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables
  3. TREAT myself to a fresh pineapple every week. Make loads of fresh fruit salad to nibble on
  4. ENERGISE – start the day with a protein rich breakfast – its nutritious, lasts longer and is easy peasy as I have my own hens to provide super fresh eggs
  5. SUPPORT my friend and belly dance teacher by turning up to class every week and practicing my shimmying in between.  Remember how happy I am when I’m dancing.
  6. DANCE- go see all the great local live music that is available most weekends near home, and boogie the weekends away
  7. GET MORE fresh air and exercise by planning better to allow myself the 10 minutes to walk to the village rather than jumping in the car.  also far kinder to the planet
  8. ENJOY MORE date days out with Hubby with ROMANTIC country walks in the gorgeous Mid Wales countryside
  9. PLAY MORE. If I want to play in my garden, i shall play in the garden.  I love my garden.  I love digging, weeding, raking.  I give myself permission to spend more time in my own garden

I refuse to set a weight LOSS goal or an inch LOSS target, but with this little set of POSITIVE actions I’m hoping that I’ll be treating myself to some skinny jeans before the year is out.

How do you feel about New Years Resolutions?

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Coughs and Colds at Christmas….I have the cures…

I have a chesty cough and cold which has been lingering for some time.  Getting worse.  I think it may have become an infection.  It a normal and very common situation for many people especially at this time of year.  It’s certainly no fun for the sufferer nor the friends and family who have to put up with the wheezing, snorting, hacking and phlegm clearing.

Fortunately for you all, I have a helpful elderly neighbour whom I keep an eye on. She has been phoning me hourly with  helpful fail-safe solutions.  So here you are, several guaranteed not to fail remedies for your winter woes.  You may be sad and lonely after trying them due to their anti social nature but you will, guaranteed, be feeling tip-top healthy by the end of it

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  1. Peel an onion and leave it on your mantle piece – it will absorb all the germs
  2. Put mustard powder in a bowl of hot water, the hottest you can handle. soak your feet,, pat dry, put on cotton socks and get into bed for 24 hours.  Dont get up, even to wee.  You will sweat out all the badness and feel great in the morning
  3. Rub garlic cloves on the balls of your feet
  4. Slice a swede or turnip, layer and coat each layer with sugar.  leave for a while and then sip the resultant juice

oh, and now I’m 50, things have only got better…

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My fave solution is to let Vic rub my chest ….

Keep well people.  Happy Holidays.  Merry Christmas and, thanks to my friend, here’s wishing you a healthy New Year; just keep taking the vegetables!

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