Challenge yourself with small changes

Currently I do not have a job, not for lack of wanting but more of struggling for the opportunity. So because of this I decided that I needed to do something to keep me active. An opportunity came in the way of becoming a volunteer.

The only time I have ever volunteered was for open days for a few hours and nothing more serious than that, so for myself to do this was a big step as I have had confidence issues and self-doubt of where I wanted to be and if I was on the right path. When a general message went out to see if anyone wanted to volunteer I took the plunge. I am glad I did. That was back in March of this year. Since then I went to two workshops to get to grips with what the volunteering would entail, got to know some fabulous people. Gone to many meetings and helped to create posters, events and taken many a minute of a meeting.

From my volunteering I have noticed a big difference in myself. I have grown in confidence and feel like I have got back to an older, but more improved version of myself. I have gotten my creative bug again which seemed to disappear. What I love is that I am growing as a person. I am not just helping myself, but also the community I am within. In helping myself I can enable myself to help others a lot better, for that I am grateful.

For me it was becoming a volunteer that has helped me. But for you it might be something else. Whatever it may be, do it. Take the plunge and just do it. You never know what may come of it and how helping yourself first will also help others in the long run. Maybe you have always wanted to blog/vlog and was never sure to what to say or write, just do it!

If you are not happy, make a change no matter how big or small, it is a change. It always starts with a baby step and in a few weeks, months or years time you might start running for miles and not stop to you end up to where YOU want to be! That is what counts your own happiness.

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Christmas comes early

A word most of us do not really want to see or hear until the later end of November to early December when Advent starts. But here I am mentioning the C word because I have seen a post about Christmas cards on sale already, and it is only September!

I am no Scrooge and I adore the festive spirit by the way. My gripe is it is only September. Not even had Halloween or Guy Fawkes yet. I do like festival celebrations like everybody else, but this is commercialisation to another level and also an unnecessary level.

Really this is just a short post, more of my horror at how a religious holiday is commercialised to the excess. Usually I do not comment on such matters but I had a compelling need to say something about it.

New Year Resolutions

First of all happy new year to everyone and I hope it was a good celebration into 2017.

My blog post today will be looking at new year resolutions. Many of us make them and there are those who will roll their eyes just at seeing the title. Don’t worry it is not forcing you to make them, but just my opinion on them.

I like every year make resolutions, but I never keep them. This time however I have a slightly different mind-set to them. I hope you do to! Instead of seeing it as a resolution, something to fix as that is what a resolution is, to resolve something. Instead see it as a goal.

I decided to put these goals into something to do, learn and keep.

Something to do could be anything from loosing weight, stop smoking, get more active to trying to get up and be a morning person.

Something to learn is as it says whether you want to learn a new skill like a language or to dance to even reading a book in a subject area you would have never done before. Do it!

Something to keep is taking something in 2016 you were proud of and continuing in the next year, for me that is to keep writing whether it is in a journal or on this blog. For me it is something I was proud to get back into. So what achievement are your proud to continue?

As well know they are all ways to improve us mentally and physically as well as emotionally. But if you have a bad day where you feel like you failed. Do not worry, it happens we are all human after all. If you have a day where you go off-balance then take the next day as a new day and keep going. As most resolutions/goals we make are not going to be finished by the 31st January, it is a journey throughout the year. Take each day as it comes, rather than each month.

Take care and good luck with what you have chosen to achieve.

 

I just want to say…

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has viewed, commented, liked and shared my blog.

When I started it I did not expect much as I wrote for me and hopefully if it interested someone then that would be a bonus! Many of you were and for that I am grateful.

I hope everyone has a good and merry Christmas to you all.

Keep being creative and continue reading in 2017.

Do you believe in a muse?

This is for all the inspired and creative type out there!

Here is the question: do you believe in a muse?

What do I mean? That person or thing that makes you inspired to write, paint or by what any creative means. For me I believe in this. The reason why is because I have written poetry about someone and how they made me feel. I have done this in a situation where I have had a dream, struggled to sleep.

A muse for me is that spark of imagination.

What do you think?

Inspiration comes from anywhere

Currently I am on holiday, but there is always inspiration for a writer.

I find on holiday you will come across people you will never meet in everyday life. People from other places, languages, cultures and customs.

I find as a writer being in a different environment helps the mind to not go stale or in essence suffer writers block. Which I have had often before this break.

Even the activities are diverse from home. You seek adventure more. You find passions anew or rejuvenate old ones.

For me it has been an eye opener to freshen the mind and once again have a crystal clear clarity!

Poetry

I have found poetry rather therapeutic when I am thinking too much, or just need to relieve a feeling or an emotion.

This is a poem I wrote a while ago when I struggled to sleep. It is called Through my mind.

 I lie here wide awake

In my bed.

Tossing and turning

A steam rollers through my head.

All is so unclear.

I wish I had clarity.

But I cannot,

As thoughts rage through my mind.

The clock keeps ticking away.

I hope soon I snooze

With a crystal clear mind.