Sunday, 23 November 2014

Weekly Wishes #17 | blog link up (goal setting link up)

I really cannot keep up with the days flying past so fast like this!  Is it really going to be December next Monday?!

Linking up with Melyssa from The Nectar Collective for this week's edition of Weekly Wishes!

My last weekly wishes post was on my November goals so I don’t have much longer to go to make sure I achieve them all!  I have been struggling to keep posting to my blog regularly so this is something I really need to work on this week!  I’ve been sick with a horrible cough and cold for about two weeks now and am still trying to shake it off but can’t seem to take the time to properly rest – and I pulled a nerve in my lower back so it’s been a bit of a challenging month health-wise!  Despite this, I am still trying to be positive and get on with life!  Better to be sick now than over Christmas, eh?

So straight into my goals for this week:

·         I seriously need to post a minimum of three blog posts this week and my goal is to schedule them all today!

·         Put together a speech for my Toastmasters club meeting this Thursday, practice and deliver it.  Kind of regretting putting myself forward for this as it came round so quickly and I’m still feeling under the weather but can’t cancel at this late stage!  It will be good to do it though as I haven’t delivered a speech in ages

·         Plan my diary for December – I cannot believe December is on Monday!

·         Get started on the home admin – time to attack that ever growing pile!

·         Redesign flyers for my part time wellbeing/ beauty business

That’s it for this week as I'm always overreaching and falling short on achieving my goals. 

What are your plans for this week?

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Just be

Some of you may know that I’m a member of Toastmasters International and twice a year they hold a conference over the weekend and it’s packed to the brim with useful workshops and speech contests.  One of the workshops I attended, I really enjoyed and will always remember.  It was hosted by an amazingly inspirational woman by the name of Pemma Fox and the name of her workshop was The Art of Connection and it was all about how to connect not only with your audience as a speaker but also with yourself as a person.

How many of us are truly authentic or do we always adapt according to who we’re with?  I love Pemma’s simple advice:  Just be.  And that was it.  Be yourself.  Not what the world, your partner, your boss, your friends, your customers…expect or want you to be.  Once you’ve connected with your true self, you can truly and authentically connect with other people, whether as a speaker on stage connecting with your audience, or in a one to one conversation.

Another great piece of advice from Pemma?  B r e a t h e .  She told us to close our eyes and breathe in deeply and breathe out again in a quick and purposeful manner as though we were breathing out anything negative that was within us.  She taught us that the simple art of breathing in deeply and out again can really help us to focus on the present moment and connect with ourselves.

I took away from that workshop two priceless gems:  Just Be.  And breathe.  

Simple, yet so profound.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

November goals: Blog link up

I’ve been absent from the Weekly Wishes blog link up for most of October – where did it go?!  I have been so busy with other stuff that I have very naughtily neglected my blog and this highlights to me the importance of scheduling of posts!

How has everyone’s October been?  I guess everyone is seriously getting into Christmas mode now?! 

My highlights from October:

·         We FINALLY found a tiler to tile our kitchen, bathroom and toilet floors!  Anyone who’s been following my blog will know how we’ve struggled to find a tiler.  For some reason the home improvement industry is really booming and people are literally refusing work. It tooks us months to find a tiler and what an awesome job he did – this definitely deserves a separate post so watch this space :-)

·         I got my hair trimmed (finally) – I was too lazy (well actually busy) to make the drive to my usual hairdresser in the area we used to live in so I decided to try a hairdresser in the area I work so I could just nip there straight after work, after all it’s just a trim.  Well she chopped off half my hair and did it crookedly too.  When I got home I foud a long piece hanging which she had missed.  Unbelievable!  I was fuming.  So with my tail between my legs I had to go back to my regular hairdresser to have it fixed (and even more chopped off, grrrr) – he said he’d sympathise with me just this once, but says I deserve it next time I desert him!  Serves me right I guess.

·         I finally started my Kindle e-course.  I’ve always wanted to write an e-book but it’s just one of those things I’ll ‘start tomorrow’.  And I finally started it, yay :-)

·         I still haven’t made it to the gym.  Shocking.  I joined the gym excitedly in FEBRUARY, bought new gym trainers, swimming goggles and cap and fancy new tops and have been like twice L  I blame it on the house redecorating, our allotment upkeep and work (and 101 other commitments).  But that’s no excuse, I really need to schedule time for it – any suggestions?  And embarrassingly my gym is bang in between my work and home (which I thought would mean I would definitely go!) so I walk past it nearly every day - argh!  My problem is preparation – I never have a gym bag ready and there aren’t permanent lockers to use at the gym to keep it there.  I need to keep my gym bag at work I think?  And one at home?  Terrible.  I shouldn’t even be admitting this…

So I’m not even going to bother looking at what my October goals were, but to be honest I think I may have done pretty well because we found a tiler and that (I think) was one of my major goals.  Hopefully getting to the gym wasn’t one of them!

We are getting frighteningly close to the end of the year so I am trying to figure out how I’ve done generally this year and get at least one or two major goals sorted before 2015 arrives!

So my goals for November are:

·         To schedule my multiple projects into my diary and get into the habit of working on them on a regular basis.  Things are a bit hit and miss at the moment and it’s frustrating me.  How do you manage to work on multiple projects at once?

·         One of my multiple projects is my blog and a goal is to schedule all of November’s posts in advance so I don’t disappear off the face of the earth again like I did in October – my aim is to post at least 3 blog posts per week

·         To curb my spending – I’ve actually set this as my ‘habit to break’ for November in Lauren and Brittney’s Habit to make, habit to break blog link up so I’m really going to try hard with this one as I’ve been spending ridiculously in recent months and really need to reign things in now – especially with Christmas looming on the horizon!

·         To deliver a speech at Toastmasters where I’m a member – I’ve not done too well with my speeches this year and have taken my foot off the pedal.  So I aim to schedule one for November and start preparing for it.  I attended the Toastmasters conference this past weekend and it’s really inspired me to get going with my speeches and leadership development!  Find out more about Toastmasters here.

·         To help deliver an awesomely successful TEDx event on Saturday 14th November.  Heard of TED?  Well in November countries around the world will be putting on TEDx event’s - independently organised events and ours is specifically for youth – to give them a platform to express their ideas.  Last year I was events manager which was pretty full on (but fun) and this year I am volunteer manager.  With ten days to go it’s all systems go and we’re all getting very excited!

·         To think about and strategise my overall goals and focus for 2015.  I like to spend November/ December planning for the new year so that I start the new year fully knowing what I’m doing and where I’m headed.

·         Do the home admin/ filing (sigh).  All the bills and paperwork have really piled up and it needs sorting!

What are your plans for November?   

Linking up with Melyssa over at The Nectar Collective!

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