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100 Dreams…

I have just finished reading this – Yes I would have looked very ambitious reading this on the tube on my commute, obviously one of my targets 😉

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I think this is a fantastic book. Really informative and gets you thinking seriously about your time. You have 168 hours every week, where does it go?

It’s backed by research and interviews with real life case studies making up much of the book – it’s great to see I’m not the only one apparently finding it hard to find time to do everything I want to!

If you’re looking for a motivational book to help you think about what you should be doing to get the most out of your time/life, I would defnitely recommend reading this! Be warned though, you might annoy others with your constant chatter about what they should do too to fully enjoy their life!

So here’s the key things I picked out for my life too:

  • Mornings – start creating a habit of getting up a little earlier. Mornings shouldn’t be started with e-mail, checking a phone or jumping straight into the shower. Mornings started with at least stretching to get the blood flowing, some time exercising, meditating or even with your family are the best spent – this obviously depends on your goals and personal opinion. Personally I’m going to start getting up early a couple times a week to run and start with stretching out other days, as this will help with my flexibility too!
  • Productivity – You are most productive usually in the morning hours. You should make the most of this time for the bulk of your work, prioritise what is most important and plan this in to your mornings. If you are in meetings a lot for your job, try plan these for the afternoon after you’ve got everything else done. You won’t then try to work in the slots between meetings when you only have 10-15 mins. You will get more work done this way – no interruptions!
  • Weekends – Plan your weekends. Yes you may fancy a lazy weekend, I admit it’s sometimes exactly what I need but I have learnt from reading this that you should plan at least a few things in to your weekend – 3 things at certain times is a good start. Weekends aren’t super long, you have to make the most of them, and if you use them productively and do interesting things especially on a sunday you are more likely to not mind going back to work as much!
  • Plan – It’s all about planning. You don’t need to have solid plans all the time, but the basics for the week and some time slots for the weekend. If you spend time wondering what to do on that evening or day then you are wasting time, and we don’t have enough time to waste. Face it, wandering around the flat wondering what to do with your day will always end up with you tidying a little and doing things which don’t necessarily need to be done – like watching TV!
  • Late Nights – Do I really need to stay up in the week? It would be so much better to go to bed at a reasonable time and get up early to exercise. Not only will I not have to think about (sometimes dread!) exercising all day before the evening run, I will have more free evenings for other plans, skip unnecessary TV, and probably get to sleep earlier. I can always watch programs I really want to see at a later time! That’s what catch-up is for 🙂

And to help with it all, I need to make my list of 100 dreams [recommended by Laura Vanderkam] – something to aim for in life. 100 because as you get further down the list you will start making smaller goals/plans which can be used for weekends – achievable goals/plans you will be happy to have done over the weekend or in the evenings. Things you really want to do in life.

At first I thought I could just think of these in my head, but I realised I’m not making the most out of my free time and I don’t remember these when coming to think of what to do with my weekends. So I have decided these need to be written down somewhere I can see them, so I can see once they are completed.

I obviously have some huge life goals, but here are a few further down my list – more weekend/evening/weekday activities for other the next so many months:

  • Rent a Barclays Bike and go cycling on a lovely afternoon [Done this weekend!]
  • Try a hot yoga class
  • Go to a Zoo Late
  • Go to a festival [Doing in a couple weeks – Wireless tickets bought!]
  • Go Trekking in the UK
  • Climb Ben Nevis
  • Do another half marathon, beat the time of my first
  • Try a different type of dance class – belly dancing anyone? (I have to conquer my disliking for my middle section too then!)
  • Learn more hip hop! I want to be amazing – how about, master a new move every week!
  • Go up the Shard
  • Breakfast/drink in the Duck and Waffle to watch the sun rise
  • Complete a novel writing course [started this month]
  • Write more articles for online publications
  • Paint more pictures – a couple landscapes in the new few months?
  • Baking/Cooking – try new recipes! Experiment at least once a fortnight! Something completely different – japanese?
  • Go camping – haven’t been in years! but none of this glamping, need to really try it! Might as well go all out!
  • Visit European cities – flights are so cheap! Try 2 this year?
  • Colour Run – looks so fun [booked for September in Brighton]
  • Visit Brighton [booked for September]
  • Learn to Knit – Everyone to get something knitted this year as part of xmas present! (Last year was art and fudge!) – personal little extra and a new skill. 

And that’s only 20 dreams but just so you have an idea.

Go on you should do it too! Make the most of your life and time, start thinking about how you’re wasting time, what your 100 dreams are and work on fitting what you want to do more of into your week! You’ll be lots happier 🙂

I’d love to know how you all find it! I’m loving it so far!

 

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The Longest Day and a Spontaneous Sunday Afternoon

This weekend was amazing!

I made the most of the longest day that’s for sure. At 5.20 am I graced the world with my presence, almost springing out of bed! Yes I felt strange for being that awake at that time too! But I think as it was light outside it really helped. I quickly got myself sorted and headed for the train to get to paddington and embark on my day home, I packed so much so I would have plenty to do on the way. I didn’t want to miss out on too much productive time being on a train for so long!

When I got to Evesham my parents met me from the station and we popped home. We then took the dogs for a walk in a nearby wood with my brother (an absolutely lovely walk and catch up!), before chilling for the afternoon and sorting my phone out. I hadn’t actually realised I had finished a 2 year contract! I think that’s the longest I’ve had a phone and not been too fussed about changing it – trusty iPhone 🙂

I cooked dinner for us – Homemade skinny beef burgers and new potato chips – and finally got the train back at 20.25. The day went super quick, but it was lovely to pop home for the day and still manage to have time left at the weekend to get other things done! On the train I was nice and productive too so I didn’t feel like I’d lost time.

Then Sunday I woke up in my bed (i love my bed!), a little tired but had a nice lie in. I started getting the washing done, and sorting out storage on my phone, followed by some writing. I was actually shocked when Alex rang me to say he was up and getting ready before midday after a night out..so after getting most of the things at home done we decided we wanted to something a little different.

Having been on my to-do list for a little while, we walked along to the nearby park and rented two barclays bikes – I hadn’t cycled in over a year! It was hilarious. Alex was laughing at me in tight spaces and when we had to go onto a cycle path on the quiet road – I’d be a nightmare on normal roads! But it was a lovely afternoon for a bike ride.

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We cycled to Battersea Park and hooked our bikes up (I didn’t realise the charging rates on barclays bikes – you can only take them out at 30min intervals for £2 a day, they charge you more for each extra interval of time on top, each time you take one out. But as we did two journeys under 30 mins it was a nice and cheap afternoon!). We wandered round Battersea park, had a peek at what was going on in the dog show, sat and ate a yummy bubblegum calippo – yes i said bubblegum flavour! – and then started thinking about heading back along the Thames Path home so we could get something for dinner before the supermarket closed as it was sunday – I made homemade curry, nice and spicy!

It was an absolutely fantastic weekend! I got my little bit of relaxing time both saturday afternoon and sunday evening, but not too much that I felt I wasted my weekend. And I had my first ride on a barclays bike – many more to come, I want to cycle through Hyde Park or perhaps around North London soon!

I hope everyone else had a fantastic time over the weekend too!

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What would I tell my 16 year old self?

Letter to my 16year old self

I keep coming across people talking about what they would tell themselves if they could send a letter into the past to a younger, teenage version of themselves.

I know I’m not that old, but having been through what I thought was quite a bit when I was a teenager it got me thinking what I would say to myself – just get on with PE and ignore the childish people, be confident, your parents aren’t against you, blah blah blah.

I actually started writing my letter to myself. But then I thought…Wouldn’t that change your future?

All actions in your past no matter how hurtful or challenging make you the person you are today. They create your strengths and weaknesses, and to be pretty honest I am happy with the person I am now!

I know not everyone is happy where they are now and for that I am grateful and feel pretty lucky! I may have hated high school, hated the way everything was back then, but I am a different person now and I love who I have become. I am so much more confident in myself and as a person, and all the things I have been through, from bullying to relationships, will have made me this way.

So the only thing I would love to tell my younger self is to keep going, be a little more confident and that everything will ok.  Although deep down I know back then I knew it had to get better which is why I would have pushed myself to move away from the silliness and move on to bigger and better things, starting with moving to Worcester and now being in London chasing my dreams! I can’t wait to see where life takes me from here.

 

Would you write a letter to your younger self if you could?

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Fancy a Frozen Cocktail?

This weekend I ruined Alex’s surprise…well he didn’t try to hide it that hard is what I think.

I opened my freezer on Friday evening to find these:

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Alex had bought us Parrot Bay frozen cocktails for Saturday evening following my half marathon as a celebratory drink. How sweet! He sure does well!

We got home Saturday with our takeaway and took them out the freezer. The packaging says to run under hot water for a few minutes. Alex had had these before and said they are a bit tricky to judge, so if running under hot water take care and also judge carefully, you don’t want it too runny!

As we had drinks with our takeaway anyway, we left the Parrot Bay cocktails out on the side to defrost slightly themselves. After 5ish mins I cut the tops and squeezed out into two glasses.

Parrot Bay in glasses

Alex had the berry daiquiri and I had pina colada.

They were both slushy, the perfect consistency for frozen cocktails. They were both pretty strong – I thought mine might have tasted strong as I hadn’t drank in a while, but Alex said his was a little too. They were so tasty, thirst quenching and refreshing! And even when you got to the last bit the flavour didn’t go from the ice!

They have three flavours, the two we had and a citrus daiquiri which sounds enticing!

With summer hopefully on its way – we do keep get little flashes of summer weather before it goes away again – I hope we have plenty of time to indulge in these a lot more, perhaps with a BBQ. yummmmm!

Parrot Bay Cocktails get a big thumbs up from me!

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Are you a World Cup fanatic or a World Cup Widow?

32 days is how long the World Cup runs for. Just over a month.

During the last World Cup over half the population of many countries tuned in. So how many of us will be glued to our screens in the comfort of our own home or using the excuse for a trip down the pub this year?

I have seen many statuses and tweets with people claiming they are ‘World Cup Widows’ – as if that is a widely used term now! I understand some people don’t like football, and trust me I do get it. Football in this next month will take over in a number of situations which probably can get annoying!

I used to work in a pub and I quite liked the atmosphere on football nights, especially during the World Cup or Euros, but I can’t say I properly kept up. And I definitely wasn’t a football fan!

Ok so I went to the Arsenal juniors game more recently, and if I am ever asked if I support a team I’m going to say Arsenal due to Alex. But I only started following Arsenal news because of him.

I am currently sitting in my living room writing my blog post with the football on in the background, and I am already considering my plans for Thursdays England game. And why not?

Ok, so I haven’t changed completely. I can’t say I watch it religiously. I can’t say I know what happened in the Portugal game, or that I can judge when a ball is offside – Although I do pride myself in knowing the offisde rule. I know, get me eh? 

But what I think is why not make the most of these few weeks where everyone gets together for one reason. Why not use the excuse to get everyone round for the game or meet up with friends in the pub. Football is ok and as I’m giving it a chance I am actually starting to enjoy it. Weird I know! 

But come on, Let’s not be World Cup Widows. Let’s join in, you don’t need a huge football knowledge (trust me on this!) and you never know you might just have a ball! I know I will!

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