Happy Valentines Day.
To those of you who are in a relationship and taking time to celebrate today, good. Love and life should be celebrated.
To those of you who are single – What are you doing to celebrate being single today?
I am celebrating by going to Bristol today. I am so excited and blessed to be able to spend a day doing whatever I like, when I like, it is amazing and incredibly empowering. If you are single and not doing anything special today, think of something you love to do and do it. Life is for living and you only live once. Every minute that ticks on a clock, is a minute gone by and can’t be got back. Every day should be a day when you do something that makes you feel good or happy. Here are some ideas of what you can do:
1 Watch a favourite movie
2 Go to the cinema
3 Go out for a meal
4 Buy yourself a food treat
5 Go for a massage
6 Read a book just for fun – A guilty pleasure book but without feeling guilty
7 Buy yourself a cake or favourite food treat
8 Have an indoor picnic
9 Have a party
10 Dance around your home to your favourite music
11 Run a bath and put candles around it and use your favourite bubble bath
12 Buy yourself a box of chocolates
13 Buy yourself some flowers or a plant
14 Buy yourself some new clothes
15 Buy yourself some new music
16 Buy yourself your favourite aftershave or perfume or a new one you haven’t tried before
17 Take yourself out for the day
18 Take a mini break
19 Visit the zoo – You can use waterproof garments
20 Visit an aquarium – I am doing this one today
22 Go go-karting
23 Go to an indoor climbing centre
24 Visit a spa
25 Buy yourself any gift you like
26 Write a list of positive things about yourself, what you love about yourself and what makes you happy – Read it daily from now on, believe it and take action on the things that make you happy
Please feel free to add your own.
I love the feeling of magic and being special and I take it upon myself to create that kind of day for me. There is nothing stopping you from doing the same.
I am currently on the train and have already started my celebration with some no added sugar jungle fruit shapes.
I am going to the aquarium in Bristol, to the cinema there, and for two thai meals. People ask me if I feel strange doing things like that by myself, I say, “absolutely not.”
I enjoy making myself happy and you can do the same.
One guy on my Facebook page commented that I am breaking the rules, I replied – “That is rather negative – There are no rules, other than the ones we set for ourselves” – That is the rule I always live by.
Enjoy your special day.
I published this post recently but it would seem that it has posted in the month that I first started to write it in draft form. This may have caused you to miss it in your reader and so here it is again.
( A huge thanks to Ralph, from bluefish way.com who left a comment on the original post. It will be a huge help to my learners.)
It’s official, amongst everything else I do, I am a Tutor for the RLC (Recovery Learning Community).
I will be teaching my first course, “Blogging as an aid to recovery” on the 18th and 25th of November and 2nd of December.
The RLC provides a range of educational, practical and creative courses, for students with mental health difficulties and their family and friends who support them.
I will be teaching students how to start a WordPress.com blog of their own, that they can continue to use after the course has finished.
I will be teaching students how blogging can make them to feel better and improve their quality of life through:
- Building online relationships and friendships.
- Communicating with like-minded people.
- Improving communication skills.
- Building confidence and self-esteem.
- Giving them something to focus on.
- Giving them a sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.
Plus loads more fantastic reasons.
I would love for my students to know how blogging has aided your recovery. Please leave a message in the comments section so that I can share your story with them.
Thanks in advance.
quirkybooks’ latest competition to win a signed copy of Rochelle Melander’s Write-A-Thon, was a close contest, with many people trying several ways to win.
I am pleased to announce that Casey Jo Roach is the winner of the signed copy of Write-A-Thon. Congratulations Casey.
Thanks to everyone who entered and made the competition a great success.
For this competition I asked the question: “If you could buy any self-help book, what topic would you choose and why?”
Amongst the answers were books about:
- How to write well
- Writing resources
- Writing an interesting Novel
- How to write a novel quickly
- Getting published
- Overcoming Depression
I thought it was remarkably interesting that two main categories shone through: Writing and Health and Well-being. Two of my favourite subjects to write about. So watch this future space!
If you could buy any self-help book, what would it be? Please leave a comment below.
Next post will be about my nominations for the Liebster Award, so don’t miss it.
Staying positive in this current economic climate can be extremely difficult, especially when the daily news seems to bring nothing but doom and gloom. However, one simple thing could help you on your way to becoming a more positive person.
Smiling, simple but true!
- Smiling, puts other people at ease, it lets them know you are approachable.
- A smile can break the ice with a stranger and lead to new found friendships.
- Your usual tone of voice is lowered whilst on the telephone, smiling on the telephone allows your tone to become higher and sound more welcoming.
- Even if you are feeling fed up, depressed and really don’t want to smile, try it, a little bit at a time, you will be surprised how focusing on something else which contradicts your current frame of mind, could actually be a step in helping you to get out of the poor frame of mind you are in.
- If someone smiles back at you, it will make you happier and increase your confidence.
It’s Sandra from quirkybooks.net
I have been busy researching, writing and designing my new website beatredundancyblues.com, going to various business meetings and collating valuable information. I know how important it is to get it right for you, especially if you are struggling to cope with the seemingly endless new stories about redundancies and feeling a little bit more that down in the dumps.
I want beatredundancyblues to be your one stop resource for everything redundancy. From practicalities such as job searching and interview skills, to looking after your physical and mental wellbeing. There will be something for everyone.
If you have any ideas for what you would like to see, please get in touch by leaving a comment here or through my Contact Form on quirkybooks.net