Life, Writing

‘Puts me in a depressive mood’

I had a different day to yesterday, where I was more productive and then watched telly. I was more relaxed and when with the flow. I read quite a bit and ended up finishing my book. I did some job hunting, which always puts me in a depressive mood. I keep going to a dog rescue advert.

Do I want to get back to helping animals full time?

After the vets; its a lot emotionally.

This evening we had drinks and gave a tour with a mate who was with a mate we are unsure about. A story I’ve talked about before but don’t wanna be repeating. It wasn’t too bad. I’m sure I can be friends on a civil front. Not gonna be besties. We weren’t exactly that before anyways. It’s been 11 months since it all happened.

Its been a good day. Tomorrow is a new one.

Watched: The Thing (1982) > 2.5 out of 5

Finished Reading: The Silent Sisters by Jenny Tomlin and Kim Challinor

Books, Goals, Life, Writing

Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport + No Social Media: 8 Months

I’ve just put down the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. I say put it down but I’ve not read it all. I found the book too much research for me.

I believe deep work should be utilised more in professional and even in our personal lives. Just think of all the things we could do in the world if we had periods of deep work scheduled within our days.

I started off being able to read the book as normal. However, once I got to chapter 3 of part 1, I started skipping bits. I read the main points and parts that stood out for me. The quit social media rule certainly did.

For me, who has quit social media, had a bit more of a connection with personal stories. Then the research took over for my liking.

I made the decision to deactivate my social media and also resigned from being a social media volunteer at the animal charity I volunteer at still on 1st November 2017. 8 months free of social media, I do feel more freedom. I’m talking to and seeing friends and family more.

The bad news, the comparisons and my mental health have stopped/improved because of taking this step away. I feel at times, that I should go back, maybe do things differently but then I think that’ll be more trouble than its worth. The people I want, and those who want, to be in my life are around me.

I’m living my life my way and not comparing. stressing or believing I’m behind in life or doing the wrong things. I stay in my comfort zone. There are times I want to stretch out and do things I want to or scare me. There are times that writing and publishing posts are getting out of my comfort zone.

Before I had the belief and negative thoughts that I couldn’t do any of this because of judgements and words of other people, especially those I grew up with and don’t even talk to any more.

I use my blog as my online platform. There are times when I want to be more within the community, other days just happy posting and that’s it.

There were a couple months at the start of 2018 I did set up a new Facebook account so I could be apart of the FB lives for my UCP course. Even that didn’t last for me. I deactivated that too. All the lives were recorded and placed on my portal. I did some comments etc but it wasn’t resonating with me.

I went back to Facebook for that because I thought I should do. I didn’t need to. I feel that I’d be happy not to be on social media now for the rest of my life. If that’s the case, we’ll see what the future holds.

But for now, I’m happy without social media. I’m happy saying no to going back on. I wouldn’t do it if a job entailed it. I clearly wouldn’t be doing the right job for me.

Books, Life, Mental Health, Writing

Let the Positive Thoughts Flow

My little niece turned one today. I can’t believe it been a full year already. Time certainly does fly.

Life played by itself through today.

I have been working on my positive thoughts. Negative ones did spiral their way in but I’ve been pushing them to one side. Making the positive ones flow.

So far from The Secret by Rhonda Bryne, the thoughts we have are what makes us. The Law of Attraction and Like Attracts Like. So thinking positively to help bring the positive to me.

Ridding the negative to prevent the negative events happening to me. It doesn’t matter the area of life, it’ll come to whichever area that is being focused on. It’ll come no matter the why just as long as positive thoughts are thrown into the Universe.

Books, Goals, Life, Writing

Book: Strongman by Eddie Hall ‘The Beast’

We’re still no further with the house buying. It’s been 7 weeks now. All because the vendor hasn’t completed a form.

Fingers Crossed. Prayers. Positive vibes.

We’re off next week, it is a good time to be able to finish it all to allow completion.

Next week we’re going to the venue to pay the deposit. Then that is step two, our venue organised. Step one is also completed too. We have booked in our provisional date and time for a registrar on the 23rd May 2020 at 1:30.

We now have to save and organise the rest of it.

I finished reading Strongman – Eddie Hall The Beast.

I remember watching The Worlds Strongest Man when I was younger. I was fascinated by the weight they lifted and how on earth they pulled buses or planes.

Eddie Hall is our UK Strongman. I have a vague recollection of him in a few episodes I’ve seen. We watched his documentary last year so getting to read his autobiography was a treat for me.

All throughout his personality shined. The book made me laugh, cry and cringe. I would love to see Eddie Hall at a Strongman event. Here’s hoping for another documentary being made.

I’ve finally got my hands on The Secret by Rhonda Bryne. Going by How The Secret Change My Life I cannot wait to start.

The check is pinned to my notice board. £50,000 by May 2021; Thank you Universe I cannot wait for that either.

Books, Goals, Life

Let the Finishing Begin…

It’s been a day of finishing. I finished the book ‘How the Secret Changed my Life’ by Rhonda Byrne. It took me only a 24 hour period to read it. I was hooked. I haven’t read the secret but I have reserved it.

Reading ‘How the Secret Changed my Life’ made me laugh and cry. To read real peoples stories of how a change in mindset has changed their lives. I can’t wait to read the main book.

I’ve already printed off my secret check. By May 2021, the month we could get married, we’ll receive £50,000.

Before I started reading ‘How the Secret Changed my Life’, I tried to read ‘Stuffication’. I did get about half way through but no matter what I couldn’t get into it. I do agree with what the book is trying to say but I wasn’t feeling a story from it. Maybe in the future, I’ll finish it.

But for now, it’s back to the library.

I did the last sitting for my tattoo. It only took an hour. I didn’t feel the pain so much this time. Maybe my cold and flu tablets were a help.


The third thing I finished today was my module 4 for my level 2 Life Coaching course. It’s my final module for it. I’ve sent it off to be marked. I believe it to be marked as a pass.

I’m glad to have finished the two qualifications I had taken on. I’ve now the two other courses to finish, that I’ve paid for. I believe the only one has a deadline so I’ll do that first.

To end a good day, Dave and I had a date night; the cinema and pizza hut. I enjoyed them both and good to get time together with no emergencies. We now have a week off together. It’ll be good for us to have downtime. A well-deserved rest.

Books, Life, Writing

Book: Power of Doing Less by Fergus O’Connell

I finished ‘The Power of Doing Less’ by Fergus O’Connell. It has some good tips to get you to cut down of doing things.

It’s got a link to a page done by Calm; do nothing for 2 minutes. It counts down the clock for 2 minutes where you listen to waves. Moving your mouse or using the keyboard resets the counter.

 The author also gives names of other resources to go to if you want. Plus there are questions to answer. It was a quick read. Only took a couple of days. I haven’t done the tasks set in the book.

I’ve booked marked the 2 minutes Calm count down to try when the house is less hectic.

I’ve also looked into the free exercise plans through NHS Choices. There are a couple of plans you can do at home with no equipment. There is also one that is an outside plan in partnership with The National Trust.

I’ve downloaded the plans I liked. I’ll give them a go soon too.

Books, Life, Writing

‘Everything Cannot be Done’

It’s been nice to have the afternoon with Dave and know I don’t have to work tomorrow. I’ve a list of things to do. Others have a priority that I need to do.

With the book, I’ve been reading points out that everything cannot be done. That the important things are to be focused on. There is a way for this to work. I haven’t got to that part yet.

Charity Item:

  1. 21 Jump Street: I remember it being better than I felt after watching it earlier. Dave and I agreed it’s a film we may watch but only if we fancy it when we see it on TV.

No new news on the home buying front. I hope next week is more eventful for us on that front.

Watched: Ocean’s 11 > 3.5 out of 5