Albert Einstein’s travel journal
Good morning – Monday morning again and I am writing to you with my 6am cup of coffee before getting up for work. Todays post comes to you after reading a post this morning from thrive.com about “The Life Changing Habit of Keeping a Journal.
I have always thought that blogging is almost like keeping a journal – a journal that you share to the entire world. This is not the same as a personal journal I guess as traditionally that is used to put down all your personal thoughts and not to be shown!
The one real part of blogging that I struggle with (however this is part of the reason I started blogging was to practice my writing technique and my story telling with words. My strongest skill is story telling through pictures and sketching.
My conclusion is to start to incorporate more of my sketching into my blog posts, perhaps at the end of each post? To put down and share ideas.
I love this quote by Michael Hyatt who says “What happens to us is not as important as the meaning we assign to it. Journaling helps sort this out.” Journals give you a record of the progress you’ve made toward your goals to keep you motivated in the long slog of actually reaching them.
If you would like to read this fascinating blog post by Arianna Huffington on thrive.com please visit the link is below. Apparently all the great geniuses kept a blog including Einstein, Leonardo De Vinci and Winston Churchill – it must of worked for them so hopefully it will work for us!
Have a great day
Dear readers today I want to share with a brilliant podcast called “The Moth” that a colleague from work told me about.
What is a podcast? A podcast for those who are unsure is almost like a a radio station programme that anyone can record and put out there on the net.
What is a The Moth? The Moth is a podcast which tells live stories from people at their open storytelling event. Each event has a new and interesting subject matter. The story telling theme that I listened to today was called “People, Places, Problems” It is so beautifully put together and takes you on a journey across 4 peoples stories of their lives.
In this hour, a man whose mother never learned to read enrols in law school; a recent graduate runs into familiar faces, an uber driver encounters an unruly passenger; a photo collage fails to capture the scope of a relationship; a child’s hair is shaved to save her life.
I actually listened to this as I worked out on my exercise bike. What I realised in that hour is that I had laughed, cried, my heart ached and I felt contented.
If you do anything this week I strongly advise that you subscribe to The Moth. Make the first one you listen to this particular podcast and I am certain you will be hooked, like a moth to a light 🙂 The links are below:-
If anyone has any other podcast recommendations I’m all ears (sorry for the puns!)
In todays blog post I would like to review the lastest book that I have just finished reading. Jon Kabat-Zinn “Wherever you go there you are”. I am so pleased that I choose this book to read. It has given me guidance on my journey to live my life more fully. To not worry about the trivial and to look ahead into the path of what it is to be fully aware. To appreciate the things I often take for granted.
This is an extract from the book which sums up brilliantly what it is all about:-
“It is in our nature of our minds to go on automatic pilot mode daily and by doing so we actually lose touch with the only time we have to live, to grow, to feel, to love, to learn, to give shape to things, to heal, our minds also holds the deep innate capacity to help us awaken to our moments and use them to our advantage to help ourselves, for others, and for the world we inhabit”.
I also particularly like this reference to gardening;-
“Just as a garden require attending to if we hope to cultivate flowers and not have it overrun with weeds, mindfulness also requires regular cultivating. We call the cultivating of our own mind to bring it to wakefulness ‘meditation’. The beauty of it is that we carry this garden with us wherever we go, wherever we are, whenever we remember. It is outside of time as well as in it”
I have not tried meditation as yet. My meditation is to read, garden, paint, make things with my hands and spending time outdoors. Whenever I feel the need to absolutely stop and reset I turn to books such as this one. I have read many books on mindfulness and in particular by the Dalai Lama. After each book (and I often re-read many times) I feel a lightless and a reason why I started “Time Consumed”.
I will add a reading list through goodbooks reviews of the books I have read. If you would like to buy a copy of “Wherever you go there you are” I found mine through amazon.co.uk
I hope you enjoy this journey with me. Have a wonderful day.
Happy Weekend readers. This Sunday morning I have started to create mood boards for my Land girl, well for me really! It became very apparent that I need a new method of dressing for when I am at the Lodge and working on the land. Currently I wear the scruffiest clothes ever – I am sure my husband doesn’t mind but when you don’t look good you don’t feel good. By the way the Lodge if you would like to check it out is at www.crashpadlodges.com
Winter in North Wales is truly cold, dark and wet. In the summer it is gloriously warm (at times). I would love outfits that make me feel feminie yet are hardwearing for everything that is thrown at me and for everything that I throw myself into. From tending to my garden to driving the defender down to the Lodge to do a turnover for the next set of guests. I would also like to be able to feel good enough and look presentable enough to be able to pop into the supermarket or to friends house on the way home.
I am going to start to look at clothing companes such as Dickies and Carharrt for some female work clothes. I will test them and let you know how I get on!
In the meantime I am going to read up on Land Girls as there is something really interesting about these amazing groups of women that helped during the war. I do sometimes think I belonged to that era!
If anyone has any good suggestions of clothing companies that do great workwear clothes for women please do let me know.
Have a great rest of your weekend and thanks for reading.