2017 Is Already Different #FridayReflections

2017 Is Already Different #FridayReflections

One of our #FridayReflections prompt this week asks me to share three things that I plan to do differently in 2017. It seems to me that 2017 is already different, mainly because of one specific  change I’ve made. While declaring that my word of the year is ‘happy’, I quietly promised myself that this would be the year of ‘no guilt’, and 6 days later, I’m happy to report that it’s started to work. I know I have many days ahead, but I can sense the big difference this is making. (No guilt about posting this late, for example!)

3 Things I Plan To Do Differently in 2017

  1. Plan my days better – and here’s where I’ve started to see the use and the wisdom of a bullet journal.  Yes my bullet journal, albeit a crude and self-made one, is working for me. The best part of this is the ease with which I can carry jobs forward. Once again, reduced guilt.
  2. Do my Morning Pages within the day even if it is not necessarily in the morning. When I don’t do a day, I’m not going to allow guilt to stop me from restarting.
  3. Go for a walk as many times a week as I can. The difference this year is that I’m not going to focus on weight loss, but on getting healthy.

What are you doing differently in 2017?

#FridayReflections

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Everyday Gyaan give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up between Friday and Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

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Our featured writer this week was Mithila for her take on saying goodbye to 2016. You can be our featured writer too. All you need to do is write on one of the prompts and link up below. Remember to read other posts and share the love. Don’t forget to come back on Monday and vote for your favourite post!

Prompts for this week:

1. Favourite book of all time
2. The driving force of your life
3. Three things I’d do differently this year
4. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi. Use this quote within your post or as an inspiration for one
5. Picture Prompt (credit: http://everydaygyaan.com)

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Happy In 2017 #FridayReflections #WOTY

Happy In 2017 #FridayReflections #WOTY

For the last few years, I’ve been choosing a word for the year ahead – my word of the year. Last year, my word was ‘simplify‘. The year before, it was the phrase ‘daring greatly‘.  I’ve been thinking on my word for next year and I’ve decided that I’m going to be happy in 2017.

Happy in 2017

What does the word happy mean to me? I’m listing it all out as thoughts occur to me – there will be a lot more as the year progresses.

  • Learning to accept myself more
  • Putting less pressure on myself
  • Enjoying the simple pleasures of daily life
  • Laughing a lot
  • Being grateful in all circumstances
  • Loving others as they need to be loved
  • Taking responsibility for my words and actions
  • Forgiving others
  • Being genuine and authentic in all my relationships
  • Working with joy
  • Listening to a lot more music
  • Reading less, and conversing more
  • Making meaningful connections online
  • Being a motivating presence to others
  • Taking more photographs
  • Being more creative
  • Trying out new ideas
  • Walking more
  • Being healthy
  • Singing loudly
  • Resigning from being general manager of the Universe. The paragraph below tells you what I mean by that. 😉

As Aunt Naomi was listing all the things she was going to do to help this person, her friend stopped her in mid-sentence. “Naomi, girl,” she said, “you need to resign as general manager of the universe. You need to learn that sometimes the best way to help a person is to let them help themselves. Otherwise, they never learn how. And they are always going to make their problems your problems.” –Patti LaBelle

My Happiness Project

I’ll be revisiting Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project  and restarting my My Happiness Project. Stay tuned. 🙂

What’s your word for 2017?

 #FridayReflections

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Everyday Gyaan give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up between Friday and Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

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Prompts for this week:

1. Write about the month you were happiest in 2016
2. Reflect on 2016, the year gone by
3. Write on any of the prompts from December
4. “Realize that if a door closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you” – Mandy Hale. Use this in your post or an inspiration for one.
5. What is your Word of the Year for 2017? You’re welcome to link your post here and also on Laurel Regan’s blog.

Our featured writer for last week as voted by you, was Linda for her beautiful post on Christmas Contrasts. You can be our featured writer for next week. All you have to do is write a post on one of the prompts, share and link up. And don’t forget, you can now vote for your favourite post of the week from Monday.

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Leaving A Legacy Of Love #FridayReflections

Leaving A Legacy Of Love #FridayReflections

There comes a time when you think about your legacy and wonder if you are leaving a legacy of love.

The other day I mentioned to a friend that I’ve pledged to have my body donated after death. And if that didn’t happen, I’d like to be cremated, and not leave others with the responsibility of tending to my grave. This is especially so because we have no kids.

He responded by asking me, why I thought no one would care enough. No, I haven’t changed my mind about donating my body, but I’ve thought a lot about the legacies we leave.  I’m sure you know by now that I reflect on this quite often.

The world we live in today is one in which we are often so disconnected from each other, despite being ‘connected’ all the time. Sometimes, I believe we’ve forgotten the importance of truly paying attention to the people we talk to or connect with. How often, we’re on our devices while someone talks to us. I know I do it.

Today, I do believe that the words of Maya Angelou and the prophecy of the Hopi Elders is calling us to leave a legacy of love. To build hope. To make deep connections. To form community.

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#FridayReflections

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Everyday Gyaan give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up between Friday and Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

Feel free to add our Friday Reflections badge to your post or sidebar! Follow us on Twitter @FridayReflect and join our Facebook Group. Share your post on social media with the hashtag #FridayReflections.

Everyday Gyaan

 

Prompts for 23 Dec 2016

1. What’s the meaning of Christmas to you?
2. Share some favourite Christmas memories.
3. Favourite festival to celebrate.
4. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou. Use this in your post or as an inspiration for your post
5. Picture Prompt (credit: Living my Imperfect Life)

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Looking Back To Go Forward #FridayReflections

Looking Back To Go Forward #FridayReflections

It’s almost 2017, and I’m looking back to go forward. As always, at this time of year, I’m dreaming up things and making changes.  One of these changes is that I’m moving the hosting of #FridayReflections over from Write Tribe to Everyday Gyaan. You might have noticed that this website has a new look and there will be a lot changes with Write Tribe too soon.

Looking Back To Go Forward

Looking back on 2016, I have much to be thankful for – health, well-being, love, new learning and meaningful relationships.

The year may not have been anything like the one I planned. If you’ve been a long time reader, you’ll know that this is not something new with me. I’m quite inconsistent in some ways, and predictable in others. I like to think of myself as being flexible with schedules and plans. But there are a few things that I need to be inflexible about – exercising and writing regularly and being more organized.

Yesterday, I read this question in  Tara Mohr‘s post : What is the character trait of mine that most got in the way of my happiness?

My first answer to that I’m too sensitive, allowing people’s behaviour and choices to affect my own. I know I’m getting better at not being so affected. But there are times when I react with too much emotion. While I might not express these emotions as freely as I used to in public, somethings do hurt and I tend to mull on them too long.

Here’s something that I must take to heart – especially the last part :

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

What would your answer to Tara Mohr’s question be?

#FridayReflections

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Everyday Gyaan give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up between Friday and Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

Feel free to add our Friday Reflections badge to your post or sidebar! Follow us on Twitter @FridayReflect and join our Facebook Group. Share your post on social media with the hashtag #FridayReflections.

I’m also joining Kristi of Finding Ninee for Finish The Sentence Friday.

Prompts for 16 Dec 2016

1. What’s in your bag/purse? Share a picture and write something about the items.
2. If you could re-take a class from your school or uni days, which would it be.
3. If time froze for everyone for an hour but you, what would you do? Get creative!
4. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
5. Picture Prompt (via everydaygyaan.com)

The Wrong Time To Decide? #MondayMusings

The Wrong Time To Decide? #MondayMusings

Is there such a thing as the wrong time to decide? Is there a good time to make decisions?

I’ve made some awful decisions, the consequences of which I still feel up to today, at a time when I felt I was at my strongest. Was it pride that made me feel that way?

Then I’ve made at least one fantastic decision at a time I felt that I was at my lowest.

The Wrong Time To Decide?

I found this quote interesting.

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller

I can see where Schuller is coming from when it comes to decisions about entering into a new relationship, embarking on an adventure or making a big career change.

But what is the right time for a woman who is being abused to decide that she should leave the relationship? What’s the best time for an employee to quit an organisation in which she feels unfairly treated?

I really have no answer.

This week, like the week before, I’ll leave you with a question:

What is a good time to make an important decision?

The Wrong Time To Decide

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What Day Would You Live Over

What Day Would You Live Over

If you had a choice, what day would you live over?

It’s a question that I came across somewhere and one that I’m struggling to find an answer to. Would I choose a day that I was the happiest? Should I choose a day in which I was at my lowest? Can I choose a day when I made my worst error of judgement?

I find it hard to choose the day I was the happiest ever. I’ve had so many happy times, that it gets difficult to find one that I’d like to relive.

It’s hard too to want to live over the day I was at my lowest. When I did hit rock bottom is the day that I started to work towards making one of the wisest choices in life.  That too is the day that I discovered the power of grace and gratitude. So really my lowest day would also be, in many ways the best day of my life!

I’m guessing I would choose the day I made my worst error of judgement? But honestly, that day was the culmination of a series of bad choices.  Little decisions. Hubris. Thinking I had it all together. So it cannot be one particular day. And having decided that I’m not going to look back with regret on my choices, it just doesn’t make sense to do that any way.

What Day Would You Live Over?

It’s now 10.08 pm on a Monday evening, and pondering this question, I begin to wonder if I would choose today, as the day to live over. Once again, the answer is no. I’ve reached the end of this day entirely satisfied with what I did with it.

I’m thinking, that if someone were to offer me a day to live over, I’ll say, ‘No, thank you. But could I trade the do over for an extra day at the end of my life?’ That’s the one day I’d like to live completely mindful of all the blessings I’ve received.  I can hear a soft voice in my head saying, why wait for the trade in…….?

 

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If you had a choice to live ONE day over, what day would it be? Why?

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