Happy Easter Bank Holiday Weekend!!

Happy Easter Bank Holiday Weekend everyone!!

Easter for me, has always been a time where I try to relax and recharge, and despite all of the things that have had to undergo a change this year, due to the lockdown restrictions, I am still making the most of a somewhat quiet couple of days!

We’ll be taking a look at some more of my thoughts for Easter 2021 in today’s blog!

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Writing an Achievement/Gratitude List

A couple of weeks back, I got challenged by my professional mentor, Polina, to start writing an Achievement/Gratitude List, which is a list of all of the accomplishments and achievements that I am proudest of in my life.

I’ve never really done anything like this before, and found that it has had a very large positive impact on how I see myself.

Let’s take a bit of a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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Today is Going to be a Good Day!!

I woke up today in an absolutely amazing mood. I had a very late lie-in today, and as soon as I opened my curtains, all I could see was blue sky and the sun shining down. We don’t see sunny weather all that often in the Swansea Valley’s, and as it has been so bitterly cold recently, it was a very welcome surprise for me today.

The way that something so simple like the weather can have such a positive change on your mood never ceases to amaze me. I find that when the sun is out, I am naturally a lot happier, more energetic and more productive. So with all that being said, I know that today is going to be a good day!

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Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021 Everyone!

Random Acts of Kindness Week this year, feel from the 14th – 20th February, with Wednesday the 17th February being 2021’s Random Acts of Kindness Day! This week and special day are an annual celebration of kindness, and the positivity and difference that it makes to each and every life that it touches. Kindness doesn’t cost a penny, and can be the most rewarding thing that you ever do!

We have all had a very difficult year so I strongly believe that is is more important to spread kindness now than ever before!

Let’s take a look at this in a little bit more depth in today’s blog!

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National Storytelling Week 2021

From the 30th January – 6th February 2021, we celebrate National Storytelling Week! As we go through life, we are surrounded by stories, they are in books, songs, films and the life that we live is indeed a story too. This week is a perfect time to celebrate and appreciate all of the stories you have experienced in your life so far! This is what we’ll be exploring in today’s blog!

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How are we all doing?

How are you doing? It’s a simple question that takes only seconds to ask, and can make the world of difference. We have been in an on/off lockdown now for around 10 whole months, and it can be very easy to feel a bit lost, or unsure about how you’re feeling. Today’s blog is going to look at checking in with people, and why it is so crucial that we do so, especially in these uncertain times.

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Check-in with People This Winter

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a very unusual year. As lockdown and the wave of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is so important to check-in to see how people are doing, especially as we are entering into the winter months.

A simple check-in here and there, when you can, can make the world of difference to somebody’s day, and even their life, and that’s what we’ll be talking about in today’s blog!

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Choosing Joy Over Despair — WILDLY FREE ELDER

“Yet, within the wounds, rather like the tree in the image above, there is new growth and opportunities to re-frame our perspective and turn our attention to moments of joy and small pleasures. New growth that finds its compost from what has died or changed, and leaves us with clarity, a new found direction and hope. A perspective coming from interconnection – not separation. “

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 18: Your Personal Growth?

As people go through life, they quite often change, develop and grow. Life is one big learning curve at the end of the day and personal growth is essential to people. There’s always a lesson to be learned in life & they don’t always just show a mistake that has been made, but also an evaluation and modification that was made, as a result of the so called mistake. In saying that, can one’s personal growth be used as a measure of how successful or not they are in life?

This is what we’ll be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 16: Your Failures?

Failure is something that we all face at one point or another in our lives and provides us with the opportunity to learn about where we went wrong, to ensure that we improve or learn a particular thing for the future. As we grow older, our concept over what the word “failure” changes, but can we use our failures as a measure of how successful or not we are in life? That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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What do we mean by Success – Blog 9: What does success mean to me? – Tom Jauncey

We have discussed the ideology of the term ‘Success’ having different definitions to each person since I started the “What do we mean by Success?” series, which we are putting that theory to the test. This week’s blog, written by Tom Jauncey, the Director of Nautilus Marketing, investigates ‘Success’ from a business approach and gives us an insight into what Success means to Tom!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 4: Have a Cinema Day?

Everyone always loves watching films but it is something that we all struggle to find time for in our day to day lives. With the lockdown affecting the whole nation, why not use the extra time to watch those films you have been wanting to see for a while? Could even have a whole day dedicated to it if you want! The is what we will be talking about in today’s Ideas for Lockdown blog!

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Today is the fourth blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series and is all about watching films and having a Cinema day/night! Watching a film/movie is a thing that everybody loves to do from time to time. There are millions and millions of different films out there to choose from so why not make the most of it? With the extra time that we have now due to the lockdown, why not have a film day or a movie night? Or even both?

If you’re unsure about what film to watch, the choice is completely up to you! You can watch any film you want too. Whether you are a fan of horror films or comedies, there’s always tonnes of options available out there for you!

If you do not have many DVDs or downloaded films, why not use one of the streaming services? Netflix and Amazon Prime both have a large library full of different films available to watch after a few clicks! With the release of Disney Plus too all Marvel and Disney films are available on one platform and you even get a week to watch them all for free!

Whether you are watching The Lion King or The Wizard of Oz, make the most of the time! Grab some popcorn and a drink and relax and unwind. Could even make it a part of your daily routine. Doing all your usual tasks during the day and then gather round to watch a film and relax in the evening? Whatever you decide to do I hope you enjoy the films/movies!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! I am going to be going back to posting 3 blogs a week this week instead of the blog a day that I have been doing recently as well, more details about this can be found on yesterday’s blog. The Ideas for Lockdown blog that was originally planned for Wednesday has been moved to new Wednesday now as well. Saturday’s blog will now be about lockdown lessons that we all can learn!

What do you think of today’s blog? Do you enjoy watching movies? Are you going to start having a film night during Lockdown? What are you doing to keep busy during Lockdown? Let me know your answers to the questions above and any other questions or comments you have either in the comments or via our Facebook page!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day,

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 5: Your Public Image?

How we see ourselves and see each other is one of the underlying principles of Society. Everybody in life has their own role to play which to many makes their public image very important. The question that I am now asking you all to think of is your public image a reflection of how successful you are or not? This is what we will be taking a look at in today’s What do we mean by Success blog!

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Today’s blog is the fifth blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series that we run on the page and is all about your public image! A public image is something that we all have and is something that plays a big part in how we live our day to day life! While everyone has a different part to play in life, can we use our public image as a determiner of whether or not we are successful in life?

Firstly, to answer this question, we need to take a look at what I mean by our “public image”. Public Image to me is both a combination of how we are seen by others and what our role in society is. Are you seen as a caring person who anyone can talk to or are you more of a quiet person that just does a job quietly?

Nearly everyone we meet in life will be different and will react in their own way to different circumstances. Some people will instinctively panic if a problem arises and will go frantic whereas others will be able to keep their cool and thin rationally about how to solve the problem that they are in. Is it fair to say that the person that keeps calm is more successful than the person who stresses out and panics?

The answer to that question is a matter of opinion, it reflects how you see people and indeed society. I don’t think we can judge whether someone is successful or not simply by how they react in a crisis, but to many it is a determining factor. Again I am not saying you are right or wrong in whatever your view is about the question, I just think it is quite an interesting question to ask ourselves.

The thing that this comes down to in my opinion is how important is your public image to you? If you see your public image as being very important then it is more likely that it will be a determining factor of whether you consider yourself and others successful or not. There is again no right answer as for how important your public image is to you, it is all down to what you think of it.

People come in all different shapes and sizes. Some people are tall, others are short, some are great at Maths, others English. We are all different and it is what makes the world interesting. We find as we go through life that there are people who are natural leaders and then there are people that work better being told what to do by someone else. Is it a fair thing to measure success simply by if you are a leader or not? Alternatively is it a fair view to say that someone is not successful in life because they are not a leader?

Personally I think that whether you are a leader or not does not matter in regards to being successful or not but in saying that , there will be others that think completely differently. I am really interested in seeing what you all think to some of the questions I have been asking all throughout this series. I feel like they are all very thought provoking questions that really make you think of how to answer them and how you see yourselves in general.

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! The blog is a little bit shorter than I originally planned but I think that there are some very good questions asked here that can really make you think. What do you think success means? Do you think your pubic image is a factor in whether or not you are successful in life? What do you think your public image is? Let me know what you think either in the comments below or though our Facebook page!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 1: Series Introduction

Are you looking for something to do whilst in lockdown? Is the boredom of having nothing to do starting to get to you? Do you wish you had something new to do but you’re not sure where to start? Then our new Ideas for Lockdown series is the one for you!

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Today’s blog is going to be the 1st blog in the new “Ideas for Lockdown” series and is going to act as an introduction to the series outlining what I hope to cover in the series, the content schedule for the series and much much more! This series is originally created to provide ideas of things to do whilst on lockdown from the Corona Virus but can be adapted into things to do for any occasion!

The Corona Virus has hit everybody hard. People have lost their jobs, livelihoods and in some cases, their lives. The virus has caused everyone bar essential workers to either work from home or simply not work until the virus has been contained and managed and the risk of it spreading, reduced. This change has left many being stuck at home with little to nothing to do.

The lockdown and boredom that can stem from it can leave many people feeling rather demotivated in their day to day life. Routines start to go out of the window as people have less and less to do and start to feel like they do not want to do anything bar stay in bed all day. Personally I have felt very demotivated since coming home from University and have really struggled when it comes to thinking about doing University work.

The thing that we need to remember is is that everybody is in the same book, it is an unfortunate book to be a part of, but we are a part of it, nonetheless. The task that we all need to try and do is to stay positive and to stay motivated and busy. How do we do it? For this I strongly believe that by using the time to do something then we can re-motivate ourselves and get through this rough, unfortunate time.

This series is going to take a look at different ideas I have for things that we can do during the lockdown. These ideas can range from reading books, to learning a new language, to catching up with old friends and family and so much more. Ideas are only as limited as the people thinking of them!

As the old saying goes “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. If we do not make the most of this lockdown and actively try and do something the we are going to get ourselves in a routine of boredom and demotivate which ultimately is going to be little to no help to anyone in the future.

In regards to the content schedule for this series, I am currently aiming to do 2 new blogs a week for it. I was originally going to do 3 but plan to stick to 2 however, if I have enough ideas to merit 3 blogs a week for it then I will change it in the future. These blogs are going to be released on Wednesday and Saturday each week. This means now that on Mondays we are going to have our What do we mean by Success series and the every Wednesday and Saturday is going to be our Ideas for Lockdown series!

I am doing my best to keep doing a blog a day on the page for as long as I can so that everybody has something to read if they need it. I will keep on going for as long as I can, as long as the ideas I have for blogs are good ideas and cover relevant topics. I am hoping to branch out into a lot more topic areas in the next few weeks as I think it will make the blogs a little bit more interesting to read, and of course, to write.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Are you excited for this new series? Do you have any ideas for things to do that you want to see in this series? Are there any other series that you want to see on the page? Is there anything that you do not want to see me cover on the page? Let me know what you think of these questions either in the comments below, through our contact page or via our Facebook page.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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