My Year By Design

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A different perspective

In my last post I wrote about how I cut my leg on my screen door and had to get six stitches. I was pretty upset both because I was in pain and because the doctor OK’d me to walk and do light stretches, but nothing else. Plus for the first 48 hours I was to keep it elevated as much as possible. I was not looking forward to being bored on the couch at home.

When I called my vice principal to tell her I needed a day off to recover, she said something that stuck with me; “Maybe this is the universe’s way of telling you to slow down.” So I did slow down.

I read these:

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And I watched these:

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I hung out with my husband and the cats. I chatted with my mom on the phone. I took naps. It was actually quite nice. I’m looking forward to getting the stitches out but I’m having a relaxing time until then.


Relearn Your Creativity

I was inspired by this blog today: Relearn your creativity.

As I’ve been discussing in my blog and with the LBD gang, creativity is an essential part of being human, especially if we want to be happy, healthy humans.

I love the link Cushman makes between creativity and reading. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, the Marvel franchise movies, TV shows and books; all of these remind us that creativity is healthy and fun. It is OK to believe in magic. It’s good for us to ready fairy tales, science fiction and fantasy. In fact, it may improve our quality of life.

Oh, and just so Cushman  doesn’t feel like he’s the only one reading and rereading books, here are my favourite rereads:

Get creative. I dare you.


Happy New Year!

This article from Forbes states that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. That makes me feel a little sad. I like achieving my goals and I want others to be able to achieve theirs too.

The article mentions some ways to set a more achievable resolution:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Make it tangible.
  • Make it obvious.
  • Keep believing you can do it.

Now I don’t often set New Year’s resolutions but when I have in the past I like to use the SMART goal method.

So this year I am going to set a resolution. I am going to listen to one audio book per month that I feel will improve my Thinking by Design. So let’s make sure my resolution meets the SMART goal format.

S – Listening to helpful audio books will help me Think by Design more consistently.

M – I can measure this by choosing one audio book per month and listening to it on my commute to and from work.

A – I like listening to audio books in the car so making this a habit will be useful and enjoyable.

R – This goal is relevant because I have been actively trying to improve my state of mind in 2014 and I’m going to keep working on it in 2015.

T – I have to spend approximately one hour per day in the car so one audio book per month is reasonable.

To perfect my resolution, I have chosen a few books to get me started.

December – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

January – Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert.

February – 7 habits of Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. 

March – The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. 

You may notice I started my resolution in December. Who says resolutions have to start in January? I had the idea for my goal in December so I started in December. As well, I’m coming into January with one month of my goal achieved. That makes me feel confident I can continue for all of 2015. If anyone has a good suggestion for an audio book that would improve my mindset, please let me know and good luck with your own resolutions!

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