Great Weekend; Day 19

Whoops, so I missed a day… oh well.

This weekend has been great so far and there’s still another day left.  I want to make the most of my weekend so, rather than spend the rest of the night in front of my computer, I’m going to keep this short.  Today’s top 3 are:

  1. Got to hang take a friend out for her birthday brunch and then cocktails today – it was a good morning; good food, great company.
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  2. I made some delicious butternut and cauliflower soup.  It’s almost entirely from vegetables that I picked up at the market this morning.  The only exceptions; cracked pepper and vegetable stock.  It’s really tasty and fresh.  Probably my best yet.
  3. Oreo chocolate.  This stuff is delicious.
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Tough Stuff; Day 17

Yay!  Friday!  And we have three days off in a row.  I’m really looking forward to it.

I stumbled this picture on our intranet at work today and thought it would be a good one to share.  I read it and identified with a lot of the traits, and spotted a couple I’m already trying work on.

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What about you?  Which traits do you really identify with?  Or, really don’t identify with…?

A week and a half on from The Really Sucky Day, I think I’m coping well.  Mentally strong.  The lead up to the day was an emotional rollercoaster – the kind that makes you just want to vomit all over the ride attendant in protest.  Being left behind had some finality to it. He was not going to change his mind.  Hurtful or not, it was happening and I just had to get over it.  Move on (see the first point in the picture?  There was a point!)

So, I’m taking control of myself and embracing change.  I know I won’t be happy all the time (because I’m human), but I’m going to keep up my 3 positive observations every day and stay optimistic.

Part of that optimism is working on my career, my business, and my own personal health.  There’s more to me than my relationships and it’s important to remind myself of this often.  I find it really empowering to think that way.

I am empowered.

And on that note… today’s top 3 positives:

  1. Finding the above picture today gave me a nice mental boost in the afternoon – I have the ability to be a mentally strong person… I’m a large part of the way there, now I have to work on my consistency.  I can do that.
  2. More dyeing!  More colour!  I can’t wait to share photos of all the beautiful colours… just waiting for them to dry at this stage.
  3. The sleeves on the Professor Cardigan I’m knitting are finally done.  Not a fan of knitting sleeves, but the cardigan is looking very cute with the key structural elements now complete.  Only the shawl collar left to knit before I can do the finishing work.  Should have a FO this weekend, all going well…

Blue Hands; Day 16

Wow, have kept up these 3 positive points a day for over 2 weeks now.  Sure, I missed one – but that was planned and intentional.  I’m claiming this first fortnight a success.  Here’s to more to come!

It’s Thursday night Friday Eve, so I’m mentally preparing for the weekend.  Monday is a public holiday here (Queen’s Birthday weekend), so it’s a long weekend!  I’m hoping to get plenty of workouts, socialising and yarny goodness in there.

Today’s top 3 are what I love about weeknights:

  1. A whole lot of naked, undyed yarn that I had ordered arrived today so I spent the evening dying beautiful yarn in bright, vibrant colours.  They’re drying now and I just want to get in there and play with them!  My hands are currently blue, though.  That’s not ideal… hopefully it’ll be clear before I have to go to work tomorrow.
  2. A good snuggle-in-on-the-couch phone call with Mum.  Because a girl just needs those kinds of chats with her Mum sometimes.
  3. I’ve got tickets to this year’s World of WearableArt (WOW) show!  I’ve never been before and always hear good things about it.  I’m looking forward to checking it out and having a night of glamour and arty goodness.  Bring on October.

Keeping it Real; Day 15

It’s been a very busy day, but I didn’t accomplish a lot.  I’m back home now, and taking the night off.  My positive 3 points from today reflect that;

  1. I’m home!  There’s nothing like coming home and knowing that you get to sleep in your own bed.
  2. This evening has been spent catching up on this week’s episodes of The Block NZ.  My renovation experience is pretty limited, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy watching everyone else learn and create.
  3. I hit 10,000 steps on my fitbit without intentionally trying.  I’ve had a fitbit since late last year, but I lost its charging cable in my move back in December and have only just replaced it.  So far, so good.

Right, it’s time for an early night.  I’m off to bed.

Advantageous; Day 14

I’m away for work tonight – staying in Auckland, working with wider team members from all over the country to problem solve some finance issues that our (and every other) business face.  It’s like an accounting nerd pilgrimage.  Just to be clear; I’m aware that this paragraph may have just lost me several (potential) readers.  I don’t care.

Today my top three are all related;

  1. It’s not every day that junior and medium level staff get to present directly to their CFO.  Today I got to and it was awesome.  The personal thank you afterwards was much an extra special touch.
  2. Cozy dinner out with a few colleagues also travelled up from Wellington for the session.  Tasty food and interesting new conversation.
  3. I’m spending the night in a nice enough hotel.  The novelty is not lost on me, and I’m already snuggled up in bed with a hot chocolate and gingernut biscuits for dunking.  Something I could totally do at home, but it’s just not the same.

An honourable mention also goes to the complimentary ‘quiet mind’ room mist.  I’ve never seen this before, but apparently it’s meant to help you achieve and sound and restful sleep.  I’ll be tearing it for sure.

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Toughie; Day 13

It was tough finding 3 things today.  Not because I had a bad day – there was plenty ‘right’ about it.  I’m just feeling tired and lonely and finding 3 much smaller, less consequential things to focus on felt forced.  Fake.

It’s okay not to feel optimistic and on-top-of-the-world every day.  But it’s not okay to dwell on the bad stuff, either.

So, here we are.  I have 3 things that made me smile.  And while they may not be life changing moments, or experiences I relay to friends when we catch up over a drink, they mattered in the moment and that’s the whole point.

  1. I’m on to the sleeve of the cardigan I’m knitting.  That’s progress.
  2. Having a cozy night off in front of the TV tonight, before an early morning flight tomorrow.
  3. Txting with the Tall One.  Because even in completely different timezones, talking rubbish with him is still one of my favourite things to do.

What were your top 3 things today?

Chillaxing; Day 12

It’s Sunday night and I’ve had a great weekend with my family.   As I type this, I’m on the train back to the city and mentally preparing myself for the week ahead. Not because the work week is something that I don’t enjoy, or feel like I have to just get through before I can have another weekend, but because it’s going to be a busy week with a bit of work travel and I want to make the most of it! To make it the best it can be.

Enthusiasm, see. Not dread.

This weekend was very different to weekdays in the city. The pace was much slower, and it was far more oriented towards just chatting for chatting sake – no agendas, no goals, just spending time with the people you want to hang out with.

I find it quite hard to get into the ‘just relax’ mindset, but it’s important that I try once in a while.   It used to feel impossible. I’m getting better.

It was harder to think of 3 separate, finite things today – not because there was nothing good, but because everything just came together in one big ball of heart-warming awesomeness.

Harder, but not impossible.

So, my top 3 things;

  1. This afternoon was spent with my not-yet-two year old niece. Her bubbly enthusiasm for everything is contagious, and she gives the best hugs.
  2. We baked muffins! Two batches of muffins; mixed berry, and chocolate chunk. The muffin tops on these were perfect. Crispy on the outside and beautifully cake like in the middle. I need to find a way to replicate this with my own oven. Watch this space.
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  3. We fed the sheep on the section. That probably shows just what a city kid I am, but these sheep have character and were funny lil’ buggers. Though, when the feed ran out their interest wanned… quickly.
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It wasn’t a particularly productive day, but it was exactly what I needed.