Archive for April, 2015

2015, April 27

Practice Hugging Daily

Last week, I very conveniently got a cold, so for the first few days I spared strangers of making them sick, too. I can’t necessarily say that I feel bad about it, hugging total strangers feels weird to me; especially since I’m someone who doesn’t really like kissing people or shaking hands either.

That all came crashing down when we found out a friend had died. Every day we met up with friends to organize our trip to the funeral, talked with his family to see what we could help with, hugged and cried together…

By today, I lost count of how many people I’ve hugged. But every single hug I gave this week was full of meaning. They were the expression of all the millions of things I wanted to say and couldn’t find the words to.
I am still short of words in expressing everything I feel at the moment about our friend’s death, so I’ll end talking about my week here.

The assignment for week 17 is to Take a Daily Walk. I will definitely do this every day this week, probably during my lunch break most often. It is a good idea to stop and clear my head for about an hour anyways, right? I’ll definitely need the alone time.

How was your week? Did you hug people? Strangers, or only people you know personally? Was it something which came to you naturally, or do you usually feel weird about and avoid hugging?

PS: If you’re interested in joining us, you don’t have to have the e-guide to play, but if you’d like it, you can buy it in the shop.

2015, April 20

Do One Thing That Scares You

In the year of loving ourselves fearlessly during week 15, the assignment was to Do One Thing That Scares You. To be quite honest, for my very introverted self that was easier said than done. Mainly, because in the beginning I kept thinking of one big scary thing I should do come up and graciously I would slay that dragon…

In my blog post last week, I added a few suggestions for you off the top of my head. They included: pet a squirrel, buy shoes by yourself, say I love You first, have lunch alone, try cooking dinner, buy a new type of plant, leave the house without makeup on, go dancing, say “no” to someone you love.
Now, not all of these things are scary for me, but I know that real or imagined, many different things scare us on a daily basis. And the easiest is to start small in conquering our fear, and as we go on living our life, our fear diminishes. This won’t include *everything* that scares us, of course, but by doing it progressively we will become more daring.

On the other hand, after two days in which I thought “Nothing scary came up so far, what will I do if things still won’t appear by the end of the week?” I decided to think of all these small things and make a note of how I do something that scares me, every day. Below is my list for last week:

  • I dared to eat in public, though the food wasn’t from the place we were at.
  • I took a chance on editing documents the way it seemed best, to me.
  • I mastered using Styles in Word.
  • I stayed in a coffee shop even though a friend of my ex boyfriend was there, too.
  • I stopped avoiding sitting next to people I don’t know, at work during lunch.
  • I accepted compliments for my job well done.
  • I reached out to a dear friend and had a short talk over Facebook when I felt a bit depressed.

And you know what the interesting thing about my week was? Before it, I haven’t consciously paid attention to just how many things that scare me I already do on a daily basis. It pumped me up for what is yet to overcome!

 The assignment for week 16 is to Practice Hugging Daily. In the 52-52 e-mail, j sums up this suggestion perfectly, so I’ll leave you with her words for this one:
“This week, you don’t have to hug strangers if you don’t want to. You can hug people you know, but do it consciously. Be aware of your heart and theirs and all the magic that exists in a hug; there’s a lot. And the best thing about hugs is that the love flows both ways.”

How was your week? Did you do one thing that scares you? Or more than one? Was it difficult, or was it made easier if you re-framed how you thought about it?

PS: If you’re interested in joining us, you don’t have to have the e-guide to play, but if you’d like it, you can buy it in the shop.

2015, April 13

Seven days, Seven pictures

For last week in the year of loving ourselves fearlessly the assignment was to take a picture every day. And my first thought is that I hope you joined in, because I’d love to see a picture of you everyday life!

I really enjoy taking pictures, as you all know, so this was an easy and fun task. Since around April 2013, I have been taking pictures nearly every day, and do share one picture on Instagram daily. (You don’t necessarily have to be a follower to see my postings there.)

What was my week of taking pictures like? I marveled in a beautiful decoupage egg decoration I received from a friend last year, loved my Easter presents from the BF, ate lots of yummy desserts, reveled in fragrant beauties in the form of Hyacinths, saw a whole family worth-of/-sized bikes on my way to work, glanced out at a view I used to look at with my dad sometimes and enjoyed a day in with Pixel purr, purr, purring away on top of me.
And because pictures are said to be worth a thousand words, here’s it all in pictures:

seven days seven pictures

The assignment for week 15 is to Do One Thing That Scares You. It’s not too hard, I think, to do something incredibly brave.
A few suggestions for you, off the top of my head: pet a squirrel, buy shoes by yourself, say I love You first, have lunch alone, try cooking dinner, buy a new type of plant, leave the house without makeup on, go dancing, say “no” to someone you love.
Even if you’re the only one who knows just how daring you are doing one of these things or something similar, I have a feeling it’ll help you try new things more often.

How was your week? Did take pictures every day? Did you post them somewhere online so that I can see them, too? :)

PS: If you’re interested in joining us, you don’t have to have the e-guide to play, but if you’d like it, you can buy it in the shop.

2015, April 8

Read and Recite Mantras Daily

The assignment for this past week of the year of loving ourselves fearlessly was to read and recite mantras daily. It referred to the love mantras we’ve solicited (or not) during week 12 of this year.
I was so, so touched when I read the love mantra my dear friend wrote me! I talked about this, and a couple of my worries in last week’s blog post.

So this past week, every night before going to bed, I looked up my friend’s comment, and read it to myself. Most nights to myself, some nights to Pixel, and some nights out loud.
It was challenging. Because most nights I forgot, so I ended up reading it literally before closing my eyes for the day.

Reading her thoughts about me, and her encouragement, her belief in me was eye-opening in the sense that the week before I wasn’t quite as sure of myself as I am now after this little exercise.
It was such a good thing to have her kind words floating around in my head as I fell asleep, I woke up more confident and was more patient with myself during the day.

In her e-mail to us love warriors this week, j had a thought to share with anyone who might have fallen behind. I’m quoting her below, because she phrased it perfectly:

Join in now.
You don’t have to catch up. There are no prerequisites; earlier weeks do not have to be completed before the current week is.
Isn’t that great?
And, better, that applies all year long. It is never a valid excuse to not join in simply because you’ve fallen behind. No worries! Join in where you are. You have these emails, or the 52-52 guide, so you can do past weeks whenever you feel like it or not at all. No guilt and no excuses necessary. This is your self-love year. Do it your way.”

The assignment for week 14 is to Take a Picture Every Day.
You know I love taking pictures, I really like the pictures my new phone’s camera takes, so I can’t wait to take more!

As you may know, I already take pictures nearly daily, and share one picture on Instagram daily, so I don’t think that it will be too hard to follow this week’s suggestion.
I will save them, maybe even make a collage or something fun, and post the seven photos here, in next week’s blog post, so you can see them all in one place.

I hope you will join in, too. I’d love to see a picture of you everyday life!

How was your week? Did you solicit Love Mantras from other people last week so you’d have something to read? How did you feel reading them every day?

PS: If you’re interested in joining us, you don’t have to have the e-guide to play, but if you’d like it, you can buy it in the shop.

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