I am the sort of person that feels I need to achieve things during my day. I don’t necessarily have a physical list, but there are things I like to do, something to achieve. If I don’t do these things, I tend to be hard on myself. I get frustrated as I look back over the day and then wind myself up, feeling that I have wasted a day.
Today, I did nothing until at least 1pm. At first I started feeling like I was wasting the day, but in my new positive outlook methodology, I slowly observed and morphed these feelings into positivity, allowing myself to include “Do Nothing” as an achievement!!
The act of doing nothing, allows me to replenish energy to do something with later. It also, created the room for this particular blog post, so from nothing comes something.
Your life is created first in your mind, then in the world.
In a previous post I mentioned the Passion Test Book. As a part of the assignments they give you throughout the book, one is to create a vision board. This is historically a selection of cuttings from a magazine of articles or places or objects that jump out at you and mean something to you. Well, I decided to use the computer to carry out this assigment and created my ‘digital’ vision board. The pieces are to coincide as closely as possible with the top 5 passions, determined in previous assignments. It is so much fun creating one as it really submerges you back into your passions and I feel has the power to set you back on track if you are feeling in need of some re-aligment.
I did not spend much time on the creation of the piece, as it was not about the presentation of the work that was important, but the selection of the material.
Either way, this is my Vision Board.
My Vision - My Life
I have rediscovered my passions.
I have been reading a book called the Passion Test. It was recommended to me and bought for me. Those books usually have great meaning to them (depending on how well the person knows you). Anyway, this person knows me well.
Due to my perceived lack of direction, I manifested this book into my life, and I am glad I did. It has little exercises to carry out in your daily life that help you identify and connect with what truly makes you tick. Rediscovering ones passions all over again, is very liberating. It feels as though they become buried in all the other stuff you pile on over time, all the distractions that you think you want to do. For me, it has added the childlike excitement back into activities and offered some clarity.
Today I picked up my weekly organic fruit & veg box. It’s $30 for the whole selection you see here, which is more expensive than the majority of available fruit & veg, but it is very very nice and way better for you. Not only is it be better for my health, but I am hoping that my choices also increases the demand for organic, which in turn should create more demand for clean farm land and therefore reduce the need for the use of harmful chemicals in the ground.
Funnily enough, although many people complain about organic being more expensive, I believe it to reduce costs overall. The reason? Well, because you always have fresh vegetables; you prepare better meals that require less packaged goods, which actually cost more money. Also, because you are eating way healthier, you don’t end up buying all the extra snacks that you might when your meals are not nutritious enough. A great side effect of which – you end up with less packaging waste, again better for the environment.
Check around to see if you have any farmers markets in your area or a company that supplies a special box of organic fruit & veg. It takes the pain out of shopping too as you don’t have to think about what to buy; you just use what you’re given and it encourages you to try so many different types of recipes and concoctions. The time you save shopping, can be used to prepare extremely satisfying meals.
I made this change a few weeks ago now and have been very strict with it. At first it was difficult, but now it is simple and I live by it very strongly. The change is simply to not use take out coffee cups. If I want a coffee, but don’t have my travel mug with me, I will refuse to buy it.
Today I refused a coffee from a work colleague because they were going to bring it in a disposable cup.
I think however, that ultimately I will just stop drinking coffee, but this is happening one step at a time.