14 Jan 2018

Little Wins This Week #1

Little Wins This Week is about remembering that little things add up to make a big difference. It is about counting small blessings, however insignificant they may seem. Little Wins is about being mindful, staying positive and making each day count.

I have decided to blog about my Little Wins as I believe putting it down in words will consolidate the good. I will do this every week on a Sunday, recounting all the little things that mattered to me that week. The focus will be on staying upbeat and looking for that silver lining even to the darkest cloud.

Please feel free to write about your Little Wins and tag me so I can come along and have a read.

Little Wins This Week is about remembering that little things add up to make a big difference. It is about counting small blessings, however insignificant they may seem. Little Wins is about being mindful, staying positive and making each day count.



New Job!

It’s been J’s first full week back at school after the Christmas holidays and my first full week back as an employee. That’s right. I have taken up a part-time job after six years and am loving it. Being part-time means I still have time to do the things I enjoy like going to the gym and blogging. But my day seems more structured as I try to fit everything in. Paradoxically, I feel as if I am getting more done.

The human interaction is a welcome change too. And the time away from the screen has improved my creativity, if my micropoems on Instagram are anything to go by!




Blog:

I have taken my own advice, and instead of New Year Resolutions on the 1st of January, started working on the blog on the 2nd. So now I have a blog calendar that looks reasonably full, a head full of ideas that need work and six published posts and a couple of YouTube videos. All pretty much on target for what I have in mind for my blog.


Fitness:

This week saw me plagued by a nasty cough, which meant going to the gym was not a priority. But come Sunday, I decided I had had enough. I managed a 50 minute session (40 minutes on the bike + 10 minutes on the cross-trainer). I am glad I did as I am feeling so much better for it.


Weight Loss:

The weight sadly hasn’t moved anywhere from the pre-Christmas 85kg. No surprises there, except perhaps that I haven’t ended up putting on more weight after an indulgent few weeks. I have had 3 chocolate-free days and have managed to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables through the week. I have remembered to sip on warm water as well. Little wins, but I hope will make that big difference in the long term.



Parenthood:

The 10 Minutes A Day routine that I blogged about is helping me become a peaceful parent. I have stuck to my vow of yellibacy resolutely, bar a couple of instances. Even on those occasions when I was pushed to the limits of my patience, I was able to regroup within minutes and before the situation escalated. Peace was restored and we ended up reading Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood together.


 Everything Else:

It was lovely to catch up with some friends on Saturday. I made vada-pav (spiced potato patties, crispy fried in gram flour batter, and squished into soft bread rolls), which went down a treat.

I finished reading J.K.Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and loved it. (Review coming up later this week).

You know when you are flicking through listings on Now TV and something catches your eye. That’s precisely what happened with A United Kingdom. I was randomly browsing the drama section looking for something to fill my evening with, when this film, perhaps because of its title, caught my eye. Further investigation revealed it was based on a true story. It is a political drama against a backdrop of romance, a story about the formation of Botswana as a nation. It made for interesting viewing.



These are my Little Wins This Week. What have yours been?

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