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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Acceptance

Acceptance

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube  

Yesterday I got a bit of news that could have shattered me into pieces but I understood that there was nothing I could do about it and I accepted it. That’s the big word here: Acceptance.

Once you figure that there’s nothing you can do to stop some events coming and when it comes it’s easier to jump and accept. This is like bad things that happen in your life or life generally. No one can stop them from coming, and sometimes you’ll look back and see how much you’ve grown since said incident. Of course, this I not true of most things in life; you can change your route accordingly but for those you can do nothing about, don’t feel bad because everybody has been (or will be) in that position. And someone’s probably going through it too; you are not alone. 

My situation arose from a simple fact: we’re growing up. At the end of the day, there’s nothing personally I or anyone else can do about it so there’s nothing left to do but be happy. No one can stop the hands of time or reverse time and make everything the way they want it to be. And that’s Ok. Some things are just not meant to be. 

And the things that do work out will happen and will be worth waiting for. So if it’s time, energy or anything you have to do to make your dream come true; it will be worth it. 

This is no reason however to stop trying for things. ‘You don’t ask, you don’t get’ is the statement I have always lived by and it hasn’t failed. Sure, sometimes I have sent emails requesting something or other and they have not received replies, but that doesn’t stop me. ‘One door closes, another opens’ and that has always been the case. Don’t feel downhearted by the non-responses or be disheartened when you get an automatic reply or something. Anything could catch someone’s eye. How do I know that emails I have sent, even the seemingly hopeless ones, have not met their target? I don’t, so that little piece of hope is what I hold onto. And it must be what you do in a seemingly hopeless situation.  

Stephanie Carfrae, Creative Writing Graduate. Find her blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and her video introduction at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSHqG-DOMK0


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

John Cleese on Creativity

John Cleese on Creativity


In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 (we think) lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, John outlines "the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative".




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Monday, 29 July 2013

Healthy Living: Post-Holiday Pounds

Healthy Living: Post-Holiday Pounds

Today's post is from contributor - Natasha Gelder. ;Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a chore.

As the holiday season creeps up on us, so do the pounds. Many of us will be jetting off to hot countries in order to take a break from our lives; we will be lounging around, soaking up the sun and indulging in local foods. Many of us will also drink a little more than we ordinarily would when we’re back at home.

Due to the break in our diet and exercise regimes, it is normal to gain a few pounds whilst you are away, in fact, it is something which has become expected. I usually put a couple of pounds on myself due to water weight, (the ice cream probably doesn’t help either), but I usually manage to drop that excess weight within a week or two of returning home once I have resumed my normal eating habits and exercise patterns.

If you have worked really hard for your physique and are worried about undoing all of your good work and gaining back the weight that you have lost, then you just need to remember the two golden rules: eat less and move more. Simple. Avoiding unhealthy food can be extremely difficult whilst you are on holiday as temptation seems to be all around; try to steer clear from fried and processed foods whenever possible but if you really are craving something- have it. You are allowed a treat, just not every single day. Try to alternate your treats with healthy salads with grilled chicken or delicious local fresh fish in order to keep any weight gain to a minimum.

Whilst we are on holiday, the alcohol tends to slow a little more freely than it usually would, local lagers and sugary cocktails are always on offer and although both are delicious, they are extremely detrimental to the waistline when they are consumed in excess. Unfortunately for me, I am quite partial to both and although I do allow myself both of these drinks in moderation, I try to stick to clear spirits with a low calorie mixer; with vodka and tonic water currently being my refreshing tipple of choice.

As well as dieting, exercising also becomes difficult whilst holidaying, after all, who wants to spend their entire vacation cooped up in a nearby gym? In a way, that would defeat the entire concept of a holiday. There are, however, a few things you can do in a bid to stay active that will not detract from the amount of time you have for relaxing. On a morning before you hit the pool why not do a couple of reps of stomach crunches, squats or any exercise of your choice that requires no equipment. After a couple of hours of soaking up the sun each day, go for a wander. Don’t restrict yourself to hanging around the pool whilst you are in a new country: walk along the beach or around a market- see what is out there and go exploring! Take advantage of the fact you have a swimming pool at your disposal and do a few lengths every time you take a dip to cool down- it may not be much but it is better than nothing and as long as you’re moving you’re burning calories. Just remember that you are on holiday, enjoy yourself and let loose. If you gain a couple of pounds don’t beat yourself up about it- you’ll lose them just as quickly as you gained them.

Natasha Gelder, full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Stress Management: Muscle Relaxation Techniques

Stress Management: Muscle Relaxation Techniques


Learn how to relax with muscle relaxation techniques in this stress management video. Expert: Samantha Ibarguen You can find out more about her at www.igwell.com




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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The past is not yours to change, the future is all that you have

The past is not yours to change, the future is all that you have

Today we have another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube  

Don’t pre-condition things just because that’s the way it turned out last time, don’t write it off this time. If it turned out badly, take a deep breath and try again. You never know what could happen in the future. 

Remember the past is not yours to change, the future is all that you have to alter so don’t dwell on things you can do nothing about. Stay grounded. Don’t worry about the past; it’s gone. Don’t worry about the future; it hasn’t arrived. Just live for every second. No one knows what will happen in the next 5 seconds, let alone tomorrow. 

Worry is just stress you don’t need. I understand why people go through bouts of it, but it’s good to break the habit of worry.

Three reasons to break the habit:

1.       Worrying won’t stop the bad things from happening.

2.       ‘Worrying is not going to sway the situation in either direction’ – Carrie Hope Fletcher

3.       ‘No one’s life runs seamlessly with no rough patches or little bumps and hiccups along the way’ – Carrie Hope Fletcher.

What will be will be regardless how you feel. Just be ready to jump into action at any given time. You will have to be brave and just take risks because why not? 

People who are the happiest are the people who don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, they still care about people who are close to them but they just act fearlessly. To be happy you don’t have to be fearless, you can be happy and content in a life of solitude. Life will go on, the bad will come; it is how you deal with these situations that determine who you are.

 It is how you react in times of crisis; heartache and heart break that make up your personality. It is how you deal with the bad times, which makes you who you are so the bad times have to come to make you into who you are. 

I have been known to act fearlessly, like I don’t care (only caring for those important people to me) and it was only because these people I was with I would likely never see again. And even if I did, we could have a laugh about the way I behaved. It’s funny because there are many times when we are around people we will likely never see again, so if you are feeling it go with it, because you’ll never get this chance again.

Every second that you waste worrying about how it will affect people, is time you could have been doing exactly that thing and you’ll probably find that people are too wrapped up in their own lives to notice what a fool you’re being or whatever it is you fear about.

Stephanie Carfrae, Creative Writing Graduate. Find her blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and her video introduction at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSHqG-DOMK0

Monday, 22 July 2013

Healthy Living: This Heat is a Hindrance.

Healthy Living: This Heat is a Hindrance.

Today's post is  from contributor - Natasha Gelder.  Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a chore.

As we are experiencing what is being hailed as the longest heat wave that Britain has seen in seven years, it is no surprise that people all over the country are abandoning their fitness regimes and are instead taking refuge in pub beer gardens. Hot weather is lovely when you’re on a nice relaxing beach holiday and have nothing to do but lounge around all day, but when you have to continue with your daily routine, which includes exercising, this heat just simply seems to be hindrance.

 The weather may be beautiful but it sure is playing havoc with people’s ability to exercise. I typically tend to work out in the late morning as it is the time that is most convenient for me, but over the last few weeks Britain’s temperature has resembled that of Spain by as early as nine o’clock in the morning. This means that by half past ten when I hit the gym both the inside and outside temperatures are soaring and I’m dripping with sweat from simply doing my warm up.

One solution to the problem of it being too hot to exercise is to simply change the time of your workout. Rather than going to the gym at half past ten, rearrange your day and make sure that working out is the first thing you do when you wake up, go on a jog or a bicycle ride in the morning before work whilst the temperature is warm but still bearable. As the weather has still been ridiculously hot at six o’clock in the evening, rather than going to the gym straight from work, why not go at around eight thirty, when it is still light but the temperature has dropped a little. You’d only be sat at home watching television.

If changing the time of your workout just is not an option for you, then you need to change your actual workout itself. Doing large amounts of cardiovascular activity in the current heat will only lead to you passing out, but if you cannot fathom the idea of doing no cardio whatsoever then interval training is your best option. Following short periods of high intensity cardio with short periods of low intensity cardio will enable your body to recover in the current heat. Just make sure that you only do a couple of minutes at a time otherwise you may overexert yourself. However, if just the thought of doing any cardiovascular activity in this heat is making you break out in a sweat then why not try weight training and resistance exercises? Benefits of these include increased strength and muscle tone and the incineration of a surprising amount of calories. Weight training will provide you with a good workout without leaving you covered in sweat and panting for breath.

If you find yourself really affected by the heat why not try a class that focuses mainly on stretching, such as Yoga or Pilates? These exercises are brilliant for all over toning and will relax your muscles for when you are ready to resume your usual workouts, resulting in a beautiful lean look. Despite delivering impressive results, both these classes are bearable in hot temperatures. If you simply cannot be bothered to exercise and are using the excuse of the weather to justify your lack of working out, then you are out of excuses; try a form of exercise that works as an all over body workout and will help keep you cool- go swimming!y.

Natasha Gelder, full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Art On The Web - What Infinity Looks Like

Art On The Web - What Infinity Looks Like

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Healthy Living: Alternatives To Gym Memberships

Healthy Living: Alternatives To Gym Memberships

Today's post is  from contributor - Natasha Gelder.  Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a chore.

One excuse that people frequently use to justify not doing enough exercise is that they cannot afford a gym membership, yes gyms can be pricey and the money that goes towards your monthly membership may have a better use elsewhere, but there are plenty of alternatives that won’t break the bank and will help to keep you healthy.

Pick up a skipping rope from your local supermarket, they are very cheap and do not require a lot of storage space. Providing that you are a healthy weight for your height, just ten minutes of skipping a day will provide you with enough cardiovascular activity to keep your heart healthy. Whilst you are in the supermarket you might as well buy a cheap workout DVD and commit to doing it three or four times a week, depending on the length, (shorter workout DVDs may require being done more times in order to see quick results). You may feel as though you are spending a lot of time in front of the television bouncing around when you could be doing the housework, but you would only be spending that time lounging around in front of the television catching up on your favourite programmes anyway.

Buy a decent pair of running shoes and go for a half hour jog four or five times a week, again you may feel as though your time would be better spent elsewhere but I’m sure that you can find just two out of the 156 hours there are in a week to focus on your fitness. One of the best things I have ever bought is a Kettlebell, you can incorporate them into just about every exercise routine, they are multi functional and can be used as weights and even medicine balls, just don’t throw them at each other. In fact, why not work with what you already have. If you have any heavy objects lying around the house they could work just as well, even small children can double up as weights and instead of spending your money on dumbbells you can improvise and use tinned goods.

Do some research and use the internet to find different exercises that target your specific problem areas and create your own circuit training style exercise plan. I have a couple of these I use when I don’t have time to go to the gym and alternate them so I don’t get bored. Why not go rollerblading or bike riding with friends? Put on your favourite CD and dance around your house like a lunatic whilst there is nobody else in, or if you have friends with a trampoline why not gatecrash their house and use it for half an hour, you’ll have that much fun that you won’t even realise how many calories you have burnt.

Keeping fit doesn’t have to be expensive or boring, there are loads of great ways to stay active that won’t burn a hole in your purse. You are out of excuses.

Natasha Gelder, full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

One Positive Thought Can Change Your Day

One Positive Thought Can Change Your Day

Today we have another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube  

How can anyone be sure they are seeing the same thing? I mean exactly the same. The light can shape things in different way and reflect back to us differently. Hang on, how do we even know the intensity of light that hits our eyes is the same as everybody else’s? We might see a bright light, while for others it’s duller. How do I know the air that I’m breathing today isn’t more toxic than the air yesterday? I watched a TED talk about what we find beautiful. It’s interesting because NO ONE IS THE SAME. 

How can I ever know that reading this will inspire you to do something with your day? I can’t predict anything, and I can’t say that what worked for me will work for you. Because we’re all different. That is why we don’t like all the same stuff. The rest of my family for instance are crazy about sport, while they are quite talented in their field I focus more on music and books. I’m the odd one out of my family, but I love it. I’d much rather be reading or writing than watching men kick a ball about. I would say be yourself no matter what it entails: if it makes you the odd one out embrace and cherish that. I know I certainly do. Life is not about pleasing everyone; it’s about finding and pleasing yourself. We go through the maze of life to arrive somewhere we don’t know, but it’s all about our journey to get there. When you find something that you take pleasure in that will make your journey bearable. I don’t know what life is going to put me through tomorrow but I know that if I believe it will be ok it probably will be. 

You’ve got to know that certain things will happen.Yes, bad times will come and there’s no stopping them but hopefully you have gained strength from your past experiences that will help when the bad decides to turn up at your door.  ‘Who you are is how you react when you’re faced with a crisis’ as Carrie Hope Fletcher has told us, this is when the true strength of your personality will peak. No one knows when a crisis will appear in anyone’s life, so it’s very important to treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Because no one knows what other people are going through, or why. 

I have a campaign I am running for Make A Wish Foundation UK called ‘Smile For Strangers.’ While we may not be able to help them deal with whatever they are going through; we can send a smile and let them know that we care. My dad is very pessimistic at this new scheme I have devised; ‘You should be wary of strangers.’ But actually, I am going against him. Because a smile is a one second thing, you’ll probably never see them again and if it helps lift them out of a bad place; it’s done its job. The shop is linked here: http://734759.spreadshirt.co.uk/ and 100% of the money I make from this will go directly to Make A Wish Foundation UK. The other designs are my own and I hope you enjoy them. Buy a top to support my ‘Smile For Strangers’ campaign, come on we can all do it!

Stephanie Carfrae, Creative Writing Graduate. Find her blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and her video introduction at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSHqG-DOMK0

Friday, 12 July 2013

Healthy Fish Tacos - How to Make Them The Easiest Way

Healthy Fish Tacos - How to Make Them The Easiest Way

Lisa Lavery of the CHOW Test Kitchen loves fish tacos, but she knows that the battered and fried version isn't the best for your health. To keep tacos in her life but help avoid a heart attack, she grills the fish instead of deep-frying it. In our video recipe, she demonstrates how to make this simple, healthy meal using CHOW's Basic Fish Tacos recipe.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Zen Garden - Tranquil Waters Relaxation & Meditation

Zen Garden - Tranquil Waters Relaxation & Meditation


Water is a highly revered feature in many Zen Gardens, the focal point and the beginning and end of a Zen Garden journey. Imagine pure water… serenely flowing over rocks and into pristine pools, creating infinite variations of calm and tranquility. Zen Garden - Tranquil Waters, captures the serene landscapes of water found in Zen Gardens. 

A late afternoon stream meanders peacefully. A drop of water creates an endless ripple across a stone water basin. A gentle stream of water pours endlessly into granite rock pools. Golden watery reflections shimmer tranquility in the late afternoon sun. 


All life comes from water. Water flows within us and around us. Water cleanses, purifies, rejuvenates. 

Just to gaze at running water, or stillness of a water landscape washes away all the distractions of the world. It refreshes and restores.

The water basin, often found at the entrance of a Zen Garden, symbolizes a ritual cleansing. As your mind slowly empties of all unnecessary thoughts, imagine yourself fluid, changing yet still, like the infinite water landscapes unfolding before you. 



Flowing water scenery from Zen Gardens, offering a perfect way to chill. 
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Wendy is the The Career Coach - helping you to find fresh perspectives on your Job Search and Career. She helps you work towards your goals and aspirations, in a way that fits in with both work and home life. Email her at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Healthy Living: Growing Old, (and Fat), Together

Healthy Living: Growing Old, (and Fat), Together

Today we have another post from contributor - Natasha Gelder.  Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a chore.

We all know what it is like when you're in a happy, loving relationship; you swap those hours in the gym for cosy nights in on the couch, those salads turn into meals out at fancy restaurants and evenings in cooking impressive dishes for your other half. It's all very romanticised and can seem like something out of a fairy tale; the Princess finds her Prince and lives happily ever after, feeding him chocolate and drinking wine. The part that we don't see on screen, however, is the Princess's rapidly expanding waistline; we don’t see those additional pounds that accompany such a blissful love life. 

I don't know one single person who hasn't gained at least one pound from being comfortable within a relationship. Despite being so happy, there will come a point when you find you are struggling to fasten your favourite jeans, out of curiosity you will weigh yourself and you'll be horrified to discover that you have gained ten pounds. You'll be shocked as to how you didn't even realise that you had gained so much weight. Your other half will tell you that you look beautiful as you are but your mind is already made up. Things are going to change. That muffin top has to go. 

Now you find yourself faced with a dilemma, do you continue spending a significant amount of time with your other half, indulging in your favourite foods, or do you spend some of that time trying to burn off the extra weight that has crept up on you? Why not combine the two? The chances are that your partner has probably also gained a little bit of weight, so why not encourage your other half to get fit with you? Just remember to be tactful whilst proposing this idea.

Joining a gym together is one solution, but if the prospect of two gym memberships seems a little expensive you could simply schedule to go on three or four jogs together per week, or walks, depending on your fitness levels. Go to a weekly class together at your local sports centre, the majority of these are relatively cheap and you'll be spending quality time together rather than just sitting next to each other on the couch. Plus you will be actively encouraging each other to succeed, something that can only benefit your relationship. Take advantage of the good weather and buy a football, a badminton set or anything to get you moving; be adventurous and go rock climbing or to a swimming pool with slides. 

At the weekend my better half and myself spent three hours at a treetop assault course complete with Tarzan swings and zip wires, not only was this exhilarating but it kept us active on a day that is usually our exercise rest day. We’re both pretty busy so it was nice to do something fun, yet action packed, together as a couple. I’d recommend something similar, although you don't have to go to the extent of swinging around thirty feet in the air. Any activity a few times a week will ensure those extra pounds fall off and you'll spend quality time together as a couple away from the kitchen, strengthening your relationship in the process.

Natasha Gelder, full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

You are worth so much more than you will ever know.

You are worth so much more than you will ever know.

Today we have another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube  

Hard to believe isn’t it? It takes time, but if you believe in it enough it can change your day, or indeed your life.

I used to think after all I had been through in my life, that I’d be in light at the end of the tunnel soon. But I’ve come to realise that I’ve got to keep clawing my way to get closer to the light for myself. Because I really deserve this. This is a key belief to have, to know you deserve it. Because of self-esteem issues it can seem like you’re not worthy of anything at times. But you are. You are worth so much more than you will ever know. And you too, deserve to see the light with the same velocity that I do. Although I may have been through more during my life up to this point, or you have, we have been through enough to know that we deserve more. Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss or fall you’ll still be dancing in the stars.

I’ve been down low last week because of unforeseen circumstances, and do you know what got me through? It’s a quote that my best friend ran past me in casual conversation: ‘It may be stormy right now, but it can’t rain forever.’ And that picked me up out of a dark place and made me smile. It was as small as that! I have that quote stuck to my mirror so that every time I look into it I am reminded. It may be forward thinking, but I foresaw that when I felt low before, it wouldn’t be the last time, so in comprehending this I tend to write down what my friends say to me (when I find what they say inspiring) just because I know it will make me feel better the next time I feel bad. And having that quote on the mirror, so that I saw it every day really helped because it was there right when I needed it. 

When I read the notes I have recorded from my friends, I feel so inspired and the world better. I can hear my friends saying them, so I always get a buzz from them. Give it a go, you never know. You never know what is going to happen tomorrow, so take chances because you don’t want to have regrets. 

Stephanie Carfrae, Creative Writing Graduate. Find her blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and her video introduction at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSHqG-DOMK0

Friday, 5 July 2013

Friday Fish - Easy Roasted Fish Recipe - Only 4 Ingredients Needed

Friday Fish - Easy Roasted Fish Recipe - Only 4 Ingredients Needed


Trainer Bob Harper discusses many healthy habits in his latest book The Skinny Rules, and one of them is: don't fear fish. This nutritious lean protein makes for a perfect dish if you're looking to lose or maintain your weight. Best of all, it's easy to prepare. Watch this video to learn Bob's simple technique for cooking fish that keeps the calories down, but the flavor profile high.







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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Staying Healthy - A Quick Tip For Motivation To Exercise

Staying Healthy - A Quick Tip For Motivation To Exercise

Today we have the first post from our second new contributor - Natasha Gelder.  Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a chore. I think you will enjoy her post and I know she is taking her own advice.

Each night do you set your alarm an hour early, with the intention of having an early morning workout, but when the morning comes you opt for an extra hour in bed instead? Feeling guilty, you tell yourself that you’ll go when you leave the office, but by half past five the idea of skipping the gym and opting for a night curled up on the couch with a glass of wine and a movie seems much more appealing. In fact, you’ve had a hard day at work and cooking is the last thing you want to do, why not treat yourself to a Chinese takeaway?

Even though your good intentions are there, it can often be difficult to find the motivation to turn your thoughts into actions. One way to find that extra little push that you are in need of is by signing up to participate in an exercise based charity event. I don’t mean that you should go to the extreme of signing up for the London marathon but by signing up for a 5k jog for charity, for instance, you will find the motivation that you’re missing. A looming event gives you a date to work towards and you will be more determined to raise your fitness levels in order to be able to complete the task at hand. If you find it easy to skip a session in the gym, you will find it a lot more difficult to miss a charity event; especially if you have sponsors. If you back out, you won’t just be letting yourself down. Imagine having to explain to all those people who gave you their support that you dropped out at the last minute because you simply didn’t feel like it.

Do a little bit of research, find out what locally organised events are on; why not get a group of friends together and have a competition to see who can raise the most money? Make training plans and count down the days left until the event. Encourage each other to support your local charities and get fit. I guarantee that you will not regret it. The sense of achievement you feel after finishing one of these events borders euphoric. Your body will be rife with endorphins from the exercise and your fitness levels will be sky high from the couple of months of training you have just done. Knowing that you have done your part for charity is an added bonus and you really will be left feeling amazing.

Natasha Gelder.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Happiness Is What We Make It. The First One...

Happiness Is What We Make It. The First One...

Today we have the first post from one of our new contributors, Stephanie Carfrae. Stephanie is a Creative Writing Graduate and you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk

Happiness is what we make it. A hard concept to grasp, but think about it this way: if you make yourself happy with life as it is right now, things can only get better. You don’t need to feel low about things not going your way; if you are happy those things will somehow transpire into existence. If you keep focusing on the things that are making you unhappy you are but welcoming in those emotions so that more of the same come. So while I may not have the best body, I don’t complain about it; I make the best out of the situation I’ve been given. I’m an active believer in YOLO (You Only Live Once). I know a lot of people say it and don’t know the true meaning of it but it is: taking a chance to change a life (your life/their life/whoever’s life) because you will never get this moment back. Remember, every sixty seconds spent with thoughts of hatred/insecurity or anger is a minute of your life that you will never get back. So be happy. And smile. Because there’s a lot to smile about in this crazy mixed-up world.

There should be nothing to regret for you as long as every choice you’ve made is your own. And even if it isn’t/wasn’t: let them live with a guilty conscience and move on. There’s nothing stronger than that. Facing your own demons and removing them from your shoulders (either physically or mentally). There is no such thing as regret because it was what you wanted at some stage in life. And this is a materialistic world, so if there’s an old toy you regret throwing away or something, I’m sure you will be able to get hold of it again. 

We are all contingent beings. We rely on people for things. But as creatures of the Earth we are fragile. We all have back story’s for being the way we are. Tomorrow is never promised. So make sure the ones you love know you love them and try to stop getting so caught up in  things that can wait. Once a lightbulb goes out, electricity can’t flow through it anymore and  this is true of human beings as well. You are a lightbulb, you can shine so bright, but eventually you will start fading and it’s important to love those who love you so they know. Because you never know what’s going on in someone else’s life, so you don’t have the right to judge others.

Stephanie Carfrae, Creative Writing Graduate www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk