Quote of the day
“Give yourself a chance to change. Refine your philosophy. Refine your direction. If you give yourself the chance to do that, here is what will happen: A new door will open that you haven’t discovered before.” – Jim Rohn
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I am grateful for:
So many things, having to choose has become quite difficult.
Of course, just saying everything is a bit of a cop-out so I’m going to choose one specific thing here.
And I choose to be grateful for that snarky comment on Quora that basically told me that I’m a mommy blogger blabbing about things that I’m not qualified to talk about.
It wasn’t very nice and my initial reaction was ouch.
Obviously, it stings when people disparage you.
And I’ve always been the type to retaliate immediately, put people in their place with well-chosen barbs designed to break through someone else’s defence and hurt them where it would matter most.
That was also my initial impulse here.
It’s a bit hard to overcome over 30 years of instinctual response.
But, I’m happy to announce, that I’ve managed it…sort of.
I did reply but in a tone that was more matter-of-fact and logical than anything else.
But that’s not really why I’m grateful for that comment.
I’m grateful because I realised that a qualification will, in fact, make things easier for me. Help me both professionally and personally.
So, today, I’m studying two or three possible qualifications I could take and both have to do with coaching other people.
At this time, when I’m still building up this blog and having to juggle so many responsibilities, I realise that I simply don’t have the time to spare.
I don’t have money to spare either in the run-up to my pending application for my permanent residency.
So, it’s planned for mid-year and I’m so excited. 🙂
What did I discover new about myself?
That I am capable of change!
What an exciting discovery.
Oh, I can do some physical changes fairly quickly. I also don’t mind changing my environment and can do that fairly quickly too.
But anything to do with emotional regulation and even creating new habits?
That’s always been a sticking point and it’s been super difficult for me.
Now, I realise that all my hard work is paying off and I’m able to pause a bit instead of letting anger take over.
In fact, now that I’m writing this, I realise that I’ve also been writing every day now for ONE ENTIRE MONTH!
Every day. In my journal.
The longest stretch I’ve ever done.
And every year, I always make one attempt to journal. And I’ve never made it beyond the first week.
I need to celebrate. <3
What was the best thing that happened to me today?
Discovering something new about myself and receiving what’s bound to be a life-changing idea from the negative experience I referenced very briefly up top.
What or who made today unforgettable?
Little Son (and I’m beginning to think he deserves his own category here), when we were playing with his brand new white and blue wooden tea set (complete with two little cups, two itty bitty plates, two wooden tea bags and a tea pot).
Me: Here’s your cup of tea and a plate of French toast, darling.
LS: Where’s my fork, mam?
Me: Oh, I can’t find a fork. Where is it?
LS: I show you. It’s there. Oh wait, it’s just a knife.
Me: Maybe you don’t have a fork. How about you just use your hands?
LS: No, I can’t. I need to use a fork. Otherwise…otherwise, my hands will get too dirty and I’ll have to wash my hands.
3 amazing things that happened today
1. I wrote over 2k words today and in only 2 hours. It would’ve been over 3k if I hadn’t phoned my family.
2. Tried a recipe from the Meat-Free One Pound Meals book I got earlier this week. And then watched both husband and son scarf it down. Looking forward to better health this year.
3. Actually fell asleep at about 7 PM tonight!
How much stress did I experience?
Negligible. I can’t remember what I was stressed about.
I’m just thinking that I’m stressed most days so I must have been stressed out about something today too.
Did I do something that was out my comfort zone?
Yes, connect with old friends even though it involved prolonged conversations on Facebook Messenger – which, for some reason, makes me a bit antsy.
What can I do better tomorrow?
Keep moving forward. 🙂
Spend more time with my family.
Celebrate my win with the daily journalling – a few more weeks of this and I can make this into a habit!