Apart from the neighbour gifts – how did this EVER become a thing? and the gifts for the Homestay girls that was it! Too easy and so much more relaxed. Me of old would have been a little bit twisted about not receiving a gift. Me of this year was very happy to enjoy a calm and relaxing Christmas surrounded by family and share a special meal and some laughter without the gift swap requirement.
Another big discovery this year was this book. Slow by Brooke McAlary *
I found it in a bookshop and had seen it promoted by a couple of other bloggers and grabbed it on an impulse. Brooke’s philosophy is about living a slow, intentional and happy life and her book is filled with examples of how she is creating a life filled with what really matters.
Reading “Slow” led me to Brooke’s Slow Home Podcast. A wonderful relaxed discussion with Brooke and her husband, Ben, about Slow Living in a Fast World. Here’s the link in case you want to slow down too – https://slowyourhome.com/the-slow-home-podcast/
Podcasts became my new best friend and I have found many fantastic presenters to listen to. I started with some of the most popular ones and then discovered Dan Harris’ 10% Happier. Dan Harris is the American television anchor who had a panic attack on air which everyone saw on Youtube. He re-calibrated his life and discovered meditation. His 10% Happier podcast discusses all aspects of meditation from the perspective of someone who was a former fidgety skeptic. Here is the link to the podcast – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/10-happier-with-dan-harris/id1087147821?mt=2.
Meditation used to be my thing back in the day. I even hosted a group meditation in my home every week. Life has rocketed on and the only time I have used meditation is when I am stressed to the max and can’t sleep. Dan Harris re-ignited my interest so I downloaded his FREE 10% Happier Meditation App. It’s great! He has heaps of no-nonsense information along with guided meditations by people with easy to listen to voices. So, if you want to be 10% happier, or 10% nicer or just less of a stressed out maniac, this may be helpful to you too. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/10-happier-guided-meditation/id992210239?mt=8
I am currently reading a book by Jack Canfield* which i picked up after listening to him interviewed on (you guessed it) a podcast. His message about having a dream really resonated with me. He says that you cannot have a dream that you are not capable of achieving. This makes me feel very excited about the future!
What I learned:
- Christmas can be calm and fun and gifts are not important.
- How to slow down and enjoy the simple joys.
- Listening to podcasts is a great way to learn new things.
- Meditation makes me a little bit nicer.
- You cannot have a dream that your are not capable of achieving.
I would totally love to hear what you have learned this year – do tell!
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