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Innovating your life

I’m giving some of my old posts some new life, looking back I’m copying and where needs be re-touching some of my old posts. It’s going to be interesting to see where I was at then and what I wrote:

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Innovating in our lives can make life interesting and maybe change it for the better. Life can be get boring when facing the same problems time and again, doing things in the same way that we’ve done countless times before. Changing how things are done and new ideas is the cornerstone of innovation, applying this to how we live can affect how we look on life – is it dull and unchangeable, or a living thing that’s fluid and changeable?

Innovation is something that we hear a lot about, especially in the technology driven world we live in. We should apply this to our own lives. How often does an idea come to you that you think is good but are too afraid to try? I say try it! Life gets boring doing everything the same all the time… Do something different. It doesn’t matter what it is. Not everything will work. But hey, that’s life.

What sort of things could things am I talking about?
– Do you feel you could do more for a loved one? Do it. Go nuts and surprise yourself.
– Unhappy in work? Do something, change it or change jobs and go for something that scares you.
– Even down to simple and boring things, go to paperless billing because you hate sorting paperwork. Change a utility supplier because you’ve been with them so long now.

It sounds simple, even daft but how many big and little things niggle us that that we do nothing about. Make your life and everything around it the way you want it. Own it and manage it.

The other option is to keep going as we are – and that’s no good is it?

Simon 🙂

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Kindness Challenge Week 3 – Self Acceptance

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Week 3 Theme | Self-Acceptance

By embracing who you are, you’re able to make choices that are in alignment with yourself and are the key to living an authentic and fulfilling life. It might be by learning to be comfortable in your own skin, stop making choices to please others, or allowing yourself to freely express who you are. Including self-acceptance in the kindness you show yourself is fundamental. We are only able to give and receive love and kindness in the degree to which we extend it to ourselves. Therefore, this final step of self-kindness is incredibly important as we move on with the challenge.


Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

This perfectly sums up the theme for Week 3’s Kindness Challenge which is about self acceptance. The Kindness Challenge is being run by Niki from Richness of a Simple Life. The challenge is being run in order to help people explore the kindness they show to themselves and others in their daily lives.

Week 1’s Challenge is here:

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/kindness-challenge-week-1-self-love/

Week 2’s Challenge is here:

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/kindness-challenge-week-2-self-compassion/


Self Acceptance Exercise

I find in life we’re exposed to a great many experiences, some good and some not so good. The not so good experiences are often the ones we remember the most as these have a negative impact on us and for some reason we struggle to let go of them, at least that’s what I find. The exercise on self acceptance is to take a look at those things that we find an uphill struggle, where we’re trying to be accepted in ways which are not natural to being ourselves and find ways and methods that can change this

So for me I put a lot of effort and passion into the things that I do, I’m a creative person, an engineer and thinker. I try and take pride in what I do and taking short cuts or not doing things well or with care is not in my nature. Having this slap dash approach has often been pushed onto me over the years, I need to find the best way to push back and be myself. Working in a way that isn’t me will give bad results.

I’ve also had things that have happened in my life or even not happened and coming to terms with this is not something that I’ve focused on, so I’ve decided I’m going to keep a personal book where I write letters to all the people alive or dead that need to know the things I need to tell them. Doing this I hope will help me to see the thing in my life that I feel aren’t good and help me to deal with them.

The last thing is the part I focus on least, my physical self. I’m not ashamed of how I am physically, but at the same time looking after myself better will not be a bad thing. I’m not seeking to become fit and hunky guy, but maybe being able to talk a brisk walk or to walk up the stairs without being out of breath would be nice. While I know this pulls me slightly away from acceptance, I think acceptance is good, but also accepting that I need to change.

So that’s me for this week, the fourth week should be at the end of this week, let see what that brings!

Simon  🙂

 

Keep Progressing to Stop Regressing

Elon musk made the point that when technology stop progressing, it regresses. The same is true in our lives and careers and anything we do in it. It’s for this reason we need to think about shaking things up when they become comfortable.

This could apply to your job, writing almost anything that we do. If we don’t then we may well start to regress:

via Elon Musk Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Simon 🙂

No ownership claimed on article – Credit Justin Bariso

Kindness Challenge Intentions

Niki of Richness of a Simple Life is running the kindness challenge and early on convinced me that this is something that I should do. This basically means that as a challenge I need to challenge myself to be kind in the way set for that week and then write a blog post about it. I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for until a few days ago when I saw this post:

https://therichnessofasimplelife.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/before-post-2/

and saw the topics:

  • Week 1 | Self-love
  • Week 2 | Self-compassion
  • Week 3 | Self-acceptance
  • Week 4 | Kindness role model
  • Week 5 | Choosing kindness
  • Week 6 | Kindness without expectation
  • Week 7 | Grateful for kindness

 

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So – the big question… what ARE my intentions?

The thing is I’m not sure now – I had envisioned this mainly being about kindness to those around me as well myself so the self love and acceptance is a slight curveball. I guess I’ll just roll with it and see what happens.

But finding a bit of inner peace would be a good thing right now as I don’t have much of that – I also think that it’s easier to be kinder to others if you can be kind to yourself right?

I guess this is going to be a learning curve.

Simon 🙂

Manic Monday – The Week Ahead

I’m knocking the the Murphy’s Law on the head for Mondays. It was getting harder to find stuff to Murphy and besides that everything I wrote about was happening so being that I’m getting a bit sick of that I’m going to try and look ahead on Mondays to more positive stuff.

This week is the start of a busy time with work. There is so much going on and trying to fit family and work in is a struggle anyway. But as usual I’ll attack it like a boss and keep things going as best as I can. I’m not sure what or where the end goal is with this but I’m sure I’ll find it eventually.

My magazine is soooo late! It’s due out in March and we’re now in mid April. I need it out so I can start trying some new techniques for getting more visibility and interest in the site and magazine. I’m hoping I can apply this kind of technique for Planet Simon too, but we’ll see!

It’s pretty warm here right now, it feels more like June than April which is nice but it makes me feel as if we’re heading for wet weather. This is no bad thing though as I love the rain.

What kind of week are you my bloggies hoping for?

Simon 🙂

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Teaching

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


 

This was something I got from the TV a few days ago and I was inspired to share it!

Simon 🙂