Friday, 19 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 3, Day 5: Refresh

Goodness!  Another week done and dusted.  Well, today is a great day to do a bit of cleaning.  Today I want you to clean your computer.  Get rid of all those unnecessary e-mails.  There is so much information out there, and if you are anything like me, I am sure you suffer a bit from FOMO!  I sign up for anything that has anything to do with the topics I have an interest in.  In fact I get so much mail from all the websites I have subscribed to, that I do not have the time to get through a fraction of them.  The result is that they are clogging up my mailbox and cluttering my life.  It is time for a serious computer "Spring" clean!
It is estimated that an average person spends approximately thirteen hours a week reading e-mails and answering them.  It means that over 600 hours a year is spend just responding to e-mail and it is further estimated that 50% of those e-mails are of a very low priority. It is time to put in the winnowing fork and separate the essentials from the junk.  I will have to be ruthless.  Do you have this problem too?  Well, it is as easy as pushing a button.  The 'unsubscribe' button.  Scary I know, but if you are subscribed to a website and have not read the mails coming from there in two weeks, the chances are good that it is not essential to your well-being, your work or your education, so, unsubscribe today.
Be brave, you can do it!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 3, Day 4: Sign up!

Today is the 18th day of this brand new year.  How are you doing?  And all those New Year resolutions? How are they going?  By now most people have given up on about 90% of their intentions for the new year, and are back to saying tomorrow or when I have time or maybe next year, etc etc.  I myself are not a great supporter of new year resolutions, but rather favour the bucket list option.  I am also a fan of choosing a word for the year and trying to live it out in my life.  This year my word is Today.  Today is important.  I will do today what I can, with what I have, where I am.  Well today I want you to think about that one thing you have dreamed of doing for a long time.  Maybe you have been meaning to study further, or learn a new language?  Maybe you have been thinking about taking art classes or taking up cake decorating?  Some of you might have considered signing up for dance classes or getting involved in community service.  Make a list of all the things you would like to try or learn.  Write it all down even those things you might believe you are too old to do, or fear people might ridicule you.  Give each item a score out of ten, ten being the thing you would most like to do despite any misgiving you may have and 1 the thing that you may like to do, but if you don't that is fine too.  Now, very important- choose the one thing on your list you want to do most of all and DO IT!!!!  Don't put it off any longer, sign up for it today.  Don't over-think it, just do it today.  Do it NOW!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 3, Day 3: What's For Dinner?

Tonight it is time to take out the treasures.  You know, those precious things you have carefully packed away in a special cupboard or in a safe place.  Those things you have been saving for that "special" occasion which never seems to be special enough to take them out.
Yes, that porcelain dinner service you have received as a wedding gift, or that tea set you have inherited from your granny.  It is time to take it out.  We have something to celebrate tonight.  Tonight is a very, very special occasion.  What is it you may wonder?  It is Life!  We are celebrating being alive.  What a better occasion than this to take out those carefully preserved treasures.  Don't wait for a special day, today is that day!!! Even if you eat take-away hamburgers in those royal plates tonight.  You are worthy to use them, your life is worthy of celebration.  Shake out that finely embroidered tablecloth, polish the silverware and lay the table tonight with your finest dinnerware.
I don't mean to imply that you should not look after these heirlooms, but use them and enjoy them. Celebrate every day for the simple beauty of it being NOW, and then wash them afterwards, put them carefully away and do it again.
So, what's for dinner tonight?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 3, Day 2: Dance

What a beautiful day it is!
I hope you are well?  How did you do with yesterday's challenge?
Today, we are going to have fun.  I want you to let your hair down and kick off your shoes.  When last were you just silly for no reason?  Well, today I want you to just let go.  Put on some dance music, feel the beat and dance!  Dance for at least half an hour, or jump around, close your eyes and sway your arms, feel the rhythm pulsing through your body.  Dance with your heart and your feet will automatically follow.  Don't think about it, feel it.  Don't hold back, nobody is watching or judging you.  Dancing is a great stress reliever and helps to keep our bodies supple.  It also burns a lot of calories while we are having fun.
Here is a link to the best dance music of 2017.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 3, Day 1: Ain't so Sweet

Hello!  Happy Monday to you all!
Today's challenge is...No starch and No sugar.
Try to cut these two out of your menu today. Our bodies convert starch into sugar, so basically the challenge is to ban any form of sugar from our meals.
Consuming too much sugar can cause our blood glucose to fluctuate.  This has an effect on our energy levels. our emotional stability and may cause cravings.  Sugar increases our health risks, leading, for example, to diabetes. Sugar also gives rise to inflammation in the body which can worsen joint pain and cause flare-ups in individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Starch gets broken down into sugar and in turn excess sugar is easily changed into fat.
So, there you have it for today.  Sugar and starch free Monday.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 2, Day 7: Breathe

Today is the end of our second week of my program "Restore...Renew".  How have you been doing?  Are there any of the steps which have worked for you?  Have you decided to incorporate any of the habits or ideas in your daily routine?  Jane messaged me that she has joined a gym, the first time in ten years!  Angie sms'd me to let me know that she had discovered the benefit of getting up earlier and having a proper breakfast.  She says she feels more alert and by ten o'clock she does not feel the need to binge on everything in sight.  How about you? Please let me know, either by posting here or sending me a private message, I would love to hear from you.
Today I want you to make a point of watching the sunset even if you have to get on the roof (be careful) to see it. Take ten to twenty minutes just to relax.  Breathe deeply and savour the moment.  Notice how the sky changes from yellow to pink, orange, red, purple and let it sink into your soul.  Forget for those precious few moments of all the stress, all the things you still have to do before Monday morning.  Ban any worries about the week ahead from your thoughts and just enjoy this time, just you and the sunset, the miracle of nature.  Let the calm of the twilight hour fold its blanket of peace around you and breathe.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 2, Day 6: Step out!

Great!  It is Saturday! Time to have fun, let your hair down and dance!  For today's challenge I want you to rummage through your wardrobe and find something to wear which you have never worn or have worn very seldom.  Today is the day to wear it, be daring and be a little wild.  Team it with funky shoes and accessories.  Don't worry what the world might say, it is your life and your Saturday.  Do the colours clash?  Even better!  Go big or go home!  Have fun.  Be a child again, before "fashion sense" stole your child-like abandon.  Do you secretly wish you could wear a tiara?  Then do it, you are a princess at heart.  Maybe there is that one outfit hanging in your cupboard which you have never felt good enough, thin enough or pretty enough to wear!  Stop listening to that inner critic, send it to the corner to sulk and get that outfit out of hiding and WEAR it!  Go on, I dare you.  You have never been created to blend in, girl, you are meant to stand out!  Have FUN!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 2, Day 5 : Face to Face

Today's challenge is truly a challenge!  No social media today!!!  Yes, no FB, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumbler or Google, to name a few.  Go radical, go off line!  I want you to disconnect in order to reconnect.  Instead of sending an e-mail, write a letter and post it.  Instead of sending a message, pick up the phone and phone somebody on your contact list.  Hear their voices, listen to the innuendo's behind the words.  Go visit somebody, arrange a coffee date, but phone the person to arrange it, don't just sms or Whatsapp!  And please, when you go on that coffee date with your friend, SWITCH OFF your cellphone.  Really connect, face to face, eye to eye.  Alright then, now you have read about your challenge for today, go ahead and disconnect.  See you again tomorrow, same place.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Restore...Renew Week 2, day 4: You are Beautiful

Welcome to  Week 2, Day 4 of my Restore...Renew program.  Today is about positive thinking.  Most of us know that positive thinking is very important, but when faced with difficulties we tend to forget about it.  We become so focus on everything that is going wrong, all the obstacles we are facing and the stress of living that we cannot see the light.  
Therefore, today I want you to make a point of bringing positive thoughts into your life.  Especially positive thoughts about yourself.  Write down a positive affirmation.  Repeat it out loud to yourself throughout the day, put it as your Facebook status, make it your screensaver and your wallpaper.  Decorate it and put it where you can see it all day long.
Thinking positive thoughts helps us to smile at life.  It enhances our feelings of goodwill and improves our energy levels.  Positive thinking helps us to see the bigger picture and aids us in achieving our goals.  Through it we in turn can inspire and encourage others.  We feel physically invigorated and excited about life.  Problems become opportunities.  A positive attitude attracts people and opens the lines of communication.  A positive frame of mind enables us to see opportunities and it boosts our self-esteem.  Speaking words of affirmation  and repeating them often is a great antidote for depression.
Go on, choose your words of affirmation and celebrate it today.  You are Brave, Confident and Beautiful!