Finally

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – – Brad Paisley


The Bolo Rei is in its final(ly) rise.

Last years Bolo Rei
©2017 Regina Martins

The triffle is in the fridge.

As soon as the Bolo Rei is in the oven I will start on the lasagne. It’s simple wholesome food tonight.

For tomorrow, the first day of 2018, we braai.

“For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets

Have an amazing evening.

Wishing you 2018 that will bring you all that you desire.

Until tomorrow…
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
― Neil Gaiman

A Maxim To Live By – Emptying Your Cup

“If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”


Have you read the koan called A Cup Of Tea? It goes like this:

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

Practically, if you want different results you need to think about something in a different way.

Do things differently.

Step out of your comfort zone.

No almosts.

Try something new.

Take a risk, perhaps one you’ve never taken before.

This is key to growing and developing as a person.

It may seem daunting at first…try it on small things like driving a different route to work, wearing a colour you’ve never worn before and trying a dish you’ve in the past sworn never to try.

Different results need the cup to be empty of preconceived ideas, judgement and notions about what you know.

 

Keeping Organised

I find that an oversized wall mounted year planner is useful to visualise all my various activities during the year.

Part of 2018 is already planned, such as next week’s trip to Belgium to attend a training course and the trip to Thailand for my company’s international coach camp. I’m excited about this one because Che is coming with me and we’re spending the week after the coach camp travelling Thailand.

Having this up also helps me plan vacation time, taking advantage of long-weekends for some R&R and of course, birthdays.

It’s located at the entrance to our bedroom, a locale that ensures I will see it several times a day.

Che finds it particularly useful because he can see where I’m going to be on a particular day, or week, especially when I need to travel out of town or outside of the country. I put flight numbers and times, hotel and Airbnb details on post-it notes and stick it at the bottom of the relevant month.

For 2018 I’m also going to put my vision board up with my year planner, to ensure that whatever I do is in line with what I want to achieve next year.

I use google calendar to manage all my client bookings, work meetings and coach camps, and a real paper diary too – this latter helps me with reminders and personal appointments. Where personal appointments fall on a working day, I will also block out this time on the google calendar.

This works for me.  How about you, how do you keep your life organised?

 

What Was Great About Yesterday 1

Full of ‘I don’ wanna’ and ‘I wanna stay home‘ I dragged my feet through the revolving door of the gym. Classes are scaled down for the festive season so there was nothing interesting to do. Only boring treadmill and please don’t even mention the bicycle.

So the rowing machine it was and what a great workout I had. I felt great afterwards and this morning even greater which for me means more energy and flexibility. I rowed for 10 minutes, rested for 1, stretched for 2, then started again, this time faster.

I’ll stick to the rowing machine again today and probably until all the classes start up again. It’s a short workout which means that I will do it every day.

I’m looking forward to it today. There’s none of the ‘I don’ wanna’ and ‘I wanna stay home‘, so let’s go!

 

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