Moving House

We’ve lived in our current house for over three years, and it’s really too small for our family. The girls are growing up fast and it’s past time they had more space. Until recently, our budget just wouldn’t stretch to a bigger house, especially while we got our company off the ground. Things have improved a lot lately and we’re ready to make the leap.

I’ve been looking at houses online for a few months while we made sure our finances were in shape and thought about what we wanted from our new home, so I could get an idea of what was available at what price. I saw a couple houses that would have been great for us, but there weren’t many. I decided we were ready to stop browsing and start seriously considering houses around the middle of January. Read more

Truth as the Basis for Belief

I have always thought beliefs should be based upon truth. It seems to make sense. I believe that my house exists because it appears to be true. I see it all the time, I can touch it, other people can see it too. It is definitely true that my house exists, therefore my belief in it is rational and sound.

I have spent a lot of time trying to find a truth on which to base my beliefs about other things, such as my belief that thoughts create or alter reality or that our spirit survives beyond the death of our bodies. I have thrown myself into a search for some ultimate truth about the meaning of life, the point of existence, something on which to base my beliefs. However, I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible for us to know the truth about such things. Either, such a truth is beyond our comprehension, or it simply doesn’t exist. Read more

Winding down and making changes

After a wonderful summer holiday full of fun activities with friends and family, things are settling back down into their usual states and we’re getting back into our normal routines. It feels like a suitable time to turn over a new leaf and make some positive changes.

The main things I want to focus on for now are diet and exercise. I have done very little exercise over the summer, partly because I’ve been so busy, and partly because of a lack of motivation. I got out of the habit of doing yoga every day, and I want to get back into that, as well as doing something more aerobic. I also want to stop eating so much preprepared food (spicy bean burgers, I’m talking about you) and replace it with fresh fruit and salad. Read more

5 minute blitz

Ever had one of those days where you feel that no matter how hard you try, there is always more to do, so what’s the point trying? Sometimes stuff just piles up and gets on top of us and we feel that we have no chance to catch up. When your to do list is so long that you can’t face looking at it and you don’t know where to start, it can seem easier to just ignore it all and come back later.

In these situations, we all know that in order to get back on track we have to get up and do it, but finding the motivation to actually get up gets tougher the longer we leave it. We might tell ourselves that we’ve had a bad day, we deserve a break, we can get round to it later, or we’ll do it tomorrow when we feel more motivated. These are all just excuses we use to justify not doing it now, because we don’t feel like we can achieve anything. Read more

Yoga

I have done bits of yoga here and there for a few years now. I have a “game” for my DS that guides you through various yoga lessons and workouts, which enables me to learn yoga at my own pace in my own time. I’m not one for going to a regular class at a fixed time, especially as they only seem to run in the evenings. I have done the odd class and session here and there but haven’t seriously got into it until now.

I yesterday, I decided that I was going to do a 30 minute yoga session every morning and make a habit out of my yoga practice. I have done two daily sessions so far. I am already noticing a difference in how I feel. After doing yoga, I definitely feel more energised, and yet more relaxed at the same time. I feel calmer, happier, and more motivated. Read more

Sunshine :D

It’s been a lovely few days of sunshine so far here in the UK. Cloudless blue skies, a light breeze, and nice and warm.

Everything is better when the sun is shining. I have more energy and motivation for getting on with things, I’m in a better mood than usual and I’m enjoying life more.

My seedlings have become mini plants and are almost ready to move outside into the sunshine. Some of my outdoor plants are flowering, a clematis that was here when we moved in, my apple tree and my blueberry bush. I’m especially excited about the blueberry bush as I planted it last spring but it didn’t really do anything until a few weeks ago. Hopefully we’ll have some yummy fruit this year. Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

This year, rather than setting out my usual vague list of goals for the year, I only have one resolution. Just one. And it’s going reasonably well a week into the year.

My resolution this year is simple, measurable, and most importantly, easily achievable in the short term as well as the long term. Good start, right?

My new year’s resolution is to actually do stuff that I put on my to do list.

People who know me well are used to me not getting on with stuff because I’m working on a new organising system, or I’m just making a list first, or I just don’t know where to start, or I’m planning on doing that after such and such a thing has happened at some vague, undefined time in the future. I say things like “yes it’s on my list” and “I’ll get round to it eventually”, and it never actually happens. Read more