Happy Jar for 2018 – Part 2

On the 1st January I posted a blog entry about my happy jar.

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Here we are on the 31st December and I have emptied the jar. It wasn’t as full as previous years. I think mainly because of it’s location, am I going to beat myself up about it? No!

On the bright side I found some knitting needle tips I was looking for. I always enjoy looking back through the jar as you never remember everything that happens.

I have decided to add a twist to my jar for 2019 by adding some inspiring quotes.

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These have been found on Instagram and Pinterest. I thought it would be nice way to get inspiration without looking at my phone as often.

All the best to anyone reading this in 2019 or what is left of 2018. Do what you need to do for you, I read somewhere “you can’t fill from an empty cup. ”

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Happy Jar for 2018

For the last three years I have been writing down positive things/moments that happened to me and putting them in a jar.  I started doing this so I would stop concentrating everything that would go wrong.

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On the 1st January I prepared a jar and got some sticky notes ready.  At first I had to search really hard to find things that were positive.  Then I broke it down and looked at the basics, like I brushed my hair.  Building up to things like paying someone a compliment or buying flowers for my friends.

There are no hard and fast rules on keeping a happy jar, such as find something to write everyday.  Some days I would write down as much as 5 things and the next day, nothing.

When I needed cheering up I would dip into the jar and remember what I had found positive.  This would also encourage me to keep writing down positive things.

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Before I knew it and the time had come to empty the jar.

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I would sit on my own and unfold the sticky notes.  It was emotional sometimes but really good to remember the moments that had taken place that past year.

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Some tips that helped me.

  • Put a pen and notes in the jar, then there are no excuses.
  • Place the jar somewhere you will be encouraged to write your moments.
  • You don’t have to use a posh jar and colourful paper.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything to write.

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I have enjoyed this process and how it helps me to remember positive things and moments.  I would encourage anyone to try it, but there is no pressure.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope 2018 is a positive year for you all.

A Positive Weekend

A while ago I was talking to a friend and colleague about taking photographs and volunteered to take some shots at a summer fair.

The day finally arrived and my usual crisis of confidence hit.  I prepared and charged my battery made sure I had extra memory cards.  Thank goodness the weather was good, which made my job easier.

I don’t have permission to use the shots with people in but here are some of my favourite shots without people.

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I did have a look around the stalls when not taking photos and came home with a plant.  Also some parsley and mint.

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After the summer fair I went on to meet up with some great people I have had the pleasure of meeting through basketball.  They came from far and wide, Liverpool, Finland, Greece and Japan.

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This weekend was topped off with reading some really truthful blog entries by people who are beautiful and creative.  Fran is Fall for DIY and we met many moons ago at a crafting night called a Crafty Beer.  Cherie is friend and old colleague who is behind the blog Cherry’s not my name.  They are both writing and creating some really inspirational things.

I am really happy with the shots I took over the weekend and have been inspired by some of the company I have been in this weekend.  I am off to do some paperwork and get ready for learning at work week, this year’s theme is Connect.

 

 

2016………word!

We are 11 days into 2016 and I have noticed on social media people associating a word to 2016.
It’s not all about setting new year resolutions but having a more meaningful year.  So I am going to share some of the things I am doing to have a meaningful 2016.
In 2014 I had a happy jar.  Basically you write down all the positive things and moments that happen to you, then put them in a jar.  Then on new years eve you empty the jar and remember all the good things that have happened.  Throughout 2014 I would dip into the jar and re-read some of the things I had written down to cheer me up and keep perspective.
My word for 2016 is: consistency.  I want more consistency in my crafting, photography, blogging and life.  For me it’s not all about finishing things but having a steady stream of positive experiences throughout the year.  So if I knit and exercise regularly I know I will feel physically and mentally better.  I  don’t knit to sell things, it’s because the process has a meditative aspect for me.
 
So I will tell you more about my photography journey in a separate blog as it is four years since I bought I bridge camera.  I am hoping to blog more regularly health permitting and get involved with some more projects that will challenge me and benefits others.  Also I want to get making and selling again.
I am consistently posting on social media and you can catch up with me in the following places: