My Diary: Between The Festivities

More festivities start tomorrow evening with Hogmanay or better known as New Years Eve. The shops will be closed again for another few days. People will be partying again and no doubt I will hear the bangs of fireworks from my neighbours as midnight approaches. This time of year goes so fast. Everyone spends so much time preparing for Christmas and it is over in no time. The UK is lovely at Christmas, especially in the shops. They are all lit up with lights and decorations. After New Year, when the decorations come down, everything returns to normal. I think that after New Year most people are pleased to get back to their every day routine.


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I have had a lovely few days between Christmas and New Year. The roads are so quiet. The schools are off and most people are not back to work until after New Year. It will be a shock to the system for me when the roads get busy again. I am not usually on the roads at rush hour. I teach during after school hours and I work on my business at home. I do take my husband to work in the mornings after 7 pm. That is the time when I notice the traffic.

I did a bit of shopping, replacing the pan I ruined. I was cooking sticky rice, the rice stuck to the bottom of the pan and I could not remove it. The pan was binned, but I did find a new pan which was better quality. Hopefully, I will not ruin this one. I am great at baking but not so good at cooking. There are some things I can cook well, but I will just have to make an effort to learn new recipes.

I am going to the Showcase with my business the weekend after New Year. That will be something to look forward to. I am taking the train from Aberdeen to Birmingham. A long journey. I will stay over in Birmingham for two nights. We are having a presentation through the day and going out for a meal at night. I will meet up with so many people. Some I know and some new faces. I think I really need a break. Staying in a hotel is fantastic.

The sky is beautiful tonight, full of red and orange. Maybe it will be a nice day tomorrow? ‘Red sky at night, shepherds delight’. It is not that cold outside. The winters are certainly getting warmer. Still cold enough for the heating to be on inside though.


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I will have to make my plans for this year. What are my goals? What I plan to do? Will I arrange a holiday? I am hoping to take a holiday to Morocco this year to see my in-laws. Some sun will do me good. Maybe during the summer time. I want to continue teaching music and build my customer base in my business. I am not good at making plans at all, but if I don’t make them I will not achieve anything.

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Have A Great Holiday Everyone!

Festive


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I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. The end of another year. How time flies.

My Christmas is quiet this year. My brother and sister are away in Edinburgh celebrating with their families. I am here with my husband and we went to my parents to have a meal with them. My husband and I do not celebrate Christmas as such, but I have lived here all my life and it is really nice to celebrate with family and friends. It is a lovely time of year for everyone to get together.

In Aberdeen, Christmas Day is so quiet, apart from the occasional horn sounding from cars outside picking people up to take to parties. There are no buses, everything is closed, it is like a ghost town.

However, I woke up this boxing day to be pleasantly surprised to find a blanket of snow outside, not sure if it will last. Snow is not a regular occurrence as it was in the past.

I am going to take a wander into the shops and have a browse around the sales. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, everyone heads to the shops again to pick up a bargain.

The next stage of the festive season is to look forward to the New Year.

Manifest Our Way To Success


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When I first learned about manifestation, I thought this could never work. The reality is, if we really think about it, it makes sense. It is about knowing what we really want and the belief that these things will really come to us. There is a difference between wanting things and really knowing that we want. If we know what we want, we will know or learn how to work towards it. We have to really focus on our desires, this will reduce our resistance to achieving them. We are good at talking ourselves out of things by saying ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I don’t deserve this’ or ‘there is not enough time’, does this sound familiar?


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When we focus on what we want, we think about the actions we need to take to achieve it. When we focus on the end result, it will lead us to the right path. Being grateful as if we have already achieved it, even if we have not, will also help us focus. This tricks the mind into thinking we have achieved our desires. We manifest in our minds what we have now, so if we are manifesting bad things, we have to change it.

Setting goals how to achieve what we want is essential or we will never move towards success. It all comes down to the choices we make.

Work is also an essential component. Work is success. Dreams – Work – Success. We all dream, but dreams will not become real without doing the work. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is successful people don’t allow anything to stop them and they take action towards what they want. Unsuccessful people don’t take action because they talk themselves out of things. Put this into practical use. I have learned from teaching that success when learning a musical instrument depends if we give up or continue to practise.

When we make the decision to be in a good mood, people will want to be around us. Thinking positive not only makes us feel good but makes positive experiences, negative thinking makes negative experiences. When things go wrong, success depends on picking ourselves up and trying again.

Above all, learn to be patient. Success takes time and things do not happen overnight.

There are many motivational speakers to look up and learn more about manifestation such as Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins and Wayne Dyer.

YouTube. (2016). Jim Rohn- See Things That Do Not Yet Exist. [online] Available at: https://youtu.be/cID5nJU2LW8 [Accessed 27 Dec. 2016].

Reiki Healing


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Reiki means universal life force energy. It is a system of healing to wash away and remove unhealthy energy. Gratitude is used as one method of healing taught by Dr. Randolph Shipon who is a psychologist and Reiki master.

Reiki can be used for relaxation, healing pain, anxiety, worries, stress and aids general well-being.

YouTube. (2016). Learn Reiki in Ten Minutes. [online] Available at: https://youtu.be/0DDw0BrIXrk [Accessed 27 Dec. 2016].