Sunday Thoughts

Thinking about the week ahead on a Sunday night can be quite daunting when you consider all the tasks and events that can occur over 7 days.

In order to deal with this it is important to simply consider the one day in front of you and break all the tasks down into manageable chunks. Usually you will find that you can get more done in the time frame you have than initially thought.

One of the things I have to remind myself of is that the things that worry and concern me the most often cannot be planned or avoided, so acceptance is key and blocking them out until you reach the office is important so that you can get a good nights sleep before the start of a new week.

A concept I came across recently that has been a big help is the idea of maintaining a ‘beginner’s mind’. This involves looking at tasks with a fresh outlook each day, ignoring the things that have held you back previously.

Often a fresh mind allows you to revisit persistent tasks in the same way but with less negativity. This helps the tasks get done and perhaps without the self doubt and anxiety which stems from them not going completely to plan last week or last month.

It is important to remember that we are ‘work in progress- and we will get there a bit at a time, not all at once’.

I hope you all of a great week. Remember to take it in your stride!

  

Julia xx

Stripes

I adore stripes at the moment. This is a great pattern to mix into a simple outfit to make an impact with minimal effort.

A simple black and white striped top looks perfect with a plain pair of trousers or jeans and I love wearing mine with my black faux leather jacket.

I have two horizontal striped tops (both black and white/cream) that I recently purchased from river island in the sale. They cost me £10 each and I have gotten a good amount of wear out of them so far. For something so simple and on trend, its good to know that the high street has a lot to offer for those on a budget.

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Julia xx

Realisations

Currently on the train after a long week of meetings, reflecting on the last few weeks. Its been tough and there have been many internal battles where a lack of perspective has fuelled some sort of frustration.

These kind of weeks are when my learning curve is the steepest and when I reach a point of thought inflection, I become extremely appreciative of where I have arrived and how I got there.

Too often I hold onto ridiculously silly and unhelpful frustrations that eventually leave me feeling embarrassed when I have moaned about these things to another person. But what I need to take from this is that there are times when annoyance should be left behind in the first instance and I feel I am slowly progressing with this.

Frustration is something that we all battle with, but what should be learned is how to identify the insignificance of the emotion and let it go.

Acceptance of things that can’t be changed and trends that keep occurring such as behavior or situations should simply be viewed as inevitable and uncontrollable to allow for a calmer thought process in how to respond.

Whether it is a rude comment from someone, a hasty expectation from a colleague or a bad driving occurrence on the way home; these things should not define our mindset for the remainder of the day/week and should be viewed as the insignificant happenings that they are.

9 times out of 10 the other individual involved won’t give these things a second thought or have any idea that you have, so let it go!

Julia xx

Thoughts

It has been a bit of a crazy week for me. Mostly as a result of my own mind rather than as a result of external craziness.

There has been so much positivity thrown at me and I still manage to see the negatives somehow; but I am now writing this post with the realization of how lucky I am and how proud I am of my little self.

I am now on my second promotion in 7 months which is pretty insane at the age of 25 (well it is for me), I have the kindest and most supportive boyfriend in the world and have some lovely friends and coworkers who I couldn’t have got to where I am without.

I fear sometimes that I focus so much on what I don’t have and compare myself to others so much that I forget to look at what is there and how lucky I am to have it. Writing these kind of posts helps to put my thoughts in perspective and stop myself from taking life for granted.

I strongly recommend a little check in with your mind every now and then.

Happy easter everyone!!

Julia xx