Thanks For Sharing

thanks-for-sharing-poster05-1Morning all!

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I’m a massive fan of Pink (the woman, not the colour). This being the case, last night I went to see the new film ‘Thanks For Sharing’ in which she had a small part.

I came away feeling really motivated. The film is about a group of addicts, trying to fight their addiction. I found it really inspiring how they went about coping and fighting their disease. One of the characters, Adam, has a mantra he repeats to himself whenever he needs to. ‘One day at a time’. Using this (and the support meetings and other techniques) he manages to stay sober for 5 years.

At the support groups they give out sobriety medallions for each day, week, month, year, 5 years etc that they stay sober. I considered how I could use that to help me. Some sort of reward for sticking at what I want to do (or not do as the case may be). For me, I would say my worst vice at the moment is junk food, chocolate, that sort of thing. It’s a problem. So, to help me, I’m going to make my own little medallions for each day, week, month, year, I stay off the junk.

Another thing I found motivating was how they took such little steps. So if you’re trying to become healthier, take tiny steps to begin with. You’ll find it easier to start, you’ll feel great for achieving it and you won’t be overwhelmed by your overall goal. You could literally start with 1 minute a day exercise. You could drink a healthy drink (E.G. green tea) twice a day. It all makes a difference.

Lastly, the support from fellow addicts was so lovely. The whole sponsor-sponsee relationship was great. Knowing someone who has your back and will help you through it is so helpful to say the least. If you can, get someone who will kick your butt when you need it, then celebrate with you when you’ve done well or reached a milestone.

Till next time

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P.S Also love the tagline ‘Life is a journey you never have to take alone.’

Knighting people – Bouquet of 3

Dear All,

I’m delighted to have been nominated for my first award, the ‘Bouquet of 3’ by the incredibly encouraging Lydia at My Feather Quill. She has been a great support to me since I started my blog a few months ago. Her blog is varied, down to earth and great to read. Her writing is superb and she does fantastic reviews.

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The rules are as follows:

1. As the recipient of the award you have to share 7 things about yourself with the blogosphere.

2. Link back to the post of the person who nominated you (in this case it will be me).

3. Copy and Paste the Award logos into your new post.

2. To pass on the award you then nominate 15 bloggers (This bit is sort of like knighting someone)

3. You should let all the lovely bloggers know that they have been nominated so they can claim their virtual reward.

Here are the 7 things about me:

1) Sometimes I laugh so hard for so long, that my body goes into some sort of strange convulsion where I then can’t stop laughing or crying. The first time it happened I scared myself. Now I just enjoy it.

2) I would love nothing better than to positively change million’s of people’s lives.  I feel like my heart is breaking when I hear sad things happening to people and want to make it all better for them.

3) I tend to be a bit distrustful at first. This may date back to when I was a child and my older brother tricked me into picking up dog poo. We don’t talk anymore.

4) I believe life is an adventure to be lived to the full.

5) I will tell anyone who listens that when I happened to (briefly) meet Pink (who I love), I was the first one to let go when we shook hands. My friends who know me find this hard to believe. I think they thought I would jump on her back and cling to her like a barnacle.

6) My two favourite (non celebrity) people are my dad and my wife. Both are hilarious, crazy, wise and gentle people who I could sit at the feet of and listen to for hours.

7) I am a 67 year old in the body of a 27 year old. I’m regularly told I have an old head on young shoulders.

So, to carry on this knighting people award, below are the blogs that I enjoy reading. I have only been blogging a few months but here are the ones that I have enjoyed so far!

1 Step 1000 Miles

Tips For Living Your Best Life

Andrews Daily Change

Jessica Catherine Creates

Life by Therese

101 Things Before You Die

Awesome AJ

I Am Mandi Miranda

Kirsty Champion

Mirror Motivation Media

Health Results Wealth

Intricately Twisted

Caffeine’s Not A Crime

Project Light To Life

Jump For Joy Photo Project

Till next time

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Music and Humour, Motivation to Overcome

Hi All,

So, all weekend I was laid up in bed with hayfever and a cold. It stinks. I can’t stand not being able to make the most of a day, especially when it’s such beautiful weather. Yesterday I was watching out of my window and getting really annoyed. Down the street some teenage boys were running races. To my right a family of about 10 were all out sunning themselves in their front garden. From the back of my place I could see some kids were playing games with their parents and sounding like they were having a great time.

Meanwhile I was sneezing and coughing and looking like I’d just stepped out of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video. I dragged myself from room to room clutching a toilet roll trying to keep my spirits up. I’d recently read ‘Me Before You’ which is a story about a quadriplegic who, with the help of his family and carers, manages to still live a full life. Yet here was I with a glorified case of the sniffles feeling sorry for myself.

In this situation I usually pull myself together with the help of some comedy and music. I put on anything and everything that is likely to make me laugh, cheer me up or summon up the fighter in me.

If you don’t already have a ‘go to’ CD for this sort of situation, you can borrow some of my tracks. I’ve also included some links to  things that make me laugh. Obviously I’ve picked two of the most subjective topics, music and humour, so what works for me won’t necessarily work for you!

Apologies if this post hasn’t made all that much sense, I’m highly medicated right now!

18 Wheeler  – Pink

No Fear – The Rasmus

Up – Shania Twain

Lee Evans (Contains swearing)

Ellen DeGeneres

Whose Line Is It Anyway

Till next time

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