Here are the photos I took for the Fat Mum Slim Photo-a-Day challenge. All of these have been taken using my phone. I am pleased with most of them and I must remember to take photos while I am out and about! Each month I am going to share with you the photos from the months challenge and also a couple of my favourites. I have to confess I did miss a few days but no-ones perfect. You can check out more of my photos here.
Thanks to technology I am wrote some of this weeks gratitude post from a car-park while I was waiting for hubby to pick me up. So I guess my first thing I am grateful for is technology. I love being able to share photos here and write notes to myself using this app ColorNote Notepad Notes To Do
Here is my gratitude list for this week –
- Technology, especially my phone. Never wanted a smart phone, now I could not live without it.
- FatMumSlim for sharing next months Photo-a-day list, (February already)!!!
- My walk to work, being able to gaze at the sky; cloud watch and find rainbows.
- Dark chocolate and detox tea, what a great combination.
- My new favourite thing – Coconut Oil. (Hair is looking less frizzy).
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
Here is my gratitude list for this week –
- Going home for Christmas, being able to spend time with my family, always means so much to me.
- Honey, lemon and ginger, soothing my throat and helping me recover.
- The Apothecary Circle, so much knowledge, support and love.
- New notebooks from Paperchase, I am going to be organised this year. I even have a notebook for my blog!
- My husband for looking after me while I was ill, I am the worse patient there is!
I am taking part in the Apothecary Circle and one of our first things to do is to make sure we are drinking enough water. 80-100 ounces (2.37-2.96 litres) a day of water! It is advised that we do a ‘morning flush’, this is to drink 16-32 ounces (0.47-0.95 litres) of water first thing in the morning before doing anything else. So far so good, I have started to drink 27 ounces (0.8 litres) every morning. It is quite tough but I think the pros far out weigh the cons. Then sipping water throughout the day, having a glass of water before and after your meals and drinking extra if you drink coffee. It is hard to remember to drink, there are apps out there such as Water Your Body to remind you to drink your water. I have decided to test this one out as I think I could use some reminding.
Hydration is key to being healthy. If you want to change one thing this year make sure you are drinking enough ‘pure’ water. Are you up for the challenge? I know that in the past I have struggled with drinking enough each day. Over the Christmas holiday I was really bad and drank about 5 glasses of water the whole time I was visiting family. It is a easy habit to fall out of but such a good habit to have. Proper hydration really is a life changer. Here are some of the benefits of being hydrated; headaches disappear, it helps to regulate sleep and on waking you feel refreshed, it helps improve digestion, skin and hair quality improves and hormones begin to balance out. I will write more about what I have personally discovered as the challenge progresses. I hope this has inspired you to take up the challenge. Cheers.
I am taking part in the Photo A Day Challenge again this year. Here is the inspiration list for January’s photos. I really enjoyed the taking part last year and I am looking forward to carrying it on for another year. Let me know if you are joining in. The challenge is from Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. You can play along using Instagram, Streamzoo, Twitter or on your own blog. I am going to take a photo a day and you can see them here at Streamzoo. A big thank you to Chantelle for the monthly lists last year and thank you for continuing it for another year.
Let start snapping. #fmsphotoaday
I have never had a word of intention for the year before, but I think the universe wants me to have one or it thinks I need one. Three things have lead me to having a word for 2013. The first was the workbook from Susannah Conway this is a really useful workbook and helps you to say goodbye to 2012 and gives you focus for the following year. It took longer to fill out than expected but I enjoyed the process. I was then introduced to ‘2013 Creating Your Incredible Year’ by Marissa at Moondaugter this workbook looked interesting and inspiring, it didn’t take me that long to decide to purchase it. What it’s about – ‘The 2013 Create Your Incredible Year workbook, planner & calendar is an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year in life or business (or both!). Over the last four years, thousands of women have used this workbook with the most amazing results. It’s the best planning tool available to help you make your year your most exceptional yet! Used by entrepreneurs, artists, mamas, creatives, coaches, teachers and women of all ages, the Creating Your Incredible Year workbooks are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar to help you create your amazing new year’. I have worked though most of it and it is more in depth than the first one and takes that much longer but I think it is worth it. It is also a bit of work in progress at the moment as there are parts of it I need to revisit.
The third thing that spurred me on to get a word for the year was the course that I am taking, The Apothecary Circle run by the lovely Laura Emily. It is a full year of holistic living while earning a certificate in keeping a home apothecary. Here is what it’s about- ‘learn how to craft up your own herbal remedies, how to replace your medicine cabinet with fresh, gorgeous food, develop a foundation for abundant and vibrant health by engaging in our monthly group challenges- dive into a buffet of ecourses and workshops read up on weekly lessons, monthly tutorials and be surrounded by a gorgeous and thriving community of women, all desiring to weave some earth medicine into their own lives. And if you feel called to, use your time in the apothecary circle to apply towards an accredited course to become a certified Holistic Coach, and more.’ Wow I am going to be busy this year….
I decided at the end of last year that for the beginning of 2013 I would have a new blog. I feel as if I have outgrown Tumblr and I want to do more with my blog than what Tumblr can offer. So here it is, it is a few days late as I came down with a stinky cold at the beginning of the week, so I spent New Years Eve and Day in bed. I hope to be a regular blogger, writing about things I am doing, what interests me and of course sharing my artwork and photos. I hope you enjoy what you see. Here is a link to my old blog.