Hello Housekeepers, welcome to the nineth week of the Better Me program -fifty two weeks of inspirational little somethings designed to help you live a life less ordinary…
On your marks, get set, go…
Today allocate “worry time”. A few moments in your day you can dedicate to really concentrating on what’s worrying you, while setting those worries aside during the rest of your day so they do threaten to consume you. Try worrying in the shower. Or as you load the dishwasher after the evening meal.
This may sound absolutely nuts but it is actually a really effective way of staying focused only on the positive until you are “allowed” to worry at which point you give yourself permission to worry at full throttle…
Today grab a cup of something warm and sit down with a selection of the fattest cookbooks you own. Read through them and choose the one with recipes that appeal to you most. Then resolve to work you way through the book one recipe at a time, noting in the margins when you cooked the meal, and who you served it to. Think of yourself as the new Julie/Julia and commit to the challenge with the same fervor that Julie Powell did during her one year experiment in French cooking.
Cook the things that scare you. Take each recipe as a new culinary challenge even when it includes techniques or ingredients you are not familiar with and allow the book to become the story of your year and the challenges it presents to be an opportunity to become a better, more adventurous cook.
Today make a list of all the things you no longer want in your life. Whether it’s the toaster that burns every slice of bread it devours or the friend who never stops whining: if it is driving you mad get it journalled somewhere you look at regularly.
This is an unusual exercise because the moment you put pen to paper you may find yourselves astonished by what you find yourself writing. It can be both exhilarating and rather shocking to discover all those things you may previously have been barely tolerating but authentically no longer want to offer house room to in your world. You see we cannot become “better” until we are willing to say goodbye to all those things that by their very existence somehow contribute to making us feel trapped.
Today is the day to turn one of your kitchen cabinets in to your very own Happy Cupboard. Simply open the doors and use the inside of each door as a blank canvas for your dreams. Use Blu-tack to create a mini version of your Vision board on one door and stick inspirational quotes and words on the other.
Then whenever you feel distant from your own self during the course of dullest of domestic days you simply open your Happy Cupboard and remember in an instant, not only who you are but who you are striving to be.
Today resolve to eat a handful of almonds everyday for always.
Now considered the kind of superfood known to do battle with both heart disease and diabetes, it really is worth fitting plain (or simply salted) almonds in to your diet daily. Containing both an impressive amount of protein and plenty of the kind of good fats it can be a challenge to consume enough of, it is worth buying a big pack of almonds and dividing them in to portions (simply so you don’t go wild and eat the lot as they can be calorific!) then popping a few portions in to your handbag or stashing a few in your office desk or in the car door so you always have them to hand and get in to the habit of nibbling at them when hunger strikes.
These tiny little changes add up to a better you…
Today decide that this will be the tax year you aren’t utterly demented when it comes to return time, by slipping an a5 transparent plastic pocket in to your bag and popping every single receipt you get straight into it. Once a week simply empty the pocket out and divide the receipts in to those you need to keep and those you don’t and process them accordingly.
This is a matter of self-discipline. It is of course very easy to keep shoving receipts wrapped around your credit cards or change given in store straight in to your purse, but simply making the smallest of efforts to put them straight in to the receipt pocket really does make all the difference
Finally today download the app Home Routines and get to grips with what they call your “repeaty stuff”. You see it is all very well spending time organizing and writing down routines but if you then file them away and completely forget what you are supposed to be doing when, then routines really aren’t worth anything at all.
With Home Routines you can set reminders so that each morning you are obligated to look at exactly what they day should have in store for you and even earn yourself a gold star by working your way through your allocated tasks…
Now what could be better than a gold star?
Have a lovely week Housekeepers.x