Blogtober 25th

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Its the 25th of October which means it is also the twenty-fifth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 24th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

All day I have been thinking of a way to structure my time in a better way so that I can get all the things are done that I want to and also the ones that I need to so I was feeling enthusiastic to get home and work on a new time management schedule so that I can accomplish all I want to each day.  I am hoping to get up a bit earlier each day to do some of the things I want to before work but we will have to see how that goes!

  • What drained me of energy?

Being too cold this morning and then too hot this afternoon has drained my energy.  The office where I work has the heating on now but the office is chilly in the morning and normally warm by the afternoon.  Today though it was so hot this afternoon that I felt I should have been wearing summer clothes instead of my trousers and long sleeve top.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I get tired and grumpy when I am too warm or cold and the change in temperature can really affect how I feel.  I really need to think a bit more about what I wear to work and incorporate more layers for days like today.

Blogtober 24th

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Its the 24th of October which means it is also the twenty-fourth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 23rd October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Lots of little things made me feel enthusiastic today, listening to podcasts, taking time out to practice mindfulness, spending time with friends, getting my bills paid and ticking some errands off my list.

  • What drained me of energy?

One part of my job involves checking forms on an on-screen viewer and the system we use can be pretty slow at times and the work can be a bit boring.  I found that sitting and staring at a screen for part of my day to be draining of my energy and I felt pretty lethargic afterwards.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that enthusiasm can come from the most surprising of sources and once I get enthusiastic about something I can transfer that enthusiasm on to other things.

Blogtober 23rd

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Its the 23rd of October which means it is also the twenty-third day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 22nd October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I felt enthusiastic about getting my curtain pole and curtains up today!  It took a while to get the pole up and the curtains ironed but I am happy that it has been done.  It makes such a difference to my living room!

  • What drained me of energy?

Ironing my new curtains drained me of energy.  I was not expecting the task to take quite as long as it did and it seemed like the neverending task!  I really think curtains should have a person that comes and does that for you for the price they cost!

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I am able to do things that I didn’t think I would be able to do (putting up a curtain pole…I’m so short!) so long as I think about what needs doing and how to go about it!

Blogtober 22nd

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Its the 22nd of October which means it is also the twenty-second day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 21st October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I finally completed my logo for the work competition and have thought of a way to present it.  I felt really enthusiastic to get home from work and make a start on the presentation side of things!

  • What drained me of energy?

Worry and anxiety about my physio appointment meant that I had a really bad night of sleep which, in turn, drained me of energy today.  I was unsure whether I would be having an injection into my shoulder today or not and that set off my worry which then turned into anxiety.  Once I got to my appointment it turned out that I would need to book an appointment through the physio man and all I had today was a new series of exercises to do involving load-bearing and stretchy bands.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that despite my anxiety being bad this morning I can still have a pretty good day.

Blogtober 21st

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Its the 21st of October which means it is also the twenty-first day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 20th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Having a good night’s sleep and being up early, waking to the sunlight coming through my bedroom window and getting so many things done before lunchtime really made me feel enthusiastic.  It’s funny how the weather can affect so many little things.

  • What drained me of energy?

I have physio in the morning and spent time worrying about that as I’m not too sure whether I will be having a steroid injection tomorrow or whether it will happen at a later date.  My shoulder is still pretty achy and doesn’t feel like it has got any better this week which is also playing on my mind.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that getting up early and getting so many things done can have a positive impact on how my day goes.  It is something that I think I will try to do more often as it made me feel pretty good.

Blogtober 20th

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Its the 20th of October which means it is also the twentieth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 19th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Getting things done in the house and completing a few tasks that I have been putting off has made me feel enthusiastic today.  It’s been good for my headspace to finally get some things ticked off from my list that has just been dragging on for weeks.

  • What drained me of energy?

My friend came down in the afternoon and we had a little Birthday celebration including a lovely Indian dinner.  Unfortunately, my eyes were bigger than my belly and I ate too much which really drained me of energy and I was in bed by 10:30pm and fast asleep not long after!

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that if I can identify why I dislike doing something and then try to identify the positives and how it will make me feel afterwards then I can get tasks done a lot easier and not put them off for so long.

Blogtober 19th

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It’s the 19th of October which means it is also the nineteenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 18th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I was made to feel enthusiastic by the fact that the day was Friday!  I have had what feels like a long week and have some plans I am looking forward to over the weekend so I was glad to wake up to it being the last day of the working week so I can concentrate on my plans and projects over the next few days!

  • What drained me of energy?

I decided to try and be more cheerful in work today and tried to make an effort to be happy and not let anything get to me much.  That saying of “fake it until you make it” kept going through my head and on the exterior, I was trying to appear upbeat and cheerful but inside I was groaning and just wanted the day to be over.  It was exhausting.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I just can not plaster on a smile if I’m not feeling it as it seems even harder work than just going with how I feel.  I’m sure I would be a terrible poker player as my expression would give me away, either that or after an hour I’d need a laydown and a nap for a few hours!

Blogtober 18th

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It’s the 18th of October which means it is also the eighteenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 17th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I drew the winner for my Bullet Journal give-away early in the morning and I was really enthusiastic about continuing to prepare the journal for my lovely winner Willow!

  • What drained me of energy?

I had a headache, caused by the weather and a drop in the air pressure which wouldn’t shift despite taking painkillers and drinking loads of water through the day.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that even when the weather is miserable if I do something that I enjoy, the weather does not affect me half as much as if I were focusing on that.  Doing something I enjoy can distract me from negative feelings and thoughts so it is worth having activities to do on days when it is grey, both in weather and mood.

Blogtober 17th

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It’s the 17th of October which means it is also the seventeenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 16th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

It was my Birthday which I was already looking forward to as I had the day off from work.  What I was really enthusiastic about were the plans I had to go to the local pet shop to get some things for my fish tank and spend some time with my Mum and Dad and also my lovely neighbour Heather.

  • What drained me of energy?

While I was really enthusiastic about going to the pet shop and had planned what I wanted to get (I had a shop gift voucher), I couldn’t get everything I wanted as some of the stuff didn’t seem to be stocked in the local shop, and the offers that had been advertised on-line were not on anymore.  I had to calculate how much everything was as I didn’t want to spend over the card amount.  Then at the till the check out person tried to overcharge me and I almost had an argument over how many bags of gravel I had picked up.  I made her check the receipt and said I had made my calculations going by the prices on the shelves.  As she had already charged my gift card I had to wait around for the excess to be refunded so I didn’t have to pay anything extra.  The biggest drain on my energy was that nothing seemed to go to plan from the moment I arrived at the shop.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I need to have less of an expectation and also have a backup plan.  If I had checked online if I could use my gift card then I could have just returned home and made my order online without so much faffing around, or I could have driven to the same shop a town over and seen what they had in store.  I should add, despite the experience, I am loving the items I did get and have set the tank up!