At the weekend I was fortunate to attend the Lucky Things Meet Up hosted by the lovely Sunita from Lucky Things. I was excited and nervous about the day. Excited and nervous about what I was going to learn, and excited and nervous about meeting up with new bloggers, and some that I already knew. I’m not sure why I felt nervous because as soon as I arrived at the venue in Central London I felt calm and relaxed which leads onto the theme of the day that was mindfulness, and how we can apply it to our busy everyday lives. Having been part of and engaging with the talk, I am now seeing things in a more positive light and practicing a new way of thinking.
As I said the main focus of the talk was mindfulness, and we were asked to observe how our body reacted when the word “goals” was spoken. I instantly felt myself tense up with anticipation that my 2017 goals wouldn’t be achieved and that I would see myself as a failure. However when the word “intentions” was spoken I felt calm and positive that I could achieve my intentions for 2017.
Try it for yourself and see how you react and feel when you hear the word “goals”. Now see how you feel when you hear the word “intentions”. Did you feel a difference?
Obviously I’ll still be pursuing my goals (intentions) for 2017 when it comes to life, work and the blog, however I will try to see them in a different way. Instead of reviewing the list, ticking or crossing through them and then getting annoying with myself if I’ve not achieved my goal. I will instead focus on what I have achieved to reach my goal, and congratulate myself on what I have done to get there. I think it’s really important to focus on the positive aspects of the journey that we have taken to get somewhere we want to be.
So that’s my new way of thinking. I’m going to start applying this to everyday life in hope that it will reduce stress if something isn’t fully achieved.
I had a fantastic day and evening at the Lucky Things Meet Up. I met a brilliant group of people, and made some new friends too. I came away from the day feeling positive and inspired. Also a little overwhelmed too, but now that I’ve had time to process it, it makes sense, and I hope that I’m already started to apply my new way of thinking.
A massive thanks to Sunita for putting in a sterling effort for organising the event, and I’m looking forward to the next one. Better get my style on for that.
The image that features within this blog post was taken by Daniela Cadore who was the photographer on the day.