July 10, 2020- Day 2 out of 66 for new habit

Hello July,

what, I forgot to tell you which habit I am aiming for? Indeed, I practically did. Should I count day one again?

So, here I am again this morning, in my parents’ home in the South of France, having my morning coffee and journaling.

I mean to feel deserving for good things and doing one thing for myself every day. Feeling so overwhelmed and guilty that I am not answering everyone’s demands in perfection doesn’t take me very far.

So? Feel that I deserve a holiday, and taking care of my hair, style, maybe stopping some chocolate and coffee? Hmm, I will go back to 70% or more chocolate and eh, I have two coffees in the morning. Make it one?

Deserving the best for us, and forgiving ourselves for our mistakes, celebrating our accomplishments.

https://beyoutifulliving.wordpress.com/tag/i-deserve-the-best-and-i-accept-the-best-now/

 

May 29, 2020- Being productive with a deadline: Tomorrow

May, hello,

have you ever. had deadlines? Yes, you are leaving us in a couple of days. But, guess what: I need to finish a small article by tomorrow.

When a deadline is so close, it somehow mobilises every part of me. How about you? There is a notion of fear and panic, freezing, staring at the paper, or the computer screen. Unable to move. That’s what our ancestors might experience from time to time in front of a mighty predator.

How about fight or flight?

There is no flight possibility.

Fight is the only way out.

So, let’s go for it!

I am having a piece of chocolate to lift my spirits and move instead of staring.

One word at a time makes the page full.

Have a nice and productive day!!!

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May 18, 2020- Transforming guilt to creativity

Hey, May,

how is it going? I am prone to feeling guilty because I don’t fulfil everybody’s demands, and all those I ask of myself.

But this is just a trap.

Why would I fulfil everything in the first place?

Because it’s my job and I am payed for it?

Or because I am a daughter, a partner, a sister, a …?

Hmm, let’s start from the job. It seems that even if I work most of the day, there is more to do. How about pleasure? It would have to be through my job because there is not much left outside. Ok, there is the cat. My parents’ cat.

So maybe, I need to start from doing something nurturing and fulfilling for myself. And then, when I am satisfied, I become productive. How about that?

And instead of waiting for something to come, I put myself to writing again. Creative writing. Because writing without adjective, is what we do when we email people.

Being creative, that’s what I need not to feel guilty to myself!!!

Let’s allow ourselves to be creative!!!

https://www.wikihow.com/Be-Creative

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May 13, 2020- How not to stress for other people’s priorities

Hello May,

I think I got a lot of things done, but staying with my parents during lockdown also adds their responsibilities to my already full schedule. Meaning, I stressed up.

Old house, repairs to be done, and not really the moment I have a big bank account.

That’s why I decided to get a promotion.

A better job.

And to play Lotto.

In the meanwhile, I might decide if other people should dictate my life and schedule. Yes, everything looks like an emergency. People have different priorities. And perspectives. Something is vital for one, insignificant for the other.

And overall, they can manage so well with or without me.

But if I take everything in, I will not manage anything;

They might not like my style.

But guess what,

it’s the only one I have for now.

To keep “saine d’esprit”, in other words,

to Keep Calm and Carry On!

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May 2, 2020- How to stay Open-minded in lockdown- Josef Albers

Hello May,

how do we stay OPEN in lockdown? Artwork, could be the answer! This is the work “Open” by Josef Albers from the free online collection of the Guggenheim museum. Let’s take a walk there.

Saturday almost morning, and after my second coffee and finding the right recipe for lunch, I get back to a busy weekend. I am going to mark some papers, so all my attention and focus is needed.

Have a nice Saturday also, whatever you do!

 

Open (b)

Josef Albers, Open (b), December 1940. Oil on Masonite, 19 7/8 x 19 5/8 inches (50.5 x 49.8 cm)

April 23, 2020- Self-pampering and resilience after a cat scratch

Hello April,

here I am again, at home, after being scratched by my parents’ cat-Bella; she wanted to be petted, but then it was too much and she scratched me. Well, how do you change your mood to positive without letting a random event become an excuse for grumpiness?

Some chocolate might help actually.

Also some self-pampering.

Showering ourself with extra love if our cat is not doing that today.

A piece of chocolate

Some affirmations

Grooming ourselves

Giving ourselves a hug and a medal for something we did:re

https://www.lifehack.org/845540/building-resilience

April 15, 2020- Do we matter in a Covid19 lockdown period? Dance, concentrate, act!

Hello April,

here are we, the lucky ones, working from home, because others are not well and others have to risk their lives more often and we are so grateful for that …

How do we concentrate when times flies, uniform and external boundaries are no longer there to place a limit?

As artists, or writers, we know something about it…

I find it hard to concentrate the last couple of days… having also a feeling of powerlessness to act in a meaningful way.

What if it were not the case?

Planning and sticking to the plan could be a way to tackle this.

Finding also time to connect and to take action -using social media or other forms- diffusing information from health authorities, funding in our limited way meaningful initiatives…

such as the research on the vaccine and the cure of COVID-19

And then go back to our everyday tasks and act act and act again again and again!

And most of all, Dance, Dance and Dance!

At home, in our room, corridor, stairs!

Because dancing is sooo good for our brains!

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/why-is-dancing-so-good-your-brain

 

8 Benefits of Ballet

 

April 5, 2020- Sunday morning at home :-)

Hello April,

yes, from home again. I realise how important it is to have a daily schedule and daily rituals when days look similar and you don’t have the kind of variety that work and others used to paint your life with.

First things, first: being grateful for being here

Smile to the face in the mirror

Play with the cat

Feed the cat

Give fresh water to the cat

Have breakfast

Have coffee

Have a nice cookie

Meditate

Talk to family members

Dance

And dance again!

 

April 1st, 2020- 6 Year Blog-Anniversary! Happy Birthday April4June6!

Welcome April,

again, in this strange period where we humans realise how much we have in common and how vulnerable we are without cooperation!

Six years after I started blogging, at the beginning only for three months: April to June, with the promise to write every day. And I did!

I was facing a wannabe boss who fired me in Paris, France, heartbreak, financial instability, health issues of members of my family and some passing issues with me, eh… kind a few actually!

In the meanwhile I changed country and language, went to London, changed again, went through precarious jobs and relationships, … published a book, got a new job, published some poetry…

And here I am in my starting point, at my parents’ home waiting for the virus storm to pass, hoping and praying it will get better for all of us…

And thinking of ways to act responsibly in the world emerging…

Still, a lot of reasons to celebrate, and most of all, celebrate the trajectory, wins and losses, getting back up and continuing…

And THANKING friends, people who have stood by, blogfriends, everyday life friends, unknown kind passers by who smiled, flowers, animals, kids, the wind in my cheek…

HappY BirthdaY April4June6 WordPress blog, it’s time we expand… I will tell you how 🙂

March 31, 2020- Thriving in times of COVID19 storm- Resilience

Hello March,

a few years ago I started this blog to help me navigate through challenging times: I was loosing my almost job, and I didn’t know what direction to take exactly.

I see myself now, grateful for the present.

It might also be challenging in different ways.

But being here, interacting with friends who brought their perspective, has made a big change.

Tomorrow is the birthday of this blog. A six year anniversary, when I decided to blog every day, for three months at the beginning: April to June.

And I did.

I might have blogged less later on, but it still felt right to continue: From Paris, to London, to the South of France and then London again.

I am now in my hometown, waiting for the COVID storm to pass while I try to do my best by self-isolating as much as possible.

So, since we do everything on line, I decided to come back to my hometown for as long as necessary.

Tomorrow it’s my blog’s birthday, and I decide to blog again every day, and make something out of it:

Publish

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https://www.happybrainlife.com/blog/2020/1/16/10-tips-for-navigating-difficult-times