Archive for April, 2013

Music….. Aspire to Inspire

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 20 April 2013 by misselisabethuk

Another weekly Blog is upon us and I have to say that week 15 has actually been one of the better weeks for me so far this year, which doesn’t really seem fair with all the atrocities and injustices happening elsewhere in the world.

So first I would like to send my thoughts and love to all those affected this week, not only in Boston but all over the world where people have died needlessly at the hands of some cause or another.  I, therefore, take a moment to remember them and reflect……..

Ok so let’s go back to Monday, if you will, the weather was good. I think we have finally had spring sprung upon us in the UK, after the weeks of on and off snow showers, cold winds and dark nights; the garden plants are starting to grow and the garden seems a much more welcoming place.  This ‘new start’ time of year coupled with good weather helps to keep your spirits up especially with the thought that summer is just around the corner.  Well, we are all keeping our fingers crossed it is.

So at the start of any new week many challenges lay ahead and you may be wondering how things will pan out, it’s a good question to ask yourself. Remember, you have the ability to mould and control what happens to you, so how you react to a challenge or situation will determine which path you will go down next.   I think the key is that you keep a positive open mind, plan for the best, expect the worst and you shouldn’t be disappointed

I have to say in my own life there has been a definite sea change of late with the small steps I have been making to improve my life and my prospects.  All these small decisions I am making are necessary steps and building blocks to changing the bigger picture, my future.   What I have also found particularly this week is that this positivity and focused mindset also rubs off on others.  They see you setting goals and your growing determination to make things different and they start to think what they could do to make some changes, put in place some goals. [Note: You cannot achieve a goal without giving yourself a deadline which is stretching but also realistic.]  And as a result this actually further increases the positivity around you and spurs you on to do more in the pursuit of change and personal growth.  When this happen you know you are building momentum towards a significant change….

I had my first music lesson this week after a long break, about 25 years (showing my age), which went well and I felt encouraged that I still knew a bit of the theory I had learnt all those years ago.  It felt a bit like getting back on a bike after a considerable time away. You sort of know what you are doing but the coordination has gone and the exact technique buried.   But, after a while the embedded skills you learnt return and it’s like you had never stopped.  I hope this happens with my piano playing!

Going off piste for a moment… Remember me telling you I bought a tab to ‘Blog-on-the-go’ well, I am having a few teething problems around using the onscreen typing pad with Polaris.  Hopefully I will get used to it as it’s a great gadget to write on.  Being able to produce a piece of text without any errors is proving to be challenging, editing ability is difficult, and I have to resort to finishing up my pieces on my laptop … I feel a bit of a review coming on.

Another first for me this week was that I gave a CV writing skills session to a class of 25 eleven year olds as a volunteer, which was really insightful, rewarding, challenging and definitely another grow point on my path to a better me.  I would really encourage anyone who has a spare hour or two to get involved in some sort of volunteering, you get so much out of it and so do the people you help.  It also helps to open up your people network and who knows what other opportunities that will bring…

Well, that’s me done for another week.  Hope you all have a great day with lots of positivity and if you feel like you need inspiring, look in the mirror as everything you need to succeed in life is looking right back at you!

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Week 14…. positive mistaken identity

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 13 April 2013 by misselisabethuk

This week has definitely been a week of personal progress, with an enjoyable positive outing with a friend and targets hit at work my motivation levels were up.  So I wanted to share with you something that happened to me this week, which on reflection was another personal growth moment.

Accosting a stranger (in the non-solicitous sense, obviously)…..

The first time it happened, a while back now, I mistook a man for a family member (seriously!).  I greeted him with something like “fancy seeing you here..”.  Now if I had addressed him in such a manner anywhere else other than at a station ticket machine it would have definitely been mistaken for a cheesy pick up line!  We both realised very quickly that clearly we didn’t know each other and after an apology given and accepted we carried on with our lives as if nothing had happened.  I was so embarrassed I had to put my head down and walk away very quickly, telling myself “that he DID have an uncanny resemblance to the person I thought it was”.  Almost coaching myself through the shock of the whole experience and not really thinking about how I may have affected the other person.

This week another mistaken identity situation happened, I quickly said “Sorry I thought you were someone else” they laughed, I laughed and we walked our separate ways.  It didn’t help that this time it was NOT just a “Hi, how are you?”.  I was so sure that this person was who I thought it was, I went in with “Chatting up young men, again!” as she stood with a tall young man.  Ok, so, I probably apologised more than once on this occasion and thankfully her laughing meant she wasnt going to call the police.  ‘Mistaken identity eh?!’, I thought.

The embarrassed feeling this time, however, didn’t last as long as that first time.  I came to terms with what had happened a lot quicker, the recovery from the incident seemed to pass almost immediately, so it got me thinking…

How does a distraught experience first time round actually become a comfortable feeling in the end, speaking to a complete stranger for no reason, and thinking there’s an opportunity to make new connections here.  From a first case of mistaken identity to maybe a mechanism for easily starting up a conversation with someone you do not know.  By engineering that first contact by using the method of mistaken identity, where people are more likely to be open-minded as they were not the person you were expecting them to be, could give us all an opportunity to make new connections. Definitely a less confrontational way of approaching someone and depending on the person’s response you could at the last-minute decide to pursue or bail out.

The moral of my story is that first experiences however awkward they may feel at the time can become a more comfortable situation.  The more you experience the same situation, the more you can acclimatise yourself to that negative feeling so in the end it doesn’t feel so bad.

This can translate to all parts of your life, just remember the first time is the most special it opens a door to a whole new opportunity/possibility.  So instead of feeling awkward, feel achievement that you accomplished it.  Think how you can use this newly gained positive energy to propel yourself forward to your next first.

Have a great day and please do share your firsts with me, my door is always open..

Normal Service has resumed….

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6 April 2013 by misselisabethuk

Howdy, goodday, watcha, alright, howz it going? We must be week…. 14 now, how did that happen? (also covering week 12 and 13)

My reason for not blogging recently, plain and simple, was that I took some very well-earned annual leave!  Where did I go?  I went to Orlando Florida, USA.  And, what a holiday that was!

Not my first visit to the United States but this was a holiday with a difference it was fun-filled, action packed, by no means a restful one but one that I will never forget.

The main reason I think for anyone going to Florida is of course to take in the amazing spectacle and high adrenaline world of Disney.  A forever growing empire of immense proportions that you could only ever dream about reaching (or anyone could ever dream of reaching).

It was hard to think that I would be surprised by what I was going to experience as everything seemed to be so well documented on the internet already.  However, I have to say that the magnitude of the parks and the atmosphere once you were in there was unreal.  I was transported back to my childhood and felt privileged to be part of this care free, world of smiles, with fun at every corner world.

I was overwhelmed a couple of times by the scale of everything, it made you feel small and vulnerable like a child might feel but this was also mixed with a charge of extreme excitement.  Very surreal at times but a very positive experience.

I won’t bore you with a full itinerary now but I will post some extras over the next few weeks to give you a flavour of what I got up to.

To say Disney was the only reason for going to Florida would be wrong, we also went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, where the great Harry Potter ride had to be done – twice!  It was amazing to see how popular this sector was, now a world-wide phenomenon – a big high-five to J K Rowling and her UK roots.

With a trip around Kennedy Space Centre included too (feeling like a miniature in a world of giants!)  The KSC tour was excellent and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Of course holidays are also a time for reflection on your life, whilst away from the daily hub bub of ‘normal’ life.  It gives you a fresh look at your goals and aims and sometimes a new perspective on what you are trying to achieve.  It is also a necessary time to re-charge those batteries (physically or mentally) so you can come back fighting! (So to speak).

Well that’s it from me for another week.  Keep smiling and remember life is just one big rollercoaster, keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times and have fun!  Stay safe and happy! X

 

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