Daily Thought

Sunday lunch

Last week we took a little adventure out of London…just 25 mins from Marylebone took us to a beautiful little village accompanied with an awesome Sunday roast. You always know it’s going to be good when they ask you how you like your roast beef cooked #rare

We seem to take our own location for granted, as being on our door step, we always put it off and look further afield. However, travel plans over the last few years have changed as a result of people being more careful with their spending, and you’ll be surprised at how many ‘attractions’ are close-by with a little research. Check out local sites, see what’s happening in your area and get involved. It’s always nice to feel part of a community which you can sometimes lose living in a big city like London. It’s full of tiny little hubs, which you can become part of quite quickly but nothing like getting out in the sticks. Denham was a beautiful little village but another one that you have to visit is Arundel on the South coast, about 20mins west of Brighton. I’m there in a few weeks so will be sure to share some pics and videos of a beautiful little town and, if not to hungover, a lovely little run through the South Downs.

So get involved with your local community and be part of something!

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Big year. Big month. Big day

Before you know it the day has flown by and before you know it you’re at the end of the month, and (yes, you guessed it) before you know it, we’re celebrating NYE!

It’s quite scary how quick time can go…I now work in an office where they think 30 is old (for the jury I’m 30) yet I don’t think I even started yet. So many of us conform to what I call ‘societal pressure’ – study, work, settle, family. The generic kind of time line that many of us get scared to stray away from but why? Is it because we’re scared? Is it because we care too much about what other people think? Maybe it’s just easier to stick to the plan? I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the plan. In fact the plan is pretty great, if that’s what you’re ready for but if you’re not, don’t feel pressured. 

Every now and then someone comes along and likes to mess with the plan a little. Why should we all stick to the same plan? We are all so different. Why should we feel so pressured by society? Individuality is what makes the best friends, the most exciting journeys, and interesting cities. 

You need to be a strong character to break away from the mould but for all those ‘only fools and horses fans’ – ” he who dares Rodney, he who dares…”

As I’ve said before, and you’ll continue to hear me say, I never really know where these blogs are going to take me. I start with a blank canvass and just write, sometimes it just flows and I don’t even want to get off the train to stop writing, as I’m in a rhythm, but other times I stare at a blank sheet not knowing where to begin. That’s the beauty if it! Who knows what’s going to come from it? In the same way who knows what ‘s going to come from an alternative plan!

Today’s thought is don’t wait, do what you want to do, do what makes you happy and do it now!

“To be happy in what we do is to do what makes us happy”

From Russia with love!

I’m quite a simple character so if anyone asks what I enjoy, it usually comes down to a few simple things; good health, good food, good wine and good company!

I didn’t really know what to expect from St.Petersburg and unfortunately hardly had at moment beforehand to sit back and think about it. It’s interesting how you can picture something in your head from conversations but be so off track, I wonder what creates these images? Experiences, imagination, creativity??? Anyway, sometimes it’s quite nice to have no perception and go in with an open canvas…We quite often tarnish things with our own experiences or brand things based on our knowledge, yet you only have to look at the ever evolving marketing industries to see how successful new ideas and campaigns can be, and quite often have no comparison to previous examples. If we were to implement the same to our thoughts and not judge or brand anything or anyone, I believe our experiences will be a lot more fulfilling and we would benefit from them entirely. Let me compare it to football- when you play teams you know, you can go in with the wrong attitude as either expect to win or lose, but when you don’t know your opponents, you can’t create any kind of perception, and go in with an open and more positive mind.

Quite often I sit here and start these blogs not really knowing where they are going but just write and see where it takes me, with the hope of bringing some form of optimistic approach to work, love, life, family and friends. So as a final thought it’s quite easy really- enjoy the simple things in life and go into every situation with an open mind, as our attitude can have an astonishing effect on the way we think and cloud our judgement.

The experience as a whole was an mind opener and finding out about Russia’s deep yet recent history was probably the most surprising, as in school we were only informed about the negative effects of the Soviet Union but I found out about a whole new side. It was a fantastic weekend spent with all the things and people I love, with some art, culture, snow boarding and massages so covered most of my ‘things’ – good health, good food, good wine and good company!

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New adventure…St.Petersburg

I must admit Russia was never really high up on my travel list but due to a friend moving there last year we planned a trip and on our way to the airport as we speak. I’ve written about change quite a lot previously as think it’s good to change things from time to time, whether it’s a daily routine, weekly activities, jobs, lifestyle and the list goes on, but why?

Experiences make us who we are and whilst we are born with specific characteristics we develop most of our traits as we develop. Good memories, bad memories, trivial times, exciting moments, all of these ‘experiences’ allow us to develop as people from basic learning such as, cry and you’ll be fed, to work and study hard and you’ll succeed in what you set your mind too. As we get older we begin to settle as ‘societal pressure’ enforces us to do so and the change becomes a lot harder. We have commitments, responsibility but most of the time are so set in our ways that just that word ‘change’ can haunt most of us. So whether it’s using your left hand to draw, trying a new class at the gym, eating a new dish, travelling to places you never imagined or changing your job….do it! As experiences make us richer as people.

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The weekend arrives…

After a week at work and that long aspiration for the weekend what is it that we do with our time? I quite often find that the weekends with no plans are the best, but maybe that’s because they are so rare, as I can’t complain about the great weekends shared with good family and friends. I usually run around like a nutcase trying to fit everything in and then before I know it Sunday has arrived and it’s time to set the alarm for a Monday morning. Fill your time with things that mean something, things that make a difference to who you are and don’t forget what is right in front of you as quite often we let that pass us by. Enjoy your free time, you work hard for it!

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