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… and relax!

We are done! Finished! The first big DIY project of 2020 is done. There’s something really special about looking at a project planner with all the boxes ticked. For a list-maker like me, the sense of satisfaction in seeing a completed to-do list has me doing a little victory dance while I survey our handiwork.

It has come at a price, and I don’t mean moneywise (with me in charge of the budget we didn’t stint!), I mean physically. The final push involved both of us wielding hammers to persuade certain parts of the built-in storage units back into place. To help me inject energy into each hit, I repeated an affirmation – ‘I deserve my promotion! I will get it!). Mr D was surprised at the power behind each blow. Fortunately I didn’t hit my thumb but I do have a sore elbow! The repeated bashing has resulted in bursitis! So no leaning my elbows on the table for a while.

Not my actual elbow but a good representation of how my poor elbow feels!

I hope Mr D has no smart ideas about starting anything else for at least a month. I will need time to recover. In the meantime, I will be upstairs lying on my new chaise longue admiring the finished job and dreaming up ideas for the next project. The first question is whether to start something inside or in the garden. Given Storm Chiara has just blasted through the UK, my vote is for something inside.

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#SoCS – The power of the little voice

How do you start your day? You know the bit when you are just coming out of sleep but not quite awake? Is your inner voice already up and at it? What’s the tone of the little voice? Does it sound positive, full of possibilities for a great day ahead? Or is it already listing things that could go wrong?

“Urgh! Another day in the office! I hate the commute!”

“I’ll bet all the parking spaces are gone!”

And so it happens. The traffic is a nightmare, with nobody letting you filter in to join the queue. That makes you late for work, so of course, all the decent parking spaces are gone. By the time you make it to your desk, you’re feeling Monday Morningish, all day.


We could rewind and start like this.

“I am calm and content with the flow of life.”

“I enjoy listening to the radio on the way to work.”

There’s nothing quite so effective in setting up your day in a pleasant frame, than a couple of positive affirmations. It may not change the state of the commute, but it will change your attitude towards it, keeping your stress hormones nice and low. Who knows, you might hear your all-time favourite tunes while you wait. So take advantage and sing along, play the steering wheel bongos, and if the traffic is really bad, let loose the air-guitar! It will make you feel better and entertain the other commuters. Just remember to be safe!

Wishing you all a zen Saturday.

Cath (hair brush diva)xx

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