Blog share: “Going outwards and inwards.”

I would like to do a blog share and the blog I am sharing is, “Going outwards and inwards.” I have not long been following this blog, which is written by Nicole Dunn. You will find more about her, here on her “about” page.

What I wanted to particularly share on my blog, was these three posts of hers:

I found these posts, which she shared her solo retreat over three posts that she created for herself very interesting and inspiring. A solo retreat is something I have always wanted to do, whether planed by an organiser, or this case, created by oneself an appealing idea, as it would be an experience on something I have never done before.

Have you ever been on a solo retreat? Did you go on one already organised, or like this lady, did you create you own? Please share you experiences.

Don’t wait. Just do it!

If there is something I want to do, or to go somewhere, I do it.
I am happy to go alone, like going on holidays, day trips, or learning something new, for example. Although I have had the odd holiday with a friend and more recently a holiday with my mum, I am a person who enjoys going alone, because I just find it freeing.

Life it too short and I know this personally, through people I have known, or even closer; family members that are no longer here.

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My advice to people, that I have also taken on board myself for many years is, to go and do what you want to do. Don’t wait to do it with someone, instead just get out there and do it. It is a great feeling to take yourself to another place. There is no chance to be bored on holidays for example, if you plan ahead to the area you are visiting. Although sometimes, my confidence can get in the way, I am not long before I will do it and I have been reminded by a work friend who knows I can be a nervous traveller, that she admires me going on holidays alone, to new places, because she is not confident to walk around at a nearby town.
Many of my holidays have been on coaches and I find I am not always the only one who travels alone. Sometimes they might be on the seat next to me, on the coach and a conversation starts. This could also continue in the hotel, like having breakfast with them before departing your ways, to enjoy the day.

I learnt recently from a friend I have known for years and who goes on lots of trips and holidays that at one time she was fearful of doing it. She took the first step with the support of a centre she once attended and although scary for her, she enjoyed it. She knew she had to keep pushing herself after that and now she goes to places without thinking. I would have never thought at one time, she was once like this. It was lovely to hear her story.

I find when I travel alone, that it gives me confidence, improves my self-esteem, as well as the break I may need.

What ever your goal may be, just do it and enjoy. Wait for no one, because life is too short.
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So how will I go for it this year?

I plan to:

  • go on two weekend holidays, to somewhere I have not been to before.
  • continue with my home study lessons
  • continue with crochet
  • I plan to take driving lessons later in the year

What do you plan to do, for 2017?

 

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The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs (BBC) – my thoughts as a medicated patient

I have watched “The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs,” this morning on the BBC iPlayer. This documentary comes in two parts and I did nearly forget to watch it until I seen Sarah’s post, (which I re-blog here.) Watching the documentary was an eye-opener, but also in parts, it has proved to me what I have said in the past to friends that eating healthier and doing some form of physical exercise to suit you, makes a big difference too. If you have not seen this documentary then I strongly recommend you watch it.

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I have not seen such an eye opening programme for a long time. If you take a paracetamol for every headache or feel disappointed when you don’t come away from the doctors with a prescription, I would thoroughly recommend watching it. By taking some time to listen to patients’ individual needs, this doctor managed to wean chronic pain sufferers off their codiene and halve the dose of antidepressants for a woman who had been on them for years. It has totally changed my perception of prescriptions, but those of you who know me may be thinking YOU HYPOCRITE. I am currently taking a lot of tablets, which I believe are necessary, but that is not to say that they are necessary for everyone.

I cannot deny that drugs are currently responsible for my ability to function

I am a great believer in trying talking therapies before medication. Pills will never…

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Be nice to yourself

Are you a person that has, or is being hard of themselves. I expect most reading this will have been. (Including myself. But I am getting better at it.)

At the early stages of writing this blog and at a time where I was going through a difficult time, I came across a post of “10 ways to be nice to yourself.” I have been meaning to share this for sometime and I have only just got round to doing so. So here it is: “10 ways to be nice to yourself.” The link will take you to another website, where you can read it. I hope you find this useful as I did. 🙂