Archives for the month of: December, 2009
Alexander park, Manchester

A snowy Sunday morning

Alexander Park

Why don't duck's feet freeze?

Alexander Park

The first time I touched snow was when I was 24 years old. I grew up in Africa so the only snow we saw was on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Years later I still get very excited every time I see the white stuff fall.

We have had a mild start to winter in England, but yesterday was the first indication it might turn out to be a cold one. Snow started falling in the afternoon and within five minutes the place was white. I thought the best way to enjoy this is to go outside. I put on my running shoes, wrapped up and went out for a run. It was fantastic, a great way to enjoy the snow fall – my neighbour did think I was a bit crazy, but I came back home feeling really good. This was true spontaneous joy.

The snow has fallen a week before Christmas but if it continues like this we might just have a white Christmas, if not snowy it will be a frozen one!

A big problem with online dating is how people can be so different on ‘paper’ and emails, that when you meet them in person the disappointment can knock your confidence.

I met Eoin online and he came across as an understanding, sensitive and open person. The online/phone ‘chemistry’ seemed to be there and I naively thought this might workout. Believe me if you read his messages and heard a telephone conversation you would have thought this guy is worth it. When we met in person, he seemed normal – at least I thought so. We had planned to go for a walk, but going to our destination he started getting annoyed with the traffic and he decided to change the place we were going.

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A key element of ‘knowing thyself” is sorting out what’s really important to you. Without a clear sense of your personal principles and priorities, it’s almost impossible to bring the picture of your preferred future sharply into focus.

Jim Clemer – Author of Growing the Distance

By trying to organise my work and personal life I regularly browse the Internet for new motivational tools and ideas.

TeuxDeux is a simple, designy, free, browser-based to-do application. A simple to do list (as they should be), you see everything you need to do at once. Probably the one thing that I find annoying is having to login and remember passwords… yeah there are apps for that!


Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;
but remember that what you now have, was once among the things only hoped for.

– Epicurus

The point of this project is make a positive change in my life. To feel good, feel happier and do less of what makes me feel worse! I did this in a way that I enjoyed, was interesting and had fun in the process.

For each month I have focused on an activity that would make me feel better or happier. Most activities were based on a ‘life area’:

  • January – Exercise (Physical)
  • February – Get organised, clear debt (Professional/Intellectual)
  • March – Help others (Social, Spiritual)
  • April – Think positive, find new work (Psychological/Spiritual/Professional)
  • May – Travel (Recreational, Social)
  • June – Gardening (Recreational)
  • July – Go outside (Recreational, Social, Spiritual)
  • August – Sharpen my professional skills (Professional/Intellectual)
  • September – Meditate (Spiritual)
  • October – Finish projects, follow my interests
  • November – Develop relationships (Social)
  • December – Simplify my life

By focusing on one activity it did not mean that other activities were forgotten, they were ongoing and part of my daily/weekly life. There were months where I didn’t acheive anything but I tried. I believe anything positive we do eventually turns out to be valuable. But what I have noticed is that by getting one aspect of your life in order, others seem to follow. Mine started with fitness and health.

Coming to the end of an other year I can now see what worked (or not), how I feel about it and if I should continue with it or try something different.

Scrap paper message

From ffffound

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in a way that they have been told to.

– Alan Keightley


Good health and physical well-being are an important part of living a balanced life. Anything related to the physical body and its well-being falls under this life area. Things I have included are: good health, keeping fit/exercise, nutrition, improving or/and keeping a good appearance, hygiene, strength training, energy.

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