Archives for the month of: February, 2010

Snowy forest

The BBC recently had a fantastic documentary titled British Columbia: Canada’s Olympic Wilderness.

‘Graham Bell and Ed Leigh journey southwards through the frozen province of British Columbia, Canada, towards the home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. En route, they travel through remote communities cut off from civilisation through the winter, learning how the locals survive off the land.
Leigh and Bell experience this harsh life for themselves alongside miners, loggers and hunters, and find out what it is like to function and work in such harsh conditions. Their journey ends with a gruelling trek on foot through the spectacular Coast Range Mountains into Whistler, one of the Olympic venues.’

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I am sure most of us at one time have Googled our name or a friend’s name. It can be an interesting and sometimes a pleasant experience to discover a positive (or sometimes negative!) comment or news about you, how many people have the same name, what do they do as living, where in the world are they, how many of you there are.

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This year as part of my concentration on improving my work, I started Project-a-month: I commit to start and create one new project every month.  These projects will be personal projects and can be in any medium. Ideally they should be completed within that month, but I have to accept it might not always be technically possible. This doesn’t mean that at the end of the month if I have not completed the project I will leave it. I will continue working on it as long as it’s a workable idea. Who knows maybe come July I will be working on six projects! I hope not. All these projects will only be fun if I am enjoying working on them and not putting too much pressure on myself to finish them.

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Memorable quotes: contains passages from books, films, songs, that jump out and create an impression.

… You cannot say to the sun, “More sun.” Or to the rain, “Less rain.” To a man, geisha can only be half a wife. We are the wives of nightfall. And yet, to learn kindness after so much unkindness, to understand that a little girl with more courage than she knew, would find her prayers were answered, can that not be called happiness? …

taken from Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

I’ve never celebrated Valentine’s day,  I’ve always believed every relationship is different and you have your own ‘special day’ to celebrate your love for each other. Every relationship has an individuality to it and Valentine’s day attempts to take it away and instil particular ways and clichés to which we should follow. That is anything but romantic and a bit offensive. I am very romantic but not to order.

Maybe some relationships need a reminder to love each other and this is a day for them! But we don’t need another day geared to spend money, or to make us feel bad and guilty if we don’t celebrate, or remind us that we are single, not in a relationship. We have Christmas and New Year to remind us.

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Are you happy? poster

From Accidental mysteries

Last year I decided to go paperless and aim for a minimalist space. I wasn’t very successful at it, so this year I thought I would give it an other go.  Before I do anything I need to look at why it failed before. Well, I had no plan and had no particular goal.

My improved plan would be to aim for a clean, clutter-​​free and minimal space. I will start small, one room or one storage unit at a time.  Have three boxes: recycle, give and bin, and make myself get rid of five things every week. These five things can be anything and go in either of the three boxes.

I’m sure I will  resist getting rid of some things, but it’s a start, it won’t take up too much of my time. It will be a gradual step to get the minimal, clean, clutter free space I want in my house and home office.

Links for further reading and inspiration:

10 uncluttering things to do every day

The Complete Guide to Going Paperless

Articles on Going Paperless

5 Ways GTD Helps You Achieve Your Goals

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
~ Benjamin Franklin