Here is your Five-Bullet Monday
A quote I am pondering:
"Take responsibility for the energy you bring." Anonymous
When we take on tasks with energy and a positive attitude, it makes all the difference. Toss in a bit of energy, and mundane activities become enjoyable and result in positive outcomes. Energy is the catalyst and, best of all, it's simply a decision we make; to bring our energy. For your next task or next meeting, bring your A+ energy and see what a difference it makes.
A question I am asking myself:
How do I finish things I have needlessly been procrastinating?
Procrastination has to be one of the worst self-inflicted pains. Those tasks we keep putting off linger like nagging sores at the back of our brains, and we get torn between the pain of knowing they aren't done and the pain of doing them. I had one such procrastination that I managed to knock off this week, and it felt so good. Yes, it took about four hours, but that was probably less time than I had spent thinking I needed to get that annoying thing done over the last year. So my encouragement this week is to find one thing you have been procrastinating doing and hit it hard until you've finished – you will feel mighty good after!
A book I am reading:
Love People, Use Things – Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus
From the authors of Minimalism, this is a follow-up book that shows how we can better disconnect from materialism and reconnect to our true essence, which should be to love people and use things, not the other way around. It's an easy read with lots of real-life examples from people that have made such transitions and are much happier for it.
My favourite podcast this week:
The Journal – how the Afghan Women's Soccer Team Escaped the Taliban
This 18-minute podcast tells the harrowing and bravery filled tale of how the Afghan's women's soccer team former captain, Khalida Popal, and others helped many of the players and their families escape the advancing Taliban. It is well worth a listen but make sure you have some tissues at the ready.
Clean out those little recurring charges on your credit card
You are more than likely receiving small monthly charges to your credit card or bank account that are small enough that they don't raise alarm bells, and they will continue forever unless you make an effort to stop them. These charges can amount to thousands of dollars over time.
The best analogy I can give for these charges is that they are like ticks on cattle. The ticks need the cattle alive so they can feed off them, just like the banks, entertainment companies, and other institutions want you alive so they can feed off you without you noticing. Please take a good look at your bank account or credit card statement and see how many ticks you can find. For those that subscribe to TV channels, are you still watching all of them? What about those subscriptions you signed up, or memberships? Please have a good scrub, make an effort to get rid of them, and your bank account will be thanking you for years to come.
My highlights from the prior week
Helping my daughter declutter her apartment
The decluttering involved numerous trips to the bulk bin's downstairs and a little back pain, but it was well worth it. The apartment and balcony feel airier and light-filled, and that is more than enough reward. Thank you, Marie Kondo, for showing us the right approach to decluttering and simplifying.
My challenge to you for this week
Try veggie smoothies
My mother tried in vain through all my growing years to get me to eat vegetables without success, and today, many decades later, I am not much better. Ask me to eat a handful of spinach and kale, and I will baulk, but blend them up with some mango or pineapple, coconut water and cacao bits, and I will be consuming more spinach a day than Popeye! It's honestly such a great way to increase your daily greens; I encourage you to give it a try. Try one-third spinach, one-third kale, one-third frozen fruit and add coconut water, or just water and then cacao bits or hemp seeds, and you are off to the races!
Have an awesome week