Wednesday wisdom: Aldous Huxley

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So many times I have felt like a passenger in my own life. Like someone else was in charge of the driving, and I was a hapless victim, waiting to find out where we are going and feeling ambivalent about it all. I have started to realise recently that I may not be able to influence the big things in life like health issues, money issues, etc, but I actually do have some small amount of control in certain areas of my life, and it’s on those areas that I am now going to focus  🙂

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Quote of the day – Friday 15th April 2016

Always believe

Sometimes life can really get you down and make you think, “wow, is this my life?” It’s at times like this, we need to stay positive and not let life drag us down. I found this quote on a notebook I bought recently and it really resonated with me. I’m a naturally positive person, but life has been throwing enough lemons at me recently to make lemonade for pretty much everyone in the UK. I like it when aspirational quotes just pop up in every day life, like the universe is sending you a message: keep going, everything will be okay.

If you have any phrases that help to guide you through life, let me know in the comments 🙂

Archers fan from Devon ‘accidentally’ raises £22k for Refuge

I spotted this on the BBC news website earlier and I thought it was a great story.

Archers fan Paul Trueman from Devon was inspired to start a fundraising campaign on behalf of one of the characters in the Archers, Helen Titchener whose storyline is she’s being abused by her husband Rob. Paul said, “There’s a joke among Archers fans that we think it’s real, but if it was real you would go and get her. I thought ‘what if you could create a Just Giving page for a fictional person but give the money to real women who we know are in that situation? It happened accidentally really – I know there’s a huge Archers following on Twitter and once I’d shared it, it just took off.”

The initial target was originally set at £1,000, but at the time of writing (6:50pm on Sunday 7th February 2016), the current total stands at £38,875! All of the proceeds of the fundraising will go to the domestic violence charity Refuge to support real women who are sadly in Helen’s position. Such an amazing amount of money, I can’t wait to see how much they raise in total!

You can read the BBC news article here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-35501587

You can donate to ‘The Helen Titchener (nee Archer) Rescue Fund’ here:
https://www.justgiving.com/helentitchener/

Quote of the day: 7th February 2016

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything.

I have been guilty of “all or nothing” thinking. Throughout my life I have been of the opinion, ‘if everything isn’t 100% happy in my world, then nothing is happy in my world’. This kind of thinking is so destructive and leaves you with a false sense of what your life actually is like right now.

Recently, our life has been negative in so many ways, but I have had an epiphany this weekend, and much like Howard Beale’s character in the film Network (1976) reminds us, I am reminding myself (and anyone else who needs reminding),

“I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!”

Matt Adams and Someone you Love

I recently found out about Matt Adams and the Someone you Love project. Their About Me says: ‘Someone you Love is a three part video and photo series that aims to brings New Yorkers together by engaging them in positive activities in the unexpected places.’

The first video I saw was Write Someone You Love where Matt encouraged people to send postcards to people they love and the take-up was huge! At the end of the day, Matt took the postcards home, put stamps on each one and posted them in the mailbox for everyone. Such a lovely idea, and after I’d first seen this video, I hand made cards for my mum and grandparents, and they loved them so much. I would definitely do this again, as I enjoy crafting anyway, but making people smile is so worth it.

As well as the Write Someone You Love videos, there are also Call Someone You Love and Kiss Someone You Love.

The links above take you to the webpages so that you can see all of the photos from the day, but you can take a look at the videos below!

 

A fabulous motivational idea!

I came across this picture on the internet, and I thought that it was a brilliant motivational idea! I’m currently trying to lose weight so I know that I’ll be doing this. It’s such a simple idea 🙂


Source: https://twitter.com/HeaIthAdvice/status/493765558316572673

Song Of The Day: Rudimental – Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre

I think I’m on replay number 5 now. Love it! It’s such an inspirational video. No matter how bad things get, never give up!

The YouTube info says, “The official video for ‘Waiting All Night’ is the inspirational true life-story of San Francisco born BMX champion and actor – Kurt Yaeger, who became an amputee after an accident in 2006. All the characters in the clip are pro bmx’ers and the real friends of Kurt.”