Blogging challenge warm up

Blogging challenge warm up

When you go to a gym you always warm up don’t you. It makes sense, gets your body moving gently, warms up your muscles and opens your lungs. Ready for action! So I thought it made sense to warm up for my 30 day blogging challenge which starts today – yay!

Warm up your mindset

For the blogging challenge, just like any other challenge, you have to get your head in the game. These blogs aren’t going to write themselves! As I’ve done it twice before I have learnt lessons in the past that I am hoping not to repeat. That’s the beauty of making mistakes in life isn’t it; we learn from them and they make us better. Unless of course we refuse to accept the lessons we are offered and don’t change, then we stay stuck and repeat the same mistakes.

Some of the qualities you need to complete a blogging challenge are the same as you would need for a physical challenge, learning a new skill or achieving something challenging such as a degree. Things like:

  • Planning
  • Preperation
  • Inspiration
  • Commitment
  • Hard work
  • Focus
  • Creativity
  • Discipline
  • Teamwork
  • Purpose
  • Goals
  • Time
  • Support
  • Passion
  • Grit

Now I’ve just realised that you might not know me and might have stumbled across this blog by accident, so let me introduce myself! I’m Honey Lansdowne, based in West Sussex, UK. My whole life I have been fascinated with self-improvement, people and maximising the power of the mind. In my Corporate life I was always the first one to put my hand up for a new challenge or training course. I spent many years sharing that learning with teams I managed and developed many high performers and top teams.

Eventually, I couldn’t resist any longer and took a NLP Practitioner course. Since then I have been pretty much obsessed with learning everything I can which will help others. I run a succesfull Hypnotherapy practice and specialise in helping people with depression and what I call ‘work of the self’.

I’m quite well qualified on the ‘mindset’ front and find it pretty easy to motivate myself, but that’s not all that’s involved in a blogging challenge…..

Warm up your creativity

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To create interesting blogs that will be of value to your readers you need to get creative! Creativity is a muscle just like your physical muscles. I don’t believe there is any such thing as someone who is ‘not creative’. It depends what your definition of creativity is. We only judge ourselves in line with our own map of the world, so if your definition of creative is someone arty or someone that writes and you don’t consider yourself good at those things then you think you are not creative. BUT…

  • Are you a whizz in the kitchen?
  • Do you make up silly songs for your kids?
  • Do you wear outfits that people say ‘wow’ at?
  • Is your interior design on point?
  • Can you dance?
  • Do you make little videos for instagram?
  • Can you generate money when you have none?
  • Can you calm a difficult child?

These are all examples of creativity. We all have it but maybe don’t recognise it as creativity. Maybe you’ve told yourself  ‘I can’t write’ or ‘I can’t draw’. You have created your own limiting belief when the truth is that if you tried it and practice it, you might be really good at it!

And for you logical and analytical thinkers out there who are more inclined to say you are not creative, there are some good examples here of creativity in the workplace:

  • Brainstorming ways to cut energy use
  • Coming up with new procedures to improve quality
  • Constructing a research model to test a hypothesis
  • Creating the packaging for a product
  • Designing a logo
  • Developing a litigation strategy to defend a client
  • Devising a computer program to automate the billing process
  • Devising a social media strategy for the new iPhone
  • Identifying ways to cut costs during a budget crisis
  • Redefining job responsibilities to cover for a sick employee
  • Restructuring a filing system to facilitate easier retrieval of information

 

Warm up your support

I’m doing my 30 day blogging challenge under the clever/caring/inspiring eyes of The Arrows. That’s Sarah and Kevin Arrow (who are 2 of my favourite people!). Not only are they experts in their field, but they are 2 of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. They have amazing energy and you need some of that if you are doing a blogging challenge!

There are also some amazing fellow bloggers doing the challenge in October and I will be sharing some of their best posts over the next 30 days (because I love reading other people’s blogs and getting an insight into their world).

Warm up your audience

That’s you! If you are reading this you are now part of my audience and I aim to open your mind, engage you (yes that means comments on my blogs and sharing on Facebook pretty please) and show you things that I find interesting in the hope that you will too!

Some of the topics I will be covering:

  • Hypnosis
  • Psy-TaP
  • NLP
  • The way I work with clients
  • How I help clients have better lives
  • Modern women
  • Modern man
  • Teenagers
  • Mindset
  • Confidence
  • Emotional healing
  • Weight loss
  • Health
  • Sugar
  • Book reviews

So something for everyone with a mind 🙂

Mindfully yours.

Honey

p.s. If you need help now with depression, anxiety, stress, stop smoking, weight loss, a phobia, addiction or need emotional healing, please get in touch.

Healthy eating Day 11 – Guest blogger Sandra Peachey tells her story

Our ninth guest blogger is Sandra Peachey from Coventry who as a writer, tells her story. She is also the Director of LifeWork Consultancy & Coaching, Blogger, Blonde and Author at www.peacheyletters.co.uk

80/20 Principle of Life and Food

eighty twenty rule

My story starts with the fact that I loved my food and had a stressful career. At 42 I started to develop stomach ulcers and asthma. My doctor signed me off, gave me medication and told me to rest. But still I would get cramping, bloating and all sorts of other horrible allergic reactions…

Eventually I had a ‘happy mid-life crisis’ – leaving the corporate world behind to re-train as a coach and pursue my dreams of becoming an author. What I discovered along the way, was that I made strides in my inner and outer life when I did the work on both. By making healthy nutrition a priority, I supported all my goals, underpinning my transition to a happier and healthier life.

Making nutrition a priority…

This starting with smoothies. I discovered that drinking 3-4 fresh fruit/vege drinks for a week, 3 – 4 times per year detoxes my system and removes the cravings I have for addictive substances like sugar and caffeine. I make one every day for breakfast too.

I also stick to a ‘paleo’ diet – i.e. similar to what our stone-age ancestors would have eaten and what our bodies were built to ingest; being protein, fruit and vegetables. All without additives and no more than a handful of ingredients. I avoid carbs and gluten too.

As a foodie, I love the challenge of cooking delicious, nutritious meals. I constantly scour the internet and cook books to motivate me to craft my own cooking creations. I eat meat about 40% of the time and still avidly read vegan and vegetarian times in order to get my inspiration.

I cook when I am in the mood

Healthy eating requires effort in terms of preparation / effort and my simple trick is to make more than I need. I cook when I’m in the mood and have the time, love and energy to put into it. I freeze and store what is left over, so I always have fabulous, healthy food on hand, no matter how tired I am…

I now no longer stand on the scales and wonder what my weight is or have debilitating dyspepsia (excess acid causing all sorts of painful bodily side effects) any more.

However, I do still like my ‘treats’ and to go out into the world and eat ‘normal’/ ‘bad’ food – including diary and gluten which I typically avoid… And this is where I annoy those who advocate excluding food groups from their lives, without exception.

I want choice

I want the choice of eating what I want and if I exclude certain things from my diet altogether, then I soon become intolerant to them. I therefore live by an 80/20 principle – I eat healthily 80% of the time and then subscribe to the theory that ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’.

This way I never crave certain foods or have to deny myself. And I have to say that if I’m tempted to overdo it – my body soon warns me! Over time I’ve come to recognise cause and effect, learning to monitor what goes into my body and what effect it has.

I take care of my body and my life

It’s my body, my life and I have to take care of both. I’m also stubbornly pro-choice / freedom and find that by living by my 80 / 20 rule I get to satisfy myself and my life in every way!

With love, laughter and learning,      Sandra Sandra Peachey: Coach, Blogger & Author. You can read more of my blogs at www.peacheyletters.co.uk

 

A note from Honey….

Thank you Sandra for sharing your thoughts on the 80/20 rule and some tips on what works for you.

What’s in this for you:

  • You will get a blog a day for 30 days from a variety of people including experts to give you ideas and top tips for healthy
  • Free advice and inspiration
  • You can get this blog sent to you every day if you sign up here for my newsletter and you will also get a free relaxing recording

See you tomorrow.

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

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