The Art of Doing Nothing – part 2

Last weekend, I discovered something interesting for myself.

I gave myself permission to “do nothing” all weekend.

Even posted on Facebook that that was my plan. To do nothing.

So having no pressure to do anything at all, not a single weekend to-do list, and not even the intention to do my usual fanatical laundry/ ironing/ cleaning the house and rearranging all my furniture kind of day, I felt really light and free.

And then…

I did some drawings.

I went to the movies and watched The Martian.

I met a friend for dinner and made new plans for a new project.

I read.

I gave my dog a bath.

I sorted, cleaned and reorganized my entire jewellery/ accessories collection. 

I finsihed a small side project that I had been doing.

I did a whole bunch of research on neuroscience and epigenetics and ended up watching hours of TED talks.

The Art of Doing Nothing. 

Or perhaps I should say, allowing yourself to do nothing can be liberating and much more motivating than having a big list of what you think you should/ need/ ought to be doing.

Now I just have to try it again several times to see if this magic really works. And if you are keen to give it a go, do let me know how it worked for you!

  

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Confession : I love my job

I have to admit, I am really lucky.
I have a job that I love.
I do work that I am very good at.
I get to team up with amazing people.

I am a trainer, facilitator and a coach.

Standing up in front of lots of people is fun for me, because I get to share my passion with them.
It is my greatest motivation each day to know that what I do makes a difference.

This is how I feel when I start a week and also when I end a week.
Smiling, walking tall and filled with purpose.

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Empathy – in listening

I facilitate workshops on emotional intelligence.
And lately I have been fascinated by the connection of neuroscience, our brain and our emotions.

One of the elements I love most about emotional intelligence is empathy.
So here is a fun little quiz for you.

Which of the responses is empathetic? A? B? C? Or D?
And why?

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Day 142 – October 20, 2012

1. I am thankful for waking up feeling refreshed even though I went to bed late – must have been how happy I was when I went to sleep!

2. I am grateful for the lovely training session I had with a sweet little nine year old girl – we worked on her presentation skills and she made such progress!

3. I am thankful for the amazing connections we make through being fellow UWCers.

4. I am thankful for the really delicious lunch at a place called Wild Honey, and the company of my epicurean friend Phil.

5. I am thankful to have spotted a magazine with my friend Jake’s three page spread inside!

6. I am grateful for a new(fixed) bed, new sheets and a new duvet!

7. I am thankful for the very chilled and relaxing evening that I had.

8. I am grateful for manicurists and pedicurists.

9. I am thankful for shoulder massages – they are essential for the maintenance of my well being!

10. I am thankful for the very sweet little moments in life that make it all ok.