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Everyday Fearless – The Book
Creative Monday – The Book
- Permission to Feel SadPermission to Create Something Ugly. I waited a very long time to give myself this permission. I was waiting until I could create perfect, first time, straight away. I didn’t know that was impossible. I needed to practice, I needed to write without pausing to edit, I needed to get it wrong before I could get it right. I needed to go through the ugly duckling stage with my creativity. We all have permission to make ugly on the way to beauty. Don’t wait any longer.Permission to Believe I’m Doing Enough.Permission to Ignore What Does Not Serve Me. There’s a lot grabbing our attention. Including some self-sabotaging thoughts. You don’t have to listen to everything. You can give your attention to what helps you function well and stay on track. You have permission. I know those self-sabotaging thoughts really well. They tell me I don’t need to go for a walk or oh look get some of that chocolate or no one needs your input. You’re not here for the chocolate or the silence, you have permission to listen to what serves you and ignore the rest.Permission to Let Go of Shame.Permission to Go for A Walk.
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So… the website Permission.Cards is live. I can tick that off the must do list and move it to the must improve list. I’m not great at focusing on one thing at a time so it might seem logical to … Continue reading
Babies don’t give themselves a hard time when they’re learning to walk. They don’t get upset about mistakes. They just get on with it, no self judgement. This baby-step-accept-mistakes-as-normal process is slow but I still get the learning done and it lasts and I’m not in danger of being overwhelmed. Continue reading
We are not our thoughts. Some thoughts are part of a flawed belief system and it’s not always possible to spot them before obeying them. So in this case, I thought that being kind to myself was a bad thing. What if it wasn’t a bad thing? What if it was okay to be kind to myself. Maybe even for the whole day? It’s a big ask so I’m taking baby steps. Continue reading
(Ruby being winched backwards into van hospital) I’m exhausted. It’s 6am and I’ve been awake for an hour… Denis is snoring loudly this night/morning! I feel a huge fraud saying I’m exhausted when here I am here in a beautiful … Continue reading
(Our bridge at Alcacer do Sal in the afternoon…) It’s my Dad’s birthday today. He died on this day 16 yeas ago, but he’s alive in everything I do. For instance this week he was at the Creativity Workshop with … Continue reading
(Friday evening in Furadouro) I mentioned yesterday that I loved the town of Furadouro and one of the reasons was the beach. Not the sand but the shells. Not the perfectly pretty and complete shells. The broken ones. I had … Continue reading
It’s raining! I know you will be disappointed for me but I’m ok, I have some work to do so it’s probably just as well I won’t be able to sit outside sunning myself… I hear it’s sunny in Ireland! … Continue reading
(Palm tree trunk) We’re still in Luz so I’m getting comfortable here, starting to feel right at home… which means some of my old habits are popping up. (By the way, I’m working away happily on my book so that’s … Continue reading
(Can you see this kite surfing guy’s feet and surfboard are out of the water?) It rained a lot last night. Lots of rain, lots of wind. Teeny tiny bit of sleep. Not feeling too bubbly today. So I’m reminded … Continue reading
I think I might be suffering from an addiction. Don’t tell anyone. I want to keep this a secret just between us. Ok? You have to promise before reading more….. (Photos from Powerscourt, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow) So if you’re still … Continue reading
(Solitude) I’m reading a really interesting book at the moment. It’s called Quiet by Susan Cain. There’s also a TED talk. She writes about extroverts and introverts and thinks the extrovert personality type has an unfair advantage. The extrovert is … Continue reading
(The stained recipe page) I’m making soup. I love making soup. I love how it tastes, how it smells and I even like looking at it. It’s potato soup (it’s always potato soup) well, there’s also thyme in it but … Continue reading
(French window) Ok….. so, I’m supposed to be practicing (from the dictionary: the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use) my fearlessness this week. I was figuring that might include … Continue reading
(Leaves and seed. I pick something up every time I go walking) I went on my walk this morning (of course I did!) a bit earlier than usual because it’s not so pleasant to walk in the heat. Anyway, there’s … Continue reading
(Photo I took of Glendalough round tower last weekend) The weekend before we left Ireland I was down in Glendalough at a family gathering. Sixty-five cousins (four generations) from my Dad’s side of the family came together on a Saturday … Continue reading
We finally arrived. The boat stopped and we were amazingly lucky to be in the line that moved out first. Not that it really matters who gets off first but it feels like being allowed out to play from school, … Continue reading
(Rusty window at Killruddery, Bray) “It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.” – Byron Katie I’ll do my job and you do yours. Mairead.
(Or keep to your own path…..) “Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” – Meister Eckhart Now what would you do? Mairead.
(Street lighting outside the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.) Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. – Harold Wilson Kinda scary being who you want to be…. Mairead.
(1,213 year old leather buttons on Psalter at the National Museum) “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but Imagination!” – Albert Einstein Let the daydreaming begin, Mairead.
(Lost in a forest of little leaves) “Everyone is a genius, but judge a fish on ability to climb a tree & it will live its life believing it is stupid”. – Albert Einstein. Put your attention on what makes you … Continue reading
(What you looking at?) “The shell must break before the bird can fly.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson Is there something you need to break? Mairead.
(Every brick in the wall…. makes a difference) “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James Your life has an impact, Mairead.
(From the summer garden – Love in the Mist doing its insignificant thing) “Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi Do your thing! Mairead.
(Winding path, Mount Usher) “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs Listen, sometimes it’s very quiet…. Mairead.
(Mount Usher in Ashford, Co. Wicklow) The story of our lives is not the story of what happened… It’s the story of what we are. The story that starts “I am….” The story we think we became because of our … Continue reading
“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi Listen to yourself, Mairead.
(Botanic Gardens, succulents) We were looking at a very good documentary about Leonard Cohen on Saturday night. It was called I’m your Man and had other people singing his songs from a concert tour, while he chatted to the interviewer … Continue reading
“People who say … they’re perfectly fine [are] more insane than the rest of us.” – Ruby Wax We’re all crazy, Mairead.