Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 2920 - The Lovin Life Linky - Reflections Edition

Take the time to reflect

As I write my to-dos I'll often jot down a thought for the day.  Something to keep me on task and to encourage me forward.

Yesterday's jotting was: Take the time to reflect.

If you follow me daily you'll note that every post I've written this week has been reflective in nature.

From my letter to my 20 year old self on Monday, to the story of our clock on Tuesday, and even my post about nostalgic exercise yesterday.

Why the focus on days gone by?

Lately I've hit a few crossroads with my projects (aka dreams).  Actually, "crossroads" would suggest I still have options about where to go next.  I guess I feel more like I've hit a few hurdles.  Walls actually.  Bloody big ones. No, not walls, just one enormous wall.  The Great Wall of China  Leanne  Stopsville   Life  F*&!-It  Fail  What Next?

This wall has been eluding me for a few months now.  I've just been sitting on one side in my fold out chair staring at it for the most part.  Occasionally I'll get up and try and climb over it.  Sometimes I'll go for a wander to see how I can get around it.  I've been wishing I had the right networks so I could find myself a Thor to smash their way through it. But mostly I've just been sitting there staring at it wondering what to do next.

Which is where this whole "reflecting" started.

Now, we all know the secret to moving forward is to not look back. Unless of course it's to see how far we've come.

Also take the time to colour ... very therapeutic. 

Which is why I doodled those words to myself yesterday and why I've concentrated on memories this week. To remind myself how much I've achieved.  There may be a bloody big wall in the way right now, but instead of staring at it blankly, I've decided to erect a mirror for some good old fashioned reflection.

It's working wonders as I write lists of where I started and what I've achieved.  Beyond my posts and the general nostalgia, I'm writing down the successes of the last five years in each of my projects and remembering the mindset, networks and work practices I employed for each win.  Which in turn is making that wall look a whole lot easier to tackle.

So this week the thing I'm enjoying most about life is taking the time to reflect.

Anybody else been bamboozled by the Great Wall of What Next?

Do you take the time to reflect?

Who else doodles a thought for the day?

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  1. In David Maloufs quarterly essay on happiness, he basically says that our lack of reflection is what's making us unhappy - the iphones etc take away those moments of introspection....interesting psot and as an aside, I LOVE thatphoto.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feeling Leanne. We seem to be in similar situations at the moment. I love working for myself, but sometimes it can be a lonely place. Hope you find the best way to scale that wall soon too! :) xox #TeamLovinLife

  3. Leanne
    Your approach of reflecting on what you've achieved already when you're facing the Cross Roads is an excellent one.

    Wishing you a week ahead where you may find more ways to make those dreams happen.

    SSG xxx

  4. When the student is ready the teacher will appear. Unknown source but may help you be kinder to yourself right now. I often find too, letting time elapse and doing other things then whatever you are looking to do/be will turn up. Best wishes. Denyse x

  5. Sometimes I wonder if we aren't all in the same struggles at the same time, Leanne?? Because I've felt this wall lately too. And I'm the last person who likes to give up or admit defeat.

  6. I hope you find a way to smash that wall down!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  7. I've been surprisingly philosophical lately Leanne. Wondering if the path we're on is exactly where we're supposed to be, even if it doesn't feel like that. That wherever we go next is where we're meant to go.

    I'm not usually this zen as I'm prone to be a control freak, but what I've realised is that the unexpected stuff is sometimes the best.

  8. I think it is important to look back and see how much we have achieved.

  9. From what I've learned about you Leanne, I think that wall will eventually be tackled and beaten - you don't seem to let anything thwart you for long. I'll be interested to hear how you succeeded when the time comes!

  10. I'm sure you will scale that wall eventually Leanne. You just need to tackle it bit by bit. I think we all put too much pressure on ourselves to be wonder women and to achieve it all. Reflection is a good thing because it does remind you of how far you've come in your journey. I like to reflect a lot. #TeamLovinLife

  11. I am the queen of reflection. I sometimes get nothing done because I am busy reflecting on how little I've achieved, thanks to the time spent reflecting. I do think it's a good thing though, and it did help me realise that my life was not going the way I wanted it to not so long ago and make the decisions I needed to make big changes. I guess that was my Big Wall of "Being Fed Up With Work" - thankfully I've knocked it down by going freelance...though I imagine the Big Wall of "What Have I Done?" will be next. Good luck knocking yours down - looking at what you've achieved so far seems a good place to start.

  12. I find taking the time to reflect on the journeys you have traveled, acknowledging the lessons learned and celebrate the wins. Always puts me in a much better head space to map out the the next journey. If it's a wall that you really want to climb, you will figure out the steps needed to get you there.Often when you leave the ideas to sit for a while, rather than bashing your head against a brick wall trying to force the answers, a clear path will appear.

  13. I think you have a good approach, Leanne. Reflecting on your past successes is empowering. Good luck with finding a solution.

  14. Oh yes. The great wall of what next. It's what makes finishing tough - the vacuum that finishing something leaves. Reflection is the best attitude.

  15. Sometimes I think all I do is reflect!!! But I suppose with reflection comes dreams and
    Future goals so it cannot be too bad!

  16. Sometimes I think it is a good idea to look back at what we have achieved when we get stuck in a rut or feel despondent - we all do at some time. And yes the way forward have many alternate paths. I am yet to figure out my way forward yet. Have a lovely weekend and thank you for the link up and the thoughts you share.

  17. Hope you scale the wall soon. I'm sure you will, but you have a lot of other things on your plate right now to take your mind off the end game. Maybe this is a time of reflection and gentle renewal and repositioning? Don't get me started on me though - I seem to reflect and reposition constantly and need to just bloody well get on with things. I wish you calm, serenity, good decision making and lots of happy doodling!


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