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Heart to Post – How I Got To 61 In One Afternoon (An Insight Into My Thoughts)

 


Is this a quick peep into the future? Or is life merely playing tricks with my mind?

This I wonder as I sit outside, on a cloudy yet heavenly Summer day, picking up an old hobby in an attempt to create something new: knitting.

…19, 20, 21, 22…

I count the stitches in my head, all the way up to 61, to ensure I don’t make a mistake. Another mistake, I might add. The first five minutes of my knitting bonanza my mum had to come rush to my aid at least four times. Just goes to show what a knitting wonder I am.

Not.

…34, 35, 36, 37…

Tommy sits at my feet, is meowing for attention. The irony of me knitting away with a feline friend on my side does not escape me. Hence my question: is this what my future will look like? Me, desperately trying to not mess up my knitting while a cat lies at my feet, purring away my blues? Am I an old woman hidden in the body of a 32-year-old!?

Nah, impossible. I’ve already decided to become a crazy gerbil lady instead of a regular spinster. I think I’m good.

…54, 55, 56 – getting close now!

Wait, aren’t cats supposed to be obsessed with yarn? I make Tommy sniff my yarn ball and nothing happens. He just purrs and rubs his nose against it. Hmm… Maybe I should throw it away and he’ll go after it.

Nope. Better get up and fetch it myself, then.

 

This weekend’s forecast is mostly knitting with a chance of wineThe Art Of Knitting

 

…57, 58…

I’m never going to find my soulmate. Apart from all the ugly photos taken of me last Sunday (I’ve got such a weird face!), who’s ever going to accept my hobby? Knitting has got to be the least sexy thing on Earth, surely?

Ah well. At the rate I’m going, I’ll never get this scarf finished before mid-2025. At least.

Oh, nearly there!

…59, 60…

I suck at knitting. How come my mum can do this with whatever hand she chooses, two fingers up her nose and her eyes closed? Figuratively speaking, of course. And how is it that she’s so good at fixing my mistakes, while I have a hard time spotting them in the first place? I feel so blind… And stupid.

The only way I can knit something good, is by not making a single mistake. And for that, I have to keep counting. Which is just so…. monotonous. And boring.

…61!

Okay, pay attention here. You cannot let your thoughts stray, you need to do this stitch just right, as it’s literally forming the centrepiece of your scarf.

Wait! Have I just thought all this while counting?

Was I actually multitasking? I can think and count at the same time?

Maybe there’s hope for me yet, as a knitter. Who knows, perhaps one day I’ll manage to knit without counting!

But for now, that’s 61 more stitches to finish this row.

1, 2, 3, 4…

There is always more to us than we think there is ❤

 

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Heart Warmer

Okay, so this is a bit of an oldie, but it’s still good!

Thing is, I jotted down lots of Heart Warmers; whenever I saw something extraordinarily kind come by on TV I wrote it down. But then life got in the way and I only just now found my notes. Most of them are already passé, but not this one. I think.

It still warms my heart, so here’s to it warming yours!

Meet Catherine Fitzgerald, a (possibly already graduated) high school student from South Easton. Why is she so special? Well, she came up with the brilliant idea to teach sign language to police officers. She’s in her school’s criminal justice program and had to do an internship to, somehow, “give back” to society.

Having a hearing impairment herself, she knows how tough it can be, not being understood or able to communicate like so many others do. That’s why she decided to combine her personal experiences with her own unique set of skills and teach a police force the beginnings of sign language.

Thought she stopped there? Nah ah! Catherine also created a pocket handbook or dictionary for the officers to carry with them, in case they encounter someone they can sign communicate with and need a little reminder.

Catherine, you are an example to many people, me included, by making the best of what life gave you and turning it into something positive, involving the community as well. Here’s to you and thank you for being my Heart Warmer this week! ❤

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this amazing, extraordinary young woman, please go here
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Heart Warmer

I don’t know about you, but I can use a good Heart Warmer this week! Pooh, all the stress, exhaustion and more stress of late got me, well, stressed. And exhausted. But news like this sure cheers me up!

You probably know by now I am a sucker for everything fluffy and fuzzy. And that not just pandas hold a special place in my heart, but rodents as well, considering my choice of pets.

I cannot explain how I felt when I read about Simon Dell and his incredible kind new hobby: building houses for mice:

Simon one day noticed a wild mouse in the back of his garden, with only a fence between him and some of his greatest enemies: cats. The wildlife photographer decided to guard the mouse by creating an impromptu house for it and naming him George. Simon also put some wire fencing around the already existing fence to ward off any other/future cats.

This mouse-friendly man soon started to build more and cuter homes for his newly found “mouse neighbourhood”, and more mice actually moved in! For fun, Simon kept adding more details to the mouse town, such as tiny laundry lines and dining tables. The mice don’t really care, but apparently it’s fun to see them “pop in and out”.

If I were a mouse, I’d know where to reside!

I wonder though… if I can get my dad to start making these houses for my gerbils… Now that would be awesome!

Thank you Simon, for this lovely idea and these amazing photos! ❤

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this mice-tastic story or learn more about Simon, George or the other mice, please go here

 

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Heart Warmer


This Heart Warmer truly does what it’s picked for: warm your heart.

Chloe Meineck has developed a Music Memory Box which helps people with dementia to… live again. And laugh and enjoy themselves and for brief moments, get lost in lovely memories of moments long passed, but forever cherished.

How it works? Family members can gather photos and items with lots of emotional meaning for their loved one with dementia, and add computerised chips to them. These chips/items, by putting them in the centre of the box, can then each be linked to a certain song, so when next placed there that same song will play.

And these songs have remarkable effects on the person with dementia. Someone even described using the box on her mother as: “When we use the box, we get her back for a moment.”

Inspiration for this box came when Chloe noticed how her demented great-grandmother would suddenly open up and reminisce over her past when certain songs were played in her nursing home. Chloe’s great-grandmother would seemingly come alive again, sing along to the songs and tell stories of her past.

Watch the full story here:

We should never underestimate the effect music can have on our minds, bodies and souls. And in this case: our memories.

I wish I could have had a box like this when my grandfather was still alive. All the stories he could have told me or those stolen moments won back again, even for just a fraction of time ❤ I am happy more and more people can benefit from this!

I wish you all a warm, happy and musically filled week!

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this wonderful story or learn more about the Music Memory Box, please go here
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Heart to Post: January in Hindsight – About Setting Goals

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” – Jim Roth


Did you know I am the Queen of Setting Goals? Not only is this where I flourish as a coach, it is also a personal quality of mine!

I believe there’s only one way forward as a human being, which is growth. And to grow you need to take action. And for you to take effective action, you need clear goals.

Here’s what your goals should be like, at the very least:

SPECIFIC
Be as concrete as possible. What is it that you want to accomplish?

MEASURABLE
Don’t be vague, make sure you know exactly when you’ve reached your goal.

ATTAINABLE
Is the goal acceptable? Is what you’re going to have to put in to reach it, worth the effort? (Money, time, energy, etcetera).

RELEVANT
Is your goal realistic? Will reaching this goal give you what you initially aimed for?

TIMELY
Set a start and deadline for reaching your goal. Make it tangible.

Quite a SMART method, right? 😉

After messing around with too many monthly goals in 2018, I decided to try something different for this year. Every month I work on one goal, something I’ve always wanted to try or think might help me develop as a person.

This post is about my January Goal and how I tackled it.

FOR THE WHOLE OF JANUARY, I DECIDED NOT TO DRINK ANY ALCOHOL

I have a client who does this every year, with no specific reason apart from tradition.

As December rolled to an end, I heard similar stories from other people doing the same. Mostly pensioners, but still.

I thought: why not join them? I always tell everyone I don’t need alcohol to have a good time, yet I consume a glass of wine weekly. I figured: what’s thirty-one days without that worth to me?

Well, a whole lot! I have a weak stomach in the literal sense and it had been playing up. That’s the holidays: I eat too much food despite knowing better and take the effects of that for granted.

On top of that came my increased feelings of stress and POOF! My stomach decided it was enough!

Alcohol is disastrous when you’re being pestered by out-of-control stomach acids, so offering my organ a much needed rest was the most important reason to sign up for this challenge.

I have to admit: I thought it would be more difficult. I traded in my Weekly Wine for a Timeless Tea and was equally happy with it. When going out for dinner I’d simply volunteer to be the designated driver and not drink a drop.

There were a few moments, though, in those thirty-one days that left me longing for liquor: stress is a huge stressor for alcohol usage in my case. I didn’t falter, though.

I only “failed” on two minor occasions, after munching on tiramisu. But the alcohol percentage in that dessert is so low I am happy to call this monthly goal a 100% success!

Did you set goals for 2019? What are they and how do you work towards them? Let me know in the comments!