Day 49 : Networking ❤❤❤ 02/03/2017

Up with the lark today! Very very busy, honestly I thought us unemployed people were supposed to be lying in till it is time for Jeremy Kyle and eating Pot Noodle for breakfast. So why am I up, showered, make up on and heading into the City Centre?


I had booked to attend the Communications Breakfast, a great and informative networking event in Glasgow, run by Creating Sparks. I haven’t been to one in a while and it is definitely time to get into proper, productive networking. It was a pretty inspiring event as the speaker was Russell Wardrop from Kissing With Confidence A very charismatic speaker who is not afraid to say what he thinks, Russell kept the audience engaged and interacting with him. If you get a moment read his blog Think Like Andy it will make you think. It was great to be back out again and talking all sorts of business as well as meeting some familiar faces. It gave my enthusiasm for ideas I have a boost and I spent the next hour sitting in my favourite Gordon Street Coffee, typing up and planning notes.

It was then off to lunch with a friend whose advice I trust. I am very blessed to have friends from so many walks of life. Their help and advice is invaluable and especially when you can have a great natter over a bowl of soup, it helps focus the plans and potential.


Yet another list made, I headed back home, walking to clear my head and sharpen that focus. You may have noticed, if you follow my FitBit, that I have not been wearing mine. This was deliberate decision as I have so much going on right now that a flippin wristband buzzing every 20 minutes or so was driving me nuts. So it has been ditched but will be back next week.

Today I realised that there are certain things I miss and that they need to be added to the ideas and goals I am setting. Taking the elements from the old and add them to the new!

Onward and keep learning!



Day 48 : Plan ❤❤❤ 01/03/2017

The Underground in Glasgow goes in a circle, you cannot go wrong! One way, inner and outer circle, not confusing at all. If only life went the same way, one direction with no detours.


Today started off great, walk done, avocado on brown toast for breakfast, meetings done, Core Session with GymGuyMark done and the list ticked off by 1pm. Polish my super duper planning halo, on fire today!!!!


Eh no! I had one further meeting in the City Centre and was well ahead of time, so a chill with a caffeine hit at Gordon Street Coffee was in order. And that my friends is where the circle went sideways. I took out my diary and checked what I had on my list for tomorrow and there it was, the post it note that had slipped. “REMEMBER TO CALL ***** AT 1.30PM ON WEDNESDAY” it was now well past 2pm!!!!! Ok, breathe, remember your ten minute trick and focus. Have you ever seen someone sit in the middle of a busy City Centre coffee shop, eyes closed, trying to meditate? Well the girl at the next table to me did. Focus restored, gulp of coffee taken, I made the call. Turns out that the person I was calling had left their mobile at home so I would not have got hold of them anyway. The point of all this was that my ten minute trick worked. If I had panicked called, I would have been a wittering mess and made no sense.

Lessons learned, stop using post it notes, set reminders, and combine calendars. Apart from this one little issue, today was a good day. The Core exercises are still a bit of a struggle because of my weak wrists but I have strengthening moves to try and help that.

Again, it proves that this 150 day challenge is really helping me. My focus is so much sharper and clearer, I know what stage of fitness I want to reach and I am becoming more and more aware of the effect certain foods are having on me. Perhaps I should add awareness to my Cope, Change, Challenge mantra.



Day 47: Too Many Tabs ❤❤❤ 28/02/2017

A friend said to me today that their brain felt like they had too many tabs open. She said that her entire life was like a bad internet connection, it keeps trying but cannot find the network.

I wonder how often we are convinced that we can juggle but we should really accept that, at this point, it is sit back and watch the show time. Or is it?

Who opens all those tabs? Who keeps them open or doesn’t bother to shut their laptop down because it is too much like hard work to restart?

I am about to restart! It is exciting but at the same time daunting. At 53 and a bit, it feels like the right time to reboot and put all the things I am learning from these 150 days to good use.

More soon but for now my focus is very much on rebooting, rebuilding and coping with MY choice to change and challenge!



Day 46: Motivate it Monday ❤❤❤ 27/02/2017

Woke up this morning motivated!


Belief! In myself, by others and the fact that there is a waist and slimmed down ankles.

It doesn’t take much to turn it round, focussing on where you want to go, what you want to do and perhaps discovering that the mind map you worked on ages ago is actually a reality and not just arrows and circles on a bit of paper. Revisiting blogs, notes and diaries really helps remind you of why you started down a path. It shows you that the decsions you made were right and that no matter how many times you are knocked back, you kept on trying.

Case in point! My ten minute rowing challenge, the first photo is my last three rows and the second one is today’s. 

Now I could get all upset and not see progress but I have not slipped back, I have kept the distance the same so that for me is a good thing. 

Positive Positive Positive


Day 44: Saturday meets and greets ❤❤❤ 25/02/2017

Saturday dawns in chilly Cumbernauld! It is such a dreich day, rainy and cold but being home at my folks always feels warm. It is a great place to recollect, reconnect and rest. It helps so much when your life is going through ups and downs to have an anchor in the storm.

I don’t know about anyone else who has been out of work but there are times when you get really low because it feels like nothing you do, apply for or network your ass off, is getting anywhere. A positive attitude can be a very challenging thing to keep. I have tried to make looking for work, my job, going about it the same way I would any project,  with professionalism and pride in my CV.

As a result of this my Blog had been suffering, I have so many drafts saved down that need published that taking the time out of job hunting to correct the hastily typed thoughts is daunting. But I will get back on track and add that to my daily must dos! Yet another thing to add to this challenge 


Day 43: Friday! ❤❤❤ 24/02/2017

Today was well planned last week but as seems to be the way of things just now, my diary ended up with lots of notes crossed out and rescheduled. The necessary appointments of the day done, I ended up with time on my hands that I didn’t think I would have. 

So after Stretching Class I headed for the train to go visit my folks. For some reason my legs felt slightly jelly like and it was a bit weird because after GymGuyMark’s class I normally feel quite good (yes, did just say that). It dawned on me that this feeling was familiar. I remember getting to this stage before, it is the part of getting back into shape that starts to really hurt. You end up with the weirdest shape, your legs look great around the ankle but above the knee??? Convinced there is an alien under my skin! 

The only thing to do is to keep going, keep treading that treadmill, keep rowing that rower and cycling till you can’t feel your legs!!!!! But most importantly keep it in your head that you can do it, even when you have the odd cake or cheeky bag of chips, just remember it is only one thing. 

Make the big change and the little ones will follow. Now, where is that bar of chocolate!

Day 42: Snow ?? ❤❤❤ 23/02/2017

Waking up this morning to a snow shower! It’s very pretty watching it through the window from a cosy warm bed but when you have a list as long as your arm to sort, you have to brave the frostbite and get up. 

Luckily living in town the snow very rarely lies for long so any excuse not to go out disappears with the slush. It’s funny when you make any kind of lifestyle change, you can easily become slightly obsessed with sticking to a routine. Being unemployed it would be very very easy to lie in and watch crap telly all day, filling myself with toast and tea. But having made the choice to deliberately change certain parts of my life, the elements I have added have become necessities. Eating a good breakfast even if it is just cereal, my 45 minute walk, my ten minute meditation and genuinely looking at the balance of my life. The signs of change are there and, for me, it is important that I can visualise that within a drawing, painting or symbol.

This is the Celtic symbol for strength and for me it represents all the twists and turns my life is going through. More of this soon.


Day 41: Did I? ❤❤❤ 22/02/2017

Have you ever woken up and had that fear that you have forgotten to do something? You know that blind panic when you are convinced you left your purse at the shop, your keys in the front door or were supposed to be somewhere and forgot? Yeh, those moments! It happened to me last night, I was convinced I had left the oven on and any minute I would be gassed to death. It took me fully ten minutes to calm down but by that time I had got up at 4.30am, washed my dishes, typed a letter and ironed my clothes. 

It is such an debilitating feeling when doubt creeps in and the did I question rings around your head. I woke up this morning with a thumping headache but this is where the daily walk is really helping. It clears the head and makes you focus, especially if you add in some steep hills or stairs. The effort it takes shifts your thinking from the negative to worrying that your legs won’t get you to the top of Gardner Street. 

So after all that I still fitted in a Core workout with GymGuyMark at the Western Health and Racquets Club. Getting those stressed, tired limbs to work and the anxious muscles to stretch, swing or push this tired body. 

I dread to say it but exercise works! Mind you, so does gin!!!!!

Day 40 The Joy Of The Moment 21/02/2016 ❤❤❤

Today was about learning and finding the joy of the moment.
 When you are making any kind of change in your life, I think it is important to understand the whys and wherefores. For me, this helps me to plan the way forward knowing that I have the knowledge and back up to cope. This can be anything from a technical skill to having people in my life who can give me solid advice. But it also means finding inspiration whether from literature, places or people. 

I was privileged to attend the 2017 Stone Lecture at Glasgow University tonight. It was given by Sally Magnusson the writer and broadcaster, and more recently the founder of Playlist for Life. This is an amazing charity who do fantastic work with those who have dementia and their families. They use music as therapy to help communication and as a way for families to help cope with the difficult times. 

The key messsge for me was when Sally described the importance of finding “the joy of the moment”. So often with dementia it is the small glimpses that keep families in touch with their loved one, and I guess it is the same for all of us.

When times get tough, think of that small piece of joy and focus on the feeling it gave. It really helps when you need to cope with the challenge that change brings. 

To find out more about Playlist For Life, click the link below 

PlayList For Life