#bookreview the #comic Strong Female Protagonist

Before you sign off because this is a comic, wait. I can faithfully say that this web comic has made me think as much as some of the heavyweight books i have read, and the journey was much more enjoyable. 

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Strong female protagonist is the story of a young woman with extraordinary abilities trying to find a way in the world, which as it happens cant have its problems solved by might alone.
In other words, its a treatise on life. One which i thoroughly recommend – do read it from the beginning, it will be worth your while.

Learning self control

Lets face it, self control is a tough job. Particularly if you like food as much as i do. So i was very pleased to watch this 15 minute talk by Daniel Goldstien:

The battle between your present and future self

Its well worth a watch. I also had a go at something he mentions, and took a look at what it would mean for my future self if i threw away all self control around food. Future self, i promise to take care of you:

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Right here, right now.

This really caught me today:

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It reminds me if this quote from CS Lewis:
For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. 

It’s so very easy to rush through the day, thinking about what you have to do next or ruminating on the past… And totally miss your life.

Every effort for being present to our own and others lives it has to be worth the prize of freedom.

#100dayshappy

My first week doing 100 happy days has proved fruitful.
I have found so much more happiness in my life than I thought was there.
It is an important lesson.
Becoming mindful of the things which cause me happiness has allowed me to see the ongoing contentment in my life. I have learnt that happiness is not just about the big highs but also about that warm glow which lights up every day life.
This last week has been a real blessing and i would encourage you to join in by signing up to http://100happydays.com… and let me know how you do!

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The new #garden

I have finally had some time and weather to get on in the new garden.
We have a north facing garden so I am growing veg out the front of the house.
Out the back, a new challenge for me, growing plants that aren’t so worried by the shade.
I’m loving it.
We have finally moved to a place where we are happy to choose place over jobs. Unless we get the divine “it’s you” we intend to stay put forever.
So I am looking forward not only to the first year of this garden, but many more too.
After fifteen houses in twenty years, I can’t begin to tell you how happy staying put makes me:

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Wombling free

And as the song goes, “making good use of the things everyday folk leave behind”
Or in the case of today’s dog walk, a ball for Atom to play with and a bag for me to put it in:
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It is the happier side of the nasty fly tipping in the woods behind our house.
Ah well, the dog has a new toy and our morning walk was lovely.
While I waited for Atom to finish a particular sniff, I took the time to watch the finches pottering in a tree. The RSPB website tells me they were probably siskins.
It has made my morning and reminded me once again of the importance to stop, listen and take note.
Something which works well with people as well as birds.

And we are in

We moved into our new home yesterday. It has all been thankfully much better than the last move, but then we have learnt our lesson and we won’t be trying to do everything at once. Most of the house needs redecorating and there are some interesting diy electrics which will need some professional attention, but over Christmas we are planning just to do the living room. See below for a collection of rooms that at least need a change of colour. The room with all the boxes? Yes, that really is a cerise carpet and pink walls…
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