The Friday Recliner ~ July 23rd

The Friday Recliner

Hi friends, welcome, hope this finds you doing well. I hope the weeks been kind to you.

Anything lovely planned for the weekend ?

I’ve just been granted some annual leave from work that I’ve been after for quite a while so I’m feeling kind of  free today and looking forward to some less filled up days and more time with the girl and boy.

As always I hope this weekend some resting, relaxing and enjoying things you love is on the menu.

Lets start right here – – –

A Good Word

Fear is real

But so is courage !

Brooke Noelle

A Good Look

For foot spas (my version looked nothing like this) and other self kindnesses see this weeks good idea below.

A Good Idea

You know that small thing you do and its not a big deal but then it feels like you’ve given yourself the world on a string.

Here’s a sample:-

Lighting my back yard fire pit again just to bask in the smell and comfort of it.

Drinking soda water and lime, my new favourite drink from my poshest wine glass.

Finally buying the Mini Lemon Bars from the supermarket that I always thought looked good but suspected would taste horrid – they didn’t, they were lemony and delicious.

And the icing on the cake so to speak was soaking my feet in a tub of hot water with eucalyptus and Radox twice this week – so simple but oh my goodness how luxurious and good did that feel.

Do the small thing, surprise yourself xx

A Few Good Reads

The Argument for Everyone Taking This Entire Summer Off

We’re living through a pandemic, we’re all knackered and we need six weeks of time off. Here’s how we do that.

The weekend was invented. The concept of a Saturday and a Sunday off is not encoded into the vast network of stars that make up our solar system – it was made up by the guy who founded Boots. In 1933, John Boot decided to shut his Nottingham factory for two days at the end of every week to avoid redundancies, thus establishing the greatest two-for-one offer of our age – – – keep reading

There are 5 kinds of clutter — which one is filling your life?

Emotional clutter can be the negative patterns and beliefs you don’t even realize that you’re carrying around. It can be all those “I can statements that run through your head like “I can’t lose weight” or “I can’t quit my job and own my own business”.

Spiritual clutter can be a lack of forgiveness or a lack of peace.

Those last two — emotional and spiritual clutter — can be very subtle, and they can also be the most paralyzing.

In 2012, I had heart surgery. My whole life I’d had a valve defect, and I’d always been told: “You’ll live into your 80s with no medical intervention; you’re fine.”

Well, that year, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a very short time to live, and my oldest son was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts. My heart figuratively and then literally broke.

By April 2012, I was in heart failure so I had to have surgery.

I flew through it, and I was the model patient. I was only in the hospital for 48 hours. Afterwards, I was up walking and doing things in record time. I
completed a half marathon 11 months after heart surgery.

My life looked great and I was getting a lot of compliments, but I felt stuck. Why? I had massive amounts of emotional clutter. It consisted of fears, questions like:
“What if the surgery didn’t work?”
“What if my heart breaks again?”
“Why am I having these dizziness spells?”
“Why do I still need a nap every single day a year later?”

And also guilt. I asked myself: “Why am I still here while other people aren’t?”

And — let me tell you — those two combine to make some pretty big spiritual clutter.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that my house is very, very neat and clean almost all the time. At the time, I had a client who was the opposite. She was depressed by her townhouse and hadn’t had people over in years — except for me, to try to work on it. We became very close very quickly.

– – – keep reading

And for when we can travel again –  near or far, here’s some good ideas

How to Plan Your Best Vacation

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things,” wrote Henry Miller. So, how can you make your vacation feel truly rejuvenating? For the final post of our travel series, six travelers reveal their surprising tips — including the #1 thing to pack — for having the best time on vacation…. Keep reading

That’s all for now friends. Enjoy the reads and have a beautiful weekend, rest up, do something you love xx

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