Making Memory Jam

Okay so maybe I’m getting old (41 and counting) but the years seem to be passing by so quickly. Where is time going? Who is sneaking in and stealing my life?

After a few difficult years and some loss, I am feeling very positive about 2017. I have lots of good things to look forward to.

One of the benefits of blogging is that it provides a tool for reflecting on your life. Some of my fellow bloggers had lovely posts summarising their 2016.

This year I am going to making memory jam. Memory jam you ask – is this some old family recipe? Not quite.Read More »

Breathe Journal

So folks, I’m taking this year seriously – what I mean is – I’m giving it my all. I know what I want and I know what I need to do. I’ve even set aside some time to make it all happen. I am planning and working on turning the plans into actions.

One thing I have been trying to take up for several years is journaling.  Each new year I buy a nice little diary to write my gratitude lists for each day. It rarely sticks beyond a couple of weeks, then I start to forget and eventually give up. But  you know what, I’m not giving up on the idea. This year I have ditched the little diary. I have treated myself to this lovely A4 size journal and week planner –

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Hello…. I missed you

Hello Lovely Blog Friends

I’m so sorry I have not been around recently.

Thank you so much for all the supportive messages to my last post. I really appreciate all your comments.  

Unfortunately my blog, Cultivating Time, has taken a back seat in my life recently, while I adapt to the recent changes in my life.

Hopefully, I am now back in Blogland and trying to plan some posts for the future.

I’m looking forward to catching up with all you blogs too.

Thank you to all my followers.

Debra

March Reflections

March Films & TV

The Lady in the Van – I was fortunate enough to see the play written by Alan Bennett, The Lady in the Van,  at the theatre some years ago. It was brilliant so I have been looking froward to the film for some time. I also really enjoyed the film. It was heartwarming, entertaining, funny and heartbreaking. Maggie Smith, who plays Mary Shepard, is excellent throughout. I think she is an amazing actress. The film captured a time and a place in the UK really well. It tells the true story of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van on Bennett’s driveway in London for 15 years. It’s                                                                   an incredible story about an incredible woman.

Rated – 

 

The Man Fom U.N.C.L.E – I also really enjoyed this film. I have not seen the original mid-to-late 1960s television series of the same name, so I just had to take this  at face value. I loved atmosphere of the film – very sleek and 1960’s. I’m not generally a big fan of spy films (having never managed to sit through an entire James Bond film) but this was an entertaining spy caper that didn’t seem to take itself too seriously. International intrigue and escapist fun, that doesn’t depend on having any foreknowledge of the original series in order to enjoy this new adventure.

Rated – Read More »

February Reflections

Monthly Reflections is a new category being introduced to Cultivating Time. My monthly Reflections will be a bit of a monthly round up and a chance for me to take stock and reflect on the month. I hope you enjoy.

I will be writing a post next month exploring the role of reflection – watch this space!

February Films & TV

Ant-Man – I loved  this film. The special affects were brilliant and great fun. This is the sort of film I feel special effects are made for. Definitely one of my favourite super hero films. Some memorable scenes with the special effects. All I’m going to say is – record, disco, carpet and Thomas! They even managed to be the product placement entertaining and funny. Some really clever concepts and ideas. I even enjoyed the fight scenes, which I normally switch off from completely but these were different. Who knew ants would one day star so greatly in a Hollywood hit! Make sure you stick it out right to the very end of all the credits. There are 2 extra scenes setting the scene for future films.

Rated – Read More »

The Quest for Happiness v Attitude Gratitude

 

piglet_gratitude_winnie_the_poohAnyone who has ever checked out any health, well being or self help section of a book shop knows that ‘Happiness’ is one of the buzz words. There are blog posts a plenty.  Get it and you’ve go everything. It’s this thing that we are encouraged to seek and strive for. It’s the thing that will make it all okay.

If it works for you – that’s great but it all just feels a little bit unrealistic to me. After all isn’t happiness a feeling? It’s an emotion right? Emotions are not fixed states, they ebb and flow. We do not expect to always feel angry or sad so why does a state of happiness feel like something we should aim for? Like we expect to experience sadness and anger in our lives, we will also experience happiness. However, it is not possible for it to remain constant.Read More »