Four Little Finds

Here at Cultivating Time it’s share time. Here are some little finds that have grabbed my attention in January.

On the 18th of January it was Winnie The Pooh Day. A timeless, classic British children’s book series that is much loved across the world. Check out –

10+ Of The Best Winnie The Pooh Quotes To Celebrate Winnie The Pooh Day

Inspiring Winnie Pooh Quotes
This is one of my favourite Winnie the Pooh quotes

Also during January – there were a lot of red hearts circulating on Facebook. People were asking each other to post a heart on their Facebook wall to honor breast cancer awareness. Call me cynical but I don’t understand the point of this sort of thing. We all know about breast cancer. How does posting red love hearts actually help? One breast cancer survivor, Erin Smith Chieze, decided to help women fight breast cancer in a different way with Know Your Lemons. I thought it was a brilliant idea and definitely worth sharing. 
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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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Brain shrinkage & 10 other signs it’s time to quit

For about 8 months I have been suffering from work related stress. My body and brain has been telling me for some time that life was not going well and I was done in. We all have to deal with stress and stress can be a good thing. However, there is a tipping point when stress becomes damaging. At the point when you are seriously effecting your health and well-being, it’s time to do something about it.

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Stress really can have serious effects on your brain, including brain shrinkage. Aaaaaaahhhhh! My brain is shrinking!

You can find yourself trapped in a cycle of stress.  It can also cause other long term health issues, like depression and Alzheimer’s.

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Harness the Waves

 

Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction (Unknown)

Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf (Jonatan Mårtensson)

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul (Robert Wyland)

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness (James Gates Percival)

#coloryourworld 120 Days of Crayola

Today’s colour is white

Photos taken by me at Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, England

The Golden Buddha’s of Thailand

When it comes to the colour gold, the country of Thailand is the place to be. I took these photos of their amazing Buddhas a few year ago and yes, they really are a big as they look. Incredibly awe inspiring. And now some inspiring Buddhist quotes –

The Beauty of Sand – Look a Little Closer

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Amazing beach,Wells By Sea, Norfolk
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Beautiful beach huts, Wells By The Sea, Norfolk

The most wonderful aspects of sand are hidden from the normal human eye. For a greater appreciation of the beauty of sand I recommend you check out  Gary Greenberg’s photographs of what sand looks like under a microscope – Sand Looks Unbelievably Cool Under a Microscope.

It really is amazing stuff.

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Time – Thank you for your contribution


So if you are one of those wonderful people who take the time to read my blog posts you will know that I have now been nominated 3 times for the Liebster Award.  Thus far, I have nominated 33 of my fellow bloggers for the Liebster Award. One of the questions I asked my fellow bloggers was –

My blog is called Cultivating Time – what quote or saying about time do you like?

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The Intriguing Asparagus Doorway

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The intriguing asparagus doorway

Where do you lead? What do you hide? Who has passed through? What stories do you have to tell?

I took this photo of this amazing doorway in Lagos, Portugal in 2012. It looks very old and was part of an old building in the town centre. I love the old green (asparagus) tiles that make up the doorway and the old door.I find the image really thought provoking.

Doors and doorways are like the keepers of history and the custodians of the future – look at me getting all deep and meaningful! It’s amazing what your brain comes up with from a challenge prompt on a crayon colour.Read More »