January Reflections

January was a busy month for books. You can check out what I read and my ratings in my recent post The Book Nook.

So what else did I do in January?

What I watched –

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I finally got caught up with Planet Earth 2. Every episode was absolutely amazing. By far the best wildlife/nature series I have seen. I was enthralled by every episode. So many fascinating animals, so much amazing footage. Wonderful animals. Wonderful world.

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A series about a landmark 1970 workplace-equality lawsuit to tackle taken gender discrimination. It is based on a nonfiction book by Lynn Povich. The series is driven by it’s range of female characters and how they support each other in life and to take a stand. It doesn’t just cover the workplace oppression but gender roles in the home, marriage, sex, contraception, and the media portrayal of women. Sadly it does not look like there will be a second series. I would still recommend this series. I would really liked to have seen the story progress beyond the issuing of the complaint. I am cynical in the current economic climate about the reasons why a second series has not been commissioned.

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What I did I –

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I went on my first Group Walk. It was a really positive experience, an easy 6 miles and I met some lovely people.

The very steep climb with these steps at the end was quite hard going though. It felt like they were going on forever.

 

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I had a go at using my new spiralizer. I made seafood courgette.

I know it doesn’t look that appealing but it was actually really tasty. I will be making it again.

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My main focus for January was getting back into exercising. I have been regularly attending mindful yoga and hydrojog. I have also started a qi gong and  thi chi class. It’s more difficult than it looks but it’s very beneficial. Have you tried thi chi?

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Like a lot of public services, our local library is now depending on volunteers to keep the service open. Where the Library Assistant was a paid job, it is no longer being funded. I have started my training to support my local library and to become a Volunteer Library Assistant.

 

What I am looking forward to in February – 

I am hoping to do another Group Walk. I will hopefully take some more photos on future walks.

It’s Birthday month in our house. We usually go away for a little holiday but this year we might wait for March. I will need to think of something else nice to do instead. Any ideas?

I have quite a bit of training and e-learning to do for the library so that will keep me busy too.

What have been your highlights from January?

What are you looking forward to in February?

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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Little Treasures from Blogland – March

Little Treasures from Blogland is a new themed post for Cultivating Time, which I hope to have on a monthly basis. This is where I will be sharing some of the great posts written by my fellow bloggers. I follow a lot of blogs and every month, I try hard to find the time to read other people’s posts. There are always some stand out posts that capture my attention. So here are my March Little Treasures from Blogland

My Sentiments From the Clouds by Justbluedutch – a brilliant post with some gorgeous cloud photos. This is such a useful way of looking at your worries and responding to worries.

Napoleon Xylophone by NapoleonSplit – it was really lovely to have a fellow blogger recommend a book to me in their post. The book Napoleon Xylophone sounds very intriguing. I love the book cover. I will definitely have to check this book out.

My Day at Hogawarts by Leaves et Livres – this is a place I really want to visit. It looks so much fun – full of magic and escapism.

6 Brunch Types We’ve All Met –  by Lineaurea – Lineaurea shares her definitions of the different brunch types. Which brunch type are you?

Paint Nite by An Historian About Town – I really wish there was a paint nite local to me. Here’s a great step by step to creating your own art piece.

Village in the Sky by Cobgoddess – this is a lovely post where Cobgoddess introduces the idea of the Village in the Sky. I am truly honored to be a member. I love this idea.

Draw Your Future by Life As A Potpourri – I hadn’t seen this Ted Talk – Draw Your Future. A really interesting idea and extension on the idea of vision boards.

Unplug Relax and Enjoy by Creating Branches –  a great post looking at taking time for self-care and letting joy and peace flow into your life. I really like the thought provoking questions raised in this post.

Misc Monday Science Museum Fun by Girlygeekgirl – this looks like a great idea. I really wish more museums did this sort of thing.

Most Beautiful Easter Tree by Surprisinglives – March is the month of Easter and this Easter Tree definitely has the wow factor. Amazing and beautiful. 

Thank you to all my fellow bloggers who have posted in March. I hope you have found something to interest you.

What has been your favorite post in March? Where have you found some Little Treasures in Blogland? 

40 Things From Being 40 Years Old

If you’ve read my ‘About Me’ page you will know that last year I turned 40. So as my year of being 40 comes to a close and becomes my year of being 41,  I thought it would be a good time to take stock.

It’s been a good year all in all. Here’s some of the things I’ve learnt and discovered from being 40 years old –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.

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Acknowledging the Winter Solstice

Here in the UK the 22nd December 2015 marks this years Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. It also the start of the increase in the hours of daylight, until the Summer Solstice.

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The Winter Solstice marks a central part of nature’s cycle. It is a time of new growth, rebirth and renewal. It is a reminder that in order to begin anew, the old must end.

The December solstice marks the ‘turning of the Sun’ as the days slowly get longer. Celebrations of the lighter days to come have been common throughout history with feasts and festivals, celebrated by cultures across the world.Read More »

My Bonfire Night – Embracing the Darkness of the Season

Bonfire NightI am Scottish, although I now live in North Yorkshire. Many of the Scottish traditions stem from it’s Gaelic history.

Autumn is synonymous with Halloween, which was traditionally Samhain in Scotland. Samhain was one of the four main festivals of the Gaelic calendar, it marks Summer’s end. During Samhain bonfires were traditionally lit on hilltops in Scotland.

The Samhain bonfires were traditionally lit on the evening on the 31st October. It marked the end of the light half of the year and the beginning of the Celtic new year or the dark half of the year. Sacred fires were a big part of the cleansing of the old year and a method to prepare for the coming new year. Feasts were held and bonfires were lit throughout the countryside. The bonfires were to warm friendly spirits and ward off evil spirits, and also represented the sun, which they wished would return, bringing heat and growth.Read More »