Shoestring September

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Shoestring September

I only have time to write briefly, on the short train journey to work, but I wanted to pledge my promise to seriously curb my spending this month, sticking to only absolute needs and pre-organised events.  I should clarify further by saying that my focus is on cutting out the additional material objects and focusing more on experiences.  So £40 for a train journey to meet my friend for a weekend camping trip is allowed.  £11 on random food on the way home from work, when I already have food in the cupboard, is not. I will write more this

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The struggle after acknowledgement

The struggle after acknowledgement

When we’re talking about behaviours we want to change, habits that are no longer helpful to us, acknowledgement is the first step and, for some people, the hardest.  Noticing our behaviours, our emotions and our triggers is absolutely vital if we are to make positive changes. But I’ve realised, through my own experience, that acknowledgement doesn’t automatically equal change.  It seems to be a facet of human nature (or at least my own!) that we can absolutely know that something is unhelpful or even harmful, but we continue to do it anyway.  Sometimes that is necessary, for a while, until

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Thursday round-up

Thursday round-up

So, the weather is getting colder, the evenings are growing darker and we’re hurtling towards the weekend which, for those of us who work a regular five-day week, may be a bit of a relief! My week has been good, but busier than usual.  Between formal lesson observations, rehearsals for our Year 5 production of Romeo and Juliet (which takes place next Wednesday… cue a nervous squeal of excitement), ordinary class teaching and the first online module of my middle leadership course, I’ve been white-knuckling it through the past few days a little bit.  But I feel as though I

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Make the most of your mornings

Make the most of your mornings

I’m a recent convert to mornings. I used to hate them.  I mean, literally loathe them.  I always found it difficult to get up, I would just want to bury my head under the pillow and sleep for another couple of hours. I still have mornings like that, believe me, but I’m much better with them now.  I don’t feel so great if I lie in too long on the weekend and, once I’m up, I enjoy being up.  I like the crispness and the stillness in the air. One of the most important elements in my new-found enjoyment of

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Little victories

Little victories

The days are busy and life passes by so quickly that it can be easy to forget to take stock of the good things that have happened or the positive choices you have made.  But these little moments really do add up to big changes in the long-term.  And it’s so important to capture them while they are fresh in your mind, congratulate yourself, smile and be grateful. My ‘little victories’ of today… I have stuck rigidly to my budget and have not spent a penny apart from on the train fare to work. I have resisted any and all

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One goal at a time

One goal at a time

When you get fired up, or just plain frustrated with your current life situation, it’s tempting to go all out and resolve to donate all of your earthly possessions, quit smoking, never touch a drop of alcohol again and ban chocolate from the house so that you can lose 20-30lbs.  Oh, and stay in touch with your childhood friends more.  And get yourself out of debt. And what happens, almost immediately?  You become deflated and feel overwhelmed and useless.  Because of course  there is no way you are going to be able to tackle all of those things at once!  The

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