The Ongoing Process of Defining Ones Identity

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“Identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is a process that you must be active in.” – Joss Whedon

 

Two weeks ago I moved… hence the lack of posts. This was neither a quick nor easy decision but one I had been mulling over for a long time. Moving is always stressful but for me this move was also intertwined with an identity crisis of sorts… Let me add some context to the story for you. My life and my sense of self-identity changed quite rapidly a few years back. This change came about due to illness. This illness invaded every single part of my life, and I have been trying to put the puzzle pieces back together ever since. It has taught me (and continues to teach me) many things. Some of which I will share on ‘A Journey of Steps’. But it doesn’t define me nor will it define this blog – it’s just part of my story right now.

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The April Monthly Review – Stress: Friend or Foe?

The April Review

Welcome to another round of the monthly review. A bit later than I anticipated…. But make yourself comfortable, grab a cup of tea, and join me as I ponder over some different viewpoints on stress.

How Do You View Stress?

Is it something to wage a war against and build up a wall of resistance? What is the difference between pressure and stress? What about ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ stress? How come some people strive on stress whilst others feel overwhelmed? I haven’t got all the answers, but the following articles and TED talk did make me ponder a little bit more on the whole concept of stress.

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Writing: The question of ‘why?’

 

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

 

I have been debating lately about the nature of this blog, and the why? behind it. I am not a natural writer. An analytical/technical thinker…. yes! I have that down pat. Although sometimes to my own detriment! But when it comes to putting pen to paper – it’s a slow, hard slog. My brain fervently connects snippets of information and ideas; although when it comes to the actual process of writing – I have a serious case of self-doubt.

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The Monthly Review – February

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“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”. . . “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine . . .” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

The February Review

Welcome to the February Monthly Review! Here you will find a snippet of things I have seen, heard or read that offered me some food for thought. I hope you find something of interest within.

So let’s do this thing. 😀

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The Monthly Review – January (Part 2)

 

Last week brought you Part 1 of The Monthly Review for January. A series of monthly reviews I am hoping to do throughout the year. For me, I hope it will act as something tangible to reflect on at the end of the year – things I have seen, heard, read… that made me ponder. I’m hoping for you the reader, these reviews might add some food for thought and start a dialogue on your very own monthly reviews.

The January Review

So here we go – Part 2. 😀

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The Monthly Review – January (Part 1)

 

Welcome to the first in a series of monthly reviews. Side note: I know, I know it’s already near the end of February! But does anyone else feel like time has kicked up a notch? How can 2 months of the New Year be nearly over already? Anyways after that mini meltdown and realisation, back to the monthly review….. So what’s it all about? You may recall in a previous post, “Reinvent Your Resolutions By Drawing Your Future”, one of the cornerstones of aligning with what matters for the year ahead is taking the time to reflect and review regularly. And what perfect way to do just that, by compiling a monthly review.

The monthly review will consist of a list of things that I have seen or heard or have set the monkey mind in motion. Things that sparked my interest and flexed my curiosity muscle. This is not a definitive list, but these are things that stand out more vividly in my mind and I feel are worth sharing. Of course none of these may be of interest to you…. But you never know, they might also catch your interest. I decided to divide my first monthly review into 2 parts, so if you bear with me till the end I hope you find something that resonates.

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Humble Beginnings: It’s a New Dawn….It’s a New Day

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And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”Meister Eckhart

 

First things first – Welcome to my little corner of the web and its humble beginnings. And Hello 2017.  In the words of Nina Simone – “It’s a New Dawn. It’s a New Day”……  

 

So to kick it off, I thought I would fill you in on a little snippet of the ideas and plans that are currently formulating in my head (they seem to be playing Whac-A-Mole in there!). Being a curious human being by nature, I love to learn and experiment. This is just another way of saying, I don’t have all the answers, but I am willing to explore and discover new things about myself.

Although, we all have different life circumstances and trajectories, it’s the idea of a shared human experience; common emotions, desire for health and happiness, that often unites us. Through research, studying, reading, listening, reaching out to others and life experience (often where the most profound lessons are learnt), I hope to share some of my ongoing explorations. It is this crossroads between art and science, a blending of both of these genres, that speaks to me (it’s like trying to balance a seesaw which sometimes isn’t the easiest of tasks, but fun all the same).

From here, I would like to introduce a broad outline of that foggy vision. From it, take what you will. 🙂

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