It has taken me many years and thousands of words to get to this point of my journey; and now that I am here… I couldn’t be happier.
Until recently, I had never been brave enough, to showcase my written word to the world. But after posting on another site and getting a positive response, it seemed that launching my own site was the next natural goal to achieve.
I have only got this far, because writing is something that I love, and I have been so encouraged by readers around the world.
A new journey
This is the start of a new journey for me, and one I want to fully embrace. I am not sure how successful I will be, but I can only try my best and hope that my words reach far and wide.
So, my goals for this site are as follows:
To post at least 3 times a weeks
To actively participate and learn by visiting and reading other peoples blogs
To get my head round customising my site and using social media
To achieve a thousand reads by the end of March 2018
To eventually create my own book – long-term vision
I would like to think that these goals are not unreasonable or unreachable, but please wish me luck!
It’s now been 18 months since I created ‘a beautiful mind online’ and oh my, how I have grown since then!
I do remember having to think long and hard, about what I really wanted to achieve by creating this site. Initially, I had only planned for this to be a place to publish my written work, but as time passed; I also returned to my creative roots. And it soon became apparent that I needed a place to show my many lovely creations as well, and so my goal became to create a one stop shop for everything I do..
My self confidence has been restored, and even though I am frequently floored by illness, it has confirmed that I am still capable of many things.
As for my goals…
To post at least 3 times a week– I have done my best to achieve the goal, and have posted as often as I could, but on occasions it simply has not been possible.
To actively participate and learn by visiting and reading other peoples’ blogs– Not only did I write more, I was reading a lot more too! But after a while, it became too overwhelming, and I was spending hours on a daily basis trying to read everything. Everyday my mail box was filled with new postings, which meant I had little time for anything else.
To get my head round customising my site and using social media– I had quite a few issues when I began, but I am slowly mastering customising different areas of blogging, SEO’s, keywords etc. I now also have a ‘My kind of beautiful’ Facebook page, I am on Instagram, Tumblr and other writer/poetry websites. It is still a learning curve, but I’m getting there.
To achieve a thousand reads by the end of March 2018– I didn’t check it at the time, but it now stands at over 5000 reads and 2800 visitors.I am more than happy with that! I feel truly blessed that my words and creations have reached out and touched so many people from around the world.
To eventually create my own book – long-term vision– This goal is still very much in the pipeline, I have at least signed up to a site to help me develop this idea. I feel like I have a lot of material to start the process, but I think I need guidance on what to actually include. But this was always a long-term goal, and will probably on come into play again, once I have got this site as I want it to be…
So, on the whole, I feel I’ve done okay. And in spite of health and other factors hindering me, I have still persevered and have gone from strength to strength.
I would like to say a big thank you to you – all my readers, likers and followers, because without you guys, this would all mean nothing. And for that, I am very humble and thankful. Sx ❤️
(Sunday 14thJuly 2019)
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A new dawn, a new day, a new year and hopefully a new life…
At last, the start of a new year.
Heaven only knows how desperate I was to leave the last one.
I haven’t made any resolutions as such, but there are some things, that I definitely want to leave behind. I am not planning on giving up any habits as such, because I have a firm philosophy that
“Everyone should have at least three vices for a happy life”.
Unfortunately, most people automatically think of a vice as something that is bad for you. But to me, a vice is:
“Anything that gives you pleasure and makes you feel good in the soul”
And yes, a vice could be drinking, smoking, eating chocolate – the ‘usuals’. It could be cutting the crusts off from your bread, because, you feel it makes your sandwich taste better. A vice could even be that you like to fit in an extra Pilates class, when you should be doing something else. Or maybe, that you like to lock the bathroom door, and have 1/2 an hour of peace and quiet, whilst you indulge in bubbles, candlelight and music.
Whatever it is, it may be bad for your health in one way, but it can be positively good for your mental and spiritual health in another.
Life is too short
I learnt for real a while back -having lost many close family members, that life really is too short.
Too short to deny yourself things that make you happy.
Too short to waste time having pointless arguments that lead nowhere.
Too short to get stressed out over stupid things, that really shouldn’t be an issue.
Too short to waste precious time falling out with people, just to carry unnecessary anger around.
Too short to let the wrong people stay in your life, when you know they just simply don’t belong.
Too short to keeping fighting for things that are not worth fighting for.
Too short to waste time worrying about or regretting things that you cannot control or change.
Too short to fret about debts, that are really insignificant in the overall scheme of things.
Too short to ignore the things that really matter.
The list can on, but this is just a few of the things that I believe and that matter to me.
Too much space…
I have allowed some people to take up too much space in my life, and they have not cultivated their plot, so it has become overgrown with weeds that are deep rooted. It dawned on me a short while ago, (whilst having a face to face with myself in the mirror,) that for a long time my life has not been about me. It has been about other peoples. It’s been about my family and my friends, about their unhappiness, fears, anger & their frustrations; their wars, their problems and their issues etc.
Letting them go!
Having recognised this painful truth, and as much as I may love them, some of these people have done me more harm than good, and they need to go or have their role reduced. They have often been a huge drain on my resources, almost making me topple under the weight of their burdens. I have allowed them to take so much time away from me, forcing me to rush through ‘my’ day, never having time to sit and reflect on my own concerns. So now, one thing I know I can do to improve my health and my life, is to start letting them go; in order to reclaim my time back. It is definitely a new dawn…
So, I have decided that this year, is going to be ‘MY’ time. I will spend more time focusing on the things that make me happy, or feel good, and really look after myself and my needs. One thing I know for sure, is that I will no longer spend time with people, who have no time for me.
I just want to laugh, to dance and sing!
I am fully prepared to embrace this new year, and I am actually excited by the many possibilities that lie ahead!
(1st January 2015)
Much as I was so determined 4 years ago, ‘the update’ is I have to confess, that I am still guilty of holding on to some people/things for far too long. Got my fingers burnt again flying to close to the sun, but this time I already had my eyes open, so I knew what was coming.
In the last 18 months my integrity has been tested, by many who were supposed to be close family and friends. They have also tested my loyalty and my patience, to such a degree, I have been forced to turn around and walk away from them; so another update to my social circle. I have zero tolerance for insincerity, that I know, and at times I am so aware of my solitude. But I would rather have that, than be drowned in a sea of negativity, weighted down by someone else’s bricks.
But in spite of all that, I am a much happier person for it. And even though, I am soon to be 54, life still has many more lessons for me to learn. And no doubt a few more mountains for me to climb… Sx ❤️
 Face to face in a mirror, an exercise I do on a regular basis and recommend to anyone who is going through any kind of emotional crisis, when you lose sight of who you really are. It’s not easy to do at first, because it something quite alien to us. But once you start to practise it, you begin to see yourself in a different way, and are able to give yourself a “pep talk”.