I would like to take the opportunity to thank every single one of you who follow, like and are inspired by I Don’t Want to be Stressed.
It started with very humble beginnings when somebody suggested it because they could not travel to see me for a session.
I don’t want to be stressed has grown in followers and in content but the time has come for it to be something more.
I want to share more good news, more stories, more recipes and more crafts. These are the things that keep me motivated and positive when I am stressed and I would love to be able to share them with you.
So here is the mission:
- If anyone would like to share their story, I would be really honoured to be able to put your story right here so that other people can be inspired by you and your story of survival. You can email your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are surrounded by such a lot of bad, terrible, horrific and sad news and not enough good, exciting and uplifting news – I will be on a mission to find some of this news!
- I will share some projects for you to make (and bake) at home that may assist you in managing stress and will definitely work on giving you a creative outlet for your stress – don’t worry if you think you are not artistic. Not everyone is an artist but everyone has the ability to create and express themselves
- Watch this space for exciting workshops , retail opportunities (yes!) and perhaps even the long awaited I Don’t Want to be Stressed journal.
I look forward to sharing this new journey with you all!
I hear so many stories, on an almost daily basis, of people telling me what they are going to do…. if only they were not afraid, or if they had more courage, or if they had more resources, or more support.
Faith and fear cannot exist together.
Choose faith instead of fear!
- Have faith in the fact that life is an ongoing experiment rather than something that you need to get right. Try something new and if it doesn’t work, at least you tried and you have learned what you can’t do or how not to do it.
- Have faith in your ability to reach beyond what others expect of you and your own limitations and be bigger and bolder than what you believe you can be.
- Have faith that today is a good enough day to start your new journey. Not tomorrow, not next year, not Monday – just one step forward today!
- Have faith that you have a purpose (even though you may not know what it is) and that everything in your life is a step towards that purpose – and NO, your purpose is NOT to be a failure!
- Believe that there are people who care (I do!)
- Trust yourself – you are awesome.
- If it is not working – do it differently. Don’t fear that you have failed. It is really not worth thinking that you can’t do it because one way isn’t working. There may be plenty more ways that DO work.
“Promise me you’ll always remember…
You’re braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
Smarter than you think,
and Loved more than you know”
– Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh (A. A. Milne)
Today I took my lunch break (yes, you read that correctly – LUNCH BREAK!) at a particularly busy restaurant.
The waitress who was serving me was stressed, irritable and obviously run off her feet at the busy lunch time service.
My initial reaction was to be irritable back. She seemed rude although she was clearly not a rude person- just a stressed person.
My choice was to be rude too or to find something to lighten her mood. Of course I chose the latter. And so she smiled the most beautiful smile, and then laughed, and then gave me a free taste sample of one of their new dishes that I asked about.
That experience reminded me of a quote that I read earlier this week:
“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected”
If you treat people well and you compliment them, they will live up to your expectation.
People need to be treated well. We are surrounded by negative people and negativity all the time but it is our job to be the one who turns that around.
Even if you want to scream at the person or if you are angry, you are not going to feel better about yourself and you are not exactly going to gain any respect from them (even if they don’t deserve it).
This week, I challenge you to be kind.
Do something nice for a random person, or even better, do something nice for somebody who doesn’t really deserve it.