My favourite things this week:
1 - This week I finished "Everybody Writes" by Ann Handley while out on a run (yes on Audible, although I'd love to be able to run whilst holding a book. Maybe one day...). While it's a book about becoming a better writer, there was one particular section that resonated with me as a runner.
Ann explains that sometimes people are afraid to start writing because they know it won't be their best work. But she urges us to embrace the "ugly first draft" and not to fear the white blank page. Great work isn't born, it's grown through sustained practice, such as 30 minutes per day rather than 3.5 hours once a week.
Are you terrified of getting a bad time when you haven't been running as much as you would have liked to?
Embrace it. Embrace the fact that you are about to head out the door and run, while millions of others are sat on their sofas. Embrace the fact that we aren't born crazy fit runners. We have to work hard, through a sustained practice to develop the skills. If lockdown has meant you've lost your running mojo, no bother. Haul yourself up, embrace that ugly first draft and keep going little and often. You've got this.
2 - LSW Mind Cards. I'm a big fan of anything that helps us look after our wellbeing and mental health. I recently discovered LSW Mind Cards, which are a pack of 45 individually designed cards, each with a tool or task listed on them. They cover everything from kindness and gratitude to rituals and journalling. The daily prompts are designed to help us become more mindful, build healthy habits, and ultimately lead a more positive, fulfilling life. I'm obsessed.
But that's not all. On the LSW website, there is also the Guided Meditation for De-stress which I listened to after a hard run over the weekend. Let me tell you, it worked wonders and I will definitely be trying more tutorials when I need a relaxation boost.
If you fancy giving the LSW Mind Cards or the guided meditations a go, you can use this link to browse and purchase. I may receive a small commission on the sale which really helps me out. Thank you in advance and I hope you enjoy.