Positivity! Positivity! Positivity!

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Life is all about how you decide to spend your time. And if your time is spent focusing on negative thoughts, it stands to reason that your life will be negative. So it then obviously makes sense that if you focus your energy on positive thoughts, naturally, your life will be a more positive experience.

I’ve spent so much time in my life thinking negative thoughts. And this does’t mean always thinking something negative; oh no, but your brain (or my brain at least) can’t decipher when the thought is negative or positive. So even if you’re thinking, ‘Hmmm i’ll not have one single negative thought today, nothing negative will happen.’ Your brain will pick up the word negative, as that is the type of thought you are technically thinking at that particular point, and !walacalam! (it’s a word…) you’re thinking negative thoughts. So again, it stands to reason that if the only thing you’re thinking is ‘Hmmm ONLY positive things will happen today, I will only think positive things’, you will experience your day in a positive atmosphere. Not entirely sure if there’s much science behind that, but it’s a nice thought at least (Ah see what I did there?).

Basically, what i’m saying is that everyone, including myself, needs more positivity in their life. Think positively and it will happen!

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Blimey that was a long introduction for a blog post.

There’s a quite brilliant story of two men in a hospital room, and one of the men is blind. Every day the man who is able to see gives a lovely description of what he can see out of the window, which happened to be right next to the blind man. Across the road from the hospital was a park, filled with beautiful flowers, families running around and playing, there was a huge lake, where couples rowed boats and children played with their toy boats. So much fun, love and excitement. And on this particular day the weather was perfect; it was sunny, warm, not a cloud in the sky and the birds and all other animals were all out in force. And each day the blind man would thank him for making his day a little brighter. The thing is, the view outside the window of the hospital room wasn’t quite as the man suggested; in fact, outside was simply another building, a flat brick wall, part of the hospital. But the man made up a beautiful image for his friend so that every day he had something that would make his day that little bit more special.

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I think that’s such an important message. The man knew that the real description of a brick wall would be a straight up negative thought for the blind man, and so creates a much nicer image of positivity and natural beauty to help the man’s day consist of more positive thoughts. A simple positive thought in the morning can change your outlook for the rest of the day.

Some people always look around and wonder why it is that others are so happy. Is it money? Maybe their job is amazing? But I don’t think that really matters, I think if you think positively and never allow negativity to become even the slightest bit involved in your day, then surely happiness comes from that.

I try (or at least lately I’ve been trying) really hard to remain positive throughout every day because it allows me- even in the most difficult of times- to see the bright side in all situations. I try to stay in the moment, not thinking about past events or stressing over future ones, and I can stay positive, in the moment and be happy and grateful for everything I have; not everything I wish I had. If something goes wrong or someone does something that I don’t necessarily agree with, I just, as a wise woman once said, Shake it off!

Just a thought.

(A positive one, obviously)

Feel free to comment on WHATEVER makes you happy and how you try to remain positive throughout the day.

 

Until next time…

BYE!

 

Productive People Watching

People watching is fun, very fun. Mostly, when someone says they ‘people watch’ it basically means that they look at the person and judge what they’re wearing; what they look like; and typically, they will guess their name. But when you really focus on the art of ‘people watching’ you begin to think about some deeper aspects of their character; where are they going? Who are they meeting? Are they an alien life form come to mingle with he humans? (no? just me?).

You begin to try and put together the entire life of this person, and that’s the fun of it all. Because usually, for me anyway, this is the beginnings of a story. I tend to watch people; listen to conversations, things like that and then get home and begin to construct a fictional character from this and put that person in to whatever story I might be writing at that particular time.

‘People Watching’ is very common and lots of people do it without even realising. However, for me at least, as a writer, this can sometimes be the most productive part of my day. I like writing, it’s what I do and if I could do it for a living then i’d be set. So when I go somewhere I believe to be particularly interesting I love to carry a notebook with me so I can jot down all the things I see, and then gather it all up at the end of the day in to something read-worthy.

This all stems from a project I did at University about four or so years ago. My lecturer told me that one of the best ways you will find inspiration for stories is by taking a notebook and writing down what you see and hear around you. This kind of just stuck with me and I’ve been doing it ever since. Trying to work out where the story of someone is going to go simply by jotting down a single conversation-of which you will often only hear half because the person will be on the phone- is so exciting; and it also means that you’re not trying to magically conjour up a story from thin air. See, that’s today’s top tip. Eavesdrop, it’s handy.

I guess it has become a habit of mine. But fortunately it’s not an annoying one, like when I bite my nails too much or when people have a habit of talking FAR too much, even through my favourite songs, at which point I have a ‘habit’ of telling them to “shut the hell up!” This is a nice habit which allows me to be far more productive than I would usually be. It allows me to make notes for blogs, stories, poems while I don’t really even realise it. I can chill out and simultaneously be doing work at the same time.

What I think i’m trying to say here is that people watching can be far more productive than you might first think.

Channel your nosey lifestyle in to something you can be proud of. Try it, trust me, it’s fun.

 

Until next time…

BYE!

 

 

 

 

 

I Haven’t Been Everywhere, But It’s On My list

Travel. It seems complicated; it’s not. It seems expensive; it is, unfortunately. Yep, travel does cost a lot of money; you can’t just arrive at an airport and hitch a ride to the nearest world-wonder. But it is one of those elusive excitements that everyone at one point in their lives has aspired to achieve. You see, last year I became part of the little community that is YouTube. Set up a channel with my sister, said some weird things and have henceforth uploaded the outcome every Wednesday. During our time on YouTube- which has been amazing, by the way – we have met and discovered some pretty inspiring people. They might not be aware, but these people have had an incredible effect on my life; one in particular, and i’ll tell you why.

Allow me to introduce you to Corey Jones aka Radventurouscorey (follow the link and subscribe to his YouTube channel). Now I’ve mentioned him in various different videos; I #ff (follow Friday) him occasionally on Twitter and try to make everyone subscribe to his channel as much as I can. That’s all very well and good, I’m sure he knows that he is a great guy; but I really want him to realise quite how much of inspirational person he really is. It’s easy for me to sit and type this out; and say he’s a good guy, but I want you, anyone reading this to go to his channel, watch his videos and tell me that you don’t leave your screens with the genuine want and need to ‘Get out in the world [and] do something creative’. The places he goes, his genuine love for adventure make you feel better; makes your day that little bit brighter. It’s a beautiful thing. Thank You, Corey. You really are Rad.

Travel is one of those things that I’ve always wanted to say I’ve done. I’m visiting America (Orlando and Miami) this year and hopefully I find as much adventure on my travels there as I possibly can. I want to visit Australia, Egypt, Canada; I want to Ski in Austria and dive in the Great Barrier Reef. All of these things cost money but that’s OK; I’ll just have to save for a bit, then I’ll be off. I don’t really feel the need to stay in five star accommodation when I go on my merry travels, a hostel here and cheap hotel there; perhaps even a roof of open air and stars (OK, that one was a bit cheesy). But you get my point, right? It’s not about the money, it’s about the adventure; the good times with even greater people and inspirational destinations.

I mentioned Corey earlier on in the post. He is one of many YouTubers who I would suggest you go and check out, if you haven’t already. Here are some more, quickly before I continue in my traveling day-dream…

1. Tal : The Traveling Clatt

I discovered Tal through Corey a little while ago and am now utterly addicted to his channel.

2. Armin : The Greatest Cookie 

Where do I even start. This guy just buzzes enthusiasm and good vibes. He vlogs, does videos similar to mine AND plays music. What’s not to love?

3. Ben : Mr Ben Brown

I’ve mentioned him in my ‘Top YouTubers” post, and many many others, I think. An all-round great guy. Definitely check him out.

4. Dan : Dan the Director

Very talented film-maker and again, great guy. I found him through Mr Ben Brown and just love his lust for life.

5. Louis : Fun For Louis

The Tarzan of YouTube. Need I say more?

Now, let me conclude my day-dream.

Do you ever look out of your bedroom window and just wonder what else is out there? What else the world has on offer? Because I do. I have that dream of putting on a rucksack, getting on the next flight from Gatwick and jetting off to start my own adventures and from that, my own stories. It seems crazy only to those who don’t have the same ambition for travel. That’s OK, I don’t judge people who are content with stagnating and not exploring the world (well, maybe a little) I just want a little more for my life, that’s all. I want to look back at my life one day and think, “Yeah, not bad”.

So that’s the plan, I guess. I want to make some money, then travel. Then make some money, then travel. I tried an office job once which wasn’t in any way connected to the field i’m interested in; it lasted all of two weeks and was boring as hell. I don’t want to live for that lifestyle.

Life is to be lived, not endured. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Until next time…

 

Bye!