Hi there – welcome to the fourth day of our self care advent calendar. So now you should be dressed, clean, well fed and have ventured outside.
Keep it up – every day – yep, I said it, every day.
But here’s one that you can do for just one day (sort of). I want you to make a December/Christmas bucket list.
If you celebrate Christmas this is a great idea to make sure you are getting the most from the holiday season. If you don’t celebrate Christmas you can still join in by creating a list of all the things you want to do this December.
I want you to make your own, but I’m going to give you mine so that you can use it for inspiration.
Christmas Bucket List
- Decorate the house
- Make a Christmas tree ornament
- Watch a Christmas film (Elf for me)
- Donate to a food bank/homeless shelter
- Take silly Christmas photos
- Take a drive and look at the Christmas lights
- Write and send Christmas cards (with proper messages to those I care about)
- Make a drink Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in
- Make a Gingerbread house
- Make some seed and nut fatballs to feed the birds
- Make the house smell like Christmas (baked apples, cinnamon, cloves, sandalwood and oranges)
- Take some stuff to the charity shop
- Sing loudly to Christmas songs
- Go for a long walk in the country
- Dry orange slices
- Make some Christmas cookies and give them to the neighbours
- Snuggle up by the fire with a good book
- Wear fluffy socks
- Drink some mulled cider
- Go Ice skating
- Kiss someone you love under the mistletoe
- Wear a Christmas jumper
- Have a pamper day – hair, nails and feet looking their best for Christmas parties
- Donate to an animal shelter – food, toys or bedding
- Eat a candy cane
- Decorate the table for Christmas dinner
So as I said – this one is a one off. You just need to do all the things on it, and that could take all month!
Only put things on the list that YOU want to do – don’t try to fit into anyone else’s expectation of what you should or shouldn’t be doing. It’s your list.
Also whilst I would love for you to do all the things on your list, you may not get them all done, and that’s OK – there’s always next year, or maybe you could just extend it into to January….it’s all flexible. It’s your list, your life and your experience – do it any way that works well for you. Having said that, it there is something that you’ve put on your list that you never get round to doing, ask yourself why. Is it because you didn’t really want to do it in the first place? Or maybe you do want to do it but can’t quite fund a way to make it happen…If that’s the case you need to make a plan and make it happen. Your Life if Your responsibility – make the things you want to happen happen.
So go forth and get on with your amazing Christmas Bucket List.
Sometimes we can all do with a little helping hand to get us moving. If you need help with motivation or planning, maybe you could use the help of a therapist or life coach. We’re out there and happy to get you where you want to be.
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Would you like to help a child who doesn’t have shoes? Well, today is no shoes day, and you can help – for free!
It’s a day where you are asked to abandon your shoes to focus your mind on the millions of people around the world who don’t have the luxury of having shoes.
Think about that for a moment.
Forget about a home, with heating or air conditioning. Forget about a computer. Forget about alcohol, caffeine, convenience food or fresh fruit. Forget about fashionable clothes, designer gear or clothes with the right label.
Millions of people don’t have shoes.
Insect bites or small cuts are particularly dangerous on feet as the chances are the people with no shoes are not walking in the most sanitary of conditions. The open wounds mean that they can pick up infections that become ground into the the feet. This can be life threatening.
A lot of these people will be children. Children struggling to survive by scavenging through rubbish tips. Can you imagine having to go through other peoples rubbish in order to find some scraps that you can sell so that you can eat? Now imagine doing it with no shoes on. Scrabbling through broken glass, twisted metal and filthy needles.
TOMS are giving you a chance to help – and it wont even cost you anything. Instagram a picture of your naked feet with #withoutshoes and they’ll give a pair of shoes to a child who needs them. Check it out… http://www.toms.com/one-day-without-shoes
If you think this is a good idea, share it. Repost it. Write your own post about it.
Make a difference.
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That’s my dog.
Her name is Flump.
She’s an old girl now and she takes pain killers for her joints and walks slower than a slow thing.
Today we travelled a little further afield.
I am very proud of my partner who is raising money for Mental Health by completing the 3 peaks challenge – that is climbing the 3 largest peaks in Scotland, England and Ireland in 24 hours.
To support him on his training, Flump and I accompanied him on a walk to Burton Dasset – more hills than mountains, but still a good bit of exercise. I admit to being concerned about taking Flump as she struggles with long walks and steep slopes, but we decided to see how she went.
she put me to shame.
She bounded up slopes, straining at the lead.
She stood on the top with the wind blowing through her hair,
then bounded back down them again, looking for the next place to go.
She walked, ran and climbed for an hour before we took her back to the car where she slept the sleep of a very contented pooch.
All the time I had been blaming her weariness on her age, but I think she was just bored.
She went on an adventure and she was like a puppy again.
Whatever your age,
whatever your condition,
go on an adventure,
and find your inner puppy.
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