A piece of mind on mind in peace.

So things have been a little quiet on the blog front as the pink banana shoes have been on foreign soil!

After a week of Greek sunshine, riding through vine covered countryside on the back of a quad bike and beach bumming – it was down with a damp and dank bump, back into reality last night (after a 3 hour extra delay in one of the world’s smallest airports, thanks Easyjet) Anyway, safe to say that trying to keep the blissful, sunshiney mood when you’re back in showery London isn’t easy. In fact, as we landed I could quite happily have gone straight back round to departures and departed myself somewhere else. But, life isn’t like that, and as the boyfriend tells me often – it’s now time to join the ‘real word’ (whatever that is) and learn to be happy when not adventuring. (Though, if anyone can tell me how to get rid of these itchy feet I’d love to hear it!?)

Its actually quite an exciting time for me at the moment, I’ve got a new job!!! Finally, after a year of pursuing a career which made me feel like a square peg in a round hole (or is it the other way around?) I’ve got through two rounds of interviews and bagged me a role in the charity sector. Something I can get my teeth into and feel passionate about. And that – is a good feeling. But it does mean that I need to have my feet firmly on the ground for a while.

To keep myself on this road to happiness, I thought it’d be a good idea to give myself a weekly mantra to follow – ‘A Monday Mantra’ (I know today it’s Tuesday so this week it’s a little late.) The idea being that I’ll have a goal to follow for the week and then share my experiences. (If you want to take the same one and share your experience too that’d be awesome) According to Google ‘A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of “creating transformation”.’ Sounds good to me.

I’m going to try and do this in the least cheesy way possible, but use it more as a motivation to keep working towards the end result of this project, which was to get out their and live my life to the fullest. The more I read about the mind, the more I realise that people are often limited by their own self-belief and contrary, those with the strongest and most positive mind set are most likely to succeed.

And so with this in mind, (in the words of the Lion King) it starts.

With a new job approaching and a huge case of itchy feet, I feel that I need to learn how to calm my mind and focus on the positives which I’ve already got, so the Monday Mantra for this week is –

‘Be in the moment.’

I’m always thinking about the future and reflecting on the past.. its time to living in the moment and I’m going to try and write down 5 positive things about each day.  (Something I used to do when I first moved to London when things weren’t so rosey.) My sister and I are also going to a meditation class later.. the idea of having to quieten both my mouth and in my head seems impossible. But here goes.

Perhaps I’ll return in a week a vision of calm serenity instead of the bubbly, always dreaming about the future, noisy (‘Harriet you’ve got your outdoor voice on’ – was my mum’s favourite expression in the house when I was little) person which I am. I hope not actually. I’m happy with who I am. I just want to learn to be in the moment, so I don’t wake up when I’m 80 and wonder where my life went.


What helps to calm your mind? (except a large glass of wine) Let me know.

More soon.