Self Improvement


Unoriginal

It can feel daunting to come up with ideas for things to write about because someone else has already written about it before and it’s probably too obvious anyway, right?

Wrong.

It’s OK to write about stuff that other people have already written about.

There is always going to be somebody who’s interested in what you’ve got to say.

There is always going to be somebody who doesn’t know as much as you.

That person is your audience.

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Singing is Good For You (and Me)

Sorry about the hat

Sorry about the hat

More catching up.

Yesterday – Saturday – I got to bed at 3:40am after driving across the country from Gatwick; I was dog tired to say the least.

Even so, at 8am I jumped out of bed, showered, ironed a shirt and was out of the door heading into town by 9am.

What could motivate me to me up and at ’em after only a few hours’ sleep?

I was off to sing publicly for the first time in my life since a school concert 30 years before.

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Easy Ways to Add Vegetables to Your Diet (even if you don’t like veg)

I am embarrassed to say that I used to have a terrible diet.

It was bad, like really bad.

I’d consume high volumes of sugar, tonnes of simple carbohydrates and more trans fats that you could shake a stick at. However, arguably worse than all of this is that I ate almost zero fresh fruit & vegetables.

The problem was, particularly with vegetables, that I couldn’t stand them. They tasted disgusting and nothing at all like the nice yummy things I was used to; far too crunchy and, well, veg tasting.

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Things I would go back and tell the younger me

Some people dread reaching middle age.

I know I used to, but now I’m there or thereabouts, I’m loving it.

I love that I sort of know who I am and how I tick. I love that I know that where I am is mostly where I want to be.  Also, most importantly, I love how I have a degree of confidence in myself which I’ve never had before. Not arrogant know-it-all, but a quiet – this post notwithstanding! – confidence that I actually might be able to add some value to a conversation or to a new relationship.

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Managing the inputs

I’ve not talked about this subject previously as I didn’t want be seen to be a health bore and it felt quite self-indulgent. But inspired by some recent blog posts I’ve read, I thought I’d briefly share my own experiences.

Last year a perfect storm of poor lifestyle choices caught up with me. I’m talking about a crap diet, no exercise, late to bed, overworked and most definitely very, very stressed.

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Be Sure To Enjoy The Ride

You know that stock job interview question where you’re asked to specify a weakness and you flip it to become a strength?

Well, if you’re like me then the next time you have a job interview (which for me is admittedly quite unlikely) you can tell them that you’re a long-term planner and you’re always specifying a thing, setting goals and then working towards making the thing happen.

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