Wednesday, April 8, 2020

30 Chic Days at Home - Day 19 - Find Your Favourite Comedy

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Laughter is so important at a time like this.  We need to find what tickles our fancy in order to improve our immune system, reduce pain, connect emotionally with others, improve the flow of oxygen to our heart and brain and all sorts of amazing things.  Plus, laughing is fun and just feels good!

I'm sure plenty of us are watching silly, light-hearted feel-good movies at the moment.  In addition, Paul and I have been enjoying the US Shameless series, and we are excited for the latest series of Schitt's Creek to arrive because it's so good and funny and full of heart.

I've also been indulging in Sebastian Maniscalco's YouTube channel the past days, little snippets here and there while I tidy up the kitchen.  My friend Stephanie in New Orleans put me onto him ages ago and he always makes me laugh.  This clip here where he talks about self-checkouts I had to watch twice this morning :)  And the 'Why would you do that?' playlist is excellent too.

Please let me know what you watch to unwind and have a good laugh.  Share the love, because laughter really is the best medicine!

xx Fiona


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

30 Chic Days at Home - Day 18 - Learn Something

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I don't know about you, but the lockdown has inspired me to increase my rate of learning.  All the things I've invested in over the years are getting a good workout (or are planned for a workout). There's just something about being at home that begs you to exercise your brain and expand your knowledge into new horizons.

Resources I am talking about include:

  • Doing the online courses I've bought over the years (some I've completed, some partially, some not at all.)
  • Reading the eBooks on my Kindle/iPad.
  • Reading the physical books on my shelves.
  • Considering trying sewing patterns that I have always put off as being 'too difficult'.
Other examples I can think of are:
  • Trying a recipe that is out of your comfort zone (it seems that everyone is baking various types of bread at the moment.)
  • Investigating a new form of exercise online such as yoga (I have a Skype class at noon today!)
  • Video chats with family and friends (it's all new to me; I had a conversation with four of us a few days ago.)
  • Choosing a subject that's always interested you and researching it online (potential rabbit hole here though!)
However much time you have, it's fun to have a new project to look forward to, and who knows, by the time we're all free to come and go, we might be wearing that skirt we made, feeling proud to have completed all the modules on a course or completed the first draft of our book.

[Later on this year} "You look nice today".  "Oh thanks, this is my new Lockdown Skirt".  Imagine saying that!  I think it would be quite funny :)

Have you been learning anything new lately?  Or perhaps you are inspired to now?

xx Fiona


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Monday, April 6, 2020

30 Chic Days at Home - Day 17 - Set Your Goals

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No matter your current situation within this lockdown, it's important to have goals to look forward to once we get back to normal.  I know 'normal' will probably look different in the future, but it's still our lives we are getting back to.

I love the 'Now, Next, Future' goal idea, and did this for myself a few days ago.  You can probably guess from the title that there are three sections to consider:

Now: Things you want to achieve right now.  For me, I decided it's the lockdown period.  Basically things you are working on... 'now' (if you want to clarify it for when things aren't so topsy turvy.)

Next: The next things on your list.  They aren't far away, but you aren't currently working on them.  Once you've finished with your 'Now' goals, you can enjoy moving onto your 'Next' goals.

(Don't you love my 'so basic they're ridiculous' descriptions???)

Future: Your happy pipe dreams.  The things that will make the sun come out, and that you think you could achieve under perfect conditions.

Your goals will change too. Many of my goals are writing based at the moment, whereas a month or two ago they were mostly to do with the home.  For me it's exciting that I can follow where my energy is strongest and work on those goals.  'Work' isn't the best word to use actually, because when you follow the path that is the most appealing, you more effortlessly achieve your goals and it's not difficult at all.

For my Now goals I have already finalised the new cover for my 'Financially Chic' book, and the next item on my Now list is my 'The Chic Author' book which I only have the final edit and read-through to do, put a cover together with the help of my graphic designer and publish it.  Apart from these daily '30 Chic Days at Home' posts, that is my main focus.

Have you used this goal format before?  Tell me what you are working on Now, and Next!  And Future if you want to :)

xx Fiona


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