A bit of faith, every day. And I can be happy.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to hold myself to high standards, and often fall short of them.
I want to practice positive habits every day and am pleased when I manage it for a reasonable stretch. But not accepting that I am human, and flawed, and will inevitably fall short of my own ideals – that’s perfectionism, and it’s counter-productive to happiness.
On Wednesday evening I managed to invite myself along for a sneak blogger’s preview of this year’s venue for the Hidden Door Arts festival – and the space and art taking shape there is incredible.
At the beginning of this month I attended the first ever World (Un)Productivity Summit at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales.
In attendance were:
The summit consisted of a gentle curriculum of talks, walks, chi kung, meditation, crocheting, research and writing in the beautiful library, accompanied by plenty of good food, wine and quality rum.
This week a few friends and I attended an excellent ‘artist talk’ at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which just happens to be in our local area. You can see some of the photos I took at the event above.
Whether you’ve tried it or not, you might have already decided yoga’s not for you. I resisted it myself for a long time after attending a few classes and struggling to keep up with the pace.
But maybe, like me, you just haven’t found the right teacher yet?
Despite my doubts about my yogic abilities, I like to keep an open mind – and I’ve seen how beneficial a regular yoga practice has been for my wife over the last few years.
I wasn’t quite brave enough to dive back into live classes again right away, so I thought that learning at home might be a good way to build my confidence.
On our rather infrequent podcast about (un)productivity, Fabian and I recently talked to three successful freelancers who all generously shared their stories with us.
Our good friend and regular guest Michael Nobbs even joined us on one occasion from Wales, of all places.
As if to prove how inadequate the word ‘freelancer’ is as a noun, our recent guests make a diverse trio:
- A journalist/fiction writer who read 80 books in 3 months (as well as making a living writing for prestigious publications)
- A comedian and magazine publisher who has successfully crowdfunded his new book
- A web designer and illustrator who has launched two successful crowdfunding campaigns
I think these are some of the best episodes of the Mountain Shores podcast so far, so just in case you’re not subscribed yet, I wanted to share them here – hope you find them useful and maybe even a little bit entertaining!