One day more, one day less!

It has taken me a few days to get my inspiration up and running again, but here I am ready for another blog adventure. Despite the lockdown and working from home, I seem to be very busy! A few projects going on at the moment! Surprisingly!

I have been using the “one day more, one day less” for a while as I find it very useful. It also comes with a positive touch and a grateful approach. I will go further on this later on. I love making plans, whether it is a trip away, a new project or an exciting challenge. My mind is always bustling with ideas and thoughts, which become plans sooner or later. My imagination goes wild on a daily basis, plotting intrepid adventures for me to jump on! I can’t help it, the bold princess Merida keeps popping up whilst she whispers “let’s do it”! As a result, I usually find myself setting deadlines for my new daring goals.

Deadlines can easily turn into “dreadlines” as we tend not to be able to see light at the end of the tunnel, even when it is blinding. We get surrounded by the thick fog of doubts and lack of confidence along with that dreadful feeling of getting lost in the fears of not succeeding. By taking it day by day, the finishing line is reached swiftly. My “One day more, one day less” has helped me out numerous times, indeed. I try and make an effort not to just focus on the final target, setting up small goals along the way speeds the journey towards the end.

As I have pointed out earlier, my “one day more, one day less” has a positive and grateful side. Rather than complaining and moaning about not making any progress, I prefer to cherish it while getting into bed with a smile in my face. Happy of having make it through another day as well as having moved forward to my goal. One day more because I have had the chance to live it, remarkable gratitude. One day less because I have had the opportunity to get closer to the finishing line, striking positivity. One day more because I can get up in the morning and go for it, outstanding gratitude. One day less because I can move onto the next page, exceptional positivity.

This reminds me of one of my best friends, my creative magni, who is always so positive. It took me a while to be able to take in her optimistic approach to life. I guessed she was always thinking I wasn’t listening to her, but I just wasn’t ready. Being positive is a way of life but you need to be willing to be on the frame of positivity. Waking up in the morning smiling as you breath into a new day is priceless. Going to bed at night marveling at the day you have lived is treasured gold. I am glad she never gave up otherwise I wouldn’t be relishing what’s around me.

We are all stuck in this groundhog day feeling called covid19, it is tough, it is weird but it is what it is. So don’t forget to be positive and be grateful. One day less for better days to be here. One day more for….

Making new memories,

Sharing unique moments,

Gathering dazzling pictures,

A glimpse of our future!

Jay Cee Moon ©

A different angle changes everything

It wasn’t just a one off! I am back!

A long time ago, I watched the film “Under the Tuscan sun”. Although many would consider it to be a softy girlish movie (I could agree to that indeed), it offered me a lesson in life!

I had completely forgotten about it until yesterday. I was on a video call with my partner (covid19 side effects) commenting on how our expectations have changed over the last couple of weeks. So has our appreciation perception of time. We are all always complaining that we don’t have time to do this or that! We do now have plenty of time indeed for some of the things we have been putting aside.

Over a month ago, I had planned a break in my career to have time to write (among others) but covid19 turned up and I had to postponed it. I was so disappointed, so angry, so upset! My plans and wishes had vanished in the blink of an eye. What I was going to do were the only words that kept coming to my mind. Feeling sorry for myself, self-pity moment. Out of the blue, I have found myself working from home and isolated, and it looks like I do have lots of time! That’s what I said to my partner yesterday: I have time! Not as I had planned, for sure, but time is there for me.

I’d better try and link all of this to the film! The main character, after a difficult divorce, moves to Italy where she meets a man who helps get started. They chat a lot about life, friends and wishes; a very nice friendship. Towards the end, he asks her if she is happy with her wishes having come true to which she replies that they haven’t but hopefully will one day. He then points out: “you wanted a family and a wedding, and you got them both. They are not your family and it is not your wedding but… what you wished it is just in front of you in a different way”. What a lesson!

We are so obsessed with our plans and dreams to be as we wanted them to be, that we are not able to appreciate having them right in front of us! That includes me! We picture a life and stubbornly work hard for it, which leads to a loss of perspective as well as obfuscation. I have been there many times. Being capable of stopping and observing it from a certain distance is not easy but very effective. Having someone guiding our sight to another angle is priceless. Our wishes come true more often that we are willing to find out. Slightly twist your focus and there you go!

This time, I discovered it on my own: my wish of having time to write is there for me. It was so rewarding, a boost for the self-esteem. I love it, indeed!

Going back to the film, it gifted me with another great treasure: “Life offers you a thousand chances, all you have to do is choose one”. Wise words! Another of our worries, or at least one of mine: if I had a chance… If only a possibility was given to me… When in fact, I have a thousand chances! How lucky I am. I guess it is easier to complain rather than being aware of the world we have out there. Be brave and go for it, be awake and don’t miss out any opportunities. Once you know endless chances are waiting for you to choose from, life becomes amazingly amazing!

It was only when I got myself back when I realized that countless chances were awaiting me … and then I chose one! Surprisingly, it led me to another one and that to another… and from that many more have been turning up in my life! So grateful! Believe me, a chance opens you a door, afterwards thousands of gates will be right there for you.

Hopefully, I will keep having plenty of choices. Eager to live, hungry for new opportunities to enjoy to the full. And of course, plenty of wishes to come true! They do come true, we only need to step aside to see our reality from different angle!

Just me!

Well, ready to give it a go!

I tend to do things my own way so I have decided not to surf the net for ages trying to find the best way to start my blog… mainly because I am not willing to get trapped in the whirl of panicking in order to come to the perfect first blog writing.

After a few years of having lost myself somewhere down the road of life I managed to get back on the track of just being me. So rewarding! I had put aside far too many things for far too long. I guess I woke up one day and decided that I was tired of constantly acting and pretending to be someone who was not me. Glad I did it! Life can be tough at times, but one should try not to get carried away and delude the self-essence in the woods of desolation. And believe me, it is great to arise from your own ashes (as the phoenix did) and be you again!

The world we live in is endlessly pushing us to mirroring what we see in the social media as well as to forget to value ourselves for who we are. One day we are going to leave this world (hopefully later than sooner taking into account the current situation) and I don’t want to glance back and find out that I lost the chance of just being me.

It takes time, courage and a great effort to be brave enough to be true to yourself but it is more than worth it! If I were to regret something it would only be not having get myself back! Have I said “Brave”? The princess Merida! I often relate myself to her, as very bold, brave, daring, courageous, stubborn, rebellious and headstrong! If I let my curly hair go wild, I definitely look like her, which makes me proudly smile!

I’d better quote the famous “Be yourself everyone else is already taken” by Oscar Wilde. Wise words themselves, indeed. I do keep them in mind, especially on those days when I feel a bit blue and me being me doesn’t make much sense. I am at the point that I’d rather me than someone else who I cannot relate to (at least most of the times).

How does all this lead to my passion for writing and eagerness to get my blog up and running? Well, it is a matter of confidence which only comes when you are content with just being yourself. Feeling in the need to add, a bit of boldness is also a must!

It was in my early teens when I started to feel the urge to put words down in paper, whether it was a few lines, a poem or my thoughts. My teens! Time flies, isn’t it? Over the years, I have always made sure to carry a piece of paper (or a notebook) and a pen with me wherever I go, just in case words pop up unexpectedly. Unexpected words are the best, as so are unexpected new memories. Even in these modern times, my smartphone does not match my old school requirements, you cannot beat the feeling of writing on paper while using a pen!

I am looking forward to sharing my passion for writing with whoever dares to read my posts. Ready for my new challenge but time for my first blog post to come to an end.

Jay Cee Moon ©

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

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  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
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  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

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