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Blogging Freshman’s – Hi Five!!


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Well here it is my first post for New Bloggers!!

I clearly remember how I felt when writing my first post.  There was a mixture of excitement and uncertainty.  Being able to publish something I wrote to a global audience was such a new experience.

It was a huge learning curve as there was so much to learn, and still is. So as I journey through the myriads of blogs out there in WordPress I will post a list each month of new bloggers who have created their blogs in the last 12 months or less, and hopefully direct some new friendly traffic their way:-)

Like, Follow and comment as it is always great reading someone’s response.

So today’s list is:-

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The following blog is WordPress’s and great for Newbies or Seasoned bloggers a like.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/community-pool-126/

 

Until next months post:-)

 

Aquene7

 

Blogging – A Whole New World!


My two-year anniversary is fast approaching and I cannot believe I am still blogging!

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I remember being both excited and uncertain all at the same time, as I looked into ‘Starting my own blog’ oh so many months ago.   I did some research and being me of course I also did do some planning.  In fact, it was a goal to be achieved and that is how I approached the whole concept of ‘Blogging.’

Some of the best advice I found was to choose an area of blogging that you could write about for a long time, in other words you could sustain.  You didn’t want to start something and then find four months in say, – you no longer had anything to say.  This made me step back slightly, as I considered what on earth would that area be? In the end I decided it would be in the area I did throughout my life, encouragement!

You didn’t want to start something and then find four months in say, – you no longer had anything to say!

The next consideration was what platform to use as there were so many avenues to choose from i.e. via your own business website etc., but as you can see I decided on WordPress simply because I found it relatively straight forward to use and I liked the numerous free template options it gave and the fact that you could change this easily if you wished.

One of my go-to guy’s or sites was ‘Pro-Blogger‘ I found it very helpful, but there is a wealth of information out there and within WordPress to assist ‘newbies.’ Don’t get overwhelmed by it all. I say approach blogging like a cake and break it down into whats manageable to you.  There are some seriously impressive sites and bloggers out their but at the end of the day you can only do you. People follow out of interests to themselves.  Either your posts or blog has connected with them or they simply just want to build their own blogging world, their is always self interest at play:-)

‘ Don’t get overwhelmed by it all’

In the early days I decided to hand write a number of posts in a book first, so that I could have a ‘library of work so to speak,’ to draw on when posting.  I think this was a tip I picked up on, as at the time, I had no idea how much inspiration I would have nor how many posts I could realistically do. Could I do more than one post per day or not? How inspired would I be? who knows but I would just capture whatever thoughts came to mind in a book because I knew I wouldn’t necessarily have my laptop all the time.  Off course you can do this kind of management within WordPress, but at the time, I neither new this nor did I understand WordPress enough to use it so sensibly:-}

My very first post was at 1:04 am on the 2nd October 2013:-) Yep inspiration to write for me can happen any time of the day or night. It is called “6 Good Habits That Equal Change’ and I remember when I hit the publish button I wondered who would read it? It was such a stupid time of the night, but I was so pleased at writing something, that I knew could be seen by someone else.  You see most of my past writings were in note books and besides one or two close friends no one saw them.

I was so shocked that within about 10 minutes of publishing someone liked my post, in fact they re-blogged it! I had no idea what re-blogging was, but this person was on the other side of the world and to know someone so far away read and liked something I wrote was the biggest encouragement I could ever of had.

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Do you remember your first post and how it felt?

Over the months WordPress was an absolute learning curve, trying to get my page to look how I wanted and to reflect me.  Blogging 101 was great and I learnt so much during the weeks it ran, and its a great place for anyone who wants to improve their blog and their blogging skills.

In support of new bloggers I thought I would start a ‘Freshman’s Blog Page’  as I know there are absolutely thousands of bloggers within the WordPress community all with a voice to be heard.

I love blogging, and its a great way to connect with other writers and their world.  I find it absolutely fascinating when I see the different countries my posts have reached, places I know I would never see.  So happy blogging people!

Be the change you want to be! Until next time.

 

Aquene7

A Life Without Colour – Isn’t Life!


One of the things they encourage you do in order keep your blogging alive is to find various ways to inspire your thoughts – prompts! Some people have a jar filled with pieces of paper with words, single sentences, themes, etc., to act as triggers for their writing.

I came across this photo and totally loved it! It evoked so many thoughts for me, as my eyes danced from one feather to the other. Studying, comparing and examining each one.  It was like a long, cool drink for my eyes, because I absolutely adore colour:-)

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No feather is perfect.  They are all damaged in some way simply because they are by nature fragile and delicate.  A bit like people.

They reminded me of a very special day in my life when I had gone to a retreat in support of a dear friend of mine who was having a very difficult time in her life. It was a Christian Retreat, and one of the ministries they ran there was in Arts & Crafts. They had an art room that contained various types of paints, pastels, crayons, charcoal, etc.  It was very cluttered and aged with years of use, with splashes of paint all over the place – far from being a pristine space. There were props of many types and exhibits of artwork people had completed and left behind, was now pinned, in no particular order on the walls.

As I looked on the table I saw a sea shell that caught my eye, so I sat down and got my self some paper and started to draw its outline using charcoal.  I had not sat down and drawn anything for years, since Secondary school in fact.  Art was one of my best subjects but I didn’t focus on it and when I left school I left my art world behind me.

The room was quiet and cold because it was winter time.  I was the only one in there, well that’s what you would think. But spiritually I was far from being on my own. I came to the retreat as I said, to support my friend.  As far as I was concerned, I was fine and life was in a good enough space at that time.

I paid a lot of attention to the shell, ensuring I captured its shape, any shading shadows or elements of light, its swirling patterns, etc.  Parts of the shell were complex, but I focused on doing my best.  Then I heard a question clearly arise in me. ‘Why are you only using black charcoal? “ Does it have no colour? So I looked at the shell again and clearly it had colour, beautiful pastel colours of pinks and white. So I started to add colour to my drawing.  As I worked on it I then heard a voice inside once again saying ‘that is you’. The Holy Spirit adds colour to your life.  I then thought about me and at that time I lived in clothes that were predominantly, black and dark.  Rarely, would I buy something that was pink, red, orange or yellow.  I knew why.  it was because I wasn’t happy with me.  I wanted to blend in and colour drew attention, and I so did not want that.

‘Why are you only using black charcoal? “ Does it have no colour?

It was a very profound moment for me, and I must admit the tears fell at that moment of realisation. I was not living my life true to me.  You see I loved colour and I always loved creativity from I was a child, but I stopped acknowledging it.  However, from that day, my life changed and colour is now always in my day, because I wear it! In fact, I actively seek it in my clothes and in things for my home.

You see God cares about all of you and I believe he is very practical in how he relates to you. Who knew I was also in need of healing?  There was another ‘ahah!! moment for me on that retreat but that’s another story 🙂

Who knew I was also in need of healing?

I know many women hide in one way or the other behind their clothes. But I would like to encourage anyone who has reduced or eliminated colour from their life to seek a way to bring it back.  I have always shunned the limit light and being center stage.  Comfort was to be the one at the back or the one lost in the crowd.

But not anymore.  Now its just about a focus and determined mind and doing what needs to be done.  Its funny, by recognising the importance of colour in my life that day I recovered a part of me. A part I was hiding and no longer acknowledging.

It’s funny how we try to strip colour from our life, as nature is the greatest display of colour. In nature colour is important, it shares a language that is not spoken but displayed.   Life isn’t life without vibrant colour reflecting through it.

It’s important to be true to yourself always.

Be the change you want to be, until next time.

 

Aquene7 – Peace

Story Of The Two Wolves


I love nature. There is so much in nature to be fascinated by and wolves are a prime example.  I feel they often get misrepresented as blood thirsty, wild and ruthless creatures but the truth is they are far from that.

I always appreciate wisdom shared via quotes, stories, poems or proverbs, so I really liked this story my cousin shared which is a Cherokee Story.  Its well known, but I only discovered it this year:-)

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One evening an Old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.  He said:-

My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.  One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-petty, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather “which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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A Promise To Myself – 1 Month On


Well time certainly flies, and it has been 4 weeks since I began working on my promise to myself – of finding a healthier me!

It has been small steps, because what I had not mentioned before in my first post was the fact that I have also been contending with lower back pain. It’s a long story so I won’t go into it, but it meant I had to do things a lot differently this time round and extensive HIT exercises had to be shelved for now.  Wisdom dictates a slow and steady pace right now and as someone said to me ‘You only have one back,’ and its amazing how much of your life and day is affected once you become limited/restrained in movement.

I have learnt a lot about myself over these past weeks, one thing being, I did not realise how much I thought about food.  Seriously!

I can’t tell you how often I hear these intense open questions in my thoughts:-

How about……?

What about a……?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have….?

I realised that these questions would come along even when I have eaten and the truth be told I wasn’t hungry.  However, for what ever reason, my stomach wasn’t registering it was full either.  These questions would then be followed by my imagination, eating something sweet, having crisps, or cake, etc.  I recognised, this was the undisciplined side of me. To eat just for the sake of eating, not because I was hungry.  So this is one pattern I need to change if I am to be successful.  At the end of the day, I want a changed lifestyle. I want a weight that I sustain in a healthy way for the rest of my life, not fluctuating one.

I know enough to understand that weight-loss is 80% about what I eat and how I eat, so that is the greatest challenge.

I have been exercising too. I had to start at the basics, and slow and basic steps were not easy for me, as I love high intensity training, spinning and boxing, but for now these things were out of the question.  So where do you start? I found some basic Yoga sessions on YouTube, that’s what I did.  As simple as the moves were, I found them far from easy but it was a start and helped in strengthening my back and me generally.  Its funny, but I did not realise how out of line I was until I started Yoga, nor how much my posture was out just in standing and walking.  I have added some other basic exercise now to my routine and I am feeling the benefits of exercising for just 30-40 minutes about 4 times each week.  I make sure I have rest days in between which helps too.

To weigh myself I use body composition scales.  These take other factors into account other than weight. It looks at  muscle mass, bone mass, hydration levels, visceral fat, body age indication, ( so you may in reality be 25 but your body indicates that of 32 year old), BMI.   So far I have lost 3 inches from my waist which I am really pleased about:-) as well as an inch from my hips.  I have lost 1% in body fat and gained some more muscle and improved my hydration percentage. I have a long way to go on journey, but I have been encouraged by seeing some degree of change and improvement in my stats each week.

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It’s still very much about changing my thinking, my random impulsive thoughts and poor habits including maintaining my healthy shopping. So here’s to the coming weeks:-)

If you are on a health and well-being journey, I wish you well and any tips or encouragement is welcomed:-)

Be the change you want to be and here’s to finding the better you.

 

Aquene7 = Peace

 

2015 – Go Get Your Blessing!


Well I have been quiet for a while, busy doing other things and simply just enjoying the holiday season with family.

I entered this year with a clear focus in mind and have started to work positively towards making things happen in my life.  I started with a clear goal and plan in mind, which I knew from November last year. It’s not a New Year Resolution but a determined effort to change what I do on a month by month basis.

Time waits for no man, and this year I am expecting great things, starting with me.  So here’s to a brand New Year and a fresh start.

One of my new changes was to start a Devotional Journal in which I write all my inspirations I receive during my prayer time with God. I came across a sermon by Dr Tayo in which he suggested dividing your prayer time into small segments of different types of prayer, as the bible says we should pray all types of prayers.  The aim is to build yourself and increase your prayer time.  Not so that it becomes a process that is rigid and inflexible but a guide enabling you to grow. So it could 5 minutes per section or 10 minutes.  It could 10 minutes in one area, 5 in another and 20 in another. It’s completely up-to-you.  These are the areas I spend time in for around an 1 hr in total each morning:-

  • Worship
  • Confession
  • Intercession
  • Petition
  • Meditation
  • Praise

For as much as I have a vision for this year I recognised that it was also important to have an effective prayer life.  I have to be able to pray effectively for myself and understand my own direction for myself. So it was important to build my prayer life equally as much as the rest of my life for 2015. It’s all about my faith this year.  Determination will get you far in this world but when you want what God has planned for you it requires you to walk in ‘Faith’ and that is a totally different ball game:-)

So I am excited for the gift of another year and look forward to new inspirations!

Enjoy the video and go get your blessing:-)

Be the change you want to be, until my next post.

Aquene7 = Peace

Blogging Life Line


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Created by Aquene7 for Stepping2YourDreams Blog

This is a monthly feature to my blog, in which I mention blogs or posts that have impacted people’s lives beyond just a simple read.

This month my focus is for Side By Side a blog magazine on Mental Health.  It came about through the blog creators journey in coming to terms with Mental Health issues in her family and from a simply act of volunteering, it changed the course of her life to becoming an Advocate and therapist for Mental Health issues.

It has so much information which is also very engaging.  So why not hop on over and have a gander – Less Judgement & More Curiosity is a great post to start with:-)

I know in places I have worked, I have seen people suffering with depression but refusing to inform work for fear of being labelled or stigmatised under the banner of having ‘Mental Health Issues.’ Which means they don’t always get the support they need.

Do remember, if you read a post or a blog that has a wonderful center to it like this, and it impacts past just being a good read, I would really love to hear about it, so I could feature it in Blogging Life Line.

Hope you find this post to be an encouragement, as that is what my blog is all about, the encouragement of others.

Be the change you want to be, until next time.

 

Aquene7

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