INSPIRATION, NOTES AND TASKS TO LIGHTEN YOUR MENTAL MOOD AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.
HAPPY NEW YEAR !
THIS IS THE YEAR WHEN YOU SET AMAZING GOALS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE. LETS FACE IT AFTER 2020 WE REALLY WANT THIS YEAR TO BE DIFFERENT. 2020 PROVIDED US WITH A PERIOD OF REFLECTION. A POSITIVE WE CAN ALL ACCEPT THAT WE KNOW OURSELVES MUCH BETTER IN A CRISIS.
TWO FISHERMAN ARE OUT FISHING ON THE RIVERBANK THEY THROW ALL THE SMALL FISH BACK INTO THE RIVER THEN ONE OF THEM LANDS A SUPER BIG FISH , HE MEASURES IT, THEN THROWS IT BACK. THE OTHER FISHERMAN ASTONISHED ASKS WHY HE THREW IT BACK. “ITS TOO BIG TO FIT INTO MY FRYING PAN, ANYTHING LARGER THAN MY FRYING PAN I THROW BACK BECAUSE I CAN’T COOK IT !”
THE UNIVERSE IS OFFERING ALL OF US ABUNDANCE AND UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES BUT IF YOUR PERSONAL VESSEL IS SMALL OR LIMITED YOU CANNOT FIT IT ALL IN. SO WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR VESSEL AND OUR VISION.
SO ARE YOU DREAMING BIG ?
ARE YOU LIMITING POSSIBILITIES UNINTENTIONALLY ?
IS YOUR THINKING SMALL ?
ARE YOU RESTRICTING WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ?
SO TODAY THINK BIGGER HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR DESIRES FOR A BETTER LIFE.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: AIM FOR THE MOON SO AT LEAST YOU WILL GET THE STARS.
As we are all being encouraged to stay safe this Christmas with substantially reduced christmases around the world it can still be a fabulous day. In a year where we have learned a lot about ourselves and what is important to us it can make this Christmas even more poignant as we reflect on 2020.
With vaccines being rolled out and hope that the Coronavirus will eventually burnout like other viruses do the light is at the end of the tunnel and we can start to plan for a brighter and exciting future.
So wherever you are spending Christmas we have all got through this together and we look forward to huge celebrations with our friends and family that have been postponed. But really enjoy a less stressful and more quiet and meaningful Christmas this year . Remember to call those that are alone at this time.
A big thank you to all my readers for your support and I am always grateful for the appreciation of the words I write with much thought and care.
YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF ALL THINGS POSITIVE. INSPIRATION, THOUGHTS AND TIPS TO KEEP YOU UPLIFTED. COSY FAMILIARITY IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD.
IF YOU ARE YEARNING A RETURN TO SOME NORMALITY THEN……….
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE
2020 WAS A YEAR YOU WERE PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY T O REFLECT ON YOUR LIFE AND CHOOSE OR INSTIGATE SOME OVERDUE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE. YOU HAVE DECIDED WHAT YOU VALUE AND WHAT YOUR VALUES ARE. HOPEFULLY YOU ARE NOW IN A PERIOD AS WE ENTER AN NEW YEAR WITH NEW BEGINNINGS EVOLVING AS A NEW PERSON WITH NEW HOPES AND DREAMS. LIKE A BUTTERFLY FROM A CHRYSALIS.
IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE NOT THERE YET OR ARE STILL PROCESSING THE HUGE CHANGE 2020 MADE TO OUR LIVES THEN SPEND A COUPLE OF COSY HOURS REALLY REFLECTING ON WHAT CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE FOR A BETTER LIFE AND A BETTER WORLD. SET YOUR GOALS IN CONCRETE BY WRITING THEM DOWN IN A BEAUTIFUL JOURNAL AND A BRIGHTLY COLOURED PEN , CANARY GREEN OR PILLAR BOX RED. (MAYBE YOU WILL GET ONE FOR CHRISTMAS). JUST BY WRITING YOUR GOALS DOWN CAN UPLIFT YOU AND BRING POSITIVITY INTO YOUR WORLD.
FOR MANY THE LOCKDOWNS OF 2020 HAVE BEEN A BLESSING SOMETHING THOSE WITH BUSY LIVES HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED…..TIME TO THINK. BUT I DO KNOW THAT FOR MANY OF YOU HAS PROVED TO BE A DIFFICULT AND TRAUMATIC TIME. BUT THIS SIMPLE EXERCISE WORKS WELL FOR ALL OF US. COVID 19 HAS MADE US REALISE HOW PRECIOUS LIFE IS.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING YOUR SUPPORT IN 2020 AND I HOPE I HAVE PROVIDED YOU WITH SUPPORT AND COMFORT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
VIRTUAL HUGS XX
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:TRAINING YOUR NEURAL PATHWAYS IN YOUR BRAIN IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO MENTAL HEALTH. STAY POSITIVE NOT COVID POSITIVE !!!!CHANGE YOURSELF TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
IF YOU ARE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS BY PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OR BEING FORCED INTO SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE BECAUSE OF THE COVID CRISIS AND HAVING TO MAKE A DIFFICULT DECISION BASED ON HEALTH , I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW CHRISTMAS CAN STILL BE EXTRA SPECIAL. HERE IS YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE…….
THROUGH MY OWN PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES I WAS FORCED INTO MANY A SOLITARY CHRISTMAS AS A SINGLE MUM. SPENDING EVERY OTHER YEAR WITH HIS DAD WAS EXTREMELY HARD TO DEAL WITH AND I DID NOT REALLY FEEL LIKE CELEBRATING SO I WOULD TAKE MYSELF OFF TO A LUXURY HOTEL AND HAVE ROOM SERVICE IN BED ALL DAY. THEN SPEND ALL BOXING DAY IN THE SPA. SO STILL MANAGED TO MAKE FOND MEMORIES.
MANY PEOPLE I KNOW WOULD REJOICE AT SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE SO LETS SEE IF WE CAN GIVE YOU SOME GOOD TIPS ON ENJOYING THE “BIG’ DAY AND MAKING IT SPECIAL
FIRSTLY YOU COULD DO WHAT I DID AND JUST TREAT YOURSELF TO A FEW NIGHTS IN A SUMPTUOUS HOTEL. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING !! MAKE SURE THE HOTEL HAS A SPA TO SPOIL YOU ROTTEN.
IF STAYING HOME ALONE. SET THE SCENE. MAKE SURE THE HOUSEWORK IS ALL DONE . YOUR HOME IS TIDY NO WASHING AND IRONING PILES. LOTS OF CANDLES. COSY BLANKETS. LOVELY XMAS TREE. MAKE AN EFFORT ….FOR YOU….YOU DESERVE IT.
IF YOU DECIDE TO HAVE A DECADENT DAY IN YOUR PJS TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME GLAMOROUS ONES. SEE BELOW FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS. (IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE IMAGES CLICK ON THE URL LINK AT THE BASE OF THIS PAGE)
JOJOS PICKS :
TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME LOVELY FOOD AS YOU ARE ONLY SHOPPING FOR ONE YOU CAN GO ALL OUT. TRY M&S STUFFED TURKEY PAUPIETTES WRAPPED IN BACON. AS YOU WON’T WANT A WHOLE TURKEY. SMOKED SALMON. CAVIAR. YES THE MORE EXTRAVAGANT THE BETTER !
AND DON’T FORGET THE CHAMPAGNE. BUY MINI BOTTLES OF A GOOD LABEL AS YOU DO NOT WANT TO DRINK TOO MUCH WHEN YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. THE CHAMPAGNE COMPANY (thechampagnecompany.com)SELL MINI BOTTLES OF LAURENT PERRIER FOR £10 EACH .MY FRIDGE IS STOCKED FULL OF THESE FOR WHEN I WANT ONE AT BATHTIME ! SO GOODBYE TO DAY OLD FLAT CHAMPAGNE .
PUT ON THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN THE MORNING !! LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH A GOOD DANCE AROUND THE HOUSE. GOOD EXERCISE TOO !
PLAN YOUR MOVIE AFTERNOON SCHEDULE. REMEMBER THERE IS ONLY YOU TO PLEASE. YOUR CHOICE ! SNUGGLE UNDER YOUR FUR BLANKET ON THE SOFA. PLUS YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE THAT CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE EITHER.
DO NOT FORGET THE PRESENTS. SO SELF GIFTING IS A MUST AND AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE. SELF GIFTING MEANS NO RE GIFTING !!! WRAP THEM BEAUTIFULLY PRIOR TO THE DAY .
GET OUT IN NATURE FOR A LONG WALK IN THE FRESH AIR. APPRECIATE THE COLOURS , THE BIRDSONG AND THE PEACE AND JOY OF THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS YOU ON THIS WONDROUS DAY.
PLAN A ZOOM PARTY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IF YOU CANNOT BE WITH THEM THIS CHRISTMAS. SCHEDULE A TIME IN ADVANCE.
IT CAN BE A DIFFICULT TIME AND IF DURING THE DAY YOU GET A TOUCH OF THE BLUES DO NOT FORGET THE TRIED AND TESTED “GRATITUDE LIST”. LIST 5 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR AND FOCUS ON THOSE. THERE IS MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. PLAN YOUR GOALS FOR 2021 IF YOU WANT TO MAKE CHANGES THIS CAN EXCITE YOU.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT YOUR PLAN FOR A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS ALONE. AS A SELF CONFESSED CHRISTMAS FANATIC I PROMISE YOU IT CAN STILL BE A MAGICAL TIME. NO ARGUMENTS, NO SLAVING AWAY IN THE KITCHEN, NO MISSING YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIES. THINK OF IT AS A POSITIVE TIME. IN FACT AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE I CAN SENSE THE HOLLY GREEN ENVY AS PEOPLE ABANDON THEIR CHRISTMAS PLANS GLOBALLY ! AS LONG AS IT IS NOT YOU SPORTING GRINCH GREEN!!
Don,t be a Grinch this Christmas !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU THINK IT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR YOU THIS CHRISTMAS DESPITE ALL THE ABOVE EXCITEMENT PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS JUST ONE DAY IT TOO SHALL PASS. AT LEAST YOU WILL BE STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY . THE PARTICULAR XMAS THEME FOR 2020 .
A LITTLE MID WEEK PICK YOU UP TO RESTORE STABILITY AND BALANCE IN YOUR VERY HECTIC SCHEDULE PARTICULARLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR X
NOW THIS SEEMS A PECULIAR HEADING BUT MANY PEOPLE HAVE NO MINDFUL SILENCE IN THEIR LIVES WHATSOEVER. DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON IT BECOMES EVEN MORE NECESSARY TO FIND TIME TO YOURSELF TO FOCUS ON YOU. THE CHAOS, THE CROWDS THE TO DO LISTS IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS. ON THE ACTUAL DAY THE DEMANDS CAN BE ENORMOUS BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL. IT HAS BEEN A STRESSFUL YEAR AND ARRANGING A GREAT CHRISTMAS FOR EVERYONE CAN BE EVEN MORE DEMANDING. EVEN IF YOU ARE ENTERTAINING DURING THIS PERIOD IT IS IMPERATIVE TO TAKE EVEN 20 MINUTES ALONE TIME. YOU WILL RETURN TO THE FOLD REFRESHED AND APPRECIATIVE READY TO SAVIOUR THE PLEASURES OF CHRISTMAS.
NOW BY THIS TIME YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE MEDITATION. THE BENEFITS ARE ENORMOUS FROM 5 MINUTES TO A WHOLE HOUR ON A DAILY BASIS. BUT THERE ARE STILL BENEFITS TO JUST ENJOYING ALONE PEACEFUL TIME IF YOU DONT FEEL LIKE MEDITATING. THIS IS CRUCIAL. YOU ARE IMPORTANT.
HOW TO DATE YOURSELF
MAKE A DATE WITH YOURSELF IN THE DIARY EVEN IF ITS ONLY 30 MINUTES DAILY. DO IT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK AND FIT YOUR SCHEDULE AROUND THIS
JUST ENJOY SILENCE. LIE IN A COMFORTABLE POSITION WITH NOTHING ON…..I MEAN NOISE. BUT THAT WORKS TOO !!
GO FOR A WALK….ALONE
A LONG LUXURIOUS BUBBLE BATH WITH CANDLES
A 30 MINUTE FACE MASK WITH LEGS PROPPED HIGH ON CUSHIONS.
A MEDITATION EVEN USE THE 5 MINUTE MEDITATION ON THIS BLOG THAT I CATALOGUED. OR A GUIDED MEDITATION ON LINE.
STARE OUT OF THE WINDOW LOOKING AT CLOUDS MOVING AND THE WONDROUS SHAPES. THE WILDLIFE BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS GOING ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS. THE COLOURS OF THE LANDSCAPE. THE WEATHER, MARVEL AT THE RAINDROPS, THE SHAPE OF SNOWFLAKES, THE WARMTH OF THE SUN.
THESE ARE JUST A FEW IDEAS, I AM SURE YOU HAVE MANY OF YOUR OWN. THE IMPORTANT THING HERE IS TO HAVE COMPLETE SILENCE AND LET YOUR MIND GO INTO FREE FALL.
MERRY CHRISTMAS BUT DONT FORGET TO FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF DURING THE BUSY PERIOD IT WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO YOUR MENTAL STABILITY AND ENJOYMENT OF THIS MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: MAKE THIS A ROUTINE NOT A ONE TIME TREAT IT WILL MAKE YOU A CALMER, HAPPIER , NICER PERSON TO BE AROUND THE MORE YOU PRACTISE IT.
With the new relaxed rules for Christmas many of you I hope will have an enjoyable Christmas. I have chosen to remain in my Christmas bubble with only one other person to minimise the risk of spreading this terrible infection to members of my family and beyond. So I will be doing lots of self gifting this Christmas and wrapping them all and putting them under the tree and cooking a couple of turkey breast wrapped in bacon and stuffed with sausage meat. It can be done … and still fun.
So heres a few of my Christmas wishes which I know will come true as they are already on order ! HO HO HO !
Firstly a game to play for two on Christmas day. Does not require an app and gives us both a chance to reminisce over songs as well as ignite our competitive spirit with this board game.
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
Developed by Deepak Chopra to elevate mindset and increase happiness. So we may need these over the coming months and on the big day itself. Also if you know of anyone feeling down just hand out cards. Or get them to tune into my Midweek Mantra on this blog every Wednesday.
TATA HARPER SKIN CARE STARTER SET
Make 2021 the year to refresh your skin care routine. Developed by super facialist and skin expert Tata Harper a chance to try the skin care complete routine before you buy the more expensive full sizes of the items you loved. 100% organic , natural and non toxic. But the branding looks super luxurious on the bathroom shelf too. Or book a facial with Tata herself who operates out of The Lanesborough Spa.
Loving this ONE earring especially as one of my ears has split so I only have one ear now pierced. Make a statement with one bold earring with your hair up be loud and proud. I predict one dangly earring for 2021 !! Bring back the earring it has long disappeared since the nineties time to make a return .
Essential for my new years workout routine ( we all have one of those don’t we). We all need support to embark on a heavy fitness schedule not only from friends and family but from a well fitting sports bra. The one on my wish list is the LANSTON SPORTS BRA. I just love the bright rainbow colours which means it goes with any legging depending on the mood !
FUSALP SKI JACKET
My ski jacket of choice for this winter. If of course I ever get a skiing trip in before April. Never mind i will wear it around the streets of London as i have been known to wear my Killy ski suit when it gets really cold ( oh er and my moonboots) well we can pretend its Verbier stylistas………cant we…….please. I do love a ski outfit !
Well i still want to dress up on Christmas day !!! This is a classic and will do the delayed party season thats happening at Easter or even next Christmas (surely we have seen the pandemic off by then). Eternally chic , an investment piece!
A JONATHAN ADLER DESK
Ready for my home office makeover in January as i am spending more time there than anywhere right now. A white desk for my all white colour scheme….. INSIRE DESIRE ACQUIRE remember my mantra girlfriends.
If I have managed to inspire you today you can buy any of my wish list by clicking on the images directly below and SENDING THEM TO ME !!! ( ONLY JOKING…NOT) IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE IMAGES CLICK ON THE URL LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO REFRESH.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : ACT RESPONSIBLY THIS CHRISTMAS DO WHATEVER SUITS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BUT STAY SAFE WITH LOTS OF VENTILATION ON THE DAY AND SELF ISOLATION IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS AND DONT FORGET……A LITTLE SELF GIFTING NEVER DID ANYONE ANY HARM !REMEMBER TO SANTA-TISER !