Positive thoughts #2

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

It’s funny. Today, before I looked at the second positive thought from this series, my husband was telling me about how he’d lost sight of his dreams, how when you get older, you have a family, you settle and all the dreams that you had when you were younger are at the back of your mind and you’ve resigned yourself that they will never happen. As we get older, we rationalise our dreams and they get trivialised. It made me sad. As it is true. But this should not be the reality.

I recently watched a TED talk given by Steve Jobs (part of my 101 in 1001) entitled ‘How to live before I die’. I totally advise you to watch it, it’s so inspiring. Steve Jobs had the perseverance to follow his dreams despite failures and had the courage to live every day as if it were his last. It reminded me of one of my favourite quotes from Paulo Coelho which is ‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.’

This is totally me. I fear failure so much. Always have. But as Steve Jobs said: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, or pride, or fear of embarrassment and failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ”

We shouldn’t have to wait until we’re dying to remember this so today I’m making a conscious choice to revisit the dreams I had when I was younger and I’m going to try my hardest to make them come true. Before it really is too late.

What about you? Have you followed your childhood dreams? Are you too wanting to reconnect with them before it’s too late?

Love,

Sabrina

101 in 1001

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As I mentioned in my previous post, as part of my resolutions this year, I’ve decided to do the 101 in 1001 project which will run into 2017. It’s a popular list on the internet that allows you to set yourself goals and dreams you want to achieve in the next 2.75 years. All you need to do is to come up with a list of 101 things (I must admit that took me forever!!) that you want to tick off in the next 1001 days. I did try my best to make them achievable. Here’s my list. I’m so excited about it and would love to hear what your list looks like if you have one 🙂

Beginning date: 01/01/14

End date: 28/09/17

  1. Add 100 words to my vocabulary in English
  2. Read all Jane Austen’s novels
  3. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
  4. Do some volunteer work
  5. Go on a picnic
  6. Improve my Spanish
  7. Make a list of 100 things about me
  8. Make a family tree
  9. Start a new Christmas tradition
  10. Clean out my inbox
  11. Read 10 classics I should have read but have never got round to
  12. Learn some dance moves
  13. Learn how to sew a button
  14. Learn to write my name in Japanese
  15. Watch the Oscar-nominated movies from the year I was born
  16. Listen to a new artist every month
  17. Watch all films directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  18. Bake something new every month for a year
  19. Choose 5 countries and read a book by an author from each
  20. Learn to locate all 50 US states on a map
  21. Complete the Becky Higgins Project 52
  22. complete the 365 list project
  23. Read the Bible
  24. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
  25. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
  26. Watch 10 Disney films/cartoons
  27. Organise my computer folders and save them
  28. Do a ‘Note to self’ mini-album
  29. Grow things in my vegetable plot
  30. Read ‘Sophie’s World’
  31. Finish my wedding photo album
  32. Finish my Kefalonia album
  33. Learn something new every day for a month
  34. Make ice-cream
  35. Read a book in Spanish
  36. Lay blankets out late at night and look at the stars
  37. Have a themed birthday party
  38. Start collecting something
  39. Complete my Venice album
  40. Go to a concert
  41. Learn calligraphy
  42. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
  43. Join the library
  44. Get a job
  45. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
  46. Do a house swap
  47. Buy a new classy handbag
  48. Drink eight glasses of water a day for at least a week
  49. Take a trip abroad
  50. Create playlists in my iTunes
  51. Update my address book
  52. Send a letter or card to at least 5 people in my address book
  53. Try five new foods
  54. Put £5 in savings for every goal accomplished
  55. Eat a macaron
  56. Try ten different flavours of tea
  57. Try five different types of coffee
  58. Watch a TED talk online every week for a month
  59. Volunteer at church
  60. Select my five favourite pieces of art
  61. Select my five pieces of classical music
  62. Make a Christmas wreath
  63. Have professional photos done
  64. Write three things I’m grateful for every day
  65. Inspire someone to write their own list
  66. Create a list of gluten-free lunches
  67. Make a themed Christmas present
  68. Send 5 surprise packages to family and friends
  69. Complete a DIY project from Pinterest
  70. Put all loose photos in photo albums or scrapbooks
  71. Go skiing
  72. Build a snowman
  73. Blog every day for a week
  74. Find the perfect pair of black boots
  75. Watch 10 Classic films I’ve never seen before
  76. Buy fresh flowers every week for a month
  77. Have a social media free weekend for a month
  78. Read the biography of someone I admire
  79. Paint my nails once a week for a month
  80. Go on a holiday with friends
  81. Design my own Project Life cards
  82. Visit ten new cities
  83. Complete my Cath Kidston bag on my sewing machine
  84. Take more daily life pictures
  85. Take more videos
  86. Identify every country on a world map
  87. Organise my memento boxes
  88. Meet at least three new friends
  89. Have a fondue
  90. Teach someone how to do something
  91. Complete a Bible study
  92. Practice meditation every day for two weeks
  93. Watch a musical
  94. Buy and wear a gorgeous one piece swimsuit
  95. Get a new car
  96. Create and implement a cleaning schedule
  97. Learn 5 new ways to wear my hair
  98. Find a lipstick that suits me
  99. Add 100 words to my vocabulary in French
  100. Blog about these goals and create a new list in a 1001 days

You can also check out the Day Zero website (which allows you to keep track of your goals) and this lovely lady’s website for inspiration!

I’d love to hear from you

Love,

Sabrina xxx