Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Read My Blog

There are a few lifestyle blogs out there, aren’t there? And you can’t possibly like them, follow them and read them all, so bear with me as I tell you why you shouldn’t read my blog.

You don’t believe in change

Change is very much part of life. Often change happens to you when you’re not looking for it. And let’s face it, it’s not always for the better.

But at times, change is very much sought after and needed. Sometimes change starts with YOU, because YOU want it. And it’s never that easy – in fact, change is hard. Even when you want to make changes to your life for the better.

But if you don’t believe in change, and if,when you look deep into your heart, there’s really nothing that you would like to do any differently, then this blog isn’t the place for you. Because we are going to be talking about change quite a bit.

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You don’t believe in self-improvement

Do you believe that people can work hard to improve something about themselves? Like their fitness level or their health, for example?

Think about that person you know in your circle of friends who used to eat out most nights and never once hit the gym in their twenties but then ran a marathon in their forties. I bet you can name at least one.

This shows that people can change. That people can work hard to change for the better. That self-improvement is possible.

And obviously, you don’t need to run a marathon. Improvement can take many shapes. What represents an improvement for me might be something you’ve been doing for years. Or simply something you’re not even remotely interested in. And that’s fine.

Self-improvement is for YOU. It’s subjective. Only you know what it means and looks like.

But if you’re not interested in things like improving the way you feel, or parent, or relate to others, organise your home or your time, or simply the way you look after yourself (or not), then you’re not in the right place.

Because we’ll be talking about self-improvement a fair bit.

You don’t want to learn anything new about yourself

If you want to change, you need to know what your starting point is. You need to know who you are today, so you know what tools you have to help you get where you want to get. And you also know what kind of things are likely to get in your way. You’ll want to know what new habits you want to introduce and what old behaviours you’d rather drop.

No shame in that.

But becoming more self-aware and learning things about yourself that you don’t like to admit or hear can be uncomfortable. Painful even.

So if you’re not ready for it, then you’re not in the right place, because self-awareness is one of the stepping stones to make any change in the right direction stick.

You don’t believe in self-care

You don’t have time for self-care.

Maybe you’re a parent.

Maybe you’re self-employed, and you work too much.

Maybe you’re not self-employed, and you work too much.

Maybe you just don’t enjoy it.

What’s self-care anyway? Who’s got the time or money for it? At the end of the day, the more I do and achieve, the more I cram in my days, the more successful I’ll be, so no point in wasting time in things that aren’t priorities, right?

Well no, not really.

Self-care is important. If you don’t look after yourself, you won’t be able to look after anyone or anything else. Not your job. Not your business. Not your children. Not your family.

But if you don’t agree with this, then look away now, because we’re going to be working hard to make self-care a priority.

You think mindfulness is just the latest buzz word and, frankly, you’re a bit tired of hearing everyone talk about it

I get that.

But truth be told (and I’m sure you already know this), mindfulness isn’t a recent concept. In fact, it’s really quite old. And come to think of it, it really looks like we (humanity) have lost our ways a little bit.

We lost the good old habit of spending time ‘not doing’ and looking after our minds. We lost the luxury of having time on our hands and space in our minds.

It’s like a constant race. A competition. To have it all. To achieve. To do, do, and do some more. Except that it isn’t quite good for us. And as a result we’re less resilient to stress, anxiety and fear.

It’s not to say that mindfulness can fix it all, but it can make quite a lot of things better. Take me for example – just in the last few months, mindfulness has helped me improve my sleep, deal with anxiety and with the long recovery from a nasty injury. And this is just the beginning. I know I’ve only just scratched the surface, and I’m sure mindfulness can help me in a lot of other areas of my life too.

So if you don’t want to hear about it, you can look away now.

But if you are open to all of the above, then please stay, and we can travel this journey together.

30 Comments

  1. Sara
    Author
    19th February 2017 / 6:06 pm

    He he – I didn’t even know I was doing it! 😉

  2. 20th February 2017 / 8:49 am

    Interesting way to present your blog. Very unique concept. #Blogstravaganza

    • Sara
      Author
      21st February 2017 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you – I just thought I’d experiment with something different 😉

  3. Toyin Aromire
    20th February 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Great blog, I like the way your title captured my curious nature; when I saw the title, I said to myself, I am going to see why you think I shouldn’t be reading your blogs….It worked. well done, well written, easy to read and have a silent conversation. Waiting for the next one!

    • Sara
      Author
      21st February 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Aww, thank you Toyin 🙂 I’m glad it’s working 😉

    • Sara
      Author
      21st February 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it, and I love the term ‘mindfulness convert’ 🙂

  4. 22nd February 2017 / 11:01 am

    and we are constantly “doing” right now more than ever. especially with phones and being connected 24/7 – its so good to take time away. if we go away im always happy when there is zero wifi! its a bonus for me as it means no ones on their bloody phones! #KCACOLS

    • Sara
      Author
      22nd February 2017 / 12:02 pm

      You’re totally right! And sadly, I’m no WiFi makes me uncomfortable! I think it might be a sign I’m a little addicted! Well done on being able to switch off – I really need to work on it! My blog helps me with accountability…

    • Sara
      Author
      23rd February 2017 / 11:06 am

      He he, thank you Kelly-Anne! That’s great to hear! 🙂

  5. 23rd February 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Well, I disagreed with all of it, I want to know more! *new reader alert!* what a great way to pitch your blog! #KCACOLS Becky x

    • Sara
      Author
      25th February 2017 / 11:50 pm

      He he – that’s great Becky! Hope to ‘see’ you again 🙂

  6. 25th February 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Ha. Cute. #KCACOLS (your title did draw my curiosity)

    • Sara
      Author
      25th February 2017 / 11:49 pm

      He he – it worked then 😉

  7. 26th February 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Looks like I should be reading it more often than I am. Thanks so much for linking it to #kcacols and hope to see you again next Sunday.

    • Sara
      Author
      27th February 2017 / 1:22 pm

      He he – yes you should Ann! 😉 Not biased at all here 😉

    • Sara
      Author
      28th February 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Yeay! Fantastic Sinead! 🙂

  8. 28th February 2017 / 10:45 am

    Great post.what a great way to draw readers in. Our look forward to more self care posts.
    #KCACOLS

    • Sara
      Author
      28th February 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you Ali 🙂

  9. 2nd March 2017 / 8:05 am

    I definitely believe in self-care but I will admit to not (often) finding the time for it. Can I still stick around? LOL
    #postsfromtheheart

    • Sara
      Author
      2nd March 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Well, that’s it Katrina! We know we could all take care of ourselves a bit more, don’t we? Hopefully this is a place where we encourage and inspire each other 🙂

  10. 2nd March 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I’m not big on mindfulness but I think that says more about me and my reaction to my current mental health provider lol. I am big on self-care though. #kcacols
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    • Sara
      Author
      2nd March 2017 / 3:50 pm

      That’s great Bread – that means there’s something for you here as well 🙂

    • Sara
      Author
      4th March 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Ah thank you 🙂

    • Sara
      Author
      4th March 2017 / 10:42 pm

      He he – thank you Helena 🙂 “Path of enlightenment” – I like it!

  11. Sara
    Author
    4th March 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Thank you Nadine – very kind of you! (I feel the pressure now! Eeek)

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