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  1. Thought of the week…

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  2. Making Time – Reflections from a month in Bali

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    Morning reflection

    Today, as part of our ‘Making Time’ series, we bring you a guest post from one of our team members, Louise Gale, who recently spent a month soaking up culture, colour and creativity in the tropical island of Bali.

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    Spending a month in Bali this past August was a gift of time to myself. I was to spend a whole month relaxing, exploring, slowing down and most importantly painting and creating with a group of beautiful women on a friend’s art retreat.

    From the first morning, when I woke up to the sounds of nature and water running from the Buddha fountain, I knew my time in beautiful Bali would unfold and flow effortlessly. When I look back, it felt a little like being in a time warp; time wasn’t important and it did not really affect me. I guess I made time to not think about time. I was simply being.

    Since returning home to my own little piece of paradise in Spain, I’ve been reflecting a lot on this magical trip and the wonderful practices I adopted over there. I’d love to share six things (and there are many more!) that I observed about life in Bali – things that I’m consciously making time for now I’m home so that soon they’ll become a way of life.

  3. Nothing is impossible!

    Today we bring you a guest post by Mary J. Dinan, author of The Global Suitcase, an inspirational travel book that’s been published worldwide.

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    I’ve always loved travel literature. Over the years I’ve spent hours in my local book shop looking at books by travel greats like Michael Palin, who went around the world in 80 days, Jonathan Dimbleby, who embarked on a 10,000 mile trip into the heart of Russia and octogenarian Dervla Murphy who went to Afghanistan on foot and to India by bike. Then one day, while I was scouring the shelves looking for my next read, a lightbulb went on in my head. I decided, right there and then, that I was going to write a travel book.

  4. Life in jellybeans…

    Watching this reminded us about how precious life really is and why it’s important to make the most of each and every day. It’s never too late to change direction and it’s never too late to become the person you want to be.

    Here are our top five tips for living life to the full… no excuses, no explanations, no regrets!

  5. How are you spending yours?

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  6. #MakingTime Day 10

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    “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer

    Work, family life, household chores and never-ending ‘to-do’ lists… when life gets busy it can be quicker and easier to text, tweet, telephone or do none at all. But when was the last time you took time out to have a good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation?

    Your Day 10 Making Time challenge: For 10 minutes… have a proper conversationSpending time with someone and engaging in real, genuine and meaningful conversation reminds us of what’s really important: the human connection. After all interacting with others and building relationships is how we learn, develop and grow.Today’s challenge is to take 10 and have a proper ‘in-person’ chat with someone – your partner, your mum, a friend, a colleague, a stranger in the park, a busker, the shopkeeper – anyone you like. Give that person all your attention, listen to them, ask questions, don’t interrupt and relax, smile and enjoy being human. We promise it will enrich your day – and theirs – more than you can imagine.

    For the full prompt, plus a daily time-saving tip and other inspiration into your inbox, sign up for the full Making Time series (a 31-day free challenge to make more time for the things you love).  Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for more thought-provoking inspiration!

  7. #MakingTime Day 9

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    “Fill your paper with the breathings of your own heart.” – William Wordsworth

    Are you ready to get those creative juices flowing? Here we go…

    Your Day 9 Making Time challenge: For 9 minutes… write/collage in a journal 

    Psychologists have proved that journaling is good for you. Spending just five minutes a day writing down your thoughts or expressing them creatively can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, help you sleep better, increase your memory function and improve your wellbeing by more than 10%.

    Today take nine minutes to write or collage in a page of your journal.

    For the full prompt, plus a daily time-saving tip and other inspiration into your inbox, sign up for the full Making Time series (a 31-day free challenge to make more time for the things you love).  Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for more thought-provoking inspiration!

  8. #MakingTime Day 8

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    “What matters is that we find a way – any way – to recharge and renew ourselves.”– Arianna Huffington in Thrive

    Your Day 8 Making Time challenge: For 8 minutes… stretch!

    Did you know that stretching is important for people of all ages and that it’s just as important as regular exercise? One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that it boosts self-esteem. When we stretch our bodies release dopamine, a hormone which helps us feel happier and more positive about the world. Other benefits include improved flexibility, strength, coordination and circulation, increased energy levels, reduced neck, shoulder and back pain associated with sitting at a desk, and better sleep.

    When stretching it’s good to move smoothly and slowly so you stay in control. You’ll get a deeper stretch this way. Adjusting your position so you’re more comfortable when you stretch is a great way to prevent pain and make the stretch easier. Ask yourself: ‘does my body have the support it needs?’ If not, give it that support. Add tension where it’s required so that other parts of your body can relax and let go.

    Today, make time to stretch for 8 minutes. Smile, enjoy and feel good.

    For the full prompt, plus a daily time-saving tip and other inspiration into your inbox, sign up for the full Making Time series (a 31-day free challenge to make more time for the things you love).  Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for more thought-provoking inspiration!

  9. What will make you happy today?

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  10. #MakingTime Day 7

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    Your Day 7 Making Time challenge: For 7 minutes… go for a walk around the block without your phone 

    These days we’re plugged in 24/7. Between texts, emails, regular old phone calls, and notifications from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, keeping up with everyone and everything can feel like a full-time job.

    Can you remember the last time you switched off? The last time you went 24 hours, 12 hours, even just a few hours, without checking your phone?

    “… Stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” – Leo Tolstoy

    For the full prompt, plus a daily time-saving tip and other inspiration into your inbox, sign up for the full Making Time series (a 31-day free challenge to make more time for the things you love).  Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for more thought-provoking inspiration!