Embracing the Magic in Every Day and Other Unicorn Values

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I was doing some research this morning for another project I’m working on which led me to finding out facts about unicorns. Apart from now knowing loads more about these beautiful, mythical creatures, it also tied in wonderfully well with my making small changes project.

Unicorns to me are magical. They represent freedom, positivity, healing and diversity. The first known depiction of a unicorn dates way back to around 15,000 BCE in the Lascaux caves in France.

They are Scotland’s national animal. The unicorn was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th…

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Until a few years ago, I’d never even heard of Yoga Nidra. I’d tried Hatha Yoga, a bit of Yin Yoga and Ashtanga yoga, but not anything else. So I was quite intrigued when I booked to go on a rural yoga retreat camping out on a bison farm in Devon (none of this posh 5-star luxury retreat with spa nonsense for me).

The agenda included three sessions of yoga every day, some mindfulness meditative walking; nice veggie food and one of the afternoons promised an introduction to Yoga Nidra.

For those of you who don’t know, Yoga Nidra is…

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I don’t know that many people who actually like Mondays; most people I know actively dislike them. I wouldn’t go quite as far as to say I hate them with a passion, but I have to admit they aren’t currently my favourite day of the week. And Monday is actually bin day in our house, so that just makes it doubly worse.

I feel like I don’t want to hate them. I feel like I need to learn to love them or at least respect them for what they are and like them just a little bit better.

So what…

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Even though I have always loved to write, I never actually kept a diary growing up. But when I was setting up my own business, one of the things a coach I worked with encouraged me to do was to write every day in a business journal. It wasn’t a complicated practice, just 10–15 minutes of self- reflection in a notebook which allowed me to mull over the day’s events and focus forward on to the next.

I really enjoyed the practice and over time it’s sort of morphed into a quasi-business come personal reflection tool for me.

And now…

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I first started thinking about committing to making 365 small changes over a year ago now — in fact it was January 2020. I’d decided that instead of making great big grand New Year’s resolutions that last year I’d do things differently and I’d start it by committing to 365 smaller, but more sustainable, life changes. I was doing pretty well for a month or two, and then a global pandemic hit and our world became strange and unsettling and we had to cope with a new normal.

Fast forward a year and 3 months, it’s now April 2021 and…

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I had a boyfriend once who said he wanted to walk more, it was one of the things that attracted him to me apparently as I love walking; coastal walks; short walks; long walks; mountain walks, walks that go through housing estates so you can peer at people’s gardens — any walks basically.

One weekend we planned a walk in a local country park we had never been to. So we are getting ready, water, snacks…tick..backpacks sorted, shoes on, jackets on…ready to go. We open the front door….he takes one look at the minuscule amount of rain falling….I mean I…

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My sister recently text me after trying to sort out her tax return — “This is head-work. How do you do it? No wonder you like to do yoga! x”

If there is one thing you need to be good at for book-keeping and accountancy, it’s the ability to cope with pressing deadlines on a consistent basis. Deadlines are a norm for those of us who work in the finance world. Tax deadlines, month end accounting routines, payroll and so on all come with their time specific challenges. But you get used to working in a certain way and there…

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Ask anyone who loves to hike alone why they do it and you can guarantee that loving the peace and quiet and appreciating nature more will be amongst their replies. It also allows you to have time to think and you have the freedom to go wherever you want to and at your own pace.

But is solo hiking, especially for women, a bit on the dangerous side? The most popular UK hiking trails on the whole are safe and well connected to mobile networks. Paula Goode, an experienced solo hiker, says, “I’ve never felt unsafe when I’ve been hiking…

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I always liked to think that I possessed pretty high tolerance levels. Friends had often said to me that I had a lot of patience and to be fair I think it does normally take a lot to really test it.

I’ve come to realise over the past months living through a pandemic however, that I can and need to do much better on the tolerance front.

A couple of weeks ago I found myself getting really wound up. …

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At the moment, loads more people are really struggling with their mental health. Health concerns, worrying about your loved ones, financial worries, fear and feeling a lack of control can all make you feel more anxious than perhaps you might normally be.

Even though I’m usually quite happy spending time at home, I’ve still found lock-down to be mentally challenging. Not being able to go to the places I might normally go, not able to spend time with family and friends, cancelled trips and more reasons to clean — yuk!

After a few weeks of trying to get used to…

Janet Thomas

Freelance Writer / Finance Consultant

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