Gala Darling Challenge #9

 

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‘Buy ridiculous slippers.’

Gala Darling, 100 Things To Do When You’re Upset (The Sad Trombone List)

Some days you just have to go a little wild right…besides when you wear ridiculous slippers, you can’t help but laugh your head off when you look down at your feet! Best day ever!

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Gala Darling Challenge #8

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‘Write the birthdays of your personal heroes in your planner & work out a way to honour them on that day. ‘

– Gala Darling, 100 Things To Do When You’re Upset (The Sad Trombone List)

 

I have three personal heroes in my life, outside of my family, who never fail to inspire me to want to be better than I am. They are all quite different personalities and have contributed to the world in extremely different ways, but somehow their stories connect with me. I have only met one of my heroes, (Kylie, very briefly, at a Kids Helpline fundraiser) but they have all play such an influential role in my life. My spirit and heart seem to be on fire when I read an article or a book about them, or hear them speak or perform or give an interview. Their decisions, contributions, mistakes and determination inspire me to breathe through the fear and give it a go…whatever that “it” may be.

So it seems quite fitting to celebrate their birthdays in my own way and acknowledge the impact they have had on my life. Perhaps it will be with a cup cake and a whispered happy birthday…perhaps a re-read of a biography, (Richard Branson’s autobiography, Losing My Virginity, was an eye opener for me) or another afternoon watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Perhaps I will take action in their name…make a donation to one of their charities, or do something that I think they may find fitting, like go to the ballet, have a Pink Afternoon Tea to raise awareness and money for breast cancer…or perhaps try something a bit daring like rock climbing?

My three heroes, Audrey Hepburn, Kylie Minogue and Richard Branson are all so different, but all have become creative and determined game changers ~ refusing to become victims, overcoming extraordinary challenges to not only change their own lives, but the lives of others around them.

To me they are luminous and immortal.

Who are your heroes?

Gala Darling Challenge #7 & #8

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#7  Cover your entire body in cocoa butter & fall asleep.

#8  Indulge in your “guilty pleasures”, whatever they are. (Old episodes of America’s Next Top Model, ginger ale, chocolate cake, romantic comedies, etc.)

Winter has slowly moved back in to town. The air is icy.  and the rain falls in endless quiet monotony. Silence falls like a blanket of fog, muffling the city close by. Open fires are being lit for the first time in a year and the warmth of fluffy rugs, slippers, candles wrap around us. Today was the perfect day to focus on myself.

I put aside the ‘List of things to do’ and snuggled under the doona a bit longer. My cat, MiMi, cooed contently next to me and wrapped her tail over my arm. Cuba, my puppy, had already burrowed under the blankets and was snoring quietly at my feet.

The plan for today? Coco butter, a long hot bubble bath, the rest of the chocolate Easter goodies, perhaps a nap and some of my favourite romantic comedies…

Ahead of me stretched hours of looking after myself. Pure luxury…and pampering and guilty pleasures!

*sigh*

Gala Darling Challenge # 5

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“Throw yourself head-first into a creative project. Something that you’re excited about but which feels a little too big for you. You’ll be so consumed by it that it will fuel you for ages.” – Gala Darling

I love GD Challenge Days!

Sometimes I have to think about how I might achieve the challenge for the week. Today was pretty simple though. I have been looking forward to this one so much.

I decided to start my Radical Self Love Bible today.

The first task was to go shopping for a journal that I could draw, write and paste pictures in. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You ca pick up some great journals from the $2 shops or KMart. If you are a bit more flush with cash you could head to Smiggle or Kiki K.

I got a great journal and then had heaps of fun in the craft section of KMart picking out lots of crystals, stars, stickers, and tape from the scrap booking section. Who knew that craft stuff could be so addictive? I also found some good Derwent water colour pencils, some paintbrushes and some really great textas and pink highlighters. I think I also managed to snaffle some sparkles and glitter…but shhhh.

Then I settled down on the couch with my journal, art supplies, scissors, magazines, glue and a respectable supply of chocolate for an afternoon of creative bliss.

If you want to start your own journal you might like to subscribe to Gala’s Radical Self Love Bible school here. She will send you weekly instructions every Sunday and give you plenty of inspiration to create a journal that reflects your own unique style and has you falling in love with yourself!

Gala Darling Challenge #4

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#4 Have a romance in your head ~ Gala Darling

In case you haven’t heard, I am slowly working through Gala’s list of 100 Things to Do When You’re Upset (The Sad Trombone List).

This week my challenge was to have a romance in my head. Ah! It sounds simple enough, but curiously it wasn’t. Perhaps it was because I was mildly distracted by Damon in the latest episode of the Vampire Diaries…oh wait! Isn’t that a romance in my head? Now, how to tell Cristian I’m romancing over a fictional vampire…hehehe…

Gala Darling Challenge: # 3

DAY 88

Time for a Gala Darling Challenge!

‘Turn up music you really love. Play it so loudly that it soaks in through your skin. Dance in your pyjamas. Feel the pain lift.’

So tonight I hung out in my favourite hot pink pj’s of the moment, (covered in black love hearts), with the air-conditioning on full, because we are having some hot (read sweltering) Autumn weather in Australia at the moment… and I imagined dancing to this awesome track (because I’m still on the fainting side of sickness and dancing is in the ‘no go zone’ for a little while longer), but I did let the song soak through to my skin…while I sucked on my hydralyte icy pole! Seriously made me laugh! Seriously made me feel human again! Perfect moment! #galadarlingchallenge

Garla Darling Challenge Day #1

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DAY #1

100 Things To Do When You’re Upset: The Gala Darling Challenge

<3 ‘Do something good for someone else, even though you may not want to. Do a favour, help them find something, give them an item which will help them in some way. Start the flow of positive energy.’

I may have gotten a little excited about this one!

I sent a small gift containing one of my favourite books to a lady that I haven’t seen in quite a while, and don’t have too much to do with these days. She has been grieving for quite a while, and I hope that my little package will help her to feel a lot better.

The book? I CAN DO IT! by Louise Hay.

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If you haven’t read it, it’s a pretty straight forward little book that will explain positive affirmations and the impact of your thoughts on your life. I especially love the CD you get with the book. Louise Hay is also pretty awesome to listen to when you are driving to your next meeting or event.

#garladarlingchallenge

100 Things to do when you’re upset: The Gala Darling Challenge

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DAY 78

In case you haven’t realised I really like a challenge.

I love the way they get me out of my own headspace, and basically stop me from being bored or lazy or just feeling sorry for myself. It’s one of the reasons I like training days, or attending workshops, or simply giving things a go. I am slightly addicted to testing myself, and questioning the status quo. My addiction has seen me standing on top of a gigantic tree with a flying fox, in spite of being petrified of heights; running on the sand for hours in the sun competing against another team, in spite of disliking sun and sports equally; taking up challenges like#100happydays and attending events such as otaku cons or Neko Nation just to meet new folk and broaden my world. It’s also a way to breathe some quirky, wild fun into my life!

This week I went back to work and felt like I had been hit with a sledge hammer. Within days I was dealing with last minute reports that had to be written for the Director within absurd timelines, staff issues coming out of my ears, deadlines being demanded and a ridiculous amount of emails to respond to. The hours were long and I struggled to find any joy. Yep, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. I had also managed to stress my immune system out again by triggering another dose of chronic uticaria. Fun! I had tried the usual stuff: my favourite pink pyjamas, wine, talking with fiends, sleeping in that extra five minutes. But really I was down in the dumps big time! It happens to the most positive of us. There are times we all struggle to change our mindset, even if we have the tools. So I went back to my heros. The ones that will always give me something that reignites my heart, inspires me or just listens. I have a beautiful friend who brought me my favourite cup cake (red velvet sparkle) and just listened to me for 20 minutes while I sooked. I have a son who just seems to know when I need that extra hug or a text message telling me what a great mum I am. I have another beautiful friend who reminds me every day that I need to look after myself. He’s also very good at giving me books to read. I have a husband who adores me, and when I am flat lining he instinctively brings me hot cups of tea in my favourite mug and strokes my hair.

I also have role models who aren’t physically in my life and some are no longer walking this earth. But they are my go to people when I need a good pep talk: Richard Branson, Gala Darling, Danielle LaPorte, Eleanor Roosevelt, Audrey Hepburn and Brene Brown.

This morning as I hid under the doona feeling like a smacked kitten, I instinctively I looked up Gala’s Radical Self Love section. My mood needed some serious medicine, and she never fails to shift my perspective. While I was reading and journalling I came across one of her famous lists: 100 Things To Do When You’re Upset (The Sad Trombone List). I got to thinking, what would happen if I tried everything on her list? Everything. Even wearing a fake moustache for a day? I have never done or even thought of doing much of what is on her list. Ah, my addiction is piqued! So I have decided to take on the challenge. 

The challenge will be that every Saturday I will try at least one of the tips on Gala’s List. I’ve included the list to her site and list so you can follow along or take up the challenge yourself. I will document the task with photos, a small post or a video through Instagram and it will be posted on my DBM facebook page to follow. Some days I may be brave and try two, or three. But the challenge will be to try at least one!

Perhaps you might like to try it with me. 

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” 
― Chuck PalahniukInvisible Monsters