Project Lifestyle June Review

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A little later than planned for June as I was away with work and although the Lake District is amazing and beautiful, the mobile signal and internet connections are rubbish. Also I had a lot of work to do and relationships to continue to build.

My full report can be found here on Google Docs.

Overall June was not what I planned or set out to do, but it was a great month. I feel positive about the progress I have made on the project as whole beyond the goals I have set out to achieve. I am really thinking in terms of my own values and how I live my life according to them rather than always working towards the next achievement. I will take a look at each of the workstreams now, but I am not going to get hung up on what I didn’t achieve. I went with the flow of life over the month and it felt good.

Nutrition – I kept attempting to use MFP pal and would do quite well until I lost routine. So for me it is figuring out my values when it comes to food and eating well for my body and life and being able to adapt to situations that are not in my control. I was away with work a number of times last month and I let things get away from me. I had a bit of a low moment and was beating myself up in the middle of the month. I try not to do that, but it is a hard habit to break and one I will continue to work on.

Fitness – I completed by second triathlon of the year and got back to swimming in the pool. I didn’t take part in the second Wiltshire gala as I did not feel in the best place with swimming when that took place. My activity dropped a bit during the month. I can’t seem to get motivation after doing an event and the longer it takes to get back into routine the harder it is. Good intensions well travelling have made progress as I did go for a short run and swim while away with work, but nowhere near as much as normal. Fitting everything in feels hard at the moment so I need to spend some time reflecting on why that is.

Social – This has been a good workstream this month. I have gone with the flow a bit more and enjoyed it. I haven’t booked myself up weeks in advance, but committed to things I wanted to do and held out on others until closer to the time. I’ve felt more in control of what I’ve been doing this month. Control is the wrong word, maybe more self-assured of my choices. I’ve worried less about what others think if I can’t or do not want to do something. It’s quite refreshing and something I intend to carry on with.

Mental Health – I didn’t even pick up the book I bought, but I intended to and still do. I finished my Mindfulness course and have taken some of the tools I found useful and added them into my routine. I have also started using Headspace again. For me it is about not being afraid to take the time out I need to rest and recharge. I have been making a point in work to take 10 minutes outside on top of my lunch break with colleagues. I have also made sure I keep time for myself to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it – and yes that does mean a 4 hour nap on a Saturday afternoon if I need it, or a walk around the local park on my own.

Career – I feel this is moving well and I feel more confident in myself this month and the role I am playing in my current job and the value it has. I am also working on understanding myself better and therefore making it easier to look and understand my future career options. I am not used to everyone being so open and talking about development, but that is how it is in my current organisation and it is great. I don’t feel stuck and know there will be opportunities to go into, but right now I need to concentrate on doing the best I ca do in my role and build relationships with everyone I am working with and when that is a national thing to do it does take time.

Overall I feel Project Lifestyle is working towards what I want. I need some time to reflect this month and to revaluate if required. I also want to focus on my values, rather than my goals and make sure the decisions I am making meet those and that will help me get unstuck when it comes to my goals as I will understand my motivation and values behind them better. It is all a work in progress, but I like the progress I am making.

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Adventures in Books… A Clockwork Angel

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“London, 1878: Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray’s priority should be finding her brother, not falling in love, especially with two boys. She is soon caught in a dangerous love triangle where a wrong decision could prove fatal. Tessa will need all her strength to save her brother and stay alive as she learns the chilling truth of what really lurks on London’s streets after dark.”

Another series I have wanted to start reading for a while and finally found in the library earlier this month. I enjoyed the first three books of The Immortal Instruments series (not sure where the second three are going yet) and like the writing style of the author, so thought I would enjoy these.

I like to read books set in the same world as others series as there is a familiarity about them from the beginning (Robin Hobb is my go to for this!). I liked that this book was set a long time before the other series as it makes if different right away. Also changing location is fun and interesting. There were a few similarities in the story right away, but they are different enough not to notice, or at least stop caring about, once you get to know the characters.

The story is full of suspense and twists along the way so it felt quite fast paced.  You are also learning about the world at the same time as the main characters, Tessa. I wasn’t sure where the story was going, but I love that about books and hate guessing the ending. I am also intrigued to see where the series goes and how it links to the more recent set books beyond the distant family relation.

I’m already reading the second book and reserved the final book from the library. I’m so glad libraries are getting better at stocking lots of books, even if they have to be delivered from other libraries in the region, it makes it much better than buying every book I want to read.

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Adventures in Books… Allegiant

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“What if a single revelation – like a single choice – changed everything?

What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.”

I’m not sure I enjoyed this book. I like to finish off series, but it was nothing life as good as Divergent.

This book takes Tris and Four out of the city and into the world beyond and we discover why fractions were set up and why there are more and more divergent within the population.  It was an interesting concept and I don’t want to give too much away so I will hold back from my descriptions a bit. Basically it was to do with genetics after world devastation. I was intrigued, but couldn’t get behind the characters like I did in the first book. But then again I don’t know if I ever really liked Tris, but rather had more interest in how she perceived the world around her.

I feel this book went off on a tangent that I wasn’t expecting from the first two books. Then again it would have given it away if it has talked about genetics in the first book and what that meant about the divergent. I just wasn’t feeling this book I think, but am glad I finished the series.

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Adventures in Books… House of Hades

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“The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there’ll be hell on Earth. Literally.

Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there’s a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them.

Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain – in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.”

This is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series and there is still another one to go.

These are my guilty pleasures. They are fun and action packed adventure stories for children, but I love the word and becoming fully engaged with it while I am reading. I would recommend all the Rick Riordan books as they are fast paced and have a lot of history included. This series looks at the similarities and difference between Greek and Roman mythology and it is really interesting.

This book carried on the story of the Greeks and Roman working together to help save the Gods of Olympus. It seems them travel through hell in Tartarus and through destruction to the Gates of Hades. WE meet old and new friends along the way. There were times I felt it dragged and there was a lot of characters to follow, but I loved the adventure of the overall book. I’m not a fan of multi-narratives, but it does help follow the story from difference characters point of views in order to progress and keep things running in parallel.

Overall a fun adventure filled book that I enjoyed reading. I’m looking forward to the final one of this series and have already pre-ordered it on the Kindle for later this year!

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