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Hello everyday gratituders!

This morning I read a piece by the lovely Pip Lincolne called Why slowing down (or stopping) is the new speeding up. There’s lots of good stuff in there.

Particularly I liked what Pip says about “Savour the doing, don’t just worship the done”. Getting things done is remarkably satisfying of course, and I tend to suffer from a “just need to hold the finished product in my hand” mindset that means I sometimes rush through a process of creating, whether it be writing, crocheting or designing.

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Lately I’ve also been trying to slow down a bit, and enjoy the process of things. Cooking is one of those area – it can be so easy to be on autopilot and just be cooking because you need to eat and it’s a bit of a chore and gnnnh not cooking again! But on the occasions I’ve actually slowed down a bit and appreciated the texture, colour, smell, and taste as I’ve gone along has made it a wonderful process (eg making coconut and strawberry tarts the other day and taking photos of each stage, and then really savouring the end result, was quite a lovely way of cooking! Although you don’t want to take photos of everything you cook…sometimes it’s a bit gross looking, isn’t it?).

This slowing down and stopping to smell the roses thing is what’s behind everyday gratitude, and especially the diary. It doesn’t mean you need to spend five hours a day meditating on how good you’ve got it while everything around you goes to pot. It just means being more aware of the things you’re experiencing as you move through the day, and allowing those things to make an impression in your brain, rather than just being another blip.

Diary progress

I spent some time last night working on the Pozible page for the diary, and it’ll be ready to launch soon! I need to make a little video explaining the project (eep!) and once that’s done and approved by the Pozible crew, I shall push the ‘go’ button and it’ll be out there in the world!

Here are a couple of pics of the basic spreads just to whet your appetite…

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So after all of that let me encourage you to slow down (even for a second) and smell the roses today! You might notice something you’re grateful for that you didn’t expect!