The Challenge of Daily Writing
Day 23 of a 31-day Writing/Blogging Challenge and it's been tricky last few days to keep committed to writing, with traveling, staying in Inverness and being assessed and interviewed for one of 8 x 2-Year Tree & Timber Apprenticeship positions with the Forestry Commission. I was one of the oldest that applied, from a large number of applicants, but I also already feel I have one of those 8 positions, delivered from the universe in a state of flow and using the power of visualisation.
I have visualised them discussing the applicants, talking in positive terms about my skills, both practical and the answers in the interview, imagined myself being the first on the shortlist of 8 to be picked, heard the phone call to offer me the role and even pictured myself packing and making plans to move. I've given plenty of positive affirmations and I left everything on the table yesterday, or rather in the forest, that I could possibly have done.
I realised last year when volunteering for the 2nd time with Trees For Life, that I wanted to work outdoors, I wanted to be in and with nature and work alongside people with a similar passion. All the teachers I met yesterday were around my age and older and still massively passionate about their work, despite some having been in the industry for 30+ years, that is a testament to the joy of working in Forestry.
I had initially applied for an HNC in Countryside and Environment Management but my instincts told me to defer that, again trusting in myself. Synchronicity followed a few months later when this particular opportunity, more practical and specific to the area I wanted to work in, came up. It's a reminder to not do something if it doesn't feel right - it's important to trust our intuition and not overthink things.
I'll get the call next week to offer me the position, so until then I plan on getting rid of a lot of my possessions, selling up the flat in Glasgow and stepping forward to a fresh and exciting opportunity, wherever in Scotland that may be. This part, giving up the last part of my previous relationship, is the COURAGE I have been holding back on stepping into.
It's been a very interesting 23 days blogging. Some topics are those that I specialise in through Hypnotherapy and Coaching, others were quite personal, but one thing I did learn is to not edit, just let it all fall out onto the page/screen and not think too much about it. I have found that writing as early in the day as possible is really helpful to keep the habit going, last nights post was done at 23:59 for example, in the nick of time. However, it's also important to not beat myself up if I were to miss one day, because it's also about being kind to myself and getting a regular writing habit established.
When you were a child, you probably drew pictures showing how you felt about having a new baby brother/sister or playing in tress, drawing a house. Now that you’re grown up, you can still use art to process your emotions and reduce stress.
Many artists and therapists use visual journals to help them with their work. Whatever your personal goals, see how images can be part of your strategy for moving ahead.
Benefits of Visual Journaling
Increase your willpower. Each time you update your journal, you remind yourself about the positive changes you are trying to achieve. It’s a simple way to create triggers that reinforce new habits.
Techniques for Creating Your Visual Journal
Techniques for Using Your Visual Journal
Creative expression is good for your health and well-being. Lift your spirits and clarify your thinking by keeping a visual journal.
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