When You’re Hunting For The Good Things, You Sort Of Forget The Other Kind

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I’m really excited today reading through the posts from The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Group, as wonderful things seem to be happening to many of us – new awarenesses, opportunities, synchronicites and gifts from the Universe, to name but a few.

I knew that The Pollyanna Plan was (and still is) working miracles in my life and to see it sprinkling its magic into the lives of others too makes me so, SO happy! :D

The group will be opening its doors to new members from 1st May, as I, and many others, wish to continue finding and sharing our daily reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful well beyond the 30 days I originally set for the challenge.

The group has become a community of kind, loving, supportive people, all focused on gratitude and happiness. So, if you’d like to join us and do your own 30 day challenge (or longer), we welcome you with open arms.

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Happy Easter And Happy Every Other Day Too!

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Just wanted to say … Happy Easter!  But remember, happiness isn’t just reserved for special days. It’s something we can have and be every day of the year. :D

 

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The Sunny Moments – Day 41 of The Pollyanna Plan 2

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The violent storms of the past few days have died down and this morning the rain stopped just long enough for a quick outing down to the cliff tops (my Mum had to drive me, but we won’t dwell on that). It turns out that the weather is the perfect metaphor for my healing journey at the moment. 

This healing crisis is relentless and hard going, but every now and again, for a few minutes or (if I’m lucky) a few hours, the clouds part and the sun comes out, so to speak. :)

 The Pollyanna Plan 2 – My second year of finding a reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for 365 days.

Day 41, Reason 41: Today I am very grateful for the sunny moments on my journey through this healing crisis towards good health. And I’m also thankful for the beauty of the ocean, which is so good for the soul!

*The Pollyanna Plan 2 began on February 22nd 2014. I am writing down my reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for the next 365 days in my personal journal.  But, I’ll be sharing my favourite reasons here with you on my blog.* 

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The Magic Of Counting (And Sharing) Your Blessings – Day 39 of The Pollyanna Plan 2

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Completing The Pollyanna Plan 365 day challenge on my own last year, brought so many wonderful people, circumstances and  things into my life and I shall always be extremely grateful for the experience. But, there’s something about sharing in the joy of other people’s reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful that truly is magical.

The Pollyanna Plan 2 – My second year of finding a reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for 365 days.

Day 39, Reason 39 (which is also Day 1, Reason 1 of The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Group!):  Today I am so very grateful to all the people who have shared their reason to feel glad/happy/joyful on The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Facebook Group! 

When I came up with the idea for the group, I wasn’t sure whether anyone would join and I thought I may be doing the challenge on my own again. So, to have so many people taking part (we now have 39 members) is really something special.  I’ve been reading all the posts throughout the day and each one has made me smile and feel grateful and happy. A HUGE, BIG thank you to everyone – you really have made my day! :)

Today is the first day of the challenge, so there’s still time to join the group by clicking this link. We’d love to have you along for the journey.

I can’t wait for 29 more days of sharing our happy, positive, grateful vibes. It’s so uplifting! :D

*The Pollyanna Plan 2 began on February 22nd 2014. I am writing down my reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for the next 365 days in my personal journal.  But, I’ll be sharing my favourite reasons here with you on my blog.* 

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The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Group Starts 1st April on Facebook – Woohoo!

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The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Group

Oh. My. Gosh! Remember the idea I had yesterday to set up The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Group?  Well, it is now officially an actual, real thing, instead of just an idea fluttering through my mind. It’s all set up on Facebook and we have members and everything. I am beyond excited and slightly blown away by the response.

Imagine the powerful, positive vibes that will be emanating from a group of people all sharing their reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for 30 days. It makes me happy just thinking about it! :)

So, for anyone who is interested in joining, the start date is 1st April 2014 – yes, I know it’s April Fools’ Day, but April handily has 30 days, so it fits perfectly. ;)

The rules of the group are simple: There are no rules!

The aim is to motivate, inspire and support each other, by sharing our reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful every day for 30 days.

Anyone is welcome to join, in fact, the more the merrier. Oh and did I mention that you will receive a Pollyanna Plan certificate for completing the 30 day challenge? Woohoo! :D

Let’s do this!

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The Pollyanna Plan Challenge Group…. Eeek!

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I’m thinking of setting up The Pollyanna Plan Challenge Group on Facebook (as a closed, private group) – maybe starting with a 30 day challenge to find a reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every day.

You see, what I’m discovering is that without the incentive and focus that The Pollyanna Plan Challenge gave me (writing a blog post about my reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for 365 days), it’s all too easy to think, “Oh, I’ll do it later”, and then completely forget.

Since I began The Pollyanna Plan 2 at the end of February this year, I’ve been writing my daily, happy reasons in my journal. Only I haven’t – as yesterday I noticed that I’d skipped 5 whole days!! Yikes! I have been thinking of my reasons every day, but I just hadn’t taken the time to write a few sentences about them.

Then, last night, as I was (guiltily) catching up, thinking back over the past days and journaling, I truly realised the power of writing this stuff down.

The writing part helps me to really focus on gratitude and ramp up those oh-so-important happy, positive vibes, which doesn’t seem to happen when I just think about my reasons. I can honestly say that each and every time I write down my reason to feel glad/happy/joyful, no matter what has happened that day, I feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside and I’m smiling on the outside.

So, it occurred to me that maybe if a few of us were doing this together – just for 30 days, don’t worry, I’m not expecting you to do a whole year – it would give us the incentive and inspiration we need to stick to it. Plus, being part of a glad/happy/joyful Pollyanna Plan group really could be lots of fun! :)

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Sooo *I say nervously*, what do you think? Do you have any suggestions? And would anyone be interested?

*Hides behind the sofa, whilst sneaking peeks at my laptop just in case anyone replies!*

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When Things Go Belly Up

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You know when things don’t work out the way you planned, or even when they go spectacularly wrong? I’m working on a theory that what at first appears to be life throwing a spanner in the works, may actually be the Universe’s way of saying, “Hold on, wait a minute! I’ve got something even better lined up for you.” Well, that’s what I’m telling myself today anyway.

Not only have the nasty symptoms of this healing crisis returned with a vengeance, but something I’ve been relying on and thought had been planned out to perfection, fell apart today. I’ve been trying so hard not to feel bitterly disappointed and cross about it all, but I have to admit that I’ve been failing. And all attempts to stir up some Pollyanna-ish feelings have fizzled out.

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I’ve read a few posts recently that say how when these negative feelings bubble up, we need to accept them, surrender to them and wait for them to pass. If this works for you, then great! But I know that personally, it’s much easier for me to get back my happy, positive vibes if I search around for thoughts and feelings that feel better to the ones I am currently thinking and feeling.

So, I was in the process of coaxing myself out of this deep, dark, bad mood pit, when I remembered how sometimes in my life, when things didn’t go the way I had desperately hoped for at the time, it actually turned out to be the very best thing for me.

Years ago, before my health deteriorated, I had applied for a job that I thought I really, REALLY wanted. It was for a much higher position than my job at that time, with a considerably bigger salary and, best of all, it would mean that I could move back to Portugal to be nearer my family.

I went through the application process, then had a long, nerve-wracking phone interview, before finally being selected for a face-to-face interview, for which the company paid for my travel and I was able to sneak in a weekend visiting my friends and family.

I wanted that job so much and I still remember exactly where I was when I received the phone call to say that, although I had made it down to the final 2 candidates, they had decided to hire the other person, who had more experience. I remember hanging up the phone and bursting into floods of tears, feeling like all my hopes had been dashed.

But, looking back I can now see that the Universe was shouting at me, “Hold on, wait a minute! I’ve got something even better lined up for you!”

And it turned out that it really had, as a few months later I was sitting on a plane headed to Australia, with just a backpack full of belongings and a head full of dreams.

If I had got the job, I may never have fulfilled my dream of travelling around Australia. I’d never have seen all the incredible things I saw, had so many amazing experiences and met some really awesome people. And you know what the funny thing is? I now realise that I would have HATED that job. Yes, ok, it paid well, but I had no interest at all in the company (they made hearing aids!!) and would have been bored out of my mind pretty soon.

So, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time, not getting that job really was the very best thing that could have happened.

And that’s what I keep reminding myself today. Ok, so my plans have all gone belly up, but maybe there’s a very good reason for that and I’m going to trust that the Universe knows what is best for me and will bring it to me at exactly the right time. :)

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