The Pollyanna 30 Day Challenge

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One of my reasons to feel happy and grateful today is this lovely write up by fellow blogger, Liz, about The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge (Thank you!!)

As Liz says, it’s never too late to join in the challenge, so if you’re interested in taking part and you’d like to share in all the happy, joyful, gratefulness, then please come on over to the Facebook group.

Oh and don’t forget to pop along and follow The Blog of Happy Things for more reasons to celebrate all the good things in life. :)

Originally posted on The Blog of Happy Things:

So the other day I spotted a post on lovely blog The Pollyanna Plan about a 30 day happiness challenge, which sounded right up my street. The challenge started on Tuesday and works through a private Facebook group, where each day members write a post or share a photo about something they’re thankful for.

This idea is obviously nothing new; I did the 100 Happy Days challenge last year, and there are always similar mini-challenges going round on Facebook. And they’re all great, because anything that makes you focus on the positive, even if you’ve had a rubbish day, can only be a good thing.

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But what I particularly like about this challenge is that it’s not just a bunch of people talking into a void; it’s a community, with members from all over the world. So each time you post, it’s not just you who gets to enjoy your happy thing; other…

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Making The Not So Fun Stuff, Fun!

“In every job that must be done. There is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.”
A Spoonful Of Sugar – Mary Poppins

I have to admit that I know all of the words to all of the songs from Mary Poppins, as well as most of the words to the film. Yep, I’ve watched it that many times. :)

One of my favourite moments is the scene where Mary Poppins sings “A Spoonful Of Sugar”. You know the one where she snaps her fingers and all the toys and clothes magically fly back into their rightful places, the beds make themselves and even the pictures on the wall get straightened. It looks so much fun and I’ve tried tidying up my bedroom that way many times over the years. Needless to say, I’m still working on it!

But even if I haven’t quite got the snapping finger thing down yet (never say never!), I think there’s definitely something to learn from all of this.

Life isn’t always filled with excitement and wonderful things to do. Sometimes we have to mop floors, do the ironing, fill out boring paperwork, have meetings with our bank and tidy up our bedrooms. Today I have to do a combination of all of these not-so-thrilling tasks and I really, REALLY wasn’t looking forward to any of them. But then I came across this picture on Pinterest and it was as if the Universe was sending me a gentle reminder:

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Suddenly I remembered the scene from the movie, the catchy song, the finger snapping and how things can be fun if I intend them to be. So, instead of dreading all the things I have to get done today, I’m actually quite looking forward to them.

I’m sprinkling a little Mary Poppins magic around and playing a “how much fun can I make this?” game, where even the most tiresome jobs have the potential to be enjoyable. I’m going to iron, tidy and clean whilst singing and dancing to my favourite songs, I’m going to fill out paperwork with a smile and time myself to see how fast I can do it and I’m definitely going to try and brighten up someone’s day at the bank.

So why not ask yourself the same question today and see how much fun you can make the not so fun stuff? :)

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Are You Looking For A Fun, Positive, 30 Day Challenge With Life Enhancing Benefits?

Are you looking for a new, fun, positive challenge with life enhancing benefits? Then look no further….

On Tuesday 21st July 2015 we are beginning another Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge on Facebook. Eeek! It’s exciting! :)

The challenge is to find one reason (or lots of reasons if you’re feeling adventurous) to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for 30 days. Yep, that’s 30 glad/happy/joyful reasons to look for, focus on and enjoy. Hoorah! :D

It really is a lot of fun and a fantastic way to get into the habit of practising appreciation daily. I also believe that the power of gratitude is multiplied when we share our happy, grateful reasons with each other and, I’m not just saying this, but the members of The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge group are some of the most positive, kind, caring, funny and inspirational people I know. :)

Time can be an issue for some members, so posts can be just a few short words, a photo, or as long and detailed as you like. Oh and before I forget to mention, the group is “closed”, which means that only the members of the group will be able to see your posts. Fear not, your posts won’t be broadcast to all your Facebook friends in their news feeds. ;)

So, if you’d like to join us in playing The Glad Game then please comment below and follow this link to the group on Facebook. Can’t wait to see you there! :) Please feel free to spread the word. The more the merrier!

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Below are some testimonials from members who took part in the first Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Group in April 2014:

“The Pollyanna Plan 30-day Challenge is a great way to apply the art of gratitude into your everyday life! Not only was I finding reasons to be grateful each day, but there was also a large group of people who were there to join me in the 30-day journey. It was great to read their posts about why they were feeling grateful each day, and it was wonderful to receive their feedback and support. I would strongly recommend this program…you’ll be seeing the glass half full by the end of taking this challenge!”

“Posting daily what I am grateful for has elevated my vibration in a positive way. I know that I have the support of all the other members and we rejoice in each other’s reasons for gratefulness. I think it has made me even calmer about life knowing that I can see every single day many things that I am grateful and appreciative of in my life.”

“The Pollyana Plan has been 30 days of magic. I am truly grateful for this experience because the people in this group have brought so much love and joy into my life. If you were feeling down you only needed to read the posts of all the amazing members and you couldn’t help but be uplifted. I would recommend this group to anybody if they are looking to improve their lives. Most of the members have kept going past the 30 days because we have all seen so much improvement in our lives that we want to keep going. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of this group. Thank you for this honour!”

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What A Transformation! Miracles And Magical Stuff

This morning, as I was walking along the beautiful Algarvean cliff tops near my home with my super cute dog Frankie, I had a flashback to one of the first blog posts I ever wrote. It was from Day 2 of The Pollyanna Plan and my reason to feel glad/happy/joyful that day was that I felt well enough to go for a short walk on the beach with my mum and my dogs. Doesn’t sound like much really, does it? But I remember that day so well.

I’d been struggling with chronic illness (namely Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Hashimoto’s Disease – an autoimmune disease that destroys thyroid function) for so many years. I was too ill to work, I lived at home with my mum who supported me, looked after me and was generally wonderful in every way. I had no social life, I rarely got to see anyone and I hardly ever felt well/strong enough to leave the house. Things sucked – technical term!

That particular day was the first time I’d felt up to leaving the house for 10 long days (apart from a trip to the hospital for tests, which definitely doesn’t count) – sometimes I’d be stuck at home for weeks on end. But even though I was still suffering from extreme fatigue and I only managed a very brief walk that day, I just knew something was different. I could feel it. I knew for sure that I had taken the very first step towards something huge and miraculous and life changing.

You see, the day before I had just started an experiment to see whether positive, happy feelings really could improve my health and life. It’s how The Pollyanna Plan and this blog came about. I challenged myself to find a reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for 1 whole year and write a blog post about it (yep, I really did write a post every day for 365 days).

And today, 2 1/2 years later, as I was out walking Frankie on my own (feeling healthy, strong and confident) like I do every morning – as well as walking in the afternoons and evenings too –  I was hit by a humungous wave of gratitude and awe.

The view from my morning walk

My life has changed beyond recognition. It has completely and utterly transformed. I am now living on my own, working part time, getting out of the house daily – sometimes several times a day – I have a social life, as well as loads of other magical things. But the very best thing of all is that I feel healthy and well. I really do! I’ve even been able to considerably reduce my thyroid medication, which is amazing.

So if you’ve been wondering whether all this gratitude, positivity, law of attraction lark is worth giving a go, please take it from me that it is absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done. In just 2 1/2 years I have gone from celebrating the achievement of being able to leave the house for a very short and gentle walk, having to be accompanied by my lovely mum, to being able to walk my dog on my own easily and effortlessly 3 times a day, every single day. I couldn’t be more grateful and filled with joy. :D

PS I’ve just started up an Instagram account for The Pollyanna Plan, where I’ll be sharing photos from my walks and other cool stuff.

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The Gratitude Experiment

The gratitude experiment

Try this little experiment…

Set aside 10 minutes today to think about, write down, or (my personal favourite) talk to yourself out loud about, everything in your life you have to feel grateful for. And I really do mean EVERYTHING. From the big, exciting stuff to the very minor details. If you’re feeling a bit stuck, start with the thing/person/experience/circumstance that is the easiest for you to feel thankful and grateful for. Let yourself bask in the feeling, just relax and allow more thoughts and ideas to flow to you.

Have fun with this, turn it into a game, really ramp up those feelings of appreciation and joy. When your 10 minutes are up, take a deep breath and breathe out, releasing it to the Universe. Then get on with your day and watch what happens. :)

You see, the more time you spend feeling genuinely happy and grateful and putting those feelings out to the Universe, the more you will attract into your life things, people, events and circumstances to feel happy and grateful for. It really is magic! Towards the end of my 10 minutes I often add in a few things that haven’t even happened yet, giving thanks in advance for them, as this is a super cool way of creating what you desire.

You can combine this experiment with other stuff like doing housework, exercising or listening to music, so long as your mind, thoughts and, more importantly, feelings are firmly focused on your gratitude list.

For best results, repeat daily. :) I’d love to know how you get on.

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Face Not Reality! Part 1

Errm…excuse me life, but I have a blog to write you know? Having vowed (to myself) that I would post once a week this year, it has now been nearly 2 months since my last blog post. Oops! But what a crazy, frantic, exciting, whirlwind of a 2 months it has been.

The last time we chatted (well, I talked at you), I was experiencing a bit of a poor health blip, which I’m happy to say I bounced back from quick as a flash. :) During this time, one of my good friends from The Pollyanna Plan 30 Day Challenge Group on Facebook came up with the awesome suggestion that we try our own 30 day experiment (now we’re nearly up to 60 days), inspired by the teachings of Abraham Hicks, which goes a little something like this:

Never face reality. Ever. Or at least try your very best not to, unless your reality happens to be completely amazingly awesome. In which case, by all means face it, dance with it and roll around in it! :) Otherwise… Do. Not. Face. Reality. Ever. ebfd5931183002e247982be00ed5b106 For those uninitiated in all things Law of Attraction, this may sound a little (or a big lot) crazy. However, the point of all this is that you magnify and attract into your life more of what you focus your thoughts, feelings and vibes on. Thinking about and pouring all your precious time and energy into all the things in your current reality that aren’t going well, or are a little messy, or are a whole lot crappy, not only isn’t all that much fun, but it gets you stuck in a rut, attracting more of the same straight to you.

So, by ignoring completely all the things in your life that aren’t (yet) going according to plan and instead focusing on all the things that ARE going right for you, as well as telling yourself a new story about how you’d like things to be (pretending that they are already working out perfectly for you), in theory should help turn things around. But what about in practice?

Well, here’s how the not facing reality experiment is working out for me. In fact there’s so much I want to share with you that I’m going to split this post up.

This is Part 1:

After a few days of feeling unwell back at the beginning of March, I began IGNORING reality, which in this case was feeling ill. Instead I pretended to myself that I felt fantastic and told myself how wonderfully talented my body was at healing. When I caught myself facing reality, I kept reminding myself of my new story – that I felt perfectly strong and healthy and was having a blast doing all the things I love to do.

Naturally, at first this felt like a big, fat lie, but I was committed to the experiment, so I did it anyway. And bit by bit, I was able to stop thinking about, and focusing on illness so much and within a couple of days I was back to feeling healthy again. Really, it was that fast – incredible!

My Perfect For Me Puppy

Since I moved into my own place at the end of last year, I’ve wanted to get a dog of my own. I even wrote “getting my perfect-for-me-puppy” on the list I made at the beginning of the year of 100 wonderful things I’d love to do in 2015.

But I had specific requirements: I wanted a very small dog as I live in an apartment, preferably one that doesn’t shed hair, one who is really affectionate and likes to sit on laps, doesn’t require a huge amount of exercise and is either a puppy or still quite young.

I deliberated over getting a pedigree pup, as certain breeds fulfil all these requirements, but pedigrees are super expensive and with so many stray and abandoned dogs in Portugal, I really wanted to adopt one. However, the chances of finding such a dog were (very) slim – someone from a rescue charity actually laughed and said good luck with that!

But in the spirit of not facing reality, I wrote out my list – put it out to the Universe – and kept talking with my not-facing-reality-friend about how I was so happy and grateful that I’d found the perfect-for-me puppy. Within a few hours of this conversation, I was scrolling through the page of another dog rescue site and I saw an external appeal for the tiniest, cutest, most adorable dog I’ve ever seen. I arranged to go and visit him the next morning and as soon as we met I knew he was “The One”. :D He’s everything I wrote on that list, even down to the “no shedding” part.

This is Frankie everyone, isn’t he adorable (ok, well I am biased)?!

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Having Frankie in my life has been such a blessing, even if the first few weeks took a little adjusting to for us both – my energy had to catch up to our new routine and we both had to adjust to our “new normal” (a phrase I have adopted from another good friend from The Pollyanna Plan Facebook Group).

But now things have settled down, we are having such fun. We go on lovely long walks together across the cliff tops, we have lots of cuddles, he’s a big hit with everyone who meets him and I love him to bits (hopefully he feels the same about me).

So that’s just the start of the not facing reality experiment…there’s more to come. Keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment and if you fancy giving it a go yourself, then I’d love to hear how you get on.

Speak soon lovelies!

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

The thing about positivity is that it’s relatively easy to focus your thoughts and feelings on appreciation, gratitude and joy when life is flowing smoothly. But when you hit a bump in the road, or you get forced to take the wiggly, winding scenic route, things can get a little trickier.

Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learnt from The Pollyanna Plan is that it’s on those pesky, trickier days – the days when I feel least like being happy or optimistic and when I’m tempted to start feeling sorry for myself – that I need to make a concerted effort to turn things around. It’s on days like today when I’m stuck in bed feeling unwell that I need to summon all my Pollyanna vibes and get my happy on.

But, as Dr Seuss so rightly says: “When you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Unslumping yourself is not easily done.”

Unslumping yourself is something that takes practice, effort and a little sprinkle of creativity, because some days the gap between feeling like crap and feeling super happy and grateful is just too wide to cross in one big leap. Sometimes you need to take the little by little approach and ease yourself in gently to your good feeling place.

So, today as I was lying in bed wondering where to begin with getting my happy vibes flowing, I thought I’d look for inspiration on Pinterest. That’s when I came across this photo of a beautiful beach and it hit me – “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”.

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And just like that I was off…in my mind…imagining all the wonderful places I will go, collecting pictures and day dreaming. As the brain can’t tell the difference between real and imagined experiences (weird but true) I honestly could feel myself feeling happier and more optimistic with each minute that passed and with each beautiful place I found.

I know that this little health blip is exactly that – a blip. It will pass. I will feel healthy again very soon. And in the meantime, I’m off on my imaginary travels feeling (and looking, of course) fantastic! Result! :)

So if you’re feeling kinda slumpy today, why not come with me? Oh! The Places we will go…

Star gazing on Song Saa Island in Cambodia:

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Watching the sun set over Florence in Italy.

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Stopping off for a refreshing dip on this Greek Island.

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And watching the Northern Lights from a glass igloo:

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And you know what? Suddenly I’ve found my reason to feel glad/happy/joyful today – this amazingly beautiful planet we are privileged to live on.

I’m open to suggestions, so please feel free to let me know where you’d like to visit by leaving a comment or a picture below.

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
-Dr Seuss

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