What A Transformation! Miracles And Magical Stuff

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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

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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

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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!

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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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In Case You Need Reminding, You Are Doing Brilliantly!

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How did it get to be nearly the end of February already?!

I woke up today with a panicky feeling that this year is slipping away so quickly and it might pass in the blink of an eye without anything much changing in my life. And that is just not on. Because this is the year when everything changes… big time. I’ve decided! :)

I want to write more blog posts, I want to create more silk paintings, I want to be able to call myself an artist and sell my work. I want to write a book, or at least start writing something. I want to exercise more, get out of the house more, socialise more, meet new people, travel more, get more done in my days, have more energy, heal quicker and achieve many more of the 100 goals I set myself at the beginning of the year.

However, with all this striving for more, all I seem to be doing is putting a lot of pressure on myself and not giving myself credit for everything I’ve achieved in the past few months already. Like moving into my own place, adapting to living on my own (something that was unthinkable just a few years ago as I was too ill to look after myself). Being able to go out for walks most days, getting out of the house frequently instead of rarely, staying awake during the days (I used to have to rest for a few hours every afternoon and now I only need to do this very occasionally). AND selling my first silk painting online within an hour of listing it. Woohoo! :) Really, there have been so many miraculous, humungous changes in my life, so it’s funny how I seem to forget all about them when I’m looking at things from a wonky, un-Pollyanna-ish perspective.

When this happens I first have to notice myself doing it, which isn’t all that hard seeing as this type of thinking is always accompanied by not so happy feelings. Once I’ve caught myself in the act, I next lovingly tell myself to stop, take a deep breath and chill the heck out. Because the truth of the matter is that I am doing amazingly well. Sure, I’d love to be able to do more and be more, but right here, right now, with the energy, time and resources I have, I am doing the very best I can and that makes it plenty good enough.

Just telling myself that and writing these words allows me to let go of all the panicky, worried, time-is-running out kinda feelings and I can just relax in the knowledge that I am exactly where I need to be and I’m doing just great. Phew!

And here’s what I’d like to say to you today. You are doing brilliantly too. Regardless of all the stuff in your life you haven’t got done yet, or the fact that you might not have things together, or you mess up sometimes, or whatever it is, please stop for a minute, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are doing your very best right now, right where you are and that makes it more than good enough. Then, think back over all the little things you have achieved this year so far and give yourself a much deserved pat on the back. (And now…..relax!) ;)

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To Thine Own Blog Be True

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog lately and wondering which direction I’d like to go with it. As you may know by now, The Pollyanna Plan sprung into life in January 2013 when I set myself the challenge to find a reason to feel glad/happy/joyful every single day for 1 whole year and write a blog post about it. Yep, there were 365 reasons and 365 blog posts. Phew!

You see, I had struggled with chronic illness (namely Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Hashimoto’s Disease – an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid) for a long, long time and my life had effectively been on pause since the beginning of 2007 as my health got progressively worse. Some days, just getting out of bed and doing everyday stuff like having a shower was too much for me. I’d tried so many different things to heal – I’d been to regular doctors, specialists and tried countless different alternative therapies, some of them pretty crazy and bizarre, but nothing really seemed to help very much.

That’s when I decided to stop giving my power away. To stop waiting for someone to come and make me better and get on with the business of healing myself. And so a series of events (you can read about them here) led me to starting The Pollyanna Plan as a kind of experiment, to see whether the power of happy, positive feelings and a bucket load of gratitude could improve my health and life in some small way.

And guess what? It really, really did. You see the thing with focusing on all the good stuff in life and all the stuff that is going right is that it attracts more of those things to you. In effect, you become an appreciation magnet – you give out those happy, grateful vibes and you attract right back to you more things to appreciate and feel thankful for. I attracted so many things to me that helped with my healing – information, courses, new discoveries about countless food intolerances I never even knew I had and a wonderful nutritional medicine/functional medicine practitioner – all of which I am so very thankful for.

And this is the part where I’m in two minds as to what to blog about. You see through all this I have learnt A LOT about how to heal from autoimmune disease. I’ve been following different protocols, trying different diets (some which have helped hugely, others not so much) and part of me wants to share all of this information with you.

I also have a feeling that blogging about stuff like that would probably get me loads of new followers and a higher profile for this blog (which is a little bit tempting I have to be honest) but that was never what The Pollyanna Plan was about.

And here’s the big BUT about that approach. Even though I’d be writing about recovery, I’d also have to write a lot about illness and from everything I’ve learnt about law of attraction, I know that’s the very last thing I need to be doing. I would be writing from a positive standpoint of course, but I’d still be subconsciously focusing on illness and seeing myself as someone who needs to be healed (thereby attracting more of needing to be healed) rather than seeing myself as completely well and healthy.

Also, I firmly believe that we are all completely and amazingly unique, so even if someone has the same diagnosis as I do, what works for me may not work for them at all. And, believe me, I know how disheartening it is to read about someone’s recovery, try the very thing they are doing and have no success with it whatsoever. So, there we have my dilemma.

But, as always seems to happen when I start pouring my thoughts onto paper (or onto screen, in this case) I have realised something. And that something is that instead of writing about things I think I “should” write about, I need to be true to myself. And being true to myself (and my blog) means keeping my thoughts and vibes firmly focused on wellness, gratitude and all things happy and positive. YAY!

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So that is what I shall be doing. I will of course keep you up to date with my progress and share with you any spiritual/law of attraction/personal growth type tidbits I come across that I find beneficial and that I hope will help you too.

All in all, this little chat of ours has helped me enormously, because it’s also made me realise that I need to apply the “to thine own self be true” motto (thank you Shakespeare) to every area of my life. No more doing things I think I “should” do and certainly no more doing things that don’t feel right to me. It’s taken me 35 years, but I now know what it feels like to be true to myself and I’m going with that feeling every time.

Thank you so much for listening. It’s always good to have a friend to talk to when you’re making big decisions. :)

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This Is Your Year To Dream Big

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This morning, I spent some time writing out a big, long list of all the wonderful, fun, exciting (and also little bit scary) things I’d love to do this year. It was so much fun! :)

To start with I could only think of a handful of things, but as I put pen to paper (well, I confess I made the list on my laptop, so it was actually putting fingers to keyboard), it was as if somebody turned on the tap and my tiny, modest trickle of ideas soon became a steady, flowing stream. I began with things that felt realistic to me, and it was more like a to-do list than anything else. But soon, a smile spread across my face as I started to dream bigger. Some things on my list were silly, some were fun, some were spiritual, others more practical, some were everyday things, then came the life long goals. And it wasn’t long before I was typing in a flurry and adding amazing things I’d never even thought to dream of before. I’m currently up 61 wonderful things I’d love to do in 2015. Yippee!

I’m about to finish off my list now and I intend to get to 100. This may seem like a lot, but whether I achieve them all is neither here nor there. The fun is in the dreaming, in the expectation of exciting  things to come, in the process of creating and manifesting. That is where the magic happens. It’s what invites in unexpected surprises, blessings and gifts from the universe.

I must go and get on whilst the ideas are still buzzing round my head, but I wanted to share this with you first, as this process is so very powerful. I’ve found that it’s the best way to get all my hopes and dreams out of my head and into reality.

So, what are some of the things you’d LOVE to do in 2015 to make it your best year ever? Go grab yourself a notepad and pen and get scribbling, or tap away on your keyboard. Remember to dream big and have fun with it – that’s the most important part.

If you’d like to share some of  your ideas here I’d love to hear from you. Happy dream making! :D

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