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Monday Mindfulness ~ July 8, 2019

Hello, everyone! It feels like it has been SO long since my last Monday Mindfulness post (…and it has been. This is the first one in a month, I must admit!), but happily it is back once again.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts from time to time, my partner Nick and I have been on a six month sabbatical from our regular work since early March. Those who’ve been following will also know that we’ve been traveling around a bit throughout this time, and that we will continue to be fairly nomadic until early September. Sometimes we have internet access, other times we don’t so much… so naturally it’s disrupted my typical writing, creating, and posting schedule!

Nick and I have just recently returned from Sweden, and soon we are off to Iceland for the final month and a half of our sabbatical. I’ve got a few days now before we go during which I’d like to get a handful of posts up or at least scheduled for that time away, just in case there isn’t much time or connectivity when we’re out and about in remote places during our volunteering stint.

Anyway, without further ado, this week’s thought for the moment comes from A.A. Milne, creator of much-beloved Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. That bear of supposedly little brain sure does have a whole lot of valuable wisdom. I really love this quote.

Until next time, may you all enjoy a very happy, healthy week ahead!

A.A. Milne - Piglet was Comforted by This

Monday Mindfulness ~ June 3, 2019

Hello again, everyone. I really hope that this fresh Monday Mindfulness finds you well, healthy, and content!

I recently wrote about a couple of TED talks which spoke to me and my wandering mind – you can check that post out here if you missed it – one of which was presented by digital nomad, speaker, and author Marianne Cantwell. Following on from that, I really felt like sharing this quote from her site with you all.

It’s a great one to ponder! Do you feel like this shift in thinking is applicable to any aspect of your life? 

Marianne Cantwell - Weaknesses are Just Strengths in the Wrong Environment

Do You Have Many Interests? Ever Feel a Bit Out of Place? Here are 2 TED Talks Worth Watching.

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Yesterday was a bit of a mixed bag. Sometimes, whether I like it or not, something less-than-ideal happens within an otherwise fine day – an injustice or unkindness big, small, or even infinitesimal – that flips on the anxiety switch inside my brain. Even though I have the presence of mind to acknowledge that the issue, whatever it may be, is not worth devoting several hours of unproductive overthinking to it, I unfortunately let myself get carried away all the same.

As some of you will know, moderate generalized anxiety is something I live with in the day-to-day. While I generally have a very good handle on it, there can be times when it rears its ugly head and I’m ill-prepared to face it. Yesterday afternoon, something relatively minor in the grand scheme of things happened, leading me to feel off-kilter the rest of the day. Rather than giving in fully, however, I decided to throw on a fuzzy robe, kick back with a lovely grapefruit gin and tonic and some chocolate, and watch TED talk after talk until I was feeling more in-control of my headspace once again.

I’d like to share with you all now a few of the talks that really spoke to me, in the hope that you too might benefit from them. These will be especially impactful for folks like me, the ‘generalists’ or ‘multipotentialites’ who chafe at that seemingly all-important question that society asks us from an early age: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I can tell you that at 29, I still don’t know what I want to do when I ‘grow up,’ and what’s more I’m slowly becoming less fussed about not knowing what one thing I want to pursue the rest of my working days. I have many interests but no specialty, and that’s OK. I continue to switch industries every few years, and that’s OK too.

While society often tells me I should be ashamed or embarrassed that I’m 29 and have in a relatively brief span of life worked in several disparate fields – archaeology, library science, customer service, adventurous activities instruction/experiential education, freelance writer – I’m gradually feeling less of these limiting emotions, instead moving to embrace the mantra: ‘You do you, boo.’ 

If anything that I’m saying now speaks to you in some positive way, then I hope you’ll gather a few nuggets of wisdom from the following talks.  Read More

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 27, 2019

Hello, and good afternoon everyone!

If you’re reading this from the States, then I hope you’re having a nice Memorial Day weekend – and if you’re reading from the UK, then I hope you’re enjoying your May Bank Holiday weekend!

Wherever you may be around the world, whether you’re having an extended weekend or not, I hope that this week’s Monday Mindfulness finds you well. Today’s thought of the moment comes to us from Mark Black. 

Remember – it’s OK to relax, rest, and simply do something you enjoy, purely for enjoyment’s sake!

Mark Black - Most Productive Thing You Can Do

4 Things You Can Do To Help Protect the Planet’s Biodiversity

Did you know that May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, and that according to the United Nations 2011-2020 is the Decade on Biodiversity? Until a short while ago, I certainly didn’t!

Inspired by this newly stumbled upon information, I’ve done a bit of research and come up with several actions that we as concerned individuals can take to help protect this amazing planet’s diversity and abundance of life. There are of course many other positive habits that we can adopt as well, so if you feel inspired to do more after reading this post, then please do act! And, as ever, please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below. 

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A Fundraiser in Support of The Woodland Trust for My 29th Birthday

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Hello, everyone. Megan here, sharing something a little bit different with you all today on account of a certain other day coming up.

You see, Thursday, May 23rd will be my 29th birthday. Around this time last year I decided to do a small fundraiser for a favorite charity of mine, The Woodland Trust, which I have been a supporter of since 2016. With your generous help, I was able to raise £75 for this great cause. This year, I’m hoping to match that amount – or perhaps even surpass it.

The Woodland Trust really does vitally important work, in my humble opinion. Created in 1972, it is now the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, helping to restore ancient woodlands and create lots of new native woodlands too. If you would like to know more about what they do, please check them out via the link provided.

If you can donate a small amount to this cause, it will be immensely appreciated. And if you can’t or don’t wish to donate but would be happy to share a link to my JustGiving page with others, your kindness would also be greatly appreciated.

In advance, many thanks!

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Monday Mindfulness ~ May 20, 2019

It’s Monday – and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s time for the latest installment of Monday Mindfulness.

Today’s thought for the moment comes to us from Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, logician, and Nobel Laureate of Literature. 

Thank you so much for stopping by once again, folks. Wishing you all a happy, healthy week ahead, hopefully filled with mental clarity!

Bertrand Russell - Wiser People So Full of Doubts

Montenegro: 7 Great Big Reasons to Visit This Little Gem

7 Reasons to Visit Montenegro

Zdravo, fellow wanderers!

Those of you who’ve been following my meanderings on Instagram will know that I’ve just spent 18 days adventuring in Montenegro, hence the scarcity of posts these past few weeks. It’s funny I didn’t manage to create and post much over the course of that time, seeing as I was based out of a co-working space for much of it! For me though, immersion in a place I’m visiting is always key; it’s important to be mindful not just when at home, but when traveling too!

Anyway, without further ado, here are 7 reasons that I feel you should consider visiting Montenegro – a small country with a whole lot to offer! Read More

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 6, 2019

Hello, fellow wanderers in the Cathedral Grove.

Firstly, my sincere apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks! My partner and I are currently about half way through our first trip to the Balkans. We’re having a wonderful time of it, but it does mean of course that I’ve been a bit distracted and not very good at keeping my site up-to-date! Thank you all very much for your patience, and I can assure you that I’m taking lots of notes and tons of photographs and as such there will be loads of fresh updates coming soon!

Anyway, as I am writing to you all from Montenegro this very moment, I thought I’d feature an apt quote I stumbled upon earlier from 19th century Prince-Bishop of Montenegro, poet, and author of several works including The Mountain Wreath, Petar II Petrović Njegoš. Behind it, you’ll see a lovely photograph of Montenegro’s Lake Skadar – not mine though, as I’ve not yet made it there but hope to later this week!

Petar II Petrović Njegoš - One Who Doesn't Travel

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 22, 2019

Hello again, all. I hope this Monday Mindfulness post finds you well. 

With yesterday having been John Muir’s birthday and today being Earth Day, this quote in particular spoke to me and seemed worthy of sharing with you all on this fine day. 

So here we have it, a lovely quote from Scottish-American naturalist and writer John Muir, whose book My First Summer in the Sierra you should really read

John Muir - We All Travel the Universe Together

Cathedral Grove Reaches 100+ Followers!

…and to celebrate, I’m giving away free e-hugs to all! 

I know it’s no free all-expenses paid trip around-the-world (…we’ll have to save that giveaway for 100,000 follows, I think…), but free hugs are also pretty great and they won’t give you jet lag so that’s nice too, I suppose.

Anyway, thank you SO much to one and all for helping me reach this meaningful milestone. 100 followers may not seem a lot to some, but it means a great deal to me. Thank you all once again for reading, liking, commenting, and sharing as you have so often done over this past year and a bit. 

And so…

*hug*

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*hug intensifies*

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 15, 2019

Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you all once again!

Hopefully, if you’ve been off this weekend you’ve had a restful time of it, and if you’ve been at work I hope that very soon you get a nice bit of time to yourself or with loved ones to unwind and recover.

This week’s thought of the moment to start our week off comes from Zen Master and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, Thich Nhat Hanh. As someone who all too often slips only semi-consciously into worrying over the past and the future, I feel that this quote offers an especially important reminder. 

Thích Nhất Hạnh - The Present Moment

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