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Day 52 and 53 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Day 52 and 53 of 365 Days of Gratitude

I’m all over the place lately. At boxing this morning (sorry Helen) I could not remember a single instruction. What’s so hard about – jab/cross, hook/hook, upper/upper? I think it’s because I have so many things on my mind.

I hate to say, “I’m so busy.” I think we all are and it’s not that (plus isn’t it irritating when people say it all the time and you’ve just done a million things more than them and you’re exhausted?). I think it’s really about the creative side of my head running ideas around while I’m doing other things.

I guess with exercise you can give it your all, but be thinking of other things. Am I wrong or right?

It’s not like I’m actually thinking of hitting someone when I’m boxing (though that can make you hit harder) it’s more like: Oh, did I lock my car? Will I have time to blog after my shower when I get home? Did I let the dog out before I left? But usually for me (as a writer) I could be wondering if my characters are happy with what I made them do. Were my scenes believable and real. That froggie reminds me I should put a frog in the jungle scene (froggie is a tortuous exercise that mimics a frog bouncing but you must keep your bum down).Will anyone ever read my book? Hey, but that’s just me.

What do you think of while you’re doing something else? (and no I am not talking about sex, well unless that’s what you’d like to discuss).

Joy, happiness, Donna Munro writer
This isn’t the sharpest photo but it’s priceless. Mahli was chasing me around. I think Bevil caught us at just the right time.

Day 52 I am grateful for:

Last nights leftovers saved in the fridge, because then it’s a simple matter of adding, salad greens, avocado and fetta and I have a healthy, yummy lunch. (It is annoying when I leave them out and have nothing to put in my salad).

Day 53 I am grateful for:

Rising early and getting lots of things done, because it’s not just about exercising. There were also two loads of washing, dishes in the sink, make the bed (can’t leave the house without the bed made and pillows fluffed), breaky (my new favourite oats, oatbran, black chia seeds, cacao nibs, moist coconut flakes, hot chili powder [just a tiny sprinkle] all soaked in coconut water [Cocobella is the best] for 15 minutes, add to the Umoja Writing Competition blog [in hiatus this year], check emails, plan an article, check social media and all this between 5.30-8.30. What was I saying about busy earlier? (okay yawn!).

And just because I’m in the writing mood – here’s five writing prompts.

  • What if someone robbed you? What happens next?
  • Your dog comes home dragging an unknown puppy. Were did it come from? Will you try to find out or keep it?
  • What’s your fantasy?
  • The sky turns green. Is it aliens? Is it just a summer storm with hail? Is it the end of the world?
  • Children are so cute. Write about one.

Get writing, get exercising, start eating well, get organised, chill, have fun – do what makes you happy!


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Day 47 to 51 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Day 47 to 51 of 365 Days of Gratitude

kick fit, Hammer Fit, Chelsea Hackett, fitness, Muay Thai
Hammer Fit at Wise Force Gym, Burleigh Heads. Australian Muay Thai Champion and our PT/Instructor Chelsea Hackett out front. Yep, my little head and thumbs up to the left (we were very sweaty). Photo by Chelsea Hackett.

February is almost over. Can you believe it will be March in under a fortnight? Time certainly flies so make the most of every moment. I didn’t find much gratitude on Friday (it was ‘one of those days’) but I did choose to find something, and you can too. Even a bad day has to have at least one positive. Maybe it’s a lesson learned or just a blooming flower in your garden. Find it; it’s there somewhere.

Day 47 I am grateful for:

Another early morning sunrise, because Thursday mornings I go walking with my friend Sue and it’s early enough to catch the sunrise as we round the bend at the Alley (Currumbin Beach). What a great place to start a day!

Day 48 I am grateful for:

Nothing (just kidding) – for morning bootcamp that had me aching all over, because we used lots of weights and at my age weights will build strength and help me live a longer healthier life.

Day 49 I am grateful for:

Finishing the book I’m reading while lying in a shallow pool, because I just love books and Saturday was hot. The smell of the sprinkler on the dry grass was amazing.

sprinkler, summer, donna munro writer
Sprinkler water like diamonds in the sky.

Day 50 I am grateful for:

Registering my CIP, because now my book is registered with the National Library of Australia, it’s a real book. I’m so excited. Grateful, grateful, grateful!

Day 51 I am grateful for:

Early morning kick fit, because our trainer Chelsea Hackett is an inspiration (she won her weight division in the Australian Muay Thai championships over the weekend. Congrats Chels, you are amazing.

I’d like to mention too; the group of women who train at Hammer Fit are the most supportive, encouraging, motivated group of women I have ever trained with. No-one complains. Everyone has a dig. There’s no negativity just lots of positive vibes. We come from all walks of life and in all different shapes and sizes, but we all want the best for each other. All women need to take note; build each other up, not tear each other down. Be kind always.

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Beach Bootcamp with Hammer Fit Summer 2016.

What are you doing to keep fit?

Find a group like Hammer Fit and you’ll always want to turn up.