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I try to be mindful in my life and activities every day ‘try to be in the moment’, it doesn’t always work out, so I just start again the next day. I try not to overthink too. There are many organisations, groups and people that help me with my mindfulness – in particular, The Blurt Foundation, Spark Support and Gabrielle Treanor. I love following photo challenges, so I was thrilled to see Gabrielle has started a prompt for September 2018 – #BreatheSeptember2018 launch on Instagram. This is the third year she has run this – you can check out previous hashtags too. People get involved on twitter and facebook too.
My Previous photo challenges
I wrote about what you might want to include in a photo challenge in April 2018, when I asked if readers wanted to join in with this hashtag:
My advice for getting involved with photo challenges:
- #blurtselfcareathon – Blurt- Foundation – 1 April 2018
There’s no right or wrong way to do a photo challenge – it’s up to you. Don’t feel you have to post every day, nor does it have to be public photos. Just do whatever is best for you 🙂 Previously, I’ve joined these photo challenges:
December 2017 – On Instagram #blurtmerrrycalmness – The Blurt Foundation
January 2018 – On Instagram #savouringJanuary – @gabrielletreanor
Gabrielle writes about wellbeing, slowing down and self-care, being in the moment, mindfulness advice for overthinkers (like me). I really enjoyed this photo prompt too.
I was very surprised to see my photograph for the hashtag.
April 2018 – On Instagram #blurtselfcareathon – The Blurt Foundation
- some of my photos on this tag #blurtselfcareathon are on this blog: www.viewsfrommygardenbench.com/tag/blurtselfcareathon/
- Instagram Tag: www.instagram.com/explore/tags/blurtselfcareathon/
- Instagram: @theblurtfoundation
Most of my photos for these challenges are on this blog just look at the hashtags:
- views from my garden bench #Blurtmerrycalmness
- views from my garden bench – #Blurtselfcareathon
- views from my garden bench – #SavouringJanuary2018
Or have a look on my Instagram feed: @becinmonton/
Have a look around the hashtags on Instagram as the photos and descriptions might help you ‘take a breath’ or ‘pause’. It’s also fun to see how people interpret the prompts 🙂
#BreatheSeptember2018 – from Gabrielle Treanor
This is the new photo challenge from Gabrielle for September – so of course I’m going to get involved. The irony of following a photo challenge on Instagram when I can’t breathe, as I’ve got a horrible cold, is hilarious. Typical of me.
Here are the prompts for September? Are you going to join in?
Did you notice the mistake? two ‘nourish’ Gabrielle noticed after she’d posted – two ‘nourish’ – she wrote about it here on Instagram.
I am going to consider how I nourish myself and how I nourish other people (for Day 3 and Day 5).
My #BreatheSeptember2018 so far:
Day 1: HERE
On Instagram – I wrote ‘I am happiest in the garden – it’s a place to relax, a place to eat, to chill out, listening to music, spending time with My Chap – it is our sanctuary.
I’ve written about my garden, and what it means to me, often:
- My mindful garden -I’m in-the moment – 7 June 2018
- I waited a long time for a garden of my own – 2 February 2015
This hanging basket was planted up in summer 2013 or 2014, I don’t remember now. Certainly, I didn’t take the photo with the expectation that a cropped photo would be the header of my blog for over three years – so it just goes to show you don’t know where things will end up.
I think it might be a good idea to use a new header for the blog 😉 What do you think?
Day 2: RELAX
I find sewing very relaxing but I can only do small projects so I can see the end of finishing them. I hand sew everything; I’m slow but I enjoy it. I can use a sewing machine – my mum taught me in the 1980s but I’ve not touched one since.
It seems appropriate that as I start #BreatheSeptember2018 I start this I hope I’ll finish it before the end of September, as it really fits the theme and sums up why I ‘need’ to be in the hills, in the garden and outside – It’s why I try every day to #OneHourOutside
The pack came as part of a Blurt Foundation Buddy Box – I’ve had these every month for a couple of years.
- when you’re not in the pink – Buddy Boxes from the Blurt Foundation – 13 December 2017
Check back at the end of September to see whether I finish the banner 🙂
Petunias – In a Vase on Monday – 3 September 2018
Day 3: NOURISH
Even when I’m feeling ill I try to get outside into the garden, picking flowers for my Vase on a Monday or deadheading or watering. I feel calm in the garden – even if the neighbours are making a racket, mowing lawns, dogs barking – it’s urban where we are. Our garden nourishes me. I’ve been feeling so rough with a cold I only nipped out for about 15 minutes today to pick flowers and take some photos.
In the vase are: Petunia ‘Purple Vein’, ‘Midnight’, ‘Hot Pink’ and the vase is a small square glass vase about 15cms.
As usual, I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this link up with garden bloggers from all around the world. The idea is to pick some plants from your garden/locality and place them in a vase (or another receptacle).
The range of flowers and plants from around the world are staggering, as are people’s inventiveness about finding vases, jugs and pots to use. I’ve been joining in with this meme since not long after I started my blog in early 2015.
Have a look around In a Vase in Monday – the photos and stories may nourish you too.
Are you going to Join me in #BreatheSeptember2018? Or another photo challenge? What nourishes you?
What do you do to relax? Let me know in the comments
love Bec xx xx xx
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