A TO Z CHALLENGE - Z FOR ZERO IN ON YOUR TARGET

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and Z for Zero in on your target, and go for it!

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - Z FOR ZERO IN ON YOUR TARGET

The very last letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is Z for Zero in on your target, and go for it! This one definitely applies to tackling the A to Z Challenge - the target was to reach the end and write that final, elusive "Z" post and it's been my focus for the last few weeks. Zeroed in, narrowed down, nose to the grindstone, eye on the target.....and it's been worth it because here I am at the end of April and writing my last post for the Challenge!

A TO Z CHALLENGE - Y FOR YOU ARE UNIQUE

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and Y is for You are unique, nothing can replace you.

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - Y FOR YOU ARE UNIQUE

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is Y is for You are unique, nothing can replace "You". The world we live in tries to tell us how we should look, how we should think, how we should feel, and how we should behave. People are so busy trying to impress each other and trying to be what others expect, that they forget who they truly are - or maybe they never found out in the first place.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - X FOR XCELLENCE IN YOUR EFFORTS

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and X for Xcellence in all your efforts

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - X FOR XCELLENCE IN YOUR EFFORTS

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is X for Xcellence in all your efforts. The Dalai Lama cheated a bit with this one - but hey, no-one's perfect and if he can cheat then it's okay for me to go along for the ride and write about Xcellence and aiming for the best in everything you do.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - W FOR WHEN YOU LOSE

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and W for When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - W FOR WHEN YOU LOSE

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is W for When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. This is an important one because losing is always seen as a negative, but if you turn it around slightly you can see the positive aspects - lessons learned, wisdom gained, and knowing what didn't work so you can focus on what will.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - V FOR VISUALISE IT

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and V for Visualise it and focus

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - V FOR VISUALISE IT 

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is V forVisualise it and focus. This one was a bit tricky for me - I'm not much of a visualiser. I'm big on planning and having my ducks in a row. I don't like surprises, and having a Plan A and Plan B lined up ready for any contingencies really appeals to me. Visualising on the other hand is more about knowing what you want and then narrowing it down to how you're going to get there.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE LINK PARTY #13

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WELCOME

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 13! This is a party that's about generously supporting and encouraging each other's blogging journey.

We are VERY focused on finding Midlife Lifestyle bloggers who want to be part of a proactive group who care about each other and are interested in connecting and supporting each other. If you're unsure if this is for you then please have a read of my intro post that explains things in more detail.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - U FOR UNDERSTAND YOURSELF

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and U for Understand yourself in order to better understand others
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MY A-Z CHALLENGE - U FOR UNDERSTAND YOURSELF

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is for Understand yourself in order to better understand others. For me this all comes back to being your authentic self. If you are true to who you are, if you take responsibility for your thoughts and actions, then you have a clearer perspective on the world and the people you encounter.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - T FOR TAKE CONTROL

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and T for Take control of your own destiny
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MY A-Z CHALLENGE - T FOR TAKE CONTROL

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is T for Take control of your own destiny. This follows right on from Stop Procrastinating - life doesn't stay still waiting for us to make up our minds about what we want to do. Every day that passes while we dither is a day we'll never get back. We may think it will take too much time to become proficient in a new area, or to learn a new skill, but if we never start we'll never know what we're capable of achieving.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - S FOR STOP PROCRASTINATING

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and S for Stop Procrastinating
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MY A-Z CHALLENGE - S FOR STOP PROCRASTINATING

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is S for Stop Procrastinating. This one is something I've gotten better at as I've hit Midlife. Time becomes more precious as you get older and wasting it while you sit around twiddling your thumbs, putting off the inevitable, just seems to be unacceptable these days.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - R FOR REMEMBER SILENCE

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and R for Remember Silence is sometimes the best answer

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - R FOR REMEMBER SILENCE

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is R for Remember Silence is sometimes the best answer. This is the perfect piece of advice we can take on board when it comes to social media. How many times have we seen a post thrown up by someone with a bee in their bonnet, that is just asking for a response.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - Q FOR QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and Q for Quality Not Quantity

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - Q FOR QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is Q for Quality Not Quantity. This is another piece of advice that can apply to many different areas of life. As we become more concerned with the legacy we're leaving behind, we realize that we need to invest in less and at the same time, put more effort into the areas we consider to be important.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - P FOR PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and P for Practice makes Perfect.

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - P FOR PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is P for Practice makes Perfect. This is an oldie but a goodie because we all know that nothing happens overnight - but if you put enough effort into it, you will achieve what you set out to do.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE LINK PARTY #12

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WELCOME

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 12! This is a party that's about generously supporting and encouraging each other's blogging journey.

We are VERY focused on finding Midlife Lifestyle bloggers who want to be part of a proactive group who care about each other and are interested in connecting and supporting each other. If you're unsure if this is for you then please have a read of my intro post that explains things in more detail.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - O FOR OPEN YOUR EYES

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and O for Open Your Eyes

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - O FOR OPEN YOUR EYES

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is O for Open Your Eyes. I didn't quite know where to start with this one. So, when in doubt I go with the KISS principle and look for the simplest answer. And that relates directly back to what the Dalai Lama wants us to learn from this.....don't over complicate everything - look for the simple solution and take things at face value.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - N FOR NEVER LIE, STEAL OR CHEAT

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and N for Never Lie, Steal or Cheat
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MY A-Z CHALLENGE - N FOR NEVER LIE, STEAL OR CHEAT

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is N for Never Lie, Steal or Cheat. This one is a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned. Why would anyone want to lie, steal or cheat? Well, it turns out that not everyone thinks like I do, and they'll use whatever methods they can to get ahead.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - M FOR MAKE IT HAPPEN

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and M for Make It Happen

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - M FOR MAKE IT HAPPEN

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is M for Make It Happen! It's time to stop sitting around waiting for life to happen to you - it's time to step up and create the life you want to be living - only you can Make it Happen.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - L FOR LOVE YOURSELF

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and L for Love Yourself

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - L FOR LOVE YOURSELF

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is L for Love Yourself. This has always been a sticky one for me. I've been taught since the year dot that loving yourself equated to being selfish and self-centred. That people who loved themselves were self absorbed and intolerant of others.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - K FOR KEEP TRYING

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 The A to Zen of Life by the Dalai Lama - K is for Keep trying

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - K FOR KEEP TRYING

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is K for Keep Trying - no matter how hard it seems. Yesterday's post was "Just Do It" - which really focused in on making a start - today's post is about building on that start - because everything in life is a journey (not just a beginning or an end).

A TO Z CHALLENGE - J FOR JUST DO IT!

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and J is for Just Do It.

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - J FOR JUST DO IT

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is J for -Just do it! We're all familiar with the Nike logo and their slogan - "Just Do It!" - it's so well known that the Dalai Lama must have thought there was some merit in it. If he thinks so and Nike thinks so, let's stop procrastinating and get on board with it too. Make a start and Just Do It!

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE LINK PARTY #11

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WELCOME

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 11! This is a party that's about generously supporting and encouraging each other's blogging journey.

We are VERY focused on finding Midlife Lifestyle bloggers who want to be part of a proactive group who care about each other and are interested in connecting and supporting each other. If you're unsure if this is for you then please have a read of my intro post that explains things in more detail.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - I FOR IF OPPORTUNITY DOESN'T KNOCK...

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and I for - If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - I FOR IF OPPORTUNITY DOESN'T KNOCK

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is I for - If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. This is a quote Milton Berle is famous for - and it all comes back to being pro-active. We need to get out and make life happen, rather than sitting around waiting for our fairy godmother to arrive and wave her magic wand.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - H FOR HANG ON TO YOUR DREAMS

#AtoZChallenge - 2018 and H for Hang On To Your Dreams

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - H FOR HANG ON TO YOUR DREAMS

The next letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is H for Hang on to your dreams. This one can mean a lot of different things to different people and I guess it comes down to asking the question - "What are your dreams?" If you don't know what you hold in your heart and aspire to achieve, then you have nothing to hang on to.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - G FOR GIVE MORE

#AtoZChallenge - the A to Zen of life via the Dalai Lama - G is for Give More

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - GIVE MORE THAN YOU PLANNED TO

The seventh letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is G for Give More than you planned to. Don't be stingy in your giving and don't resent or put conditions on what you give.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - F FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

#AtoZChallenge - the A to Zen of Life via the Dalai Lama - F is for Friends and Family

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - F IS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

The sixth letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is F for Family and Friends - "they are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches". The Dalai Lama hit the nail on the head with this one - relationships are what life is all about aren't they?

A TO Z CHALLENGE - E FOR ENJOY LIFE TODAY

 the A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) - E is for Enjoy Life Today

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - E FOR ENJOY LIFE TODAY

The fifth letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is E for Enjoy life today - yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. It’s all about living in the moment – something that I have been learning to do more over the last few years. 

Worrying about what happened yesterday, or trying to have a plan in place for any contingency that may arise tomorrow has been my modus operandi forever. Now I want to let all that go and just focus on the day I’m living in.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - D FOR DON’T GIVE UP

#AtoZChallenge - D is for Don't give up and Don't give in.

MY A-Z CHALLENGE - D IS FOR DON’T GIVE UP 

The fourth letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is D for Don’t give up and Don’t give in. I confess to being a bit of a quitter at times and this one is a bit of a kick in the pants for me.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE LINK PARTY #10

Midlife - Share The Love Link Party - an exclusive party for Midlife Bloggers


WELCOME

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 10! This is a party that's about generously supporting and encouraging each other's blogging journey.

We are VERY focused on finding Midlife Lifestyle bloggers who want to be part of a proactive group who care about each other and are interested in connecting and supporting each other. If you're unsure if this is for you then please have a read of my intro post that explains things in more detail.

A TO Z CHALLENGE – C FOR CONSIDER EVERY ANGLE

The #AtoZChallenge - C is for Consider things from every angle

MY A-Z CHALLENGE – C IS FOR CONSIDER  

The third letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is C for Consider Every Angle. This is something that you learn as you get older and wiser – you find out that there is often more than one way to skin a cat (as the old saying goes).

A TO Z CHALLENGE – B FOR BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

#AtoZChallenge - B is for Believe in Yourself and Succeed

MY A-Z CHALLENGE – B FOR BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

The second letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is B for Believe in Yourself. This seems so simple and straightforward – the Millennial Generation does it without even trying, but for those of us with self-esteem issues it can be a tough one.

A TO Z CHALLENGE - A FOR AVOID NEGATIVITY

The #AtoZChallenge - A is for Avoid Negativity in people, places and habits
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A FOR AVOID NEGATIVE SOURCES, PEOPLE, AND HABITS

The first letter of my A to Zen of Life (via the Dalai Lama) is A for Avoid Negative sources, people, places and habits – it seems like a bit of a cop-out, but there are times when avoidance is the only way to create some peace and serenity in your life.