Are you ready to flourish?

Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

By Sarah Leather

“My life is too busy”, “I have no idea what I should be doing at this stage of my life” or ‘Why does everything seem so complicated?’ are some of the comments people make when they come for coaching.

And it does seem to be much easier to live a complicated life rather than a simple one. Many women say they crave simplicity. But simplicity is neither easy to achieve or easy to define.

When I talk of simplicity many assume it is just about decluttering our material possessions. And de-cluttering is extremely important on every level (your head, your heart and your home) but more a state of mind or a path to follow for both our internal and external life.

As Leonardo DaVinci said ‘Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication’.

Our lives are pulled in so many directions. Modern life can be complicated and when we overstuff it with our multi-tasking and ‘to-do’ lists often leading us to overeat over drink or disconnect from our world just to try to calm ourselves down.

So why do we struggle with allowing simplicity in our lives instead of the busyness, striving, pushing and overwhelm? The answer lies in believing we are enough just as we are. It really can be that simple.

Here are some tips to bring more simplicity to your life:

1) De-clutter your head. Do a brain dump of everything you are carrying around, all of the tasks you plan to do, all of the events from the past you often think about, the things in the future that you are worrying about and all of the things you think you ‘should’ do. Then cross out all of the things you know you will never actually do. Schedule everything else that you desire to do. Will the things that are left from your past, let them go.

2) Look inside your handbag and purse. How much is essential? Does your purse close and is it ordered? What can you file or throw away?

3) Do a time audit on your week. What can go? Do you really have to do everything you do? Who else can do some of the tasks that you don’t enjoy?

4) When you feel overwhelm slipping in, just bring yourself back to now. Stay in this very moment and breathe. If you are driving, just drive. Turn off the radio, feel your hands on the steering wheel and feel the sensation of sitting. Just be exactly where you are and bring your mind back whenever it starts moving into the future or back to the past.

5) Take five minutes a day to just sit and do nothing. Put the timer on and sit on the couch near a window and just sit and observe. Do it every day, it just might change your life.

Simplicity is the topic of my TEDx Clonakilty talk on October 25 and also the topic of this month’s ‘Flourish’ meetings. For information on coaching or to attend a ‘Flourish’ meeting contact Sarah on 0872332023.

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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