My refugee sponsorship story has gone international with mentions on BBC and The Guardian.
I did not do this project for fame or publicity. At first I resisted publicity but now welcome it. It helps leverage. It helps get things done.
The downside is it generates a lot of volume. People read it and ask for help. Or people want to express an opinion. And it adds pressure for me to be "perfect" and "profound". I am just a regular person doing a tiny bit and even doing that imperfectly.
So I have finally broken down and put up a donate page. Lets see how much we can generate and how much good we can do. The humanitarian crisis remains extreme.
A friend asked me how to maintain habits. He was slipping. My answer:
I find when my habits are too hard, I will slip on them.
EG - I do a form of HIT (High Intensity Training). Short duration time wise but really hard. When I change to a lesser workout, I stick to it and then sometimes step it up anyways.
My other cause of failure is when I move aside something that is important. EG - At times I have scrimped on sleep to work out. But the sleep is important and ends up winning in time.
Other tricks - make it easier or tougher to do. EG - get dressed in shorts and tshirt and wear sweat pants when you get up. I usually eat fairly healthy when I am home because I have no unhealthy food on hand. Yes, I could go out and get cookies or make them but it is a barrier.
Or add reward or punishment. I like tea. I do not allow myself to drink tea until X is done.
I say to myself:
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
And a great article on the pace of change
. It includes a warning not to be complacent. Change was fine at one time but I have had quite enough of it - Anon
I am worried my grand daughter will never learn to fly properly holding the broom that way.