1. Overwhelmed by your never ending To Do list? Try an app like Todoist, which lets you schedule tasks for specific days of the week, and when you have completed your items for any given day, it gives you a "You're all done! Have a good night!" message. For a perfectionist like me who often needs permission to move on from what I need to do to what I want to do, this has been a game changer for helping me to walk away from the To Do list and get on with living.
2. Remember that you don't have to do the fancy version of your dream, and that it's ok to tackle it like a beginner. I've wanted to write, direct, and act in my own movie since I was a kid, and have put it off for years because I've never been able to afford to buy or rent camera equipment to film it. Last week, my therapist suggested I take the pressure off myself and start with making a five minute film on my Smartphone. And you know what? This weekend, my husband was kind enough to film a solo silent film we dreamed up on his iPhone. Think iPhone films are just for kids or amatuers? Take a look at the trailer for Steven Soderbergh's new film, starring the lovely Claire Foy of The Crown fame, shot entirely on an iPhone. What excuse do I have now?
3. Feeling frazzled? Try this super short guided meditation aimed to help even the most fidgety of meditators (I'm raising my hand up HIGH over here) get their calm on.
4. Craving something delicious? Try baking a pan of Predominantly Paleo's gluten free Chocolate Spinach Cake and prove to yourself that greens never tasted so good! I made this cake last month and ate a piece for breakfast every day with a cup of tea, and I must say, that it helped me to look forward to the morning a bit more. Don't knock it until you try it!
5. Wise words from writer Stephen King: "Writers remember everything ... especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.Art consists of the persistence of memory."