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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 33 – Regrets

I have made many choices in my life that if I knew now what I didn’t know then I don’t know if I would have made the same decisions. However, I don’t really regret any of the big decisions I have made. I try to remember that changing any decision in the past could have dramatically altered my life of today. I am in a pretty happy place in my life. Do I sometimes wish there were some things different? Doesn’t everyone wonder about the Road Not Taken?! But I try to keep in mind that if I had taken the road not taken then this would be the Road Not Taken. Who knows where I would have ended up.

I like my life as it is now and I am happy with the person I have become. Am I perfectly satisfied? No but then if you are perfectly satisfied you have nothing to get up for in the morning. I learned a long time ago that life is a precious gift. I try not to stress over the little things and remember that the things I thought were so important a few years ago are not even in the realm of the things I think are important now. That deadline missed a few years ago – nothing much happened in the world because of it. The world didn’t end because I quit that job that some others thought I should be overjoyed to have but that I hated. In fact, quitting that job turned out to lead to the job I have now and I am the happiest I have ever been.

Now that is not to say that sometimes I don’t forget my own advice and do stress out over the little soon to be forgotten “Oh so important cannot wait things”. But I do try to remember these things will soon pass away too.

To Everything There is a Season
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven– A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.…

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This week’s prompt is – Regrets

  • Big Regrets
    • I should (or not) have bought that large purchase
  • Small Regrets
    • I should (or not) have had that thick shake at MacDonalds
  • Miscellaneous Regrets
    • Relationships
    • Jobs
    • Friends

This might seem like a prompt which gives you permission to beat yourself up at the regrets you may have. That is not the case. The important thing to remember with regrets is that hindsight is a wonderful thing!

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 32 – How do you de-stress?

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I don’t have any magic secrets to de-stressing but I have found that getting away from the stressful situation for a while is always a big help if possible. Sometimes, even if I can’t leave the situation physically, I can escape into a good book for a while and that seems to help.

After I have had a stressful week, sometimes I like to take a long bubble bath and read a paperback while soaking in hot water with lavender bubbles. This doesn’t work as well as it used to because now I rarely have a new book to take to the bath with me. I buy all my books on my tablet and use the kindle reader now and I am not taking my tablet into the bath! That would surely lead to more stress!!!

Music and a long drive are a help sometimes too. I have about an hour’s commute each day so I turn on the radio to my favorite channels or use a playlist on my phone and sing along with my favorite songs. This can be helpful pretty much any day. (Although I sometimes get looks from other drivers who seem to think I am talking to myself but oh well!)


 

This week’s prompt is – How do you De-Stress?

  • Read
  • Swim
  • Walk
  • Music
  • Yoga
  • Sport
  • Anything else?
  • What triggers your acknowledgement that you need to de-stress?
    • Headaches
    • other pains?
  • What triggers you stress?
As always, share what you feel comfortable – anything from nothing to…..your choice!

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 29 – What’s in your Bag/Pocket?

Well the things I routinely carry are way too many things but some of them are

  • My Surface, its charger, a wireless trackball, and the surface pen
  • My cell phone that has a digital camera with a 10x zoom lens and its charger
  • keys
  • receipts
  • money
  • sunglasses
  • eyeglass cleaner supplies
  • mints
  • pen and pencil set
  • anything else I happen to stuff in my bag that day

 

This week’s prompt is – What’s in your bag/pocket?

Do you routinely carry a bag or holdall?
What do you carry?
Why do you carry it?
What do you carry it in?
Do you carry differently things on specific days or to specific places?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 19 – Who Do You Miss?

 

There are many people that I miss. I was lucky enough to know all of my grandparents and many of my great-grandparents. My grandparents and great-grandparents are all gone now from this life. I have also lost many of my uncles and one of my aunts. There isn’t often a day that passes that I don’t think of at least one of them. They were not perfect people but they lived as best as they could at the time in the circumstances surrounding them.

 


 


Dad’s Family when he was a teenager

Mom’s family when she was a small baby

 

This week’s prompt is –  Who Do You Miss?

Having just gone through the Festive season our thoughts turn to those not with us.

  • Whether that is people who live elsewhere and that we will not see over the festive season
  • People that have passed away.
  • Who do you miss?
  • Why do you miss them?
    • Them as an individual
    • Something specific to them

 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

 

Introduction

 

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long

or as short as you want it to be.

  • So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the people that matter to us?
  • It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?
  • Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc
  • This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 18 – First Present or Gift

I talked about the first presents that I remember in the toys prompt – the stuffed bear and monkey that I kept for years.  But a couple of memorable gifts that I have had came from my grandmothers.  My Dad’s mom gave me some crocheted collars that were all the fashion rage when I was in high school.  She made me several of them in different colors and styles to wear with my turtle necks and sweatshirts like  the other girls were doing.  I still have some of these.

 

My Mom’s mom gave me a quilt that is one of my treasures to this day.  She had visited us when I was coloring in this book of birds.  She wanted it for patterns and I let her have it so the quilt that she made from these patterns was mine when I graduated from high school.  I used this quilt for many years but now it is too threadbare to use but I keep it displayed in my bedroom.

 

 

 


 

This week’s prompt is – First Present or Gift

  • Can you remember it?
  • Who bought it for you?
  • Do you still have it?
  • Pictures or a description
  • Other special gifts?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.