My Week: October 27th – November 2nd

Chris Skoyles

After a crazy few weeks lately, things are finally settling back down again around here, but there’s a lot going on that I’m grateful for. 

Here’s what’s been going on in my world from Saturday, October 27th to Friday, November 2nd.

1: What I’m working on:

College assignments 

We’re coming into the third month of my Level 3 counselling course, and though I’m really enjoying it, I’d be lying if I said the written assignments weren’t a source of anxiety for me.

In a sense, I suppose that’s a good thing – my anxiety comes from wanting to be sure that I’ve fully understood -and can demonstrate that I’ve understood- all the concepts, skills, and theories that will ultimately help me to help others.

As with everything, I’m breaking this down and getting through it stepping stone by stepping stone.

2: What I’m listening to:

The Best Relaxing Classical Tunes Ever 

Even though I’m a metal head at heart, classical music is my go-to in times of stress, anxiety, or when I just need to really knuckle down and concentrate.

Working on these assignments has ticked just about all of those boxes, so I’ve been diving into as much classical music as I can, from my own Apple Music collection, to Classic FM on the radio, to this gem of a YouTube track.

3: What I’m reading:

The Sorities Principle by Ian Gibbs

Whether I’m talking about quitting smoking on YouTube or tackling my own goals like finishing those pesky college assignments, my approach to everything in life is always the same:

Break it down into the smallest possible components and tackle those small components (or “stepping stones” as I like to think of them) one at a time.

The Sorities Principle by Ian Gibbs is by far the best book I’ve ever read that describes anything which even comes near to this approach.

It’s about how little actions, taken over time, build up to achieve the things we want to achieve.

It’s also the first book I’ve read in a long time that I’ve felt compelled to write a proper review about here on my blog.

Look out for that once I finish reading it.

For now, here’s a link to the book on Amazon. Be mindful, it’s an affiliate link, so if you buy using that link, I’ll earn like 0.5% of a penny.

4: What I’ve been talking about:

Fear – The fear of quitting smoking

It was Halloween on Wednesday, so what better way to celebrate than by heading out into the woods and talking about FEAR. Specifically, I talk about the two biggest fears we face when quitting smoking – the fear that we’ll fail and the fear that we’ll succeed.

5: This week’s picture:

Liverpool at sunset

Taken on my iPhone on my way into college on Monday.

6: What I’m looking forward to:

Running the Festive Flash Five – a 5-mile race/event taking place close to where I live later this month.

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