My Week: Sept. 1st – 7th

Chris Skoyles - Apple Tree

Inspired by things like Tim Ferris’ Five Bullet Friday, I thought it might be a fun idea to start documenting a little recap of my week.

Here’s what’s been going on in my life from Saturday, September 1st to Friday, September 7th.

1: What I’ve been doing:

Learning CPR

On Thursday, I took a basic life support skills course where I learned how to do CPR, use an AED machine, put someone in the recovery position and help someone who is choking.

I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to learn these valuable skills, I just hope I never have to use them.

The whole course only took a few hours, but the basic skills I learned could save somebody’s life. If you get the opportunity to learn something similar, I do recommend it.

2: What I’ve been reading:

The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want by Mike Pettigrew

Based on my reading preferences, my Kindle has been recommending this one to me for most of this year. I finally relented and gave it a shot.

So far, I’m enjoying it.

I won’t say that there’s a lot of new information here, it’s mostly a collection of NLP techniques, mindfulness, a little law of attraction and some basic advice about productivity and wellness.

You’ll get all of that information elsewhere, but it’s nice to see it all pulled together here in the name of achieving goals.

3: What I’m listening to:

God is an Astronaut – All is Violent, All is Bright

I’m not quite as on-the-ball at keeping up with new music as I used to be, but there’s still no better feeling than discovering a great band you’ve never heard of before.

God is an Astronaut came onto my radar quite by chance, the result of YouTube randomly feeding me their album All is Violent, All is Bright, based on my usual listening habits.

I love this album for its dreamy, enchanting atmosphere, its rich tapestry of sounds and, above all, for the way that it makes me feel at once both fully alive and fully at peace.

4: What I’m talking about:

Displaced aggression

It’s not uncommon for people who are quitting smoking to lash out at those around them when dealing with the stress of withdrawal symptoms.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

In my latest YouTube video, I talk about how many of us display the characteristics of displaced aggression when quitting smoking, and what we can do to stop taking it out on others when we’re going through withdrawals.

5: This Week’s Picture:

My parents’ apple tree 

Which taught me a valuable lesson about seizing on opportunities and wasting no time in pursuing goals.

6: What I’m looking forward to:

Running and college

I’m running the Wigan 10K this Sunday and I’m very excited. I haven’t taken part in this event since the first one in 2013, so I’m looking forward to seeing if I can beat my time from that event.

I’m also hoping my legs aren’t too sore the day after as I’ll be heading into Liverpool to enrol for my level three counselling course.

Exciting times are ahead, my friends.

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