It’s been a week of hard work and knuckling down on some interesting projects, but there’s still been a lot to enjoy.
Here’s what’s been going on in my life from Saturday, September 15th to Friday, September 21st.
1: What I’ve enjoyed the most this week:
Getting stuck into Level 3 counselling training.
This Monday was the second class on my Level 3 course and I enjoyed it a great deal. We got stuck into skills practice, working on some basic listening/speaking exercises.
I enjoyed them immensely and found that going through these exercises gave me a great deal of confidence, not just in my own ability, but in the direction I’m taking.
This feels very much like the right thing for me and I’m excited for the day I get to use these skills in helping others deal with the same kind of issues I’ve previously dealt with.
2: What else has been fun:
Exploring the John Lennon & Yoko Ono exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool
I’m so fortunate to be going to college in Liverpool. The city has a wealth of museums and fascinating places to explore.
In fact, there’s so much to see that I reckon it’s going to take me at least a couple of months of taking time off before college to see everything.
This week, I went to the Museum of Liverpool and explored the fascinating John Lennon & Yoko Ono exhibition.
On the one hand, I did question the inclusion of so much stuff about Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon being in there. It’s not that I necessarily have anything against them, I just question where your ego has to be at to allow yourself to be part of a museum exhibit while you’re still alive.
That being said, the whole exhibition is very beautifully curated and, not surprisingly, has a calming, peaceful ambience about it.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the New York vest top Lennon wore in that iconic picture, and the bed that he and Yoko used for one of their bed-ins for peace.
3: What I’m listening to:
Metallica – Hardwired to Self-Destruct…
No, it’s not a new release, but I just bought tickets to see Metallica performing live at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester next summer, so I thought I’d give their 2016 album another listen.
There’s a lot of great stuff on this one, though Now That We’re Dead remains my favourite track.
4: What I’m talking about:
Self-medication vs. Self-care in sobriety
I class self-medication as a reaction to an issue with mental, emotional, physical or spiritual well-being that provides a short-term quick fix. I class self-care as a deliberate action designed to provide long-term improvement to that well-being.
If we’re going to be happy, healthy and content in our sobriety, it’s important to be mindful of the difference.
5: This week’s picture:
It’s been an awesome week for biking…
I normally split my weekly exercise routines so that I do 50% cardio, 50% resistance training in the gym, but it’s been such a glorious, early-Autumn week that I couldn’t resist spending the majority of my time outdoors on my mountain bike.
6: What I’m looking forward to:
Celebrating two-years smoke-free.
I actually messed up celebrating the two year anniversary of my quitting smoking. I thought it was this coming Saturday, the 29th when it was actually yesterday, Thursday, the 27th.
I had this whole video planned for tomorrow, so I guess I’ll go ahead and just celebrate tomorrow anyway.
Better late than never, right?