My name is Sophie. I live in the UK. I started This Brilliant Day in September 2018 as a way to get my ideas out to the world. My ambition was to share things that I have learned and experienced in the hope that they will be helpful to others.
I don’t claim to be an expert on anything I write about, and all of my posts are up for discussion. I would love to hear comments and ideas from you! This blog is a learning process for me and also reflects my learning process in life. My ideas and views are not set in stone, they are likely to change over time. This means I am open to disagreeing with some of my past blog posts in the future, as well as moving away from certain topics of interest and towards others.
I intend to write about anything and everything, but these are some of the topics I often write about in this blog:
I have recently been exploring the use of affirmations as a way of shaping my life and beliefs into the way I want them to be. I write my affirmations on cards, and go through them often, saying them to myself and really focusing on the meaning of them and their truth in my life. I share some of my affirmations on this blog, and expand on them, offering some thoughts that you may be able to apply to your own life.
I am a creative person, and I sometimes come up with unusual ideas and helpful ‘hacks’ to solve problems in a simple way. I will share my ideas here!
In early 2018 I began experiencing anxiety, brought on by a combination of reasons and events. I found this very distressing because as an adult I had never experienced mental health issues on this level before. I didn’t understand it, and I didn’t know how to cope with it.
Over the past year and a half, I have been gradually getting to understand my anxiety more and more. I have also learned ways to cope with it and to relieve it. I am not there yet and I still have a lot of learning and healing to do, but I have come a long way from where I was.
In this blog, I hope to make something good come of my mental health struggles, by sharing my experiences and advice with others who may be going through similar.
I like to explore life and to learn and grow as a person. In February 2017, I had the idea of doing a challenge every month, either to help install a new lifestyle change, or to try out something new. The ’30 day challenge’ is a tried and tested method for establishing new habits. I have tried a huge variety of different challenges since I started, and I sometimes do 2 or 3 different ones in the same month. Not all of my challenges result in lasting changes, but they keeps life fresh and interesting because every month I am trying something new, or doing things a different way. It’s a lot of fun!
I write a lot of posts about my monthly challenges in this blog, so I hope you’ll enjoy reading about all my adventures and experiences, and maybe get inspired to try out some challenges of your own!
I believe physical health is very important, not least because it is linked to mental health in so many ways. The first two things that come to mind when I think of physical health are diet and exercise. I am constantly striving to optimise both of these and become fitter and healthier.
I write quite a lot of blog posts about diet and exercise, including some healthy recipes I have made up. Other physical health topics I have written about are sleep, skincare and natural remedies.
I love reading and I find it very enjoyable and satisfying to explore books of many different genres. I read both fiction and non-fiction. Philosophy and personal development books (and other materials such as audio and blogs) are a favourite of mine, as I am very interested in those subjects.
I like to get second hand books from charity shops, and pass them on to someone else when I am done with them. However, when there is a specific book that I want to read, I sometimes buy the kindle version on Amazon and read it on my tablet. I rate the books I read on a scale of 1 – 5, so that I can look out for more books from the authors I like, and bypass the ones I didn’t like. I post book reviews on this blog of most of the books that I read.
I am always looking for ways to live a more sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyle. On this blog I will share some tips I’ve found, as well as reviewing environmentally friendly products that I use.
I am also fascinated by Permaculture, which is a way of living in harmony with nature. In short, Permaculture is about optimising the land you live on in order to benefit humans, nature, the environment and your community. I aim to incorporate the principles of Permaculture into my life on an increasing scale.
I highly recommend reading up about Permaculture because I believe it holds many answers to the issues we are facing in the world today. Here is a Wikipedia link to get you started.
Why ‘This Brilliant Day’?
This day is the only day that ever exists. Whether good or bad, the past is only ever a memory and the future is only ever a daydream. So, let’s live in the present and make this day brilliant!
I hope you enjoy reading this blog, and get some value and enjoyment out of it.