Creating happy memories

you never forget your first kiss…

This time of year can be very depressing; cold, dark, lots of rain and snow.  People have often over-eaten and overspent at Christmas and business is very slow.  I often get downhearted and just want to hibernate!  However this year has had to be one of the best January and Februarys ever for me.  Apart from the snow (which I love) I had fun laughing at old photos and sharing memories and re-connecting with old friends on facebook.   Ah the magic of social media!  These brought back happy memories which helped lift me out of that dark place.  Actually that is rather an understatement – I can’t stop smiling!  In a strange way bringing those old memories to the surface has also helped me understand more about why I have done what I’ve done and how I intend to live my life in future.

The other day I had ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J. Schwartz recommended to me (that one-click ordering on Amazon is fatal!) and he says almost the same thing ‘Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank.’  Positive, happy help us overcome our fears but negative or sad thoughts only weaken us.  That’s not to say I never feel negative about anything but I can hold onto the happy thoughts to bring me out of it.  Meditation helps too, I am more aware of how I’m feeling and can can choose to go with it or change.

So what memories are you creating today?

Less is more

I came across a website today which explained the origin of the phrase ‘less is more’


The notion that simplicity and clarity lead to good design. 


This is a 19th century proverbial phrase. It is first found in print in Andrea del Sarto, 1855, a poem by Robert Browning: 

Who strive – you don’t know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) – so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia. 

less is moreThe phrase is often associated with the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the founders of modern architecture and a proponent of simplicity of style.


The website is called Phrase Finder and I think I will find it very useful in future!

2010 – a year of abundance

I first wrote a similar post over a month ago but due to WordPress problems it didn’t get published so apologies for it being a little late!

Being a maths graduate I happen to like numbers.  2010 is such a wonderful number visually with 10 being half of 20.  It is also an abundant number.  Perfect numbers are those whic equal the sum of their factors (excluding the number itself).  6 is an perfect number because 1 + 2 + 3 = 6.  Subsequently all multiples of perfect numbers are abundant numbers.  When you add the factors of an abundant number the total is higher than the original number.

2010 is a multiple of 6 and therefore an abundant number – time to grab that opportunity!