#50DaysOfShades Day 27 of 50 – Celebrate Success

Today’s theme of Celebrate Success was suggested by a friend. Probably as a joke, but hey I need something to write about so here we go.
 
Over the last month of so he has been working on the classic beetle he recently purchased. Problems with the exhaust, running rich and a bit lumpy. So he had to strip pretty much everything out of the engine bay to get to the problem heat transfer thing (I’m not a mechanic!).
 
On a couple of occasions I’ve ‘helped’ mainly moral support, but the odd bit of an pair of extra hands makes light work.
And today I got a message – “Beetle just fired up!!! First bloody time”
 
So took a walk around to his workshop expecting it all to be back together, but no still a few bits and the boot lid to go back on, so gave him a hand putting that back on and left him to the other bits.
 
Then came the message “About to do a small journey in the bug” so out we go for a quick drive around. (He looked so chuffed with himself that it was back up and running). Seeing how it runs, listening out of anything out of the ordinary.
 
All sounded good.
 
He is now ready to take it to a VW show this weekend where I’m sure he will have a little celebration (when it gets there and back) and I got myself an ice cream on the way home.
 

Questions:

What have you done today/this week (big or small) that you can celebrate?
How are you going to celebrate it?
If you were to suggest a theme for the day what would it be?
 
 
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#50DaysOfShades Day 25 of 50 – Little things that change your world.

Tying together a couple of things mentioned in previous days. Yesterday I mentioned the wild areas up at Reading Uni and on Day 11 I talked about creating the opportunities you are looking for.

In today’s photos we have two examples of where local people have done something to make their local environment brighter and more environmentally diverse.

The first photo of Newtown Community Garden, a space that has been co-opted by locals to be a managed wild garden. No Mow signs and allowing it to grow longer than normal, along with selective planting to encourage bees etc.

At the other end of the garden (pic2) is an example (one of many in the area) where the boring/ugly junction boxes have been painted. Some have themes, some have messages (pic3) some are just shapes. They are not painted perfectly but they have been painted with purpose, and it that that I notice in them. When they first appeared back in 2020 (I think) I actually made a point of looking for them and even now I’ll spot one I’ve not seen before (which makes me smile).

Questions for today:

What makes you smile on a regular basis?

What do you go out of your way to look for when out and about?

 

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#50DaysOfShades Day 25 of 50 – Little things that change

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#50DaysOfShades Day 24 of 50 – Lots of questions

The other day someone said one of my photos looked like the Reading University grounds. So took some time today to go and have a look around my old stomping ground. (1991-1995 doing a BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology).

I’ve been there plenty of times since I left but always for a reason, some good (helping advise one of the student groups), some not so good (getting grief counselling several years after my dad passed).

Today was the first time to just look around, see what has changed and feel what comes up. I always add in feel as it is how we experience what comes up rather than what we actually see that matters.

Studying in the labs at the School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, AMS, the building was one of the predominate features on campus with the new Microbiology wing just being completed next to it. Both of which are now tucked away behind new buildings, with AMS having been the host to a museum of Zoology, which has now been moved (but all the signs are still there), so not even sure if the building is in use.

There was a disappointment that the buildings (that represent something unknown to me, as I have no idea how well the department is doing these days) seemed neglected, passed over.

Then seeing a building I knew, but didn’t recognise. That was where I went for the counselling, the sticky plaster that helped at the time but didn’t heal anything. (There was/is a far longer story/journey for anything that actually helped). Maybe that was why I was drawn to go up there today (on Father’s Day) as it was at least admitting I was struggling was the start of that journey.

So I walked around and appreciated the nature (the campus was the biggest draw of coming to Reading). The big trees that were 27 years older now. The wild areas that have grown, that are being deliberately wildly managed.

And too many thoughts and questions came up to list here.

So question for today:

When did you last go back somewhere and how did you feel about it?

 

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#50DaysOfShades Day 22 of 50 – Getting it done.

Today was definitely a day where getting it done was the theme.

I have made a point (so far) of not going back to look at the pictures/read what I wrote from when I did 50DaysOfShades back in 2015. But I distinctly remember something about the first few days taking lots of photos then getting better at the single shot and using it whatever it looked like.

This time round that is so not the case. I want the good photo, I want it to reflect something, I want to be able to talk about what it means (to me).

Today it (the good photo) just was not happening. I tried to be a bit arty, and it just would not work, out of focus, terrible framing you name it. It was too bright to see anything in detail on the screen (even with my actual glasses) so was very much in a ‘I hope that worked’.

As you can see from the pic’s, it did not!

So here I am with 4 or 5 pretty ropey pictures (and a whole bundle that were deleted as soon as I actually saw then) that simply don’t match what I wanted to talk about. But I have a post to make and part of this experiment is about being honest with what happened and how I feel about it.

How I feel:

I actually feel ok about it (otherwise I would have gone back out and taken more, better, photos). The pictures are what you look at first, but not specifically what you see. Hopefully you are actually reading these ramblings and you see something deeper. A bit more of me.

Questions for today:

Do you think people see who you are, or are you caught behind a mask?
What have you seen of me, today or in the last 21 days?

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#50DaysOfShades Day 21 of 50 – Days to form a habit.

Some say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so that’s it now I must be in the habit of taking a photo and posting every day.
 
Eer no. (and the 21 days is a myth2 anyway, albeit a positive one that has probably helped people at least get started.)
 

I’m not even sure I can call taking/posting the photo a habit.

 
A habit can be defined1 as: “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. To me there is also an element of a habit being unconscious, doing without thinking, getting to a point where it’s happening before you even notice it. (think biting nails, how someone folds a crisp packet, or what you do with receipts) Which more closely adheres to this definition2/3 “actions that are triggered automatically in response to contextual cues that have been associated with their performance”.
 
50DaysOfShades is far more of an exercise, maybe a practice (more on my definition of a practice another day) but definitely process.
Firstly I could give it up in a heartbeat, some days (not necessarily the ones with only a photo) I could really not do it.
 
Secondly, it takes thought. Working out what photo/where, what to say (if anything) it is far from an unconscious act. (To the point where I even have a checklist of what I do, how/where I post, what subtle differences there are between platforms, how to upload to my website etc). So if far from unconscious and triggered automatically.
 

It is however a practice (such as yoga or meditation).

It is something I am giving (for better or worse) time, energy and focus. And I have given it these since day 1.

 
So rather than pondering (or creating) a new habit. My suggestion is to create a new practice for this can be a reality from day one, not day 21, 28, 30 or in reality2/4 anything from 8 – 254 (or not at all).
 

Questions for today:

Do you have good/bad habits you create or change?
Would a practice assist you to get started?
 
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(ps, just random photos from today's walk with dragon boats on the river)
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50daysofshades d21-i04 Days to form a habit. Steve Wells in hat and sunglasses tent in background

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#50DaysOfShades Day 20 of 50 – Early morning coffee in the sun

This morning I took the opportunity to have a relaxing cup of coffee in the garden while listening to a podcast.

Looking forward to the day the blackberry bushes behind me will be full of fruit and I’ll be picking some every morning for my breakfast.

50DaysOfShades Day 20 of 50 – Early morning coffee in the sun

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#50DaysOfShades Day 19 of 50 – When you know, you know. Trust yourself

Today I had to take my cat to the vet for an annual check-up, and she knew.

There are three reasons my cat has been in a carrier in the last 2 years (since I got her).
One, to bring her home from the foster home.
Two, to take her to the vet health check when I first got her.
Three, for a long drive up to my mums. (This has been the most frequent reason).

She is not thrilled by any of the reasons, but I swear she knows the difference!

When I collected her the first time, she cried the entire 45 min journey home.

The first time to the vet she cried all the way there but not on the way back.

Then the first time to my mums she cried for a few minutes then settled down. Subsequent times she is not happy getting in the carrier but settles straight down when I let her look around the car.

And today she knew it was the vets, she cried as soon as I picked her up to put her in the carrier, while I took her out to the car and did not stop until we got there. (Smart move shutting up when there is also a dog in the waiting room!) Even when looking around the car (pictured) from her carrier she was crying.

The main picture is back in the car after the visit, where she came out to sit on my lap to settle her before the drive home.

So how did she know?

Had she really noticed I had not been packing bags and loading the car (to go to mum’s)?
Did she notice my time critical action of going to find her? (When going to mum’s the time does not really matter, so I wait till she come to me)

All of this got me thinking about how there are times when we know something is happening/going to happen. Call it intuition, gut feeling, Spidey sense, reading the signs etc we have all had times where we knew how it was going to pan out, but we continued regardless, trying to create a different outcome. Only for the ‘inevitable’ to happen.

Questions for today:

How often do you get these kinds of feelings?
Do you notice them at the time, or just looking back?
How do they show up for you, what physical sensations do you feel? (Knot in your gut, hairs on the back of your neck etc)
What will you do next time?

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#50DaysOfShades Day 18 of 50 – Going with the flow

There are lots of angles on this one, which I’ll probably expand on another day, but today was definitely about going with the flow and seeing what happens.

The picture is from another classic car meet, this time at Burghfield Spices / The Hatch Gate

It was very much an ‘If I get there I get there’ if not I’ll work something else out for a picture.

A nice selections of cars in attendance and again the conversations of what people should and maybe should not do to their cars came up. Along with lots of stories of ‘I had one of those x years ago’.

#50DaysOfShades Day 18 of 50 – Stephen Wells Sensational Business Coach Going with the flow
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#50DaysOfShades Day 17 of 50 – Next best step.

Yesterday I asked:
Is there something where you just need to do something? What is that first step to get the ball rolling?

For me there was, so an afternoon working in the garden repairing a garden wall.

I’ll probably have to leave doing the rest of this until later in the year when the plants have died back but the overall result is it is now much more stable and safer. The repair blends in with what was already there and I’m now shattered!

What is your next best step?

#50DaysOfShades Day 17 of 50 – Next best step. Stephen Wells Sensational Business Coach

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