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At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of each month I’ve given you an update on how I’m doing.

So it’s now the end of August, which means it’s time for my next update…

  • Eat healthier
    • Fixed this last month. I’ve done fairly well when I’ve been working, but outside of work not so good.
    • While at work I’ve just been in my usual routine of eating a lot of fruit and drinking a lot of water, whereas dinner’s been a bit of a problem, mainly because I’ve been going to visit Dad in hospital and have been having some quick or ready meals for dinner when I’ve got home from the hospital because I’m so tired by the time I get home.
  • Lose some weight
    • Probably just as well the bathroom scales don’t seem to be working, as I suspect I’ll have put on a few pounds again.
    • As with the “eating healthier” task, it’s probably all down all the hospital visiting and quick ready meals I’ve been eating.
    • Maybe once Dad gets out of hospital I can get back to some kind of normality, but who knows when that’s going to be!
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • I’m making excuses again! But I’m struggling to find the time and energy to sit down and spend any quality time reading my bible.
    • I said this last month, but maybe this next month I’ll manage it…I really need to organise myself better to read my bible at a point in the day before I become too tired…mind you some days I have no energy at the start of the day, nevermind by the end of it!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • Still struggling quite a lot with pain levels this month and generally not feeling 100%.
    • I feel as though I’m making excuses, but it’s not intended to be that way, simply a statement of fact…that with all the running around I’ve been doing for over 6 weeks now since Dad went into hospital, it’s hardly surprising I’ve not felt great.
    • Mind you, it may have been a struggle physically as well as emotionally in this last month, but I’ve managed to keep going, much to my surprise at times.
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Not managed this yet as there’s just been too many other more important things to bother about than playing tennis again.
    • Also as my pain levels were still so high it really would have been daft to even think about attempting to try to play tennis.
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • A repeat of last month again as I managed to spend some quiet time with God, however much of it was spent crying.
    • Just like last month I’ve had to remind myself on a number of occasions that when things are bad, I need to turn to God rather than forget Him!
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Continuing to make no progress with this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Still failing miserably at this one.
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • Failing miserably at this
    • I’m continuing to pray a lot for patience because I certainly need it!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • At last a task I’m actually doing ok at!
    • Mind you maybe that because I’ve had that many things to do, I’ve not really had any time to procrastinate!

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s stalled a bit in the last couple of months, but overall, given recent circumstances, I’m reasonably happy with my progress even though I could do much better!

There’s still plenty of months to go in 2012, so I’ve still got time to achieve them all before the end of this year!

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of each month I’ve given you my monthly update on how I’m doing. So now it’s time for my June update:

  • Eat healthier
    • Much better month again, as back to eating nice healthy foods at work again and drinking loads of water. Huge improvement on last month!
  • Lose some weight
    • Yay! I’ve lost the few pounds I put on last month again, plus a wee bit extra.
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • A little bit of an improvement in this last month, although could still do so much better.
    • It’s been a tough few weeks for various reasons, so I must admit that I’ve found it difficult to even want to read my bible!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • These last couple of weeks have been some of the worst I’ve had for a while, but I’ve managed to keep going and haven’t allowed pain to rule me.
    • All the same it’s been very difficult even moving in the last couple of weeks, so it really has been very hard to keep going.
  • Get back to playing tennisas stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Not managed this yet this last month as life’s just been a bit too tough to bother about tennis
    • Also as my pain levels were so high it really would have been daft to even think about attempting to try to play tennis while in so much pain.
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • Yes, I’ve managed to spend a minimum of 5 minutes each day in quiet time with God
    • However, on many occasions my quiet time with God has ended up being crying time, which if I’m honest has been more me feeling sorry for myself than me giving it all to God.
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Continuing not to make any progress with this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • I’m afraid I’m failing miserably at this one again.
    • As I’ve said, it’s been a tough few weeks physically and emotionally and that just means I put things like housework on the back burner.
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • I definitely still need to be more patient, although I feel I have made a little progress so far.
    • More prayer for patience is still required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Doing ok with this one still.

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s continuing to go OK, as in general, I’m still heading in the right direction with most of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress with to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of each month I’ve given you my monthly update on how I’m doing. So now it’s time for my May update:

  • Eat healthier
    • Not been the best of months between one thing and another…I was on holiday from work for just over a week and look Mum out for lunch, dinner or coffee every day…then I’ve been out for several meals with colleagues/friends from work due to some people taking on new roles or retiring.
  • Lose some weight
    • Not the best month as I have put back on a couple of pounds, mind you give all the eating out I’ve been doing, it’s not really any great surprise.
    • On the plus side, over the last month several people have commented that it was noticeable that I’ve lost weight, so that has to be a good sign!
    • because of the great warm weather we’ve had in the last week or so, I’ve been wearing my summer clothes again,and it was great to find they were no longer tight/too small for me, and were in fact, if anything, a little bit too big for me now!
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Been a slightly less successful month on this aim too this month.
  • Don’t let painrule my life
    • Still suffering a lot with pain these days, and sometimes it’s almost unbearable, but I’m still managing to force myself to keep going and not give into it, even though it maybe means my pain levels remain higher for longer
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • My target time for getting back to trying to play tennis again was Easter, and so for the last few weeks I’ve thought about going round to my tennis club if some of my friends were there…but none of them have been!
    • I know that just sounds like an excuse, but it is difficult to try and play tennis by yourself!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • Been another reasonably successful month with this, as I’ve made a point of trying to spend a minimum of 10 minutes “quiet-time” with God most days
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Continuing not to make any progress with this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Been doing a bit more housework in the last couple of weeks, although there’s still loads of room for improvement, particularly in tackling the ironing mountain
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • I’ve said it before, but I must say it again, this is definitely one of my most challenging aims, as I definitely still need to be more patient!
    • More prayer for patience is still required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Continuing to do much better with this

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s continuing to go OK as, in general, I’m still heading in the right direction with most of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress on to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of both January and February, I gave you a monthly update on how I was doing. So now it’s time for my March update:

  • Eat healthier
    • Been a good month as far as healthy eating is concerned as on the whole I’ve been very good. The one exception to that was Easter weekend when I must admit to having had a couple of cream eggs and an Easter cup cake!
  • Lose some weight
    • Yay, I’m still losing weight but not as much as I did in the first 2-3 months of the year…but I’m definitely still going in the right direction.
    • I’m also happy to say it’s now becoming noticeable that I’ve lost some weight as several people have commented to me recently that I look as though I’ve lost weight.
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Been much more successful with this one in this last month, so happy with progress with this aim too!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • Still suffering a lot with pain these days, and sometimes it’s almost unbearable, but I’m still managing to force myself to keep going and not give into it, even though it maybe means my pain levels remain higher for longer
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • My target time for getting back to trying to play tennis again was Easter
    • In the last few weeks I’ve considered going to my club for a wee hit around for 15 minutes or so before Mum and I go to visit my aunt on a Saturday afternoon. However each Saturday so far, there’s been no-one playing tennis at my club that I actually know!
    • So maybe next month!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • On the whole been fairly successful with this one, as I’ve made a point of trying to spend a minimum of 10 minutes “quiet-time” most days this month
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Still not managed this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Definitely not getting anywhere with this one again as still too many other demands on my time any my energy these days…and it shows!
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • As I said last month, this is definitely one of my most challenging aims, but I feel I am a little more patient these days, however I would certainly not say I’m a patient person yet!
    • More prayer for patience is still required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Continuing to do much better with this, as I’m been much more focused in this last month

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s continuing to go OK as I’m still heading in the right direction with a number of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress on to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

I had already planned on writing a blog post about my nationality, but was encouraged to do so even more after watching an Outnumbered sketch with Andy Murray on Comic Relief last night on BBC.

Why?

Initially in the sketch Jake tells Karen that Andy Murray is the British top tennis player, but then later asks Andy to shout, ” ‘Focus’, nice and Scottish” – and this obviously confuses Karen…

Karen to Andy: “Hang on, are you British or Scottish?”

Andy: “Depends whether I win or not”

Oooooo! My thoughts exactly, though I must admit to being slightly surprised that the BBC were admitting Andy’s nationality varies depending on whether he is doing well or not! I.e winning = British and losing = Scottish!

As a true Scot, I must admit to finding it incredibly annoying when Scottish people are called British or, even worse…English!

We are Scottish, and the majority of us are proud to be Scottish! I also suspect the majority of Scottish folk would when asked their nationality, would say Scottish rather than British…surely that tells you something!

A bit of a controversial discussion today, but hey, I don’t like being too predictable or indeed too “safe” in what I have to say…but then I’m Scottish!

How many times have you heard someone say, “Don’t worry, be happy”?

So on that note, here are ten things that make me happy (in no particular order):

  1. Spending quality time with family or friends
  2. Getting into bed when it’s got fresh bedclothes
  3. Going on holiday
  4. Chocolate (particularly Mum’s chocolate cake!)
  5. Listening to good music
  6. Good health
  7. Snuggling into my lovely super-soft dressing gown
  8. Doing something that is appreciated by someone else
  9. Watching a great tennis match
  10. Listening to our cat purring when he snuggles up beside us on the couch or bed

So, now I’ve told you ten things that make me happy, do any of the same things make you happy? What ten things would be in your list?

From the list you identify, which of those things are within your control to do? Of those, how long has it been since you did them? Is it time to make yourself happy by doing one of the things on your list again?

Go on, be happy!

So we’re at the end of the first week the US Open championships 2010. Have had a chance to catch any of the play? I’ve only been able to catch a few bits of the live play, but have been keeping up with events and reports on-line. So what’s your thoughts on who’s going to win the men’s and women’s championships this year?

Men’s Singles

I’m still a huge Rafael Nadal fan, but do I think he can win the US Open this year? In my opinion, of course he can! Yes he’s had some tough games, and prior to the US Open he had some disappointing results, but like a true top seed, he saves his best for the Grand Slam tournaments like the US Open, so yes I think he can do it – I certainly hope so!

Other than my man Rafa, who else could win? Federer…yes, Djokovic…yes, Murray…no, Soderling…maybe.

Federer is a true champion so he can never be discounted. Many think he’s past his best (which may well be true), but his best is still way better than most of the other top players.

Djorkovic is always there or thereabouts these days, so if he’s on top of his game, yes I think he could do it.

Andy Murray, a fellow Scot…yes I would be delighted he if won, but I just don’t think he has belief to win the “big game”, in a grand slam final. I think he will do well and may get to the final, but I don’t think he’ll win – Go on Andy, prove me wrong!

Finally there is Soderling – of the guys I’ve mentioned, I think he’s the outsider, but when he’s on his game he is a superb player, so don’t be surprised if he makes it all the way.

Women’s Singles

Unlike Wimbledon 2010, I think the ladies singles is a less straight forward to call. With Serena out of the championship, will Venus lift the trophy or will someone else shine?

Personally I don’t think Venus hasn’t been playing anywhere near her best most of this year, so for me, it’s a no, Venus will not lift the ladies trophy.

For me, the top two ladies seeds, Wozniacki and Clijsters, will be hard to get past, as they both seem to be playing unbeatable tennis at present, both having lost only a few games during the tournament so far.

I’m a Jelena Jankovic fan, and I had thought she might have been an outside contender for the championship, but the number 31 seed Kanepi, put an end to her chances.

Now It’s Over To You…

So there you go, there’s my predictions for this year’s US Open championships. Do you agree with my predictions? If not, who do you think is going to win?

Today I received a lovely surprise! My friend Judith nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award – You can find Judith’s blog at http://www.unexpectedgems.blogspot.com/

Thank you Judith, I am touched and honoured to accept this award. I’d just like to say a big thank to you though for all your support and encouragement with my blog and other things too. 🙂

The ‘Lovely Blog’ Rules:-
1. Link back to the person who nominates you for this award.
2. Pass it along to 7 other ‘Inspiring Bloggers’.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.

So here’s a list of 7 “Inspiring Bloggers”….so many to choose from, so who will I choose…So in no particular order we have

  1. Brandon A. Cox – http://www.brandonacox.com/
  2. Catch The Fire: Glenrothes – http://catchthefireglenrothes.viviti.com/
  3. Thomas Mathie – http://nanolog.blogspot.com/
  4. Johnny Laird – http://www.johnnylaird.net/
  5. Mary Haddow – http://pauseforthought.wordpress.com/
  6. Stewart Cutler – http://stewartcutler.com/
  7. William Stanger –  http://wcs53.wordpress.com/

And finally, 7 things about me

  1. My cat was 15 last week!
  2. I’ve not been away on holiday since 2002
  3. It’s over 20 years since I graduated from university!
  4. When I was young, I collected stamps
  5. I haven’t played tennis since 2003 – prior to that I usually played 3 – 5 times a week
  6. I started going to piano lessons when I was 7
  7. My favourite ice cream this summer is Ben n Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew

Many thanks to all you folk you write blogs. Please keep on blogging because this is one medium that we can never truly know how many people we touch or inspire.

Happy blogging!

A few days ago in The Wimbledon Factor, I gave you my predictions for Wimbledon 2010, and surprise, surprise my predictions weren’t entirely accurate! I maybe didn’t get both finalists correct in either the ladies or the gents singles, but I did get one finalist correct for each of them!

Men’s Singles

My favourite Rafael Nadal has successfully made it through to the final where he will play the surprise finalist, Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic. After not playing so great in the first week of Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal stepped things up in week two and knocked his opponents out with what looked like relative ease.

So what about Berdych? Who is he? Here’s a few stats about Tomas Berdych:

  • Turned pro – 2002
  • Current world ranking – 13
  • Highest world ranking – 9 in August 2007
  • Best previous performance at Wimbledon – Quarter finals 2007
  • Grand slam championships – 0

Now compare that to Rafael Nadal:

  • Turned pro – 2001
  • Current world ranking – 1
  • Highest world ranking – 1
  • Best previous performance at Wimbledon – Winner in 2008
  • Grand slam championships – 7

On paper, Nadal should walk it on Sunday, but this is Wimbledon, where anything can happen, and in fact it already has – Berdych has already put out Federer and Djokovic both are top ranked players. personally I’m hoping for a Nadal victory on Sunday, but what do you think?

 

Women’s Singles

Personally I can’t see past Serena Williams for the title, but then I did think it would be an all Williams final! Just like the gents singles, the women have an outsider in the final in Vera Zvonareva, against the current number one player in the world.

So what about Zvonareva? Who is she? Here’s a few stats about her:

  • Turned pro – 2000
  • Current world ranking – 21
  • Highest world ranking – 5 in February 2009
  • Best previous performance at Wimbledon – 4th round in 2003 and 2004
  • Grand slam championships – 0

Now compare that to Serena Williams:

  • Turned pro – 1995
  • Current world ranking – 1
  • Highest world ranking – 1
  • Best previous performance at Wimbledon – Winner in 2002, 2003 and 2009
  • Grand slam championships – 12

Just like the gents, on paper, Williams should walk it on Saturday, but what do you think?

Up until a few years ago, I was a regular tennis player, playing 3-4 times every week at the tennis club just behind my Mum and Dad’s house. Now, although I’ve been unable to play tennis for a few years, I’m still a big tennis fan, and keep up to date on all the latest tennis news.

So we’re now into week two of Wimbledon 2010. We’ve had a chance to watch all the main competitors play 2 or 3 matches, but who’s going to win the men’s and women’s championships this year?

Men’s Singles

I’m a huge Nadal fan, but do I think he’s going to win this year? I’d love to say yes, but prior to today’s match he seemed to be struggling in his last few matches, going to 5 sets and having to call the trainer on a couple of times . However Nadal seems to be back at his best again today, winning in 3 straight sets. So I hope Nadal is feeling well again and is just reaching his top form at just the right time to win Wimbledon again – I’d love that!

If it’s not Nadal who wins, who else is capable of winning?

Well inevitably there’s Federer, who despite struggling in his opening match (and going to 5 sets), still looks capable of winning this tournament as he definitely has the “Wimbledon Factor” having won here so many times before.

Apart from Federer, I think Soderling has looked very good in his matches, until that is today when he got taken to 5 sets against Ferrer but that may be just the kind of game he needed to get himself geared up to winning his first Wimbledon. Whether Soderling goes all the way or not, I do think he may well have a big say in who eventually wins the championship.

And what about Andy Murray? For me, he’s not good enough to win Wimbledon…yet! However as a fellow Scot, I’d love to see him win, but my heart says it’s not going to happen this year.

Women’s Singles

I think the ladies singles is a bit more clear cut, with the Williams sisters looking far better than any of the other contenders. Personally I think Serena may just edge it, but I suspect it to be close between her and Venus to lift the trophy.

My outsider for the ladies championship is Kim Clijsters, who played really well today to beat her fellow Belgian, Henin, in 3 sets.

 Now It’s Over To You…

So there you go, there’s my predictions for this year’s Wimbledon championships. Do you agree with my predictions? If not, who do you think is going to win?