Learn about NLP
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. NLP’s creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.
Seeing as I want to achieve some specific goals in my career, I thought I’d give it a try.
This online learning platform has had a massive ad campaign recently, and I am giving up on trying to ignore it. They promise a couple of months either free or for a very small fee, so I’ll have a try to see if it’s anything useful to improve some of my skills like photography or communication or writing.
Eat less gluten
No, I’m not falling for the fad but I have read recently that having skin rush can be a sign of gluten intolerance, and that is something I’ve noticed on my upper arms (#tmi, sorry!). I blame over-indulgence on pasta and noodles in May and want to check if eating less gluten can make a difference.
5 vegan days
Somewhat related to the less gluten idea, I also want to try going 100% vegan for 5 days in June. Not in a row, but overall. The health benefits are obvious, but I think it will also encourage me to discover some new vegan recipes that will become regular in the longer-term.
In their own words:
Fuckup Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in events across the globe, we get three to four people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled, we tell them all.
In the world of never-ending success, it’s refreshing to see an initiative that acknowledges and celebrates mistakes. Everyone makes them, so let’s talk about them and learn. The London event is happening on 5th June, and I cannot wait to go there.
Because it’s summer and I’m smilier in summer, I want to whiten my teeth a little bit – simply with an at-home kit. I had a professional whitening twice in my life – never again. My teeth became too sensitive and the effect didn’t last too long. But home kits are said to be gentler, so let’s try.
Run 5k km
This is inspired by my husband. He is a keen cyclist, and he’s been trying to encourage me to be more active too. I normally do 2 or 2.5 km runs, and he asked why I won’t push myself further to 5k or 10k. Because running sucks? But it got me thinking to push myself beyond my usual limits. So 5k km in June it is.
Book a holiday
I’m desperate for a holiday. You know, that kind of holiday where you just veg out on the beach and do nothing. I’ll probably get bored in 3 days but I want it. No, I need it. I won’t be able to go anywhere in June but I can dream and book something for later in the year.
Not respond when angry
This is a classic corporate rule, I know, but I’m guilty of breaking it occasionally. My answers are never openly brutal but in some cases, people can easily read between the lines that I am sharpening a knife. However right I may be, such responses are counter-productive: upset people don’t work better just because someone is upset with them. So I shall be kind this month and only reply when I’m as cool as a cucumber.
Note good things about bad people
This is related to my May’s challenge to deal with negativity and to the above idea. Some people drive me nuts but there must be something nice about them? I mean, I’m not sure, but next time they do something ridiculous, I will try and think up something nice about them instead of murmuring ‘idiot’.