Week 19: Reflection and my own experiment

Absolutely making a song and dance of it!

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Even in Yorkshire spring has sprung. As nature comes to life again and longer days make it easier to get outside, it is a great time to reflect on the Wake Up! experiments so far and set myself a personal one.

Without a doubt, this has been a positive experience. Some experiments have been on the funside. Seed throwing (I can't elevate it to guerrilla gardening, there was little that was covert and I am not sure it really was gardening!) has reminded me that lots in life doesn't need to be over thought and planned. Spontaneity and just giving it a go is fine.

Others have been more profound, nudging me to prioritise taking time alone to reflect and meditate, connecting with nature when I can. This isn't rocket science, but I needed the structure of the experiments that accumulate together to help you find different rhythms in your life and get you to think that things can change. I still am moved by the first experiment to think about what I love about others, especially when I feel I could become judgemental.

Blogging has been fun. Never having done it before and being surrounded with words in my career, it has been refreshing to just spend some time finding my own written voice. Being allowed to share the experiences of others has been lovely too.

So now I am empowered enough to set my own experiment this week and I have LOVED it. Each day I am finding a song to sing or dance to - and I mean REALLY sing or dance to it. The singing is off key, but I make up for that with volume! So this basically happens in the car on my own. The dance is with total wild abandon, in the kitchen, on my own or with any one else who will join in. It is certainly not cool, in fact my moves are more like that of Miranda Hart - including the facial expressions! But it has energised me, opened my lungs and made me feel so ALIVE.

Favourite tracks this week:

  • Chaka Khan 'Feel for You'
  • Aztec Camera 'Summer in the City'
  • Bruce Springsteen 'Born to Run'
  • Mumford and Sons 'Lion Man'

Any other suggestions? I am completely open minded!


Mother, wife, daughter, teacher...

Firmly stuck in the 'sandwich generation' category, I am 46 years old and looking to shake things up a bit! I am a teacher, which I love - but it takes over your life! A mother of three - two daughters, 16 and 15, a son aged 11. Wife to Simon for 19 years. Carer for rather eccentric mum, aged 89.


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Mark Cuddy almost 5 years ago

This is a great post. I sing loudly in the car all the time and in the flat above the pub on my dinner break, It's almost all Paul Weller. I encourage the kitchen staff to sing listening to the radio, we often change the words. I've found changing a word in a song to 'sausage' gives everyone a smile. Power ballads seem to get everyone going. I love singing! It does make you feel free! As for suggesting a song try When You're Young by the Jam. It is a terrific song and encapsulates youthfulness. Or what about Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison or a Beatles song (too many to suggest). Great challenge and something we should do every day. I'm off now to sing in the kitchen - yeah, yeah!

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Jacqui almost 5 years ago

Isn't it wonderful! I sometimes do karaoke with friends and it is like therapy. The Jam always goes down well here....and Van Morrison. Although we saw him at The Green Man festival once and he was a grumpy sod which put me off a bit. Off for song too...enjoy!

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Mark Cuddy almost 5 years ago

Jacqui call off the dogs. You mentioned the Boss and I'm sitting on my dinner break playing Live in New York City (opening song: My love will not let you down! What a song - play it loud, play it live! Scream it Jacqui - scream out those lyrics!! Then skip to song three: Two Hearts! get in there! Then skip to track 11: Tenth Avenue Freeze Out!

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Jacqui almost 5 years ago

I'm on it....let the festivities commence!

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Ffi Ffi Trixibelle almost 5 years ago

I love this post too..,I was wallpapering last Sunday and had the radio on loud and sang my way through the day I really enjoyed myself 🙆🏻X

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Vanessa almost 5 years ago

Love it! I am just about to get in my car and pump up the volume. It betrays my Southern (US) roots, but another favourite for me for a sing-along is Patsy Cline - even though the words sometimes make me cry it feels somehow wonderful...

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Jacqui almost 5 years ago

Wonderful. On a day like this singing and dancing just seems so right!

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Chris Baréz-Brown almost 5 years ago

Brilliant. Watch this space! Get your dancing shoes ready and those lungs primed. It's in the plan...great post- mine would be a bit of Stevie Wonder C x