How it's going halfway in

Week 24 of 'The Great Wake Up!'

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I find reflection weeks quite difficult as I'm never really sure what to write about. I have to think long and hard and usually end up taking my write-ups of the most recent experiments, combining them together and summarising each of them into one overall post.

If I'm honest, this has always felt a bit like cheating, so in the spirit of 'The Great Wake Up!' I'll try and approach it differently this time.

My first reflection is that I can't believe we are halfway through this project. When did that happen?! It just seems like last week when I received the email to say I had been selected as one of ten bloggers to write about their experiences. Not long after this I attended the launch event and gained a better understanding of what I had let myself in for and it all sounded very exciting.

And it has been exciting and it's remained that way since. I have completed all except one of the experiments - I definitely wasn't going down to my local park to climb trees on my own! I drew the line at that one. But every other one has provided me with a different experience, whilst at the same time giving me an opportunity to connect with myself and to notice more of the world around me. Once of the more recent experiments was literally to slow down, but each experiment has in its own way slowed me down, whether that's through taking time out of my usual routine to do something differently or trying something new.

Some weeks have been quite difficult, particularly when life has got busy, but in my opinion it has definitely been worth doing. Apart from the benefits I have already mentioned, it has helped bring me out of the stress a little by forcing me to think about (and do) something else. Just the act of doing something different seems to give me a greater sense of awareness that helps me notice how I'm feeling.

So I am really looking forward to seeing what the second half of this project brings - I can't wait to hear about what we will be doing next (as long as it doesn't involve climbing trees!) and hope that the project continues to bring the benefits that the first half has.


I started off as a Great Wake Up! blogger but that wonderful project has sadly come to an end so now I am writing about being an introvert. I, like many other introverts, can feel lost as more and more value is placed on the number of connections we make rather than their quality. I often find myself in situations where I don't fit in and where louder people get a greater share of the focus. I am regularly seen as 'the quiet one' as if somehow that is a bad thing, when in fact, I think it's a pretty good thing. This blog is about my journey to find out more about the introvert personality and embrace my quiet side.


Go to the profile of Annette Hogan
over 5 years ago
I can't believe you are half through, reading all the experiences has been so interesting and I have tried to apply them to my own life in some small way each month I think we need to climb those trees together xx
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Preeti, I must tell you that you are missing out with not climbing a tree. It is magical, there is a real connection with nature, there is a connection to the past and the here and now. I think you need to go and find a wood and experience this. You really are missing out. Go find a tree, get climbing and lose yourself in the connection with nature! You've got to open up to it - lose yourself... you'll enjoy it if you let yourself go.
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Great feedback Preeti and thrilled that it has brought awareness into your life. Thanks so much for all your input over the last 6 months C x