Week in the Life: Tuesday 12th May

Welcome to Week in the Life: Tuesday. This week I am taking part in Ali Edwards’ documentation project where I document our lives through photos, videos and stories.

If you haven’t seen Monday you can find that here.

In this post I’m sharing how yesterday looked for us…

Week in the Life: Tuesday 12th May

Week in the Life - Tuesday - a collection of photos featuring Hands

Theme for the Day – Double Dog Walk Day!

Weather –Sunny then Cloudy – High of 14 – Low of 4

Wake up – 6.30am with the dog. Back to sleep until 8.20am

Breakfast – Greek yoghurt, apple slices and a dollop of Tiptree Salted Caramel spread

Lunch – Another “picnic” plate. This one included Cheese Savoury Rolls, Cocktail Sausages, crackers with pate, carrot and cucumber sticks and some wotsits

Dinner – Americano pizza, salad and halloumi fries followed by Mars Bar Slice for dessert

Snacks – Rice cakes

What happened – Morning
Week in the Life: Tuesday - Morning Dog Walk
  • The dog woke me early but the husband ended up taking him downstairs to let him out so I went back to bed
  • Woke around 820am (that would be LATE usually but is becoming more regular during lockdown – going back to school runs will be hard!)
  • Wrote my morning pages
  • Came down to sort breakfast – the kiddo had his second breakfast
  • Got stuck into home learning – messaged the teacher, made a plan and got on with some Maths
  • The kiddo convinced me to do a workout and it felt great once we did it
  • During morning break I took the dog for a walk (about 40 minutes). I let him decide where to go so we ended up walking round the city centre and back down the high street. There were a lot more people compared to a couple of weeks ago
  • Back home to help the kiddo finish his writing – he wrote a review of The BFG which he finished reading last night
  • I prepped lunch and the husband came down from a long morning of work calls to eat with us
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
Week in the Life: Tuesday - Mars Bar Slice Baking
  • We got back into some school work after lunch – a comprehension exercise set by the teacher which included some reading
  • I tidied the kitchen, washed up and mopped the floor
  • I headed out to a weekly appointment – I’m a volunteer for The Cinnamon Trust and walk an elderly person’s dog
  • The roads felt busier (they have gradually been getting busier each week that I’ve gone throughout lockdown)
  • Had a chat with the owner (from the porch keeping my distance) and then walked Ruby for around 35 minutes
  • Came home and got straight into making Mars Bar Slice
  • Started work on this post
  • Had dinner going in the background
  • Ate dinner and watched a House of Games
  • The boys took the doggo for his evening walk and I watched last week’s Sewing Bee
  • Kiddo went to bed and we watched a bit of TV (we’ve almost finished series 1 of Race Around the World)
I am grateful for –
  1. Getting back to sleep after an early start with the dog
  2. 2 doggo walks – it’s felt like a luxury to get out twice in one day during lockdown!
  3. A decent sleep last night – feeling brighter today

No. of steps – 8,534 – much better – the 2 doggo walks helps!

Bedtime – 9.30pm – I read for a while. My current bedtime read is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and it’s fascinating.

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • I enjoyed trying some interesting angles for photos today – from the kitchen cupboard and setting the phone down on the floor on self timer during our walk
  • I like looking for themes through the photos to create the mosaics for these posts
  • For my scrapbook album – I need to find an app to make 6×4 mosaics so I can get some photos sorted ready to print – I think the key will be getting as much done during this week as I can

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So that was my Week in the Life: Tuesday. I’ll be back soon with stories and photos from the rest of the week. .

I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

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Week in the Life: Monday 11th May

Hello! This week I am taking part in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project. In this post I’m sharing how Monday 11th May looked for us…

Week in the Life: Monday 11th May

Week in the Life: Monday 11th May - Morning photos

Theme for the Day – Need More Sleep!

Weather – High of 11 / Low of 2 / Windy

Wake up – 6.50am to let the doggo out. Tried to go back to sleep after but no joy!

Breakfast – Coco Pops! Not my usual choice – Hubby bought me some mini boxes with the last big shop.

Lunch – A “picnic” plate (most of our Lockdown lunches follow a similar theme). Today we had Chicken poppers, crackers with cheese, carrot and cucumber sticks and a few tortilla chips. Followed by Jaffa Cakes.

Dinner – Steak, Hash Browns and a side salad followed by a strawberry cone

Snacks – Apple, Banana and chocolate!

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What happened – Morning
  • I stayed up way too late last night finishing a book. This resulted in around 6 hours sleep – not enough!
  • The dog thundered down the stairs about 6.50am so I got up to let him out.
  • Back upstairs and into bed to try and sneak in some more sleep but it didn’t happen!
  • Listened to music and tried to take fun photos while prepping breakfast.
  • Husband started work for the day upstairs in the office (box room).
  • Left the kiddo finishing his crumpets and watching SpongeBob to head back upstairs to write my Morning Pages.
  • We did a Joe Wickes workout.
  • Planned out our “school day” using our post-it note chart.
  • Checked the School class pages – the kiddo did an arithmetic test and sent it off to his teacher.
  • We set up some new spellings for the new week.
  • Had a break with some snacks followed by a 25 min blustery dog walk around the block.
  • Had a go at a Science experiment – today we made a DIY Lava Lamp – it was good fun.
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
  • Stopped for lunch – hubby came downstairs and we snuck in a little Race Across the World while we ate.
  • Back to school/work – the kiddo read to me and then he wrote a letter to a friend for writing practice.
  • Declared school done for the day which means FREE time!
  • I headed upstairs to grab a shower.
  • I laid on the bed following the shower and faffed around on my phone.
  • Thought a lot about napping but various interruptions and requests for snacks and cuddles (boy and dog) didn’t allow for it.
  • Finally found enough energy 2 hours later to head back downstairs.
  • Washed up and tidied the kitchen.
  • Started work on this blog post while the boys played on the x-box.
  • Dinner was a joint effort between the hubby and I (I did the salad).
  • We watched an episode of Richard Osman’s House of Games and then the boys took the doggo for his 2nd walk while I carried on with this post.
  • The boy headed upstairs and hubby read to him for a while.
  • We watched a bit more Race Across the World, let the dog out and headed to bed.
Week in the Life: Monday 11th May - Home Learning photos
I am grateful for –
  1. Slow starts with no school runs
  2. A windy walk to blow the cobwebs away
  3. The enthusiasm and ideas this project brings

No. of steps – 4,428k – that’s quite low (even for lockdown) – I did forget to put it on first thing and missed some of the workout steps.

Bedtime – 9.45pm

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • My enthusiasm ran high today (even after a lousy sleep) – I took lots of photos and a fair few notes.
  • I started a video montage using the 1 Second Everyday app (in Freestyle mode) – not sure if I will keep this up all week but it’s good to have one day done. This features the kiddo so won’t be shared publicly.
  • I also want to create a scrapbook-style album of the week so have done some planning for that. I’ve found a 6×8 album from years ago and have ordered some extra inserts.
  • I want to make sure I tell the story of our dining table – in this season of our lives it serves MANY functions! Currently it’s being used for learning at home, all aspects of sewing, storage, games, video calls and collecting clutter!

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So that was my Week in the Life: Monday.

You can see stories and photos from the rest of the week at these links:

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I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

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Making Peace with 2019

I recently mentioned I was keen to be making peace with 2019 (in my Monthly Mantras post) and today I want to write more about that.

2019 felt like a big year. I didn’t give birth, move house, move from one side of the world to the other or lose anyone close to me (each of these fit into the definition of a “big year” for me). And yet it still felt like a lot happened last year. And I feel that needs to be reflected on.

So I’ve been doing some reflection exercises and I thought I’d share some of that with you.

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Reviewing and Reflecting on 2019

I started with a review of the year. Deciding to follow the format suggested by Elise Joy in her email newsletter, I drew out a template in my Bullet Journal for the review back in December but ended up stalled for weeks. I think I had to get into 2020 before I could complete it! I recently finished it by taking it one month at a time.

For each month I went through my Bullet Journal and wrote a quick summary of what I did and what happened each month. Then I noted down how I felt that month. It’s interesting to see how much happened in 2019. And that there were definitely some up’s and down’s throughout the year.

I’ve also been journaling in my Morning Pages. My Morning Pages don’t have any defined structure – I just aim for 3 pages each day when I can. It’s usually whatever is on my mind, reflecting back and planning my days. I have found myself reflecting back on 2019 some days. I find Morning Pages a good way to get things out onto the page.

Other good exercises to help you reflect are:
  • Keeping a gratitude journal and writing down something you are grateful for at the end of each day
  • Writing Happy Lists (things that make you happy so you can bring more happiness into your life!)
  • Thinking about what you want More, Less and the Same of in your life going forward (or what you want to Stop Doing, Start Doing and Continue Doing) – I have an example here
  • Dreaming about your Ideal Day and then working out what small things you can start adding to your current days to work towards the ideal

What Happened in 2019?

So what happened in 2019 that made it feel like such a big year? Here’s just some of the things we did last year…

We:

  • Had some building work done on the house that took a couple of months
  • Tried to rehome a rescue dog but unfortunately she wasn’t able to be around children (we didn’t know that when we took her in)
  • Visited family in Devon and Scotland
  • Visited New Zealand as a family for the first time since we left in 2016
  • Celebrated 10 years of marriage

And I:

  • came up with the idea of Find the Good in 30 Days, created all the content and released it throughout April
  • Learnt to sew and got stuck in with lots of projects
  • Got my Style Analysis
  • Attended writing, blogging and stationery events by myself and got a lot out of them
  • Reached 1000 days of yoga and meditation
  • Had some health stuff to deal with (that I’m still dealing with now)

Amongst all of this we did all the daily life stuff as well relating to school, work, family and home.

Making Peace with 2019

I think that 2019 was a full year for us with lots going on. There was always something happening or preparation and planning was happening for future events. When we travelled it was to visit family and/or friends and it was jam-packed. We didn’t get much down time. And when we did it felt enforced (because we were poorly or exhausted!).

Now that I’ve been able to reflect back on everything I can see that there were highs and lows (as there should be) and that we achieved a lot. It wasn’t all bad. It’s good to look back and find the good!

Looking back on 2019 has helped me work out my themes for 2020 and where I want to focus my time and energy currently.

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I’d love to hear some of your favourite exercises for reflecting and how you’ve been making peace with 2019.

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Documenting a Day in the Life – Thursday 5th March 2020

It’s time for another go at documenting a day in the life. I followed along with Ali Edwards’ Day in the Life project yesterday and I’m sharing how it went with you today.

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SPOILER – my day didn’t go as planned. I had intended to make notes on my pre-printed time tracker, share some life snippets on Instagram Stories and take lots of photo to share here. But I was awoken in the night by a poorly kiddo which meant a late start and my plans for the day amended. I half heartedly took photos through the day and debated whether or not to switch and record another day. But I decided to share as this is real life!

I like to use similar prompts each time so I can look at how life changes and how it stays the same over time. Let’s dive in and see how the day looked…

Documenting A Day In The Life – Thursday 5th March 2020

Theme for the Day – Poorly Kiddo

Weather – High of 7 / Low of 1 / Type of weather – Cloudy & Lots of Rain

Wake up Time – Around 2.15am until 4am with the poorly kiddo. Awake a couple more times. Then just after 7.45am.

Food –
Documenting a Day in the Life - 5th March 2020 - food pictures

Breakfast – My current usual – porridge with milk, flaxseed, apple and maple syrup. And I made bacon and eggs wraps for husband.

Lunch – Shared a cheese salad with the husband (loving the Lidl one at the moment) with some crisps.

Dinner – Vegan Satay Sweet Potato Curry – a friend recommended this recipe a while ago and we really love it. The peanuts add a delicious crunch! Great for leftovers too.

What I did –
Day in the Life - 5th March 2020 - dog photos
  • Administered medicine, cool flannels and cuddles
  • read stories
  • called school to report kiddo’s absence
  • made breakfast
  • Postponed and cancelled plans for the day
  • walked the dog in very moist conditions but luckily it wasn’t pouring yet
  • Watched Spongebob Squarepants
  • Went to Tesco’s for a top-up food shop and to buy medicine for the kiddo – it was crazy – everyone seemed to be there panic-buying!
  • Filled up with petrol in case people start panic-buying that next
  • Had lunch and watched a recorded The Last Leg with husband
  • More cuddles and medicine for the kiddo
  • Watched The Snail & The Whale (which we recorded at Christmas and hadn’t seen yet – loved it!)
  • Watched some You Tube videos about living “off the grid” (my current go to for some relaxation)
  • Listened to the Spotify playlist that the husband created for me (insert heart-eye emojis here)
  • Wrote my “Morning” Pages at 4pm!
  • Decided to sew an elastic pen holder for my Morning Pages Journal
  • Cut out fabric from scraps and followed an online tutorial badly. Pen Holder is far from perfect but does the job. I will try again when I’m less tired
  • Made curry for dinner
  • Tidied the kitchen
  • Listened to husband reading Harry Potter 7 to the kiddo
  • Tucked up the kiddo after more cuddles and medicine
  • Watched more YouTube videos
  • Tucked up in bed to read
  • And amongst all this I let the dog out many times, fed the dog multiple times and gave lots of doggy cuddles
I am grateful for –

1) Cuddles with the kiddo
2) Getting some fresh air – walking with the dog
3) The satay curry for dinner
4) Watching YouTube videos to chill out
5) Coconut oil is a great moisturiser

Activities –
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No. of steps – I didn’t wear my Fitbit so no steps recorded (would have been fairly low other than walking the dog!)

Today’s Yoga practice – I’m not doing daily yoga at the moment and I’m missing it. I’m aiming for 4 practices a week currently.

Today’s Self Nurturing Activity – Watching some YouTube videos and chilling out to rest when I was tired.

Currently Reading – What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? by Tony Juniper – I saw it on a nature themed display at the library and decided to try it. It’s quite science-y but I’m finding it interesting – glad I picked it up.

Bedtime – About 9.30pm-ish I think.

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So a day I hadn’t planned. But good to record it all the same!

You can see my previous attempt at documenting a Day in the Life here (26th February 2019) and I also documented a Week in the Life in May 2018.

Did you take part in Day In The Life? Is it something you’re keen to do? If so I’d recommend heading over to Ali Edwards’ website.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this snapshot of my daily life! If you’re keen to see more sneak peeks pop over to Instagram and follow me there.

Choosing Monthly Mantras

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Back in July last year I shared a blog post about the Monthly Mantras I’d been choosing in lieu of a Word for the Year.

Today I want to share the words I picked for the remainder of last year and what they meant to me.

If you haven’t picked a word for the year why not choose a monthly mantra to steer you for the next month and see how that goes? You may decide to stick with it for the rest of the year or choose a different one each month depending on what’s going on in your life.

Monthly Mantras – July to December 2019

July – Connection

July was a month of social engagements and networking. I also set up the FTGE Facebook group. We had a family holiday to Scotland and I wanted a reminder to use every opportunity to form connection.

Connection is one of my Core Desired Feelings.

August – Balance

When I was throwing around ideas for August I quickly skipped past Balance – which is one of my Personal Values – as it didn’t feel achievable! But I quickly realised as I threw other words into the ring (adventure, routine, celebration, relaxing) that Balance was exactly what I should be focusing on that month.

August meant it was the Summer Holidays in the UK so my son was home. And he celebrated turning 9. I wanted to get to the end of the Summer break and be able to look back knowing we had fun and spent quality time together but that I also kept other things (the blog, social media, house work, creativity, food & exercise) ticking along as well.

And that’s where balance came in. As a Libra I am intrigued by balance and it’s something I often struggle with. In certain aspects of my life I can be All-or-Nothing…and Balance doesn’t get a look in.

I wanted to be mindful of balance. I wanted to remind myself that:

  • days spent at home can be just as much fun as days out
  • this introvert needs to seek out quiet time amongst the noise
  • I can enjoy an ice-cream AND the homegrown lettuce
  • we can do things on a whim and not have it all planned out.
September – Fresh

September makes me think of Fresh Starts. I used to love pencil-case shopping for back to school (& still use it as an excuse to look for new stationery)! When I thought of Fresh it led me to:

  • Start,
  • Ideas,
  • Food and
  • Air
  • plus Freshen Up.

In September I wanted to freshen up my routines so that I was putting more time and effort into my writing. I also wanted to make the most of the sunshine and summer vibes and get outside and eat lots of fresh salad and fruit while it was still available.

October – Magical

For October I chose MAGICAL for my monthly mantra. I’ve always found Autumn to be magical plus it’s my birthday month and there’s Halloween right at the end so it felt like a good choice! We also returned to New Zealand for a visit in October and I knew that I wanted that trip to be magical. I was ready to look for magic in daily life.

Magical is one of my Core Desired Feelings.

November – Adapt

I didn’t choose November’s word until a little bit into the month. We returned from our New Zealand trip on the 9th of the month full of jet-lag and feeling discombobulated. Adapt seemed to be the right fit. I wanted to get back into the right time-zone, guide us all back into regular daily life and get back into the swing of things. I was also adapting to the change of seasons and light levels as Autumn took hold. Plus I had some recent changes to my health that I needed to adapt to.

December – Peace

I chose this word in retrospect right at the end of the year. It took longer to adapt then I’d expected and December snuck up on me. I ended up needing to relax and rest and let things go. I made a conscious decision for less stress, rushing and busy-ness. And most of all I needed to make peace with the year and everything that had happened (I’ll be honest and say that in February 2020 I’m still working on that! And hope to share more soon).

Peace is one of my Core Desired Feelings.

Did Choosing Monthly Mantras Work for Me?

It’s interesting to look back at the words I chose over the course of the year.

5 of the words chosen (Nourishment, Spark, Connection, Magical and Peace) are my 5 Core Desired Feelings and I think this has helped me realise that those words are still very important to me. Two of the words (Love and Balance) are Personal Values of mine.

Towards the end of the year I felt less connected to this project. I was late picking the words each month but I did still continue. And I think there was value in selecting words midway through the month and even in retrospect. I’m glad I did it. I enjoyed having a different theme each month and I’d recommend giving it a go – particularly if choosing one word for the whole year is daunting.

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Forward into 2020

In 2020 I haven’t chosen a single word for the year and I’m not currently choosing a monthly mantra. Instead I have some themes for the year and I am setting goals relating to the themes. I’ll be sharing more about this with you very soon.

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Do you have a theme word this year or this month? If so do let me know. I love seeing what other people choose.

1000 days of Yoga and Meditation

At the end of September I reached a milestone – 1000 days of yoga and meditation. That’s 1000 consecutive days of practising either yoga or meditation. Today I want to share my yoga story and some insights with you.

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The Beginning

My 1000 days started on 1st January 2017 with Yoga for Adriene’s free January daily yoga programme – Yoga Revolution. I certainly didn’t start out thinking about reaching 1000 days. I started out hoping I’d get to the end of January. Feeling boosted by completing the January series – I carried on – picking each day from the many free practices available. I got into a rhythm and realised that the time spent on the mat was helping me every single day. I tracked my practices and progress in my Bullet Journal and it felt great to update my yoga tracker each day (like a giant tick in my self care box!).

The Messy Middle

It wasn’t an easy jump from 30 days to a 1000. I tried to celebrate milestones as I went…100 days, 500 days, 2 years. Even at 500 days I don’t think I’d decided I would aim for 1000. I just kept going.

I didn’t set myself any rules in terms of practice duration or type. A lot of days I did short practices (under 10 minutes), quite a few days I did 2 minutes. It all counted.

I did yoga:

  • in my lounge (with the YWA practices playing on the television),
  • beside the Christmas tree,
  • on our upstairs skinny landing (hallway),
  • on my bed (the bedtime ones are awesome right before you tuck yourself in to sleep),
  • in hotel rooms,
  • in 4 different countries,
  • at school with my son,
  • in the garden (only once or twice),
  • with Adriene and 2000 others at Alexandra Palace in London and
  • at a local class with a friend.
It all counted.

I found peaks and troughs with my enthusiasm and with the types of practices I sought out. I mixed things up. And I took part in online yoga retreats and 7 day programmes. I did each of the January daily programmes as they were released.

Some days I would bitch and moan that I hadn’t yet yoga’d and I had to do it before I could go to sleep…sometimes those were the magic days – the ones where I’d drop onto my mat and into the practice and remember why I kept showing up. Some days I didn’t enjoy practicing at all but those days have been far and few between.

Reaching 1000 Days of Yoga and Meditation

At the beginning of 2019 I came up with 2 yoga related goals. I wanted to practice 100 (or more) hours of yoga this year. And I wanted to reach the 1000 day milestone.

For the majority of the 1000 days it was yoga I was practicing. This year I’ve found myself looking for more gentle practices and this led me to meditation. This year has not been without its challenges. I occasionally suffer from tendonitis in my wrists and I hope I’m becoming more attuned to what my body needs. Sometimes that is stillness. I adapted my goal (thank goodness I get to make the “rules”!) to include meditation.

I can now confidently say that the numbers don’t matter. The number of days or minutes practiced don’t matter. In fact – I did think about missing a day before I reached the 1000 milestone just to prove the point…but I really wanted to write about this journey and 1000 had a nice ring to it!

What matters is the connection to something more. Treating my body and myself with respect. That I can show up for myself every single day. I have learnt to accept the ebb and flow. When I can push myself and when to ease back. And that something as simple as the way you breathe can change your mood, your outlook and your whole day. Yoga IS life-changing. (Yoga is life.)

Follow my Yoga Journey

I’ve shared a few posts now about my yoga practice. If you’re keen to read more have a look at these:

What Now? Another 1000 days of Yoga and Meditation?!

At the time of writing this I haven’t yet broken the chain! I am at 1009 days. It’s likely the chain will be broken some time this month to ensure I don’t fall into the trap of aiming for 2000 days!

I did something for 1000 days and I’m not sick of it. I might not continue practicing every single day but I intend to include yoga and meditation in my day to day life as often as I can. And I know there is so much more I can learn about yoga and life. I’m keen to study and dive deeper.

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If you have any questions please do reach out (you can leave a comment below this post). I’d love to connect with you.
Namaste.

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Autumnal Things that make me Happy

Let’s talk all things Autumn today. Specifically the Autumnal things that make me happy. I love finding ways to celebrate and embrace the seasons and I love making lists of things that make me happy.

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Autumnal Things that make me Happy

  • The colours – this one’s obvious but it has to be top of the list. I love spotting the colours of Autumn as they start to appear
  • Crumble – apple is my favourite and it’s the typical Autumn dish for me
  • Roast Dinners – we tend to eat more roasts as the weather turns to the colder months
  • More opportunities to see Rainbows in the wild…with the often changeable weather the rainbow possibilities are higher!
  • Nature is full of treasures in Autumn…we love looking for conkers, acorns and other seasonal treasures
  • Crunchy leaves…the best thing about walking in Autumn!
  • Hedgerows of blackberries to nibble on…if you can get past the thorns to pick them
  • I can finally start using all the blankets I collect again. There’s usually one flung over the back of every chair in our house
  • Listening to the rain on the roof (I can do this all year round if it rains but it’s happens a lot in Autumn). I find listening to and watching the rain really soothing
  • Soaking up every last drop of sunshine…as Autumn comes around I find myself more grateful for any sunshine and blue skies we have
  • Cozy clothes – hoodies, cardigans and scarves – my preferred clothes are the ones most like pyjamas!
  • Wrapping my hands around a warm mug of tea (or decaf coffee or hot chocolate)
  • Autumn means it’s nearly my birthday!
  • Using the stationery I bought in the Back to School madness
  • Getting crafty…once Summer is over I tend to get more crafty and creative. I’m currently taking a Beginners Sewing Course locally. And I’ve been writing penpal letters and sending some happy mail
  • Finding it easier to spot birds, squirrels and other critters as the trees lose their leaves

How about You?

What would you add to this list? I’d love to know what Autumnal things make you happy? And what’s your favourite season? Let me know in the comments below.

Other Seasonal Posts

I love writing about the seasons. You can read all the posts here .

If you’re looking for more Autumn posts try these:

And if you’re somewhere that’s celebrating Spring time try these instead:

And don’t forget to come and visit me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing more Autumnal Things that make me Happy.

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Wishing you an awesome Autumn or a splendid Spring wherever you are in the world!

Bloggers Share – Favourite Ways to Find the Good Everyday

Today it’s the final instalment of the Bloggers Share series here on the blog. I recently asked some fellow bloggers about how they stay positive and enjoy every day. Today – I’m sharing their Favourite Ways to Find the Good Everyday.

If you haven’t seen the previous 2 instalments you can check them out here:

I’ve provided a link to each blogger’s website below. Please consider visiting them and if you do – let them know I sent you!

Bloggers Share Favourite Ways to Find the Good Everyday

Bloggers Share FAVOURITE WAYS to Find the Good Everyday
Emma Farley / acornishgeek.com

“I’ve been journaling every day this year and I love it. It gives me a chance to offload every evening but I always make sure I write something positive too, including a daily gratitude tracker. I attended a creative journaling and mindfulness workshop recently and something I took away from it was “exit kindly”.”

Teresa Maria / outlandishblog.com

“Just focusing on the positives. I came to work one day last week feeling really angry for no particular reason. But at the office, instead of taking it out on my colleagues, I instead allowed my colleagues to pull me out of my misery by joining in on their conversations, going for lunch with them, just keeping my mind on everything that’s good right now rather than on how angry I feel, especially since I didn’t know why I felt angry in the first place. It’ll pass.

I taught myself to focus on the positives about 7 years ago when I was jobless and mildly depressed. I decided then that every morning, before getting up from bed, I had to come up with 1 positive thing about the day. After doing that for a year, without noticing, it became a habit that I still practice. Without putting any effort into it, I think of something good about today before getting up from bed every single morning. I really recommend trying it out if you’re struggling to find the positive about the day.”

Elen Mai / welshwanderer.com

“My favourite way to find the good in everyday is to have some kind of “gratitude journal”. It doesn’t have to be fancy, I jot mine down in the notes of my phone. It’s basically writing down 3 things you’re grateful for having in your life and really recognising an appreciation for them. They don’t have to be all fancy and motivational either – the other day one of my top 3 things included “cheese strings”. Just have fun with it!

Caterina / 35mminstyle.com

Be humble and appreciate the simple things. And always be curious.”

Tors Darling / darlinglife.co.uk

“I have a trello board for the month and make sure I document 3 things that were good about the day. Sometimes they’re big things like being recognised for the hard work I’m putting in, and sometimes they’re small and as basic as I had a cuddle with my husband, depends on the day. It’s not easy sometimes to see the good in the day, but if you consciously look for it, even in retrospect then over time it makes it easier to recognise and has a snowball effect that you start to feel more positive.

My daughter has just turned 4 and part of her bedtime routine is me asking her what 3 things was she’s grateful for so no matter what’s happened throughout the day she goes to bed remembering the good and being grateful for the day.

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I love all these suggestions of keeping a Gratitude Journal as I’m a big believer in the power of gratitude. You can pick up some tips for creating your own Gratitude Journal here.

A big thank you to my fellow bloggers for their fantastic contributions. I hope they’ve given you lots of ideas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Bloggers Share series. I’ve really enjoyed reaching out to fellow bloggers and collating their responses so perhaps I’ll do something similar in the future.

And let’s continue the conversation…let me know your Favourite Ways to Find the Good Everyday below in the comments.

Bloggers Share – Finding Positivity on a Bad Day

Today I’m back with the next instalment of my new series here on the blog. I recently asked some fellow bloggers their tops tips to help Find the Good Everyday. Today – I’m sharing their tips for Finding Positivity on a Bad Day.

Don’t forget to come back next week for the next instalment (or you could sign up to receive notifications of new blog posts by email so you don’t miss it!)

And if you haven’t seen last week’s instalment click here to read Simple Daily Rituals to Find the Good Everyday.

Each blogger is linked – I’m sure they would love it if you paid them a visit. And if you do – please tell them I sent you!

Finding Positivity on a Bad Day

Bloggers Share FINDING POSITIVITY on a Bad Day
Elen Mai / welshwanderer.com

“Depending on how severely bad my day is, I do one of two things. If it’s a minor occurrence, I’ll dust myself off and read a few inspirational quotes on Pinterest. Messaging my mum for advice also helps – she’s brutally honest and I love/hate it. Or if it’s a really bad day, I give myself some time to get it out of my system. Usually this takes the form of a Netflix binge-watching session or a couple hours lifting heavy weights at the gym. Whatever I fancy at the time.”

Caterina / 35mminstyle.com

“I like to listen to inspiring podcasts if I’m at work and feeling down, otherwise, I only need a long walk outside in the countryside with one of my film cameras in my backpack.”

Emma Farley / acornishgeek.com

“I’ve found that even when I’m at my most stressed, getting outside makes me feel so much better, particularly on a sunny day. If I’m having a particularly busy and stressful day at work, just sitting outside for ten minutes is so beneficial.”

Tors Darling / darlinglife.co.uk

Be conscious of the little things – I could be having a terrible pain day and everything seems like a chore. I might be in an awful mood, but the positivity comes from thinking about what I have achieved e.g. I got dressed, I watched TV/film I know I’ll love like Harry Potter or a cheesy film.
If I’m having a bad day at work (Emergency Department Sister) I look for positivity in the care I’ve delivered or the targets I’m achieving – or I ask for it. I know that may seem daunting, but when I can’t see anything good I ask people what they’ve seen go well today, or what impact I’ve had on them. If I’m truly overwhelmed I get space from everything – which can be as simple of hiding in the toilet for a moment, getting a drink – nurses are terrible for it.”

Teresa Maria / outlandishblog.com

“If I feel bad, no matter if it’s for a proper reason or just a feeling that has no foundation in reality (like those days when one feels like the ugliest duckling ever), I don’t deny myself those feelings. I feel bad and I ask myself ‘why?‘ I sort of discuss myself through the issue like my mum would if she was there.
If it’s an issue that I can’t do anything about I have a little tantrum, shout at the wall, and then accept that it’s out of my control, and move on. Takes a lot of willpower, but you can train yourself to do that.
If it’s something useless, like feeling ugly or dumb, I remind myself that it’s just a feeling and that it will pass by. Tomorrow is always a new, better day. I’ve never been wrong on this.”

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I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions for finding positivity on a bad day – please leave a comment below with your ideas.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s Simple Daily Rituals to Find the Good Everyday. And here are some other blog posts you might enjoy along a similar theme:

100 Things That Make Me Happy – I’d recommend creating a Happy List that you can refer to and use for inspiration on bad days!
100 More Things That Make Me Happy
The Find the Good In… series

I’ll be back with the final instalment – Bloggers Share Favourite Ways to Find the Good Everyday – next week!

Bloggers Share – Simple Daily Rituals to Find the Good Everyday

Today marks the start of a new series here on the blog. I recently asked some fellow bloggers their tops tips to help Find the Good Everyday. Today – I’m sharing their Simple Daily Rituals to make their days better.

Don’t forget to come back next week for another instalment (or better still sign up to receive notifications of new blog posts by email so you don’t miss it!)

Above each quote is a link to the blogger – please do visit them and tell them you’re visiting from Find the Good Everyday.

Simple Daily Rituals to Find the Good Everyday

Bloggers Share SIMPLE DAILY RITUALS to Find the Good Everyday
Teresa Maria / OutlandishBlog.com

“The first thing, that sets me up nicely for the day, is to have a consistent morning routine. Nothing big; getting up, drinking coffee and doing my make-up and hair while there’s something chill on TV.
Throughout the day I pay attention to the little things and remind myself how lucky I am; my commute is 2 minutes, I have the most wonderful colleagues, I like my job, my pay is good, etc. If it’s a sunny day I don’t need to remind myself of any positives because light and warmth already make me so happy and energetic, that I’ll be fine through the day with just that.
I learned years ago, through some unfortunate events, that it really is the little things that matter the most in the end. And realising that, I think, I found the essence of happiness.”

Tors Darling / darlinglife.co.uk

“I document the 3 things that are good about the day this has a snowball effect that it’s easier to see the good in the day.”

Emma Farley / acornishgeek.com

“I grab as many cuddles with my son as possible. Nothing else matters when he crawls into my lap and says “I love big squeezes, they’re my favourite”. It’s an act that costs nothing, doesn’t take much time, and I can do it as much as I like!”

Caterina / 35mminstyle.com

“Usually, I like to start the day with my morning skincare routine and a big breakfast.”

Elen Mai / welshwanderer.com

“I try to start everyday with a pint of cold water and half an hour of yoga practice. It lets me empty my mind ready to start the day and I feel much more refreshed and grounded for doing it. Yoga with Adrienne’s videos on Youtube are absolutely brilliant for beginners like me to follow along to.”

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Do you have any Simple Daily Rituals to help you Find the Good Everyday? If so – leave a comment below – let’s keep the conversation going.

If you’re keen to create some Simple Daily Rituals why not try these posts for more tips and suggestions…

Morning Routine
Afternoon Routine
Evening Routine
Quick, Easy & Free Ways to Find the Good Everyday

See you back next week with some tips for finding the positive on a bad day.