Hey all, I’ve been writing this little series for 18 weeks now,that’s over 4 months. Crazy really when it started as a way to help me appreciate the good things in life, no matter how small, when I was going through a particularly lonely time.
This doesnt mean every week for the last 18 has been all rainbows and unicorns but it does mean that even if me and Scott do argue, work is stressful, money tight or I dent my car(oops), I am able to see that over a 7 day period there was a lot to be happy about and it has helped me to put it all in perspective.
I’ve loved doing this little series but now seems a good time to stop as in a weeks time we are going away so I will miss a week. I intend to think of a new idea to keep me posting every week and keep me sharing what I’ve been up to but I would encourage anyone who is struggling to find their place, thinks they don’t have a lot going on or is just feeling lonely to try this style of writing. Even if it’s just for a week, it made me feel so much better for a long time just seeing it all down infront on me was the realisation I needed that ok, my life wasn’t as full as other people’s and hey some people may not ever text me first but really I have a lot to be happy about and life is good!
If this blog can encourage or help someone that is also going through a particularly lonely time I would be so happy.
I would encourage anyone reading this to share this post and spread this idea to as many people as you can.
Anyway here is my last list of 7!
1. Choir. A few months ago this was the something I needed, my thing/hobby/interest and I love singing with these guys! Even if I’m shattered by 7.30 on Monday night I always get myself to choir and am just immediately happy I went. Singing just makes me happy 😊
2. Cooking healthy meals for my family! This has probably been a regular in my list but I really do enjoy making interesting, tasty meals with as much colour in as possible. If I haven’t seen either of them for a day or so because of work or commitments I love that I can make them a good tasting meal and they will be just happy to be home and I feel like my job as Mumma bear is done.
3. Being spontaneous! Sometimes you just have bite the bullet and get out of your comfort zone. I think this all started when we received an invitation to my cousins 21st birthday party this coming August, its a black tie event something we are not used to dressing for! This will require talking, socialising with a side of the family I’ve not seen in years, the worry is already creeping in if I let myself think about it for too long but most importantly what am I going to wear!
Having this as a starting point meant that this week has just kind of snowballed into a series of spontaneous events!
Wednesday we booked a theatre show for an Elvis tribute! I’ve always secretly loved Elvis songs and have wanted to go and see one of these for years but is it really the done thing for a 30 something? I’m so excited for this in October!
Thursday I was checking Twitter and saw Joe Wicks- The Body Coach had advertised a FREE 2 hour workout with him and others at Chelsea football stadium,London this Monday! A goodie bag is included and there were only 1000 places. I think this was meant to be because I don’t go on Twitter much and just happened to see this tweet minutes after it was posted.
After some convincing from Scott and him treating me to the train ticket I am going, Monday, on my own to London to do the first HIIT workout in a football stadium with 1000 other crazy people!
Now I did try to get people to come with me but let’s be honest who doesn’t already have plans with their family on a bank holiday Monday, cue my friends panicked face as I asked her Thursday evening as she tried desperately to think of reasons she couldn’t come, as is standard everyone is usually working or having a family day so it’s just little old me and this guy! Wish me luck!
4. T’s class assembly. We have been hearing the songs and listening to the line for this assembly for weeks so to finally see it all put together was lovely. T did her one line very well and they all performed brilliantly.
5. Hard work pays off! Last year before we went away we just happened to pop into River Island and T saw the children’s section for the first time. She was obsessed and was desperate for her holiday clothes to come from there, I was desperate to win the lottery but hey that wasn’t going to happen!
So we decided to set her chores, each one would be worth a small amount and however much she earned she could take it and spend it in River Island. This went down a storm and soon the house was cleaner than a whistle and she ended up with a cute little playsuit, sunglasses and cardigan.
Cue this year’s holiday approaching, out comes the jobs list “I want to earn money again Mummy”. So for the last 4 weeks she has been clearing the garden, putting washing in the machine, clearing the table to name a few and loving it at the same time! With jobs being paid between 20p for clearing the table and £2.50 for helping wash the car she had a way to go before she could buy anything but she is a trooper and managed to rack up an impressive £24! (Now time for the bank of Mummy to come up with the goods!) So off to River Island we went and she came away with this little set which she is thrilled to bits with.
6. Sunshine and cider. After having a particularly low afternoon yesterday sitting in the sun drinking this raspberry cider and reading my book was just what I needed. If it wasn’t for the price tag, comfort shopping is a dangerous thing, I think this would be my new summer drink!
7. Saving for a treat. The last few weeks I’ve been saving to make sure we have enough money to eat something nice at the airport before we go away and on the plane journey, (for anyone that doesn’t know airports are generally the most expensive place to eat in the world, followed by aeroplanes, the only place where it’s acceptable to charge £5 for a tub containing 6 Pringles.)
This year my lovely Nan is coming on holiday with us so I want to show her a good time from the minute we get in the airport, we always usually eat breakfast but this time it will be lunch followed by a snack on the plane and having said I would fund this the saving began a few weeks ago.
This week I reached my goal and and super happy we can start our holiday from the minute we pass security.
It’s true you do appreciate things more when you have to work hard to pay for them.
Well that’s all folks, thanks for sticking with me through this series and I hope I can find something equally as interesting when I get back!