Blog post re-share: You Are Amazing

It’s so easy to overlook yourself and this post serves as a good reminder for us. 🙂


I’m truly enjoying the November Soul Reset.

Day Three is talking about gratitude, but not just the proverbial list. It asked me to thank myself.

To say ‘thank you’ to me for being me.

Consider the last time you felt thankful for yourself. Really genuinely. Not because someone told you to. But because it just dawned on you. It just dawned on you that you are pretty amazing. ~SC Lourie

This is rather profound. When I think back of all the things I’ve been through, I tend to thank God, and that someone who stood by me during the storm. I cannot recall if I’ve ever said, “Thank you Barb.” 

I encourage you to take a quiet moment with you. Sit with a warm cuppa, and thank you for being there for you. When you think of who you love most in this world let it be you. You…

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Book review: “Forest Therapy,” by Sarah Ivens.

Cover of book Forest Therapy by Sarah Ivens

I pre-ordered this book some months ago and I have been looking forward to reading this, after having a taste of it, in a magazine.
This book; “Forest Therapy,” by Sarah Ivens, gives you ideas to get back into nature, to help us feel calmer, happier and more energised.
As the author mentions in her introduction of this book, many of the ideas are common sense. We just need to be reminded.
The twelve chapters in this book are to encourage us and our loved ones, to get outdoors and reconnect with nature in a healing way.

Contents of book:
1 – Sold on Science and Statistics
2 – A Walk on the Woods
3 – Spring Cleaning
4 – Summer Lovin’
5 – Fall in Love
6 – Winter Wonderland
7 – Parenting in Plein Air
8 – Being at One with Nature
9 – Couples’ Countryside Cure
10 – Natural Beauty
11 – Food Glorious Food
12 – The Call of the Wild
Further reading
About the author

The book encourages you to use your senses, as you take a walk.
There are also other suggestions that would compliment, while you are out in nature. The choice is what you want to do.
No matter what the weather, just get out in nature and dress accordingly to the weather.
A walk in nature costs nothing, as this book says and something I have said myself in a blog post, or two.

You do not need to be fit, to use examples in this book. The book is to encourage you to get out, take it slow and for what you use out of this book, use it, to get out.
I like how there are even ‘mindful minutes’ in this book, where something is suggested and you do what is suggested for just a minute, like for example, choose a morning, or an evening that suits you best and appreciate the beginning, or ending of a day just for 60 seconds by looking at the sky. While doing this, make a note in your journal of how the sky looked and how you felt. Acknowledge those feelings and reflections, as it helps to gain power over them, linking them to something powerful as the sun and cycle of the day. It acts as a reminder to us that we all have a fresh start every 24 hours and that the world is bigger than us.

There is no excuse for any of us to not do something, that this book suggests. We all know nature does us good, when we walk in it, experiencing how we feel good afterwards and how relaxed we are.
It doesn’t have to be a daily thing. Once a month is better, than nothing. Have at least 10 minutes of silence in nature walking, with some sitting. But if you can do longer, you will feel even more benefits.
Stress will unwind from you and you will feel relaxed and energised.

Go on, take a walk today, whether a street lined with trees, the nearest park, or a walk in the woods. Even your own back garden is a start.
Observe, take it in using your senses and breathe deep.

I totally recommend this book. It’s a book you can refer back to, time and time again.

Blog post re-share: My Mind’s Junk-Drawer — Untangled

I love this post when I came across it and it helped to look at myself in a different way. It made me smile at what was my irritations, until now. It gave me some perspective and not to get too annoyed with myself. My mind has a junk-drawer and I sometimes cannot find, or lose stuff in my junk drawer.

Do you have a junk-drawer?

We have a “junk-drawer” in our kitchen. It’s the drawer where coupons, batteries, a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, tape measures, a flashlight, matches, lighters, cat-nip, and the assorted 1/2 used birthday candle packages lay scattered about. It’s a small drawer, but it seems, it has the room of Mary Poppins magic bag. It holds everything and […]

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Life is a rollercoaster

I’m sure like me, you have heard the phrase “life is like a rollercoaster.” This past year, I feel I can use this phrase. Lots of things have happened, that have been good and bad. I have had to give myself extra self-care more than normal, which for a while has been on a daily basis. After my emotional week recently, that I talked about in this post; “Feeling emotional,” I have had to make sure I do keep giving myself self-care, appropriate for the situation.
Some self-care I have been doing is spending lots of time at the library this week. This will continue into next week on free days I will have, prior to work. I am out of internet as well, until the 4th October, so I am taking advantage of their WiFi too.
Some days have been colouring, or doodling, as I recently shared in a post.
At work, before work starts, I sit in a place away from others on odd days, for some quiet.

Anxiety has creeped in the last couple of days, but I feel I have it under control with slow deep breaths, touching things that help me relax and drinking tea, or hot chocolate.

This morning, while at the library, I chose to quickly flick through a book that caught my eye. The book was called, “Courage, 50 Mindfulness and Relaxation Exercises to Improve Your Confidence,” by Dr. Arlene K. Unger. Flicking through the book I see I am either doing some of these things already, or something I plan to do next.
But there was one thing that caught my eye in particular. I thought I would share it here with you, because I know there are readers like me that write either on their blog, or in a journal what they are grateful for the day and I thought you might be interested. I see it as something we could all give a go at, whether you practice gratitude, or not.
Would you like a challenge? Then keep reading.

This excerpt is from page 71, of the book:

“Write the alphabet on a sheet of paper. For each letter, challenge yourself to come up with something to be grateful for. (When you get to X and Z, just find something that contains those letters rather than words that start with them.)”

So are you going to have a go, with this challenge?

If you do, then when you have a go, either write yours for in a comment in this post.
Or if you are going to write this challenge up on your own blog, then tag this actual post.
Please , if you do tag me, that you make sure you tag using this post and not the whole of my blog, because that way I won’t miss your post. (Realistically, I shouldn’t.) Past challenges where I have found people to have joined in have not tagged me this way and I only happened to have spotted that they had joined in because I was scrolling in my reader far enough. I could have so easily missed.

I will share mine, once I have done it, in a separate post.

Taking a moment

Another day, since my post yesterday; “Breathe… and take a moment.”

Today, I took a carrier bag of net curtains I will no longer need and another bag that had three items in it, to a charity shop. I did what I needed to do after. Well, I thought I had, so made another trip in town.

I am making sure I am taking a moment to breathe, while having a pot of tea.


The application went well and the next stage today is reference checks. I know work has already submitted back their reference and my landlord where I currently live, will give me a good reference, when he submits his.

Continuing self-care and the flat

So with anxiety still creeping in at times, which I am hating right now, as I deal with this flat I may move into.
I am liking everything I hear so far and once I have something in writing, which is regards to the ceiling in the flat showing a long crack, which is probably subsidence, that I would like to be fixed. So if the landlord does this, I will know he is a good landlord.
I also waiting on queries about some other fees I seen on estate agents website, which the woman I am communicating with, has not worked there long, so she will get back to me on this, when she asks them about that.
There is also something I know that they do, that I have not come across before, hence asking lots of questions so I understand how that works.

The self-care I give myself, I see will continue greatly, due to my anxiety creeping in, since Friday and deciding to stay.

I had to go to bed early last night, as I had a really bad headache that felt it was creeping to migraine. I have not done myself any favours though, as I ate more chocolate than normal and it can, if I eat a fair amount in a sitting, give me a migraine.

I woke up with bruising on my right arm. The bruising will be from Saturday. I have gripped my arm that much through anxiety, I have bruised myself. I have done this before, but a very long time ago.
As before when I once done it and now this time, I was never aware of me doing this. But I have the bruise to show.

As I finish off writing this post, which has been created slowly over the last few hours, my sickness has gone, as well as the headache. The anxiety is still there though.
I thought my anxiety had calmed a little since making it known in an email Friday and a couple of emails today, that I am interested in the property. I will let the estate agents know what ever I decide, when they have updated me accordingly.
The anxiety creeps in big time, at times. So I am hoping what ever the decision I make, it calms down.

A lot of self-care

Since these two posts, “A slow start” and “I just wanted to give you an update, after my earlier post today,” I have been giving myself more self-care than normal.
It took about a week for the tiredness to go completely. Originally, I thought it was disappearing before but I go out on a good morning and a few hours later, the tiredness would creep up again.

Self care has varied each day to what I do and I have been giving myself self-care, for over a week now.
Mostly I have been reading, with some DVD’s in between. There have been a couple of occasions where I have baked. One was apple crumble and the other baking shortbread.
I have had extra soaks in the bath and some slow walks out on the odd days.

All this week has been my annual leave from work.
Today, was going to be a PJ day. But that changed by lunchtime. As I write at this point in my post, the anxiety and adrenaline rush has just gone thankfully. This was due to me getting washed, dressed and out the door to the flat I was viewing. I had just under a couple of hours to get there. I am now spending the rest of my time at home​ doing nothing, other than watch a film and cook something else to eat, with only so much of my lunch I had to leave being edible when I came back.

As for the flat I seen, when I arrived there, like other flats like it, outside not maintained much, but inside, the flat itself nice. Also, making my way up to the flat, my asthma was not affected, as the corridor was not dusty, or musty, like another flat of similar style I seen. The flat is a bit smaller than I imagined, but doable. I am currently thinking about it, but considering and I have sent a further email of query about their fees, as well as something else in addition to my questions I had in the flat.
The bloke who shown me around from the estate agents was knowledgeable, pleasant and not pushy as I looked around deciding on it. I have not use these estate agents before, but they have left a good impression with me.
The view from the flat is lovely, considering where it is. I feel I am in a different place to where it actually is. My mum would probably have a different view and if I took it and she gets negative, the first thing I shall say is, “Who lives here?”