For my birthday a couple of years ago I was given a great book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday since and on Wednesday’s (or late on a Tuesday) I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites.
A whole, entire week at home, no holidays or bank holidays. No time off work or nursery. Just a normal week. That’s been very nice in itself actually. We’re all pretty burnt out and L has been, quite frankly, horrific. It’s just been so non stop since we got back from Turkey and we’re away again next week, I’ve been craving some normality.
Here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days:
- A crazy, hectic, manic day at work. The kind of day when you are super productive, smash through all your work despite everything being against you and when you stop to look at the clock it’s 3.30pm, you’ve got 45 minutes of break to take and leave at 5.30pm. I wouldn’t want it to be like that all the time but it was kind of fun.
- Catching up with my friend for the first time since she started her new job. It was lovely to catch up and just have a natter.
- Spending the morning before nursery adding stickers into L’s sticker book, it was nice just to have a bit of fun together.
- My lovely Mother in Law popping back around to do some more gardening for us. The bed is nearly complete now, L loved helping her even in the pouring rain.
- Fixing the airlock in our pipes. It might not sound like much, but so much has been going wrong recently it felt like a real win to have just one thing go right, without costing us anything!
- Surprising our friend by all taking her out to the pub after her last shift with us. She thought she was just meeting L and for Costa, but we all turned up and popped to the pub, which of course L loved. Especially as the latest addition to our team was easily persuaded to play in the mud with him!!
- Sunday was literally the worst night of the week with L. All the bad nights sleep (on both sides), the prevaricating at bedtime came to a head. He shouted, I shouted, no one was sleeping and no one was happy. But then eventually it ended in a nice moment of us both sobbing into each other, cuddling, apologising and he slept. Monday night was then the best night sleep he had had in ages, no nonsense at bedtime and a long, unbroken night of sleep. Funny how it goes.
- Losing weight. As you may have picked up on, or may not. I’ve only really mentioned it in passing. I’ve started Weight Watchers. I’ve been feeling really positive about it. When I started I had three weeks until we went to Bluestone on holiday and set myself a little mini goal of losing half a stone. Well it’s been two weeks and I’ve lost 6.7lb. Which quite frankly I’m taking as a win. Goal met. Whoop. Long may this downward trend continue.
- Monday, was in general, a good day. I lost weight. L went to nursery for the morning and I got a much needed break. I was productive. The shopping arrived with no substitutions. I picked L up and we spent the afternoon watching movies and eating popcorn. He went to bed like a dream. Monday was just a winning day. Days like that are few and far between. The subtle days, nothing outstanding, but filled with little wins. Days like that are to be celebrated.
- Sitting in the conservatory, writing this as it happens, watching L play happily in the garden. My now fully in bloom roses filling the air with their delicious scent. All warm and cosy. The I turned round and found L sitting under the garden tap. But for a moment it was blissful.
I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week. It helps keep me focused, calm and therefore happy. It is also a great way to keep a note of the things we’ve done.
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