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.
I’ve come to realise over the last few years of blogging that my blog is a very good way to judge how my mental health is doing. Regular posts, happy and upbeat. Missing the personal posts but up to date with reviews and paid work, need a bit of self care. Not writing at all, I’m struggling and need help.
The last few weeks after my grandad passed away have been a whirlwind. Add in a good dose of family drama in which seemingly everyone turned against me and it has been dreadful. It’s been bad enough losing one of my favourite people in the world, but not be able to grieve for all the stress and worry caused by others has been horrific.
My anxiety has gone through the roof, I’ve struggled to carry out everyday tasks, I nearly didn’t make it too work as I completely lost it in the car park. Thankfully I have amazing friends. Really amazing friends. A good husband and son too.
So, because of that, here are my top ten moments from the last few weeks:
1 – Spending a weekend away in Cambridge with a very good friend of mine. We had a break from the kids and a thoroughly good time. We even got to sleep in!
2 – Getting home from my weekend break to a very cuddly child, Mother’s Day flowers, hot cross buns and a chinese takeaway.
3 – Gin delivery! I love my gin subscription and this month’s is a real delight. Gin always lifts my spirits.
4 – My bestest friend surprising me with cake in the post. She is so good to me. Who doesn’t love to get cake!
5 – L had his Easter Service at the local church. It was so cute to see them all singing away and the older children did a fabulous job with their parts. We then all headed back to the school for the annual Easter egg hunt. I have never seen anything like it! Utter chaos as a school of children bombed around the playing fields collecting as many eggs as they could for their house. They all got shared out fairly between the kids so L bought a bag home with him after school.
6 – I got to spend a day making cheese at Fielding Cottage. It was fun to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a very long time and making the cheese and learning about it was a very enjoyable process. Plus I got to eat a lot, and I mean a lot, of cheese.
7 – L and his best mate started their Easter Holidays at Barracudas. They got to ride electric go karts, enjoy foam fencing and jump on a bouncy castle amongst other things. Mainly I think they just liked being with each other without their parents! It was so nice for us to pick them up each day and just see the joy on their little faces and hear all about what they had been up to. It also meant I was able to work some extra days and safe my holiday.
8 – L and I had popped out to have lunch with my friend, which was lovely and a treat for us both as L adores her as much as I do. When we came home there was a massive parcel of Dino Smashers waiting for him! I wasn’t expecting it, so it was a big surprise for me too! He loved it and our afternoon was filled with Dino fun, smashing and collecting and then watching Walking with Dinosaurs on TV. A really fun afternoon.
9 – We met up with my bestie and her daughter at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure and watched as the kids played and had fun. We got to have a good catch up as we hadn’t seen in each other in too long. The kids had a blast, all the Easter themed decorations, an egg hunt, going on the Deer Safari and of course the dinosaurs,
10 – L hates having his haircut. I mean hates it. Though we had got to a decent stage where he would go to a particular barbers, on the other side of Norwich, with his daddy, no girls allowed, and have a trim. Yesterday he went and had a proper cut, clippers and all, at a new barbers. All so he could like George Ezra, who he is obsessed with! My word, my little five year old left the house and came back looking twenty five, so grown up! He was so good about it all and it’s a massive turning point for us. I was super proud.
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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