Hello, lovely people. It’s been quiet over here recently so I though I would share a little update as to why that is…
When I started this blog it was because I needed something positive to focus on. At the time, although my life for the most part was awesome, I was struggling majorly with anxiety and was in a job that I had wanted for years but which turned out to be too much for me to deal with. I wanted to build something which would shift my focus back to the good stuff and would help me ‘thrive in the chaos’. It was part creative endeavour, part coping mechanism.
I now find myself in a very different place. I am no longer in that job, but in a new one that I never saw myself doing and completely adore now I’m doing it. Go figure. I am allowing myself to be much more settled in my life and therefore able to enjoy the happiness I have been blessed with. Anxiety is still something I have to deal with but it is, thankfully, occasional rather than every day. I don’t need something to focus my mind back on the happy because I’m just there, most of the time.
I can’t tell you how great that feels!
It does mean that I have not been posting as regularly as I intended to, but that’s ok. I had a little moment of guilt when I realised I had let weeks slip by again without even my supposedly ‘regular’ Monday post. Then I realised it didn’t matter. This was always a space for me to share things as and when I wanted or needed. It still is. Maybe one day I’ll start posting more regularly again but right now I’m busy enjoying life and trying new things. I’ve been reading more than I have over the past few years (there will be another what I’ve been reading post coming soon), I’ve been learning new things, doing more crafty stuff (which I have missed!) and I even started playing around with doing some writing. Maybe I’ll share some one day.
For now, thank you for liking, sharing, commenting and following along with my little rambling corner of the internet. I may be quiet but I’m still here. Happily thriving. I hope you are too.
Image found here.
Image found here.
This is vital. This is absolutely vital. This is sometimes also MUCH easier said than done. But this is what we must strive for, always. Focus on the good. Even if the only good you can find is seemingly tiny insignificant things: finding a parking space, having the right change, getting through a traffic light before it changes to red, it didn’t start raining until after you were inside. There will always be something to find and if you can find it and focus on it then it will get easier to see other good things. Pull the tiny good things out and focus on them, force your mind to acknowledge the existence of good, once you know it’s there then you know there is something to strive for.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
Finish each day and be done with it. Blunders are bound to happen, after all we’re only human. Don’t dwell on them or continue to struggle. Move forward and focus on today with lightness of being, not weighed down with the absurdities of yesterday. Breathe and enjoy each new day.
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If you haven’t yet come across the #100happydays challenge you should pop over here right now and check it out.
I started the challenge on Sunday and you can see some of my happy pictures over on Instagram under @jene87. I’m usually completely rubbish at keeping up with daily things – I’ve started the photo-a-day challenge over at Fat Mum Slim on several occasions and never seem to keep it up! But I’m determined to give this one a good go because it has such a fab focus. I get stressed out and bogged down very easily, particularly with work, but actually I have such an amazing and happy life! I’m hoping this little project will help bring my mind back to those happy things and steer away from the stresses.
You should join in!!! If you do then please leave a comment with a link or twitter/Instagram user name so I can see your happy posts. Let the happy begin! 🙂