People Need Joy..

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Margaret Collier Graham..1850 – 1910

My personal choice is to wear clothing….but if I had to choose joy or clothing….joy wins it every time…I might have to only go out when it’s dark though….

In these troubled political times I think it important to not get carried away with the hype and to find the simple pleasures which make life the great journey that it is…

Whether it’s pulling out the walking boots and going for a walk to discover a delicious view or pulling all the veggies out of your cupboards and throwing together a beautiful stew which makes the house smell great….meet a friend for coffee and cake….put on your fluffy onesie, light the fire and get out your current novel, turn off your phone and enjoy…

We are constantly at the beck and call of technology….the phone bleeps and we stop all conversation to check it out….and if we don’t our glance at it makes the conversation stilted and the moment is lost….I am guilty of this, oh yes I am and it is a battle I will always fight….I must switch it all off sometimes….for this reason I am back to the once a day Social Media log in so if you send me a message please don’t expect an immediate reply….I will be out living a little…or in the foetal position reading….

Or crocheting!!! I am re-hooked on this again….

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I finally started Sophie’s Universe  I treated myself to the book…it is without doubt the best book I have had in my possession in ages….I don’t understand all of it but I am learning and this looks close enough to the picture for me to be very happy with it….This indeed brings me joy….I absolutely loved sitting and doing this yesterday evening….note to family though….when you hear me counting out loud is not the best moment to talk to me…..just so you know…..I shall keep updates of my Sophie progress here….

So people of the world my simple message to you today is to find your joy….turn off your phone and go and immerse yourself in it….interruption free and unashamedly selfish….

It might be Netflix and chill….it might be loud music and dancing….it might be getting out in the fresh air….yes, even when it rains….

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It might be a bit of all of those things….but don’t sit there thinking about it….switch off the News channel and go and do it…..NOW!!

Geri xxx

Create Mental Movies…

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Do you ever find you can’t sleep at night….you either can’t go to sleep in the first place or you wake up at 3am and you can’t go back to sleep again….stuck in that place that is too early to get up and yet feels too late to get a good nights rest…

I used to be that person….my mind was always too active, too full of worries about what could go wrong, what had already gone wrong and all the woes of the world….added to the dread of not being able to get up in the morning to go to work..

Then, I don’t remember where I read it, but I read that if you spent the whole night just relaxed in your bed, not tense, not uptight, even if you don’t go to sleep, you will at least be rested in the morning….now, whether this is scientifically correct or not didn’t matter because as soon as I decided that this was the case I stopped having trouble sleeping….

To start with, in my not sleeping but relaxing times I would use my imagination to create those mental movies of exactly where I wanted to be….I would imagine being successful, being happy, exploring, learning, rising to all challenges….I surely did enjoy my mental movies…

I am in a totally different place now….

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Somewhere deep inside those movies, in my imagination, I finally realised that the things I thought I wanted were really the things that I thought other people thought I should want..not what I really wanted…

It can be hard to make changes, but sometimes those changes need to be made….

And now, I am as happy as I can be….no it wasn’t all plain sailing, but you never know what lies around the corner….plod your way through your unhappy times and just wait for the storm to pass….

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Don’t ever be the victim….make changes….don’t settle for the madness..

Geri xxx

Knowing Yourself is the Beginning of all Wisdom..

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Well, I finally reached fifty and I’m not even going to pretend that I have worked myself out yet….Sometimes I want to learn to sew like a genius, sometimes I want to crochet, sometimes I think it’s beads…Sometimes I think I should learn to write or play a musical instrument (I used to be quite good on the recorder..)

The problem is the over thinking…..the deciding…the choosing….there is only so long you can spend looking at inspirational ideas on Pinterest without actually switching off the social media and actually having a go….I guess this is when you finally start to get to know yourself, when you find out what you can be good at  and what doesn’t work quite so well….

Sometimes Social Media can be your friend and fate steps in….by pure chance I spotted Look What I Made…if you love crochet it’s one of the best!! I managed to get the new book Sophie’s Universe into my shopping basket but it sold out before I could check out….Second time around I got lucky and my book is here, along with the wool I need.

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Checking the link today the book is out of stock again, but put your e-mail address in there and they will advise you when it is in stock again…

I haven’t crocheted since having Carpal Tunnel surgery a couple of years ago….this caught my attention and made me really, really want to make this…thanks Dedri it is absolutely stunning….

I have a huge amount to learn, I didn’t know what blocking was….now that will be an interesting day, but I do get the gist of it….

I will be sharing my progress, let’s see if crochet is my thing…..

If you want inspiration on anything Pinterest is great, but don’t get so into it that all you do is look and look and look at the work of others….pin things to your boards for a week and then take a look over the things you have saved and choose…..don’t ponder, don’t make huge pros and cons lists…even if you just write a list of things to do and stick a pin in it, just do something….after all, time is short and we must get as much enjoyment and learning  crammed into the time we have…

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I would say welcome to the time wasting beast that is Pinterest…..but you have more self discipline than that don’t you?

Happy Weekend and Hooking!!

Geri xxx

I Will Write Myself into Wellbeing..

Nancy Mairs…..an inspirational lady diagnosed with MS when she was just 28….her words “I will write myself into wellbeing” that is my title today.  I haven’t read any of her books but find myself wanting to….on only just having discovered Nancy I find that she was another 2016 casualty and passed away at the age of 73 on my birthday in December….

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I will be starting with Ordinary Time, her story….

Why do I write my little piece here regularly?….for me it is a form of therapy….I am not a great author, my grammar is questionable, hence “ramblings” not “writings”.  I find it helps to write things down….I have lists everywhere….my problem is not in the writing of the lists, it’s in the doing of the lists….

Today I was prescribed blood pressure tablets for the first time, for me that’s a wake up call to get back on the health trail….so, it is for me now to link knowing what I need to do to actually doing what I need to do….

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You don’t have to put your words out there for everyone to see….you don’t have to have great spelling or great story telling skills….get yourself an old notepad and a pencil…scribble it all out each evening….a list of what you need to do tomorrow….things you have loved during the day….things that didn’t go quite so well and how you would change this….I don’t ever write about specific people….only actions and feelings….

Give it a go…..it all makes for a better nights sleep….you might be surprised….

If you are reading this you are one of just a few people….I am not Zoella….lovely as she is….but if one little tip just helps one person change something for the better it is well worth it….

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For now I have my normal “it’s Friday!!” excitement and about to research high blood pressure and the best healthy eating plan….sugar and cakes are out….

Happy Friday to you!!! Hugs!!!

Geri xxx

Meet Clara Andrews..Lacey London

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Meet Clara Andrews… Your new best friend!

With a love of cocktails and wine, a fantastic job in the fashion industry and the world’s greatest best friends, Clara Andrews thought she had it all.

That is until a chance meeting introduces her to Oliver, a devastatingly handsome American designer. Trying to keep the focus on her work, Clara finds her heart stolen by Michelin starred restaurants and luxury hotels.

As things get flirty, Clara reminds herself that inter-office relationships are against the rules, so when a sudden recollection of a work’s night out leads her to a cheeky, charming and downright gorgeous barman, she decides to see where it goes.

Clara soon finds out that dating two men isn’t as easy as it seems…

Will she be able to play the field without getting played herself?

Join Clara as she finds herself landing in and out of trouble, re-affirming friendships, discovering truths and uncovering secrets.

I love this……it’s like a Bridget Jones spin off story….and so many chaotic situations I particularly find it easy to relate to….I must add that I don’t drink these days mainly down to some of my own chaotic situations….oh the joys of wisdom..

Clara is great, she would be my friend, in fact she might have been one of my friends, I don’t remember them all and in my youth thankfully there were no mobile phones and no social media….phew…..

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It’s a fun and easy read so give it a go! AND there are more in the Clara series for me to get my next “laugh at life” fix….

Meet Clara Andrews: A hilarious romantic comedy for fans of Bridget Jones.

I got it on Kindle Unlimited through Amazon….most pleased I found it!

Enjoy!!

Geri xxx

Working With What You’ve Got..

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I don’t know about you, but this, this is exactly me…..I have so many things I would like to achieve but the time is never quite right….

I want to be fitter, but today I have a little tummy ache, I will do it tomorrow….tomorrow….we all know never comes….

The secret is small steps….

I found this great article from Sam Thomas Davies, it’s short, easy to read and simple…just how we like it…

10 Lessons Learned From Doing Push-Ups Every Day for a Year

Just reading this today has inspired me to work with what I already have…..I am fit enough to do the Yoga Sun Salutation every morning this week before my shower….and next week I will add something to it….maybe that one push up, because even when I was super fit in my twenties I always struggled with push ups….

The other task this year is the massive declutter…..again, it seems like such a huge task sometimes it’s easier just to sit and think about it….

Another snippet of reading for you if you need inspiration…from Martina McGowan…

Small Steps to Decluttering and Getting Organized

Again, it’s the step by small step approach which works for me….I am pleased to say that my decluttering is a work in progress.  Another three donation bags this week from our spare bedroom alone….

So, if you are needing inspiration,  your activities to add in to today are…..read the two articles as linked above….Do one push up…..and get the rubbish bags out and collect up all your rubbish and broken items which are spending time cluttering up your brain….

YOU WILL FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!!!

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Go create the life you always wanted….

Geri xxx

Blessing our Circumstances..

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I find this hard to discuss….I have been so, so lucky…I had a loving childhood, I still have a loving family…I have a roof over my head, I have warmth, I have good health, the bills are paid….don’t get me wrong, this hasn’t all been given to me…most of it you have to work hard for (I was pretty lucky with the family bit), apart from around 8 months I have always worked and I am now 50, so no inheritances, no lottery wins…..so yes, I find it pretty easy to bless my circumstances…

I do see people around in my every day life in different circumstances….as far as I see the way they cope with them are hugely down to attitude….how would I cope as Anne Frank or Viktor Frankl….I don’t know….I would like to think that I could raise myself to the massive challenge, be as inspirational as they were, find some happiness where others would see none….maybe we do raise our game to deal with the circumstances life deals to us….

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This morning I was touched by a piece about The White Helmets,  the Syrian Civil Defence….the Netflix documentary is up for an Oscar, I will be watching it even though it saddens me because sometimes seeing the plight and bravery of others does bring our own petty, tiny worries into some sort of perspective….these guys are real life heroes, these guys rescue lives and they see life taken away and they still find time to smile, amongst the anguish….so, if you broke a nail today, if you heard someone has been talking about you behind your back, if you got detention for not doing your homework, if you can’t afford that new phone and are stuck with your old one, if you ate too much and feel fat….please watch it and bless your own circumstances…

Support the White Helmets…

I admit to living in my own happy bubble sometimes, just because it’s easier and because I find it hard to cope with seeing sadness in others….I find it hard to cope with the frustration of just not being able to do anything to help….

You do have to bless your own circumstances, albeit sometimes selfishly when others suffer….You do have to hope that it will  get better for others, you do have to help when you can, life is, after all a journey we are all embarking on and to give a helping hand is everything….please do it today, even if it’s just smiling at the next person you see…you don’t know what hides behind the front they show to you…..

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Remember it is important to look after yourself, don’t feel guilty for what you have, there will always be somebody with more than you and there will always be somebody with less than you….do continue to create your own sunshine…

Geri xxx