Monthly Archives: November 2011

Time for a change..?

I realised recently that I missed my ‘blog birthday’ this year, what with one thing and another, and the fact that this blog is over two years old almost passed me by. Looking back at when I started, and where I am now, lots has changed. My blog theme, the ‘look and feel’ of the site, however, hasn’t.

I chose the current theme back in 2009 because to me, then, the font and colours represented warmth and trust. Now, they still do, but I wonder, what do they  say to you..?

If you are new to this blog, what were your first impressions? Did these change after reading..? Those of you who keep coming back – do you think it’s time for a change? If so, I’d be interested to know how you ‘see’ me – If you had to choose a font or colours that you feel reflect the me that you know, what would they be? Or is it a case of ‘If it ain’t broke…’

Since I started thinking about this, I just can’t decide whether to change or not so would welcome your thoughts!

It’s the little things – A week of gratitude

Recently, a theme has been recurring for me – that of gratitude. After a rubbish couple of weeks when I had started to focus on the negatives, I recieved a lovely gratitude package from a new friend, Raeeka (@heartonsleevexx). Filled with so many lovely things, it really lifted my mood and re focused my energy back towards seeking the positives.

Later the same week, I read this post by Matt Madeiro. Both Matt and Raeeka reminded me of the power of seeking out that which I am grateful for on a daily basis. I do try to do this anyway, but actually writing it down seems to make it more powerful somehow.

So, last week, I spent at least five minutes every day meditating on gratitude and I would like to share the results with you….

Monday

That it threatened to rain when taking baby for a walk… But didn’t
A nice catch up call with my Nan
A dark chocolate kitkat

Tuesday

Four consecutive hours of sleep
An unexpected half hour to myself

Wednesday

A lovely email from a new friend
Baby giggling at the bear style snowsuit and licking the paws when dressed in it

Thursday

Baby smiling when I turned off ‘The wheels on the bus’ and put on Fela  (‘Water get no enemy’)
A beautiful sunset

Friday

Crumpets with proper butter
Realising the BabaSling is better for my back than the front carrier now that baby is bigger, and its easier to undo without waking baby up!

Saturday

The mini waterfall in our little local park – a lovely local green space
Got baby to nap for more than one sleep cycle – and had time to blog!
Cammomile tea and ten minutes’ silence

Sunday

Time to read my book
Sharing some chocolate (the sharing as much as the chocolate)
A good late night chat

It goes without saying that I am grateful every day for my nearest and dearest, to have them in my lives and that they are healthy and happy (as am I!), so I didn’t include these above.

I hope this post inspires you as Matt and Raeeka, among others, have, and continue to, inspire me.

If you would like to share what you are grateful for, please comment below. I would love to hear from you.

The missing months

Ok so I’ve decided to get (a bit) personal for this post…

You may have noticed I’ve been missing for a month and rather absent even before that – well the Mummy stuff caught up with me again and I realised I’ve been trying to too do much. This is something I’ve always been guilty of, back BB (before baby), Mr B was forever on at me to ‘just sit down and rest for heaven’s (I am paraphrasing here) sake!’ as I ran around trying to fit a million and one things into each evening/every weekend, until it would invariably catch up with me and I’d get sick – my body’s way of making me take a break I guess.

Well, a couple of weeks ago baby got sick. Then so did I. I used to complain I didn’t have time to get sick. Ha. Now I really don’t! Baby doesn’t understand why Mummy wants to play on the bed all day – after all, the little angel is better and wants to play play play in a variety of locations. I just about coped and I was only sick for a week.

It made me reassess my priorities again. I realise I had got sucked back into trying to get everything done. Despite not being back at work yet, I was still filling my day – trying to keep baby stimulated by going to every baby group going, trying to keep on top of housework/laundry etc; trying to write something every day, keeping up with friends, etc, etc… It’s only when I got sick that I realised I’ve been here before. And it’s not healthy.

So, hats off to all those Mummy bloggers out there, especially those holding down full time jobs as well, I just don’t know how you do it (actually, how do you do it? I’d be interested to know and might learn something)… I am going to keep blogging but I guess from now on, at least for the time being, I’m going to be rather deliciously (I hope) inconsistent. Do come back again to read my offerings, I’ll try to make it worth your while!