5 Things I’m Grateful For This May and June (2021)

Since I didn’t get around to writing a gratitude post for May, I’ve decided to combine the last 2 months!

As always, feel free to share what you’re grateful for this month in the comments below too.


Appreciating Nature

Over the last couple months, I’ve spent a lot more time outside as the weather has got nicer and lockdown has slowly been eased. From coastal Cornwall walks, to walking home in the rain (with a wet pizza box!), to relaxing in the garden in the sun, I’ve really enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and making the most of my time away from screens. Nature has such a great impact on wellbeing and is one of my favourite ways to reset the mind, which leads onto my next point…

Taking A Break Away

In mid May, I took the first holiday I’ve taken in such a long time (due to covid) and travelled to Cornwall with my cousin! After spending so much time repeating the same everyday routine, in the same location, this trip was so beneficial for resetting my mind and rethinking my everyday habits, including starting my bedtime routine earlier to get my sleeping back on track. I’m grateful that we managed to get away when we did and that we had such a great time!

Driving Again

This month I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone to drive again after 3 and a half years. I booked a refresher lesson to get back into the swing of things and to practice roundabouts, parking etc. and then took a test drive of a car I might be interested in buying. It’s been a lot of organising and figuring things out (especially since I don’t know all that much about cars!) but I’m grateful for the progress I’ve made, and hope this will continue into the following couple months.

Joining Concert Band!

It’s been a year and a half since I’ve played clarinet in any sort of band/orchestra, but this month things have opened up and I’ve joined my local concert band! It felt so good to start playing surrounded by other musicians, and it was a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone and meet new people. I really enjoyed the mix of music, as it was very similar to that which I played at university, and I’m looking forward to starting on the new pieces next week!

Getting Back Into Blogging

In May I took a break from blogging as I just didn’t feel as inspired to post and share my thoughts, however June has been a really great month for blogging which I’m really happy about! I worked on this friendship blog collaboration with Niraj and I’ve got some more in the works too! I missed the feeling you get when you sit down and just pour your heart into something because you really have something to say, not just because you feel like you have to. And that’s a purpose I always want to have when blogging – I never want it to feel like a chore. I’m glad I reclaimed some of that inspiring feeling this month.

What are you grateful for this month?

Feel free to share in the comments below!


Q&A – Favourite Crisp, Aliens, Blog Advice + Book/Music Talk!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about reaching 1000 followers! I asked you to ask me questions and I loved the ones you came up with! So thank you to everyone who participated. Here are my answers! (in a post that turned out much longer than I expected)

 

Blogging-Related Questions

 

What made you want to start blogging?

I started blogging back in May 2016 when my friend Lia was telling me about her own blog. I’d never considered blogging before, but it sounded like fun! I created one not thinking much of it; it was simply a place to speak my mind, share my thoughts, be undoubtedly myself. It was a time where I didn’t really feel as confident in my skin, so blogging was a way for me to practice being open about how I feel. Skip a few years later, and it became something more consistent, something I continue to do because I love, but that compliments who I am in real life as a person, rather than replacing it.

 

What’s the vision for your blog or are you just having fun?

It may sound strange, but I never really had a vision for this blog in the first place. I started it as a hobby with no intention of it accumulating lots of views and visitors. It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing for fun, because I love writing about subjects I’m genuinely passionate about and chatting to other people who are like-minded.

I’m not sure if I have a vision for where it could go from now. Sometimes I think about what it would be like to grow it further, buy my own domain and monetise the site. However, I’m in no rush to do this. I only want to make that jump when I feel like I’m ready, and that it will be worth the investment.

Nevertheless, I do see my purpose of this blog as a place where I can share meaningful experiences that will help others in their journey of self-development, or to feel understood. So I like to think that’s my vision in some respect, that I can inspire others to make positive changes in their lives.

 

What advice would you give to someone to get more followers and views on their blog?

My top advice would be to interact as much as possible! This is what I did at the beginning of my blogging journey, without realising how impactful it could be. I was always reading other’s posts, liking, leaving comments. It’s how you get yourself out there.

I would also recommend giving social media a try. Since I made an instagram and twitter for my blog, I’ve gained a lot more views and followers – not only through promoting posts, but interacting with other bloggers and diving more into the blogging community. It isn’t for everyone, but it’s a worth a try!

 

What blog post(s) are you most proud of writing?

This is such a difficult question, because I think most of my posts have a puzzle piece of myself within them. However, I think I am most proud of What is a Fixed vs Growth Mindset? because I feel like adopting a growth mindset completely changed my life. I would have never written a post like this when I first started my blog, so it makes me proud to think that I’ve come a long way since then, and that now I can share positive posts that will hopefully inspire you all to do the same.

 

Fun Questions

 

Would you rather live underground or in the sky?

This is a difficult one, because I’m not good with heights, but I also hate the claustrophobic idea of living in small places underground. However, I will have to go with underground, because who said you couldn’t build a super fancy tunnel and a whole city down there?

 

What is your favourite type of butterfly?

I don’t really know all the specific names of butterflies, however I saw one recently that was particularly beautiful and when I looked it up, found out it was the Peacock Butterfly.

 

Would you rather have 376 legs or 376 arms?

Well, doesn’t this sound exciting 😂 I’m going to go with 376 arms because I have a vision in my mind of cooking up lots of meals at 1000x speed and I think that would be pretty cool!

 

Favourite type of crisp?

I don’t eat crisps as much as I used to, but when I do I really love Salt and Vinegar (particularly Pringles)

 

Favourite way to eat potatoes?

Every way! No, but really, I feel like potatoes are good in any form. I do love mash though. Mash is great. With cheese also. And chicken kiev. But that’s not the question.

 

Interesting Questions

 

What would be your dream house?

My dream house would be a balance between big and small – enough space to store all my books, but small enough to feel cosy and homely. I would love to have bookshelves up to the ceiling, a big kitchen for cooking, and a cosy lounge with a large TV for watching films. It would ideally be nearby to nature, so I could go on long walks, but not too far from a town so there are also things to do!

 

What is your favourite song and why? (Or favourite artist if one song is tricky)

I find it almost impossible to pick a favourite song, but even a favourite artist is a tricky one too. My music taste is very varied so it’s all dependent on my mood. However, one of my favourite artists has to be the singer-songwriter Orla Gartland. Her music is super cool, she sings with a lot of passion, and she cares a lot about her fans. Hoping to see her in concert at some point in the future!

Also, I have to put this out there, I’m loving Taylor Swift’s new album Folklore. If you haven’t listened yet (regardless of whether you’re a fan or not), I recommend you do!

 

What is your favourite book and why?

Again, a very tough question, because a lot of different books have affected my life in a lot of different ways. However, in classic “me” style, I’m going to recommend The Humans by Matt Haig yet again, just because it’s such a unique book with a very interesting reflection on what it means to be human. But also Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – that book is absolutely life changing I genuinely believe everyone should read it at some point in their life.

 

What project are you most hoping to finish this year?

During lockdown, I wrote the first draft of my first novel and I would love to be able to finish the editing process of this by the end of this year!

 

What language would you like to speak fluently?

This is a tricky one – I think Spanish would be widely beneficial, but I learnt German for GCSE and really enjoyed it, so would love to be able to speak it fluently.

 

Deep Questions

 

Do you think existence is an illusion and that none of us actually exist?

I don’t think anything can be entirely ruled out – and we shouldn’t rule anything out because it limits us – but I do hope that we are real. However, I also think that, even if we’re not real, does it matter? If we can still live happy lives and feel like we’re purposeful, then it shouldn’t matter if we are non-existent creatures. I suppose it links to Descartes popular phrase: I think, therefore I am. We feel alive, so isn’t that all that matters?

 

Do you think aliens are watching us?

I’m unsure about this one. I’ve always been the kind of person to have neutral stances on religion, extra-terrestial creatures and the like, because I don’t like to believe or rule anything out until I’ve seen it in the flesh. Alien life could exist, but what makes it alien life and not another form of human or animal? I think we alienate what we don’t understand, but it doesn’t mean it can’t become familiar and become part of our world. I reckon there’s definitely something out there, but what it is, I don’t know. One day we will perhaps find out.

 

Who are you, really?

Who is anyone, really? No, I’m joking, but there is some truth to it. I don’t think you can ever fully know anyone. We can’t enter anyone else’s mind. So who am I really? I guess you’ll never know…

 

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Thanks again to everyone who sent me questions! I really enjoyed answering them. I hope this gives a little more insight into my blogging journey and who I am behind the blog!

What was your favourite answer?

Do you agree with me on any topics?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

Goodreads: mymindspeaksaloud

5 Things I’m Grateful For This June (2020)

Here’s my monthly gratitude reflection!

Completing the first draft of my novel!

Earlier on this month, I finished the first draft of my novel, which is by far the longest thing I’ve ever written! I’m so proud to have actually completed it, even if the words end up being a jumbled mess (I’ll find out soon, when I read it over!)

When I completed it, I was a little disappointed by the fact that it was shorter than I expected it to be (46K), but when I asked for some advice on twitter, I got such an overwhelming response from the writing community and I’m so grateful for all the lovely messages I received.

 

My Belongings

I’ve spent a lot of time this month decluttering my room. This involved clearing out my desk, my clothes and my books. During lockdown I’ve learnt that so many materialistic items we have in our lives are extremely pointless and unnecessary. Why do I have 7 white T-shirts? Why do I need 4 pairs of the same colour jeans? It has encouraged me to reduce the amount of items I own even more, and be grateful for the ones I do own.

If I pass along old books and clothes, someone else can enjoy them in the way that I once did. And I think that’s pretty cool. Let’s recycle a bit of happiness.

 

Seeing Family and Friends

This month I’ve been meeting up with friends to go on socially distanced walks and sitting in the garden on picnic mats in the sun! It’s been really lovely to just catch up on everything, especially since I haven’t seen a lot of my friends since January/February.

I also got a chance to see my cousin and her most recent art exhibition, which featured some of my creative writing! Her paintings are so wonderful and I’m so grateful to have had my writing alongside them. You can check out her website here!

 

Online Resources

I’m thankful to have all the online resources that make learning new things possible. I’ve been working a lot more this month on a Google Garage Course on The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing. It is free to complete, and I’m about 80% of the way through, so I’m looking forward to doing the final test and hopefully getting the certificate! I think it will be super helpful for my future career.

 

Space

When I say space,  I mean living in the present. Over the last few weeks I’ve felt a little detached from social media and the online world. I think part of this perhaps has to do with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and how I wanted to educate myself but equally not let it overwhelm me. It’s hard to put into words how truly awful it is when it’s a lifetime of feeling that I could never and will never wholly feel myself. But it still is very upsetting – it makes me angry and hurt – and these are emotions I wanted to explore offline, through podcasts and shows, rather than feel like I had to live up to the expectations of social media and other influencers.

I think during this time, when I posted less frequently on my blog and social media, I realised how freeing it felt, to not have posts lined up for a while. As much as I love blogging, I think I forget how much time and work really goes into it. It reminded me that nothing awful will happen if I disappear for a while and it’s completely okay to do so. Living in the moment is such an important (and now, rare) thing to do, and I like that time away. I need it and I crave it and I’m grateful to have my phone and blog, but I’m also grateful to just live, and be, and exist. We all need that little bit of space.

 

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What are you grateful for this month?

Let me know in the comments.

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

Sign up to my Weekly Wellbeing Newsletter here.

5 Things I’m Grateful For This May (2020)

Here’s my monthly gratitude reflection!

My University Experience

This month, I sent off my final ever assignment towards my degree! Despite things feeling very uncertain at the moment, I feel so grateful for the last three years. It’s been a journey of many ups and many downs and I don’t think I could have grown this much as a person if I didn’t have the experiences that I did.

A week ago, I shared a post on how many words I’ve written in my entire degree (for a bit of fun!), so you can check that out here. I’m sure I will also share a larger post at some point reflecting on my university experience in a bit more depth!

 

My Blog

Something I’ve realised over the last few weeks, is that I rely a lot on my hobby of writing to keep myself feeling productive with a overall good sense of wellbeing. Without having blogs to write and social media posts to share, I think it would have been a lot more difficult to cope with ending university.

I’m so grateful to have a platform where I can speak my mind and connect with others. I’ve had a lot of really genuine and lovely comments on my blog this month, where I’ve inspired people to make changes to their everyday life, and convinced some to try out a new book! It feels good to be making that kind of difference, even if it small.

So thank you, so much, to all of you ❤

 

Books, Books, and More Books!

Since being in lockdown, books have essentially become my life. There are 3 ways I’ve been enjoying books and I’m super grateful to be able to do all of these:

  1. Reading books – the obvious answer!
  2. Cooking/Baking – I love finding new recipe books!
  3. Writing a book – yes, I’m actually in the process of writing the first draft of my novel! 😱

 

The Sunny Weather

Doesn’t everything just feel that little bit happier when it’s sunny? I’ve loved the rise in temperature and the fact that I’ve been able to sit outdoors in the sun to read, or go on a nice walk. It definitely helps with getting some fresh air in lockdown.

 

Learning to Make Do

I think what I’ve learnt the most during lockdown is to learn to make do with what I’ve got, to make an everyday life and routine out of about a tenth of my normal belongings. I’m sure it’s made a lot of people rethink the amount of stuff they buy because they think they need it, but, in reality, we don’t really need much at all.

I’m really grateful to have the things I do have – a house to live in, food on my plate, books to read, and a family to keep me company.

When I return back home, I’m determined to declutter my room and get rid of all the things that I honestly don’t need!

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What are you grateful for this month?

Let me know in the comments!

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

Sign up to my Weekly Wellbeing Newsletter here.

What Book Should I Read in May? [Vote here!]

If we combine the fact that I have a lot of books and am very indecisive, it’s clear that choosing the next book to read is actually quite difficult.

So, why not make this more exciting and ask for help?

Here are a list of books I could read next:

  • After you’d Gone – Maggie O’Farrell
  • When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chedron [non-fiction]
  • The Possession of Mr Cave – Matt Haig
  • Universal Love – Alexander Weinstein
  • Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom [non-fiction]
  • Everything I know about Love – Dolly Alderton [non-fiction]

I’d like you to pick one of these books to vote for and drop it in the comments below! (if you don’t know any of the books, feel free to pick a random one!)

Once I have collected all the votes (on May 1st), I will read the highest voted book in May! And I’ll also write a book review on it too – so pick wisely!

 

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I’m excited to see what you all want me to read!

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

Goodreads: mymindspeaksaloud

5 Things I’m Grateful For This October (2019)

Following on from my previous ‘5 Things I’m Grateful For This September (2019)’, I’m back with the second blog post of the series! I think the first post went down quite well, and I think it also helped me reflect on the good parts of the month more than anything else. So here we go again!

Small Interactions/Connections

I often find that the smallest of things can make me really happy. This month I’ve had various moments where I just felt really connected to people – people I didn’t know, people I had only just met. I was sitting next to someone on the train the other week and, just before he left to get off at his station, he turned to me, smiled, and said ‘hope you have a great trip’. It was such a simple remark but it really made my day – and he probably didn’t even realise it at the time. I guess what I’m saying is that this month I really felt the good side of humanity – the kind, the emotional, the honest side. And I noticed that, when I was travelling, I felt the urge to reach out and speak to people too, to also make that connection. It’s almost like a mutual wave of kindness was just flowing around and recruiting people along the way, and that makes me happy.

 

Unexpected Writing Opportunity

I wrote a post about this a week or so ago, which you can view here, but I had to mention this within the list because I’m so hugely grateful to have the chance to put my writing out into the world through an app! Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, but writing for a cause is so important to me too. I don’t just write for myself, I write to help others too, and so it felt great to take part in an opportunity that involved reaching out and helping people through my words. The whole experience was an unexpected occurrence, but I think sometimes unexpected things end up being the greatest opportunities! I had a wonderful day watching the recording of my writing and I’m sure it’s something I will be grateful for for my whole life.

 

My Progress

This is a bit of a weird one, but I’m really grateful for the amount of progress I’ve made. There’s a lot of things I have struggled with over the years, due to mental health, and speaking my mind and in front of others is one major one in particular. This month, I’ve really been trying to push myself and disengage the associations my brain has with school/university classes. Speaking up in class has always given me a lot of anxiety – red face, shaking, sweating, losing breath, you name it. It’s really difficult to hide this when everyone is staring right at your face. However, after all my hard work over the past year to increase my confidence and decrease social anxiety, I’ve finally managed to speak up more in class than I have in my entire three years of my degree! The anxiety isn’t completely gone, but I’m able to get through it and still feel good about myself by the end. And that really is a huge step in my progress. I really am grateful to everything and everyone that has brought me to this point.

 

Clothes

This may seem trivial compared to the previous three things, but sometimes it’s good to take a new perspective on something that has become so habitual. I don’t go shopping that often, but when I do I sometimes end up buying quite a few things to make up for it! I’m grateful that there’s so much choice out there in terms of fashion. It’s amazing really that someone designed every single piece of clothing and that we use them to express our personality. A lot of the time it is not just a piece of clothing, it’s more than that. The fact that fashion gives people confidence and happiness is pretty wonderful.

Flowers

Again, this is a very simple thing, but for my birthday earlier this month I got sent a bunch of flowers and I just thought that they were really beautiful. I mean, they’re kind of starting to die now, but it’s interesting watching the slow transformation each day. They have also inspired me to take photographs for my Instagram which I’m grateful for, so watch out for some flower pictures!

What are you grateful for this month? Let me know in the comments below!

You can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

 

remember this. [flash fiction]

it’s okay to holler to the wind. if you want. if you feel safe doing so. if your words seek no other home and you wish for them to be caught in something fleeting.

sometimes temporary is best.

this world likes to be permanent. we like to be permanent. we hate on fluctuating weather and people bouncing, but how else are we meant to learn?

it’s okay to holler to the wind because if you never holler to the wind you don’t go anywhere.

you don’t have to go, but you don’t have to stay either.

remember that.

The Mystery Blogger Award

A few weeks ago, Julie from the Dark Blue Journal nominated me for The Mystery Blogger Award! I just wanted to thank her for the nomination and I’m excited to answer some questions! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but they’re a great way of getting to the know the person behind the blog more.

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The award was created by Okoto Enigma who created this award for blogs that hadn’t been discovered as way to give them some recognition!

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

 

Three facts about me!

 

1. I’m a bit of an organised freak! I have a calendar up on my wall to track everything that’s going on, a blogging weekly planner so I remember when and what to post (for both my blog and my part time job’s blog) and a lot of sticky notes and lists dotted about my desk! It helps me keep track of my life.

2. I have a habit of turning casual conversations into deep discussions. This can either be a good or bad thing, depending on who I’m talking to. Some people love it and it ends up in a really interesting discussion that inspires my blog posts and creative writing. Other times, the person gives a short response and moves onto something else.

3. I’m indecisive when it comes to frivolous things – choosing what to eat for lunch or picking what cookie I want from the bakery – but when it comes to morals and what I believe in, I am extremely decisive and it is very hard to sway my opinion on things I feel very deeply about.

 

Julie’s Questions

 

1. What are your thoughts about the paranormal?

I find the paranormal so interesting! I’m not sure if I believe in it as such, but I’m always open to possibilities. Once when I was younger my friends and I thought we saw an alien spaceship land in our neighbour’s garden, but on peeking round the fence we realised it was actually a huge sheet of plastic that had flown away in the wind. But for that brief moment in time, we were in awe, and I think that kind of awe is what I love about the possibility of the paranormal.

2. Do you think humans will overcome the climate problems, and why?

As much as I like to think we will, I don’t think we will. Idealistically I like to think that we’ll reach such a breaking point that we’ll all be forced to change our lifestyles to solve the climate problems, but realistically, by this point it will be too late. The reason I think we won’t overcome it is that it’s impossible to get everyone to listen. One or two people can make a huge difference but at the end of the day we all have to make a difference.

3. What’s a story that really stuck with you?

This might sound like a cop out, but I feel like every story of every person sticks with me. I’m the kind of person who analyses people on meeting because I’m interested in who they are as a person, and a lot of the time I pick up on stories that haven’t even been said. For me, everyone has a story and they all stick with me in different ways, teaching me to understand others more and see from a different perspective.

4. What’s your favourite trait about yourself?

My favourite trait is my empathy. Whilst it’s often a ‘blessing and a curse’, since it drains me of a lot of energy, it is what drives me forward in life. I feel connected to people I don’t even know, I help people because I know exactly how they’re feeling in my bones, even if I’ve never been through the same experience. It’s a weird thing to have, but it’s also become a comfort to me. It is probably what encouraged me to write – to release all my feelings and everyone else’s feelings that are locked inside me – and I like to think it makes me a good friend as well, who gives honest and understanding advice.

5. What is your hope for 2020?

My hope for 2020 is to continue working towards the happiest and most confident version of myself. I’m graduating university next year so I hope to gain a 2:1 and to secure a job somewhere that suits me and my personality.

 

Nominees!

Questions to my Nominees:

  1. If you could start a new hobby, what hobby would you start?
  2. If you could describe yourself as an object, what object would you pick and why? (you can use the most obscure reasoning, make it as weird as you like!)
  3. What is the primary reason you get up in the morning? (“because I have to work” is not an answer haha)
  4. What personality trait do you have that you also see in your friends?
  5. What food/meal do you not have very often but when you do have it, it makes you really happy?

 

Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

 

Best Post

I’m not sure what I would consider my best post, but one I’m proud of lately is My Goals for Tacking Stress/Anxiety. This is a post that I will constantly look back on over the next year to help myself, and I hope it will help others too.

I never give half of my heart to anything. [poem]

I never give half of my heart to

anything.

stitched up like a blanket

it protects itself,

bounded together

so whole it can’t be

broken.

 

(if given away,

it is swallowed whole)

 

the stitches do not come undone

because I do not love things in

parts.

I could not love anything in

parts because what would be the

point of loving at all?

 

you’d think the strength of my heart

would keep me safe;

it only means that sometimes

I have a heart full of

all the sunshine in the world

and other times

I don’t have a heart at all.

 

(given away too much)

 

then, I sit and wait.

 

 

wait for it to come back.

 

 

meaning behind this poem:

whenever I invest in something, whether that is a friendship or a hobby or giving advice, I always go into it with my whole heart. this is what produces some of my best creativity and best connections (like my decision to invest time in this blog!) but it also means I’m easily hurt when things go wrong. feeling in extremes means I sometimes have to distance myself from things/situations to prevent a drop in emotions which sometimes is super hard to explain to people! (because it seems like I don’t care, when in reality I care too much). however it’s part of who I am, and I’m learning to accept the fact that being sensitive is a good thing.

You can view the photo alongside this poem over at my instagram here: @mymindspeaksaloud

Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For This September (2019)

I’ve decided to start a series of posts where I share 5 things I’m grateful for each month! I think this will help remind me of all the good in the world and put things into perspective. If you’d like to join in and do the same, you’re totally welcome to! (if you link to my blog or drop me a comment, I’d love to read it)

Going on Holiday 

I was really lucky to go on an amazing holiday earlier this month and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my Mum. It was an early birthday present for my 21st and was such a fun and relaxing time away! (You can read more about my holiday here). I really appreciate the money my Mum put aside to pay for it and I’m so grateful to have a Mum that’s literally like a best friend to me.

 

New social media job

I was really happy to grab myself a part time job at a bookshop over summer which was a lot of fun! It’s been the ideal job for me, seeing as I study English Literature with Creative Writing and have so much to say about books. However, at the end of the summer, I was suddenly offered the opportunity to run the bookshop’s social media whilst at university! It was completely unexpected but I’m so thrilled and grateful to be doing something that I genuinely really enjoy doing!

 

Friends

It’s been a crazy summer, what with numerous doctor’s appointments and blood tests, but I really appreciate all the support from my friends (and family too!). I know that at times I feel isolated because I feel like its hard for people to understand what I’m feeling (what can I say, I’m a confusing human), but I know everyone really does try their best. I have a lot of happy summer memories to look back on and that’s mostly because my friends have just been really fun to hang out with. I’m grateful that I could have my super early birthday get together with my closest friends from home (honestly one of my favourite days of my existence) and that my friend Niamh took the time to come and visit my university. You’re all great, even if I don’t say it enough, and I miss you all hugely when I’m at uni.

 

The Area I live in for Uni

Moving to a different city for the first time is daunting, but after living here for two years, I really am glad I chose Norwich. There’s so much to do in the city and it really does feel homely to me. I love that it’s not too huge, but it’s bigger than my home town, and I love that there is a lot of surrounding nature. Walking through the park and around the lake has really become something I’m super grateful for.

 

Being me

So this is borderline cringe, but I genuinely am grateful to be me. I feel like this year more than ever I’ve grown to become confident in myself as a person. Of course, this fluctuates massively, and my innate desire to overthink every tiny little thing is not quite cured yet, but I know for sure that I’m more myself that I’ve ever been and that’s totally something to celebrate!

 

What are you grateful for this month?

 

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