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!


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!

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Instagram: @mymindspeaksaloud

Twitter: @mindspeaksaloud

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5 Things I’m Grateful for this April (2020)

Here’s my monthly gratitude reflection!

Joining a book club!

This month, I joined a new book club! Surprisingly, I’ve never joined a book club before, so this is pretty exciting. For the month of May, we are reading The Nine-Chambered Heart. If you’d like to take part, follow this instagram account for details. It’s all online, so we will be discussing the book throughout the month via the dedicated instagram post.

You can also vote for what other book I read in May too, here.

 

The Spring Flowers

One thing I love about spring is all the flowers popping up – in the garden, across social media, everywhere! Not only do I love taking photos of them, it’s really lovely to sit and admire them. My favourite is the pink blossom!

 

Video Call

I’m sure we can all relate to this one at the moment – life in isolation wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have video call. It’s been a lifesaver in terms of seeing friends and family, as well as continuing with seminars for my degree. Even my Grandma is now using it!

 

Playing the Piano!

Playing the piano is something I missed out on whilst at university, but now that I’m home it’s been really nice to play again! I chose a couple new pieces to learn this month, including Lover by Taylor Swift and River Flows in You by Yiruma. At the end of last week, I shared some of my progress over on my instagram!

 

Comedy TV Shows

This month, a new season of Friday Night Dinner, as well as the latest Brooklyn Nine Nine season, has aired on British TV. It’s been great having these shows to watch because they always bring a lot of laughs, and it’s been fun watching them with my Dad and brother!

 

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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.

A Peek into a Sculpture Garden

A week ago, I took a trip to a sculpture garden (it was actually about 10 minutes away from where I live so I didn’t really have an excuse not to go!). Apparently it’s only open every two years, so it was perfect timing that I had just got back from university in time to see it – plus student tickets were free!

I can’t say I’ve ever been to a sculpture garden before. I love browsing art and books and all things creative so I knew I was going to love it. It brought out the photographer in me who ran round taking photos of everything she could! So naturally, I’m here to share them with you all!

 

 

Have you seen any interesting art lately?

Do you have any suggestions for where I should go next?

Do you Spend 90% of Your Time Indoors?

A couple of days ago my friend Dyspraxia Diaries 101 send me a video of a TV Ad (link below) and I was so inspired by it that I could not help but come here to express how amazing it is.

To give a brief overview, it is about “The Indoor Generation” and how, as we’ve grown older, the outdoors has been replaced more and more by the indoors. Apparently, we spend 90% of our time indoors, which is completely insane. Why do we not appreciate the outdoors as much as we used to?

It’s fairly obvious that the increase in technology is a huge factor in this. Because kids are given phones and iPads at such a young age, they replace going outside with gaming apps or watching TV. Even I am guilty of watching Netflix on a sunny day instead of going outside.

Watching the Ad made me feel sad, particularly for children, that their lives don’t involve the kind of outdoor fun and games I used to enjoy as a child. It’s hindering their use of imagination and the ability to appreciate what is already in front of us in nature – something that doesn’t involve money or hard work to achieve, something that just is.

My favourite line from the advertisement was this:

“We try our best to replicate nature everywhere because it somehow makes us feel better.

But it’s not the same.”

This is so damn powerful. We build fake grass indoors and watch nature programmes and convince ourselves that we don’t need to see the real thing. But we do. We really do. There is nothing more rewarding than just walking amongst nature and actually having time to breathe, and to really listen to the world around us.

Should you spend more time outdoors?

6 Ways to Switch Up the Way You Study (check out my first article!!)

I am super excited because my first article for the Graduate Recruitment Bureau’s blog was published today!! It’s not often I connect this blog to my life outside of the written world, but I feel like my confidence has grown so much since starting this blog that I’m no longer afraid for you guys to see the real me behind the page (or at least some of it).

The link to the article I’ve written is below and I really hope that it is useful for any of you who are also studying at university. Please let me know your thoughts 🙂

https://www.grb.uk.com/blog/6-ways-to-switch-up-the-way-you-study