Thursday, 31 December 2020

Letting Go of 2020

We're at the end of the year once again! The past few years I've written posts about letting go of the year. You can read them below:

Letting Go of 2017:

Letting Go of 2018:

Letting Go of 2019 + Starting a New Decade:


2020 has been a difficult year for mostly everyone, so it feels appropriate to be writing this post now! I started this post a few days ago and I'm finishing it on New Year's Eve. I usually write mid-year reflection posts as well, so you can see the one from June 2020 here:

Monday, 28 December 2020

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • Christmas decorations and lights 
  • Going for a walk by the river
  • Coming out of lockdown
  • Yule/the Winter Solstice
  • Chocolate advent calendars!
  • Hot chocolate
  • Having a gingerbread latte from Starbucks
  • Christmas presents


Monday, 30 November 2020

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • McDonald's iced frappes coming back! (I mentioned last month that I was having Costa Coffee Frostinos instead, but I think my local one is currently closed due to lockdown). 
  • Going to Hove Park again after a while
  • The last of the autumn beauty 
  • Golden late autumn light
  • Hot chocolate- now that it's colder I've started making my own at home again.
  • YouTube
  • The Chic Life gratitude challenge  
  • Getting out in fresh air- we're allowed out for exercise during the 2nd lockdown

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Feeling More Positive

3 years ago I started a series on the blog called Feeling Your Emotions. It's about your feelings/ emotions, and getting in touch with them. You can read the introductory post here:

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, so if you're having mental/physical issues please seek medical help in addition to reading this. :)

I started by covering to-called "negative" emotions- anger, sadness and depression, fear and anxiety and shame. Then I wrote a "neutral" post about the between point of "negative" and "positive" emotions before moving onto happiness. I've written two posts about happiness which you can see below:

FYE- Happiness (Part 1):

FYE- Happiness (Part 2):


This year I've also written two stand-alone posts called Feeling Lonely and Feeling Low.  When I did the 3nd FYE Happiness post, I wasn't sure whether to do a 3rd post on happiness, or a separate one on positive thinking and gratitude. I decided to go with the second option. :)

Note: While I prefer not to put too much emphasis on labelling emotions as "positive" or "negative" because all emotions are natural (avoiding "toxic positivity", for the sake of this post I'm going to focus on feeling positive as in feeling better in general.

It's been a difficult year with the coronavirus pandemic and racial tension and unrest, due to the injustice of the murder of George Floyd and similar killings. Many of us have found ourselves struggling. Some of us may previously have had mental health issues and some people may have found themselves feeling more anxious or depressed than normal. Just over a year ago I wrote about going through a down time, and as someone who has anxiety and depression, this year hasn't helped with that!

So, while I don't feel really happy right now, I'm focusing on feeling more positive. :) 

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Gratitude List

 I normally post on Sunday or Monday, but running a little behind. So, here's a Tuesday post for a change! :)

Things I'm grateful for this month:

I hope everyone's doing ok as we move into the last two months of the year. :) What are you grateful for this month?


Monday, 28 September 2020

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • Golden September days
  • Madron/ the Autumn Equinox  
  • Official start of autumn (although I'm always sad to see summer go!)
  • Baking for Madron
  • Going for a walk with a group from my local mental health resource centre
  • Going to Goring (Worthing) Beach
  • Blue skies
  • The song Pink Dust by A.CHAL

 Here is a photo I took at the beach:


P.S. I'm trying a new "bullet point" style for the list. Blogger has changed their format, and I can't write it out how I used to. Hope you like it! :)



Monday, 31 August 2020

Gratitude List

Things I'm grateful for this month:


Last full month of summer
Hot weather (although I had to adjust to it!)
Brianna K's YouTube channel
Libraries re-opening for browsing
Reading new books
Having a Five Guys meal, especially the coffee milkshake! 
Golden early evening light
I occasionally share photos with these lists, so here is a picture I took at Brighton Marina when I went to Five Guys: