Monday, 26 July 2021

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • Summer sunshine
  • Hot weather (although it's been cooler in Sussex than other places)
  • Going to the Black Rabbit pub in Arundel
  • Opening up after lockdown
  • Getting a moccha frappe from the Cup Cakes cafe in Buckingham Park
  • Iced coffees/frappes in general! 
  • Connecting with others through blogging. :)
  • Summer fields in the countryside 


Here is a picture I took in the country the other day:


Mill Hill, Shoreham-by-sea.


Monday, 28 June 2021

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • Going to Five Guys again- I last went in August (and that was the first time I'd tried it!)
  • Roses in my garden :)
  • Litha/the Summer Solstice
  • Summer officially starting! 
  • Getting an iced coffee from Caffe Nero
  • Sunsets 
  • Going to the shops again
  • Getting out in the countryside


Monday, 7 June 2021

Mid-2021 Reflections


We're in June already, so it's time for the mid-year reflections post!  For the past few years, I've written posts reflecting on the first half of the year. You can read the previous ones at the links below:

Reflections (2017):



I also write an end of year post. Here is 2020's:

The first half of 2021 seems to have gone quickly. This time last year we were a few months into the coronavirus pandemic and pretty much worldwide lockdowns/quarantines. Restrictions had relaxed slightly in June but we were still in quite strict lockdown. We were in and out of them for the remainder of 2020 (with a tier system in between, but I have found the last couple of lockdowns easier because they haven't been as severe. 

Monday, 31 May 2021

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • Beltane
  • Eurovision coming back! 
  • Browsing in the library again 
  • Being out in nature
  • Re-reading and re-playing old favourites!
  • The days getting longer as we move towards summer
  • The weather finally getting warmer!
  • Spring sunsets

Monday, 26 April 2021

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Starting From the Bottom- Part 1

2020 was a difficult year for most of us, due to the coronavirus and worldwide lockdowns, and racial unrest (which highlighted how far we have to go to achieve equality. Many people have understandably been feeling low and/or anxious, and mental health conditions have been on the rise.

I wanted to write a post about the subject of moving up from a low place to feeling better, and also improving your life. I've been really struggling with both these things lately, and I expect quite a few others have too.

It's taken me a while to write this post, I haven't felt much like writing "in-depth" posts lately. I've decided to split this up into two parts, so Part 1 will cover feeling better and Part 2 will focus more on changing your mindset and actively working on changing your life. :)

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


There have been more people diagnosed with depression, anxiety, OCD and other disorders. For those of us with pre-existing mental health issues, it has been tough too. I went through a bad depressed period in autumn 2019 (before the virus/lockdowns). It did improve but I found myself feeling more depressed during the first lockdown in the spring and summer of 2020. When we came out of (the first) lockdown the anxiety seemed to get worse. Throughout the rest of last year, I was feeling very anxious and the health anxiety in particular worsened. 

Monday, 29 March 2021

Gratitude List

Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • Birthday presents and birthday wishes. :)
  • Having takeaway from Nando's- this was my first "lockdown birthday"!
  • Oestara/the Spring Equinox
  • Longer days 
  • Buying a new Motorola phone!
  • Going to the beach today
  • Trying out new recipes
  • Lockdown easing a bit