Monday, 18 October 2021

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • First full month of autumn
  • Leaves turning on the trees- they can be slow to turn and then all of a sudden they're gone!
  • Hot chocolate- I've started drinking it again as it the weather gets colder!
  • Going to Worthing Library 
  • The weather at this time of year- although I prefer warmer weather, it's quite pleasant during October. :)
  • Getting some new slippers
  • Going to Lancing Beach 
  • Hallowe'en/Samhain coming up!


Here is a photo from the beach:


Sunset on Lancing Beach.


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Gratitude List

 I forgot to do this month's Gratitude List on my usual posting days last week, so since it's the last day of September I'm posting today. :)

Things I'm grateful for:

  • Autumn colours and leaves starting to turn
  • Going to Goring (Worthing) beach 
  • Getting a mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks
  • Golden September days and early evenings
  • Madron/the Autumn Equinox
  • The official start of autumn
  • Trying out new recipes
  • Going to my belly dance group's hafla (dance party)- first dance event I'd been to in about 18 months!


I also thought I'd share a picture from the beach: 

Goring Beach.



Monday, 30 August 2021

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:


Hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for reading. :) Sometimes it feels really hard to think of things to write but it does help me writing a monthly list. It's my most regular form of gratitude practice, since I don't tend to keep it up daily! What are you grateful for?

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Starting From the Bottom- Part 2


Back in April I wrote a post called Starting from the Bottom- Part 1. You can view it here:

It's about moving up from a low place to feeling better, and also improving your life. I was originally going to write just one post, but I decided to split it into two parts. The first one focused on feeling better and this one is about more actively working towards improving 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. :)


So, if you're feeling really down, please refer to Part 1. (And also get professional help if you can.) :) I also wrote a post on feeling more positive which you can read here:


So now onto the main part of the post!

Changing your mindset  

Once you're feeling better, then you'll be in more of a mindset to start actively working on changing your life. One of the methods I like to use for improving my life is the Law of Attraction (LOA). I've also used more traditional self-help methods, like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and also spiritual healing.

If the Law of Attraction (LOA) is something you're interested in, check out these posts:

Law of Attraction (basic/intro post):

LOA Round-up:  

Law of Attraction (LOA) 2.0 (more in-depth):


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

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Gratitude List

I realised that I forgot to do last month's Gratitude List. Well, I was planning to write it, but then it had gone over to 1st Feb! lol. So anyway, here is the first list of the year! :)

Things I'm grateful for this month:


I occasionally post photos with these lists, so here's a pic from the beach:

Shoreham Beach.


P.S. On the 25th it was Falling Petals' 8th birthday! Thank you to everyone who has read my posts. :) I have more planned this year, although inspiration has been a bit lacking at the moment, due to the past difficult year. Hope everyone is doing ok. :) 

You can read the first ever post on the blog here: