Hello hello! Sorry I’ve been quiet, my computer is currently a bit poorly! I hope you are all doing well. The past week has been very exciting for me! Last Friday was my birthday, and as I was going away for the weekend, P & I went out for an early birthday treat on Wednesday. We went over to Newport for a visit to Tiny Rebel. Anyone who knows me knows I enjoy real ale, so this was a lovely treat! We also had some lovely food, and the weather was quite nice, so all in all it was a great day. I highly recommend popping into Tiny Rebel if you are in the area at any point! Thursday I went up to mums in Worcester, then on the Friday we drove up to Yorkshire. We were both very tired when we got there, so birthday tea was…interesting! I had my mummy with me though so it wasn’t so bad. On Saturday we went over to see my amazing friend for some tattoos! My mum had her first ever tattoo, so it was very exciting indeed. Mum had expressed an interest in getting something, so I said I’d treat her for her birthday which was back in February. She was a real trooper! Stuart is my go to guy for any work as he did my amazing chest piece, so although I know there are places nearer, he’s the person I trust the most, especially as this was my mums first! I was up next, and I’ve finally got my Jurassic Park work started!!! As we all know, I LOVE Jurassic Park (22nd June, anyone?!), so I was super excited to be getting this started. Yes, it hurt. But I absolutely adore her! A wonderful birthday present indeed. We had fish & chips for tea, then went back to the hotel for prosecco! Going back home always stirs up difficult emotions, and it was pretty hard going, but in all it was a good weekend, spent with my favourite person! When I got back on Monday, P had come down with some awful virus, so he’s been in bed pretty much since, which has been nice as it’s been very quiet! Yesterday I went to my art group and we are working on some Grayson Perry inspired ‘pots’ (made from papier-mache! ) which was a lot of fun. Going to this class has really inspired me to get more creative. It’s something that I’ve not put time aside for in a very long time, so last night I sat and did some doodling for my story pot. Can you guess the story? I’d forgotten the sense of achievement and satisfaction I get from creating. Hopefully my class will continue to inspire me. Creating brings me a sense of calm. I can concentrate completely on it and not let any negative thoughts get the better of me. Even if it is just sticking newspaper to a baloon! What have you lot been up to? Katie
So this will be a short, unprompted one.
I was sat on the sofa, 2 cats by my side, watching TV, and I was suddenly overcome by a weird feeling.
But I’m not sad.
I was just suddenly totally overwhelmed with feelings of love and gratitude.
Today I am grateful for everything I have, when others have so little.
I can sit in my home, watch random shit on Amazon Prime and wait for my tea to cook whilst other people have none of these luxuries.
I have the love of so many people.
I have a belly full of food and the warmth of a bed.
Today I am grateful for all that I have.
What technology are you grateful for?
This is an interesting one as it’s a double edged sword, but I’m grateful for the interwebs.
When I have been isolated from the rest of the world, I’ve been able to keep in touch with friends all over the place.
One of my longest friends (longest friend? Friend that I have known for longest, I can’t figure out how to make that sound right!), I met via the Internet, and thanks to the wonder of technology, we are still able to keep in touch many years later.
That’s something I love. It’s easy for people to keep in touch.
The existence of the interwebs also means that I can get all the crochet and knitting patterns I like!
So what are you grateful for today?
I hope your weekend has been a good one!
I was a bit too busy to post yesterday, so as usual, I’m fashionably late!
Day 1 – what smell are you grateful for today?
Roast chicken. I’m grateful that I am in a position to be able to buy food pretty much whenever I like, while others don’t have it quite so easy.
I’m grateful that my mum and my grandma spent time teaching me how to cook for myself, and I have many great memories of time baking goodies and cooking a whole range of delicious meals.
I do make a great roast dinner, I must say.
What are you grateful for today?
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Admittedly, most are true crime, but there is some comedy in there too.
Anyway, I discovered the other day that the lovely Harriet Dyer has her own podcast, Bi (polar) Happy, so absolutely had to subscribe.
Harriets podcast is largely about living with Bi-Polar disorder, and I’m utterly inspired by how Harriet deals with her diagnosis. The podcast is a great insight into what it’s like living with mental health issues.
Each episode, Harriet looks at 3 ‘good’ things in an attempt to be more upbeat, and this made me think about how i must learn to be more positive.
We all know how easy it is to become bogged down with things and the effect that this behaviour can have on our mental health, so I thought I’d try a little challenge – for 30 days I will think of something I am grateful for.
It may well last longer, but I don’t see much issue with that.
So…from tomorrow I will be posting daily from my gratitude log.
Lucky you! Maybe it’ll inspire some of you to do the same. Or maybe it won’t. Whatever.
I highly recommend listening to Harriets podcast – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/dont-worry-bi-polar-happy/id1215609959
Give her a follow on Twitter, she’s lovely and quite a good comedian too I guess – http://twitter.com/Dyerlinquent
Unfortunately this blog became a breeding ground for negativity, so I’ve decided to start the next chapter.
Over the next few days I’ll be working on a complete overhaul of this site.
I’ll still be talking about my experiences with mental illness, good and bad, but felt like I had to have a good old clear out. A spring clean, if you will.
Hopefully this will become a more positive space as a result.
The old site is archived and still available, but now is the time for a fresh start.