Today in my garden…

I mowed the lawn, yeah ok so it looks like a drunken barber’s been at it with the clippers but it’s a start. I have a feeling I’ll have to do a touch up at the weekend as well, my word that grass was sooooo very long! With that done the garden already looks better and I can start seeing it again, if you know what I mean?

I’ve edged the main flower bed and weeded that, as well as the patio. I emptied multiple pots and pruned the roses which were in desperate need, poor things they’ve been rather neglected of late.

My boys bought me Dahlias and a bucket of Chillis for Mother’s Day so I’ve planted them up as well and given them a good soak. The hose is broken which is immensely irritating but I had my trusty watering can to hand so it was all good!

I’ve decided to make a new flower bed under the apple tree but I’m thinking not to make it too formal but try to keep it more ‘cottage garden’ style…I’ve just got to find the right shade loving plants that are pretty and robust – that must mean a trip to the garden centre…Ooooh don’t mind if I do!

The garden is full of colour – the pretty deep pink camelia, pale pink tulips and lavender blue of the rosemary…not to mention the differing greens of my roses tinged with red, the lupins and irises which have tripled in size and the bright green of the Lilac tree…my garden is speaking to my soul – and I’m loving its words xx

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Today I choose Joy…

We all love a good quote right? Something from our favourite movie, a literary masterpiece or perhaps a little ditty one of our Nans used to say…and hey, those motivational quotes that spread positive vibes are really quite marvellous aren’t they?! – oh yes we do love a joyful saying or two 😊

So, this being the case I decided to make my sister a mood board for Christmas – with a jar of happy thoughts to choose from every week in 2019…

Because let’s face it, life is tricky. One minute everything is going ticketyboo and the next second we feel like the sky is falling down around us; sometimes we know why this is – it could be a hard day at work, a row with a loved one or maybe our favourite sports team losing a crucial game, other times we don’t really know what’s going on but we feel that all is not as it should be, our light feels dimmed and we don’t know how to change things for the better…

So, for those days when the world’s gone a bit wonky its nice to have a few words to help raise a smile, lift the spirits, give us personal strength and focus on the positive…I particularly love an encouraging mug!

We’re 14 weeks into 2019 and my sister has had 14 messages of joy, motivation, insightful imagery, positivity and general silliness – I’m hoping she’s enjoying them as much as I had fun finding them for her!

And today I choose JOY! Today, I choose to share 14 Quirky Quixotic Quintessentially Quotable Quotes with you, I hope you like them too:

1. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

2. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

3. One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. AA Milne

4. Not all who wander are lost. JRR Tolkien

5. If you look for perfection you’ll never be content. Leo Tolstoy

6. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr Seuss

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8. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee

9. Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. JK Rowling

10. You improvise, you overcome, you adapt. Gunny Highway

11. Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from. Jodie Foster

12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsYBtfQ3QDo

13. Your only limit is you. Anon

14. I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then. Lewis Carroll

She believed she could so she did…

It’s that time of year that we reflect on the past 365days…

Well, 2018 has been a whirlwind for me – a year of feeling the fear and doing it anyway! And d’ya know what? It’s been GREAT!

Not everything has gone to plan, I’ve stumbled and fallen (literally sometimes!) and I’ve had the odd let down too – but I’ve got up, dusted myself off, learnt from the experience and moved on…

At the same time I’ve achieved many goals, surpassed my wildest expectations in some cases! I’ve met amazing people and visited some beautiful new places – all in all 2018 you’ve been fantastic – so thank you xx

What about 2019? Do I have resolutions? Not as such, I kinda think of resolutions as meaning wanting to change things and I really don’t…what I want is more of being afraid and doing it anyway! The only way to really understand ourselves, who we are and what we can achieve is to step out of our comfort zone and give it a go, however scary it may be…

So here’s to feeling nervous, to biting off more than we think we can chew, to taking a first step into the unknown and to keeping going even when the sea gets a bit choppy and adjusting our sails when the storm is whipping up around us…

Here’s to 2019

Learn to rest not quit…

I was SO tired, SO fed up and just, well… bleurgh!!☹️ The mojo had disappeared along with my energy, my body was aching and I’d forgotten how to enjoy running – too busy worrying about times and distances!

I’m not a quitter, but I definitely needed a little rest – to recharge and refocus; so a week off, some quality time with family and friends, abit of pampering, refuelling with some tasty healthy food and taking time to just breathe…

Today I felt ready to start again…gently! So a run home from work was spent just pootling along, smelling the bonfires, watching the fireworks going off in the gardens and seeing the stars starting to peek out in the night sky…🎇✨

I have no idea what the distance was, it wasn’t far, but it doesn’t matter; I have no idea what the time was, it wasn’t quick, but it doesn’t matter; what matters is that I went for a run and remembered to smile 😊

Fiery joy in the garden…

Riotous fire

Spreads between the calm cool green leaves

Bringing to life the garden with joyful happiness

Loving the garden at the moment: marigolds, snapdragons, nemesia and YES! the Dahlias grew back…soooo happy.

The hydrangea is starting to bloom but not yet showing it’s purple pedigree and the pale pink rambling rose has dropped its petals and I await it’s second flourish which will come soon.

So for now my garden is a fiery mass of yellows and oranges which shine joyfully bright in the beautiful sun.

Be a first rate version of yourself…

I recently came across a wonderful quote by Judy Garland and it got me thinking…

There are over 7billion people on this planet…when we think about it we know hardly any of them…and yet with social media it often feels like we know so many! We see all the wonderful things that others are doing and their lives are always so positive and perfect…it’s easy to think that they don’t have traumas and troubles and bad days because it’s more of a reality that we rarely share these difficulties with the world. We can lose sight of that and see the world as greener on the other side, become tempted into thinking that we should be what and who others are too – but this isn’t so.

We are all unique – we have similar goals to others it’s true, similar ideals maybe and similar passions for sure…but each of us are ourselves and ONLY ourselves – no one else.

Yes, I understand being inspired by others – I am inspired by many people…some whom I know personally and many who are more in the public eye. However, do I wish I was someone else with someone else’s life? No.

Would I like to be able to shimmy like Shakira or move with the elegance and grace of Darcey Bussell for example? Of course! Unfortunately I’ve been blessed with two left feet and the ability to only really pogo on the dance floor or feel at home in a mosh pit! But this doesn’t stop me from getting on the dance floor for a bit of grooving, jigging, jiving and everything in between – I know that I’m not going to be winning awards but I go out, don’t worry about it and just have fun!

Would I like to write engaging, insightful unputtdownable stories like JK Rowling, Harper Lee and Sir Terry Pratchett? You betcha! In my head there are a million stories..I make them up as I walk to work or run along the prom…I use my observations and experiences to create characters and one day, one day, I’ll write some of this down. Until then, they remain the stories of my mind…but I write them every day nevertheless.

Would I like to play rugby like Marlie Packer or run like Dame Kelly Holmes? Damn right I would! …and although I’ve left it very late in the day, and I’m never going to reach their dizzying heights of skill and international representation, I work as hard as I can to push myself to and beyond my limits in these sports…to be the best that I can be.

And that’s it for me…these people inspire me, I aspire to be ‘like’ them, but not BE them…I strive to follow their example of dedication, passion, self belief and determination- to try and be the best in what I do as far as my own abilities will take me.

I don’t wish my life was theirs for that would be to forget the joy and beauty in having my family, my friends, of being in my world. NO! I would not change being me even when it’s tough and even when I have to admit that I can’t dance!

May you too be joyful in being yourself, in being inspired by others but keeping your value of your own self-identify. May you never lose sight of how magnificent you are and can be – and may you always want to be YOU xx

A morning run…

The thought it popped

into my mind and then it pounded

until I agreed

With trainers laced

I stepped out of my comfort zone

and started the run

Mornings are not

my cuppa tea I prefer my bed

and my warm duvet

But off I went

down the road whilst the birds tweeted

happy in their trees

The sun it peeped

from behind the horizon shining

it’s cheery hello

A milkman whistled

as he swung his bottles and waved

As I plodded by

A dog walked

it’s person along sniffing scents of

the wonderous world

My senses calmed

My heart began to sing and dance

and I felt alive