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It's been a long time since that first job of mine out of university, but I have never forgotten the kindness shown to me by a friend. That job was life changing and it opened up so many doors further down the path. I've never forgotten the difference it made in my life then.
It's strange, growing up an only child, with no cousins or aunts or uncles or grandparents nearby, even though there are dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles 'back home'. For me there was never a 'back home', there was always just home. Where my parents were.
My most favourite book of all time is Terry Pratchett's 'Nation'. In this story, we see the importance of picking ourselves up and carrying on no matter what. We persevere. And we don't have to live our lives according to the old ways. We can forge new pathways that are better than the old ones.
I'm OK at a lot of things. I can do a lot of stuff that would get a 'pass' mark. Most of it would be an average score, though, and not exceptional. There are lots of things I love doing, but I don't think you can be good at them. Like reading. Can you be a good reader? Can you be a good leisurely walker? A good bird feeder? A good music listener? A good sunrise watcher?
We were both awkward young teenagers and didn't really know how to fit in. Not sporty. Not academic. Not popular. Not arty. Not outgoing extroverts. We soon found ourselves together, 'matched up' by other students who also weren't sure where we fitted in.
My mum admitted the present was from her, and she apologised that it was such a small thing. I don't know why she felt the need to apologise. It was the best present because it was exactly what I needed, and I told her so.
I moved to my current neighbourhood last October, and joined all the local community groups on Facebook I could find. A great way to keep up to date on local trades and events. A couple of weeks ago, a lady posted an invitation to a psychic workshop. Small group only, open up your intuition, throat chakra healing, and some practical hands on stuff. Something compelled me to go to this workshop, so I went.
This week's gratitude post is about my favourite kind of fitness activity. For me it's always been gentle exercise, I love walking, of course, and I have been doing yoga for many years. While many of us think about walking and yoga as solely physical fitness activities, it is also important to remember the mental… Continue reading A year of gratitude – Week 14 – My favourite type of fitness
As someone who tends to keep relatively to herself, I admit that I am usually mistrustful of people who approach me for a conversation because those that approach others are always trying to sell them something. I suppose this is a pretty pessimistic way to view things. But these days, it's the norm to go about… Continue reading A year of gratitude – Week 13 – A conversation with a stranger
This week I'd like to pay tribute to my creative work, which is making jewellery inspired by my studies of yoga. The main reason I became interested in making jewellery is because I was frankly outraged at the prices that some of the trendy boho companies got away with charging. They were creating pieces that… Continue reading A year of gratitude – Week 12 – A creative piece of work I’ve done