Today is Mother’s Day. A day to appreciate and say thank you to all of the amazing women who have helped you to become the person that you are. I am very lucky to have many people who have inspired me as I’ve grown up, both family and friends.
To my family,
Thank you for…
Being there when I needed someone to chat to, about my happy day or what is on my mind.
The time you’ve given up to chat to me over coffee and your understanding heart.
All the hugs you’ve given me and all the happy time we’ve shared.
The meals out, the holidays, the days out and the big family meals together.
The times you’ve held my hand when I’ve been scared and for being my voice when I needed it.
And the way you’ve supported me, helped me to grow and never given up on me.
Thank you for always being the amazing, loving and caring people that you are ❤
Over the past few weeks I have had the chance to take part in some amazing adventures through volunteering. I will be posting more about them individually over the upcoming weeks but I wanted to share my happiness 🙂
Sense & Barretstown:
Recently I’ve taken part in 2 residential volunteering opportunities. Both are very different to each other but have brought me so much happiness and I am proud to say I was part of both of these. One thing the children and young people on these camps remind you is that anything is possible. That is something I always take away with me and I always leave happier than I arrived. The photo is of a thank you that I received from Barretstown that reminded me why volunteers are so important.
Yesterday I went to a Firework display in my local park. It was absolutely amazing and great to spend time with people who are important to me. We then went out to KFC which was a lovely added extra.
I’ve recently joined this fantastic group called Happy Mail on Facebook. Everyone in the group is so friendly and I have met some
great people because of it. I have sent a few parcels to people and have afew more to send over the next few days. This is a photo of a beautiful parcel I received earlier in the week which made me smile lots!
The only downside to all of this is that it means I’ve not spent much time with my family over the past few weeks. When I am away I miss them loads but I got to spend some happy time with them again this evening. I’ve also been very lucky to have a few lazy days with my boyfriend recently which I have absolutely loved ❤
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Each year, the Mental Health Foundation, help to raise awareness of Mental health by focussing on one topic in particular and this year it is Mindfulness. There is such a stigma attached to mental health which makes it all the more important to talk about it openly.
Sometimes people get confused about what we mean when we talk about mental health. Everyone has mental health, whether it be good mental well-being or mental ill-health. It is something that isn’t really talked about much but is so important. Mental health is just as important as physical health and doesn’t always stay the same, just like sometimes we are physically poorly, it is possible to be mentally unwell sometimes too. Mental health can change due to circumstances or at different points throughout your life.
So what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is all about focussing your thoughts on the current moment and your experiences and feelings at that moment in time. For example, if you are eating try focussing on the taste and texture of the food, how it feels in your mouth and what your reactions are to the food. When you are washing up try to focus on the temperature of the water, the shape and feeling of the object you are cleaning, the way your hands feel in the water.
To find out more about mindfulness please click here.
What does it mean to me?
Mindfulness is something I have recently been introduced to and am enjoying learning more about whenever I get the opportunity. When I first heard about it I honestly thought ‘that will never work!’. But I am slowly incorporating it into my daily life and hopefully soon I will start to notice a difference. Mental health is something I don’t talk about often enough but I am going to make a big effort to try.
So what can you do?
Social media is a very powerful tool. Why not share this blog post on social media (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram), have a go at writing and sharing a blog post or simply ask a friend or work colleague how they are and take the time to listen to them fully.
Papercutting is my latest hobby. It is something I can do without using up much energy which is important at the moment. With each cut I can also see my skills developing which is very rewarding.
Those of you who know me well will know I am not a patient person and can get bored easily! So it may seem like an unusual thing to do. But actually it is amazing how, even in the few weeks since I started, my patience with the cuts has increased. I have always enjoyed art (oh the fun art diploma days at school!) but it is something which has never come naturally to me. I can’t draw to save my life.
This weekend is a bank holiday weekend and I am very lucky to have spent last night with my family, which always makes me incredibly happy. Today I am catching up on some last minute work before spending the rest of my weekend with my boyfriend, playing games, watching movies, reading and of course papercutting.
Here are my first three cuts:
With thanks to Charlie for the Autism template & Emma @ Diva Cuts for the girl on the swing template 🙂
Here is my current papercutting supplies & book I received through the post at the same time. Not huge but I am expecting it will increase quickly!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to!