Life at times can seem to be in a whirlwind with so many things happening all at once. When life is like this it is no wonder we can feel swept off our feet and spinning like we are in the tornado with Dorothy and Toto in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. However, my following survival guide for getting through these times of severe weather suggests: to take the journey step by step, get things done bit by bit and get through what is ahead day by day!
Why is our ‘Wellbeing’ so vital to our health and happiness?
The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
synonyms: welfare, health, good health, happiness, comfort, security, safety, protection, prosperity, profit, good, success, fortune, good fortune, advantage, interest, ponderousness, successfulness
Set your future intentions with Focus Words, Goal Setting and Promises to yourself – as ways to be prepared, focused and ready for all that’s ahead…
When looking ahead, I like to do things that will get my mind focused on the future, to carry with me the lessons learnt from the past and to then go forward being clear on my goals and my intentions for the year ahead. In this post, I encourage you to do the same no matter your circumstance – if you are a business executive, stay at home parent or a chronic illness warrior. We all need a direction, plan, vision, goal and dream to work towards and focus on.
The Power of THANKFULNESS & Top Tips for logging GRATITUDE.
Including a WEEKLY GRATITUDE DIARY free printable, as my gratitude gift for my readers!
Here we are again, it’s that time of year full of events that make everyone stop in their tracks and actually think about what they are thankful for. Nearly everyone enjoys Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve and not just for the food and festivities! Whether you know it or not, it’s also because of the high that thankfulness and acknowledging gratitude, can bring during this time of year too.
Let’s discover more about this together and then at the end of the blog, I will give you tips and tricks on how you can incorporate the ‘power of thankfulness‘ into your everyday life not just on specific days like Thanksgiving and Christmas Time. I will also give each reader A FREE PRINTABLE ‘WEEKLY GRATITUDE DIARY’ SHEETas my gratitude gift just for you!! 😉
Continue reading “The Power of THANKFULNESS! Top Tips for logging GRATITUDE, to bring more happiness & inner peace into your life, through the joy of gratefulness! (Including a FREE Printable: WEEKLY GRATITUDE DIARY!)”
Life lessons the season of Autumn / Fall can bring to all… and how to stay positive through seasonal changes.
Like most things in life, how we experience the change of season and weather, is down to our personal perspective. This post is all about purposely choosing a positive perspective as we transition into a new season…
Believe me, as someone with a chronic illness that is worsened in the colder weather I know oh too well the amount of dread the colder weather months can be met with and the effect of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) depression that seasonally comes in the dark Autumn and Winter months.
However, learning to see the beautiful life lessons of the season helped me to embrace the change instead of dreading it – as it can’t be changed through dread or worry, so instead might as well be enjoyed for its positives even though it brings along negatives too. ‘Balance’ and ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ come to mind.
“What possible lessons could the Autumn / Fall give me?” I hear you ask. Let me explain…
Looking for a free day out in Leeds?
‘Kirkstall Abbey’ is a day trip full of history, beauty and fun for all ages and abilities – any time of the year!
A cool place to visit while in Leeds is a place called ‘Kirkstall Abbey’ – so cool in fact I visited twice in the space of four months! It is easy to get to, being three miles from the City Centre of Leeds, off the A65.
Kirkstall Abbey is a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1152 and one of the best-preserved monasteries in England.
“SHORT HAIR DON’T CARE” to “LONG HAIR COZ I CARE”
Have you seen the hashtag floating around on social media #shorthairdontcare ?
Well, this was always my reality, as I’ve almost always had short hair, even as a child as I made washing my hair such an ordeal as I hated getting water in my eyes (mix of eczema, sensitive eyes and being a diva) and disliked getting my hair brushed too! I think it was just easier for my mom to let me have the shorter hair I wanted.
Yet for the past 3 years, as I’ve been growing my hair an extra 12 inches in length, for a charity donation my hashtag became #longhairdontcare instead, as I grew my hair the longest it has EVER been in my whole 34 years of life at the time.
Only now, with ‘the big charity chop’ being two weeks away, my reality has now become the opposite of that hashtag. As now it’s more like #longhaircozicare
‘7 FACTS ABOUT ME’
that will give you a sneak preview into where around the world my journey has taken me & just what my footsteps have got up to…
How exciting my 1st ever Versatile blogger Award! A big thank you to the lovely Cailin over at the blog STUMBLY for nominating me for this award (click on her blog name to open up a new window with her post with my nomination in.)
Before I share a few fun facts about myself and then list my own nominees, here are the rules/guidelines for us nominees to follow:
- Thank the person who nominated you. (Links to their site are pretty sweet!)
- Share 7 facts about yourself.
- Nominate no more than 15 bloggers for the award.
7 Facts About Helen’s Journey Blog:
Okay, so as my 35th birthday is soon approaching I refuse to focus on what I don’t have by this age (if you’ve read my post “Single? Childless? How these things can’t take away your ability of being a loyal partner or your maternal instincts to look after a child!“ then you know the list is mostly missing) or bad situations of the past.
Instead I’m choosing to focus on all the great life experiences I’ve had in life and the amazing places around the world I have visited – as when I reflect on these I feel richly blessed beyond age, health, status etc.
So the following 7 facts about me I’ve chosen from my bag of life experiences & dug out the photographs to go along with them too…
- I’ve lay inside a tomb, deep inside a great pyramid in Cairo, Egypt. It was REALLY hot down there! I couldn’t resist jumping in and posing for a pic – it’s just part of who I am 😉
2. I’ve held a baby alligator! Yes you read that right, but don’t worry there was a professional handler there to talk me through it and make sure I held it correctly for safety for us both.
It was after an air boat ride through the Florida Everglades swamps filled with alligators. As a huge NCIS & CSI fan you know in my head I was pretending I was on the airboat with Horatio in the opening theme tune of CSI MIAMI right 😉
3. I have driven a Quad bike across some of the Sahara Desert and watched the sunset over the sand dunes.
4. I got to see my home football team ‘Birmingham City FC’ win the Carling Cup final at Wembley Stadium, winning 2 -1 against Arsenal in February 2011! It was a brilliant day with my family that I will remember forever, what a high and a buzz. A well deserved win KRO! (our slogan KEEP RIGHT ON! aka KRO)
5. I’ve climbed the Statue of Liberty & Empire State building (ok I was only 5 so I only remember tiny moments but I do remember doing both…
The statue of liberty I remember it being endless winding stairs and it being boiling hot and my Auntie freaking out as she is scared of heights.
The Empire State Building, I remember being at the top and it was all caged in and we used a, what seemed huge at the time, telescope to look out over New York.
6. I watched the Olympic Torch handover in the UK when it passed through my home town Birmingham (England’s 2nd City).
7. I went into the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, when I was in Marrakech. We went to see a beautiful waterfall.
So there you have the 7 life experiences I’ve chosen to share with this award – I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me more, as I have enjoyed sharing them and looking at the photos again.
Right, here are my chosen nominees for The Versatile Blogger Award… (Anyone who participates, don’t forget to tag me in your posts so I can see your replies.)
- nikki at nikkipedia
- Positive Changes Journey
- Trail By Fashion
- Off To The World
- mishi pcm
- Simple Hijabi
- The Happy Diary
- Fam by Choice
- Mamma in Joy
Fancy finding out even more about me? Then read my other blogger award interviews by clicking on the award names below to open interviews in seperate tabs:
- ‘Liebster Award 2018’ YAY! Come & read my interview answers & to get to know who I am as a person away from my keyboard
- “MY ‘MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD’ number 1
- HELEN’S JOURNEY BLOG WINS 1st SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD
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The 12th of May is ‘Fibromyalgia Awareness Day’ – So what better way to become aware, than by reading this blog post!
You write it: FIBROMYALGIA
You say it: Fi – bro – my – al – gee – ah.
The origins of the word:
“fibro”for fibrous tissues such as tendons & ligaments
“algia” meaning pain.
Also referred to as: FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome)
“Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of widespread muscle pain, profound fatigue & sleep disorder, along with many other symptoms.”
According to the National Fibromyalgia Association; 3-6% of the world’s population has Fibromyalgia syndrome.
Everyone has giants to face at different times in life, some bigger than others. However, this blog post will reassure you that no matter the size of the giant, they all give you the chance to prove to yourself, just how strong you really are!
A reflection I am writing as I am undergoing treatment:
As I type this, I’m currently on a hospital bed receiving treatment for the chronic illness I’ve had for just over 11 years. As I am laying here with an IV drip going into my hand pumping anaesthetic around my body to try to numb my nervous system down, I find myself reflecting on the life lessons chronic illness has brought along with it…
- You never know what’s around the corner.
- You find out who is willing to make the effort for you, when you are simply unable to do it back.
- There is a big difference between being alive and actually living.
- Life comes down to love.
- There is always a way to do it or an alternative.
- You find out what your passion is when you can’t do it any longer.
- You discover your core relationships.
- The power of the mind and destructive thinking.
- The danger of owning your diagnoses.
I could really let my fingers carry on and list a thousand things, esp as I’m on this IV drip for a few hours…but I’ll only pick a few from this list to explain in more depth:
This post also includes a free printable affirmation, to encourage self-love, forgiveness & letting go…
How negativity can affect your health and mental health:
Being too hard on ourselves has damaging effects, not only on our mental health but also our physical health too. It is scientifically proven that negative thinking and negative thoughts worsen a person’s health, lowers immunity and affects the brains function. Chronic stress, worry and negative emotions can unbalance our hormones and the brain needs a certain level of specific hormones to create the feeling of ‘happiness’.
That is why ‘self-love’ or ‘being kind to yourself’ is sooooooooo important in life, esp when you are already in ill-health or struggle mentally with issues of self or low mood.
This blog is a gentle prompt to enjoy time with your loved ones, making precious memories and treasuring having them in your life. Hold them close and be grateful for all the blessings they bring and the challenges they bring also – as they both make an impact on your life. Generally treasure the people you spend the most time with and all those that make contact with you just to say “Hello, how are you?”.
Today’s reflection is one of importance, to TREASURING YOUR LOVED ONES and work towards YOUR LEGACY that you will leave behind!
As I type this post another new year is fast approaching. My thoughts go towards a sense of preparation and planning, as most people do at this time of year when we start setting ourselves New Year Resolutions and goals for the new year ahead.
However, if you have an overactive and creative mind like mine, your thoughts can run away with themselves and you end up feeling confused, overwhelmed and like you can’t even remember everything that you just spent ages thinking about as there is just too much of it! *AND BREATHE!*
So the best way I find to get the lists and ideas out of my brain is to write them down and log them in some way. To do this, as I am in my season of preparation for the future, I have got 3 items to help get me organised and focused:
“Remembering the ‘Reason for the Season’!”
The big day is finally here; CHRISTMAS DAY 2017! Today’s chosen image is 1 from my childhood Church:
As you can see I perfectly positioned the camera to get the altar & cross wall hanging in the photo along with the Christmas Tree. For me, it is the perfect reminder of the reason we even celebrate Christmas! Although not the official date of Jesus’ birth (Yeshua (ישוע) in original Hebrew text) and also pagan origins of using evergreen fir trees that aren’t linked to this – it is what Christmas Time and the symbol of a Christmas Tree has meant for the generations of people alive today.
As I look at it, I see the Christmas tree representing the commercial side of Christmas, the presents, the tv toy commercials etc. Yet, I also see it as a communal point:
- Where people gather around, as well as presents.
- Families going out and choosing their tree together.
- A group of people all decorating a tree together as a joint experience.
- Children gathered underneath the tree on Christmas morning ripping open their presents.
Then in stark contrast in the distance you will see the beautiful and majestic altar and cross wall hanging. The cross representing the reason we even celebrate Christmas today – as Christmas is the start of the story with Jesus being born and the cross where he died representing the very act in which he was born to do.
I see the two being placed close together as a reminder to still put Jesus into Christmas;
- The many children dressing up and reenacting the nativity story in their school plays.
- Saying or writing CHRISTmas not Xmas which was designed to cross Christ out of Christmas, which is ironic as in the end it’s all about a cross anyways lol.
- Choosing Christian Christmas Cards that have pictures of the nativity story on such as the stable, wise men, shepherds, angels, the star, pregnant mary on the donkey etc.
- Going to Church on Christmas morning or midnight Mass on Christmas Eve night.
Even if you don’t identify as being a Christian, remembering the reason for the season is for you also. For, if you believe it’s only a story then what an inspiring story to acknowledge and remember!
- It is full of hope, wonder and amazement.
- It has got community spirit from the shepherds.
- Astrology and present giving from the wise men.
- Spiritual support from angels and the spiritual realm.
- A love so strong that Joseph sticks around to marry and look after Mary even though she’s pregnant & he didn’t take part in physically making it with Mary.
- Strangers helping strangers in need out with stay in a free stable.
- The hopes and dreams of all this baby would grow up to be and the responsibility on his shoulders from birth because of his fate to come….
What a story to remember this Christmas time! So please join me in remembering THE REASON FOR THE SEASON! ❤
Click here for the whole CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS COLLECTION to have a quick read of them & they are all relevant to make this the BEST CHRISTMAS DAY ever, with perspective, clarity and a joyful heart
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So todays countdown is 10 days until we see Christmas Day 2017. Some people love Christmas & the joy in counting down the days, while others get more stressed the closer the date gets to 25th December.
However it makes you feel, I invite you to join me each of the 12 days till Christmas, as I share daily Christmas Reflections and of course an accompanying Christmas image! (I just love taking photos & sharing pictures lol)
Todays chosen image below, is of crystal glass angel Christmas ornaments. To some maybe a reminder of the angels part in the nativity story, appearing to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds to deliver the News of ‘Jesus’ (originally ‘Yeshua’ in Hebrew).
When I first saw them in person, i just fell in love with them, so pretty and precious. However, looking at them today with fresh eyes, they make me think they represent just how fragile life can be. More of a reflection of whats going on for me & my family right now, but a reminder for all.
Yesterdays post relayed the importance of “PRESENCE over PRESENTS” this Christmas, but the message of these ornaments take it a step further… Don”t just be present in special moments with people but also value them for how precious they are! Memories with loved ones that will stay alive even when the people in them aren’t alive anymore.
These angel ornaments each hold a different symbol in their hands: one a heart, one a star and the third a trumpet. Looking at them through my creative eyes, each symbol carries with it an extra meaning.
The heart symbol, not only a symbol of love and I think of Joy also. So not only to value life, but to actually put our hearts into living it and enjoying it with joyous hearts.
The star in the Christmas story is a symbol of announcement and of navigation, telling the wise men of the Birth and to show them where to travel to find him. So knowing how fragile life is, we need to live it with direction and conviction. Knowing what your passion is, your purpose, your gift, your calling – it directs your life, your career, your hobbies. Those are your stars in life, telling you what you were born to do and following its direction.
The trumpet is a much talked about instrument in the Bible, but especially in verses about the last days in the book of Revelation. As a nation in the UK we seem to feel uncomfortable in talking about death, but that is a big thing we should be thinking about esp if you believe a day will come where you either go to heaven or hell or for other religions if you become reincarnated etc. Maybe it’s a reminder that as I believe, there is a spiritual realm after death, that death or the afterlife shouldn’t be ignored?!
The angels themselves a reminder of how precious life is, these crystal ornaments can get chipped, cracked and ultimately shattered into pieces. That is the reality of life, our life as we know it can be turned upside down in an instant. I’m not trying to be morbid talking about death, but instead, using death’s harsh reality as a push for us all to appreciate how easily life can change or be taken away. As a result we should value life even more! ❤
Please join me tomorrow for Day 4 of 12 Days of CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS…
Dont worry if you missed earlier reflections as you can click on them below to have a quick read of them:
Day 2: “PRESENCE over PRESENTS“