Monday, 25 September 2017

Ways to Keep Positive.


The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is an opportunity for growth


Last week I began this post and just couldn't finish it. Things were not going well and being positive was far from my mind.
We had a pretty awful week including arguments, emergency hospital visits and many tears. The stress levels were through the roof, which is a big achievement in our three story house!

Now things have settled a little and we have a plan to prevent (hopefully) future breakdowns like this and I can look back and reflect. The bad things will get better, I'm sure, so I'm going to keep working on them and now look at the good things about last week.


  • The kids went back to school completely stress free and they all had a fabulous week
  • I focused on getting ready for my consultant appointment (Tomorrow) and I know exactly what I'm going to tell him and what treatment I expect. There is a choice of treatments so I'm feeling positive.
  • I had a gorgeous bouquet of flowers which, although they were for a review, they have really cheered me up with their lovely colours and beautiful fragrance
  • On a day when I felt I was hitting rock bottom, I let my friends know and they sent me loads of love and support.
  • I've been out twice, once with hubby and the other time with hubby and the kids. It always makes me feel better to get out of the house. ( I could say three times, but I'm focusing on the good things so the hospital visit doesn't count.) 
  • I have my holiday voucher so I'm going to book next years summer holiday. I've already decided where we are going (South Devon) and we are going for a full week instead of a mid week break, and we are going in the Summer holiday instead of Whitson. (Although we do tend to have really nice weather at Whitson which is never guaranteed in summer.) 
So, despite having a really rotten week, I can still find the positives. These little things that don't solve my problems but give me hope and happiness. 


What do you do when life throws you lemons?


When stressed I also have things that keep me calm and happy and stop my mind from going into overdrive. These include;

  • Crochet. I like to make small things so I get my achievement sooner. I love amigurumi which is a Japanese term for small stuffed creatures. 
  • Colouring. I have a plethora of colouring books which meet my every need, I also have many pens and pencils but I do like pencils best.
  • Reading. I have trouble reading because it gives me headaches and I tend to fall asleep, but a good book takes me away into another world and I love that. I've read nearly two books this past week.
  • Baking. Although I do have trouble with this now I do still love to bake and really enjoyed making bread last week.
All these things help me to practice mindfulness. The times I am engrossing myself in these activities I am focusing on them purely and everything else doesn't matter. This teaches me to be in the moment. what ever has happened in the past has happened and there is nothing you can do to change it, whatever happens in the future hasn't happened yet, so you can't do anything about that either. The only thing you can do is live in the present and whatever you do right now is what is most important, so make every day count.

An awful week may have happened but it's past now and today is a new day, today I managed to finish this post!

Every morning we are born again. what we do today is what matters most.





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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay



Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me...is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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