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Post-pals

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I accomplished my first good deed of 2014 by sending a letter to a special young girl. When I found out about Postpals.co.uk I knew I had to get involved. Post-pals is a charity which enables people to send letters, cards and gifts to sick children who desperately need cheering up. I have chosen a child who I plan to write and send gifts to on a monthly basis. On a more random basis I shall send gifts to other children on the website.

I look forward to dedicating some of my time to help make sick children smile… That’s two of my 2014 aspirations already underway (Make people smile and help some charities). Why don’t you get involved and visit the website yourself. There are people that send letters/gifts from overseas so you don’t have to live in The U.K to take part. It makes me happy knowing that I am somehow making a difference in people lives.

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A Quick Look Back On My 2013

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I consider 2013 as being a good year looking back. I have been on two amazing holidays and made many happy memories. The Spain and Canary Island Cruise in May was awesome and it was lovely to spend time with two of my very good friends during this time. We did have a lot of fun and we laughed until we cried a lot of the time. Some people may of even thought we were a little mad but we didn’t have a care in the world. Thinking about it makes me want to book another cruise for next year but as I have some crazy saving to do I don’t think I’ll be booking anything.

Disneyland Paris is never a let down (in my opinion anyway) and I was lucky enough to take my niece Jordan on her first trip there. I’m not sure who exactly was the biggest kid but I’m pretty sure it was me. I love all the rides and meeting as many characters as I can. Despite going at peak season and having to face the crowds of people and the queues, we still had a great time. I would have loved to have returned next year but that also looks very unlikely.

There has been a few events that have stuck in my mind from this year including the annual ‘West End Live’ in Trafalgar Square, conventions such as ‘Collectormania’ in Milton Keynes ‘London Film and Comic Con’ ‘Hyper Japan’ and ‘ToyCon’ were all enjoyable and I hope to return to these events again next year. Another event I enjoyed was the charity football match between ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserable’.

This year saw me try my hand at creating things with Polymer clay which goes well when I have the time apart from when I burnt two tea light holders in the oven much to the horror of my mother who had to clean the blackness from her oven the next day, oops! I also joined a amateur operatic society and performed in my first show which was successful. Unfortunately because of the lack of young talent and men, the society will be closing after our next show in March. It has left me wondering what I should do next, if I even feel like doing anything after that.

There has been some events I have been to which I haven’t mentioned in my posts like Seeing various bands live at Wembley Arena and the London o2 such as ‘Paramore’ ’30 Seconds to Mars’ and ‘Boyzone’. I have also been to a couple of WWE events and loved it… more for next year I think, including some more gigs and shows that are already planned. So far I’m rather looking forward to 2014, I hope you are too!

Growing and Changing

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I’m like Dr. Who… I tend to regenerate every few years. Last time it happened must have been about six years ago when I decided on a career change and gave up pretty much everything to study animal management full-time. I had time by myself to think and I know at that time in my life I made the right decision even though I didn’t end up pursuing an animal care career. It was great personal development and opened up a whole lot of new opportunities for me. I saw a change in myself during that time, I was more determined and care free and I proved to myself that I could work harder than I had ever worked before. I was happy.

Recently… I would say 3 or 4 months ago, I have been showing signs of growing up. This is something that I had refused point-blank to do in the past, but at the age of 33 I seemed to have given in and accepted that there are some things I need to face. My thoughts have mainly been leaning towards planning for my future, something that I wouldn’t have considered at all earlier on in the year.

I suppose there comes a time when you haven’t got a choice and that then aggravating voice of one of your parents telling you to ‘grow up’ actually starts to make sense. With my new sensible head on my shoulders we shall see what 2014 brings. After all, it’s not very far away now is it!

What Matters Most

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On much consideration I’ve realised the reason I find it so difficult to open up is purely because I have nothing to open up about. It’s true! I literally have no quarms with life and I am usually pretty happy and laid back. Yes, there are things that annoy and irritate me on occasions but those things are trivial and I feel that moaning about such things will in a way be mocking the people who do have serious problems in their lives.

Of course there are moments from my past that have deeply effected me but I don’t see the point in dragging up the past when I should be looking towards the future, or more importantly the present where the here and now matters more than anything. I now feel better for coming to this conclusion, so personal ramblings may become general chit-chat… and poetry… well poetry stays as poetry and that is what I’m going to be working on today. So hopefully tomorrow will bring my first poetry post that I won’t be using for an e-zine.

Poll Results

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Now that I have come to the end of my ’31 day gratitude experiment’, it’s freed up a little thinking time in my over-active brain. So from the POLL I put up a few posts back (which wasn’t as successful as I had hoped) I decided to work on the two chosen categories ‘poetry’ and ‘personal ramblings’. I’m going to try to base my poetry on the art of ‘Consuelo Parra’ as I have found her work quite inspirational. The idea popped into my head during a quiet moment at work (I don’t get many of those), and once I have an idea I tend to stick with it.

As for personal ramblings, this will be a challenge in itself as I find it very difficult to open up and I didn’t realise this until fairly recently. On a different blogging note, I’ve finally passed 2000 views on sheryl’s bloggy blog, received over 200 likes and now also have over 50 followers. This may not seem like a big deal to most bloggers but it is to me.

I’ve said it before and I say it again ‘Thank you’! I appreciate any kind of acknowledgement, it really does mean a lot to me. Just knowing that my little blog is being noticed makes me happy. It’s still not too late to vote on my poll, I would love your opinion.

31 Day Gratitude Experiment – Week 3

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I’m still going 🙂

Week 3 of my ’31 Day Gratitude Experiment’. Some are general things that I’m grateful for, looking deeper into life and others I had experienced that day.

Day 14

I am grateful for:

  • Amazing films and t.v series there are to entertain me
  • Being able to make my own decisions.
  • The opportunity to better myself
  • Being capable of doing things I set out to do.
  • A good nights sleep.

Day 15

I am grateful for:

  • The lessons I’ve learned from difficult relationships.
  • Being alive.
  • The ability to learn more and build on my knowledge.
  • Being open-minded.
  • Being accepting.

Day 16

I am grateful for:

  • Watching the sun rise.
  • Endless opportunities.
  • The hobbies and interests I have.
  • Rarely being bored.
  • Being happy in life.

Day 17

I am grateful for:

  • The little reminders of how lucky I am.
  • The little challenges in life.
  • For ice cream. My ultimate comfort food.
  • My favourite YouTubers that make entertaining vlogs.

Day 18

I am grateful for:

  • The people who fight for my country.
  • The people carrying out research to help put an end to various illnesses.
  • The ability to look forward.
  • Being positive.

Day 19

I am grateful for:

  • Getting together with great friends.
  • Hugs.
  • Meeting and talking to new people.
  • Being a part of someone’s special day.
  • My camera for capturing memories.
  • Getting home safe late at night.

Day 20

I am grateful for:

  • How pretty everything looks when it snows.
  • The cosy open fire on a snowy day.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Not taking life too seriously.