Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pride, Happiness and Feeling Scared - This Week's Review

Writing this week's blog post has been a difficult one for me. My week has been filled with highs and lows. I was going to write more of a how-to blog or more structured content, but because I feel so tired, I don't think I would do it justice. Plus, having a personal insight into someone's life is always interesting!

This Week's Ups:

- My sister is graduating with a 2:1! She's worked so hard and I'm so proud and pleased to see it paying off for her. She's already working as a nanny for a lovely family and it will be so great to see her graduation ceremony so we can celebrate as a family all that she's worked for.

- I celebrated father's day with my family and we took a trip into Hay-on-Wye. I got to discuss my blog more with Satori and we have an awesome give-away coming up, which I can't wait to give you info about! I also went to the Fudge Shop and got some chocolate and honeycomb fudge, which was delicious and one of my new favourite treats.



- I got a new car! This is crazily exciting for me because it's my first automatic car, having always driven manuals before now. The reason this is so exciting is because I've always been a really nervous driver - so many people in my area died in road accidents as I've grown up which has linked driving to negative memories for me.
Having a car of my own which I can get more confident in will mean that I'm able to do so much more, have so many more experiences and meet up with friends easier. As I live in such a rural area having autonomy of independent travel makes such a huge difference.
It also means more exciting content for blog post! I'll be able to travel to new events, source new photos, network better and lots more!



- I've bought some new games and I can't wait to take some time out to play them this weekend. I bet its the same for many other Steam users (Summer Sale, yay!)


This Week's Downs:


- I've been consistently feeling ill, especially faint. At work remaining conscious and bright was a real struggle for me and when I've had time off I've just been trying to sleep, rest and recover. Being ill made a real dent in how positive I was able to feel and how much I was able to process. I felt that I wasn't able to give as much as I wanted to and that my relationships probably suffered because of it.

- EU referendum consequences. Personally, I voted remain and really want to stay in the EU, but I don't really want to put that up for discussion here or make it a focus of my blog right now. However, some of the consequences in 'real life' have been really quite upsetting and overwhelming to see. There's been a lot of unnecessary insults thrown around by individuals of both sides. It also seems that simultaneously whether someone is too involved or not involved enough in politics are both worthy of insult and critique. People feel really torn and divided in my immediate circles, there is so much division it is really hard to see much unity or hope right now. There have been so many power displays it worries me. I believe in unity and hope. I believe people are trying to do their best with the resources they have. But I feel lost in the immediate aggressive aftermath in my immediate circles.


My Goals for Next Week

I'd love to spend a bit of time focusing on driving and building up my confidence. It would be a great accomplishment for me to build up the confidence to visit a National Trust property or an art exhibit soon.
I've fallen out of practice with yoga and meditation this week, so I'd love to get on top of that again.
I also need to take out some time to rest and practice self-care, as this week has been pretty full on and intense for me.




My Gratitude List:

- My bedroom and my garden. I can't tell whether these are classed as little or big things. But both of these have offered so much healing and respite this week. Whether it's taking a good sleep or taking a gentle wander through my garden both have helped heal me and remind me of all the good in the world. (HOBBIT ALERT)



- My family. They have offered me such support and strength this week. We're not a soppy/emotional family, but I am so grateful for them.

- Birdsong. Weird one, but I love the constant reminder that humans are not the only creatures in this world. I love how birdsong can bring me out of my mind and into my senses.

- The NHS. Granted I haven't used it this week, but it's difficult to imagine not being able to get healthcare easily if I needed it and for that I am particularly grateful.

- People. People who make a difference and people who care. I'm really thankful for people who just try and make other people's days a little bit more positive, even if it's just by giving a smile and asking how your day's going.

- My readers. Thank you so much for the support of this blog - both those of you who comment and those who just like to read. Your support and readership really makes me smile. I love hearing from you and connecting with you. Thanks so much. I hope you've had a lovely week! What have been your ups and downs this week? I'd love to hear from you below :).

Best wishes as always,

Nicky xx


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    1. Hi, Thanks for your comment and support :). I loved your last post 'My Story' - it was a gorgeous dress.

      Nicky xx

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  2. I really need to go back to meditating, it makes such a big difference. And it is really exciting that you got your own car, it makes life a lot easier and brings a whole new level of independence. I can understand your disappointment about the referendum results, I am not British but I really hoped the UK would vote to stay in the EU and I also noticed that it caused division amongst people. The good thing I can see is that people genuinely care about politics. :) xx

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    1. Thank you, Mira! :) Meditating really does make such a difference, it's endlessly surprising how much of a difference 10 minutes can make on your entire day. Yeah, there is a lot of division here right now, but you make a good point in saying that people genuinely care about politics - hopefully it will lead to more people actively getting involved so we can move forward united and as a democracy.
      I've just followed your blog - it looks great! :) Thank you for your support and thought-provoking comment.

      Nicky xx

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  3. Congrats on getting a new car!!! That is fantastic. Having a car gives you so much freedom. My favorite point on your gratitude list is birdsongs. Such a sweet thing to be grateful for. I can hear the birds outside now, and I wasn't listening to them before. Thank you for helping me listen. XOXO

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    1. Thank you! It's going really well - been building up my confidence driving in town today. Aww, I'm glad it helped :). I think it's a lovely thing to bring you back to a sense of the wider world - kind of like looking at the stars. Thank you for your lovely comment and your support!

      Nicky xx

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  4. Congratulations to your sister!
    Ugh.. the whole EU situation. I think what annoys me is how most of the younger generation wanted to stay in the EU, yet the older generation's wishes were granted and they don't have to live here anywhere near as long as us!
    Aleeha xXx
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    1. Aww, thank you Aleeha - I will pass your congratulations on! :D
      Yeah, the whole EU situation is very complicated. I know my granddad voted to stay 'in' and emphasised his reasoning being how much it cost us to get the EU and those relationships in the first place. That's what shocks me the most, how we could possibly forget/ignore how much it cost so many to get that peace.

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  5. Well done to your sister! And OMG honeycombe fudge... Fudge is my favourite thing and so are crunchie bars so I'm thinking, is that two of my favourite things combined.....??
    I would love an automatic car! But I tried one once and wasn't that great at it haha!
    If you have fallen out of touch with Yoga I hope you can get the motivation to get back into it, it really helps my low points seem not so low, it really grounds me. I adore Yoga, Hatha yoga and meditation Yoga is my favourite. X
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    1. Thanks Sophie - I will definitely pass your congratulations on! :D
      Yeah, I know. It's delicious. I bought it from The Fudge Shop in Hay on Wye and it's one of my favourite little shops ever! Haha. Maybe I could try and find a good recipe for it? I don't know how hard/easy fudge is to make though.
      Aww, keep going with it! Do you drive manuals? If so, it's really odd getting used to not changing gear, haha.
      Yeah, definitely. Yoga is such a wonderful grounding force. It'd be great to know more about your yoga practice - do you attend classes or have a home practice?

      Nicky xx

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  6. Congrats to your sister!! Great read! Amazing post!
    Hugs,
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    1. Thank you for your comment, Trang! I'm glad you liked it :).

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  7. I loved reading this! I'm such a nervous driver too and after two years I'm only just starting to get a bit more confident, I've never tried an automatic car so maybe i"ll have to think about that for my next one! Also, that fudge sounds dreamy... x

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    1. Aww thank you, I'm glad you did! I'd definitely recommend thinking about it if you want a boost of confidence. I drove through a city centre yesterday which would have absolutely petrified me before. It means you don't need to worry about clutch control, stalling or changing gears and can just focus on responding to what's going on around you :).
      And yep, that's a perfect word to describe the fudge! Haha
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

      Nicky xx

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  8. Life is full of ups and downs but you wouldnt be able to appreciate the ups if you didnt get a few downs as well.

    Thank you for the amazing write up! Super informative!!

    xo Tessa
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    1. Hi Tessa,

      Thank you for the comment. I'm glad you liked the post! I've just taken a quick look at your blog and followed you. Thanks for the support :)

      Nicky xx

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  9. Loved this post and you have such a pretty blog x

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it :). Thank you for the feedback on the blog layout as well.

      Nicky xx

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  10. This is so refreshing to read....I am loving exploring your blog. Very best wishes to you. Xx

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    1. Oh thank you! I hope you enjoy it :). I've just followed your blog and am looking forward to exploring yours as well! Much love,

      Nicky xx

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  11. So glad I've just found your blog :) love a gratitude list!

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    1. Oh thank you very much! I'm really enjoying yours as well :). I'm happy to hear you like the gratitude list - I'm considering making a bit of a feature out of them.

      Nicky xx

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  12. Congratulations to your sister,that's so amazing! Lovely post and what a great idea to write the week's ups and downs,maybe I should start doing that myself :) xx

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    1. I'll pass on your congratulations! Aww, thank you :D I'm glad you liked it. It was half inspired by a mindfulness journal that I keep. Thanks for your comment! :)

      Nicky xx

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  13. I wish the US had an equivalent to the NHS. I wish for that so badly. Congrats to your sister and good luck with your downs, I sincerely hope everything works out. May you have a lovely week ahead.

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    1. I wish other countries had an equivalent too. Thanks for the congratulations and good luck :). I'll send your well wishes on to my sister! Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful week too!

      Nicky xx

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  14. I love the layout of your blog, it's gorgeous! And I also loved this post, it's so refreshing to read about your ups, downs, goals and gratitude list. Lovely idea<3
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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I love to receive feedback on things like that :). I'm really glad you enjoyed the blog post. I've just started following your blog and look forward to connecting with you again!

      Nicky xx

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