Tag Archive | happiness

How Blogging Can Brighten Your Day

So I have just spent the last few hours catching up on all of the blogs I’m following, leaving comments here and there and generally taking in all of the posts I have missed over the last few months.

I can honestly say that I actually feel really good after reading them. There is something so satisfying about reading other blog posts and taking an interest that I didn’t even realise I had missed. So I am definitely going to take time out each day to just sit and have a read.

I forgot how much I missed this kind of interaction. I feel as though I actually know some of you on a personal level just through blogging even though I have never actually met you. Continue reading

“Wordless Wednesday” – Stephanie’s Blog

Stephanie has came up with the fantastic idea on her blog of “Wordless Wednesday“.

Wordless Wednesday is a weekly post which enables us bloggers to all take part in, create conversation and connect with one another through just one simple picture.
Here is how it works:

Every Wednesday, Stephanie will post a picture on her blog and invite us other bloggers to leave a comment about our first thoughts when seeing the picture.
As you have probably  heard before, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and Stephanie has thought of this fantastic unique experiment in order to see the different responses one picture can make. A picture which may bring feelings of happiness to one person, may bring feelings of sadness and fear to another – which is actually a really interesting thought!

To find out more about Stephanie’s “Wordless Wednesday” click here!

Head over to – http://receandmom.blogspot.ca/ – every Wednesday to take part and express your thoughts and feelings about the picture that is shared! Share the idea and link with your friends to take part too – the more the merrier! 🙂

I look forward to seeing you over at Stephanie’s blog tomorrow! 🙂

The End of an Era: I made it!

I am currently feeling on top of the world!!

I have just completed my last ever exam, and have now officially finished university!!

I literally don’t even know what I’m feeling right now. It’s a mixture of sadness, happiness and nerves. I’m feeling so happy with myself for managing to finish my degree, and the relief that followed after today’s exam was wonderful. It felt as though a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel really sad though, because I have spent the last three years here meeting the most amazing people.. and now it’s over. Everybody will be going their own separate ways and this is an end of an era… Which really sucks. It’s also going to be really weird being out of education now after so many years!graduation
And then there’s the nerves – nerves about getting my results back, nerves about graduation and nerves about what I’m going to be doing in my next chapter of life.

But let’s forget about that for now, and spend the next few days relaxing and celebrating! 🙂

When I arrived home after my exam, I didn’t really know what to do, or how to react. For months, my room has just been filled with files, paper and notebooks everywhere! Now, they can all be tidied away. Usually when I get home I think ‘I better start some work now then…’, but today I didn’t need to do that because I have no work to do! What a strange feeling….

I think I’m going to spend the rest of my day catching up reading blog posts, watching a bit of television and reading my book before I start getting ready to go out this evening to celebrate with my course mates.

For those of you who are on your last struggles to the end of term – do not give up. Trust me, the feeling of relief and satisfaction once you finish is the best feeling. All of your hard work will be worth it in the end – Good luck! 🙂

Whilst I’m here, I would also like to say a huge thank you to everybody who took part in my first ‘Sunday Funday Challenge’ yesterday. I honestly didn’t think so many people would take part, and to be honest, I feel as though it was a huge success! I have found so many new blogs and read such amazing and inspiring posts!

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“Growing older, still single” – Guest Post by Tameka

Today, I have a wonderful guest post to share with you, written by Tameka.
Tameka Brown is a former high school Math teacher.  She currently does private Math tutoring.  She enjoys helping students succeed in school, and sometimes find a love for Math.  She blogs at Pastries, Pumps and Pi where she shares her love of food, fashion, math and more.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching TV and spending time with family and friends.
I hope you enjoy this post – Remember to go and check out Tameka’s blog afterwards, and you can find all of her links down the bottom of this post 🙂


When I look around me, it appears that everyone is in a relationship or getting married.  Except me.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not ‘woe is me’ or ‘desperately seeking someone’.  But I do get discouraged sometimes.

I’m 38 years old, soon to be 39.  Which means, 40 is knocking on my door.  And I live with my two adult brothers.  Yeah, I know.  I’ve had mtamekay share of relationships, even a few proposals (had to wisely decline them).  But never married.  I think about it more now because I’m getting older.  Will I ever get married?  If so, when?  If not, will the cats come to make me a cat lady?  Only God knows.

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“Gapping it..” – Guest Post by Mia

Today, I have a really insightful guest post to share with you written by Mia. Here, Mia is telling us all about her decision to take a gap year, and advice on how to spend your gap year if you cannot afford to go travelling. I hope you enjoy this post, and remember to go and visit Mia’s lovely blog here!


I am currently on a hiatus from life. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know where to go, I don’t know where I want to end up, and I’m not really quite sure who I want to be yet either. So, because of my habitual indecisiveness, I decided to take a Gap Year, and let me tell you, it’s not all saving orphaned elephants in the rainforest.

Had I known that I would spend two years of my life feeling the most stressed that I have ever been, I would have told myself resolutely, that I would take a Gap Year at the end of sixth form. But no. I was not aware of the blood, sweat and tears (SO many tears) that would have to go into gaining three A-levels. I worked bloody hard for my grades, but I paid for it too. I got unbelievably stressed, which therefore made me ill, which therefore made me miss lessons, which therefore made me stressed again. I was not a pleasant person to be around. My friends still like to remind me that I favoured grunting to actual speech when I was in a spiral of stress.
Not that sixth form wasn’t worth it. I made some amazing friends and memories, I learned a lot, and I discovered things. We laughed a lot, because if you didn’t laugh, you’d probably cry. A-levels are hard, man, I don’t care what anyone says.GapCollage

I learned how to be myself, and how to do my own thing. Sixth form gave me the confidence to branch out and do things that I wouldn’t normally do. I went to Auschwitz in Poland as part of a history trip, I started my blog, I got slightly less shy (but only slightly, that still remains an issue) and I even started going to parties. It was good. I even loved my subjects, but they were difficult and required a lot of brain power; brain power that started to dwindle by the end of the two years at sixth form. Not only this, but I had the pressure of University applications to think about too. I didn’t even consider a Gap Year as an option- I would go to Uni, just like everyone else.
But I still wasn’t sure. There was always something niggling at me; when my friends started getting excited about Uni, I was just anxious. When they started buying pots and pans and duvet covers, I just ignored the situation and wished it would go away.
I got offered a place at Brighton University to study Media & English Literature, so I had done what I set out to do. That was Stage One complete. Now I just had to get there. But the closer September got, the more I started to think. Do I really want to go? Am I ready for something like this, really? And the answer was no. Truly, I am not.
And it’s okay to say that.

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“If I was rich…” – Guest Post by Lauren

Today, I have a wonderful guest post to share with you, written by Lauren. Here, Lauren is telling us about what she would do if she was rich. Hope you enjoy her post, and remember to go and check out her lovely blog here!


If I was rich … like GAZILLIONAIRE RICH.. I would: 

 

1. Find an amazing Island and buy it. It has to be white sand, with a clear turquoise sea which has pink dolphins, whales and other beautiful fish swimming in it. There must be palm trees circling my amazing Mansion in the centre. I will have Apes being free to run, climb and jump around eating bananas; I would teach them to talk so they can tell me how pretty I am every single day.

 

2. Buy the most expensive, most amazing, most gorgeous car ever created and grind against it until the paint job comes off, pay it to be repainted and grind all over again because I would be so in love with it.

 

3. Swim naked in my own ocean (yes, I would own an ocean, predator free) 

 

4. Sky dive with Robert Downey Jnr…naked…? Ha joking! In a bikini because then we would land on my Island and sunbath together, whilst sipping cocktails and having my Butler (Ryan Gosling) wait on us…. topless of course. Continue reading

Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements?

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I think everyone can relate to this photo. At some point in everyone’s life they get the toughest decision whether they should keep trying or just walk away. I’ve been in this situation many times, and it never gets any easier.

You try to weigh up the pros and cons in your head over and over but it never helps. You get back to that same moment where you have to decide perhaps not what you want, but what’s best. So many things go through your head that contradict each other, like “what If I give up when things were just about to get better/perfect?”, or “what if I hold on and I get pushed away and hurt even more?” Continue reading