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Reasons to be cheerful - 28th March 2018

This is a funny old week, I was away last week for a break catching up with old friends and I didn't get back to my desk until Tueday morning. That was fine, but this weekend is Easter, followed by my mum's birthday, so I've really only had a three day week this week. That's a reason to be cheerful in itself! Anway, it was lovely to get away, but equally lovely to get back home. The cats were a bit sniffy for about five minutes, then they were back to being all over me. I got back to my desk with lots of great ideas to develop and projects to work on over the coming three months, so watch this space for developments. So my reasons to be cheerful this week are relaxation, rejuvination and keeping on moving forward. What are yours?

Getting away from it all

I'm just back from a long weekend away catching up with friends and re-visiting old haunts.


The weather was good (if a bit chilly).
There was plenty of 


lots of chat and laughter and very little (I so wanted to be to say no work, but I'm a writer and I hear and see things that just have to be written down).

I arrived home yesterday, tired but happy that I'd taken a break and raring to get going again, even though I'm taking another long weekend this weekend to celebrate Easter with my family.

It's nice to take a break now and again, but it doesn't have to be a big, travel/hotel/meals out thing, it's just that this time it was.


How does my garden grow?

Springtime in Wales, so daffodils and snow obviously!

Like all my plans, it started with a list of the things I want to grow (input from DS "Peas and whatever else you want").

I was waiting for the weather to become spring-like, but then I got bored and decided (unlike my great grandad, who didn't start on his allotment until Whitsun), to buy the seeds...


I ended up with tomatoes, rocket, salad leaves, radishes, spring onions, beetroot, parsnips, courgettes, onions, peppers, leeks, and spinach. I'll be growing green beans as well, but I'll buy them as plants from the garden centre.


I planted up the things to start inside before the 'mini beast from the east', hit.

I've got a new raised bed for growing the veggies and hopefully I'll get a good crop and be able to do plenty of cooking, freezing and sharing stuff with friends and neighbours.

I love gardening, spending time outside, getting some exercise and then enjoying the fruits of my labours.


Reasons to be cheerful - 15th March 2018

Welcome to the 100th post on this blog!!!!! This week I've managed to continue planning, and more importantly actually carrying through on the plans. This is making such a difference to my productivity and to actually feeling like I'm moving forward. Last weekend I went out for lunch with my son on Saturday and then my parents came to us for lunch on Sunday, so the whole weekend turned into a Mother's Day celebration.
The cats continue to rule the roost and dictate the working pattern of most days.
I'm looking forward to getting losts done in the week ahead so that I can enjoy some down time next week... Watch this space...

Reasons to be cheerful - 8th March 2018

Thank goodness the snow melted! I've had a great week this week, mostly because I've got my head down and done some work.I wrote here about how I'd just got too comfortable and I needed a kick to get me back to reality. I've worked harder this week than I have for ages and I actually feel like I'm moving forward rather than just treading water. So my reason to be cheerful this week is... progress.  This is short and sweet, mostly because I'm getting back to work on some of the projects I want to move forward... Go me!

I got too comfortable...

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "wellbeing" as "The state of being comfortable...", and although I want to write about wellbeing, getting comfortable became my undoing.

I got sloppy. Instead of doing what I really wanted to do I followed the crowd, or worse, took the easy route.

Then I got frustrated.

Then I got ill.

Then I sat about doing very little and feeling sorry for myself.

And after all that? I got real. I did what I needed to do. And it wasn't easy.

I took a good hard look at what I wanted to do and what I was actually doing to get there, and I laughed at how comfortable I had become.

And finally, I took the giant leap that I knew I needed to take, I got uncomfortable:


I invested in a course run by some professionals I respect and trust.I took a good hard look at what I needed to change.I got real, and instead of sitting about feeling sorry for myself, I took action. It will take me a little while to get completely back on track, but at least I h…

Reasons to be cheerful - 2nd March 2018

I've been away for a bit, but now I'm back. Three weeks ago I got the flu that's been doing the rounds and really got knocked for six. On top of that, whilst I was feeling physically rubbish I completely hit a wall of "what am I even doing here?" My confidence in what I'm doing hit rock bottom and I just couldn't get going again once I felt better. And so, instead of just ploughing on for the sake of it, I decided to take a break and re-evaluate what I was doing. I'm back now, feeling that I know where I'm going. I need to slow down and take my work more seriously so that I get to where I want to be.  I know where I want to go and I know what I need to do to get there... So here I go. I did get a fiction piece published, which was so exciting and made me feel a lot better. I'm cheerful because instead of giving up, I've sat back, thought it through and then got back on the horse.