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The Sunny Days Project: Reasons To Be Cheerful

When I set out to write this blog I had a number of ideas of how I wanted it to go. I didn’t want to pick a niche particularly, although I touch on parenting issues, I don’t see myself as a parent blogger per se. As I’ve said before I probably fall into the lifestyle blogger mode most of all.

When my sister’s cancer returned back in March I blogged about it through From The Heart: The Sunny Days Project I wanted to create a series of posts that look on the positives of life. I have always tried to be a positive person and I think that having a positive state of mind is good for your health and the benefits to your mental health are obvious! That said  it’s not easy when things are going wrong in your life for whatever reason.

So here we have Reasons To Be Cheerful, my weekly round up of things which have made me smile or have given me a reason to be happy. Hopefully it will inspire you to concentrate on the good things in life. Even if everything seems to be conspiring against you, there is always a tiny thing that you can find that gives you a little lift, often in ways that you hadn’t expected. I’ve decided to pick three things each week (if anyone remembers the Ian Dury and the Blockheads song, Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3, I just had in my mind his voice singing ‘Reasons to be Cheerful, 1, 2, 3). And of course 3 is the magic number!

Some Me Time

Last night I was alone for about 40 minutes. The husband was at the school prom (sadly no tux or corsage, not even a Limo!) and both girls had gone to bed. I sat there wondering what to do as I was tired, but didn’t want to lose myself in sad scrolling of Social Media, trying to convince myself I was doing something constructive. So I made myself a cup of tea (even though it always taste nicer when someone else makes it, true?) And I decided to read. I put Spotify on the telly and selected one of the husband’s playlists. I love 1930s and 1940s music (quite possibly because this was the time when both my parents were born). I love the atmosphere that a good Andrews Sisters tune creates and I find it relaxing to read to. I’m currently reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and I’m really enjoying it. It deals with dementia, a difficult theme to deal with, but it is written in such a sensitive and empathetic way that I find myself really feeling for the main character. One of my resolutions this year was to read more books. I’m by a nature a real bookworm and love nothing better than curling up with a good book. Last year I only managed to read 19 books and this year I have done even worse, I’m only on book number 3 or 4! As I sat and relaxed last night it was bliss, listening to music, nursing a cup of tea and reading a good book. I’m definitely going to do that again!

Eldest’s SATs Results

Grace came home with her report on Monday including the dreaded SATs results! She did so well and  I felt so pleased for her. I’m not a pushy mum at all and I just want my kids to be happy and she certainly was glowing with pride.  I did know that these tests were important to her and it was a real boost to her confidence to have done so well. She has had some issues with Primary School recently (more of that in another post!) and it was so good to see her feeling so pleased with herself. I’m hoping that this will help to improve her confidence going into high school. (As an aside, I don’t actually believe in the SATs tests and it has upset me this year to see the Year 6s to go through this ridiculous testing at this age, but that certainly doesn’t take away from how well she has done).

Bullet Journalling

Over the past couple of yearsI have seen a number of people mention bullet journalling and I didn’t know very much about it. Last week I read  a couple of blog posts that touched on it so I decided to find out more. I watched some videos on YouTube and I was hooked! Both the eldest, Grace and I have started our own bullet journals and we are now obsessed with notebooks, fineliner pens and plans for the future! You can see some helpful videos here if you are interested How to Bullet Journal and Bullet Journal Flip-Through . I’ve even made a list (or collection) of the books I want to read this year. I think it will also be helpful in getting me a bit more focused with my blog. I can be a bit of a rebel though, I came up with a list of potential blog ideas so that I could become more consistent in my posting habits. Of course this blog idea wasn’t on the list (see I’m breaking rules already, oops!) I strive to be organised and I am convinced that one day I will hit on the ultimate organisation system. This could be it!! I’ll keep you posted. In fact I will put a note in my bullet journal to update you at some point in the future!

Have a lovely week and let me know what your cheerful moments have been. It doesn’t matter how small they are, just how they make you feel xx

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  • Nicola@Twinmummyyummy

    July 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I love posts that focus on ways to think Happy thoughts. Well done to your daughter -SATs are rubbish to go through. I’m really interested in your bullet planner ideas. I am a planner, myself, but haven’t ventured into bullet land yet- I don’t think I’m neat enough # bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      July 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

      No I’m certainly not neat enough yet and I am woefully ashamed of my handwriting. I am quite enjoying it though and find it therapeutic in the way that adult colouring would be xx

  • threedifferentdinners

    July 19, 2016 at 7:49 am

    If I won the lottery I’d spend a lot more time reading…the unread books on my shelves whisper to me all day 🙂

    1. Siena Says

      July 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Oh gosh me too. I do love to read, but it definitely seems to be the first thing to be neglected if I am super busy. I’m still trying to remedy that xx

  • agentspitback

    July 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

    This is such a lovely and inspiring idea. I love the idea of The Sunny Days Project. There is always indeed something that can give you some positive energy, even just a little. I would enjoy my time alone, reading as well. Sometimes it is best to get off social media and be lost in another world, even for just a while. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      July 23, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Thank you, always a believer in accentuating the positive! Yes I can get terribly caught up in social media at the expense of reading. I do find it very easy to mindlessly scroll for hours without reading anything interesting xx

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