Saturday, July 3, 2010

Five Things A Day

It's no secret that I've had a pretty crappy year so far.
A marriage break-up, kiddie problems, battle with depression and anxiety, not to mention a run of bad luck with things like phones, computers and cars, mean the first half of 2010 has been a struggle.
I've been doing a lot of work on myself, including a course in Mindfulness, which is all about embracing life - the good and the bad.
And it's helped a lot.
I've met some awesome people, and made some wonderful, life-long friends. I'm enjoying being single, despite fiercely missing the kids whenever they are at their Dad's.
As part of my recovery, I take time to find five things to love about every single day. It gives me a chance to take a step back from life for a moment, and find the beauty and the good that's in my life, even when the world seems to be falling down around me.
Sometimes, finding five can be a challenge, but today I've clocked up my five things before midday:
- Sleeping in and waking up when I'm ready rather than leaping up to the sound of the alarm.
- Waking up warm and cosy in my bed, with my purring kitty beside me, and taking a few moments to enjoy the closeness.
- A long, hot bubble bath and a magazine, relishing the feel of the warm water seeping into my aching bones and joints.
- A cold chocolate skim milk drink for breakfast, because I felt like something comforting. My kids aren't here so I don't have to set a good example by eating a proper meal!
- Logging onto my computer and finding lots of messages of love, support, and fun from my incredible friends and family. Thanks so much.

Sometimes I just take time to fin the funny things in life, like this sculpture of a bum at Ipswich's Queen's Park. The kids cracked up so much, they had me laughing as well.
"My bum is sitting on this bum"
"My turn now!"
"Seriously, dude, that's an arse in the middle of the park ..."
Readers, what do you love about your lives?


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Today is one of them days for me where I'm taking it one day at a time, other days I want to grab them ones hang onto them & never ever let them go.

Mummahh said...

ha ha love the Bum rock!

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Bronnie I've just come over from Katrina's where she said you bought a banner and she did her magic on your blog.
Wow you have had a tough year.
Love the bum funny, you can just imagine all the funny pics people would take with it.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I think your resilience is admirable and that you're an inspiration!

Apart from that, the bum sculpture captions are absolutely hilarious! :D

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

Love your five. They are all freaking awesome.

And now I want chocolate milk damn you!

Naomi said...

I love your five, I think I may follow your example and have a bath tonight :)

BOB & MABEL said...

I love your 5 too. I am inspired by you to find 5 things everyday that make me happy.
Have a lovely relaxing weekend.

Maxabella said...

"My bum is sitting on this bum" - cracked me up!! x

Anonymous said...

I've been struggling with my anxiety recently though some quality time with my therapist has helped with that hugely. I really like the idea of the list of 5 things. Perhaps that's why i like Maxabella's grateful list so much. Being mindful amidst the muck life throws at us sometimes helps enormously. Here's to a big upswing for you x

Cate said...

Oh how my kiddos would laugh at that bum! (although they're not allowed to say 'bum' so they would laugh even harder at the word too :-))
lovely gratefuls :-)
have a great weekend