I’d started a little practice a few years ago, of sharing a brief post around Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not a celebration that exists where I live, but I feel that it is good practice to pause for a moment, and give thanks, so I adopted Thanksgiving. I also previously adopted Black Friday sales but that’s a different story LOL! (this year, I’ve stayed away from most of the year end sales … thus far and hope to make it through the rest of the year unscathed)
I looked back in the past 3 years, and realised that I’d stopped this practice. Truth be told, the past 3 years weren’t pretty ones, and I was too wrapped up in my own misery to be thankful for much of anything.
Although I still traverse stormy seas, I think these posts are something I should maintain, because it serves not only as a reminder to me, but also maybe to you :) So, I’ll share a little of what I’m thankful for, and you can do the same. Or if you’d rather not, just pause for a minute today, and think of 3 things you are thankful for. I promise you, the day will look a wee bit brighter – before you head off for your Black Friday sales :P
These are just a handful of the things I am feeling thankful for this year:-
- Friends – I’ve never been the sort to have a very large social circle. But at different points of my life, I have made friends that I hold near and dear, who I know I can count on. You don’t need 200 friends or throw big parties to see who turns up. What you need are a handful who you can talk to and count on, when you need them most.
- Family – They drive me crazy. Whose family doesn’t? :) But circumstances in these recent years have meant that I’ve found myself spending more time with my family than I did before, and I am thankful. The kids amuse me, and I still run to my parents for advise, because you never stop being that kid who needs parental assurance. But when it gets too much, I return hyperactive or grumpy kids to their respective parents and return to my hidey-hole. Always have a hidey-hole you can escape into! :D
- My blog – The one constant of my life in the past 10 years has been my blog. In this past year, it’s been my rock. A constant, when everything around me is eddying change. My blog is my personal space which is under my control. I am thankful I decided to not give it up a few years ago, and for it helping me stay sane and with purpose.
- Learning to use a planner – I’d only started actively using a planner in the past 2 years, and it has been instrumental in keeping my days and to-do lists organized. I use a very simple system that I’ve shared here, but it works very well for me albeit now, with slight modifications. Try it, if the whole planner business intimidates you, because it’s helped me a lot!
- Yoga – Some time in the middle of this year, I made a conscious decision to practise yoga more regularly because I felt I needed to remain active. I was feeling lethargic and heavy, my clothes were starting to shrink (ha!) and my mind was cluttered. I did not make a big song and dance about it, but I simply made a deal with myself that I’d do a little yoga, every day. I have kept to my end of my deal, almost everyday for about 3 months, and I am thankful I made that decision. I walk a little taller and am more flexible, my clothes have stopped shrinking, and like it or not, I am stronger and feel better about myself.
I am also thankful that I had gotten to know a fellow blogger, Fiona of Street Love blog a little better in these 2 years. I know many of you read both my blog and hers, and many of you may have known by now, that Fiona has passed on, after a brief illness (If you don’t already know, then this serves as a little update, as I realise not everyone has Instagram). She had always been active in the beauty and lifestyle community, and the news hit the local blogging community like a shockwave. We weren’t very close, but we shared a similar view and approach to blogging, and she was always a familiar face at events I attended, and a good laugh, and like me, not afraid to wear red lipstick. I was sad to learn that she is gone, and I’m sure it is very hard on her family. May her soul rest in peace.
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND ? . . Some of you may know of Fiona of Street Love blog @fionastreetlove She was someone I'd known in the blogging scene for many years. We weren't very close but we were friends and in recent years, we would hang out at events or post events. It was always nice to see a familiar face at events where I did not know anyone else. So, it came as a great shock to me when I was told today that she has passed away from a viral infection. She had been ill last week in hospital and I'd just messaged her today to ask how she was. I didn't get a reply, naturally. She was strongwilled and stubborn and outspoken and those of us who knew her will feel the loss. . . This was only the 2nd photo we ever took together earlier this year. In our first, many years ago, we both looked horrible so we swore it would never see the light of day. We joked during the Jo Malone event that we'd better take one or we don't know when we ever would. We never did take another. . . Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed ? This also serves to update those of you who have asked me in DM of updates. I hate to be the bearer of bad news like this and I wish it was a better update.
And finally, I am thankful for each and every one of you who reads and visits my blog. It sounds trite, but there really is nothing more to say than THANK YOU. Social media is fun, because it is a little more personal, but it all belongs to someone else, and are subject to their whims and fancies. My blog is my home and within my control. I know fewer people read today than before, or even care to, and even fewer still find time to leave a comment. But I just wanted you to know that your comments lift me up, assure me someone’s reading, and gives me the drive to go on blogging for those of you who still read. So thank you for visiting my humble digital abode, for sitting down for a virtual cuppa with me, and for sharing your thoughts, and being my friend (even if it isn’t always about beauty here at MWS). It means more to me than you realise :)
If you feel comfortable sharing, what are 3 things you are thankful for this year? Or if not, tell me what you bought during the Black Friday sales!
Some days, it’s hard to feel thankful for anything. But I try to find comfort in the little things. To be thankful we are alive, with a roof over our heads, and a little money to spend on beauty especially now that the Black Friday sales are running riot. Sometimes, that is enough :)