A year today, being off my blood pressure medication.

It’s a year today, since being my doctor allowed me to come off my blood pressure medication and I’m still off them. I would have never thought that this moment would have come originally, as I had been taking them for some years. From posts I have shared here, you will know that it was down to me eating healthier, to stay off them.
Off all the things I have gained from eating healthier, this was an added bonus for me. I actually thought I would be back on them by Christmas. But I am not. As soon as it was the New Year, I was feeling more confident that this would be reality.
Eating healthier has been easy for me, as I have done this gradually, but because I am off my blood pressure medication and I want to stay off them, this has become my greatest motivator to keep eating healthier.

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Some positive inspirations for your ‘Positive Jar/Journal.’ (Part 1 of 2.)

Here is what I have written in my ‘Positive Journal.’ These are from 2014. I will give examples from 2015/2016, in another post.
I hope this post gives you an idea for yours.

January time 2014 – Knowing Miley’s operation on her anal glands, was a success.

4th January 2014 – Giving a cross-stitch to someone I knew. Who would appreciate and finish it off.

8th January 2014 – Receiving a small cross-stitch. In return for giving mine.

14th January 2014 – My own copy of the book I wrote for, with other deaf/hoh people that also joined in with. A Students Guide to the Deaf Experience, by Michelle Jay. – Feel good. 🙂

12th May 2014 – Moving into my new home.

24th May 2014 – Enjoying a laughable conversation with a friend via Facebook, when talking about my feet.

14th June 2014 – Finally allowing myself to feel happy and my achievement in the display I did for Ashfield Play Forum. A display for showing Ellison templates that are available.

19th June 2014 – Doing my 20 minute presentation in English Level 2.

3rd July 2014 – Learnt I had passed English Level 2 exam.

25th July 2014 – Happy to be cooking in my kitchen, since having it how I want.

4th August 2014 – Laughing at Miley this morning. (My cat.) Running, jumping, playing and being fussy. 🙂

7th February 2015 – I drawn a butterfly.

9th February 2015 – I did a bit of doodling again. Wrote ‘Love’ in bold red letters. Underneath I wrote:

  • For the friends I have made online and offline.
  • For the health of my friends and family.
  • For great conversation on Facebook.
  • For confidence I have gained and doing things I would not have tried before.
  • That Miley (cat) has gave and I know I will receive lots more.

10th February 2015 – Received a newspaper cutting from my Mum, that made me laugh.

I hope some of what I have shared from my ‘Positive Journal’ has helped to give you ideas. As you can see from some of what I shared, there are some things that cost nothing, that felt positive to me.

Now see what you can create and discover, with your ‘Positive Jar/Journal.’

Best wishes. x

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Growing Abundance: The Making of My Gratitude Tree

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In the spirit of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, I have been working on a Gratitude Tree.  Inspired by this post, I think I’m going to incorporate this creative symbol of appreciation as part of my gratitude practice all year long.


I started to collect small branches around my neighborhood and workplace until I had a nice bundle to use for the foundation of the tree.  These branches went into a mason jar filled with sand, stones, glitter, and other fun bits.  Using some textured scrapbooking paper, I cut out leaves and punched a hole in each of them.  With embroidery thread, the leaves (also referred to as blessing tags by some!) were threaded so they could hang from the tree’s branches.  

On the paper leaves (with a little distressed ink, of course) I wrote or rubber stamped some of the simple, good stuff in my life I am so…

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High merit for my first piece of work

I recently received feedback on my Level 1 paper of the Mental Health course I am doing, with the BSY Group and I received a High Merit for this piece of work.

Although I have some background knowledge in mental health and so this would have helped me to finish this paper, there were a couple of questions I researched further to check I really understood what I was being asked. But I still wondered if I had them right. Knowing I was ok with these questions in the end and my unexpected mark received for this first paper, it has gave me huge confidence to carry on doing the best I can. I don’t usually do so well at the beginning of any course, so it has been a lovely surprise. I would like to keep aiming at this level or higher.

Assignments are marked with either Distinction, High Merit, Merit, Pass or Resubmission. I have eight assignments in this course to complete and I am looking forward to learning more.
This first piece assignment I also learnt a little about myself, as I learnt about ‘displaced aggression.’
‘Displaced aggression’ is when someone feels pent-up anger and frustration. They will easily shout at someone close to them, even though they won’t be the cause of the displaced aggression. The person with the displaced aggression does not know where originally their anger stemmed from. This was something I had a few years back myself, although no one else told me this, as I was told originally there is always a reason mostly to the cause of the anger, which some of mine, there was not always a reason.

Although I have experience in mental health on a personal level, there is always something more to  learn, which was why I chose to do this course.

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I just seemed to be fascinated with this tree

In recent posts, I have been sharing photos of my weekend holiday at Windsor and Kew Gardens.

This post, is several photos of the same tree which I just seemed to be fascinated and drawn to, while at Kew Gardens. So I played around with my camera, taking several shots, just to see how they would turn out.

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The tree, as shown in the photograph below, is labelled with name, Eucalyptus dalrympleana. (Mountain Gum.) If you would like to know more about this tree, then click on this link which will tell you more at Royal Horticultural Society’s website.

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A special part of the day

As you know from my recent blog posts, I recently visited Windsor and Kew Gardens. For anyone that has seen Kew Gardens, you will know there is a lot of area to cover. I did not get to see all of Kew Gardens, so I would say that I will definitely have to have another trip there, or a holiday.

My special part of the day was at Kew Gardens, when I sat down for 10 minutes to just take in what I was seeing and enjoying being in this part of the garden, on my own. I enjoyed the quietness.

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I had not long sat there, when I seen movement underneath my bench. It was a robin. The robin quickly flew from under the bench, but it wasn’t long before it was back and joined me. I felt so honoured by the robin’s visit and managing to take a photo of my new friend.     We were both watching each other intently, before the robin flew away. I certainly cherished this moment.

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Kew Gardens

I went on a weekend holiday recently to Windsor and Kew Gardens. It was the first time I had visited either of these places and I really enjoyed it.

Today’s post I will share some of the photos taken, while at Kew Gardens. For those that have seen Kew Gardens, you will know how massive the place is and that these photos don’t cover what they have there. I certainly recommend you visiting this place.

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Positive Jar/Journal

The Positive Jar was something I originally came across at Help Reduce Suicide, Depression and Stress Related Illnesses. (Facebook page.) This was just over 2 years ago when I first started doing it, but the only difference is, I now write it in a journal.

The idea of the Positive Jar:

Every time when something good happens to you. (It doesn’t matter if it is just a little thing that makes you happy.) Write it down on a little piece of paper why you are happy. Fold the paper and place it inside the jar. On the last day of the year, see how many little presents life gave you.

From mentioning about the Positive Jar originally on my deaf blog I used to write and mentioning in a later post there of how I turned mine into a journal, it sparked fresh interest. Some I found who were reading my blog were either doing this already, or planning on to. If you are contemplating on doing this, after reading this blog post, I say, go for it!

It is easy to focus so much on negativity, that anything positive, we tend to forget. This can make it even harder if you are feeling low or depressed. Writing a journal of the things that feel positive to you, is a reminder of the good things.

For anyone struggling with their ‘Positive Jar/Journal,’ please carry on reading this post from some tips:

Remember! This is your own personal journal of positivity. So there is no right, or wrong way to do this.

  • Write it how you want, as long as it is positive writing.
  • Write, or draw what is positive for you.
  • You don’t need to write every day. (Unless you want to.) Two or three times a week is enough.
  • Start with the date, so when you look back at all your positivity stuff, you will know when it happened.

I will share later, in another post of some positive things I wrote in my journal, from 2014. Then another post, for some in 2015/2016.

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The big 4-0

The big 4-0, (as they say,) is not far away for me. I will be 40 on 18th May. But what am I supposed to feel? Should I be feeling anything?

Over the years, I have always seen people dreading their big 4-0. My last boyfriend, I remember he dreaded his 40 coming round. I just laughed and gave him some positivity that you are old as you feel. He definitely did not feel 40. I always wondered when it came to my 40, would I feel dread like they all did?
I have also read how people dread there big 4-0. But also, I have read that life begins at 40!

Well it’s my turn and I don’t feel anything for turning 40 soon. Should I be feeling something?

I don’t feel dread that is for sure, but I’m not sure what I feel really, other than there is no negativity about it for me and I don’t feel 40.

I did not have any plans for my 40th, but a friend at work wanted to treat me to lunch out, (the weekend before my birthday,) where ever I’d like to go. I have picked my usual tearoom we both like to go to. The day before my birthday, I will be going somewhere in Derbyshire, with a friend.
On my birthday, I will see if my Mum wants to have a meal at the same tearoom and then come back to mine.

When you hit 40, did you start to feel dread, or did you look at it positively? Or are you to hit 40 yourself, soon? How do you feel?