Well I would walk…

… some miles.

3.1 miles to be exact, so Google says.

Tonight, after work, I had to walk all the way home from work. This happened after realising I had lost my disabled bus pass. I had no money on me, so walking home was the only option. Had I had money on me, I still would have walked it.

The walk may not have been planned, but once I put my mind to it, I set my usual walking pace. It took me an hour and 5 minutes to get home.

I kept the pace until the last 10 minutes of my walk, where I started to slow a little. Once I stopped at my front door, I really felt my feet. But as I write this with my feet up, they are not feeling as bad as I was expecting.

I have always wondered what this walk would be like and put my mind to it to try one day. Well, it now happened. I have never walked this distance continously before, until now.

Here in the UK,  we are having beautiful weather all week. It’s going to be very hot, apparently.

I have to say, I am proud of my walk tonight and I have enjoyed it.

And guess what?

Tomorrow night, after work, whether my bus pass turns up, or not, I plan to do this walk again.

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I feel like I want to shout, from the rooftop.

To say that I was feeling down, after learning about my pre-high blood pressure, I am having some unexpected, positive feelings, bubbling to the surface. ☺️ My blood pressure is another story, but to put it short, I am starting to accept that maybe I will have to go back on blood pressure medication. Maybe this acceptance over the last couple of days is why I am feeling rather bubbly and I want to shout it out, from the rooftop feeling. ☺️

My bubbly feeling has been creeping in today and more so after my overtime at work. My bubbly feeling not far from exploding after receiving a nice comment once again, regarding my work.
I bloody love work as you know and if you don’t know, it maybe because you are new following my blog within the last month. But to those who have been with me since beginning of this year, or longer, will know,  I love work. So, if you don’t know by now, you now certainly do.

I LOVE WORK.

And you know what else I am starting to love?

Socks. ☺️

Yes, you have read this right. Socks!

This is because since 2008, to when I left the old workplace last year before Christmas, the colour of employees socks there had to be plain navy, or black. (I am surprised they did not go further and dictate our underwear.) So as my black socks start to wear out, I am now getting some colourful socks into my life. I know this goes against my original plans of being frugal and fix my socks, but I need colourful socks.

As for shouting from the rooftop. Although I feel it, doing it is another thing. ☺️

I thank you to those, who read my blog.

I have said this many times, but I shall say it again and that is thank you for reading this blog. Yes, thank you, to you, who is reading this now.

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I know who reads my blog because of the comments you leave here, or the likes. Thank you to you.

I also know that I have two particular personal friends who read this blog. They may not always comment here, but I know they read it, because one friend will chat about the latest post in an email quite often and a new conversation is made. This can sometimes extend to not just about me, but what she is doing at the time to thinking about me, after reading a particular post. I like how our conversations go from just me, to us.
My other friend, when I see him, he will chat about it if it’s a topic of interest, or he will email. They both make it known and it lovely to have these chats, because with each friend it is different chat.

I had a mixture of 22 friends originally on Facebook, who were a mixture of close friends and acquaintances. (More acquaintances than close friends.) Some who became friends on my Facebook were already friends here on my blog. I added them on my close friends list and I imagine because they knew me that little bit more there, I hope for them it felt a bit more personal, because being on my close friends list, you were knowing some of my personal stuff. Things I shared there, I did not always share on here with the world, but instead with a limited few, because I trusted them. (I still do trust.) I gather from our personal chats there, that you did feel closer to me. 🙂

It’s not been a month from closing my Facebook page and I don’t miss it and I don’t seemed to be missed, by some.
As I once revealed in a comment on this blog post; “Blog post share: “Reclaiming my time,” by Black Burgundy,” I too, felt while I was on Facebook that my blog posts when shared them there, that they did not matter by some who were supposed to be enjoying my blog posts there. A like at least would have been nice from certain friends on my list, yet here I was, dedicated to not missing their posts and liking without fail. That’s until naturally I got even less being on Facebook and when I was on it, I thought I won’t be there dedicating on certain pages, because I can’t be arsed being here on Facebook in general. I was logging in for nothing and I was starting to feel resentful in being persuaded to stay, when I announced I may close my Facebook wall.
The poll I created, where only 11 out of 22 answered a single question, which to me confirmed, why the hell am I making myself be on there, to just share my blog posts? The poll proved, on top of my own feelings why I did not want to be there no more, with many reasons not to stay.

Those who said they loved my blog, did they follow by email when my Facebook account closed?
No.
As someone said to me, those who want to follow, will, should I choose to leave Facebook.  Those who follow my blog, are the ones who were already following my blog before I shared these posts on Facebook and following me there. I thank you, that even after leaving Facebook that you continue to follow me here.

When I am sharing things on my blog, I am sharing some of my life with you. Yes, it started out as a bit of a therapy to get it out, which now helps others, which also I thank you for telling me this. But also, I share a little of the other stuff, which when I don’t see someone for a while, in what ever way we meet up, or communicate by, then I am sharing a little of what is happening of my life, until the stuff I would not share on a public blog is shared in a more private way, whether email, or meeting up, to catch up. So you miss a bit of me, that you may have liked to have known, had you read it, like how my studying is going, work, hobbies, or just life. I cannot chat about my life over what might be weeks, or a few months worth in so many hours. If I am to meet up with someone, I want to talk about what you are doing too and not just about me.

I thank you, whether you have been following one week, or since the beginning of my blog, for showing interest.
I thank you for sharing your life and experiences in these blog posts.
I thank you for supporting me and giving me the chance to support you back in some way, via my posts.
For those who have gone out of their way to leave a comment on my blog, I am really appreciative these comments and for the support at some of my difficult times.
By you commenting and sharing your experiences or views on my blog, it is not just me you are having a conversation with, but also many others who visit and comment. This makes it feel like a community and I know I am not the only WordPress blogger who has said what lovely community WordPress is. By chatting on each others blogs, we are a community.

Thank you. x

Book review: “Mindfulness for everyday living,” by Christopher Titmuss.

This is a guide as the title says, mindfulness for everyday living. By focusing on the present, we can teach ourselves to appreciate what is going on around us. To become happier and calmer, without the constant anxiety caused by worrying about the past or the future. By practising the Buddhist art of mindfulness, we can experience life on a different level.
This book brings an introduction to the basic principles of mindfulness and the benefits it can bring. There are exercises to try throughout the book, that can be used in your daily life and helpful advice on dealing with emotional issues, arguments and relationships.

The first time you read this book I suggest you read it all, then go back to where you feel it is useful for you. It is certainly a book that you can refer back to, because mindfulness is something that has to be worked on. It is not something that you can easily pick up on in a week.
Now I have read the book throughout, I will certainly go back and read parts of it that are helpful for me.

Contents of this book:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Mindfulness of Energy
  • Mindfulness of Activities
  • Mindfulness of Inner Life
  • Mindfulness of Five Precepts, Seven Ways for Inner Change
  • Mindfulness of Spiritual Experiences

For those that already have some experience of mindfulness in some way, you will be familiar with some of the things it talks about in the book, like relaxation breathing exercises. There is still something to learn though, from this book and I learnt a lot. It is a book that will remain on my bookshelf, to keep referring back to.

Year of gratitude week 1: Why start this challenge?

Fancy taking up a challenge? Then pop on over to Fiona’s blog and read more about this challenge.
I am going to do this, but I shall be doing mine via my journal, instead of my blog. No doubt I will end up leaving what I wrote in some of Fiona’s blog posts and join in there.

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If you didn’t catch my post earlier this week, click here to find out more about the year of gratitude challenge that I’ve decided to try out on my blog.

I won’t lie. I kind of decided to do this at the last minute. I was at my in-laws house over Christmas and I was hiding in our allotted guest room whilst my husband was out with friends. I’d hit the wall with socialising and needed some time to myself. Whilst scrolling through Pinterest I came across this pin listing 52 writing prompts in relation to gratitude. Had I stumbled across this in the middle of August, it’s likely I’d have thought ‘nice idea’ and moved on. But with New Year’s Eve imminent and the thought of a new calendar of blog posts to plan, the concept seemed interesting. Here are a few specific reasons…

Weekly deadlines

When it comes…

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