Turning challenging moments into positives

Think about what is most challenging in your life right now and name as many positive aspects of it that you can.

This above prompt came out of my gratitude journal, that I mentioned about in this post, Gratitude. I have been struggling with this page the last three weeks. Knowing how I have been feeling because of all the things that have been going on, I looked and thought during those three weeks, how the hell can I think of something so positive out of my most challenging in my life right now?

After three weeks of just staring at this prompt, I was able to write something today. I wanted to share this with you, due the support you have all gave me during my difficult time I am going through.

My challenging time is anxiety, not helped by Spark Energy, the administrators of Spark Energy and the council from the district I left. But also, after witnessing what happened outside my door in January, which left me terrified and now my anxiety even higher, on top of feeling jumpy at every noise and at times broken, that I have to cry with it all.

The positives are, that regardless how I feel and the above that’s happened, I still somehow seem to be fighting. I’m also determined of what will change and that’s me moving to another flat, or house, depending what appeals at that time, when my contract comes up. I am hoping my savings will still be there by October, to allow me my move.

Spark Energy have not heard the last of me and after seeing someone at CAB today, the manager at Spark Energy will be getting a letter, as advised by CAB. The administrators will also be getting a very similar letter, when I have heard from them. These letters what I have to say are all from a particular email I found in my spam box. So what I have to say to both of them, reminding them on a law that they have breached, someone here needs to acknowledge who is at fault here. CAB told me to keep them on their toes and I will be doing.

Come late August to September, I will start packing stuff I don’t need, like books for example.

Come October, I will start looking where I am moving next and hopefully that part won’t take too long.

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

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Kindness

Kindness to me is:

  • Remembering the very basics our parents taught us, which is thank you and please. It does not cost anything to remember these simple manners.
  • Holding the door for someone
  • Giving up that disabled seat for who it is meant for; the elderly and disabled, or anyone who is struggling to stand on a crowded bus
  • Seeing a person for who they are, beyond their physical appearance, or disability
  • Seeing every person for who they are, we are all individuals
  • Giving kindness
  • When you are struggling but someone gives you a reason to carry on
  • A simple hello to someone you pass, or a short conversation at the bus stop
  • Being able to give kindness when you are struggling yourself

Journal prompts

I know there are some of you that like journaling and I came across a website that I’d like to share. The website is called, ‘art journalist’ and on this page, you will find journal prompt ideas.

As well as my Positive Journal I continue to write in at times, I have also started creating a Positive Affirmations Journal and I am creating a journal for my Mum, that is a combination of Positive Affirmations and Gratitude Journals. This is something I hope to have finished for Christmas.