Thursday Thoughts

If you don’t like something it’s ok, no explanation is needed.

Often we feel compelled to explain why we don’t like something to others, well we don’t. The person that we need to satisfy is ourselves and that’s it. #Simple

Wednesday Wisdom

‘To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment’

Jane Austin

Cycling Clowes Wood

Since I was young I was always taken to Clowes Wood, we would take our family dogs down whilst our parents would walk we would often be allowed take our bikes.

Fast forward a few years and I now often bring my children here.

It’s a beautiful woods at all times of the year, with good clear paths.

This weekend just gone we took our bikes for my first proper bike ride since I had an accident whilst I was on a charity bike ride earlier this year. I was nervous I’m not going to lie, it’s been 12 weeks and I still have pain and have to sleep in an unusual position at night. So going through these familiar woodlands was a good place to start back at something I love so much.

The woods have the ‘crab and winkle way’ running through them. This means if you park at the woods you can choose to either ride into Canterbury or into Whitstable. We personally prefer going to Whitstable it’s a really wonderful seaside town.

Clowes Wood

Crab and Winkle Way

OS Map Location- Clowes Wood

Be a real life hero

What is a hero? For me a hero is someone that does something selfless, with no intention that they want anything in return. But that’s not quite true for what I did in early May last year.

I registered to be a blood stem cell donor with DKMS. I did this because I wanted someone to have a chance of finding a match and an opportunity to live their life longer and healthier. I did this to make me feel good, to know that I tried to help and in the hope that one day I could be someone’s hero.

Little did I know that I would lose my beautiful step daughter later that same month, unfortunately there was absolutely nothing that anyone could do to save her. No one could be her hero (believe me the NHS staff tried their absolute best and I am thankful for that).

For me registering to try and help someone has even more significance now, if I could save the heartache and unbelievable sadness that came into my world then I will be there in a second.

If you would like the chance to be that hero please register here.

On the outside things may appear structured and perfect – remember that the inside where you cannot see may not be so. #structure #positivity #perfect #mentalhealth #bethoughtful

An evening with friends

Another great evening with friends last night. Each year many of our neighbours have BBQs and invite us, it’s always amazing and we have some great nights. As we have been renovating our house I have always thought it was too messy to invite others. So that’s it it’s my turn to host an evening. I will pick a date now and send an invite out today. No matter if everything is not finished and perfectly how I would like.

Thursday Thoughts

This morning when I told my children to get ready, so I could drop them at their Nan’s both not knowing each other had said exactly the same thing ‘You look like Nan’.

For me this is an ultimate compliment, my Mum is a strong, caring, loving and wonderful person. She is selfless in so many ways and is always there to help when ever I need her.

* My parents separated when I was 7 and I lived with my Dad. I saw my Mum regularly although my Dad has always found it hard. I don’t think about it really, but I do look like my Mum and have we do have a lot in common when it comes to personality. Seeing me must be a constant reminder to my Dad of my Mum. And the real sad bit is that my Dad has never got over my Mum leaving, he will say ‘hi’ if he has to, but that’s it. If he knows she is about he will just not come to see me. And I have learnt over the years just to let it go and not to worry if that’s what he wants to do that’s his right.  *

Wednesday Wisdom

‘You’re never too important to be nice to people’.

I saw this quote come up in my timeline on Facebook and it’s so true. No matter who you are, your age, gender, sexuality…….being nice is common courtesy.

Evening beach walks

Strolling the beach in the evening ❤️

Remember that the beach is not just for the day time.

When so many of us are cooped up in offices working all day it’s no wonder so may of us end up with anxiety or mental health issues. I know it’s easy to just go home, sort everything out and chill – for me it’s the dinner and getting myself and the children ready for the next day, then TV or book and bed. But I can assure you that sometimes pushing ourselves to go back out again is beneficial to our souls. This evening I dragged the family out to one of our many local beaches much to their annoyance, as you know they had been busy all day at home, been cycling and enjoyed their day and I was making them go out for a walk.

It was a beautiful evening, the water was lovely and warm on my feet and the sand was cool under foot.

Then on the way home a family discussion turned into them all giving me a history lesson about the world wars, there were some key things that I really had missed by not taking history in secondly school. I must read and watch a few more documentaries about the war, not normal ones though I would like to hear some real life stories from all over the world and understand it’s true impact on peoples every day lives.

So me and my family had an amazing couple of hours just being a family in the world in the moment.

Botany Bay is a small bay on the Thanet coast close to Broadstairs, parking in the evening is generally not too bad. There is a pub The Botany Bay, previously the Fayreness for food, drinks and rooms for the night if your not local.

Further information on Botany Bay

OS Map Location

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