[dropcap]D[/dropcap]o you ever get those days when you feel a bit flat? Actually I defy anyone to tell me that they don’t have days like that. Thankfully they are just that – days. They never go on for long (especially when the sun is shining) but one of the key things that I do on days like this, is make a mental list of things I’m looking forward to over the coming months.
When you’ve got a blog, you can go one step further than that and actually write them down! Not all of them are big momentous things; I actually think it’s important to learn to appreciate the smaller things as that’s what life is generally made up of. So here are just a few of the things I’m looking forward to this summer.
1. A girlie trip to New York
I have always wanted to go to New York. My husband isn’t a huge lover of city breaks so it’s never really been on his bucket list. Cue one daughter turning 18 and the other one finishing her GCSEs and I’ve got myself some travel companions! I’ve managed to convince my sister into coming too so we are all very excited – well I am anyway.
I’ve started making a list of all the places to visit, having taken advice from seasoned travellers. Whilst the list is looking pretty huge right now, I want to make sure that we leave plenty of time to just soak in the atmosphere. There will of course be shopping – we’ll have no men looking bored and feeling ‘hangry’ so we had better make the most of it!
I’m slightly anxious about the jet lag (I have a terrible track record). After going to Australia 9 years ago and suffering for 3 months afterwards, I swore I would never travel long haul again. The only time I’ve been since, is to Florida. Once. It wasn’t so bad but I’m still concerned. Any good tips for getting over jet lag as quickly as possible? I really don’t want it to spoil our trip.
Flying long haul again was one of the things I wrote in my ”Ten Years From Now‘ post on my 45th birthday. The future starts here, people!
2. Starting my new volunteer role
A few weeks ago I signed up to become a volunteer for a new UK crisis text line. Shout officially launches in the UK in 2019 but they have started training some people up and have received hundreds of text messages already.
I am still in training at the moment but I should be doing my first shift in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to hopefully making a difference in somebody’s life just when they need it most.
Head over to Shout to take a look. I really think it will help so many people but particularly teenagers – the reason why I was drawn to it in the first place.
3. Spending 36 hours with hundreds of women
Every year my church puts on a conference for women. For some, the idea of 36 hours in the company of just women, would be torture! I love it; mainly because I get to spend time with my friends and also with God, no distractions.
If you’re local to me, or even from my church, can I encourage you to take the time out of your busy schedule? I know you won’t regret it and it might even change your life. If you’re a little further afield, it’s still worth coming to. You can check out the details here.
4. Experimenting with photography
Last week I invited a few local blogging friends round for a morning of chatter and learning. I was thrilled that Steph from Summers Photography agreed to hang out too, bringing with her loads of tips to improve our photography skills.
Photography is a little hobby I dabble in from time to time. In fact I attended one of Steph’s beginners courses a couple of years ago, in the hope that my photography skills would be transformed overnight. Sadly they weren’t and as perseverance isn’t particularly a skill of mine, the DSLR was left to gather dust in the drawer.
Last week, Steph inspired me to try again. I gave myself a budget of £50 to purchase a few extra bits and bobs that might help me, namely a tripod and an ultra bright video light.
Watch this space; I’m excited to give it another go.
5. Taking my daughter out for a celebration day
My youngest daughter finished her GCSEs last Friday, a definite cause for celebration. She really has worked so hard and regardless of the grades she ends up with, we are so proud of her work ethic and the way she knuckled down.
Believe me when I say that this hard working attitude came totally out of the blue. She’s never really been particularly keen on school; in fact ‘minimal effort’ is an expression that springs to mind. If you’ve currently got a child in Year 10 driving you crazy with their lack of effort, hang in there – they might just surprise you!
Anyway, I’m taking her out for a little treat this Friday. First stop a make-over at the NARS counter, so that she can choose some make-up for prom in a few week’s time.
I’m pretty certain there will be lunch involved and we are planning to invest in some clothes for 6th form – funnily enough, her wardrobe is somewhat lacking ‘office wear’ which is the dress code at school.
I’m always excited for shopping *claps hands*.
Once I got going, I could think of loads of things to look forward to, this is just a snapshot. If you’re feeling a bit flat, try writing down a few things that you’re looking forward to and see how it changes your mindset.