Let's do a challenge

I have been feeling less than inspired with my little bloggy lately. I don’t know why. I want to write. I love writing. But I often feel like I don’t really have anything worth saying.

Since I still want to do it though, I searched for some inspiration. Or should that be “pinspiration” since Pinterest seems to have become my default search engine and Google is a quite defunct!

Anyhow. I found this list of prompts, and beginning on Wednesday (1st August – can you believe it?! August already?) I will be doing one blog per day for 30 days.

Lucky you!!!

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Welcome, 2013

2013

Here we have it, a brand new year.

I celebrated the coming of 2013 with my small group from Church; playing Charades and Bible Challenge, eating lots of lovely nibbles and chatting. There was lots of laughter. We turned on Jools Holland at 11.45 and watched a lot of random celebs counting down, then toasted midnight with champagne and party poppers. Then, on New Years Day (after not enough hours sleep) we met again for a fry-up brunch and a lovely long, muddy & wet country walk. When I say wet – we are talking foot deep puddles and waterlogged fields. Some of the group didn’t have wellies (and mine had a split which I discovered mid-puddle) which resulted in lots of piggy backs. Overall; a fun filled start to 2013.

I’ve never spent New Year with anyone other than family before, and the only time we have ever truly celebrated was the Millennium New Year…when I was 10. That was the year we all had flu but we had booked tickets to my village’s Big New Year Celebration and were just about well enough to go.

New Year with my family is very low-key. We don’t even plan to stay up til midnight. One year when I was 13 or 14, I got so bored that I did all my holiday homework and watched Dumbo. (Ended in my crying at the sad part and having to go to my mum for a cuddle). I think my family’s non-recognition of New Years has led me to feeling like it is a big anti-climax. Which in turn I think makes me feel a little negative about the year that is to come. However, for 2013 I am going to try not to be such a pessimist about life. So I am glad that we celebrated New Year. I feel I’ve hit the ground running.

This time last year I published a whole list of goals. A week later I published an update on my progress. And then…kind of nothing. I kept up my diary every day until April, but then I went on holiday to the US and didn’t take it up again when I got back. Some of the goals I stuck with, but not purposefully. I think I was a bit over-ambitious.

This year, 2013, I am only going to have two real goals.
1) To give thanks and with a grateful heart
2) To be content

I think this will incorporate a lot of things but I don’t want to give myself an unrealistic challenge. On top of which, my goals last year were very much physical goals or goals which were mainly to benefit me. This year’s goals are Goals for my Heart.

I wish you – my readers and followers (I still can’t believe I have either) – all the best for 2013. I hope that you find (or keep) hope, joy and peace in this coming year.

Love, Sarah -x-

It’s summer!

In case you haven’t noticed, the summer is here!

We in Kent have been very fortunate with our weather – the last two weeks have been just glorious sunshine, with only one rainy day. It’s quite hard to fathom that other areas of the country are suffering with downpours and flooding while I’m driving with both windows down and applying suncream while I’m sat at traffic lights!

Anyway, all this lovely weather has got me thinking about my summer plans.

This is the first year of my life (that I can remember) that I’ve not had a proper “summer holiday” – in the way that for the past twenty years I’ve been in school (or University/Impact) and my academic years have ended in July, and not started again until September.

This year, I have officially joined the ranks of the full-time employed, and am faced with the (if I’m honest) slightly miserable concept of working throughout the whole summer and possibly missing the sunshine while it’s here.

Never fear though – because I have decided to make a Summer Bucket List.

My friend Esther visited a little while ago, and we watched this film. (It’s a bit sad, but at times uplifting)

I already have a (sort-of) Life Bucket List, but that’s all really long-term stuff like ‘own my own home’ and ‘travel across America’. I don’t want to feel like summer is passing me by so I have come up with…

So far I have 15 items, which I think are manageable.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • travel to a foreign country
  • eat s’mores
  • stay up late and Skype with my American friends
  • have a belated birthday picnic

I’m open to suggestions for additions to my list, and will publish it on Saturday!  Oh how I love Summer 🙂

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Ups downs and middles

This has been a very up and down week. I don’t think I’ve liked it much! There have been some really bad points (Monday) and some really good points (Tuesday prayer time!) so essentially it’s equalled out to an ‘ok’ week, but I’m so ready for it to be over.

I just don’t think I’ve caught up from last week – we had a case going to court last Friday and didn’t have our notes sorted, so my colleague and I spent all day Wednesday, all day Thursday and then 4 hours on Thursday evening trying to get caught up. We didn’t manage it, though it was ok because they weren’t needed as urgently as we’d been led to believe. Not frustrating at all…

We could not have been more annoyed really. Me especially, since I cancelled all my other work on Wednesday and Thursday as well as not going to Small Group on Thursday night to get it all done.

The positive side of it all is that we do now have a handle on it, so are prepared for when the notes are required…but unfortunately it means that this whole week I have been playing catch up – against myself!

I wrote my to-do list yesterday…17 items. Over the day I completed 12, but added another 9. Today I finished all but two of them, which felt very impressive even for me. I just now feel completely exhausted…the weekend cannot come soon enough!

In other news, one of my foster carers might have TB and is in hospital…cue frantic call to Mum to confirm that I was vaccinated (her response: “have you got a BCG scar?” Me: “yes.” Her: “then yes, you’re vaccinated”) and panicked Googling of symptoms/contagious-ness of TB to check that the vaccine doesn’t run out or stop working…we were all on high alert!!

If he has it, I may need to be tested since I work closely with the family and am considered high risk as I’m quite immunosuppresed – but that’s all just another adventure that I’ll take if it happens.

Roll on Saturday…just need to cope through tomorrow first.

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