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Daily Gratitudes with Andrea

Hello and welcome to our daily Gratitude/ Simple Pleasure Postย ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹

Its Thursday 8th of August 2019 and Day 372, of us trying to rewire our brain ๐Ÿง , to see ๐Ÿคช things differently.

Did you know its scientifically๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌย proven that 21 days of finding things to be grateful for each day, no matter how small can change your mood and improve wellbeing!๐Ÿฅฐ So join us today and give it a try, it could be, being grateful for your favourite cup for your morning cuppaย โ˜•, or your car to get you from A – B๐Ÿš™. It could be that youve had a chat with your best friendย ๐Ÿ‘ญor that the sun is shining๐ŸŒž

Whatever it is, share it with us. And here is the thing, even if today isnt a great dayย ๐Ÿ˜”, try and join in even with ‘I managed to brush my teeth today!!’
We are here to support each other and maybe we can turn something round for you…๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

So this is my third post, (How you have done this everyday Suzanne, I do not know!!!๐Ÿ˜ฏ)
My first post was easy, I had an idea and it flowed – It was based on Memories.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š
My second post, well, I was having a bad week and it was hard ๐Ÿฅบ, trying to be upbeat and finding things to be grateful for wasn’t easy, however the best bit for me was being honest with you all and the support you all gave as ever, was fabulous..Thank you…โคโคโค

So here is today’s post, I guess we will see how I do!!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Its about, being excited!!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

Tomorrow, in the words of Cliff Richards๐ŸŽค
๐ŸŽตย We’re all going on a, Summer Holiday๐ŸŽตย (be honest, how many of you sang that?)

๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™€๏ธWe have all had haircuts this week,
๐Ÿฅฝ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿงน๐Ÿงผ๐ŸงฝI’ve tidied, cleaned, washed, bleached, thrown out, organised and got the house sorted, ready for…..
๐Ÿ’‘ย ๐Ÿ ย ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿถ๐ŸถOur house/animal sitters who arrive tonight
๐Ÿš˜ย the car has been cleaned inside and out, and screenwash/oil checked!
๐Ÿ’…my friendย ๐Ÿ‘ญย is coming later, to do Elizabeth and my nails (๐Ÿค”ย Think I have decided what I’m having done!!)
๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ”ซ๐ŸŽฃ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸI’ve got bags of outdoor games (including water soakers and water ballons, yes we have planned a water fight! I may regret it but hey!!!)
๐Ÿ’ฐindoor games (Cluedo, Scrabble, packs of cards, Pass the Pigs and Monopolyย ๐Ÿค”ย Wonder who will flip the board?)
๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’Šmedication and
๐Ÿงณย ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿงฆ๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘•๐Ÿ‘–clothes all over my kitchen! But it is holiday preparation and
I am excited!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

So we leave tomorrow at 11am๐Ÿ•šย (๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Well thats my plan!! 3 kids and a husband to organise, wish me luck!!)

๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš™We are taking 2 cars and we’ve split
our journey, just so we can take it easier..

๐Ÿงญ๐Ÿ›ฃย We are leaving the north east and heading to Gloucester, were staying overnight in a hotelย ๐ŸŒƒย and then on Saturday were heading to Torquay๐Ÿ–, via Glastonbury๐Ÿ”ฎ! (It is my holiday treat and I am really looking forward to it,๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย my bank managerย ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผmight not like me by the end of the visit mind๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚!!!!!!)

๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸฅณI am excited๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

And here’s the thing, at this point, 3 kidsย ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธbecome 4๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ! For the first time in our 10 year relationship one of my step daughters is joining usย ๐Ÿ˜ฏ.
My 3 are looking forward to getting to know her more,ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย we have met, but she’s never joined us for an overnight stay, never mind a holiday before.. I am looking forward to her being with us, I’m looking forward to getting to know her.ย โ˜บ๏ธ

BUT I’m also TERRIFIED ๐Ÿฅบtoo. She has had her head filled with lies and rubbish, she has been made to think, by her Mum, that I’m a mixture of Cruella Deville/All of Disneys wicked step Mums and throw in a bit of the wicked witch of the west!ย ๐Ÿ‘น๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ .
We have no idea why she’s agreed now, ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ when in previous years her and her older sister have said no.ย ๐Ÿšซ
It could be that her older sister is now at University,๐Ÿค”ย it could be that she knows I stopped Oli going into care๐Ÿค”. Whatever it is, I have to see this as a positive step forwardโ˜บ๏ธ.

And I am excited about it… ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿค—โค

Weve been looking forward to our holiday for weeks,๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ‘๐Ÿ—“
Elizabeth has made a play list for the car,๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽšย its currently over 6 hours!๐Ÿ˜ฏ
A total mix from the last 50 years of music!
This is a positive, โœ…it means she is looking forward to the journey and the holiday!

It means she’s excited!๐Ÿฅณ

Elizabeth, Will and me LOVEย โคย long journeys๐Ÿš˜, we have always laughedย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚and sangย ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽคand it is the start of an adventure… ๐Ÿงญ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ›ฃย Mis-pronouncing towns and cities had us all laughing๐Ÿ˜‚, Derby (DArby a great debate in the car!!!)ย ๐Ÿค”ย and the question 5 years ago of “why does Peter wear a bra” for Peterbroughย ๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚ย are the ones I remember most, the great Costa (other brands available) Strawberries and Cream Frostino, spill as we left the services (it went all over the passenger side of the car! Thankfully I had baby wipes in the car..)Total disaster, but we laughed it off…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

It is excitement.๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Both of the boys have downloaded movies to watch on various electrical devices during the tripย ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐ŸŽฅ! We have already had the question of “Are we starting with a Costa?”๐Ÿฅค, its a start of the journey treat. Elizabeth and Will are looking forward to Teletubbie services near Bristol…๐Ÿ›ฃ

It is all Excitement. ๐Ÿฅณ

It has changed the atmosphere in the houseย โ˜บ๏ธ having something to plan for, something to look forward to.ย ๐Ÿ“…๐Ÿ—“
It’s a bit like a constant Gratitude post…โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ย It has been the source of great comfort for us all.ย โคโค

My gorgeous girl, is actually looking forward to leaving her sanctuary.
She is excited to go on holiday… ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜
It’s another step forward for her.ย โค
I know she will have wobbles and plans will be changed, but for a week, she is in a different sanctuary and I am hoping it’s a positive step for her again.ย ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ
Take into consideration, this is the girl who couldn’t leave the house, who’s missed so much school, who had no friends, who only just existed.๐Ÿ˜”
This year alone, she has had more time in school than in any of the 4 year’s before! She’s sat her GCSEs, went to Prom, had a friend sleepover and is now looking forward to a holiday! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œFor those of you who see no hope, no future, its there, you have just got to stick in there..๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

So here is my question for you today.๐Ÿค”

What are you looking forward to?ย ๐Ÿ˜

Are you excited๐Ÿฅณ about anything?ย ๐Ÿค”

If not, is there something you can you do, so you have something to look forward too?๐Ÿค”

It could be a day trip, a holiday, a coffee with a friend, walking the dog, reading a book with a nice glass of wine, a soak in a bubble bath with a book and a glass of something chilled?ย ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽข๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿš„โœˆ๐Ÿ›ณ๐Ÿš˜โ˜•๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿทย Try and plan something and make it an occassion. ๐Ÿฅ‚

Having this holiday to look forward to has certainly changed how Ive been feeling…๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ย Even if it has stressed me out, ๐Ÿคฏ I’ve had something to aim for…๐ŸŒ…

Even if you plan a movie night,ย ๐ŸŽฅย plan the popcornย ๐Ÿฟand the snacks๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฅจ.
Or get a new type of biscuit to dunk in your cuppa๐Ÿชโ˜•
It can help change your mindset….๐Ÿง 

And just incase anyone has missed what Im feeling at the moment…..

๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ I am so excited! (Did you sing that too?ย ๐Ÿ˜‚) ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

Hope I’ve managed to make you smileย โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ย and you all have a good Thursday behind the screen buddies.ย ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘‹
Sending love and hugs to you allย โคโค

***Lovely Admin, could you please make this an announcement and could someone do the the tags for me please?ย ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

19th July 2019
Hello Everyone and welcome to our Daily Gratitude Post.
(Sorry for posting late – I’m completely lost with days and dates this week!)

So, we offer daily posts to show ourselves and others that even on the darkest days, there are things to be grateful/thankful for, from a hot cuppa of coffee/tea to the sun shining/or the lovely cool rain.
Science has proven that acknowledgement is a way of reprogramming the brain into seeing things differently. Making our lives better.

I’ll be honest todays post, isnt as easy as the first I put my name down for.ย  Lots of reasons, Life is a roller coaster isnt it?ย ๐ŸŽข
I did have a post all typed out, but I’m not feeling that today!

So, as with all our journeysย  sometimes you have to wing it so, I’ll wing it today!

This month, weve had lots of change!
Elizabeth has finished her GCSEs and can officially say, she is no longer a school pupil! I did a happy dance!! – This time last year, I didnt think she would actually make it!
But it did, and as I thought may happen, she has changed. She has lost the edginess, her mood did improve! She attended her Prom.. Again that was one of the things I didnt think would be possible, neither did she.
And now shes excited to start college!!
Goals are possible, to those of you who are wondering like I did last year, keep holding on, keep fighting, keep talking to us, there is hope! I promiseย โค

But with all roller coasters, you climb and things seem great, then the downhill hits and you end up spiralling into darkness again. That has happened.ย ๐ŸŽข
But the darkness this time, isnt as dark!ย ๐ŸŒ’

With the help of this wonderful group, my own darkness doesnt seem as scary. Sometimes my friends dont understand the battle of Mental Health. The battles with schools.

Today I’m riding the Roller Coaster of Parenting Mental Health!ย  And in then lyrics of Ronan Keating, “Life is a Rollercoster, Just got to ride it”!!!
I think it’s probably the most scary ride I’ve ever ridden. But I’m riding it with a fabulous bunch of behind the screen friends…

I hope your Thursday isnt dark. I hope you can see some light…ย โคโคโค

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