107/365: Battle

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107/365: Battle — We all face battles in life; some serious and some not so. We fight to save our relationships, to keep our friends, our jobs and our families together. Everything in life requires work. If we want something to work we have to put the effort in. Sometimes we can feel as though we are going round in circles and situations feel hopeless. Some of us face personal battles that can be overwhelming. Those battles are hard and tiring. They wear us out to the point that even getting out of bed or keeping our eyes open is a battle. I urge you to keep going. Keep heading towards the end of the tunnel because it will come. I promise.

106/365: Writing

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106/365: Writing — In order to state the obvious; I love writing. I love that you can spill your thoughts and your secrets, your pain and your happiness onto paper. I love that paper has no voice to argue back with you, or to tell you that you are wrong or stupid or silly for feeling the way you do. Paper listens and will never answer back. Writing for me is therapy. Once I have spent a good hour or so writing I feel so much better. On the rare occasions that I look in the drawers in my bedroom I find pages upon pages of things I have written when I was younger. Secrets I have never shared with any human being. Thoughts that I have been to scared to share with anyone. Pain I have felt that nobody could understand. Writing keeps me sane. Writing sets me free.

104/365: Butterfly

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104/365: Butterfly – Butterflies are beautiful. They have a very special place in my heart. They are free creatures, created by our amazing creator. At every given opportunity I choose to wear my butterfly scarf or something else that has butterflies on. They have a calming effect on me; watching them gives me a sense of relaxation and peace. If I had to be something else in the world I would choose to be a butterfly.

103/365: Best

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103/365: Best — Growing up we are taught to always be the best, to always do our best and to accept nothing but the best. But what is the best? Being good at everything? Always putting a hundred percent effort into everything we do? Getting everything right first time? I think telling children to do their best and telling them to be the best could cause more damage  than good. Children get things wrong and that should be okay. I got loads of things wrong when I was younger and that is how I learnt. I once washed my hair with soap in the school toilets. I was six or seven years old. I was trying my best! I did not get into trouble but I did get a few funny looks….. My teacher rinsed my hair, stuck my head under the dryer and took me back to class. That is how I learned the difference between shampoo and soap. I believe telling children to accept nothing but the best builds them up for a fall. People make mistakes and they can disappoint and hurt us. That does not mean they are unlovable or bad people. They are human.

102/365: Silence

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102/365: Silence — Sometimes silence is necessary. Sometimes you need silence to evaluate, to think or simply to breathe. I love the occasional bout of silence. I find just sitting in silence relaxing. It is a chance for me to consider new ideas. Everyone needs some silence in their everyday living. I don’t think it is possible to live without silence.

101/365: Bargain

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101/365: Bargain — I love a bargain. As I have grown up I have passed on buying things because they are expensive. I often only buy something if it is in the sale – or  if I really like it! A few months back I really wanted a pair of boots that I found online. They where £28 and I did not have a lot of money at the time. I refused to buy them. I went back a few days later and the boots had been reduced to £14. But the best thing is they had only reduced the colour I wanted and they only had my size left. They are now my favourite pair of boots!

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100/365: Children

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100/365: Children — I believe children are gifts from God. I can imagine being a parent is a privilege. However I know that children can make the lives of their parents or guardians difficult. My evidence? Me. I have not been the best child; I have messed up, got things wrong, let my parents down. But they still love me. I think that takes strength. One day I hope I am blessed with a child. I believe I have been taught well in being a parent.

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