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Slowly gets a snail to America…

Today I realise that the Universe has a plan for us all.  The reason behind this realisation is because today…

I brought home the beautiful print created for me by Philip Abang.  Philip asked to take my words and use them as part of his project.  I am so greatful for the beauty he has brought to my words.  You can read how it came about here

I’m not good at identifying and setting goals. I’m more a ‘trust the Universe’ and a ‘let it happen’ type of person.The Universe is taking my little steps and reflecting them and more back to me.  When I shared my first blog post I couldn’t have imagined that blogging would bring me to a much more positive place.  A place where  I’ve written over 300 posts some of which are part of a series on bullying and its impact on us as a family, with a focus on recreating a better life beyond bullying.When I started out I never thought about what time and a little blogging could open up to me.Now I know I only have to keep blogging, keep sharing and encouraging… the Universe will bring about the rest.

Le grà,

Marie xx

Friday Flashback…Thank you and “Welcome” old friends and new!

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I read and follow quite a few blogs and I find it hard to believe that just two years on from my first post I have penned or typed over 200 posts!

When I started I had just a few visitors and it was such a buzz to have someone add a like or better still a comment!

Now I have a few more visitors and coming to know you has been so interesting. I’ve really enjoyed your company over the past few weeks while I’ve been on sick leave from work. Thankfully I’ve been feeling a little better the past few days and I am hoping to return to work next week.  Your visits while I’ve been at home have helped lift my spirit and your comments have been so encouraging!  To thank you I thought you might like to engage in a little bit of time travel this Friday and maybe if you find it enjoyable you’ll travel back in time with me again next friday.  I thought a link back to a little piece of me before we came to know each other might help us get to know each other a little better!

This week it’s  Welcome to ‘Create Space’

So you might well ask, has my perspective and life changed… Well that’s a big YES!  I’ve come a long way from when I first started blogging. I’ve learned to live in the moment more, I’m enjoying the journey, fitting in some new experiences and I’m definitely less concerned about the destination.  Your comments have widened my perspective and helped me be true to myself.  I’ve finally allowed myself lowered my mask and I’ve learned to let myself just ‘be’.  Thank you all for your wise insights which helped me do just that!

Now what about you? Has the last two years changed your life? Do you value the journey over the destination? Have you stopped to consider if you are further than you think? Please feel free to leave me a comment below and share any thoughts you have. I promise to reply as quickly as I can.

Much love,

Marie xx

Just One Minute Monday (4).

Today I’m taking a minute to savor the feeling of warm summer air on my skin.  Have you ever paid attention to what warm air feels like on your skin?

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Shur I have Spain at home!

We are having temperatures that are way higher than average for this time of year. We’ve had some days reach 30 degrees. This is our hottest summer in 100 years. I don’t think I can ever remember wearing summer clothes for so long. This is so out of the ordinary for Ireland. Our summer’s are usually a few days of sunshine mixed with cooler rainy days. A blue sky without rain-clouds is a rare sight! I can’t remember ever feeling our house so warm indoors, from early morning to last thing at night. Our windows and doors are flung open trying to generate a draught. Cooking over a hot cooker is a big no-no! I’ve never eaten so many light, healthy salads. We are eating breakfast and supper outdoors and it’s even too warm to eat dinner outside, we have to eat inside.

The warm air feels so healthy on my bare arms, my freckles are multiplying and I can’t stop looking up at the bright, cloudless blue sky thinking “Shur i have Spain at home!” I feel carefree!

How does warm air and blue skies make you feel?

Much love,

Marie xx

Just One Minute Monday (3).

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Recently while on holiday, I practiced my ‘Just One Minute Monday’ as we walked to the shops for our groceries.  My son and his girlfriend were walking in front of me, the shops were a ten minute walk each way.  The average temperature from 10am to 8pm was 30 degrees.  It wasn’t an easy walk in that heat. I’m not into counting steps and I don’t own a step counter but lots of people exercise now by counting their steps and increasing the number of steps they take daily.

I thought about the amount we walk everyday and particularly the pace we have become accustomed to.

I wondered how often do we actually slow down our steps?  Have you ever even noticed how fast you walk? Do you constantly rush from one task to the next?  Because I was on holiday I paused and focused on my steps.  I slowed down my steps. I noticed the inclines and the declines.

I listened to the sound our steps made.  I felt my heart rate slow its pace.  I felt grateful for those moments, those steps I was able to enjoy in the company of two young adults.

When have you last paid attention to how fast you walk?  Have you ever deliberately focused on your steps?  Maybe today is the day to focus one minute on your footsteps.

Much love,

Marie xx

Shur you have Spain at home!

When I was young and in a moaning mood (which was very rare!), my Nana would look gently at me and say “whist, don’t be complaining, shur you have Spain at home!”

 

Of course I wouldn’t be impressed as I knew that my self-pity was not going to be entertained!  But as I grew up, I knew Nana meant count your blessings, be grateful for what you have and appreciate every bit of it!  And she was so right!  I’m so thankful to have had the benefit of her shared wisdom by growing up in a three generational home.

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You can’t beat a blue sky!

 

I’m feeling very privileged to be enjoying a week in Spain, soaking up the splendid sunshine, (which can be sporadic in Ireland), getting time for the simple pleasures and realising that during the other 51 weeks of the year “shur I have Spain at home.”

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It’s all about the simple things!

 

 

 

“Shur what’s your Spain at home?”

Much love,

Marie xx

Keep trying… Disconnect…reconnect Sunday.

I find it hard to believe that it’s been three months since I published this post,

Disconnect…reconnect Sunday

In that post I tried to set myself a goal of taking time away from technology on Sundays.  I have to admit that it hasn’t been easy!  I’ve had some successful Sundays and some not so successful ones!  But that’s ok because in my world, it’s about the sustained effort, not the outcome.  I keep trying and that’s the main thing!

I’m popping my phone aside again today and I’m going to make rhubarb and apple tart for my extended family.

Then I’m off to The Clancy Festival, read a little about it here https://clancybrothersfestival.com/

I’m going to connect face to face, in real-time, with like-minded writers and artists in

Art with Voices, check it out here,
https://clancybrothersfestivalarttrail.wordpress.com/installations/art-with-voices/

Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in…

Ps…the tarts are made (vegan & non-vegan).

Much love,

Marie xx

Premature…(pre)..mature!

via Daily Prompt: Premature

27 weeks and 5 days was as long as he could contain himself…he was in a hurry and he wasn’t waiting around!  I hardly got to experience being pregnant, very different to my previous pregnancy which reached term plus one week.  Our tiny, unexpected early arrival weighed in at a see-through 2lb 9oz and spent two months in neonatal care.  He was let home to us at 4lbs weight, a few days before Christmas; the best Christmas present ever!  I slept on a mattress on our kitchen floor for months to ensure his little body was kept sufficiently warm, feeding him every two hours.

But he decided early on that premature was not going to be a word in his vocabulary.  He soon caught up with children of his age and cast off the ‘pre’ revealing a ‘mature’ character, deeply sensitive to the pain of others.  He went out of his way to include shy or excluded children into his circle of friends.  He owned up to things he didn’t do in school, taking the blame to save his class suffering the consequences because the guilty child hadn’t the guts to own up. This strength of character was something to envy and soon meant he was a target for bullies.

He has struggled through a deeply challenging teenage stage and a school system that all but failed him but we weathered the journey as a family unit and now know that the best learning comes from the greatest challenges! He has a mature outlook on life way beyond his years.  He is warm and kind, he cares for the environment and animal welfare.  He reads Echart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh.

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He faces exams shortly which have the power, in one fell swoop to decide his immediate future but I know beyond doubt that he is more than the outcome of any exam.

He has an innate character that many mature adults never achieve and which I know will help him fulfill his purpose in life!

Thank you for reading and if your son or daughter has struggled because of bullying, please share your experiences with me in the comments below.

Much love,

Marie xx

Real People!

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When we affirm someone…we celebrate them and today I affirm the staff of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. I want to celebrate the staff and their realness!

Today I travelled with my 71 year old mother to her routine three monthly kidney transplant patient clinic. Mum has been attending hospital in Dublin, 170 km from home for 43 years now.

Thanks to the selfless decision and action of a donor’s family, my mum has been in my life 17 years longer (depending on your unique belief system), than God/the Universe or fate meant her to be.

Today was no different than any other visit;
We encountered people… real people at every stage of her appointment!

We met people… people who put their lives on hold to support the lives of others;

We met the pleasant clinic receptionist who used mum’s first name,

We met the blood clinic nursing staff who know the importance of being gentle,

Mum met the nurse who made small talk and laughed with her as she ran the routine pre-clinic checks,

We met the smiling young Junior Doctor, up since 6.30am who tells us she rarely has breakfast because an extra half hour in bed is more enticing and what I saw was a lovely young doctor who was just herself and it is so refreshing!

We met the Registrar or Senior Doctor, who patiently checked the work of the lovely young Junior Doctor and informed us of the next recommended steps while she acknowledged mum’s long connection to the clinic and wished her continued health.

These are all people worth celebrating. People who celebrate the lives of other people and who themselves deserve to be affirmed!

Who have you affirmed lately?  Who do you celebrate?  Or who will you celebrate today?

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

Twelve days of Quotes…One…Smiling!

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about” (Marilyn Monroe)

Only 12 days to Christmas, can we create a dozen waves of blogging positivity?

Can we start with a smile? Share a smile…pass it on!

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Much love,

Marie.

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