Life

I Don’t Remember The Song Asking For a White Spring?

So, last week I was unable to post which may have blown my resolution but, the horrible migraine I suffered from Sunday to Wednesday comes first. Health always comes first. I could barely look out the windows or at any screen, never mind typing out and posting a blog piece. It’s a good job I was off all week. NOW, to my blog post.

Over here, in the moody-weathered United Kingdom we’ve experienced snow. Yes, we’ve had it before but, it hasn’t snowed like this for about eight-years. As you probably experienced in all of your shops products have been low, milk has disappeared from the shelves quicker than the road runner doing a lap and bread? Twice as fast as that. It’s panic buying at it’s best, and if that doesn’t tell you we are less experienced than America or Russia or any of the other places that experience deep snow regularly, I don’t know what will. We are used to thunder and lightning, the constant pitter-patter of rain and even 20 degree heat (hot for us) but, snow? It’s like when you have the family you see every now and again but, not all the time. It just isn’t always cold enough here. So thank you, beast from the east. Maybe the young ‘uns will now know what proper snow days are, where you can’t or won’t leave the house for anything other than sledging, walking the dog or getting necessities.

What is odd though- is that we are in the last few weeks of Winter now and it would have been awesome to experience this over Christmas instead! As the song goes…

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”

It is the most random time to have a snow event in the UK. Although, the weather here never does make sense. When it’s Summer, we tend to experience loads of rain and when its Winter? Not snow, but rain and oddly enough sunshine. Is it constantly opposite day for the UK. Imagine a moody, hormonal teenager- yes? You never quite know what you will experience with them on the day. It is a bit like experiencing hormonal whiplash. That is what it is like with the weather here. We basically live in the climate of a hormonal teenager.

I did venture out in this weather myself. I had to. I made the three-mile walk in deep snow, with snow falling to get into my local town. It was cold and wet, but at least I got this weeks workout in. Even saw a guy running in it, on his way to work! Crazy, but that is what it is like to live over here. We don’t always know the meaning of dangerous. It’s more about getting on with stuff no matter what. Illness? Take a tablet. Floods? Put on your wellies. Snow? Layers and walking boots are your friend. Extremely hot sun? Suncream up, and cover up but don’t stop what you are doing. I guess the constant weather whiplash made us a country of resilient individuals who just get on with it.

I once heard a group of tourists complaining about the heavy rain and extremely windy weather stating they were heading back to the hotel because they couldn’t shop in this. Meanwhile our high streets were filled with Brits who were going about their day, braving the rain and hoping their brollies would hold out. What is the lesson here then?

Well, it’s about the resilience of UK residents. No matter the time, place or weather- we are a nation of people who just get on with stuff.

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Life

Declutter, Clear Out? It’s The Start of Your New Life

I got the idea for this post from a friend. We met for out new year catch-up as work schedules will make it difficult the next few weeks. It seemed like the theme of the day was having a clear out- of toys, of friends who don’t bother, of clothes. And that got me thinking- every year we talk about having a clear out but, how many of us do it? This ties in with a tweet I read recently. The poster said:

“Everyone talking about the people and things they are cutting off for 2018…I’ll cut you off as and when you deserve it…not a problem…bye.”

“If you spring clean your life of negative people or energy all year round you…never be miserable…”

And a facebook status wherein a completely different person posted a similar sentiment about not needing the beginning of the year to change? But, I’m not agreeing or disagreeing. I do set myself new year resolutions to follow and attempt to keep to them throughout the year. I just found it symbiotic that as I was wondering what to post about, the idea of a clear out in whatever shape or form kept coming up. Even in my family home, mum is on a mission to clear out and declutter. So, here goes.

Today I started with my own little clear out. For people who know me, and have lived with me- I like cleanliness, I don’t like clutter which is evident in the fact that my room is extremely tidy. Not a thing out of place. No little bits and bobs just laying around. Everything out has a purpose, something I use regularly. Every year at the beginning BECAUSE of all the new stuff we end up getting as I begin to put them away, I have a sort through. I may find a few hidden treasures and I throw other bits away. For me, this is good. As the saying goes “tidy room, tidy mind”.

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A Hidden Treasure

Then again, I understand the idea to declutter your life. Even if you need a deadline to start it? Not everyone is as brave or as confident in themselves to declutter their own lives whether it be people, tackling your houses, tackling memories etc. The idea behind the clear out is a fresh start and with the new year just beginning people like to start afresh then and make a year of it. This way is gives them time. I can see the association between decluttering and the new year, new me stuff.

We’ve all been there. There comes a time wherein you may leave someone, something, or somewhere behind and it can be a great success (it was for me, I didn’t wait till the beginning of a year though) or it can be a failure. But, the new year brings a fresh start for a lot of people and it’s what they do in that year that defines them. So whatever you are decluttering, I hope you succeed. I hope it starts you on a new journey. And most of all, I hope it gives you peace of mind. In my own instance, I succeeded in life, I started a new journey and decluttering throughout the year always provides me peace of mind.

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Peace & Serenity

I’m going to end with a quote.

“Happiness is a place between too little & too much”- Finnish Proverb