birthday reflections

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Another year

Another checkpoint cleared

Another chance to peer into the past

And question where it all went right

And wrong

And all the parts of chapter 36

Can then be bound into the book

That makes my life a story worth

The time to read in peaceful lulls.

It was my birthday yesterday and I had a lovely day. I was at work for most of the day but I managed to get out to Nandos with my dad and Noah.

Bizarrely, neither of them had had a Nandos before. I’m not quite sure how they could have got through life without experiencing a lemon and herb chicken?

Anyway, that’s not the point of this post. The point is that I actually quite like birthdays. The idea of getting a year older is really pleasing to me. I have successfully navigated another 365 days and I think that is a beautiful thing.

I love to look back on all of the memories and all of the good and bad things that have shaped my year. We are often forced to only think of the bad things (watching the news does nothing to help this).

But despite the fact that we’ve all had to change our lives this year, I’ve actually done really well for myself. I’ve got onto my teacher training course and I’m working towards getting a job that I never thought possible a few years ago.

Life definitely has its crappy bits but I have so many good things going on and I can’t let go of that. And birthdays are the perfect time to really celebrate that.

I’m now beginning chapter 37 of my story and I think it’s shaping up to be quite the story. I’d definitely buy a copy if Waterstones decided to stock it.

Much Love

Rachel xx

i’ve been on wordpress for a whole year

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I just got a little notification from WordPress to say that it is one year since I set up this blog. I can’t believe that a whole year has passed and how much has changed.

I thought that this blog was going to be a bit of a self help manual, but then I realised that I don’t know how to look after myself, so I couldn’t really expect people to listen to my advice.

Slowly, it was poetry and words that came to the forefront and now I just like to write what is on my heart that day. There is always something that is there and I hope that it resonates with somebody who reads it.

I think that is the important thing about writing; you don’t need to be hugely successful, you just need to touch the heart of one person. We are all so wrapped up in trying to be rich and famous and I think that we should stop chasing that. It’s not good for our mental health and it just eats us up inside.

It’s far better to just write for fun and really value the knowledge that you have made a difference in someone’s day. I hope that I’ve given you something worthwhile to think about at some point over my year and I hope that I can continue to do so.

Much Love

Rachel xx