Blessed & Happy

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet on the blog for the last 6 weeks. S and I just got back from the most amazing summer holiday. My cousins were getting married back to back and so the whole family decided to make a holiday of it. We flew to India and spent time in Mumbai, Pune and Goa. We then flew across to the Far East and spent time in Manila, Cebu and Hong Kong.

S got to bond with my four nieces and he had the girls wrapped around his little finger. This trip brought me to many realisations but the two most important are just how happy I am and how blessed I am to have the family and friends that I do. And secondly, how happy S is. The only thing a parent wants is to see a beaming smile on their child’s face and that’s all I see on him.

So now we’re back home and back to routine with a summer full of memories to cherish.

What are your summer plans?

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Do you have the time to be happy?

Over the weekend I noticed my cousin Jaya uploaded some pictures to instagram with the hashtag #100happydays and so I asked her what it was and she sent me this link: http://100happydays.com/

This is so my kind of thing. I am blessed with so much to be happy about but I find often times I need a reminder (don’t we all?) and so I decided to take part in this project. If the website is right, I’ll be even happier in 100 days 😉

As this project is quite a personal thing, I’m going to be using instagram as my mode of communication.

I’ll let you know how I’m feeling in 100 days folks!! 😉

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Jaya and I at her birthday last year 🙂

 

Happy New Year

To say 2013 has been a rollercoaster of a year is an understatement. In my 30 years, I think this one ranks as the most difficult year of my life. It has tested me and hurt me, pulled me apart and hung me out to dry…BUT it has also taught me so much I needed to learn. So here goes my list:

1. Gratitude – My gosh has this year taught me gratitude. For everything I have but more importantly for EVERYONE I have. I am truly blessed with a great family and amazing friends. Without whom I wouldn’t have gotten through this year. You guys know exactly who you are, thank you!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face 🙂

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2. Patience – All those mama’s out there will know, the transition from baby to toddler tests your patience beyond belief. That little dependent child who looks to you for their every need suddenly has their own desires and wants and boy do they want to exert their new found independence.

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3. Strength – As the famous song lyrics go: I get knocked down, but I get up again, ’cause you never gonna keep me down.” 2013 has shown me my inner strength, my strength as a woman and my strength as a mother.

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4. Love – No matter what life throws at you, we all have the capacity to love. My dad is a fan of Neale Donald Walsh and we used to have many of his sayings framed going up our staircase at home. One of them that stood out the most at the base of the stairs was “What would love do now?” and that’s a question I’ve asked myself many times this year. When faced with a situation that you don’t like or one that angers or upsets you, ask yourself “What would love do now?” And then react. Love is our greatest capacity.

5. Forgiveness – During our lives there will be people who love us, comfort us and treasure us. But there will also be people who hurt us, upset us and anger us. One of the greatest things we can do to those people (for our self) is to forgive them. Because when you forgive, you let go and stop holding on to all those negative emotions (which essentially only hurt you).

This year I’m not making any resolutions but I am going to do one thing and that is this:

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I’m also going to be taking part in 52/52, a portrait a week in 2014. So look out for some really cute pictures 😉

From my family to yours, wishing you an amazing start to the new year. May all your dreams be realised and all your wishes come true.

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