Category Archives: Gratitude

It’s nightlife, but not as you know it

When I did the night shifts at Samaritans, it used to take me days to get back into to a good routine.

When I get disturbed at night now, I’m useless the next day!

It got me wondering how on earth did I manage with a baby and a toddler?!?! Those nights when one was sick and the other would wake. Or just get used to having a baby in the first place needing a feed every 5 mins (felt like it anyway!)

This is something we don’t seem to appreciate as new mums, as partners, as families or as a society to some extent.

We’re still expected to carry on as normal and do ALL that we did before, forgetting that simply having a baby is much more, perhaps more than everything we’d done before.

Working 24/7, non stop, very few breaks, hardly having time to even have a hot shower, hot meal or even a hot drink. And going to the loo in peace becomes a distant memory.

So you lovely mums, please don’t forget that even though it feels you’re not doing much, not managing all those tasks that were part of your unthinking routine, you ARE doing LOADS!

You’re learning a new job, a new routine, juggling new dynamics with conflicting advice, judgements and self doubt.

And looking back now with my babies 18 and 16 I find myself remembering those silent nights feeding them, when it was just us, when those heart melting smiles when they were happy to see me, when I felt pure love and gratitude.

So whatever you’re going through now, it will not last. And, luckily all those nights when we were both crying, when I felt lost and alone, like a failure, frustrated and angry…and those negative feelings seem to be dissolving, leaving snippets of beautiful memories.

You’re doing great and are just where you need to be, in THIS MOMENT in time. <3

Thank you for all the work you are doing xx

Gifts from the Universe

I was stopped short the other night when I looked out my window.

The light was simply magical and I found myself mesmerized. The only camera I had on me was my phone, it was better than nothing.

I clicked away and tried to capture what I was seeing. I always find when things seem to be difficult, when my to do list is far too long, when I can’t seem to find peace, nature comes to the rescue.

I feel like I’m being given a message from the universe,

‘It’s ok, look around you, there is so much beauty, so much to be grateful for.
‘Here, this moment, this scene is just for you. Thank you for being you and trying your best’

So, in my act of capturing the beautiful sunset, this photo is just for you.

Thank you for being you, thank you for trying your best and being
such a wonderful human being.

All my love

Jessy

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Gratitude

Moving on nicely from mindfulness comes gratitude. Again, another super simple practice but ever so powerful.

I personally find when I am fully present, my heart becomes more expansive and I feel full of appreciation of how lucky I am. I feel grateful and this brings such a peaceful happiness.

Sometimes when we are in a dark or very negative place, simply looking around and saying, “Thank you for…..” helps. In the western, modern world, we are conditioned to want more and want the next thing. This practice helps bring our awareness to a new level where we realise what and who we actually have in our lives. This can bring about such a fullness and satisfaction that one day you might just feel like you have and you are enough.