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CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 15…What is a life lesson you feel everyone can benefit from learning?

Day 15 of #bloganuary…What is a life lesson you feel everyone can benefit from learning?

Jeez at my age I can think of many life lessons I have learnt over the years…However I think back now and realise that kindness and belief in one’s self is probably the best lesson you can learn and the rest will take care of its self…

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”
― Maya Angelou

Thank you for reading…I hope you dance especially in the rain x

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 14…Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

Day 14 of #bloganuary…Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

I have faced and overcome many challenges in my life and this quote always sticks in my mind…

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Choices, circumstances, call it what you may….. sometimes we have to just be brave, go with the flow, listen to our hearts, be a little selfish…..yes why not…… years ago and I mean years ago I wanted to study Law…..I got these looks, comments…why Carol? you have a good job, you have a family why…all these puzzled looks…..why? for me, because I wanted to……so I enrolled…… time to study!

” Mum, Can I? Mum, can you? it didn’t stop…

Enter my friend Gilly…….My neighbour, confidant, shoulder to cry on, my independent career driven friend who had no children of her own…and my kids were her kids…..for sleepovers, cooking, storytelling and she had plenty of those…..

In she came…..like a stern maiden aunt…..even, I was a tad afraid…..” Now listen to me kids; your mum was herself before she was your mum…….when she is studying…because she wants to…YOU….do not disturb her…anything you want you are to ask before or wait until after she has finished studying ”

To me, she said ” you shut the door and you study, you do not answer any knocks, pleadings, wants ”

” Yes Ma’am ”

I miss you Gilly……. so much but your spirit is with me and your pictures ( the painting), The hot air balloons going up, up and away over Weston, my ” Crazy Dancing Cow ”

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She stands proudly on my desk…yes she came with me……..you are in my heart, you are my inspiration and we all have so many memories of fun times shared R.I.P, my friend,.

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So in I go,  sat down..books open, pen at the ready….” Knock, Knock, mum?”

From me…nada..no response…..it got a bit louder…..then went away……came back and tried again…..but after a few days of this ….they got the message…I got peace and quiet to study…….yeah…so I suppose what I have learned through life is we all love our kids, we want to do our best for them but a doormat we ain’t and we all need our me time and everyone is happier for this and do you know?

35 plus years later.

When one of your children tells you that you are why they are what they are today and they are proud of  YOU ……….you know you have done something right among all the things you got wrong…and no one is perfect..not me, not you..no one……….

So good luck with the choices you make..don’t beat yourself up if they don’t turn out quite as you wanted but a little bit of self-belief goes a long way…you tried….. every day is a new day.

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

 

 

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 13…What does your ideal day look like?

Day 13 of #bloganuary…What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day can mean many things to me…firstly it is weather dependant…

I love the sun but I also love the rain …I love a good thunderstorm where angry black clouds are chasing each other across the skies, where the lightning lights up the whole sky, where the thunder is so loud that it makes you jump and if there is a rainbow then that’s a bonus…

It goes without saying that if I wake up and feel fine …every day like that is a bonus as our years advance…I love listening to the dawn chorus that helps make my ideal day…nature is a great leveller and just watching the squirrels as they dance outside my window always makes me smile…

Nature and people with smiling faces play a big part in my ideal day…to sit and read is another part of my ideal day…or just to sit and be…

An ideal day can just be an ordinary day…where the birds sing and the Squirrels frolic but all is at peace with the world….

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about ” What does your ideal day look like?”

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 12…What emoji(s) do you like to use?

Day 12 of #bloganuary…What emoji(s) do you like to use?

Me...I use many emoji’s…mainly the smiley face when I answer a comment on my blog…when on social media it depends …could be one of the many coloured hearts, flowers, the sad face…the really laughing out of your belly face…and a plethora of the other symbols….far too many to mention..they brighten up a post..does that make me lazy and use fewer words…No! they are an extension of my words…

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about ” What emoji(s) do you like to use?”

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 10…What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

Day 10 of #bloganuary…What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

I’m grateful that I woke up to another day ( a bonus) at my age a day that was also bright and sunny…

I am grateful that I didn’t run out of eggs… I had just enough for when I made the boys bacon and egg sandwiches this morning…

I am grateful that I have managed to schedule two blog posts so far today and that I didn’t manage to inadvertently click the publish button like I did one-day last week..when the post was incomplete…Doh!

I am grateful that it isn’t my turn to cook dinner tonight…

Finally, I am grateful that my Chinese Kale is growing nicely and should be ready to pick in a few days the little flowers just started opening this morning…

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

 

 

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 9…What do people incorrectly assume about you?

Day 9 of #bloganuary…What do people incorrectly assume about you?

What do people incorrectly assume about you?… I started this challenge not knowing what the prompts were going to be but imaging them to be different than they are…in so much that maybe I wouldn’t have to think so hard…How wrong was I ?

What do people assume about me..What I think I want them to …They think that when I write it’s conversational, friendly to the point so they think that I know what I am talking about and that I know what I am talking about as I always say I love researching…

How many bloggers don’t show their true selves but project what they wish to be or what they want others to think are…?

That’s not true with me I say what I think but also believe what I say…but underneath I am not the confident persona I display…especially when I have personal issues…