One of my intentions for 2016 is to read more, in fact at least two books a month. This is in part to do with the fact I need to read more to improve my writing, but also because I love reading but sometimes struggle to find the time to actually sit down and read a book not a blog post.
Moving by Jenny Eclair
If you’d like to join in, pop over to Lara’s site to find out more.
I have decide to take a break from this blog and have started a new blogging journey over on Slowly Lived.
I’d love for you to join me over there as I find my true voice away from all the pressures of blogging nowadays. No stats watching, writing what I want to write and being true to myself.
For this reason I have blogged my Word for 2016 over there. Pop over to find out.
It just doesn’t feel like a Sunday, does it? The days of the week always get a bit muddled at this time of the year, but as it’s Sunday, its time for my round up of time out reads.
Once you were able to see across the valley, all the way to the sea, from the attic room. The light in here made it the perfect place to write, sew and draw. Many hours were spent up here in solitude, a little place away from the hustle and bustle of family life, a place to contemplate and create.
Now it’s just a room for storing toys, empty boxes and lost memories. You only come up the wooden stairs when you’re looking for something or to discard more memories that no longer fit into your life.
The room has changed, time has changed it. Rather than replacing the coloured glass that created rainbows on the wooden floor during the afternoon, or the crystal clear view of cargo ships and ocean liners through the lower pains, they decided to brick it up.
A simple solution that changed so much.
No more works of art created, just stored and forgotten. The only words in here are those of years ago, written on curled, yellow paper and dog-eared notebooks.
You only pass through here from time to time.
Today, the first time in so long, you spent more than 5 minutes up here, turning on the light and looking at what it has become. I thought you had remembered the window, maybe you did, yet the reason for your presence was to prepare for another change.
You and the family emptied the room, retrieved long lost possessions and memories, ready for the next part of your journey, your new home.
Following on from my post last week I have made my decision on the word I am going to focus on in 2015. Authentic was the word for 2014 and this word really was at the heart of everything I did last year and I will make sure that this years word will be too.
Here it is, my word for 2015:
I want to create so much in 2015; a better home, better health and more opportunities. This will take a lot of hard work on my part but it will so be worth it. I also want to be more creative through cooking from scratch to making bits for the home.
I also want to document our lives more, I have hundreds of photo’s tucked away in boxes, draws and on memory units that we never look at so this year I am going to start using them to create memory books, I’ve already brought my first Smash book and I’m hoping to share more of this adventure on here.
Journaling has now become an everyday part of my life thanks to university so I want to start sharing this more and getting more creative in the way I do this. I have really found it helpful to get my creativity going and find more things to write about!
The final way I want to embrace the Create word for 2015 is I really want to start and do more YouTube videos. I sit and watch all you others out there embracing this medium and wish I could and I have finally sat back and thought, ‘What is stopping me?’ and the only answer is ME! So watch out, there will be a mix of videos and written posts from now on on here”
Happy New Year!!!!
With winter just around the corner, dodging the dreaded cold and flu bug becomes part of our everyday lives but there are some easy ways to help boost your immune system.
Everyone knows that vitamin C is a great way to fights colds and flu but did you know why? It is because it helps the production of white blood cells and antibodies which fight the infection. Adding more fruit to your diet which is high in Vitamin C is a great way to boost your immunity or alternatively you could take a supplement.
In Japan, people gargle with water three times a day and a study found that people who gargle daily had 36% fewer colds than those that didn’t. It is thought that this helps to clear the mucus and viruses from the back of the throat.
Like Vitamin C, Echinacea helps to boost the production of white blood cells but also has anti-fungal and antibiotic properties and helps to soothe inflammation. For it to be really effective you need to start taking it eight weeks before the cold season begins but if used for long periods, it can lose its effectiveness.
This is a great immune booster, which is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Most effect when eaten raw, the part that actually fights infection in the allican compound , which gives the garlic its strong smell. Grate it into soups or rub it on toast or take a supplement if you don’t like the taste.
Raw honey is the ultimate super-food and Manuka honey is particularly powerful in helping boost your immunity. A great way to have your daily dose of honey s to add it to a pot of natural yogurt, especially yogurt that have ‘live’ or ‘active’ cultures as they themselves are immune boosters.
What do you do to fight off the dreaded colds and flu?