I am absolutely loving this time of year. We are getting the odd sunny day and life seems full of hope…
A couple of my friends have recently got engaged and are arranging their weddings. I always find that talking about their plans brings back great memories for me and gets me thinking about why we got married. It also reminds me how much I love being together. Sometimes the daily niggles that living together brings can take the gloss off your relationship. To be reminded of the start of your relationship recreates that feeling of excitement and anticipation that comes with the plan to spend the rest of your lives together. A burst of new inspiration in your relationship can make all the difference to how you get on and how happy you are. As spring is in the air try something new together. It could be a day out, it could be a holiday, it could be buying a bunch of flowers,it might be growing them together! Anything that recreates that feeling of romance and of being in love is great for our happiness. Just that extra bit of thought for those who we take for granted can really strengthen our relationships.
I am also noticing that the gardeners are all getting into their stride, digging, planting, watering. So quickly the results are starting to show. Martyn has our window sills covered in new seedlings and is amazing to see he difference that a few days can make. My Mum is hard at work in the green house. Putting vegetables in to get started is really exciting, it is so inspiring to think that in a few months we will have food to last us well into next winter. Onions are great in this respect, they seem to keep for ages if you store them somewhere dry. Growing your own vegetables means that you have an abundance of healthy options when it comes to dinner time. One of my favourite garden based quick meals is onions, garlic, grated courgettes and tomatoes cooked and seasoned and served on a bed of rice or noodles. I remember when we got back from our summer holiday last year making this for lunch on the day we arrived back and it felt really great to be able to make such a healthy meal without needing to go shopping. So get growing and it could make the difference to your diet that gets you feeling in great shape. Getting healthy food on the table seems to become even more important when there are littles ones to feed.
Yesterday I went to see two of my oldest and besets friends with their newborn babies. They are sisters and had their babies, Freddie and Grace, just 10 days apart. I was lucky enough to be left holding baby Freddie for 20 minutes whilst his mum popped to get her oldest, Jack, from nursery. John had gone back to work following paternity leave and a girlie tea drinking session was just what was needed.
Holding a new born really brought back memories of Noah being that small. It amazes me how quickly things change with children. Noah is now holding full on conversations and he is running around full of ideas and excitement. It really brought home to me how important it is to cherish every moment in life. Before I know it Noah will be grown up and leaving home. I am so pleased to have found mindfulness so early into his life because it means I am loving every minute with him and I am not spending my time worrying about the future.
Getting into Mindfulness can enrich our lives in every way. When we are aware of our emotions we experience every moment to the full, never missing out on a happy moment. When we enjoy indulging in delicious and healthy food we feel great and everything seems better. When we cherish what we have through friendship and thorough our our relationships we really do have happier lives. So today have a go at this. Write down three things that you love and spend a few minutes reflecting on each of them and why you love them. You will find your self smiling and happier just from doing this once. The more you do it the more you will notice every moment as it happens. Somehow the act of writing it down keeps you in the moment, focussed on what you are doing and it keeps your attention where you want it to be – appreciating you life.