The great thing about gratitude

I recently read a book that really resonated with me.  During the Christmas break, I had decided that I would take some time out for me and my family.  I decided that I would re-read a book that would help me to focus on what I wanted to achieve, and this in turn brought into question what I actually did want to achieve.

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At the risk of sounding like a total cliché (there’s no getting away from it – we have a good and proper old-fashioned cliché here!), I realised that I wanted to focus on what I already have, to remain focussed on what I already have and on the more naff days that everyone has, focus on what I’ve got to be grateful for in order to bring that vibration of gratitude right back to where I want it to be.

One of the best ways to do this, as recommended in the book 30 Law of Attraction Practical Exercises, is to write a Gratitude Journal every day.

Considering I re-read this book in December, I decided there and then to start applying this theory and didn’t want until new year to get stuck in.

Since the day that I first read the book, I’ve written in my gratitude journal most days. And I can honestly testify that it works.  If I’ve had a bit of a naff day, racking my brains for something to be grateful for does make me see the lighter, brighter, happier, even simpler side of life.  Heck, I even find myself making mental notes of ‘I can pop that in my gratitude journal later!’.

So yes, my gratitude journal is working for me, lifts my mood when needed and has become a good habit, which I’m very grateful for… And who doesn’t want some feel-good vibes?…

I often post an insta-story of what I’m grateful for each day too and have found that a lot of people watch my stories, perhaps inspiring them to do the same.

What about you?  What do you do regularly to lift your mood and focus on being grateful?  I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂 

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Need a reason to be a writer? Read this!

As a writer, nothing quite compares to ‘getting in the flow’ and just writing.

Sounds obvious? Well, maybe.

I mean, there are different forms of writing aren’t there? Novels and novellas, short stories, poetry, limericks and even writing in a journal.

They’re all expressing yourself through writing, even a gratitude journal which is a great form of (cheap!) therapy by the way!

For many people, including me, writing is a way to sort out my headspace, to sift through the million and one thoughts, ideas, concerns whirring through my mind.

Sometimes what translates from my head to paper/screen might be nonsense. But that’s okay. Because it’s my nonsense!

It’s like my writing tool is my chance to defrag, just like a computer.

As a rule, I prefer to write, actually write with a pen. Sometimes a pencil. Rarely do I sit and type.

On my blog you won’t find much raw material. It’s usually been edited, polished, fine-tuned. Why? Because that’s my perfectionist side. For me, the writing has to flow by using punctuation and the correct rhythm for the stanzas for a poem. I really should be a proofreader because it takes a few criticial eyes over my work before I’m ready to publish.

So, why do I write?

For me…

For my readers…

For my never-resting creative brain!…

I hope you enjoy my writing here on my blog.

Now, over to you!

What do you like to write?

Comment below and/or tweet me @AllSortsHere Thanks!

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Prose for Thought blog linky ~ 27th July 2017

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A very warm welcome to Prose for Thought.  I’m really pleased to be hosting this linky for Victoria Welton for the month of July.  Those of you who follow Vicky on social media will already know that congratulations are due for Vicky and her lovely family!  Baby Rex has made his gorgeous appearance into the world and I’m so happy for Vicky, Ross and Grace.  Welcome, little Rex!

So, let’s link up!..

If you have written a piece of original poetry, prose or fiction and would like to share it, then please link up below. The link is open until 9.30pm on Monday 7th August. I will read every single post linked up and share them across my various social media. Please also share your poem and use the #Prose4T hashtag. If you include me in your tweet, I will retweet ~ @AllSortsHere. Please also use the badge below if you are linking up – it helps to publicise Vicky’s linky to others.

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Prose for Thought blog linky ~ 13th July 2017

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A very warm welcome to Prose for Thought.  I’m really pleased to be hosting this linky for Victoria Welton for the month of July.  Those of you who follow Vicky on social media will already know that congratulations are due for Vicky and her lovely family!  Baby Rex has made his gorgeous appearance into the world and I’m so happy for Vicky, Ross and Grace.  Welcome, little Rex!

So, let’s link up!..

If you have written a piece of original poetry, prose or fiction and would like to share it, then please link up below. The link is open until 9.30pm on Monday 24th July. I will read every single post linked up and share them across my various social media. Please also share your poem and use the #Prose4T hashtag. If you include me in your tweet, I will retweet ~ @AllSortsHere. Please also use the badge below if you are linking up – it helps to publicise Vicky’s linky to others.  (The next linky will be open on Thursday 27th July.)

 

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Poem for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ The Thing About Music

Poem for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ The Thing About Music

 Poem for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ The Thing About Music

 The Thing About Music

 

When you hear the start of your favourite track,

Have you noticed what happens, that it takes you back…?

Back to a time, be it good or bad,

Your emotions will remind you, happy or sad…

 

That’s the thing about music, whether dancy or not,

You can make your own playlist, with your own number 1 spot;

You don’t need a rock star or a disco ball,

Close your eyes and feel ‘that’; it’s universal, for all.

 

In the blink of an eye, you’re transported away

To a first date, or a dance, or a holiday;

The rhythmn of music resonates far and wide,

Bringing people together, knocking down the divide…

 

A festival for the senses, the rhythm, the beat,

It moves you, it shakes you, you gotta move your feet!

As it vibrates through your body, your hips sway, your arms move,

Music’s all around us, let it in, feel your groove…

 

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

What’s the one track that brings back memories for you?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Poetry for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ When Their Eyes Sparkle Wide

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or #www for short because we can share a wonderful world of writing on the world wide web! 🙂

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When Their Eyes Sparkle Wide

 

When I looked through her school bag for homework and slips

I found an envelope inside, “To the parents of Miss…”

Absent-mindedly I thought, “It’s likely about SATS.”

As I skim-read, blah blah, wait, “I’m delighted that…”

 

Wait, what?  Slow down, the letter’s not what I thought,

The pride rushed right through me like a proud mummy’s ought;

I read it again, word by word, slowly this time,

Taking in each syllable, the wonder all mine…

 

There have been moments a-plenty in my days as a Mum

When my heart’s near burst open, and this moment is one;

Reading on some more, I called our daughter to look,

Slowly, precisely she read, “…poem published in a book!”

 

Our girl’s wonder, amazement, her eyes sparkling wide,

Her poem to be printed and read far and wide!

She’d penned a poem at school and handed it in,

Of 11,000 entries, the judges’ decision was ‘win’!

 

And it is a ‘win’ cos it’s amazing and believe it or not,

Her original, own poem is in the final ‘lot’;

She’s been chosen from thousands, she’s our little star

Our creative, wonderful daughter, see her talent go far…

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

What’s your happiest memory of opening your child’s bag?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Ready to bloom again? ~ #FlashFiction

Ready to Bloom Again? ~ #FlashFiction Fiction Inspired by The Rose Inside The Glass dome In Beauty And The Beast

Ready to bloom again?

Ready to Bloom Again? ~ #FlashFiction Fiction Inspired by The Rose Inside The Glass dome In Beauty And The Beast

It was a tale as old as time.  A tale that was stuck in a bubble of time.

Time was standing still but the rose petals fell.

Each time a petal fell, Belle got older and with each petal that fell, a bud appeared in its place, ready to bloom again.  And so it went on, this tale as old as time.

And did Belle retain her youthful looks and beauty, like all good fairytales should?

Well, yes and no.  Inside, she was ageing, like a withered rose.  Outside not a wrinkle appeared.

Eternal youth was not blooming all over this beauty.

But what would happen to the rose petals when the body gave up?  Would it continue to bloom?  Or would it recognise that beauty of knowing when to also give up and stand still in time?

Time would tell.

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By Carol Cameleon 2017 ©

Inspired by the rose inside the glass dome in Beauty and the Beast.

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Poetry for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ A Poem About Pet Loss

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 Poetry A Poem About Pet Loss Wonderful World Of Writing Blog Linky

A Poem About Pet Loss

 

Pets can be so different,

And their owners too;

Different personalities

That come shining through…

 

When they’re no longer there

And only memories remain

We look back fondly at their quirks

Wishing to see them again.

 

Rosie was our pet, our cat

Much joy she brought us too,

I remember when we bought her home

It was so exciting and new…

 

She fitted in the carrier with another kitten,

Skitting here and there,

She was so funny

Yes we were smitten…

 

She had a little nook, a box

Where she often lay,

She’d pop her head up out of the top,

She really made our day!

 

A typical cat, she’d often play

And chase her tail around,

The Queen of funny she really was

A cat or maybe a clown!

 

When you lose a pet, a void appears

a massive gap is left

Empty bowls and beds, less noise, less ‘them’

Leave you feeling quite bereft

 

At times like these I remember

All the funny times and more,

Those snuggles on the sofa,

Cat food all over the floor!

 

Rosie, we will miss you,

But we’re glad your now at rest,

Your cheeky character, exploring nature,

You really were the best!

xXx

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

What’s your happiest memory of your pet?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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‘Making room for her nearly 8 year old things’ ~ poem

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‘Making Room for her nearly 8 year old Things’

 

We often tell our daughter that she needs to de-clutter,

“To make room for more tat!”, I say with a mutter;

Her room needs a sort out with a fine tooth-comb,

For the old toys that now need a new home…

 

Instead of tidying, she’s often found playing,

Unearthing old toys that it seems are now staying,

“It’s a pre-school book, you no longer need,

It’s been in a box, chapter books you now read!”

 

Okay, she tells me, she’ll sort that box out,

So I leave her to playing, not sorting, no doubt;

But a little while later she presents a small pile,

Of nick-nacks that I’ve not seen for a while…

 

“I don’t need these now, they’re too young for me!

I’ve had them since I was around about three.”

‘Tis true and my heart, well it does a small flip,

Cos I know she’s growing up in a hop and skip!

 

Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses are all relegated

To the ‘not wanted’ stack, I feel somewhat deflated…

But you know what?  It’s all good and exciting,

The next step of our journey that it seems we’re alighting…

 

With makeup, with fashions, with disco lights,

With pop music, with dancing and slightly later nights,

All signs our little girl is little no more,

As she practices dance moves on the living floor.

 

We see her character growing and growing,

Moulding to where the wind takes her, it’s blowing!

Leaving her old toys, all stacked up in the wings

Making room for her nearly 8 year old things…

 

By Carol Cameleon 2017

How do you cope when your child decides they’re suddenly too old for the toys that, actually remind you of their earlier days? Does your heart skip a beat of excitement or is it bittersweet?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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This adventure they call parenthood ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

I try to include writing quite regularly on my blog and because my blog is about positive thinking, I wanted to explain in this post why my writing posts may not *always* follow suit…

Meanwhile, here are my thoughts on parenthood…

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This adventure they call parenthood

This adventure, this journey

They call ‘parenthood’,

Began with 2 lines on a test,

Mouths wide open we stood…

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…In disbelief, in awe,

In excitement, in glee,

A mummy and daddy to

a new life we would be.

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Tears and tantrums would come,

All this and much more,

That’s just me and hubby

Throwing ourselves on the floor…

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It’s a privileged position to nurture a baby,

To guide them, to love them,

Unconditionally,

No ‘maybe’.

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The best adventure you’ll have

Of that there’s no doubt.

There’s no love quite like it,

As we have found out…

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

What’s been the nicest adventure you’ve had in parenthood so far or what are you looking forward to?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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