Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #70 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness…

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

 Its Time for a dose of happiness in HighlightsofHappy 70 Blog Linky Because Lifes for the Good Stuff

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


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…so what’s been making ME happy?

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What does friendship mean to you?

Friendship What Does It Mean To You

What does friendship mean to you?

Is it fake or ‘phoney’?  Does it mean interacting in your home through a screen, digitally or in your home over a cuppa with an actual real-life  (RL) person?

Nowadays, for me it means digital interaction.  And you know what?  I readily admit that.

Friendship What Does It Mean To You

Virtual or real-life?

First up, I’m a blogger and that brings with it an obsessive amount of interaction with other bloggers who turn into virtual friends (having not yet met them in RL, they remain virtual friends).  I interact with these friends daily; liking, commenting, sharing wins and woes, offering advice, support and sometimes, just by ‘being there’.  Isn’t that what a RL friendship is too?

Inevitably, I think, my friendship circle has changed over the years, particularly post-child.  It’s natural that friendships change when you have children and families.

And employment has changed too.  Again, friendships fell by the wayside and things change over time.  Yet I’m friends with a lot of these RL people still.  I’ve got their numbers and sometimes I do send a random text or (shock horror!) even call them!  Yes, really!

I know there are a couple of RL friends who would drop anything and I for them.

That’s friendship

To me, it doesn’t matter how you formed that friendship or how you interact.  That doesn’t matter in friendship.

And what’s just as important is that as I’ve grown up, I’ve broken free from ‘bad’ friendships.  The ones that give me a  bad vibe, that almost give me a bad taste.  I decided a while back that I didn’t want those ‘toxic’ friends in my life.  So I just meandered away and lost contact.  And I feel better for it.

Honesty not pretence

There will be some who don’t ‘get’ my vibe.  And that’s okay.  We’re all different.  I don’t take offence.  In fact, it’s a relief not to ‘have’ to pretend!  Friendships are made from honesty, not pretence, after all.

I asked some other bloggers for their thoughts on friendship and here are their thoughts:

Jemma Wilson  mayflowerblogs.com

I have recently walked away from a 7 year friendship. I hadn’t realised how toxic it was until I looked back and discussed things that had happened or been said with other friends and family. 
I realised how much negativity that friend had brought to my life and how awful she made me feel.  I have no room for negativity in my life now.

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Cheryl Dodd mummyof5miracles.com

I’ve recently stopped a few ‘close’ friendships as they were all about me listening to them and their problems and when I really needed someone there was no-one there 

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Emma Chaplin  ourfairytaleadventure.com

Over time I’ve grown and drifted apart from people, but I think that is just life. Now I’m a mum I have made a great group of mum friends who are incredibly supportive. I have made a few friends through blogging, but I’ve met all of them in person and meet up for dinner during the blogging conference season. I find it hard to class someone as a ‘friend’ if I haven’t actually met them in person.

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Lauren Porter sophiesnursery.com

I think my favourite quote is “a friend loves you all the time” – we all have flaws & all go through bad times in our lives, its the ones that stick by you that are true friends.

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Emma Reed  emmareed.net

I’ve had to leave friendships behind because once someone betrays me that’s it for me. I find it hard to forget and my brain will torture me thinking they could hurt me again. Having said that I have just got back into contact with two friends from school who I had drifted from and it’s been so nice to be back around people I like and I know I can trust. I think with real friends it doesn’t matter how long it has been you can always just pick up where you left off and it comes naturally

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Laura Light savingsforsavvymums.co.uk

I have more online friends than real ones. I speak to my online friends everyday, share what’s happening with them, even though I’ve never met them. I like my real friends (obviously) but I struggle to contact to people in real life. I find online a lot easier!! 

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Charlie Beswick  ouralteredlife.com

As I’ve got older I’ve realised that the old saying ‘quality not quantity’ is true. When I was younger it was all about having a ‘group’ around me and feeling part of something but as I’ve got older and more self-assured, I’ve realised that I actually just need those few friends who have been with me through the good, bad and ugly. I have walked away from friendships that used and drained me but I’m grateful for them all as they just help you see the type of friends you want and more importantly, the kind of friend YOU want to be. 

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Jo Isherwood cupoftoast.co.uk

I can go hours or weeks between contact with my friends but when we are together or pick up the phone to talk it feels as though it has only ever been minutes. To me, that’s a sign of a true and long lasting relationship.

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Sinead Latham  sineadlatham.com

I’m not really a massive fan of people in general, but the friends I have are awesome. We don’t hang out all the time, but we are all ok with that.

I also have an awesome bunch of online ladies who have really helped me and my confidence as it took a bit of a beating when I first became a mum and I felt I couldn’t talk to anyone Face to face about it. 

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Samantha Rickelton  northeastfamilyfun.co.uk

As I’ve grown older I’ve said goodbye to a few toxic friends. It feels sad at the time (and still does now) but really, these types of friendships don’t benefit anyone. 

I’ve made lots of online friends through the year – it’s an easy way to make friends with like-minded people when you’re at home with the kids and can’t always get out. Many of my online friendships have transferred over to real life now and as well as chatting every day online, we regularly meet up 

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Lisa Valentine  thatbritishbetty.com

Last year, aged 33, I walked away from a friendship that began in 1996. It was always critical and if I’m honest, simply convenient but we took different paths. I’m a little bohemian and she was very traditional. We had different views on politics, parenting and relationships. I stopped texting, arranging to meet for a monthly coffee and it naturally deteriorated. Not bitter or nasty, just outgrew each other. I have other friends who I don’t see for six months yet we catch up like we’ve never been apart. I think you change so much as you get older that your social circles also adapt.

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #40 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

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Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

Highlightsofhappy Virtuallyallsorts Blog Linky Positive Thinking Gratitude Focus Happy Happiness Highlights Of Happy 40 Interaction Family Friends

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

 It’s a week that I’ve definitely had to look in my little notebook because it seems to have passed by in a bit of a blur!  It’s so lovely to have a long bank holiday weekend but I’ve no idea what day it is!  But yes, I’m grateful for a long weekend!
The weekend included time with family.  There’s nothing quite like enjoying yummy, home cooked food and watching your daughter spend time with her cousins.  Double win!

and this…

For discovering that our daughter’s friend didn’t like what I had planned for tea when I picked them up from school…  I thought I’d checked but must have misheard.  Freezer to the rescue because I’d gone to pick them up from school with no purse and couldn’t pop to the shop on the way home!  And thank goodness for fish fingers.  The other option was burgers, so I was quite surprised that her friend doesn’t like them and grateful that the burgers were cook from frozen and weren’t defrosted already!

Seeing our daughter interact with various friends she has over to play after school and in the holidays is really interesting.  They’re all lovely friends and all have different personalities and our girl tends to interact slightly differently with them all but is always herself – as far as growing up and learning socially as a 7 year old can allow you to be.  I’m grateful that she has lots of lovely friends.  Perhaps they’ll all be at secondary school together.  Time will tell!

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So that’s my happy and my happy word is ‘interaction’ because there’s been a lot of interaction this week due to that long weekend, seeing family and friends.  Perfect word!

How about you?  I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Go on, share your happy with me!

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“The Friendship Journey” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

The Friendship Journey ~ a poem

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Moving house with a child is no easy thing to do,

A new bedroom, new school and new friends too,

A time of stress, anxiety, a logistical nightmare,

Emotions are tender, how will they fare?

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You get it all sorted, a school place is yours,

A settling in session, opening of new doors;

Metaphorically, literally, it’s a critical time,

Reassured by people, “she’ll be just fine…”

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It’s exciting, it’s scary for her and for us,

We try to hide our unease with a ‘positive’ fuss,

Goodbyes are said to old school friends, her mates,

A new chapter is coming, new friendships await…

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Then new names come up in our daily chat,

“So and so said this, so and so said that,

Soon can they come after school and for tea?

They can play with my toys, they can colour with me.”

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Of course the answer is, “yes, yes and yes!”

As long as she’s happy I can cope with the mess!

It’s lovely to see, a relief beyond doubt,

To see our girl happy, see new friendships carved out.

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What’s more, it’s so nice she doesn’t care one bit

If her friend’s from Eastern Europe or if they’re a Brit!

All she wants is to play, to share jokes, to have fun,

As far as she sees it, they’re like her, we’re all ‘one’…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: As our little girl is cementing new friendships after a house move and subsequent new school, it’s intriguing and refreshing that background really doesn’t matter, as long as she ‘clicks’ with them…

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Last week went very much like Bjork’s ‘It’s Oh So Quiet!’.  Not to be taken literally – the irony is in the title because anyone who knows the song (who doesn’t?!) will be familiar with Bjork’s screams!  That’s how my week went from 12pm on Monday when I started work!! 

For the rest of the week I have been working on my next book which is about avoiding working mum guilt.  The publishing date is in my diary and I’m working on the basis of ‘little and often’.  Probably the most clichéd part of last week’s ‘playlist’ is ‘Reach for the Stars’ by S Club 7 which is the motto of my future book empire Virtually All Sorts.

‘Thank you for the Music’ by Abba is next on last week’s playlist purely for the fact that I could never go a day without listening to music and it creates so many memories.  It’s been a blissfully relaxing weekend.  One where hubby wasn’t working.  We all needed to relax after a week that has been anything but ‘oh so quiet’ and what better song to hear played on Mother’s Day than ‘Mama’ by The Spice Girls?  Even better that we didn’t wake up until 9 am!  Our little-big bear happily dozed until then too.  Result!!  I can’t remember the last time I slept until 9 am…

Last on the playlist is the song in Jungle Book, ‘We’re Your Friends’, not only because it’s our little-big bear’s favourite film of the moment (for the last 2 months!) but also because a good chat with friends always brightens up my week!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

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Last week went very much like Bjork’s ‘It’s Oh So Quiet!’.  Not to be taken literally – the irony is in the title because anyone who knows the song (who doesn’t?!) will be familiar with Bjork’s screams!  That’s how my week went from 12pm on Monday when I started work!! 

For the rest of the week I have been working on my next book which is about avoiding working mum guilt.  The publishing date is in my diary and I’m working on the basis of ‘little and often’.  Probably the most clichéd part of last week’s ‘playlist’ is ‘Reach for the Stars’ by S Club 7 which is the motto of my future book empire Virtually All Sorts.

‘Thank you for the Music’ by Abba is next on last week’s playlist purely for the fact that I could never go a day without listening to music and it creates so many memories.  It’s been a blissfully relaxing weekend.  One where hubby wasn’t working.  We all needed to relax after a week that has been anything but ‘oh so quiet’ and what better song to hear played on Mother’s Day than ‘Mama’ by The Spice Girls?  Even better that we didn’t wake up until 9 am!  Our little-big bear happily dozed until then too.  Result!!  I can’t remember the last time I slept until 9 am…

Last on the playlist is the song in Jungle Book, ‘We’re Your Friends’, not only because it’s our little-big bear’s favourite film of the moment (for the last 2 months!) but also because a good chat with friends always brightens up my week!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

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Last week went very much like Bjork’s ‘It’s Oh So Quiet!’.  Not to be taken literally – the irony is in the title because anyone who knows the song (who doesn’t?!) will be familiar with Bjork’s screams!  That’s how my week went from 12pm on Monday when I started work!! 

For the rest of the week I have been working on my next book which is about avoiding working mum guilt.  The publishing date is in my diary and I’m working on the basis of ‘little and often’.  Probably the most clichéd part of last week’s ‘playlist’ is ‘Reach for the Stars’ by S Club 7 which is the motto of my future book empire Virtually All Sorts.

‘Thank you for the Music’ by Abba is next on last week’s playlist purely for the fact that I could never go a day without listening to music and it creates so many memories.  It’s been a blissfully relaxing weekend.  One where hubby wasn’t working.  We all needed to relax after a week that has been anything but ‘oh so quiet’ and what better song to hear played on Mother’s Day than ‘Mama’ by The Spice Girls?  Even better that we didn’t wake up until 9 am!  Our little-big bear happily dozed until then too.  Result!!  I can’t remember the last time I slept until 9 am…

Last on the playlist is the song in Jungle Book, ‘We’re Your Friends’, not only because it’s our little-big bear’s favourite film of the moment (for the last 2 months!) but also because a good chat with friends always brightens up my week!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

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