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I’m grateful 5/52

After a pretty hellish week at the coal face of parenting very small children, I suddenly arrive at Sunday and feel utterly at peace with my lot. Probably something to do with the fact that Sunday is our Saturday due to my husband’s work, so this is the start of our weekend. Plus, I got to go out and have my Me Time – a Metaqua class followed by an Ethiopian curry at the market followed by a proper coffee and a short stroll around the mall…all ALONE, gloriously alone 🙂

I’m grateful for my chunk of Me Time. Keeps me from descent into complete FT SAHM lunacy – today I shall just peer at it from afar.

I’m grateful that I get to live in a small town with a big cultural mix. Ethiopian curry at the market followed by coffee picked up at the new European-style deli/cafe today. I can have the best Thai food I’ve ever had outside of Thailand anytime, too. Oh and Vietnamese spring rolls. Indian butter chicken. German bratwurst. This is not a big place by most people’s standards, I think the population including outlying areas is only about 70,000. No Starbucks, no Myers etc. (thankfully!) Small enough that I can have a chat with the Ethiopian lady that made my curry, and bump into a friend while I’m eating it; small enough to have a good talk about cheese with the deli owner’s daughter and to know that every time I go into town chances are I’ll run into someone I know. But still with so very much to offer besides!

I’m grateful that my body is healthy and getting stronger by the day. I walked over 130k in January and I’m aiming for 150k in February. I’m grateful that I have legs that work, unsightly with thread veins though they are! I’d go bonkers if I didn’t exercise. I need the time out and the endorphins! I’m grateful that my husband supports me practically in my efforts to feel empowered and strong via daily exercise.

I’m grateful for my smartphone. I recently discovered the joys of Endomondo via a girlfriend and a group of us mums are doing monthly walking challenges. So motivating and also a lot of fun!

I am grateful for my lovely group of mummy friends and the way we support each other in our efforts to get and stay fit and healthy, and to bring up fit and healthy children.

I’m grateful for the many fabulous connections I’m making in the online world via blogging and Facebook pages. I am learning so much about health, happiness, motherhood, womanhood, possibilties, other worlds, other people’s experiences…

Today is a bloody good day. I’m grateful for that. And it’s not over yet!

I’m linking in with 52 Weeks of Grateful hosted by Maxabella


Mushrooms on toast, mindfully

Monday mornings are my time out, when my husband takes Miss M to swim school and I go into town and do a little shopping for things that are not groceries, visit the library when it’s not Storytime, and have a coffee alone, alone in the sunshine instead of at the playcentre. As a stay at home mum, I adore – and need – my Monday mornings!! It was also my intention to make some time to meditate today, but I was side-tracked by a pavement cafe special – hot drink and locally grown mushrooms on toast, $10. It was absolutely delicious and I consider the whole experience, which included a pot of green tea and a home-baked Anzac biscuit, to have been just as good for this very pregnant mama’s soul as meditating would have been. Certainly I mindfully savoured every morsel!

Today I also want to post another of Kirri White‘s fab Facebook shares. I came across this one yesterday and it really resonated with me. I don’t think I realised it was true for me on a personal level until I read it, and found that it actually made me feel quite emotional. I had a good long dark decade in my 20s and I think that it is only now in my late 30s that I can really reflect on and properly understand that what happened back then has made me what I am today, and that I am ok with that. I can now stand up and say this is who I am, warts and all, without shame or fear. It’s a great feeling.

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