The best laid plans…

After sharing my virtual oops moment, I had an actual oops moment yesterday. I stumbled and smashed into the doorframe, spraining my ankle and possibly fracturing my hand, so my intended two blogs yesterday were only one. So I am one behind.

Having an accident wrecks one’s day. My lovely day off turned into a not so lovely day, with a trip to A and E. But I am grateful nothing was broken and I am grateful that I haven’t got Covid. I am grateful for so much in these uncertain, unstable times.

My plan to write a daily blog every day has hit a bit of a bump or rather blockade in the road. But I will write enough blogs to cover every day (one behind). Sometimes life (and blogging) doesn’t work out how we hoped or imagined. And that is okay. Because my friends, there is always Plan B.

Today’s recipe of hope is to consider your Plan B. Not all of us get Plan A, in fact I have never known what that feels like. My life is more a series of plan Z’s to be honest.

May we all know the joy of venturing forth on a different adventure from that we had hoped for and learn that truly life is full of wonderful, invigorating surprises X

Oops

Yesterday I was lying in bed reflecting on my day and I remembered I had not written my blog. So firstly my sincerest apologies because I committed to writing daily for a year. So this is yesterday’s post one day after it should have appeared. It isn’t so bad as I have managed every day up until now.

I am not beating myself up about this mistake. I wanted to write every day but one mistake is not the end of the world. I wonder if any of you noticed that there was no recipe of hope for October 6th.

I will do a separate post later with today’s post on it. Have any of you lovely readers had an oops moment? Please share.

Today’s recipe of hope is to not focus on your oops moment, but rather on what you have achieved over the year. And to keep things in perspective.

May we all pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again! X

Life is full of surprises!

I have just watched a programme about the Australian bush fires. Little did I think when I went to see my family in Sydney for Christmas and New Year, that I would be living through a state of National Emergency.

My sister’s pets were evacuated at one point and we had a beautiful rag doll cat called Oscar staying with us. I remember reading the fire warnings most days and the heading ‘catastrophic would flash up’.

I was so privileged to get in the front row for the Sydney fireworks and saw the New Year in with a literal bang. I sensed that this was the last time I would do this and cherished the moment.

Then I returned to the UK on 19th January. I heard some strange news reports about a weird virus hitting Sydney. I returned to the UK and then the pandemic became real.

So I have lived through a National Emergency in Australia and a worldwide pandemic. And I am still full of hope. I have had some immense challenges in my personal life too, but I think I am pretty resilient. And my lovely Guardian Angel Hope has been with me through it all.

Life is full of surprises and we are tougher than we think. Today’s recipe of hope is to celebrate your inner strength and if you have a Christian faith then say a prayer of thanks to God for your strength from Him. And let’s remember those brave firefighters across the world who have given their lives to keep us safe X

We all make mistakes

Recently I have been setting up a clothing bank. And things haven’t always gone to plan. For example, I am not sure whether when we give clothes out on request, they are suitable or enough. It is difficult to gauge. But we do our best.

I am learning how to do things better, the amount to distribute and we are getting a bit more organised, so we can lay our hands on the items we need. But it isn’t perfect. Just work in progress. And sometimes it goes wrong. Sometimes maybe I don’t find the address, or turn up on time to collect etc etc. And isn’t that life work in progress, not a perfect performance.

As I get older, I realise that mistakes are part of life. In fact there is a saying that goes ” he who never made a mistake never made anything”. I would add she. I make so many mistakes, but I learn from them, as do we all.

Let’s be easy on ourselves and others. People really generally do their best, especially volunteers, so let’s be grateful and kind to one another. And if people make a mistake and say sorry, then let’s forgive and forget unless it needs to be rectified.

Today’s recipe of hope is to go easy on yourself if you have made mistakes. And if you need to say sorry, don’t put it off.

Let’s be kind to ourselves and one another X

Fighting for hope

I have just watched a wonderful film, which encapsulates hope; the hope of finding someone who has disappeared: Enola Holmes. I love the quirky, idiosyncratic narrative and Enola’s free spirit. Well worth a watch.

The film got me thinking about women. Women have fought for centuries; to be recognised, to have equal rights and a vote. Women have faced perilous situations, like the suffragettes. Where would women be without other women standing for what is right and just and true.

We need to have a voice. We need as humans to stand up for what is right and fight for it in a non violent, peaceful yet strong way. We need to be heard. I fight for hope and I hold on to her, sometimes with all the strength I can muster.

Today’s recipe of hope is to fight for hope. If you are losing hope, summon her back, resurrect that fighting spirit. Never give up.

Let’s fight on to hope with all our might X

Hope into reading

I love writing as I am sure you know by now. But I also love reading. So that is today’s blog. My reading tastes have changed as I have gotten older. I now love a psychological thriller, although I also think this needs to be counterbalanced because it can get a bit addictive!

I find reading relaxing and therapeutic. In a world of the internet, it is lovely to turn the pages of a book. I have never really used a Kindle very much and love old fashioned bookshops and bookcases. In fact most of the oliticians who speak on television usually have a backdrop of a bookcase. Has anyone else noticed that?

My Winter plan is to read and read more. I n a pandemic, reading is a lovely way to while away the time. So if another lockdown happens; I’m ready for ya!

Please share what you like to read and any recommendations. I would love to hear from you. In another blog I will do a review of som ehopeful books.

Today’s recipe of hope is to carve out some space to have a good read and relax. Treat yourself to a new book. And let’s hear about it.

Enjoy your reading everyone X

Hope from the streets

Today I was filled with hope from two of our clothes bank visitors who kindly agreed to be videod. This is in relation to wonderful funding for the Community Outreach Project from the National Lottery Community Fund and part of the Government’s £750 million support package for charities#communities can.

Two of our wonderful service users spoke about how the clothing bank has helped them. Just because people are vulnerable, doesn’t mean they need to be pigeon holed as scruffy. These two individuals have a lovely sense of style and are fashionistas in their own way. It is lovely to provide them with clothing, so they can express themselves.

Homelessness is not about not having a permanent home. In many senses, it is about stigma’ lack of choice so an individual feels ‘done to’ rather than being able to select a style and colour of clothing they may wish to wear. I will never forget the twenty year old very trendy young man who showed me the very female child looking hat and glove set he had been given by a charity, purely because they had nothing else to give. I could see he felt humiliated rather than helped. Let’s treat people with the respect they deserve, not as ‘charity cases’ to make oursleves feel like we are doing good.

These days I am asking myself tough, hard line questions regarding my motives for things. I am questiuoning many things. I feel life in Covid times demands a new approach. The old ways seem stale and irrelevant in so many ways.

Today’s recipe of hope is to think out of the box and try a fresh approach; to life, to charity, to something you have always done. Do something different. And please share it with us.

Let’s break away from stale thinking X

Letter to self

Thank you to writing presence, for inspiring today’s blog. Her comment was so inspiring I am using it today. I think we can sometimes forget how special and unique we are. We need to carry a torch of hope for ourselves and keep it shining bright. This will inspire others.

This is today’s recipe of hope for us all:

I would love it if you wrote a gorgeous letter to yourself, when birthday time approaches, listing the best attributes of you. Or even, do this any time! (Lots of times!)

Then seal it, date it, and hide it away safely. Next time you need a morale boost, you can take that letter out, read it, and carry it close to your heart ❤

May we celebrate ourselves X

Milestone 100

It has been my goal to reach 100 followers and today I have done this. I am so happy and thank you everyone who has joined me thus far on my blogging journey.

To celebrate I want to celebrate my 100th blogger follower. So welcome Peakspeak: https://onepeakperformance.wordpress.com/

Please check out her blog. I think it is important to celebrate other bloggers.

Thank you all for reading my posts and encouraging me along the way. Thank you for your likes, comments and follows.

Today’s recipe of hope is to celebrate a milestone. And let me know what that is Happy blogging all X

Time to think (also posted on Hope 2018)

I can be an overthinker. I admit that and it isn’t helpful. However, I also need time to think and plan and reflect. I need margins.

In our busy world it is easy to rush about doing this and that and going from thing to thing so that our to do list is reduced. But margins are extremely important. Time slots to rest and reflect and mentally recharge. I love having a good think. I can note down what needs to be done, check my calendar and diary and it makes me feel organised.

If we are crazily rushing around, it isn’t good for our stress levels and it certainly isn’t good for our mental health either. We need to have time to recharge and plan. A friend of mine starts every year with a plan of things she would like to achieve in that year. And she is one of the most focussed, organised people I know.

Time spent planning is not wasted. Planning goals and dreams. These are the building blocks for a hopeful life.

Today’s recipe of hope is to sit and carve out some time for planning. If you have got caught up in rushing around, slow down. Plan some breaks in your diary. Plan some rest and relaxation time.

May we all learn to live in a balanced and peaceful way X

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