Reasons To Be Cheerful #1

Reasons To Be Cheerful #1

Practicing gratitude is such an important facet of my life. Sometimes my friends giggle at how easily pleased I am – I’m the person who gets stupidly happy when there are no cars on the road by my house so I can pull away easily during the school run! I always looking for the lesson in difficult situations – where’s the silver lining? You can always find one if you look hard enough, and it can help you get through the hard times when they come.

With that in mind, here are some reasons to be cheerful from this week!

Halloween outfits

It’s been a pretty good week here in the SoftThistle household, so here’s a wee list of why:

  • Halloween went well and we ended up in the paper with some friends!
  • Max said something new on Wednesday that nearly made me cry: “Mummy, I love you so much and you’re my best friend!” I had to bite the side of my cheek to stop myself crying!
  • Got a cordless Dyson – OH MY GOD this thing is amazing and has given my cleaning regime (HA, like I have one of those!) a new lease of life. Or, well… basically my house is actually CLEAN.
  • I’ve been getting back into the swing of things with blogging which feels awesome.
  • I finished my first assignment for Open University with a week to spare – go me!
  • And it’s Friday now which means hangs with one of my besties after our boys go to their ukulele lesson, followed by the Friday Night FaceTime with my girl JenJen for our usual catch up after Max is in bed.

So YAY for this week! It’s been awesome so far and I know this weekend will be great too.

R2BC at Mummy from the Heart

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  1. Dee
    November 3, 2017 / 3:07 pm


  2. November 4, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    I love this positive post! I am also very jealous of your cordless dyson! πŸ™‚

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks Emma! The Dyson has already proven itself to be a really good investment tbh. πŸ™‚

  3. Bridie By The Sea
    November 4, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Oh I love this, I sometimes have to remind myself to be positive and this is such a fab way to remember those positive moments xx

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      It’s great isn’t it? Whenever I’m feeling stressed or frustrated I give myself a challenge to find three good points about the day. Even if it’s as simple as “I got us all to school” and “I know I’m gonna love getting into bed tonight”, it really helps. πŸ™‚ I use this with the boys too. Well, Zack mostly as Max doesn’t quite understand the concept at the moment… anyway, it’s really helped him with school and such!

  4. November 4, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Love this. There is always something to be grateful for even if your having the worst day ever. Although it hasn’t been the greatest of weeks as I’m still without a car with 2 weeks of it being repaired and my back pain has flared up again due to the stress of no car. But I’ve grateful that I can borrow my partners car to get to work it’s only a 2 seater thou,the girls have had a great Halloween and shopping with my mum tomorrow to look forward too. Hope u have a great week next week.

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Sorry to hear you’re having a difficult week Emma, I hope the back pain eases soon. I’m glad you’re able to have access to a car and YAY for the girls having fun at Halloween! πŸ™‚ xx

  5. November 4, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant week! I just about cried reading what Max said to you, so I don’t know how you manage to hold that in!
    That’s so cool that you’re in the paper! So glad you are back in the blogging game, it’s so great getting to know you! xxx

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      I had to work hard to hold it in Sass! πŸ™‚ Loving getting back into blogging… it’s been a long time since I’ve had so much fun with it! xx

  6. November 4, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I’m just wondering if I can hang on until Christmas for that Dyson…. great happy post πŸ™‚ x

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks lovely! I’d get it sooner if you can tbh… it’s been so handy, and you know it’ll suck up any errant bits of tinsel really well πŸ˜‰ x

  7. November 4, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Best feeling ever when we get the impromptu ‘I love you Mummy’ and ‘You’re my best friend’!!!
    And the cordless Dyson is a real game-changer!!!

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      It’s so lovely isn’t it? Took a long time for me to hear him call me Mummy properly- he was almost 6! The cordless dyson is *amazing* isn’t it?

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 9:52 pm

      Ooh I will do! πŸ™‚ Might need a prod to remind me though xx

  8. Alice O'Connor
    November 4, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Yep, that sounds like a pretty good week to me, I love that you were in the local paper!! Our cordless vacuum just broke incidentally, so I’m looking forward to having a clean house again in 6 months time when we admit defeat and buy another one.
    Also LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog name! x

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      OMG don’t leave it six whole months!! :O
      Thank you! I love playing around with words and this was the result. “Softthistle” was initially thought up as a character name for an online game I used to play! πŸ™‚ x

  9. November 4, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a fab week! I’m super jealous about your Dyson – I would LOVE one!!! xxx

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s definitely been a good one! And to top it off, Max’s sleep has been pretty good all in all too! πŸ˜€
      I swear I knew it’d help having one but it’s given me so much motivation to get things done around the house – I gutted under Max’s bed today because I wanted to vacuum underneath it! LOL! xx

    • Marylin
      November 4, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you my lovely πŸ™‚ x

  10. November 5, 2017 / 1:09 am

    It’s always good to look for the positives! Well done on completing your assignment early πŸ™‚

    • Marylin
      November 6, 2017 / 10:44 am

      So true, it makes a *huge* difference when you focus on the positives doesn’t it? πŸ™‚ Thank you! I’m very relieved! x

  11. November 6, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    It sounds like a lot of positive things to give you a lift, I hope you have many more this week

    • Marylin
      November 6, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you lovely, it was a good week for sure πŸ™‚ x

  12. November 6, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Congratulations about the Open University and how wonderful it is to be Max’s best friend.

    • Marylin
      November 6, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks Adelaide, it really was a great boost to last week! <3

  13. November 6, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Welcome to the reasons to be cheerful linky! I love the varied reasons that make you happy.

    • Marylin
      November 6, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks lovely! Last week was awesome for sure! <3

  14. November 6, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    I’m also easily pleased and anything that makes driving and parking easier is always a big hit with me! It sounds like it was a great week and I hope the weekend continued in the same way. Mich x#R2BC

    • Marylin
      November 7, 2017 / 10:01 am

      Being easily amused and pleased makes for a good life as far as I’m concerned! πŸ™‚ Thanks for popping by Mich xx

  15. November 10, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I was given one a gratitude journal a few years ago and I have kept it up since then. It just goes into my bullet journal or my gratitude journal (I stopped worrying about where I wrote it as I just wanted to make sure I did it) but I love the idea of adding it as a blog post.
    Thanks for joining in with #TheMMLinky

    • Marylin
      November 11, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Thanks Debs! It’s something I’ve done, like you, wherever I could at the time. It made sense to do it on the blog now I’m back at it again. πŸ™‚ x

  16. November 11, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Love this positivity! I really need to start writing down my good things, I think. Might start a gratitude journal. Or just blog them! Thanks for joining in #TheMMLinky x

    • Marylin
      November 11, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Do it!! πŸ˜€ Thanks for hosting it lovely πŸ™‚ xx

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