Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tips To Keep Those Money Worries At Bay

*collaborative post

It’s not unusual to worry about money. It’s something that a lot of us rely on to live our lives, and we want to live our life ideally as comfortable as possible. So with that in mind, here are some tips to keep those money worries at bay.



Make The Most Of Your Income

Your income is what gets you by each month, and so it’s important to make the most of your income where possible. When it comes to your bill providers, try to find cheaper alternatives, and cut down on any subscriptions or bills that aren’t necessary. It can help to note these expenditures so that if times get tough, you know you’ve got elements of your lifestyle that you can cut out if needed. Paying taxes is a part of life, but you can always look at H&R Block online if you’re self-employed and want to save more money on your taxes through expenses.

Take Your Mind Off The Stress

You can stress about money even if it’s not really causing any problems at the moment. There can often be this fear of running out of money, but you can let this fear, stress you out constantly. If you find yourself thinking about money or stressing yourself out, try taking your mind off it. Do something to distract yourself whether that’s spending some quality time with the household or watching your favourite television show. Stress is an emotion that can put a lot of pressure on your body if it’s something that’s happening a lot, and your well-being should always be focused on. Find things that help you distract your thoughts.

Be Realistic With Your Budgeting

Budgeting is certainly handy to do throughout your life, and the better you become at budgeting, the more you can save in regards to your household income. However, it’s also good to be realistic with your budgeting because it will hinder your efforts if you’re not calculating them right. You know from previous months gone by, what you spend your money on. So when it comes to budgeting, be realistic, and give yourself a bit of wiggle room with every aspect of the budget. Each month is never the same, and you may end up spending a lot more during the summer than you do during the winter, or vice versa.

Don’t Feel Guilty When Indulging

Money worries tend to crop up a lot when you’re indulging and actually spending your hard earned money on yourself or others you love. Money is a material thing, and it’ll always be available, so don’t feel guilty when giving yourself a treat every now and then. If you do feel guilty, tell yourself immediately that you deserve it. You don’t want to get yourself into a habit where you hate going shopping because you make yourself feel bad. If it’s something you want and will make you happy, then treat yourself!

These tips will hopefully keep you feeling more positive when it comes to your finances.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rain


I took the photo above through the window of the car while we were out doing Saturday errands this morning. No need to worry. I wasn't driving :) This photo is indicative of how the weather has been nearly every day for the past two weeks or so....constantly rainy and cool. I know that some rain is needed, but it's become absolutely water-logged out there. I did like catching this image of the two trees against the grey sky through the raindrops on the car window. It looks like a black and white picture but it was actually taken in color, as you can see from the red in the bottom left hand corner.

Besides wanting a bit of sunshine from a practical-needing-to-dry-out-a-bit stance, it would also help my mood a bit. The lack of vitamin D is real :) Things have been a bit challenging lately on many fronts, but as I try to remind myself regularly, physically and figuratively...it can't rain forever. That is what I hold onto.

Take care wherever you are...blessings.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Weekend Pursuits



I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend wherever you are!

I like weekends like this. It's a three day weekend here and back home...the bank holiday weekend here and Memorial Day weekend back home, so no work on Monday. Yay! :)

I've been out doing a bit of gardening earlier today. I re-potted my two ferns that had totally outgrown their pots. I have a standard fern and then a maidenhair fern which I've mentioned here.  They both have come back from the dead almost and now they're thriving. So today my ferns got their own new "apartments" aka new pots :) Once they've settled in I'll have to share photos.

The photo above is one of the beautiful pink roses that grows in our back yard. I took this a year or so ago, but I thought that I'd share it again because it's so beautiful and it reminds me that summer is right around the corner.

Happy weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Finding My Way




I found this photo above yesterday...it's from my early days of blogging. It's well over a decade old. It's a bit blurry, but there's something about it for me personally. I didn't go looking for this photo specifically, but I stumbled across it and it spoke to me. It reminds me of seemingly "simpler times"...or maybe not that simple, but it was taken during a time when I felt a bit more at peace. I love this photo because it prominently features nature...especially the beauty of a spring day. That bench looks so inviting. I remember the day when I took this. It's a visual representation of where I go in my mind or at least try to when things get tough. 

Here's to finding my way back to this bench in my mind's eye more and more. I'm working on it. Today was better than yesterday :)


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rest in Peace Doris Day




As many already know, yesterday, Doris Day passed away at the age of 97. I was a big fan of her work as many were. She lived a long life and left behind such a glorious body of work.

I became a fan when I was a little girl. As I've mentioned here before, I used to spend many Saturday and Sunday afternoons especially, watching classic movies from Hollywood's golden era. I loved musicals especially and Doris Day's beautiful voice was front and center in so much that I loved.

I liked all of her films, but my favorite is Young at Heart, which also starred Frank Sinatra. It was beautifully shot and I love to catch it every time it's on television. If you'd like, please check out this clip from the end of the film here. It features Doris Day and Frank Sinatra singing together. It's a lovely end to a wonderful film.

Rest in peace to both of them...they left great contributions to film and to music behind for us to enjoy always.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Renewal


Happy Sunday!

The photo above features my beautiful maidenhair fern. She's a bit of a resurrection and renewal story for real. Half of her had gone all brown and yellow only a couple of months ago. She was in a sad state. I'm not as green thumbed as my mother was, but I'm working on becoming a better gardener. I love the peace that it brings.

I realized that I was overwatering her and perhaps the bone-chilling ongoing cold of our Wiltshire weather was not helping. Before, I tried to think of what my mom would do and then after thinking it through, I realized that I was overwatering my fern. I thought that I was doing what was right, but I realized that I was suffocating her...drowning her...so I took a step back. And guess what? She's been flourishing :) It's been a lesson for me to relax a bit more in growing as a gardener, but also in my life. The lessons are there and I'm listening.

Have a good Sunday wherever you are :)


Saturday, May 04, 2019

Early Morning, Late Night Rambling


It's 2am-ish on Saturday morning and I'm still up.Well, I did fall asleep earlier in the evening and then woke up again at about twenty minutes to midnight. So I guess this is understandable :) I'll probably fall asleep again in a bit, but I thought that I'd come here and check in. I'm trying to get back to regularly blogging because I miss it and I need to get back to regularly writing. I need to get some momentum going. I've been really off in so many areas of my life lately, so this is me trying to pull the figurative car back on the road of life again. So excuse me if I ramble a bit.

I took the photo above today on the way home from work as I rode along on the bus. The sky looked so ominous and yet it was dramatic and beautiful. It was my favorite shade of blue :) If you've been here before, you know that I LOVE BLUE!

This has been a bit of an odd week. I'm going through some challenges. I'm at that point when you begin to realize that there's nothing to be done in a situation, so you have to just wait it out. It's a pain in the backside, but it is what it is. Both situations could be easily fixed really, but I'm sadly at the mercy of bureaucracy with a side portion of ridiculousness thrown in, so I'm in waiting mode. (sigh) Oh well. Things will work out eventually.

Back to my photo...nature is beautiful, even when it's about to throw down :)

Anyway, I guess that I'd better try to get some sleep. This tiny bit of rambling has helped me.

Good night or good morning....

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Quote

Today has been a tough day, but I take comfort in the quote below. I love a good quote :)




Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 22, 2019

Nostalgic Cartoons That Will Remind You Of Your Childhood

*collaborative post

It is always precious to look back on your childhood - those moments of innocence and pure bliss. Childhood represents a period of no worry and absolute enjoyment. It is always nice to reminisce about these days and even share part of them with your own children.

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One part of your childhood you can let your children experience is cartoons. After all the cartoons may have changed, but there is no denying that as a whole, cartoons as a concept are still extremely enjoyable and popular amongst children. What cartoons did you watch as a child? Read on to discover the top eight cartoons likely to provide you with some nostalgia.

1.    Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo is a cartoon that has been entertaining children for many, many years. You can download video from website options online. It is likely that you watched this programme whilst growing up and that your children probably watch it now as well. Scooby Doo was originally produced in 1969 and it featured on CBS for seven years. Now you will find Scooby Doo most commonly on Cartoon Network. Your child won’t ever run out of Scooby Doo programmes to watch as there are a colossal 424 available.

2.    Tom and Jerry

Just like Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry has acquired an almost timeless quality. So much so that there has been a wealth of Tom and Jerry games, films, and toys produced. Tom and Jerry first came on the scene in 1940 in the form of shorts. Still, it was not until 1965 that Tom and Jerry cartoons surfaced on television in a form similar to today.

3.    Dexter’s Laboratory

Dexter’s Laboratory is likely to be nostalgic for all of the young moms and dads around today. The show was first broadcasted in 1995 and whilst the original run ended in 2003, it is a programme that is very much featured on television today.

4.    Ed, Edd n Eddy

Ed, Edd n Eddy may not be a replication of your childhood. However, what the show is based on will very much be. The animated comedy has been designed in order to be a resemblance of the classic cartoons that were featured between 1940 and 1970. Consequently, you may see cartoons from then represented in this popular show.

5.     Star Wars

Star Wars to parents represents the iconic films that have graced the big screen for many years. In fact, the very first film was released in 1977. Do you remember it? There have been eight Star Wars films ever since. The second last film released was ‘The Clone Wars’ and this has been turned into an animated series for children today.

6.    The Powerpuff Girls

You may be shocked to learn that The Powerpuff Girls first existed as ‘Whoopass Stew!’ This is a cartoon short from 1992. The name change commenced and The Powerpuff Girls as we know them today first featured in 1995. The final episode of The Powerpuff Girls aired in 2005. Nevertheless, as is the case for all of the cartoons mentioned in this article, you will be able to find the popular show still on television today. The Powerpuff Girls is definitely a favourite amongst many girls at present.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday Sunset


I took the picture above on Thursday evening.

The sunset was so beautiful.

It made me feel like I was gazing at something special.

I was.

The words 'divine' and 'sublime' kept coming to my mind.

What a beautiful planet and what a spectacular view of the sun we have!

Be well πŸ™‚

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Revisiting - The Guy They Call Sir!

I haven't had the chance to write here lately, because either one thing or another has gotten in the way. I hate when that happens. They say that's life, but I don't know if I believe that fully anymore. I think that at least in my case that it's a case of being in a bit of a whirlwind and not being able to get my bearings fully. As always, time is flying. I feel like a dog trying to catch its own tail sometimes. I've got to reclaim my time and get back to my blog and writing in general. That is where some of my peace lies.

Since I've been missing my blog, I thought that I'd go way, way back into the history of this site and pull out a post from 2008, the year that I began blogging. It sounds clichΓ©, but it was all so simple then. (smile) Or so it seems through the lens of nostalgia. Oh well, anyway, please come along and time travel with me back to the very early days of From a Yellow House...on this very day eleven years ago. You can read the original post entitled 'The Guy They Call Sir!' here. Enjoy!


Monday, April 01, 2019

April 2019

This photo was taken a few year ago and it's a bit fuzzy, but I love the retro feeling I get when I see it and I love blue! :)

Happy April

Happy new month! 

I hope that this new month brings you joy and great new opportunities.

Lots of love!



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Looking Up


A couple of days ago, as I was walking home from work, I happened to look up and see this beautiful red hot air balloon in the sky. It was an amazing sight to see. There's something of the whimsical involved in imagining floating across the sky like that. I loved that the color was so vibrant and easily identifiable against that clear blue sky. It was a wonderful treat for my eyes that took me away from the routine of a normal weekday. I really needed it that day too.

Thinking back about it now, it's a reminder to try to not to let the day-to-day heaviness weigh me down so much, to the point where I don't remember to look up from time to time. There are sometimes undiscovered treasures there :-)

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring

Happy Spring!


Ahh, I love spring...also known as the vernal equinox. Today is the beginning. Spring is one of my two favorite seasons . My other favorite season is fall/autumn. I mean, what's not to love? Both of these seasons absolutely show out when it comes to displaying color. 

Back to spring specifically though...I love that it's a season of renewal in so many ways. Everything seems to be in bloom. Spring also brings many memories to my mind.  

Here's to an amazing new season...filled with renewal and opportunities to do better in a variety of ways!

Happy Spring! 


“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” 

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Could You Turn Your Passion Into a Business?


*collaborative post

If you have time on your hands, need or want to boost your income, and have the willpower to start and stick with a business, then your answer might be a resounding yes! After all, if you already have a hobby or passion that you really enjoy, then why not make some money from what you already love doing? 

If we have triggered an interest in you thus far, then take the following steps to turn your passion into a business.

Step 1: Work out what your passion is, and think about money-making possibilities. So, if you enjoy writing, you could become a freelance writer. If you create your own fashion, you might want to start your own clothing brand. If you have craft skills, you could sell your produce online. Do your research into business ideas associated with your passion, and consider the options available to you.

Step 2: Create a business plan. You will need this to secure funding if you plan on approaching a bank or an investor for a business loan, but it's also useful to you, as it will give you clear targets to aim for. Use the template provided by Gov.uk and start to put something together. By getting something down on paper, you will be in a better position to move your business idea into a reality.

Step 3: Consider where you are going to secure funding. You might not need any money at all to set up your business, but chances are, you will need equipment, be that something specific to your passion, or office furniture and computer tech. You might also need money to see you through the first few months of your business, as you are unlikely to turn a profit straight away. Banks offer business loans, so shop around for the best interest rates. If you get turned down because of a bad credit score, don't despair. Companies such as Buddy Loans might still accept a loan application, so use the Buddy Loans guarantor calculator to see how much you could borrow. And consider asking friends and family members for financial support, perhaps with the promise to pay them back once you start making a profit.

Step 4: When you have money in place, you can start to turn your passion into a reality. If you are still working 'for the man,' start small, and do what you can around your main job. Market your business, perhaps using these cheap marketing ideas if your budget is low. When money comes in, put some of it into a savings fund for any future needs or emergencies. And remember to sign up for self-assessment with the HMRC, as by working for yourself, you will need to pay your own taxes.

Step 5: Finally, have fun! This is your passion, after all, so while running a business can be stressful, you should still enjoy what you are doing. If it ever becomes less fun, perhaps because you are bogged down with the pressures of running a business, consider hiring other people to help you, be that on a voluntary or a paid basis. You can outsource certain tasks too, so if your finances bog you down, for example, hire an accountant, and if you don't have the time or ability to work on your business website, consider hiring a web designer to put something together for you.

So, could you turn your passion into a business? If the above steps haven't put you off the idea, and you think you might be up for the challenge, then consider doing so. It could be the best thing you do this year, so start to research the steps we suggested, and start to get the ball rolling on your business.

We wish you every success with your plans!

Monday, March 04, 2019

11th Blogiversary

Today is my 11th blogiversary! I've been blogging since March 4th, 2008. It's been quite a journey and I hope to keep blogging for years to come. I haven't been able to blog consistently in the past year or so for a variety of reasons, but hopefully I'm getting to the place where I can be more present here again like I want. I'm getting some things rearranged in my life and in my mind in order to do more of what I want in this life. It's a process like these things are, but I'm up for the challenge :)

I like the number eleven. In numerology, it is seen as a master number. I don't know a whole lot about numerology, but it's very intriguing.

I'm just grateful that I've been able to keep blogging for this long, no matter how sporadically I've done it lately. Here's to going forward with more posts again :) As I've said on past blogiversaries, the date of my blog's birth always reminds me keep going forward in life...to march forth! So that is what I'll do in life and here at my blog.

Until next time...



Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Spotlight: I Can't Tell You Why

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 


I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North, is an intriguing new novel. There is Dani – the agent, Alex Cambridge – the married star client whose career is on the rise, and Sean – the paparazzi photographer. The story is told against the backdrop of the entertainment industry. The novel gets right to the point straight out of the gate as Alex lets Dani know in no uncertain terms that he wants to get involved with her. This takes Dani by surprise and she hesitates, but it does dangle the carrot of temptation before her.

I found this novel quite intriguing. It makes you think. Many people believe that affairs are wrong...including me. Yet people still have affairs and it often makes me wonder what goes through a person’s mind when they decide to go forward with it. I’m fascinated by human nature and I wonder in each situation just what is the turning point. That’s why I found it fascinating to read I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s an intriguing look at what could happen perhaps.

For Dani, besides the moral argument against having an affair, she is cautious about crossing the professional line between agent and actor.  As Dani wrestles with the whole Alex situation, Sean the paparazzi photographer comes along. Dani has to watch herself around Sean as she knows that his profession is fed by stories just like the one between her and Alex.

I Can’t Tell You Why is a very interesting novel and it delves deep into human emotions. I liked that the characters weren’t perfect. The author is excellent at making the characters seem real. I kept reading because I wanted to see how it all turned out in the end. It's quite a page turner.

I enjoyed reading I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s enthralling and the realism shines throughout. It leaves you with something to think about long after you turn the last page.


About the Author
Elaine Robertson North spent a fast and furious 25 years working in entertainment marketing and communications. She spent seven years marketing national newspapers, ran the publicity campaign for three Red Nose Days, spent a couple of years working in entertainment PR and was the Unit Publicist on Four Weddings and a Funeral. She was also the Press & Promotions Manager at Capital Radio and the Head of Communications at UKTV. It was a fantastically  rich source of material.

I Can't Tell You Why is available from all good bookshops and online booksellers.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Six Favorite Authors

A couple of weeks ago, I was set a challenge on Twitter to post the covers of seven books that I love, with no explanations or reviews...just covers. I had to post a cover a day for a week. I was supposed to nominate someone else, but I couldn't think of anyone to nominate really, so I decided to bend the rules a bit and simply share the books that I love. It worked for me and the person who nominated me for the challenge didn't seem to mind that I bent the rules a bit. I love books, so I figured that even with bending the rules, I was still putting good energy out there in support of books, so all was well :)

Therefore, what follows is my list of my favorite books. It's always tough for me to compile lists like this, because like many people, I love a lot of books and love them for a variety of reasons. In this post I have also bent the rules a bit again and narrowed my list down to six books instead of seven. The six books that I have listed below are by my favorite authors of all time...Alice Walker, Tina McElroy Ansa, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West and Zora Neale Hurston. 

I wanted to highlight these six very extraordinary women and to highlight one of their works each which have inspired me, even though I love numerous works by them. This is in no particular order. I am continually inspired by these novels. One day I may or may not go deeper and tell why I am so inspired by these books, but this isn't that post :) Besides, I don't know if I have the words within me currently to express my feelings fully on this subject, so I'll just leave these extraordinary six books here to speak for themselves. Sometimes it's good to just let things be what they are and all six are amazing. No explanations needed :)










*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I'm just here to celebrate these amazing writers :)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Sending lots of love out to everyone.


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Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Sunrise


I saw this beautiful sunrise this morning, so I thought that I'd share the view.πŸŒ„

When I saw this sunrise this morning, it brought a smile to my face.

I had a rough day today, but I'm going to go to sleep tonight and start over again tomorrow πŸ™‚ No matter how lousy my day was, I'm still here and hey...nothing can take away from the beauty of this sunrise. Blessings to all πŸ’–

Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day Product Round-up

*content courtesy of The Vegan Society - no compensation received

What if Valentine’s Day was celebrated this year to not just show love to your partner, but also to everyone else, including animals? Here are some of our favourite Vegan Trademarked products that show love to both people and animals.

Chocolate and Love’s dark chocolate tin 


This beautiful tin of all vegan Chocolate and Love napolitains contains 30 x 5.5g individually-wrapped dark chocolate napolitains in a mix of Panama 80% single origin, Rich Dark 71% and Madagascar 70% single origin ideal for romantic dark chocolate lovers.

RRP £11.99
Available at www.chocolateandlove.com and from independent retailers throughout the UK https://chocolateandlove.com/pages/where-to-buy.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Book Spotlight: Love, Lies and Lunch

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 


I’ve recently had the opportunity to read an intriguing collection of short stories entitled Love, Lies and Lunch by Diana Kay, published by Mereo Books. It’s a collection of stories about women who find themselves in interesting situations. The stories are beautifully written and vary from instances of daring to eat alone to daydreams about strangers on a train.

There has been great care taken with each story and they excellently tap into the human experience and allow readers the chance to put themselves into the shoes of the characters.  There are real life themes of love, deceit, vanity, humour, revenge and redemption, among others, woven into the pages of the book which definitely makes this a very enjoyable read!

Love, Lies and Lunch is available through Mereo Books, internet booksellers and at all good bookshops.

To learn more about this lovely book, please visit the Mereo Books website here.

About the author:

Diana Kay, lives in Hove (East Sussex) and is known to her many blog fans as ‘Delia Despair’. She is a former ground stewardess, governess, receptionist, library assistant and archivist to nobility. She was also a journalist with The Daily Telegraph and has written two other books, How to Get On with the Boss (1964) and her memoir The Grown-Ups Wouldn’t Like It (Mereo, 2014).

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Healthier Saturdays and the Moon

Happy Saturday!

I'm feeling better than I did two Saturdays ago or even one Saturday ago. I pray that the flu is gone and that I'm never that sick again. As I mentioned previously, I actually took the flu shot, but I still got the flu. Oh well, nothing is 100% effective. I'll still get the flu shot next time around because you just never know. Anyway, I'm extremely grateful to be feeling better and I'm praying for a full recovery and for my full energy to return soon. πŸ™‚

As I mentioned the other day, as I feel better and better, I'd like to get back here more regularly to share what I'm up to, more like I used to in the earlier days of this blog. I'm also still loving taking photos, so I'd like to share them here again, even though I share them on Instagram often. I know that not everyone is on Instagram, so I'm going to get back to sharing them here on the blog also. I hope you'll enjoy taking a look.

To kick things off with sharing photos, I thought that I'd share a series of images that I shared on Instagram a few weeks back. I was walking home when I took these. The evening sky just took my breath away with its beauty. Nature is amazing! They're a little bit fuzzy, but I took them as I was walking briskly in the very cold evening air πŸ˜‰






I loved getting a glimpse of the crescent moon along with all of that fantastic color! I love the moon!

I hope that you're having a great Saturday wherever you are.

Happy weekend! 





Friday, February 01, 2019

Happy February

Above: Beautiful trees back home

Happy February! 
Happy New Month!
Happy Black History Month!

Well here we are at the beginning of a new month. It's hard to believe that we're going into the second month of 2019 already. Time waits for no one. 

Since I've been sick with the flu for about half of January,  I feel a bit behind, but it's all good...no need to rush to catch up. I'm just going to trust the natural flow of life and just enjoy the now and go forward here...post flu πŸ™‚

I hope that you have a wonderful February wherever you are!



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Almost There

Just a quick update...

I'm slowly, but surely getting better after my wrestle with the flu. It's been rough. I'm still very fatigued, but I'm on the mend.

Looking forward to being back here with more to share soon.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sick Note


I'm wanting to get back here to my blog so much, but currently I'm not feeling well. I've been sick since Saturday and the recovery is taking its own sweet time. I guess that I have the flu even though I took the flu shot. Oh well.

I'll be back soon when I'm feeling better. I have stories to share, more in line with my earlier days of blogging. I hope that you'll come back to visit me again πŸ™‚

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The Moment


Lunchtime thoughts...

This was my view of the sunrise next to my desk at work this morning. It was glorious to behold!

I'm doing my best to relish this view while I have it. This is the temporary spot for my desk until we move the office again. We moved right before Christmas and we'll have to do it all over again in a few weeks.  I love sitting at that spot, so I'm relishing the view while I can. In February, I'll move to a position cramped between two other desks and I'll be far away from the view.

I'm taking this as a much-needed learning opportunity to practice being in the moment. I'm reminding myself to not think about the lack of a view in a few weeks and to concentrate on the beautiful view that I get to enjoy currently. I've struggled a lot in recent years with being in the moment, so perhaps the lesson will stick this time.

Breathe in...breathe out...and enjoy (my mantra to myself) πŸ™‚

I hope that you have a great day wherever you are! Happy New Year!