A few weeks ago I was tagged by Laura from Laura’s Lovely Blog to write this post, 8 Photos of Happiness. I was really excited to be tagged for this one as I love sharing photos and it’s an opportunity to look back on happy times.
Thankyou Laura for the tag and I hope you enjoy my pictures. Angela xx
This is me with my parents, my sister and her husband and my two brothers. I live far away from my family as we migrated to New Zealand in 1995 and I returned to the UK in 2010.This photo makes me happy and is a nice reminder of those that I love and miss.
Next is a photo of my daughter Sylvia when I still called her peanut. At the time i did not know whether i was having a girl or a boy so peanut was the name.
This was Sylvia’s first Christmas. It was a sad time because it was when I separated from Sylvia’s birth father and took out a protection order but it was a happy time as I was on my own and always listened to Leona lewis Song Happy which made me happy.
This was on tour in Paris with Sylvia. When Sylvia was 18 month, we went travelling to different countries and this was a great experience full of happy memories.
This is another travel Photo. This time we were in Amsterdam and had just been on a boat ride which was very cool.
This is a picture of John and I taken around the time we got engaged. We were both so excited and happy to have found one another.
Here is a lovely wedding photo. This was the best and most happiest day ever and a week before I collapsed and was diagnosed with Adrenal failure.
This is me at my daughter’s school play. I don’t get out much due to illness and it was wonderful to be able to go and see Sylvia perform as an angel. I loved it.
These photos make me happy but it also makes me really sad because I see my life and how different it is now I am unwell and on steroids. Not wanting to put a negative spin on it but I really do hope to get better treatment one day so I can feel happier about myself once more and go places and do things like I used to. No matter what though, I’ll always try to be happy and positive no matter what life throws at me.
Over the past few days I’ve been reading some blogs and all the fantastic things parents have been doing with their kids. My time with Sylvia is often limited to evenings after school and weekends and is then determined by how my health is each day.
To make sure we have lots of family fun despite being ill I have to plan. This is where the quote above comes in. I can dream of having more fun with my daughter and set a goal to spend more time with her but if I don’t plan anything, it wont happen and will just be a nice thought.
So after sitting down together we have planned 15 things we want to do in the lead up to Christmas. This is our Christmas Bucket List.
Go to a Pantomine
Make some Christmas Decorations
Make a secret santa gift
Make our Christmas Hampers
Read ten Christmas Books
Have a Christmas Movie night
Visit Santa at a Grotto
Make some Reindeer and Snowman Poop! (with marshmallows and chocolate raisins)
Make a Christmas present for Grandma
Write a letter to Santa
Do some Christmas baking
Create some Christmas outfits for Sylvia’s dolls
write Christmas cards for Sylvia’s school friends together
Make a Christmas parcel for Sylvia’s Cousins in New Zealand
Here are the things I’d realistically like to achieve by the end of the year. This is my Blogging Bucket List.
By December I would like to have 500 followers on Facebook. This is the one social network I struggle with and have not even attempted to try and build yet. My FB page is growing slowly and organically and 500 is a nice figure in my mind!
By the end of my first year of blogging, I’d like to have 8000 followers on Twitter.
I would like to change my blog template before my one year anniversary. (Start of January)
I hope to have the illustrations completed for my first book. Yes, I’ve not mentioned it up until now but I am working on a book which I hope to publish in 2017.
I hope to have grown my Instagram to 1000 followers.
I hope to have written an additional 4 Guest Posts. So far I have done two.
I hope to be contacted by a PR/BRAND (and get a christmas gift for my daughter).
I hope to have made my initial contact with Medtronic (The company- I need to impress in order for them to miraculously agree to giving me a free Adrenal Pump in 2016) You never know! They just might if I keep growing my following and doing my best. It’s worth a shot!
I hope to have received the money for two posts I wrote in August that I’m still waiting to get paid for.
I hope to get published on THE MIGHTY- a popular website which posts articles written by people with chronic illness, health conditions and or disabilities. This may be very difficult to achieve but I’ll try
I hope to find the time to have a media pack made. Yep, I still have not done one but I hope to have this sorted by December at least.
To have found a sponsor to help cover the costs of attending the MumpreneurUK Conference in November. I just found out last week that I am a finalist in the Voice category and so it would be lovely to attend and stay in accommodation close by so I can split the day up and rest part way through and have somewhere to get ready for the awards etc.
Well this is quite a lot and as Debbie who tagged me said in her post, some things may take a little longer or may run over into next year but that’s okay. If i have goals then I have something to look towards.
As a child I grew up believing I was useless at Art and so for 25 years I avoided it like the plague. The reality is, I had several teacher’s in Primary School who rubbished anything and everything I created.
I often had my art pointed out as an example of “what not to do!”. The other kids would laugh and mock me because I was unable to do exactly what the teacher wanted. My confidence was shattered and my self esteem destroyed. Sadly I believed I was rubbish.
I believed I could not design or create and therefore I had nothing to do art again, not at high school, College or University. (Well, this is what I thought).
I have since discovered that I do enjoy art. I love design. In particular Word and Font Art. I’ve had this talent all along. I just never realised it!
As a high school and varsity student I developed a technique for studying for exams. A method that worked really well for me.
I would draw and design (almost like brainstorming) the facts and knowledge I needed to learn.
I’d put these on small cards and take them everywhere with me, on the bus, in the car, even on the checkout at the supermarket where I worked.
After University I worked as a teacher. I’d create boards to display children’s work and really enjoyed creating different text and font which looked really good.
I’ve also taught adults at my local church and again used my word art skills to make the lessons interesting and more visual.
Despite this I never realised that this was a form of Art, Art that I really enjoyed.
As an avid Journal writer I love to collect quotes.
I always have. My mother collected quotes in a little blue book when I was young and naturally I copied and never stopped.
Again I never realised how much I love small quotes and phrases.
If you ask anyone in my family what I want for Christmas or my birthday the answer will be felt tips. I have so many! I love getting new sets. Sylvia is always trying to use them!
It wasn’t until I got more serious with my Blogging that I started designing Word and Font Art, Small quotes and pictures for my blog.
It finally dawned upon me after all these years that I have a hidden talent. Well I think so anyway and that this is something I enjoy and can share with others.
I’m really quite excited to discover a new or not so new passion. I plan to design more and more each week and hope to share this via my blog and social media.
I once believed I was a failure. I wrongly believed I needed to “Shape-shift” to what others wanted. I not only believed this about Art but I also believed this regarding all aspects of life. I no longer do!
My grandmother discovered her talent for art in her 70’s. She is a fantastic oil painter. I have her Art on my wall.
My six year year old is also incredibly creative for her age. As a parent I encourage Sylvia to follow her dreams. I will not discredit her art work or dampen her self esteem.
I love Sylvia’s creations and every now and again add one to my Blog. These are called, “Little Creations”.
My whole attitude to Art has changed. I even went to Paris to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. I took Sylvia my daughter.
We went to see Van Gough paintings at the French Metropolitan Museum of Art and have also viewed pieces in Belgium and Amsterdam.
It’s amazing how much “grown ups”, teachers and parents can affect a child’s self worth and feelings about their own abilities.
As a mother I do all I can to empower my daughter and teach her that she can do anything she wants to and now that I know this important fact, I will put it into practice.
I’m now learning to draw and create sketches to manipulate into online images for the blog. I find it so fun. I’m working on a picture of my sister. I’m new to all of this but I think I’ve discovered something I love that I never knew and that is graphics, illustrations and art! It’s so exciting I just had to share,