I have been tagged by the lovely Leslie at Messy Blog UK to take part in this non-negotiables post – where a blogger compiles a list of 5 things that make them happy and that they won’t compromise on. Here are mine:
Although I am a stay-at-home Mum, I still live for the weekend. I absolutely love the time when we are all together. My husband works really hard and I look forward to having him at home with us. Our weekends are usually spent chasing our tails – catching up on laundry and housework, but we always try to do something together. Be it a trip out for brunch or a walk somewhere, we try to do something nice as a family unit. These are my favourite moments.
Dance has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although in recent years it has taken a back-seat whilst we have started a family, it is something that I am certain I will always do. I studied dance at University and I am a qualified teacher in Freestyle Dance. Even though I am not currently dancing, you can often find me watching clips of amazing choreography on YouTube and keeping up with current events in the world of dance. I think it is something I will always do. Although I am not even quite 6 weeks post-partum, I am already thinking about returning to a dance class at StreetEnvy and hopefully teaching too. I have said before that I would love to have my own dance school one day and it is still something I hope to do!
We aren’t originally from Bristol but have lived here for 5 years now and we love it. It is such an amazing City and there is always really great things going on. We try to get out there and enjoy it as much as possible! It is a really child-friendly place to live and there is always something to do or somewhere to go. There are amazing festivals over the summer and lots of places to visit. We are going to make a real effort to enjoy all Bristol has to offer this year, and will be documenting it in a blog series called #Bristots with my lovely friend Kate from It’s a Bug’s Life. See what we’ve been up to here.
As I just mentioned, we aren’t originally from Bristol, which means lots of our friends and family are not near to us. This can be really tough sometimes, especially with a young family to raise. We have found it works really well to plan well in advance of when we are going to visit people – get it in the diary and make it happen! I am really close to my sister who has 2 children the same ages as Ted and Arthur, and we have been really good at organising trips and visits to make sure we get to spend time together. We either take it in turns to go to each other, or meet halfway. It works really well and I love getting to see everyone. The boy’s Aunties also come to see us and we love it- they play with them while we can get on top of things around the house. We are so grateful for these visits and love that Ted knows who everyone is even though we don’t see them as often as we like.
Be Kind to Myself
As I have got older I have realised that I am my own worst enemy. I worry too much about what other people think, I don’t always say what I mean and I often think the worst. I am making a real effort to think positively and not let things get to me. I feel so lucky to have my 2 healthy boys and I just want to do everything I can to ensure that I am enjoying it. I am trying to let things go more and not stress myself out. I am also trying to recognise when I am starting to feel down or fed up and do something about it – if that means having a long hot bath when Mr M gets home from work or making sure I have plans to keep busy. So far, so good!
I tag the following lovely bloggers to take part and let us know what their 5 Happiness Non-Negotiables are: