Gratitude Journal #74

It's been a tough, anxiety-filled week and I'm more than aware that there are likely to be many more ahead. I have no shame in admitting that talk of the coronavirus and all of the issues that surround it, have filled me with fear.   So it is probably more important now than ever for me to keep up with my gratitude journals.  All of those little things need to be noted and acknowledged and whilst my journals may look similar to you, the reader, I hope that they might just help to lift my spirits again.  

Working From Home
I am fortunate to be in a position where I am able to work from home and in line with the Government recommendations, that is what I am now doing.  Although how much work I will actually be able to do with the kids here remains to be seen.

Schools Closed
This is a catch-22 for me.  I am grateful that the schools have closed. It will minimise the children's risk of catching the virus and also the parents when we stand in close proximity in the playground.   On the flip side, it is somewhat of a juggle to work around them and to keep them entertained.  Not only that but I do feel I am a better parent when I am not around them all the time, so it will be interesting to see how I manage without that me time.

School Actions regarding Coronavirus
The schools have been in a really difficult position over the past few weeks.  I have to say that I think ours have been brilliant.  They've put new steps in place and have made changes to the school day to keep the children safe, all whilst keeping us properly up to date.  I think if we are quick to criticise that it is just as important to complement and to acknowledge their hard work so popped them an email to say thank you. 

I genuinely don't think my house will ever be this clean again!  I've been cleaning a lot over the past week or two with plenty of disinfecting taking place. Despite the reasoning behind it, I'm grateful the house is benefiting.

I was in two minds as to whether I should go to my appointment but I didn't want to cancel if I could help it.  The hairdressers I use has gone from 5 days a week to 3 since the pandemic hit and need their customers now more than ever. I'm grateful I went because my hair feels much better and will hopefully keep me going for the next few weeks. 

Food Shopping
I'm grateful that I have been able to do my food shop and get pretty much everything I wanted to buy. 

Mum Home from Holiday
My Mum, Stepdad and grandparents went to Morocco for a week's holiday.  I didn't agree with it as three of them fall into the vulnerable category.  I'm grateful that they all made it home safely, the airport descended into chaos with people trying to return.  And I'm very grateful that, so far, they aren't showing any signs of the virus. I hope it remains that way. 

She had wanted to come down and visit us very shortly, which I wasn't entirely comfortable with considering she had been away. Not only that but we don't know if we've come in to contact with the virus ourselves.  She's now changed her mind and whilst it means I don't know when we will see them again, it is necessary action as it stands.

What are you grateful for this week, big or small?


  1. Sending you love during this rough time. I am grateful for your blog to read. Keep writing. :)