We catch up and say farewell to some of our ten volunteers on a photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week for a year. Last month they were given the option to leave at the sixth month point and review how things have gone generally. Some wished to write their own blogs to celebrate their journeys, some have written brief messages and others we may catch up with next month.
Saturday South: My Blog Finding my Inner Fire
Monday: My Blog What makes me happy
Saturday Northern: Alas good people of the challenge and followers of the very same, I must bow out gracefully due to a number of substantial commitments and the headspace they take up. I’m doing a masters and my placement is about to begin. I’m needed there twice a week and then there’s work, and I’ll have to distance learn for uni too. This is the last year of a three year course but it’s going to take me two years to complete! I’m a single mum with two teens… nuf said there! This along side the usual running of the home, life’s curve balls and the general umbuggerance of it all means, for now, at least I’ve to step aside. It has been a pleasure to walk this path with you and I wish you all the very best in all you do.
Friday ‘Yang’: I’ve had a good and very interesting 6 months of the gratitude challenge, however to be honest the weather has been so grim the last couple of months or so I’ve struggled to find anything exciting or interesting to take photos of. I’ve found that it’s very hard to be grateful each week in terms of a photo when everything is so wet, muddy and grey! But then I love this time of year, I love the early nights late mornings, cold starts, but not so much the rain tho!! So I’m going to leave this challenge here with one last photo of probably the only sunrise I’ve seen this year!! I wish everyone else taking part good luck in the future and I hope this challenge helps you all as much as it’s helped me. 🙂 Happy Christmas!! 🎄☃️😀
Thursday: I don’t think I would change anything in my original statement, except that I’m going to be a grandma next year! Doing the challenge for the last six months just highlights the fact that I’m in gratitude so much for my life, the time I have with my family and friends, grateful for the last 7 years where I have been free from darkness! Anxiety is something that I live with but I will continue to manage it with help. Looking back on my pictures it reflects my feelings for home, family and love, there will always be bumps in the road but I’m grateful for the people in my life that will help and support me over them!
Wednesday: Looking back over the last six months I have found that I have to allow time for myself to find the gratitudes. If I let life and expectations take over, I miss what I am truly grateful for. I go through peaks and throughs trying to find a happy medium and balance. I like to think I go with the flow but obstacles are always plentiful. This challenge has helped me to tstay present and a great way to check in with self. I don’t think I would change my profile or content as they are true facts about me. My love for nature and the outdoors is where I reconnect with the place inside me that I like to call home. Safe.