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Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful

Every week, Becky at Lakes Single Mum runs a linky called Reasons to be Cheerful. And every week, I think I’ll join in with it… and then work or S or shiny things distract me, and I forget.

This week though, I’ve had several conversations with different people about life, death and suchlike. I’ve done a lot of thinking.

For the last couple of months, my life has been up in the air and all over the place. I’ve been immensely stressed and busy and it’s affected every are of my life. I’ve decided it’s time to stop and focus on what I have right now, instead of what I want or need or think I should have. Part of that is to practise being grateful. For the big and the small things. So here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

My sofa and the kindness of almost-strangers: Never underestimate the joy that is having a sofa! When we moved house, our sofa wouldn’t fit through the door. I was so stressed and fed up by that point, I told the moving guys to just take it to the tip and leave the cushions behind. For a month, I sat on the sofa cushions piled up on the floor. Or more accurately, I didn’t spend much time relaxing in my living room. Then a wonderful lady I actually barely know sent me a message with a photo of a sofa and the message “this is yours at the weekend, if you want it.” She even delivered it, and managed to persuade it through the door. I almost cried. She didn’t ask a thing in return; she didn’t make a fuss; she didn’t go around broadcasting her amazing generosity. I am incredibly grateful.

Wonderful friends: Just lately I’ve been lucky enough to pre-record a bit for radio each week. Recording involves an hour’s train ride each way, which I mostly enjoy as a couple of hours of reading without the feeling I should be doing something else. I love researching the piece for the radio, and people have told me it sounds good too. The only problem is that nursery closes for two weeks at Christmas, and I can’t exactly take S on a mad wander to a recording studio. Radio doesn’t sound so good with a toddler shouting in the background. I mentioned this to a friend and her immediate response was “well she can come to my house and play with my daughter; she’ll love it.” Problem solved by an awesome friend, just like that.

Our fabulous new home: It’s been horribly stressful, and brought to me a new definition of the term “hard work” to move everything in here, but now we’re here, and mostly unpacked. S has her own bedroom and her own bed; we are safe and warm and we’re settling in well. Life is sweet!

Reasons to be Cheerful

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at

  • Becky Willoughby (@LakesSingleMum)


    Welcome aboard! I find focusing on the small positives really helps. Sounds like some fab folks around to make your life better Becky Willoughby (@LakesSingleMum) recently posted...Reasons to be Cheerful November's nearly over #R2BCMy Profile

  • Looking for Blue Sky


    Safe and warm in your new home with some wonderful people in your life - they are great reasons to be cheerful x Looking for Blue Sky recently posted...The things I didn't write and other reasons to be cheerfulMy Profile

  • Ojo Henley


    What a lovely way to join in with the #r2bc linky! This post is exactly why it was started, to remind ourselves that we can find reasons to smile, even in the toughest times. It sounds like you have some wonderfully thoughtful people around you, that's good to hear xx Ojo Henley recently posted...My 'Works Do'My Profile

  • Kate Holmes


    I love this post as it focuses on the things that really do matter. I love the kind-heartedness of other people and I wish you lots of happy times in your new home Love the sofa story and keep picturing you on a mountain of sofa cushions Kate Holmes recently posted...Silent SundayMy Profile

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