Stop and smell the roses

I know, life gets busy, right? You’re maybe trying to skim read this so you can get onto the next thing. I’ve been there, done that. In fact at the back of my head I’ve got half a dozen things fighting for attention. I’ve had bookings and a cancellation (June 21st is now free!); I’m trying to turn ideas into firm plans for a photo calendar I’m trying to produce’; I’m trying to learn songs for the choir I’ve joined; I need to sign my daughter up for Taekwondo lessons; I’ve got to get up to speed with some new photo groups I’ve joined; I’ve got knitting to do and photos to edit.

Woah! Keep going like that and somethings going to pop right out of my head and get forgotten. Thankfully with this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, there have been plenty of hints and pointers about taking it easy. Being mindful. Meditating. So today I had a bit of time out. My sister is visiting and we literally stopped and smelled the roses (and other flowers) today at Waterperry Gardens. After a pleasantly relaxed morning and some fun this afternoon I’m pleased to say that I feel calmer. I’ve ticked a couple of small things off from my mental to-do list (taekwondo lessons are organised, 2 photos are planned) and feel better able to prioritise the rest.

So remember people, stop, breathe, smell the roses, enjoy the moment. Most things can wait. Yes, some of the things on my list are urgent, but they don’t have to be today. Most don’t even have to be done tomorrow. Which is good as me and my sister have plans. But I will get some things fitted in around that, so please do come back tomorrow or the next day to find out about coming events and adventures.


I've been a keen photographer for many years now. I work hard to get good shots and build a collection of photos that help make a special set of memories. Whether you're having a party, a wedding, or any other kind of event I will focus on your needs.

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