Positively Inspirational Round-up: Amazing children & being happy

Inspirational round-up

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What an amazing way to start this month’s positively inspirational round-up with a quote from a true icon, John Lennon –

‘When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.’

Inspired by our amazing children

I’ve taken this quote from a truly encouraging post from Hayley at I Am River. Her Son River has Down syndrome and Hayley shares how she mourned the life she had envisioned for him when he was diagnosed at 6 months old. But an amazing friend told her this “No, you are mourning the life you THINK he was meant to have, the life you WANTED him to have. He is already living the life he was meant to have’. Of course after that things started to look up and Hayley realised the truth in that simple sentence.  To quote Hayley ‘It’s true that he may not be living the life I pictured whilst I was carrying him, but I hand on heart believe that he is living the life he was meant to have. I know he is living a life that will teach us and so many people so many things about love, acceptance and diversity.’

A few weeks back I got tweeted a post by Lucy at Kids of the Wild. She suggested I might find one of her posts right for this round-up and I tweeted back ‘thanks, I’ll take a look nearer the time’. Well, boy did I feel like a complete hearten when I headed over to read the blog and found that Lucy’s young daughter, Caroline was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the head in March 2017. Luckily our amazing NHS was able to send Lucy and Caroline to the USA so she could receive the best treatment and now they have the amazing news that Caroline is officially in remission. Can you join me with a whoop, whoop? Do head over and have a read of the posts categorised as Caroline’s Rainbow as this little girl is an amazing inspiration to us all.

‘Hope is a powerful thing’ those are the inspiring words that stay with me from this amazingly honest post from Ger at It’s Me & Ethan. Her eldest son Ethan has Hunters Syndrome and a year ago he was in such a state of decline that the medical professionals were talking about end of life care. Ger knew it wasn’t the time though and they all fought through it and now they are living their new normal.

I felt I had to share this really useful post from Joy at the Sensory Seeker. Her oldest son has autism and they are just making the move now from Disability Living Allowance to PIP (Personal Independence Allowance).

Choosing to be Happy

Next is a beautiful feel-good post from Gaa Gaa Land. Having recently become a stay-at-home Mum she was feeling a little unhappy at times, but in an effort to force herself out of the addictive world of social media and the internet, she started to read Mo Gawdat’s “Solve for Happy”. Her first job was to write a happiness list and I have to say I’m going to copy her example. Head over to read her post and see what happened.

I loved this next post from Nicola at Mummy Wales. She writes really eloquently about why it is important for all of us parents to seek the positive and to acknowledge when things are going well and we are happy. It is a great reminder that a blog should be a record of all of life and that includes the happiness, the proud mummy moments and the fist-pumping yes that we sometimes feel when we have slayed our day!

Cathy at Cardiff Mummy Says went for lunch on her own earlier this month and it might at first seem an odd thing to blog about but when you read the post it makes perfect sense. She has been a stay-at-home Mum since having three babes in just over two years and every evening was packed with work after looking after those kids all day and now, at last she has a little time to care for herself. How perfect!

 I’ll leave you with a fab light-hearted post from Siobhan at Pass the Wine Please. Her post titled ‘Today I will be mostly…giving myself a break!’ is a superb read and will leave you nodding along. Before we are parents or when we first have our children it is so easy to assume how things will be and we could get disheartened with the truth, or like Siobhan, we could just give ourselves a break! It’s good advice I reckon.

Have an amazing November and I hope you manage to get organised and get Christmas under control before the December chaos arrives!

Lizzie from Lizzie Somerset will be back with your December positively inspirational round-up.

Be blessed, Mich x

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About Michelle Pannell

Mummy from the Heart is the fourth baby of Michelle, a 45 year old (manic) mother living in East Sussex. Having moved to the countryside and ‘retired’, Michelle can now be found eating too much cake and taking long walks. She lives life on the bright side and looks for the joy in every situation, even the excess pounds those cakes keep adding! Michelle’s blog is a very honest place where she shares tales of imperfect parenting, being a Christian digital activist and anything else that takes her fancy.