Trying to be positive when I feel like s**t

I WOKE up this morning in a foul mood.

Like a really foul mood. Also, I’m feeling rubbish.

Germs have hit the Portman household which means we’re all under the weather and I have a very grotty, snotty and grumpy toddler on my hands. Oh goodie. So I wasn’t very happy this morning. No sirree.

But then I sat down, drank my morning cup of tea and read this post by my friend Zaz at Mama & More! and then this one by the lovely Honest Mum and I got a big ol’ wake up call. Literally. Or to put it more appropriately, a hard slap round the face.

I even felt a tad bit ashamed of being such a grotbags. (Remember her, 80s kids?!)

And so, I’m doing my best to turn my frown upside down (or trying to at least) and I’m choosing – yes choosing – to focus on the good stuff and ignore the not so good.

Here’s a list for everything that I’m grateful for right now, because there’s nothing like a list of stuff in black and white to make you realise how lucky you are.

And just so you know, I’m going to rattle everything off the top of my head in no particular order. So be prepared, this could be quite a mixture!


Today I’m thankful because:

I’m alive and breathing.

I have food in my belly and clothes on my back.

I have a roof over my head, warmth, running water and electricity.

I live in a lovely house.

I have people who love me.

I have a daughter and I am a mum.

I have a brilliant husband.

I/ this blog has been shortlisted for a blogging award, for the best parenting blog (and I’d LOVE a vote from you please if you’d be so kind)

I had an amazing birthday – like really it was up there with the best!

I get to go on the world’s oldest steam train on Saturday and take Elsie to meet Santa for the first time.

This year has taught me more about myself and others than I could have imagined.

This year has changed me, for the better.

I’m finally beginning to see people for who they really are (good AND bad) and trust my own judgement.

I do a job that I love, that pays well.

I work for myself.

I’ve got wonderful friends.

I’ve got so much to look forward to.

I’ve got wine in the fridge and high heels in my closet.

I’ve got more than enough sparkle to help me sparkle.

I’ve got money in my purse.

I’m sat looking at beautiful flowers – a gift from my sister.

I continue to meet the most  amazing people through this blog.

I get to work for just half the day today and spend the rest with Elsie.

The house is relatively tidy (no mean feat when you’re all ill and life is busy).

This blog continues to bring me all manner of riches, in all different forms.

I am incredibly blessed to have the life I have.

In contrast to much of the world’s population, my worries are absolutely miniscule in comparison to theirs. (And I really should count my lucky stars more.)



Thanks for the reminder Zaz and Vicki! Incredibly, I feel much happier after writing that. Amazing how when we focus our energy and thoughts on good things, life suddenly feels much brighter.

Keep your thoughts positive folks!

With love,



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