What I’m grateful for this week (3 August)

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This is my weekly post where I share what I have been grateful for over the last week.?Being grateful and focusing on the positives of our days and week can lead to better wellbeing, happiness, and can really change our outlook on things.

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When you have chronic pain it is extremely important to focus on the positives and the things you are grateful for. Dwelling on the negatives and the things you can?t control can add to your anxiety and stress, and make it even harder to manage your pain. Being grateful is a simple way to try to change your mindset and it soon becomes a habit the more you do it.

I recently did a book review of Betsy Craig’s book Unstoppable: A recipe for success in life and business.?One of Betsy?s principles is gratitude and this?is summed up extremely well in the quote below:

?Coming from a space of gratitude can change your perspective and outlook on life. It causes you to open your eyes and notice the good things happening all around you. It doesn?t mean there won?t be challenges, but they are no longer the focus. Your attention falls on what you do have instead of what you don?t.?

I was inspired to do a weekly gratitude blog post after reading the #FridayFive posts on Milly’s Guide.

Here are 5 of the things I am grateful for this week:

1. I’m grateful that my homegrown tomato plants have been successful. My dad planted the seeds and was going to give the 4 leftover plants to a neighbour. I said I’d take them and try growing them in my porch – we don’t have a greenhouse. They’re not the most healthiest looking tomato plants I’ve ever seen, but they are producing some pretty tasty tomatoes.

9 homegrown tomatoes in a bowl

A few of my homegrown tomatoes

2. I finally started making some money on my blog! Not a huge amount, but every little helps, and this is a huge milestone for Notebooks and Glasses. I’m also very very grateful for the Lancaster Red Ale that Miss C bought me to celebrate.

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One of my favourite beers!

3.?We’ve switched Broadband providers and have moved to Virgin Media. We’ve only had it a few days but I’m very impressed with the service and value for money so far. If anyone is thinking of moving to Virgin, let me know and I can get you ?50 off your bill through their referral scheme – it means I also get ?50 off too. Contact me here.


Have you read some of my OTHER blog posts?

10 non-fictions books I recommend

What I’m grateful for this week – 27 July

Why chronic pain can be a good thing

Tips for going on holiday when you have chronic pain


4. I’ve had some time this week where I was really wanting to work on my blog (I’ve got so much to do) but I’ve been having a bad pain week. I made sure I put my pain management first and prioritised some rest time and did what I needed do. This included lying down as comfy as possible with my hot water bottle and heat pack, as well as having a good soak in the bath.

5. I’ve featured in the Top 10 UK Chronic Illness Blogs and Websites ?- at number 5! And I proudly get to feature the badge on my page blog. There are some fantastic other chronic pain and chronic illness blogs in the Top 10. Check them out here.

Badge awarded to my blog for being the Top 10 UK Chronic Illness Blogs

Top 10 UK Chronic Illness Blogs

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10 thoughts on “What I’m grateful for this week (3 August)

  1. An Historian says:

    I’m going self-hosted this weekend to hopefully start making some money, and I’m a little nervous about it all happening but it needs to! It must be such a wonderful feeling for you right now 🙂

  2. Gemma Orton says:

    Congratulations on being in the top 10 Chronic Illness Bloggers, well deserved!
    Those tomatoes look fab, I love home grown ones, they have so much more flavour.

    • Alice says:

      Thanks Gemma, that’s very kind of you to say 🙂 I agree, you can’t beat the taste of home grown produce – so much better than what you buy in the shops.

  3. Gary Jefferies says:

    Awesome to get fifth spot in the chronic illness bloggers and websites list. While I don?t live with chronic pain myself, my mum did through MND. It?s so hard to stay positive and yet here you are inspiring people by such a positive outlook Alice.

    And making some money blogging too. Very impressed with your work!

    • Alice says:

      Wow, thank you Gary 🙂 It’s feedback and comments like this that keep me going with my blog. And I’m sorry to hear your mum had chronic pain too.

  4. Ellen says:

    Where do you live I could just bite into your tomato’s they look great. Making money *high five* and I am so pleased for you with the top ten. Go you, grattitude is something i purposely do every morning I mentally list what I am greatful for, it works for me. Have a supet weekend.

    • Alice says:

      Hahahaha – those particular ones have been scoffed, and we’ve lost the sun up north so the ones one my plants are still green. Thanks for the comments and kind words. And I’m pleased to hear gratitude works for you too *high five back* Have a great weekend too x

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