Archive for September, 2008

Sunshine – the elixir of life!!!

September 19, 2008

On Wednesday 17th September, here in the so-called Sunny South-East of Ireland, the sun actually shone!!!  I mean really shone – there was a strength and heat in it and it was nothing short of fantastic!!!  We have had clouds and rain and more rain and more rain all summer.  In the few short hours you could feel everything drying up, and the flowers and plants perking up and going “Ooooh, this is lovely!  This feels gooooood!!”

Well around here, it wasn’t only the flowers that perked up – so did I!  I don’t remember having such energy as I did on that day, and I was at home to boot!  I cleaned windows, did some gardening, studied, worked out at the gym, and generally felt absolutly amazing.  We cooked dinner on the barbeque and ate outside (we have only been able to do that a handful of times through this whole summer – very disappointing altogether). 

Yes - we really live a couple of miles from this view!

Yes - we really live a couple of miles from this view!

Then we finished up the day with a family walk in one of our local beauty spots and it was great.  Everyone was in good form.

The last rays of sun through the woods

The last rays of sun through the woods

When you have been without sunshine and then you experience it, you really realise how it helps lift our spirits, and when you feel good in your spirit, life feels great.  YOU feel great.

Wednesday really was a day choc full of Special Moments.  There was a lot of work in there too, but it all felt easy and effortless.

I am really delighted that I had the time and space to enjoy the sunshine on Wednesday!

Wishing you sunshine in your heart and countless Special Moments.

Love,

Sharon.

www.specialmoments.ie

A Passion for Books

September 8, 2008

I had an incredibly Special DAY on Saturday.  I was driving along listening to the radio last week, and I heard an interview about a book event that was to take place in Dublin last weekend. 

When I looked at the website, I just knew that my son, Ciaran, who has a website about books, (www.bestbooks4ever.com) would simply love to go, and that I would love to be the one to take him.  Luckily, Ireland were playing an international match which was on television in the afternoon – so no negotation needed!

Off we went and we had a fantastic day.  Ciaran was allowed to choose the music for the journey – all The Dubliners and Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem.  Then we met my mam for breakfast in Dublin, which was lovely, and off to the Book Event.  We went to two talks – one by Derek Landy, which was hilarious, and one by Anthony Horowitz, which was high energy and very informative.  Best of all though, we queued for autographs, and both authors agreed to do email interviews for Ciaran’s website.  He was thrilled!

We had a fantastic day one on one, which I realise now I need to do much more of, and we just had lots and lots of fun!  We bought books and cds – both Ciaran’s passions in life – and we had our tea out and headed for the journey home – more Irish folk music, but hey, I’m getting to like it!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

www.specialmoments.ie

J K Rowling – I thank you from the bottom of my heart

September 8, 2008

Why am I thankful to J K Rowling?  Let me tell you:

I have had many, many Special Moments sitting reading Harry Potter with my 3 kids.  The 2 boys, who are 10 and 11, have both read all the Harry Potter series – the 10 year old has read them several times!!!  He is a Harry Potter nerd – his potential to remember Harry Potter trivia about any aspect of the books, films, actors, JK Rowling news – is simply phenomenal. 

Niamh, who is 7, is not able to read Harry Potter books to herself yet – thank God, I say!!!  I wouldn’t have read them, except for the kids, and I am delighted that I had the opportunity to get hooked.

We have read the first two books together now, and we’re in the middle of the third.  We spent a magical afternoon last Thursday ignoring the wahing up and the homework and the ironing.  Instead the 4 of us sat in comfy chairs and I read the third last chapter – we were spellbound and there was no way we were giving up so I read to the end.  It was simply magical.  We were all enthralled and it was really special time with the kids.

So that’s one thing I’m thankful to J K Rowling for, but more than that, Harry Potter is a way we can connect better with each other.  In our family it is like supporting a team, for example.  The kids chat about it, and now I can join in.

Also, when the boys caught the Harry Potter bug, it didn’t stop there.  They are now avid readers, and Ciaran has even started his own website about books!!!  He’s 10!!!  You can have a look at www.bestbooks4ever.com.

So, J K, you have had a huge impact on our family life, and I can only imagine how many times that is replicated throughout the world.

Wishing you many, many blessings and happiness beyond your wildest dreams in return.

Sharon.

http://www.specialmoments.ie

Yahoo!!! I love Routine

September 2, 2008
Waiting for the School Bus - 1st September 2008

Waiting for the School Bus - 1st September 2008

Its the first week in September and in this house that means back to school.  Back to school means that the whole house gets back into routine. 

I work from home, and so does my husband.  We absolutely love that, but in school holiday time it isn’t easy.

So in holidaytime, we have a great time, but by the end I always feel decidedly “muddy” in myself.  Why?  Because I have gotten out of my own routine, and I have let my daily positive habits go.

I am absolutely convinced that feeling good consistently in the everyday is as a result of the discipline of positive daily habits.  They just seem to  help me to keep my perspective positive, and then I feel better and enjoy life more – I experience more Special Moments when I am feeling good.  Back to my favourite quote: “We see things not as they are, but as we are” from The Talmud.

So this week I am in the business of getting back into my routine – oh, and trying to increase my clients, and clear the holiday laundry, and clean my house after a busy summer, exercise the dog (and me) more, and… and… and…

Easy does it… maybe I need to take a bit of time out tomorrow, don’t you think?  Might be too much of a shock to the system to get straight back – should take it easy.  Think I’ll call a friend and see if I can persuade her that she needs to escape for a cuppa and a chat!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon

www.specialmoments.ie

Holiday times – Concentrated Special Moments

September 2, 2008

We are just back from a glorious week in Portugal, and it was a week of concentrated Special Moments. 

Now don’t get me wrong – it was not all perfect – far from it!  There were plenty of moments which felt very far from special!!!  That said, though, the magical moments far exceeded those few ‘pressure points’.  It was nothing short of glorious.

Oisin Murphy

Photographer: Oisin Murphy

My best moment was sitting by the pool on the second last day, watching the kids in the water, and I just realised – oh my God – I feel great!  My sparkle, my energy, my enthusiasm, its back!!!  Now that is worth any money.

Here’s to holidays.  I am now a firm believer that we all need a complete break regularly to recharge the batteries, and have a look at your life from a different perspective. 

So, I’m home, we’re back in routine, and I’m scheming to book our next break away!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments in the holiday moments, but especially in the ordinary every day.

Love,

Sharon

www.specialmoments.ie