Making Memories

February 18, 2009

I found a new quote that I really like:

Cherish all your happy moments.  They make a fine cushion for old age!

Christoper Morley

I found one of my first Special Moments Journals the other day.  It was an old notebook, an A4 spiral bound one.  I was really surprised to find Special Moments Lists in there, as it was a notebook with all sorts of stuff in it. 

The best thing, though, was that I didn’t just write a list of my Special Moments, I elaborated on each one.  Each one was a few sentences long, so as I read through them I was taken right back to the event or moment.  I really enjoyed reading through them.

As a result I have changed how I write my Special Moments now.  I had been just making lists every day, with just a few words on each line to indicate a Special Moment.  Now, I’m listing fewer entries, but elaborating on the Special Moment.  Its part of the Making Memories thing.  My Special Moments Journals are a way for me to cherish my happy moments, so I can look back on them whenever I want to give myself a lift.

I hope you are enjoying your Special Moments Lists as much as I am.

Wishing you wonderful Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

Abba – The Music Truly is Timeless

February 8, 2009

I had a lovely Special Moment today.  I was ironing away – a special moment in itself, because I have been feeling guilty about the pile for days now and it is reducing nicely!  Niamh was playing her favourite ABBA songs and she was bouncing on the mini-trampoline in the kitchen.

Happy times with ABBA

Happy times with ABBA

I remembered how, as a little girl about the same age, we had an ABBA album that we absolutely loved and played and played and played.  We put on ABBA concerts.  We made up dance routines.  We WERE ABBA in our minds!!!

Happy times – and now, 30 years later, happy times for my little girl with the very same music!!!

Thank you, ABBA.  Your music definitely makes the world a better place.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

Slowing Down is Fantastic!

February 8, 2009

On Friday it was busy day – you know the drill – go, go, go.  Never get everything done because there is so much to BE done!

Well on Friday evening Tony was late home, kids needed to be driven to or collected from various places, dinner needed to be cooked, ironing needed to be done, work for teaching next week needed to be done, college assignment needed to be done.  I was beavering away, head down, getting the jobs done.

At 7.45 I was due to go down to the local hall for line dancing.  If I’m honest, I didn’t really WANT to go.  I was going for the exercise.  I was going because we need to keep the numbers up so the classes would continue.  I was going because a friend had asked me to go.

I went out to drive down to the hall, and my car was already frozen over with ice.  I decided in that moment that I would be CRAZY to take a chance on slippy roads, so I turned around, walked back into the kitchen, past the ironing board, and in to the couch where I snuggled up with the kids and watched the end of The Prince and the Pauper, which was great.

Then we got out a new book to start reading.  We haven’t read a book together for months!  Ciaran chose a book by David Walliams that he loved called The Boy in the Dress.  I agree with Ciaran.  I’m really enjoying it.

So when I slowed down stopped Doing Doing Doing, we had some really special time.  The kids really appreciated me coming in and sitting down with them.  I realise I haven’t been doing nearly enough of it lately.  I get out of the habit, and my days are the poorer for it when I let it slip.

Here’s to slowing down and getting off the treadmill.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

Snow in Ireland – Concentrated Special Moments!

February 2, 2009

We had snow today – by that I mean PROPER snow!  The place looked beautiful! 

This afternoon we were all home and all the evening activities were cancelled because the roads were dangerous.  We were all doing various different things in or around the kitchen when Tony came in, all dressed up for the weather, and made us all go out to make a snowman!  I was reluctant, if I’m honest, but we had fantastic fun, and “Snowy” is currently staring in the patio doors at me!  He looks great.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day!

Sharon

A Murphy Winter Wonderland

A Murphy Winter Wonderland

Footprints

December 1, 2008

I remember chatting with my Mam one day.  She had been watching something about forensic science, and she told me that apparently once we enter a space it is impossible not to leave traces of your presence.  You leave traces behind you wherever you go. 

This week I came across an American Indian Proverb.  It says:

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.

What tracks are you leaving today?  What tracks are you leaving in someone else’s heart?  When I think about this one, I know that the tracks I intend to leave and the tracks I leave are often very, very different! 

Today I’m teaching the last class in the current module of personal development with a lovely group, and I really intend to leave inspiring and empowering tracks.  Here’s hoping!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

Wow!!!

November 28, 2008

As you all know, I love quotes, and I collect them.  This one blew me away:

“Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future.”
Melanie Gustafson

Melanie, I’m not quite sure who you are, but you really gave me a lift this week.  That thought just lifted my heart.  I hope it does the same for you.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

Hello Again

November 28, 2008

Its been a few weeks since my last post – and this time my absence is not because I haven’t been on track, thank God! 

Things are really, really busy.  I am studying again, and have started 2 new jobs.  It is hectic, and it all gets too much sometimes, but the thing that is keeping me on track is my Special Moments Journal.  I have been recording my special moments more regularly again, and it really helps me keep the focus on the small stuff – because that’s where the Special Moments happen.

I have been teaching a Personal Development class and as part of the class I gave everyone a notebook so they could record their special moments.  It has been very interesting working with the group over the past few weeks, and each week checking in to see how their special moments journals are going.  Some of the class didn’t go for the idea at all, but some did, and with great results. 

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

Make Someone’s Day – It’s So Easy!!!

November 6, 2008

A really lovely thing happened to me today.  I was at the gym (reluctant to go, but when I went I really enjoyed it).

When I came out to my car, my husband, Tony, had seen my car parked outside the gym and had left me a note scribbled on a scrap of paper on the front of the dashboard.  Now, I won’t tell you all what it said – that was just for me!  But I was simply delighted.  It gave me a real lift.

I paid for someone’s coffee today, without them knowing until after I had gone.  Also, it’s my son’s birthday today, and he’s not expecting a surprise when I collect him from school.  Its a little surprise, but I hope it helps make his day.  I’m sure there will be lots of other people I can help feel good.  This is great!!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Sharon

Two Welcome Nudges

November 6, 2008

I have been completely out of tune with Special Moments for the past while – you might have noticed a lack of blog entries. 

Yesterday, my first nudge came from my gorgeous sister, who said she had been checking into the blog to see new entries and was disappointed each time.  It was lovely to hear that people out there like the blog.  I am still a reluctant blogger – it just feels weird.

The second nudge came yesterday morning at work.  (I got a fabulous new job working with children with learning difficulties in a special school in Kilkenny.  I give them reflexology treatments, and to say I love it is to understate how I feel about it entirely.  They are all really special little souls, and it is a privilege to work with them.) 

I was getting my case notes out of my bag, and out fell my Special Moments notebook.  Hmmm.  It has been underused of late – in fact completely forgotten about.  Well, always one to take a nudge, I had a few moments before my first client of the day, so I decided to write that mornings Special Moments in the notebook.  Result?  There had been many Special Moments that morning, and the moments I spent getting ready for my first client became even more Special because I spent them noting the Special Moments I had already had, which made me feel great!

Why, when we know that something is really really good for us, do we forget about doing it?  Why, when I know that something is really really good for me, do I allow myself to forget about doing it?

Hmmmm.  That’s the only answer I have to that conundrum so far.  If I get a better one, I’ll let you know.  If you have a better one, please, please, please let me know!!!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.

Love,

Sharon.

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.

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