Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Friday Thanks

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Dear Frozen Raspberries

Thanks for being delicious to eat straight from the freezer. Also, you’re cheaper than your fresh counterparts and are just as tasty in a smoothie. I appreciate the dedication.


See other Friday Thanks here (or here) or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

What is ‘Grace in Small Things’?

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Alternatively titled: Why do you write so many damn lists all the time?

Grace in Small Things started when Jackie started posting a list once a week. Five small things from her week that made her smile; simple really. She in turn got the idea from someone else but Jackie no longer blogs and I’ve forgotten who her original inspiration was, oops.

It was nice to see a little positive message popping up every week, and interesting to see just how small some of her items were. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve had battles with depression in the past – it happens to so many people and I had a lot of trouble when I was at university and after with maintaining a sense of calm, purpose and happiness. Even when things were stable or good in my life I struggled with keeping myself on an even keel emotionally, it was fairly exhausting and made me feel worse – a self perpetuated circle of shame and loathing. Fun!

I started writing my own Grace in Small Things lists to help myself focus on the good. I wanted to become less of a negative person, and starting on something small was less intimidating than pretending I was strong enough to just change my personality overnight. (Real talk: can you do that? If you can please teach me how).

I’ve written almost 300 items on my list (so far!) and I like it so much that Q and I made it into a Sunday morning routine. I make him a cup of tea and we each write down 3 small things that we found grace in that week. The best part of this whole thing for me? I now notice these things all the time. Everywhere, no matter what I’m doing there’s always something small that’s making me smile.

So! There you go. I write lists all the damn time because it helped me with my depression and it makes me a sunnier person* :)

I’d honestly recommend it to everyone – even if you don’t want to write them publicly, just write them. It really, really does help to put things in perspective and that’s never a bad thing – right?

*I cannot imagine how many of my friends are laughing their asses off at that but trust me, I was much worse before ;)

Grace in Small Things

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  • A new yellow dressing gown
  • Singing in the car
  • Cwtches
  • Rediscovering a favourite song
  • Rain hard enough to soak you to the skin

See the whole list here

Observations from Around the Web

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  • This Disney version of Mean Girls got uploaded in 2010 (?!) but I only saw it for the first time yesterday. Now I want to watch Mean Girls again…

  • In relation, this ‘what happens after Disney films end’ video is amazing.

  • These underwater photos by Heather Landis via the Craft Cabinet are perfect. I am itching for the house move to complete so we can cover our walls with all the amazing things I keep finding on the internets.
  • Q & I both upgraded to iPhone 5s recently (bye bye, broken lock button!) and I cannot decide which case to get. I love these two from Marc Johns but can’t afford to drop $70 getting both, so I got neither because sometimes I am bad at making decisions. But aren’t they great?

Send me more fun, distracty things please, people. It’s a been a bit of a sad week and I could use some cheering up.

Friday Thanks

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Dear Amazon,

Thank you for creating the Kindle. It’s by far and away the best Christmas present I ever received and I can’t imagine what I would have begged for so much if it hadn’t existed. Thanks also for publishing so many free books. If I had to pay for every single book I read I’d be constantly hungry because all my money would go on books so thanks for letting me afford lunch.



See other Friday Thanks here (or here) or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

5 Lovely Things From EmDashPaperCo

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It’s no secret that I love Etsy. The variety of products is so diverse, and I find the sellers (for the most part) are friendlier and more willing to help than those on eBay. So, since I love Etsy so much I thought I’d do a series of features on some of my favourite sellers :) First up: Emily with EmDashPaperCo! :)

It was hard to narrow it down to five, so if you like these make sure you check out her store as she has a great range of cards, stationery, notebooks and stamps. Also, Emily has graciously offered Falling Foward readers a 10% discount code, valid for 30 days from today. Just enter SARAHMIA10 at the checkout with a link to this post. Thanks Emily! :)


You Are My Sunshine - EmDashPaperCo

You Are My Sunshine Notecard – EmDashPaperCo – £3.40

Ideas Notebook – EmDashPaperCo – £13.61

Set of 5 Travel Postcards – EmDashPaperCo – £5.72

Indifferent Winter Card – EmDashPaperCo – £2.55

Hello, Love Stationery Set – EmDashPaperCo – £6.81

The voucher code is valid until 13th April 2013 so make sure you use it quickly! :)

PS. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like the store :)

Things That Have Made Me Laugh Recently

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1. This video, because duh. It’s a dancing pony. (Related: ponies in CARDIGANS)

2. & then my mum for saying this:

Dancing Ponies

3. This is 40 – the sort of sequel to Knocked Up. I honestly haven’t laughed this much in the cinema for a while and it was sorely needed. A definitely watch :)

4. What It’s Like To Be Single As Told By Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, And Rebel Wilson – animated gifs FTW.

5. This photo taken at Amy’s flamingo party, because it clearly highlights what a midget I am:

Midget Sarah is Midget

6. Kitten adventures with Pusheen the cat

7. My husband, doing this:

What have I missed?

Grace in Small Things

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  • Quiet moments of inspiration
  • Fresh fruit
  • Running your fingers through wet hair
  • An extra ten minutes in bed
  • Perfecting a recipe

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Elbow,

Thank you for writing songs that are so easy to sing along to. You fill me with so much joy.



See other Friday Thanks here (or here) or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

February Book Update

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01. NEW Jon McGregor– Even the Dogs
02. NEW Janet Evanovich – Plum Lucky
03. NEW Enid Blyton / Pamela Cox – New Term at Malory Towers
04. NEW Enid Blyton / Pamela Cox – Summer Term at Malory Towers
05. NEW Enid Blyton / Pamela Cox – Fun and Games at Malory Towers
06. RR Enid Blyton – Summer Term at St Clare’s
07. RR David Levithan – The Lover’s Dictionary
08. RR Stephen King – Under the Dome

I only read eight books in February and four of those were kids books, so I feel a bit slack, like I’ve barely read anything at all which is silly, really. Everyone blames February for being a short month but it’s only missing three days so I doubt having that extra time would have made a huge difference! I did manage to re-read a favourite tho, Under the Dome by Stephen King. A 900 odd page epic that I first read (and loved) in 2010, it stands up to the test of time and remains a spine chilling page turner. I also re-read The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (which in comparison took less than 24 hours) another favourite but for totally different reasons. I didn’t massively enjoy Even the Dogs which is a shame because I’ve liked the rest of Jon McGregor’s books but hey, you can’t win them all, right?

Total read so far in 2013: 20

I’m still working my way through my read 1000 new books for my Life List, I started tracking those in 2011 and I’m up to 165.