Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Friday Thanks

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Dear Cineworld Unlimited Card,

Thank you for making it so easy for us to indulge our love of film. It’s a fun challenge trying to make the most of our subscriptions, and the escape into a different world for an hour or two is always a welcome distraction.

Love

Sarah

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31 for 31: Donate to 31 Charities

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Done! :) This was a fun one to tick off, actually. I didn’t necessarily donate a lot to each one, but that wasn’t really the point of the exercise, more that I wanted to be mindful of opportunities to donate to charity and try and spread the love a bit further! I don’t know how to write this without sounding a bit preachy so let me preface with an excellent quote from the wonderful Amy Poehler:

Which essentially means: I’m happy that worked for you, but I don’t want to do it. We’re not all the same and what I do isn’t necessarily something that I think all people should do. You do you, kids. End of disclaimer!

I’m a fortunate, privileged person, something I am becoming more aware of. I have a roof over my head, I can pay my bills and most months I have money left over at the end to do what I want with. I live in a country with running water, electricity and free healthcare, I can vote without fear and I have a great deal of autonomy when it comes to my life. I am so privileged, in fact, that I am able to forget my privileges often. They’re not things I have to think about – because I have them.

The world is a funny old place and the more I read and hear about the rest of it the more I realise that I should be doing more to help, for the simple reason that I’m in a position to. Part of this realisation has come from the books I’ve been reading lately. Currently it’s Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay and recently it was Amy Poehler’s Yes Please – both food for thought type books. I’d recommend them! :)

So. I feel like giving to charity is a happy way for me to be able to share my fortune with others who are struggling or who don’t have the same privileges that I do. I added this goal to my 31 for 31 this year and you know what? It made me feel good, so I’m going to carry on doing it. So that’s nice too.

31 Charities

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Bluestone Foundation
  3. Oxfam
  4. Plan UK
  5. Tenovus
  6. Woodgreen
  7. Wateraid
  8. Cancer Research UK
  9. Trinity Hospice
  10. Royal Marsden Hospital
  11. Kidney Cancer UK
  12. Child’s i
  13. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
  14. Sense
  15. Unicef
  16. Ferguson Municipal Public Library District
  17. Age UK
  18. NSPCC
  19. Kiva
  20. Wikipedia
  21. Marie Curie via Swimathon
  22. Comic Relief
  23. The Big Issue
  24. Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
  25. RSPB
  26. The Research Institute for the Care of Older People
  27. IKEA Woodland Trust
  28. National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
  29. Macmillan
  30. Save the Children
  31. Huggard Centre

Things I learnt:

  • If you let me donate via Paypal on your website I’m 100% more likely to do it. I never seem to have my debit card near me and it was an extra step of faff to donate that way.
  • Places like eBay, IKEA, Bluestone and TK Maxx asked if I wanted to donate to charities while I made my purchases – this was a great way for me donate that took zero time and effort. More of this please.
  • People tend to fundraise for the same big charities. Great news for them, but I did also try to seek out some of the smaller ones that might not be getting as much attention.
  • If a friend specifically asks me to donate, I probably will. Take note, chums ;)

Grace in Small Things

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  • Cracking your knuckles
  • Bookmarks
  • Sports bras
  • Heart shaped stickers
  • Flip-flops

See some more of my favourite Grace in Small Things

Friday Thanks

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Dear knitting,

Thank you for being something that I can pick up again after 5 years of inactivity and still know roughly what I’m doing. It’s nice to know that not all skills lapse completely if you take a break.

Love

Sarah

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Life List: Win a Game of Chess

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Check! (Little chess pun for you there. Ba-dom-cha.)

Q & I playing chess, on our bed, using a laptop as a tray. #classy

Technically neither of us noticed Q’s king sitting all exposed and in danger, so I did kind of swoop in and win without putting him in check first. We looked up the rules (he insisted ;) ) and it turns out saying check is a courtesy but not a requirement, so I’m going to class this one as complete! Ha.

It’d be nice to win a game that wasn’t a total fluke, of course. I’ll keep trying. Anyone want to play?

Grace in Small Things

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  • Pens that write in different colours
  • Flat pack furniture
  • Learning new skills
  • Old photo albums
  • Gentle comedy

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear bookclub,

Thank you for encouraging me to read books I would never ordinarily pick up, and for giving me a platform to air my opinion when they are bad. Not every book can be great, but you can usually have a great discussion anyway, right? ;)

Love

Sarah

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Life List: Find Grace in 500 Small Things

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I’ve had this goal on my list for a few years now. I’ve been writing Grace in Small Things posts since October 2009 (gosh!) and I honestly think it’s been so good for me to practice gratitude on a regular basis. I hit 500 a while ago, but as I looked through the list I realised I had a fair few duplicates (the perils of writing them weekly I suppose) so I cleaned out the dupes and waited to hit 500 originals before ticking it off.

At a quick glance it looks like the things that make me happiest are the weather, ways to regulate my temperature, food and laughing. Which sounds completely and utterly perfect to me.

Some of my favourites:

  • Empty streets, in the early morning sun
  • Receiving surprise post
  • Crunching on new snow
  • The warmth of putting on a jumper when the air is chilly
  • Dipping your feet in the sea

Signs In The Sand

  • Chips soaked in vinegar
  • Putting on a pair of brand new socks
  • Snuggling in a duvet on a cold day
  • The sound of rain on the balcony

Droplets

  • Soft, salty, perfectly ripe blue cheese
  • Working through the fear
  • Falling into bed when you’re exhausted
  • The feeling of relief after you put down something heavy
  • Shoes covered in glitter

Sharp

  • Running your wrists under the cold tap
  • Staying up late to read a good book
  • Enjoying something you thought you wouldn’t
  • The reassuring sound of the Minolta shutter
  • Swimming in the sunshine

Snorkelling

  • Hair long enough to put in a ponytail
  • Holding hands
  • Running your fingers through wet hair
  • Tape dispensers
  • Any song with a harp in it

  • Offensively neon jumpers
  • Finally reading books that have been on the ‘to read’ list for years
  • Indoor picnics
  • A really good pair of tweezers
  • The first autumn chill

Autumn

  • Learning new words
  • Amazing water pressure
  • Cats who purr when you pet them
  • Working from the hammock

33/365: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

  • Opening a brand new jar of something
  • Laughing with my mum
  • Quiet moments of peace
  • Adding more hot water to a bath
  • Salt and lemon on everything

32/365: Grit Your Teeth

I can wholeheartedly say that starting this practice was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’m not going to stop, of course, but I’m going to stop counting them.

Let me know if you write a Grace in Small Things list, I love to read them! :)

Grace in Small Things

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  • Super soft socks
  • Salt
  • Alliteration
  • Finishing a difficult book
  • Rediscovering old photos

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear #ChongCat,

Thank you for coming back from being missing, unscathed and happy to see us. Next time you annoy me by waking me up at 5am I’ll remember how worried I was when you were gone.

Love

Sarah

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