THREE things

How often this week have you stopped to smell the roses?

Well for this blog post I wanted to share with you one of the most amazing things that I have learned over the years. Something that has really helped both Adam and I on days when we’ve found ourselves deflated and weary, and something that has given us the most joy. And the best thing is that ANYONE – including you – can do this!

We call it…Three Things.

I have to say that I can’t take complete credit. It was my mum who gave us inspiration for this routine that we now have. You see, every night at the dinner table she would ask my sisters, dad and I what our three favourite things were about our day. We didn’t record them or anything like that, and although it was repetitive from time to time, it really gave us an insight into how we were all doing on a daily basis. Fast forward many years away from home and Adam and I found ourselves in need of something like this. So one day we just decided to begin jotting our Three Things down just before bed in Apple’s iPhone App Pages. We began on the 1st of April 2016 and now have a document 451 pages long.

There are many reasons I think you should do this, but here are my top three…

  1. Looking back at your highlights from past days, is one of the most encouraging and enlightening experiences! Every now and then we look back to what we wrote a year or two ago, and it really takes us back to a different time and season – and the BEST thing is that everything you’ve recorded is positive so there’s nothing to bum you out!
  2. It takes almost no time to do each night – literally 5 minutes!
  3. Anyone can do this! No matter who you are or what you have this is possible. Get your kids involved as well and start a family one, or if you’re loving the single life why not share yours with a close friend? Collaboration tools these days are amazing and even on nights where Adam and I weren’t together we were able to fill it in and read each other’s highlights.

You will find that some days will be the easiest to write, and you will have a myriad of options to jot down – and on those days we sometimes have eight dot points instead of three! But then again there can and probably will be tough days. Days where focusing on three of your favourite things will seem like the toughest job in the world. On those days – and yes we have had many of them over the years – you need to appreciate the little things…a funny text message, a great cup of tea, something warm to wear when it was blustery and cold outside, or in my case extra APT!

The bottom line is that if you want something simple and easy to refocus your mind and give you the best chance of a good nights sleep then start Three Things today! I promise that you won’t be disappointed because Three Things restores you, refreshes you, and helps you to see sunshine and light in the darkness.

Blessings and chat soon,

m&c

P.S. Thanks mum for this gift and being the sunshine and constant source of joy in our lives. We love you more than all the words. Forever and always.

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RELAY for Life

Relay for Life is definitely something special. It’s a time when you can come together with others who have been touched by cancer, talk about your journey, and be there for each other in a way that is unexplainable.

My family has definitely been and continues to be touched by cancer to this day. We have gone through many things that maybe you have too – triumph, loss, and hope. Triumph for those who have overcome it. Loss for those who we have painfully lost. And hope for those who continue to fight this day. I always knew that it affected me, and over time I really thought I had moved forward from the hurt, sadness, and struggle during that time – until going to Relay for Life. There’s something that happens to you when you physically do something which represents emotion and feelings. Most of the time people cry who would never cry, and laughs are had by those who would usually struggle to do so. It’s like there’s something in the air. Something that heals.

The best thing about Relay for Life is that everybody – and I mean everybody can get involved. It is held during different times of the year, at all different locations, so I’m sure there’s one near you. People gather in teams to either walk, run, stroll, or roll to complete laps around ovals or tracks for 12 hours straight. Each lap represents that cancer never rests – and so neither do we. Most venues have different things to remember each lap you have completed. Our has beads, which means that after you have finished you have a special memento of the event – and better yet you can wear them again the next year! You will also find entertainment, food trucks, activities, music, performances, and special laps to signify certain people. The first lap is for the survivors, and a candle-lit lap is for all those lost. You can register early or just come on the day and join a team. Bring the whole family, work colleagues, or just yourself – the possibilities are endless. You can also pitch tents to nap in, bring shelters to stay warm in, or have places to go for somewhere cool to retreat to.

This is such an amazing community event and one of the most beautiful and wonderful things I have ever participated in. So if you have been touched by cancer, and want to be a part of something bigger, something that will give you so much more than what you think, then visit the website below and register TODAY.

If you also need more information about cancer, or need support, please visit the Cancer Council online at: https://www.cancer.org.au/