Hellooooo! Grace here.
How is everyone doing? Keeping it together? I hope so! One day at a time.
There’s a LOT going on. Collectively. Individually.
It was my boyfriend Mark’s birthday here yesterday, and as our fancy Manhattan dinner was cancelled (all the restaurants, bars, cinemas etc. have closed until further notice) I cooked him a lovely meal at home!
At his request: Balsamic shredded beef (crockpot stylie!) with garlic mashed potatoes and veg! His birthday present was tickets to go see Martin Lawrence do stand up comedy at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which of course has been postponed until further notice. Everything is on pause here, and that’s okay. We’re staying indoors and enjoying each others company.
Our Dave posted something very lovely on Facebook yesterday, and I have to share! It stopped me in my tracks, and made me think… it’s not the event but HOW we respond to it that ultimately affects us. We do have SOME control of this situation…
How peace inducing is that?
Meanwhile, my Mum has gifted me something quite special for my 30th. I told her to hold off on getting me any major 30th birthday gifts, until we’re sure that Clarity will survive this mess.
I had written to my Mum immediately after seeing her first blog post about this pottery creation, BEGGING to buy her when she was finished. Of course my Mum would never let me buy her pottery (maybe I’m wrong?! ha! every penny counts right now!) and so she’s gifted her to me. CHUFFED.
I’ll leave her safely in Kent until the world calms down.
I’ll leave you with a video that I think some of you may really enjoy. For the last few years I’ve gone to a mindfulness meditation place in Manhattan, called Inscape. It’s wonderful! Truly. It brought me back to life! Of course they’ve closed now, along with everybody else! But today they shared a simple meditation session for free! (which is pretty cool because membership there is not cheap!!). This little session is all about gratitude. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed or frightened or just not 100%, give this a go. All you need is a comfortable and quiet space for about 12 minutes.
I promise, it’s really easy. Just set 12 minutes aside for yourself. Find a quiet space, close your eyes and simply listen for 12 minutes. I promise you’ll feel better when you open your eyes.
Who (and what) are you grateful for? After listening to this ^ I feel there’s a lot to be grateful for. Depends how you look at it!
Lotsa Love, Grace xoxo
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