19:22

Tomorrow I head back up to Edinburgh after a longer than usual time spent back at home. This year I was able to arrange my holidays so I could spend 10 days in my home town with my family in December.

Each time I come back my nieces and nephews are a little taller, have learned more about the world and are cheekier than I could have ever imagined! In the downtime at home I was able to catch up with friends and family, spending quality time with those dearest to me.

While I am looking forward to a normal routine again, I will miss the comforts of my holiday back at home. All good things come to an end eventually!

 

20:43

There has been a lot going on in my life that I wanted to reflect on but have felt like I never had the correct head space to do so. After a particularly testing day I truly felt like I could have snapped at any point. Sometimes when things go wrong I fail to see the bigger picture and let my emotions get the better of me. Even little things can trigger a sigh of disappointment or a pang of irritation, however I am trying to learn to be more accepting of both the good and the bad in life.

My manager occasionally reminds our management group that ‘you cannot control bad news or problems but you can always control how you react.’ As my manager is quite into her motivational quotes I took what she said with a pinch of salt, however I can see the relevance of that phrase to not only my work but all aspects of life.

Yes, my train was cancelled and then the next one was delayed. But would getting angry or annoyed have helped the situation at all? There is a storm hitting the UK so I endured winds and heavy rain all day, got splashed by a bus not once, not twice but three separate times. Was I vexed? Slightly. However I accepted that the weather was miserable, my clothes would dry and carried on with my day. I also thought ‘it could have been worse.’ A change in mentality takes the negativity out of a bad situation. Acceptance is key; it’s how we move forward and learn to grow.