Reasons to be Cheerful #R2BC

Hooray! I'm back and loving it! I've felt like there's been a big hole in my week as I just physically haven't had the time to blog very much. Work has been stupid busy, home life has needed some attention and blogging just needed to take a back seat. There are only so many hours in the day.

But I'm here and am going to enjoy #R2BC while I can! It's a chance to look back and your week and celebrate the great things, no matter how inconsequential they may be. If you try hard you can always fine something to be cheerful about! 

This week, Michelle's Reason to be Cheerful is being hosted this week by Mum of All Trades, so don't forget to get yourself over there and take a look! She is doing Michelle proud!

Onto my week..or so (I'm planning to cheat & extend it a bit)

1. It was my wonderful daughter's graduation ceremony on Monday, which was held on Plymouth Hoe, which is a pretty amazing place at the best of times. 

Plymouth University had a marquee erected right up on the promenade, the views were spectacular even if the weather wasn't. Nothing could dampen the emotion I felt as Amy stepped forward to accept her certificate, three years,more if you include A levels, of work rewarded with a 2:1

At just five foot, she looked like she should have been attending Hogwarts not Uni! But she stood tall and proud for the rest of day! 

The ceremony was moving, beautiful and it ran so smoothly, was a credit to the organisers. Mr C managed to stay for the whole of it, however couldn't make the lunch as he felt too ill. But the rest of us managed to ...umm.... soldier on and enjoy the celebration!

Well Done Amy!

2. I've finally got it, watch out though, it may be catching. What am I talking about? I think I've got the gym/exercising bug! I joined just before my birthday at the beginning of the month. Since I had a programme put together by one of the fitness instructors, I can't wait to go back each time.

Annie was lovely and put me at ease. She's given me a 45 to 55 minute cardio workout which will be revisited in a month. I've managed to go every other day since then and can see an improvement in my fitness and/or ability to complete it each time. When I first went to the gym I lasted a miserable 30 seconds on the cross trainer. In less than 3 weeks I'm up to 8 minutes and feel like I could do more. 

And don't get me started on the treadmill. Annie gave me the confidence to try .....wait for it actually run! And although its not my favourite exercise I am now up to 14 minutes, alternating between running and walking. 

For someone who had a hysterectomy in April, was four stone heavier at the beginning of the year and had never been in a gym before, its miraculous. Even more so that I am loving it! 

Holly Cottage at 

3. I went on a girlie holiday! Managed to get away for 3 whole nights, away from everything and stayed in a little cottage with my Mum and Amy in Cornwall. 

Petting zoo goat at the holiday cottage, handsome, yes?
We had a wonderful time, met some strange characters

And someone just had to sit on the train at The Eden Project (did I mention she is 22???)

4. And lastly, I was introduced to Jamie Edward's Daily 8. I've had the privilege of meeting Jamie through work and keep in touch via twitter (he is @JamieEdwards) 

This exercise is an amazing way to end your day. It's going to be easier if you go and take a look yourself and learn about it from the master! 

Life is good, especially if you decide it will be!

See you all next week! (I promise!)

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