The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride Ends on an Up!

IIMG_4851f we were having coffee, I’d sigh with relief because my son has fully recovered from chicken pox. It was a testing start to the week with no childcare support and I felt like I was on my last breath. He managed it reasonably well. Fingers crossed my daughter and I have escaped it for now.

If we were having coffee, I’d probably be in a perky mood. Yesterday, I celebrated my 10th anniversary in England. Thinking about this landmark date fills me with joy and wonder. So much has changed in this time. I wrote down 10 things I am grateful for, but more and more points pop into my mind making my heart swell with gratitude.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about this amazing book I’ve been reading lately. It’s called ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg. It teaches how to break bad habits and cultivate new ones. It left a lasting impression on me. And so using this new understanding, I decided to make meditating daily a habit. I’ve started on 10 September and set myself a 40-day challenge. I’ll let you know how it went on 30 October.

If we were having coffee, I’d lament about autumn coming in too early this year. Don’t get me wrong. I love autumn with its vivid colourful displays. It’s just… I didn’t have enough summer this year! Between recovering from a complex C-section in spring, writing like I was on a marathon, caring for my family and rainy weather, I feel robbed. Hopefully, a trip to Azerbaijan next week should give me a good blast of sunshine and satisfy my craving for a bit of summer.

If we were having coffee, I’d remind you to visit Diana’s blog. She hosts week-end coffee shares with many talented bloggers sharing highlights from their lives. Worth a visit. Have a wonderful week-end, and if we are all well to travel next week, I’ll catch up with you in a couple of weeks. You can expect some pictures and stories from Azerbaijan.

25 thoughts on “The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride Ends on an Up!

  1. Hi Gulara in Turkey right now limited internet…I had a dream the other night of holding a small child with chicken pox but I knew it – baby boy – would be ok as I would be too. Have a wonderful time away. Time happens so fast it seems. Congrats on 10 year anniversary in the UK 😄🐞

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    • Hi Susan, thank you so much for your comment. I’ve been thinking of you. I heard on the news that it was +43 degrees in Istanbul two days ago. Hope you are enjoying your time there and your visit is productive.


    • You’ve been practically around corner from us! (as in half-hour drive). Really glad you enjoyed your short visit to England. It’s gorgeous particularly if the weather cooperates. Many thanks for commenting!


    • I love the change of colours too and got out of habit of having too much sun in the last 10 years. I grew up in a small town in Azerbaijan. Seasons were really distinct there. Then I moved to the capital which is located on semi-desert, and I missed autumnal colours a lot… England is really lush and I love it here; it’s just the price for all this green is lots of rain. Thank you for your kind blessings – warmly received, Claudia. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.


  2. Thanks for the coffee, Gulara. Good to hear things are looking up on the chicken pox end. I too feel not ready, not willing to accept fall. I haven’t had my fill of summer. We may get a few more hot days next week – here’s hoping. Hope your trip is wonderful.

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  3. Glad your boy has got over his chicken pox and that you escaped. Your holiday sounds amazing, so different from the rainy UK although at the moment our rain seems to be happening at night leaving the day free for autumn sunshine. I think I’m ready for Autumn especially as I went blackberry hunting with the kids last week. Congratulations on 10 years in the UK. 🙂


    • Yes, I can live with rain overnight. It’s very considerate of it 🙂 Today was even distinctly pleasant day. I love early autumn here. Perhaps, I want to delay it so that I don’t miss out too much on it. By the time we return, the best part of the colourful displays may be over. Oh well…

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  4. Sorry I stole your sun. I’m in Sydney in the Land Down Under and we virtually had Summer this weekend. Most of our clothes are still up in crates in the roof but I piled up my daughter’s smallish clothes ready for the op shop today and am starting to think about the garden.
    I promise I’ll send the sun back to you in 6-9 months. I’ll be wanting some cool after another scorching Sydney Summer xx Rowena


    • Never mind, enjoy sunshine 🙂 It comes with the territory. I know some people in Sydney and aware that sun does not venture into our parts preferring that fabulous part of the world. Thank you for commenting though. Sometimes, I feel I know more people in Australia, than in Birmingham, England!

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  5. Visiting from Weekend Coffee Share and wanted to say hi! I am glad your son got over chicken pox. My daughter is immune compromised and can’t get the vaccine, so I live in constant fear of chicken pox right now (she is 6 yo and goes to public school). I look forward to following your blog – especially seeing the pictures from your trip. I love to travel virtually through other’s photos! Thanks for sharing coffee with me!

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    • Thank you so much for visiting and commenting here. Much appreciated. I hope your daughter can stay clear of chicken pox. Apparently, I haven’t had it as a child, but not that my children are getting it, I fear for myself all the time as apparently it’s much worse in adults than children. Lovely to meet you here. Look forward to staying in touch. Thank you for sharing coffee with me 🙂


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