When We Were Wee

When We Were Wee

When We Were Wee

Having recently become a parent I have reminisced about my own childhood, especially weekends and summers spent at my grandparents cottage in the countryside, a breath of fresh air to the concrete and pollution of central London.

My circle of friends rotated visiting the cottage with me, remembering fun days spent with them at beaches, arcades, Margate funfair, zoos, fruit picking and day trips to France feature heavily in my childhood memories.

Apparently Dream Land in Margate is reopening, I must check!

Sunday Scribblings # 3

Real Life

Real Life

Real Life

This weeks Sunday Scribblings promt ‘Real Life’ immediately reminded me of something I saw at work a few years back. I was having a massive life change, a relationship had broken down, change of friends, scenes, cultures and I had a new job (at a poker company). Although I knew how to play poker (the gameplay, rules, betting etc) I had absolutely no clue on strategies, we had a great in house training and development department that offered classes on poker strategies/bluffing, I signed up to a few and learnt a lot (in no way do I even consider myself a ‘poker’ player), those lessons have stuck with me and so did this:

‘Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.’

Real life is only what you make of it. I strongly believe in karma and that life will only chuck things at you that you can handle.

Real life isn’t about perfection, it’s  about learning from your mistakes.

Real life isn’t about materials and products, it’s about achievements and memories.

Real life is about living through problems and coming out the other side.

Photo taken on iPhone at Amsterdam Light Festival, Nov-Dec/2015

Keep in touch with your friends.

Be lucky, ClareLily101 xxx

What would you attempt if you could not fail?

What would you attempt if you could not fail?

Sunday Scribblings was started way back in March 2006 and was a started as a writing prompt challenge. Each Saturday a new prompt was posted for the next day’s blog post, it continued for 400 posts and ended in December 2013.


What would you attempt if you could not fail? 

For me this has to be Physics/Astrophysics at University – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do but I am petrified of getting myself into debt and then failing.

On top of that I have a 12 week old baby on my hands there is no way I could pay consistant regular attention to a degree. I also only have 9 months left of my Maternity Leave before going back into a 40 hour a week job. So for now watching Sir Professor Brian Cox will have to do!

On a less serious note things like sky diving, bungi jumping, rock jumping, cliff diving, the adrenaline rushes I think about so often but never do, I’m a thrill seeker at heart 😉

Be lucky, ClareLily101 xxx

I Had A Cry Tonight #parenthood

I Had A Cry Tonight #parenthood

Yes I’m up to my knees in nappies, wipes, bottles, washing, cleaning and cooking.

Yes I’ve got poop under my fingernails and I’m sure there is still baby sick in my hair.

Yes I cancelled a good friends catch up last week and also missed my summer work party.

No I haven’t had a shower yet this week or attempted my facial routine and I still haven’t returned the pump I’m renting but no longer using.

No I haven’t had a longer sleep than (not often) 7 hours/ (and more like) 4 hours in the past 3 months.

No I’m not anywhere close to pre-pregnancy weight or fitting into pre-pregnancy clothes.

But I do have a dry, clean, smiling, giggling, full up, healthy, 11 week old happy baby and when I picked him up tonight (after a nappy change to settle back to sleep) he nested his head under my chin, happy sighed and held his arms out spread hugging me intently.

The wave of emotion was strong, I had a big old grateful cry tonight ❤️

Be lucky, ClareLily101 xxx