hello vitamins For a few months now, I've felt foggy and stressed. A couple of weeks ago, Douglas had some blood tests as part of his wellness check up with Headspace. In the process of chatting to the doctor about what he needed help with as a result of those tests, she suggested that perhaps if Douglas was low in iron and magnesium, the whole family was also low. So after spending a fortune at the chemist, we've all started taking vitamin supplements. Natalie, Riley and Sophie are just taking iron and vitamin C; Steve, Douglas and I are taking calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. (I added the calcium, because I hardly consume any dairy products, and I'm getting to that age where calcium deficiency becomes an issue. So they take it too.) Man, just in a week, the difference is significant! My brain seems to feel switched on, the fog has lifted, I'm not stumbling over words and struggling to remember stuff.
hello planning Now that I'm feeling a little more like myself, I've got this crazy idea to start setting myself some goals and working towards them. I recently realised that, for me, making goals feel like chores and "must do's", means I push back against them and never follow through. I've been forgetting about embracing the Nike attitude and just doing it. This has really become self-evident to me, because I walk Daisy twice a day, every day. [Actually, Steve walked her this morning] Even in the rain, I put my shoes on when I get up, and again once the dishes are washed. And I need to tackle my tasks the same way.
hello writing It really has been eye opening to me to see the impact of taking these vitamin supplements. While I've suffered from low iron during pregnancy (and therefore never really noticed a huge change in the level of my energy) the clear-headedness that I'm feeling now means that I can get back to the things I've struggled to do for months. Top of that list is writing. There are Christmas posts to write, and a couple of outstanding reviews, and right now updates.
hello job search Despite the best intentions of all concerned, Steve did actually lose his job last week. And while he is eligible for a redundancy package "when the company is liquidated", that could take up to 3 months. So he's tapping into every contact he has, scouring websites (who knew so many people advertised on Gumtree?) and driving me nuts while he's home.
hello family time It's always been hard to find things to do together that are suitable for all the kids to do. At the moment, we've landed on playing UNO (although Sophie doesn't really play, she climbs all over the table, and occasionally matches her card colours to ours) While Steve isn't working I want to try spend a bit more time playing.