{The Ordinary Moments} #29 - Lucky

Sunday, October 11, 2015


I've always been told that I am lucky. Okay, so really only by my mum, but still. I think that when you hear something enough times you start to believe it, and recently I've found myself thanking my lucky stars for everything that's happening in my life right now. My best friend Clare says that I have an angel watching over me, and I really hope I do because I like the sound of that! It's not that my life is perfect, because it's not by any means. Things haven't gone the way I planned them, and I will always wish that I was richer/thinner/prettier no matter how many times I tell myself that they're not important. But if I can't toot my own trumpet and talk about how happy I am about life right now on my blog then where can I?

I think that it can be really easy to focus on the negative things in life. We live in a world where we see thousands upon thousands of images of peoples 'perfect' lives on the internet which have been edited and filtered within an inch of their life and it's so easy to sit and compare yourself to them. I for one am guilty of this, and I often find myself scrolling through my instagram feed wishing that my life was as great as those of the people I follow. But it's not real. And over the past few weeks things in my life have changed and I've taken a step back, re-evaluated, and realised that actually I'm pretty happy with what's going on right now.

This week I started my new job, and I have loved every second of it (apart from wishing I'd gone to a red brick rather than a post '92, it's so much more like Hogwarts). I am now an employee at one of the best universities in the world, and have been given an opportunity that I have grabbed with both hands which I intend to hold onto as tight as I can. I work with the most inspiring people, and there are some pretty good perks too, like the weekly department coffee break that heavily features cake. It makes me feel so lucky to work somewhere were so many great things have happened (ahem, like the discovery of DNA - that's pretty cool).

I didn't walk out of university and straight into a job related to my degree the way they tell you things will happen when you're at college. Instead I worked in retail and found out that I was expecting a baby which definitely wasn't part of my plan right then. For a while I found it really hard to accept that I wouldn't be able to do the things I wanted to before becoming a mother but now it hurts me to even remember I felt like that. Having Zach is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me, and I am so lucky that I get to spend my days with him. Some people aren't able to have children, and I didn't even try. And it took some time, but I got that job I wanted too.

I don't live in a mansion, and I can't afford to buy a house. It probably doesn't help that I live in an area where a deposit on a shed could probably get you a three bed detached house somewhere else. But Jono (he's my rock) found the perfect house for us, with an original wooden beam and a double front door that has fulfilled my dreams of living somewhere really, really old and crumbly. Whilst we may get cold in winter because we have single glazed windows and our doors no longer fit the frames, we are so lucky to have a roof over our heads and live where we do. 

It is living where we do, really, that is the luckiest thing of all. I'm not talking about the house, or the street that we live in. Nor the town, or even the county. But being lucky enough to be born in England is probably the thing that has made the biggest difference to my life and I had no control over that at all. We live somewhere where we have access to free healthcare and education. Where people queue for the latest iPhone instead of for clean water. Where we complain when our groceries get dropped off at our front door because Tesco didn't have any mince pies (it's okay, I went into store and got some today - my first one of the year and it was fantastic). 

So that's my ordinary moment for this week - feeling lucky. For everything from who I am, to what I do, to who I share my life with and even the festive treats I eat 2 and a half months early. Maybe take some time today to have a little think about what you're grateful for, because I'm sure it's not just me who has an angel watching over me. Maybe you've got one too?

Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments.

10 comments

  1. What a truly lovely positive post. I adored reading this and really love it when people aren't afraid to celebrate having loveliness in their lives. I often get down because we can't afford to buy a house but as you say, we have a roof over our heads and there is much to be thankful for in that xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Sian! I think that because it's so ordinary to have all the things we do it's so easy to forget how lucky we really are! xx

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  2. It is too easy to focus on what we don't have and what we want instead of looking around and seeing the things we have done and have got xx

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  3. Aw I love this post, so positive and happy. I feel completely the same (especially about the house prices in our area haha) but I really do. Sometimes I almost don't want to write down how happy I am, in case it all gets snatched away from me. But we are lucky. Lucky to just be here and have our little families. Gorgeous post lovely. And glad the new job is going well. x

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    1. Thank you Katie. I often feel the same, but then this week I just felt I needed to put it out there. We are all so much luckier than we think! xx

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  4. What a beautiful and honest post! I agree that sometimes it takes some life-careening moments before we realize how lucky we have wound up in the end. Congrats on your new job! --- Amy @ http://thegiftedgabber.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Amy. It's so easy to take things for granted isn't it? xx

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  5. Lovely post chantal and very inspiring. I spent far too long wishing I was doing different things with my life instead of embracing motherhood and I regret that, when I see how fast time goes with them. I am so happy your life is working out in the way you hoped and I love the sound of you home xx

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    1. Thank you so much Mary! It's such a great house, but awfully cold in the winter! xx

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