Extracts From My Journal + The Best Of 2017 Blog Awards Have Arrived Again (Yay!!!)

30th November 2017

It’s a proven scientific fact that any energy that keeps getting larger and larger will eventually explode. For example, friction will  eventually burst into flames. Well, there’s friction in my mind right now.

My Mum called it emotional turmoil, my Dad called it being lost, but I think friction is a good word at the moment. I’ve already burst into flames a few times, the energy always seems to die down, simmer quietly for a little while and then begin to build up until, you guessed it, I explode again with emotion again. Most of the time I don’t even know what causes all of these feelings. 

I need to look towards my future, focus on the positives that lie ahead and stop clinging onto the negatives of the here and the now. Being sad and discontent never made anyone’s life better, I’ve got to take action. 

2nd December 2017

Today I went to see Wonder at the cinema. As the scenes from my favourite book flashed past my eyes, I immersed myself in the story, rediscovering the powerful themes that run through it. Many of them are relevant to my life right now – being different, going to school, fitting in, standing out, real friendships, finding your place in this world, staying true to who you are. 

In all of the characters that I’ve known and loved for so long, I suddenly saw myself. When I read the book (and I must have read it 100 times, no kidding) I am an observer in Auggie, Via, Miranda, Jack Will, Julian, Summer, Justin and everyone else’s lives. However, watching the movie made me see their story in a different light. I felt like I was there, I was part of it.

I was Via, struggling with friendships. I was Miranda, just trying to fit in with the crowd, wanting to be liked. I was Summer, trying to be a good friend and Jack Will, trying but not always succeeding.There are no words for how much I loved this movie and how much of an impact it had on me. 
4th December 2017

I went to my teen yoga class today. Although I’m not flexible enough to do half of the poses I still love it. It’s amazing for relaxation, concentration, exercise and the releasing of stress. 

My yoga teacher, Luna, says that in yoga thoughts are like clouds, we let them drift by without holding onto them. You go into your body and just observe your mind. It makes you less anxious and stressed plus it helps you concentrate on your thoughts and make more sense of them. This was great for me, for someone who’s brain is especially active and often anxious, it helped me chill out and bring things into perspective. </

In other news from the life of Gracie Chick, my prize for when I cam runner-up in a poetry competition arrived. I received a certificate and a small bundle of writing supplies (a notepad, two pencils, one pen and a bookmark). Exciting! 🙂 


I’ve also been really into cooking with foraged goodies. This time of year is brilliant for wild food and I’ve been making the most of the abundance of it on the farm where I live. 

</I made this delicious lunch for my family, it’s a chickweed and lettuce salad with a berry vinegar dressing and crumbled parmesan on toast. It was SO good. 

</A yummy snack of roasted burdock root chips sprinkled with sesame seeds. Okay, I hope you enjoyed that little peek into my life at the moment. I felt like doing an update and I wanted to be honest.<Now, I have an exciting announcement to make ~ Megan is hosting the Best Of 2017 Blogging Awards for the third year in a row! By taking the survey now, you can vote for all the amazing blogs and posts out there that you’ve particularly loved. So, what are you waiting for? Go VOTE!

What’s going on in your life at the moment? Don’t be afraid of honesty, I often am and it never makes you feel better when you bottle it up. You can send me an email if you feel like talking. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Oh, and will you vote in the Best Of 2017 Blogging Awards? 

32 thoughts on “Extracts From My Journal + The Best Of 2017 Blog Awards Have Arrived Again (Yay!!!)

  1. Such a lovely picture Gracie. You’re at a point in your life when lots of things change both in your body and around you. It can be wonderful, scary, challenging and many other things besides. We all have days when we don’t feel great and other days when life couldn’t be better. Sometimes the sad times are times for us to be quiet and reflect. I’ve seen the trailers for Wonder and having heard your write up I will try and see it, it sounds wonderful. Love seeing your cooking, I learnt something about burdock root sounds delicious though xxx

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  2. Gracie Melissa. Is so right in what she says .You are at a stage in your life where there will be changes .we all have good days. And bad days. The picture of you is beautiful always remember you are such a lovely person and you have such a lot to give xxxxx

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  3. I’ve been through rough times where it’s been hard to understand myself so I suppose I know what you’re going through. I’m always here to talk about it, Gracie. 🙂
    Your photos are really pretty, by the way. And oh, I take yoga classes too! 😉

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  4. Fire is not always bad, fire can be passion or warmth but it can be anger and distress as you well know, but fire out of control can be bad, up and down, happy and sad but this is normal just keep active (yoga’s good) and be open, you don’t want to stagnate in your misery.
    I have fallen into the misery trap but now I just cycle all my worries away the only time I had grief after I started cycling was when my knee condition occurred, it made me miserable because I couldn’t cycle and I couldn’t cycle to get rid of the misery, I got worse in mind and body till I took hold of it and fixed it.

    Keep keen and be happy, I’ll try to help you smile. (if you think it is in my power!)

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  5. Gracie! Ummm your journal is beautiful?! That whole idea of emotion being energy is fascinating and I can totally see it being a YA novel with a journal sort of formatting! You have the talent girl! Actually I’m surprised you didn’t win that poetry contest… though you have plenty of time to win later! ♥️ But can you please come make me lunch?! 😉😍 Your Family is so blessed to have you (as I’m sure you’re blessed to have them too!) And YES, I voted!

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    • Thank you, Dani! Wow, that’s so kind of you! You’ve really inspired me now! If I ever write that novel, I’ll certainly dedicate it to you. 😂 Aw, thank you! Thank you for all your lovely words. I’d be happy to make you lunch someday. Will a virtual one do for now??? 🤣🤣🤣

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