The Power of Positive Thought? Share The Joy

The Power of Positive Thought? Share The Joy

What makes you really happy?

I’ve been pondering over this question a lot lately for the simple reason being I’m in such a good place right now and I want to preserve it for as long as I possible. There is so much to be thankful of and so many reasons to smile and I just couldn’t pin in down.

I love a good natter and there’s plenty of that going on with our, ok the toddler’s, busy social life, Just this week we squeezed in a local toddler group and met up with the Devon bloggers tribe; Claire, (Tin Box Traveller) Clio (Diary of a Devon Mum) and Nicola  (Nicola Says)along with their kiddies at Crealy Adventure Park. And that felt good.

I’m also now sporting the most stunning and luxurious changing bag a mum could wish for, I’m trying to steer away from materialistic feel good factors but there’s no denying that something as simple as a beautiful accessory can make you feel good. After all, according to Marilyn Monroe all you needed to conquer the world was a good pair of shoes.

All my boys are doing great right now, so maybe that was it? There’s no denying that parenting can be hard at times and to have all three living life without drama, illness or worry is a rarity, so I’m unbelievably thankful for that.

And while all these things were most definitely the foundation of why I felt so good, it struck me that this feel good feeling was actually excitement for things to come. The anticipation of what is, or might be, round the corner was the tipping point for my warm fuzzy feeling.

I’ve always been a firm believer in positive thinking and try to always have something to look forward to which overshadows any impeding worrisome moments. To focus on the good and push the negative to the back. It’s not always easy, sometimes taking  a little or a lot more effort than other days. But it really can work.

This week I’m not thinking about the extra money I’m going to spend trying to entertain 3 children on a school break, I’m looking forward to the relaxed mornings and spending time with my boys and my sister. There might be a few days rain on the cards, but that simply means indoor play, a chance to sort out the toddler’s bedroom and hot chocolates by the log burner.

And I’m full of hope and plans for the summer and spring; a few weekend breaks, planning birthday parties, researching where to go on holiday and watching my toddler experience so many firsts. Don’t get me wrong, there is the odd night waking worry moment but with the power of positive thinking I’ll keeping those moments in check.

Any way, on to the link up!

Welcome back to Share the Joy! Bloggers, writers, artists, poets, if creating something made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile – you’re welcome here! Link up and share your creations with a wider audience. All genres are welcome – new or old favourites and as many links as you like!

Co hosting share the joy with the joy chaser

Each week, Michelle picks a favorite piece and features it on the following week’s Share the Joy link up (she’s also made a Pinterest board where you’ll find all her favorites in one place).

Last week I loved reading Pre teen to teen by U, Me and The Kids. As a mum to a teenager and pre teen I completely understood and resonated with everything Rachel writes and found great comfort in knowing that I’m not alone!

Today I’m sharing  Aim High,  a photo which makes me proud of my the milestones my toddler is reaching. As difficult as it is to parent a lively toddler, his initiative completely astounds me.

Ok, let’s Share the Joy!

Here’s a reminder of the 3 really simple rules…

1) Link up a creation that has brought you JOY – all genres are welcome, new or old favourites and as many links as you like!

2) Link back either by including the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this Share the Joy linky page in your own post.

3) Please comment on one of your hosts’ posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting as well as through our posts!

Share the Joy will run for a whole week until the following week’s linky is open, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me (@East_Devon_mum) or Michelle (@thejoychaser) the url to your post using the hashtag #sharethejoylinky so we can retweet it.

Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!

Share the Joy every Monday at

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  1. 15th February 2016 / 7:31 am

    Thanks so much for co-hosting #sharethejoy with me this week Ali! Love your Living Arrows post and a huge YES to the power of positive thought. Have a wonderful half term my friend! xx

    • 15th February 2016 / 8:51 am

      Thanks Michelle, it’s so lovely reading all these positive and happy posts!

  2. Regina L. L. Wells
    15th February 2016 / 5:11 pm

    You hit the nail on the head, Ali…appreciate the good now and, as hard as it may be sometimes, positive thought can make a huge difference. Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting #ShareTheJoy!

    • 17th February 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Your welcome Regina and so glad you agree with my ideas for trying to make the day more enjoyable and stress free.

  3. Jackie S
    15th February 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I think parenting and worry go hand and hand, but of course worry accomplishes nothing. Except maybe to ruin your day. Enjoying the everyday moments help to keep you positive as does having something to look forward to. Although my children are grown and I have grandchildren now, I still find myself worrying about them, most of which I have no control over. When I find i’m worrying I have a stern talk with myself. I remind myself of all the good things that are going on in my life, and there are many.
    Thank you for hosting.

    • 16th February 2016 / 6:42 am

      thats so true, I always think parenting is 50% guilt that you’re not doing it right and worry which is why i try to focus on the positive so much as like you say, worry does nothing but waste time and cause you stress.

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