What sparks your light?

It was my 30th birthday yesterday, and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on the past couple of years, and how my 30-year-old self is not the self I had once pictured. In some ways, that’s a good thing, but in a lot of ways, I have neglected who I wanted to be and not taken care of myself in the way I should have. The last couple of years have been really difficult for me personally, and it’s quite hard for me to admit...

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I’m back! (AKA Blog like no-one’s watching…)

…because they’re probably not! It’s been an awful long time since I did any actual blogging on here – three years to be precise. I’ve concentrated more on book reviews and less on blogging, partly because I didn’t think what I had to say was worth saying. But two things have changed my mind recently. Firstly, I’ve started to feel the itch to blog again. something I haven’t wanted to do for...

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Finally Free!

If you’re family, or if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve been in hospital for the last 3 and a bit weeks. I’d had stomach pains for a couple of weeks when it got so bad that I went to A&E. I was convinced they were going to send me home with indigestion tablets and tell me off for wasting their time, but it turns out I had acute pancreatitis! After two weeks in hospital attached to...

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We’re Engaged!!

So I have exciting news for you, Cameron took me away for a few days at the beach in Scarborough, and while we were there, HE PROPOSED! It was such a great weekend, obviously, and I still can’t stop smiling and looking at the gorgeous ring!! I took absolutely loads of photos, but here’s a small selection for you ūüôā

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Day out at The Tetley

As we had half a day off work to go and see Chicago at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, since Cameron bought me tickets for Christmas, we decided to take Cameron’s mum and Auntie Julie out for a nice lunch at The Tetley in Leeds. And delicious it was too, just as good as last time we went there!

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Confirmation and First Communion

Today was my confirmation at Church. Since coming back into my faith last year and starting attending Pudsey Parish Church, I’ve done lots of things that have made my life so much better, I’ve started going to a weekly Cell group, I’ve been through the Alpha Course, and I’ve met loads of wonderful people. So at the end of the Alpha Course when the Vicar said he’d be running weekly sessions at the Vicarage to prepare...

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I Heart Fitbit! ♥

I’ve absolutely loved my Fitbit this year. I joined the gym in March, started going in earnest with my best friend in May and it was great for tracking the calories I was burning. Until my world was turned upside down when I was made redundant, I was very happy with the steps I was doing! Unfortunately, my old office was very close to the beautiful Yeadon Tarn, but I don’t have that any more. I will have to find somewhere new to walk...

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Happy New Year!

As¬†it’s New Year’s Eve and as¬†I’ve still got the flu that I’ve had since Christmas, I’ve not got much better to do than to sit down and get back to my blog, which seems to have been sorely neglected this year. I’ve got a few posts coming up today with my plans for next year, which tie in with my new year’s resolutions. I’m not usually good at keeping them (who is?!), but I’ll try my...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all had a day as fun as mine! Christmas for me started off opening presents yesterday evening as I spent today at Cameron’s house and my mum wanted us to all open our presents together still. Christmas Eve finished with Midnight communion at Church with my Mum and Auntie Ann. Then up this morning for some breakfast (chocolate of course), before back up to the Church for the morning service. I’ve...

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Prayers for Peace (and a bit of a rant)

After the horrific attacks in Paris last week, it seems like most of the world has reacted with compassion towards the victims and their families, as well as towards those involved in the emergency response to the incidents. However, some things that I have seen have been quite frankly disturbing. Someone that I previously considered an ‘okay guy’ with whom I was friends on Facebook, shared the following image: I tried to report...

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In all things, PRAY!

Our Church service on Sunday was about how we shouldn’t just turn to God as a last resort, he should be our first port of call. And not just when we’re in trouble or need help, but when things are going good and we’re happy too. So rather than saying ‘God, I’ve tried everything else and I really need your help’, we should be saying ‘God, thank you for the things that are going well right now’. So...

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Alpha Course!

My church is running the Alpha Course, starting a week on Wednesday (30th September). I’ve looked into it a few times in the past, so I’m excited to finally be giving it a go! There’s already 72 people signed up for it, and the more the merrier, so if you want to join in, read more about it on the Church website, or watch the promo videos below:    

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The Creed

When I previously went to a Methodist Church, the¬†services never followed a particular plan, and we never really did prayers or recited text as a whole church, except for the Lord’s Prayer. But since going to Pudsey Parish,¬†it’s been quite different. One of the things that is said nearly every week is the Nicene Creed. I’d never even heard it¬†two months ago, but I love the¬†practice of saying it, and I’m looking...

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Walking through the Old Testament

At the weekend, I went to an event at Pudsey Parish Church called Walk Through The Bible. This particular one was the Old Testament version, but they also run a New Testament version too. Ever since I started going back to Church last month, I’ve been feeling so much happier in myself. Apart from being in contact with God again and feeling my spirit renewed, I’ve met so many wonderfully friendly people – not a service goes by...

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Perfect way to start the day!

Started my day with a walk around Yeadon Tarn, with a stop half way around for a rest to enjoy the view and read. Perfect way to thank God for the beauty of nature and that we get to enjoy it so freely. Verse of the day: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 5:13, KJV)

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So welcomed!

I went to Pudsey Parish Church this morning for the first time, and never before have I felt so welcomed into Church. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never felt ‘unwelcome’, I’ve just usually been left to my own devices. But within 5 minutes of¬†sitting down with Cameron, a lovely lady called Naomi climbed over the chairs in front of us to come and say hi because she didn’t recognise us and thought we might be new...

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Feeling very inspired right now…

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a post from Pudsey Parish Church on Facebook about the start of their Believe in Pudsey week, which was kicking off with ‘An Evening with John Sentamu’. It sounded interesting and it was only ¬£4, so I booked tickets to go with my boyfriend and my best friend. It turns out that it was exactly what I needed right now, and I left the room with an overwhelming sense of inspiration and feeling completely...

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

It’s very very late, but today my sister and I took my mum out for a belated birthday/mother’s day out. The weather has been really sunny and warm all week, so it’s bloomin’ typical that today it would decide to be cloudy and miserable. When we walked down to the Abbey and sat down to start our picnic and it started raining, I wanted to scream! Thankfully the rain didn’t last too long, but the clouds did stay around...

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Creme Egg Cookie Cups

My colleague showed me a picture of the most delicious looking cookies on Friday, and I couldn’t resist giving them a try. I found a recipe online, but it was on an American site and required a bit of adapting. For those wondering, it’s here: Mine looked a bit more ‘rustic’ than these, but they tasted yummy! Perfect for Easter, but maybe not for your diabetic aunt, these are very sweet! Ingredients: 1 box Betty Crocker...

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Packwood House

After visiting Croome and driving a bit further up the motorway, the plan was to visit Hardwick Hall, south of Sheffield. But we spent so long looking around the lovely Croome that we realised we’d get there about 15 minutes before it closed so we had to change our minds! After a quick search on the National Trust app on my iPad (which works wonderfully offline), we settled on Packwood House instead. Very closed to Baddesley Clinton which...

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