Good morning, Prep School family,
I hope you are well. I hope you all had fun weekends doing lots of the things that you love, with the people you love!
I had a great weekend – very productive! I spend most of Saturday and Sunday in the garden – jet washing, weeding, pinning up honeysuckles and clematis, planting my hanging baskets and pulling ivy from fences! This was intertwined with seeing friends, writing reports, a little bit of shopping, a BBQ and obviously, in this weather, having an adult drink of the rose variety! I never would have thought that I would enjoy my garden so much – it must be an age thing as since I turned 25 in April, I am hooked! I am, however, not great with the plant/weed identification! I know the common plants and weeds but my friend Jaci (who is a professional gardener) has had many, many picture messages this weekend that simply read: plant or weed?! Well you have to start somewhere don’t you?
I am constantly telling the children and staff to push themselves out of their comfort zones and I decided that it was time to take a spoonful of my own medicine with regard to my garden and I have not looked back since. Not only am learning new things but it is also so rewarding as you can see immediate results. Everyone in school knows that I do not like clutter and mess and that my clean outs of classrooms, cupboards and sheds are legendary. I enjoy it so much as you can see the results of you labours straight away– just like the garden. It’s also so relaxing and therapeutic – when I was weeding, my mind wandered off and I thought about nothing in particular, I was just enjoying the moment – how often do we get to do that, especially at the moment when life is so busy. . .
I am already looking forward to getting home each night this week to sit in the garden and relax – to take time to admire the beauty of nature and to be proud of what I have achieved when creating my own small sanctuary. To drift away for a few minutes as I watch the bees buzz or the ants crawl will be my mindful time, to restore calm, to help me relax and enable me a few minutes peace to refocus ready for the next day. What a great way to promote our personal well-being and mental fitness. Go on, everyone, give it a try!
Quote of the week: “You are not the darkness that you endured. You are the light that refused to surrender” – John Mark Green
Well-being tasks for this week: Joyful June.
This month is all about us belonging to, and being part of, something bigger and all of the ways that we can connect with, and make a difference to, the world.
Tuesday 13 June – Take a light-hearted approach. Choose to see the funny side
Wednesday 14 June –Share a happy memory with someone who means a lot to you
Thursday 15 June – Look for something to be thankful for where you least expect it
Friday 16 June – Speak to others in a warm and friendly way
Saturday 17 June – Take time to notice beautiful things
Sunday 18 June – Look for something good in a difficult situation
Monday 19 June – Get outside and find joy in being active
Jokes of the week:
Why did the sun not have to go to university?
He already has a million degrees.
What is the sun’s favourite day of the week?
Sunday, of course!
What flower can be seen growing on the sun’s surface?
What is the sun’s favourite ride at the theme park?
The solar coasters.
How does the sun greet the moon and the earth?
Sleeps til Santa: 194 sleeps til Santa
5 things that I am grateful for or looking forward to this week:
Can you try this simple exercise in gratitude and positivity?
- I am looking forward to my dad’s birthday.
- I am looking forward to the Highclare 90th birthday ball at the weekend.
- I am looking forward to more sunshine!
- I am grateful for sun cream this week!
- I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.
Have a wonderful week and remember to take care in this weather. Wear sun cream, drink plenty and avoid the midday sun!