Beginning again…

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I’m typing this outside in our little back yard, enjoying a surprisingly summery day in October! I have no idea if anyone who was following me in the past is going to see this, but if you do, “Hello again!”.

Yes, I’ve been away from the blog scene since July last year (2016) due to a rather major life disruption. For some reason, even though I was hiding in certain respects, I never did shut down my blog. I’m glad because it means it’s easy just to pop back now that I’m reemerging into life. Some of the things I wrote may be embarrassing to me if I were to reread them now, but I’ll not be worrying about that. You see, I’ve discovered it really is okay to mess up.

Yep. Amazingly the world didn’t come to an end despite how much mine was turned upside down! And I’m pleased to report that my husband and I reconciled in August last year, with him moving back home in September. Last month we celebrated 15 years of marriage – a miracle considering all I put him through as a result of my illness.

Tuesday this week was World Mental Health Day and I changed my FB profile picture to reflect that. Eighteen months ago I had no idea that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in each year. Last year I was one of those. However, I’ve learned just now that only 0.7 in 100 people will experience the type of issue I did in a year…so perhaps I’m rather special after all! LOL.

Posting again today has been spontaneous and I haven’t given any thought to the direction of this blog as yet. However, in reading the blurb on my home page I still feel the same way. Plus life still has many mysteries I’d love to unravel! So here’s to beginning again and continuing life’s journey after extreme trials.

Blessings!

Elizabeth

 

 

 

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I’m Having a Breakthrough…

Brokenness is often the road to breakthrough. Be encouraged. Tony Evans

The last 6 weeks have been intense for me, leading up to and including a breakdown. I’ve been in recovery now for over two weeks and am really starting to feel much more myself. It’s been a hell of a time but also heaven as I’ve been able to slow down and stop and focus on just looking after me.

There are big and difficult changes happening in my life but I’m feeling extremely grateful to be able to say that I’m feeling so very well supported. This year I have reached out to people in a new way and in my time of need I have been surrounded and supported by people who care about me.

I wrote a list on Monday of those who are supporting me and supportive and I reached sixty-two, and these people are in England, Germany, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. My local friends, who I’ve met just since arriving in the UK in August last year, have been a particular blessing. I’m so grateful and appreciative of their loving friendship.

What have I learned through this experience? So much. So much in fact that I feel I need to write a book or two to capture it all! So I’ll be getting to work on that in a while, once I give myself time to heal properly!

Wishing you every blessing, and I encourage you to reach out and build relationships that go two ways – giving and receiving. You never know when you might need them!

Love and Blessings,

Elizabeth

TGIF!

Thank God it's Friday!(1)

I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith. Brené Brown

I’m still having to Trust that my husband will get a job soon. He’s made some progress this week…and I’ve just found out today that I’ve got part-time work lined up for the summer. Yay!

When this auto-posts I’ll be on day one of my Counselling Course! Whoop whoop! I’m feeling really happy (can you tell?!) and Grateful!

This week I’ve been Inspired by another blogger to continue going after my dreams. I’ll add a link in my next post.

Faith is a challenging one for me to comment on. Every week I feel stuck. I think this is because my ideas on faith and spirituality have changed so much over the past few years. I’ll leave you with this thought…

Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fears

…and a question! What does Faith mean to you?

Blessings,

Elizabeth

TGIF #4

Thank God it's Friday!(1)

This week I’m still having to Trust that my husband will find work. This phase of our relocation is more challenging than I anticipated!

I’m particularly Grateful for my improved health. I’m not yet 100% but close.

I’m continuing to be Inspired by Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. I’ll be finished the book soon, but have another one of hers lined up to read. So you have been warned! You’ll be reading her name around here for a while yet! 😉

My Faith has been tested this last week. This quote by Anne Lamott is very apt.

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Wishing all my readers a wonderful weekend. Hope you manage to find some balance and experience freshness inside.

Blessings,

Elizabeth

TGIF #3

Thank God it's Friday!(1)

This week has been challenging for me as my husband and I have been adjusting to living under the same roof again. It’s felt like an emotional roller coaster at times and my head space has been rather cluttered.

I am happy to report that we are making headway. This afternoon we had coffee together and came up with a basic routine for the two weeks of school holidays. Already this has helped to clear a lot of my mind-clutter. Afterwards I came home and rushed about sorting some of the clutter pile in our dining area. It all helps!

This week I’m Trusting that hubby and I will continue to find our way back to a close relationship and better communication.

I’m Grateful for the ongoing support of my therapist and my Dad.

I’ve not lacked inspiration for blog posts but have struggled with finding time to write a “meaty” post this week due to the changes in our family normal. I’ve been Inspired by a Blogging University course to sort out a poll for you, my readers, to give me feedback about what you would like to read here at Unravelling Mysteries going forward. Watch this space. 🙂

Our son is still struggling a lot with anger and low self-esteem. The more I talk things over with my therapist the more understanding I gain and the more I realize how much our dysfunctional parenting (thanks to family-of-origin baggage) has contributed to how he is today. I’m grateful I’m healing from my past and learning how to be a better parent now. I’m grateful too because my husband is more on board than he’s ever been and is open to continuing to grow in his role as a dad. I’ve already seen wonderful changes in his relationship with Master Speedy this week and it’s doing my heart good! I have hope and Faith that the two of us will continue to find healing ourselves and in turn will be able to help our boy find healing and peace too.

Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. Brené Brown

Wishing you all some rest for your souls this weekend!

Elizabeth

TGIF #2

Thank God it's Friday!(1)

Today I’m TRUSTING for continued guidance in parenting my son.

I’m GRATEFUL my husband arrived home safely last night, after spending more than seven weeks in New Zealand. He now has a visa to be in the United Kingdom and can start looking for work!

I’ve been INSPIRED to help create some new positive patterns with my husband’s reentry into our family life.

I have FAITH my husband will find work soon.

To find out what this Friday feature post is about click here: TGIF!

What is your TGIF for this week?

Elizabeth