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Ayr Vaping – Quitting Smoking and it’s benefits.

Quitting smoking is probably one of the best things you can do for your health.

As a smoker myself, it’s something that always crosses my mind but I never actually manage to do it or even try for that matter.

When I was pregnant with Dinky, quitting smoking was the easiest thing to do because I had him to quit for, not just myself. So why did I start again?

That first night away from the baby that you so desperately need. He was about three months old and it was his first time staying at my parents away from me. I was invited to a friend’s birthday party and once I’d had a few glasses of wine, out came the cigarettes. If I could go back to that day I would and I’d not reach for a fag. I know it will be really hard to quit smoking for the second time.




 

Why should I consider quitting smoking?

As pretty much everyone knows, smoking can be the cause of many cancers and not just lung cancer. There are so many different chemicals in a cigarette, all of which are dangerous to inhale.

When you smoke, not only do you harm yourself but you are putting other people around you in danger too. Second-hand smoke can kill just as easily as smoking itself.

You and your clothes smell, even as a smoker I hate the smell of smoke if someone walks past me. I am always really conscious of the way I smell after a cigarette.

It drains your bank account. I spend roughly £15 a week on smoking. If I was to quit smoking I’d be saving a massive £780 if you don’t include the nights out where you tend to smoke more. With that money, I could take my boys on that holiday we all desperately need. If Mr. Pie quit smoking too and we put the money we’d normally spend on cigarettes, we’d have over £1500 saved in just one year!

Vaping

I have tried vaping quite a few times to try quitting smoking again, but it’s never worked. Mainly because the “vape” is far too strong or I’d forget to charge it.

Many friends of mine have successfully quit smoking through vaping and they’ve even managed to kick the vaping habit too.

I have recently been contacted by Vape AYR, who as of late 2017 will be releasing one of the most innovative vaping equipment sets I have ever come across.

This is because the actual vaping pen itself has so many brilliant qualities, nothing else on the market is quite like it. If you purchase one of their pens you can expect:

  • It will refill and recharge itself within its case – no more having to worry about putting your vape pen on charge, because the case will charge it for you when you’re not using it.
  • It comes with “capsules” that fill your vaping pen. Rather than trying to refill it and spilling your liquid everywhere, you simply pop in one of their capsules and go! The case refills your pen whilst you’re not using it.
  • The pen itself shows you how much you have vaped per session, and it will tell you about it’s “condition” and when a replacement pen is due.
  • The pen and the case combined are a really sleek, sophisticated design.
  • The liquids come in many different and popular flavors.
  • Most impressively in my eyes, it comes with an app that tells you exactly how much liquid you have left in that capsule, which flavor you have in there at that time and how much battery your case has left!

All of these points appeal to me, and although pricing is not clear on their website I think I’d definitely be happy to fork out for something that ultimately, might save my life.

The benefits of vaping.

First and foremost, your health. Although you will still be getting your nicotine hit, all of the other chemicals that you’d find in a cigarette are abolished. This also means that other people around you will benefit too.

You won’t smell of stale smoke. This is something that really appeals to me as I mentioned before. I hate the smell of smoke, and most smokers will say the same.

Your bank will thank you. After the initial payment for the kit, smoking a vape is virtually cost free apart from the liquid refills which don’t tend to cost much anyway.

Your taste and smell will improve. Smoking dumbs down your taste buds, so you probably won’t taste something the same way as a non-smoker would. My Dad, for example, he hasn’t been able to smell since he was in his late teens (nothing to do with smoking) and he was a smoker until about three weeks before I was born. He has admitted himself that even though his taste was heightened when he lost his sense of smell, he had never experienced taste properly until he quit smoking. Start enjoying food again!

Yours and your families safety. Most house fires are caused by a cigarette that wasn’t put out properly or one that has dropped onto a highly flammable surface like carpet or your cushions. There is no heat involved with vaping, and no risk of burning your house down.

So, have Vape AYR convinced me to try quitting smoking?

Honestly, I want to try. For mine, Mr. Pie and Dinky’s health. I can’t bear the thought of Dinky losing me at a young age.

-I don’t want to die, it’s just hard to kick the habit.

So when Ayr release their product in late 2017 I will be purchasing one of their kits, and in the meantime, I guess I’m going to just have to try and go it alone.

Why don’t you join me? Let’s not harm our loved ones anymore, let’s save ourselves some money and let’s save ourselves from let’s face it, one of the worst and most painful ways of dying.

This post is for review purposes and although I haven’t been given the product for testing, I have been paid to write this post. If you’re interested in checking out Vape AYR, visit their website at https://www.vapeayr.com/.




The Benefits of being a Blogger

Today I took full advantage of being a blogger and able to work wherever I want and spent the day with my friend so that we could catch up. (In between her doing housework and getting her youngest from nursery I was able to work from the comfort of her sofa!).

We decided to fill her paddling pool up for the kids to go in after school and cool off, and to treat them all to a takeaway pizza and chips.

I’ve not felt so relaxed in ages, I really enjoyed watching Dinky play with her children. His confidence has come on so much. When my friend and I first met he would be too anxious to join in with their games and would nervously be tugging on me to either go home or for me to have to be by his side.

But today, he proved how much he has come along by happily joining in with their play and literally only coming to me for food and drinks. As you can see, they had a great time!


Nothing makes me happier than seeing a Dinky enjoying himself. For years we really struggled with his interaction and now he seems to have conquered that. I’m one happy Mumma indeed.

So, to sum up my day, I managed to:
1. Catch up with a great friend of mine.

2. Enjoy watching Dinky play and interact with other children.

3. Work from where and when I felt like it.

I’m totally getting used to this whole being your own boss thing!

How can you become a full-time blogger?

If you want to know how you can be your own boss, check out my post here on How to become a full-time blogger. I’ve also got a great giveaway ending 30/06 there too, so head over and enter!

10 Things That Make Me Happy

Thank you to Rachel over at Coffee, Cake, Kids for tagging me in this post thread to take part!

As we have all seen on the news lately there’s been awful terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and I think that we all need to appreciate how lucky we are to have been safe from these terrible events. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends of the victims of these attacks.

This is why when Rachel tagged me in this, I thought it was a great time to reflect on 10 things that make me happy. Even when life seems a bit shitty, and it feels like the whole world is on your shoulders, I think we should all take the time to think about things that we are grateful for. So here is my 10 things that make me happy!

1. Blogging

This one may seem incredibly obvious but over the last few months, blogging has become a big part of my life again. I have met some of the loveliest people through blogging and had so many great opportunities too. I’ve had the chance to review items that I would never even have thought about trying and some that I’ve loved for many years too. I’ve also managed to start monetizing my blog, and I am now writing full time. That’s something I didn’t think I’d be able to do for years.

2. Dinky’s Smile

As you may already know, Dinky has autism. Since about the age of two, we have noticed and have been trying to get an official diagnosis so that we can get him the best help possible to help him thrive in life. I know for a fact he finds every single day a struggle, he knows that he isn’t like some of the other children at his school. Every morning we really find it hard to get him to school happily, it’s very rare that he goes in without any sort of panic attack. So those times where I do get to see my boy’s amazing smile, I absolutely love it. It melts my heart to know that at that moment he’s not worrying about anything and that I made that smile happen.

3. Mr. Pie

This is going to be corny as hell but I honestly don’t know where I’d be without him. He has supported me through the worst anxiety of my life, through stresses of home and work and also he is still supporting me as I’m taking the leap and becoming a full-time writer. He makes me smile daily, he’s my best friend and my soul mate. He is an incredible step-father to Dinky and they both adore each other (even though I know they wind each other up sometimes too). I doubt Mr. Pie will read this but I love you!

4. Vodka

Come on, you had to know this one was coming? It’s not an essential part of my life, but when I’ve had a rough day there’s nothing I love more than kicking back with a nice cold vodka and lemonade (or two) (okay three).

5. Gaming

GEEK ALERT!! I have loved gaming pretty much my entire life, but for around 8 years (oh my, that’s a bit bad!) I have loved World of Warcraft. I have also met some of the best people I know on the game, including my best blogging buddy Zara from Mojo Blogs who was pregnant at the same time that I was, and they were born literally days apart! I’ve gone back and forth with the game, playing whenever I can. I’ll never be as into it as I used to be before I had Dinky, but I still enjoy logging on and letting it take me away for a few hours.

6. Movies

Mr. Pie is a massive film fanatic, and since we have been together he has shown me literally hundreds of films and still manages to name and describe films I’ve never even heard of. I love it when we watch a movie together, it’s our time to chill out together, get cozy and watch a good film. Plus, there’s nothing better than lying there with your loved one after a long day!

7. The plan that myself and Mr. Pie have for life

We’ve been together for almost four years now and we’re constantly getting comments about marriage and more children. As much as we’d love to jump straight in and have all of these, we’re trying to do things the right way for us. We want to buy ourselves a nice home, build up some money and then go ahead and get married and have children. I just love the fact that we can both shrug off the comments because we know what our aim is and we will get there.

8. Cooking

I’ll admit, some days I really can’t be bothered to make much of an effort in our meal plans, but I do actually really enjoy cooking. Whenever I see one of those recipe videos floating around Facebook I can’t help but watch it, and then modify it in my head. When it actually comes to cooking, I love being creative and even changing the recipes up as I go along, and one thing I love even more is seeing Mr. Pie’s face when he tries my food. Any compliment from him is a big one in my eyes considering he is a chef.

9. Our car

We haven’t had much luck with cars over the last three years, but I have loved each and every one of them. At the moment we have my Dad’s old Freelander and I absolutely adore it. It looks beefy, it drives incredibly and it’s also something that makes Dinky smile. Even though the car isn’t an absolute necessity for us, I certainly do miss having one when we don’t. Having that freedom there to just jump in the car and go somewhere is amazing, and of course, it makes life 10x easier with shopping and school runs!

10. My life

It took me ages to think about this final one because I wanted to make it a good one. I was sat there thinking about what I appreciate and I realized that I hadn’t even listed the most important one, the whole reason I started writing this post, I’m grateful and happy with my life. I may have 3458345 things to groan about certain things that are going on in my life, but in general, I have a great life, an amazing partner, an incredibly loving, intelligent and funny son, supportive family, food on the table and a roof over my head.

I nominate Katie Shacklock over at The Perfect Juggler to give us her top 10 things that make her happy!

 

 

 

 




Little Steps Towards Making the World a Better Place

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It’s easy to think that the world is all doom and gloom. When we wake up, we turn on the television or radio and open up the morning’s papers, only to be greeted by story after story of all of the terrible things going on in the world. War, attacks, robberies, natural disasters. The list goes on. But just because what we read, hear and see from the news is mainly negative doesn’t mean that the world is an awful place. When it comes down to it, shock and horror sell. That’s why it’s plastered across headlines and front pages. But for every bad thing happening in the world, there are plenty more undocumented good things happening. It’s time for you to contribute to these positive occurrences. Here are a few ways you can go about making the world a better place.

 

Give to Charity

This is one of the easiest ways to start helping those less fortunate than yourself. Giving to charity takes little to no time and makes all of the difference to the recipient of your donation. You can choose to donate regularly, signing up to a direct debit donation. Alternatively, you can just put your spare change in the charity buckets left out on store till desks or shook by volunteers in the streets. If you have a little more time on your hands, you might want to engage in a fundraising activity. Take No birds bash as inspiration: these two men are traveling to the most remote and rural parts of Australia to raise money for Variety children’s charity. While bonding and seeing places that they’ve never seen before, they’re helping out disadvantaged kids. If you have the time and energy, you could engage with similar events. Alternatively, if you find you have no spare time around work, you can donate to others’ charity ventures. A final option to bear in mind is leaving a charity donation in your will. This is a little morbid to think about, but how positive is it that you can continue to help others even once you have passed?

 

Small Acts of Kindness

 

Engage in small acts of kindness every day. Even if you just make one person smile and feel good about themselves, you’ve made the world a brighter place. These small gestures won’t cost you much or take up much of your time, but they make all the difference to the person on the receiving end of things. If you see a homeless individual rooting through a bin for food, offer to buy them lunch or a drink. Give your small change to a busker. Help someone in the train station up the stairs with their suitcase. Offer a helping hand to someone trying to get their pram onto a bus and offer your seat to the pregnant, elderly and disabled. Even something as simple as smiling at strangers in the street when you pass them could make all the difference to someone having a tough time.

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Consume Ethically

 

The products that we buy are so disconnected from their sources that it’s easy to ignore or forget where they come from. When possible, try to consume ethically. Whether you’re buying food, clothes or beauty products. Consider the process that has resulted in them getting from their roots to your basket. Food wise, try out a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. This is great for you, animals and the environment. If you don’t think you’re ready to commit to meat or dairy free living, any little will help. Whether that’s trying out a pescatarian diet, engaging with meat-free Mondays or even just opting for a vegetarian option over a meat-based option when dining out in a restaurant. Buy free range where possible and opt for organic, fair trade coffees and chocolates to ensure fair living conditions for the people who have grown and produced your food. When it comes to clothing, question whether the price on the label matches your perceived worth of the goods. Low price products are often imported from countries where workers aren’t paid a living wage, may be exploited and might have low standard working conditions. Try to invest in clothing that has a fair trade source, free of human exploitation for a clear conscience. When it comes to beauty products, think of the environment. Choose brands which don’t engage with animal testing and avoid non-organic products. These often contain chemicals which are harsh on your skin and pollute waters after use.

Acids & Alkalis: Your Body Chemistry 101

Okay, so the title here sounds a little bit like a school biology lesson – and goodness knows they were rough enough the first time. But honestly: there’s a point here, something that can make a real difference to how you understand your body. Importantly, it can also make a difference to your health and even give your beauty regime a boost.

 

Far from just being the reserve of science experiments, acids and alkalis have practical, everyday uses. By understanding what they can do for you, you can harness them to improve your life in a variety of ways. If you’re intrigued, then read on; there’s a lot to learn but it’s all worth it…

 

Alkalis: Purple Perfection

 

You may have heard some of the talk of the benefits of the alkaline diet in recent years. It’s become something of a fad, which many people have gone to great lengths to dismiss. However, taken on a simple basis, there’s a lot to be said eating foods in an effort to maintain your body’s pH – which is naturally slightly alkaline. Doing so, it is claimed, can increase energy, aid recovery, and with the likes of HCG diet drops and similar innovations, even assist in weight loss.

 

Is it to be dismissed as another one of those fad diets that can be ignored? Probably not.

 

Take a look at the foods that this kind of eating plan encourages you to consume:

 

  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Vegetables

 

And some of the foods it’s advised that you avoid:

 

  • Processed food
  • Dairy products
  • Refined grains

 

Just a quick glimpse at these suggests that this is not the kind of diet that is problematic. The ‘good’ foods are legitimately good; the ‘bad foods’ are legitimately bad. Whether or not you think the alkaline hypothesis works, there’s no doubt that following such an eating plan will have huge benefits to your overall health.

 

Acid: Love Your Skin

 

If you have been battling trying to keep your facial skin in good condition, then exploring what acids can do for you might make all the difference. There are plenty to try, depending on what you are looking to achieve.

Azelaic Acid: For Redness, Rosacea & Skintone Concerns

 

Azelaic acid is often found in prescription treatments for rosacea, but it’s now possible to buy it and try for yourself. Look for formulations between 5-10% and apply in the evening as a serum. You should begin to see any redness (whatever its cause) fade away, and may even see healing for broken capillaries.

 

Hyaluronic Acid: For Skin Softness and Plumpness

 

Who doesn’t want to firm and tighten their skin a little? If you’re looking for this kind of fix, then hyaluronic acid is by far the best solution to do it with. Look for it as an ingredient in a night cream, or apply the solution by itself – companies like The Ordinary offer individual solutions that allow you to mix and match.

 

One note: if you use any of the above acidic solutions, it’s vital to always ensure you are wearing an SPF every day – even if it’s cloudy out. These solutions will do wonders for your skin but may make you more susceptible to burning, so be careful!

Who Knew Sweating Could Feel So Good

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If you’re ready to take life into your own hands, then the best way to start is by getting active. Now that doesn’t include pigging out on the sofa to your favorite tv show; it means getting up, breaking out of your usual routine, and making a new one that will benefit your life in a positive way.

Here are the top forms of exercise that will work up a sweat, and work out your body.

 

Swimming

Swimming is a great form of exercise, especially if you suffer from any aches and pains, or even if you’re just on the larger side of the scale, because water takes all the pressure off your body and lets you focus on moving around freely. This is why a lot of physiotherapists tell you to swim. Not only that but it also uses every muscle in your body, so you don’t just burn calories, you also tone up too.
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Cycling

Cycling is popular go-to workout because you don’t necessarily have to go outside to do it. As long as you have an exercise bike, you can get fit in front of the tv if you wish to. Riding even as little as 30 minutes a day can make a huge improvement in your physical strength and stamina, and the more you sweat, the more fat you’re essentially melting away.

 

Circuit Training

Circuit Training or High Intensity Interval Training is the best cardio workout if you like to push yourself to limit. With high intensity workouts with very little rest time, make it a very a challenging session, but so rewarding once completed. It’s very fast paced, so you need to make sure you’re hydrated and have eaten something otherwise you just won’t have the energy you need to do this. So you will want to keep a bottle of water within reaching distance for when you have a short rest interval. -You will understand why.
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Boxing

Boxing is amazing is you want to focus on your core muscles while giving your whole body a good workout. It also improves your balance, mobility and even coordination, while engaging your core muscles the whole time, and these are all things that can be used in your day to day life.

If you’ve never boxed before, it’s a good idea to get someone to work with you, like a trainer or a friend that knows that they’re doing. That way you know that you’re doing everything as they should be done, ensuring you don’t cause an injury to yourself.

 

Whatever you decide on doing, give it a fair chance before you make up your mind whether you love it or not. Having said that, not everybody is the same, so just because your peers claim that running is the best thing for them, that doesn’t mean that it’ll be like that for you. So this is where trial and error become relevant. If you don’t enjoy one thing, don’t give up – just keep going until you find something that you really love.

Don’t be afraid to try new things and get nice and sweaty! -That’s the best part!

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Why I am giving up Coca Cola and why I think you should too!

Anyone that has met me for more than ten minutes will know that I absolutely adore coke. For about 5 years I’ve had a 1-litre bottle a day at least and it’s never really affected my health. Or so I thought.

Recently I’ve got into the mindset that I need to sort my health out, and not with fad diets or magic pills that will make me lose 10 dress sizes in a week. We all know they’re bullshit. I’ve been looking into food that will benefit me and any ailments I do suffer with so that I can improve my health over time and actually stand a chance of sticking with it.

For two weeks I documented everything I consumed, including drinks and I was mortified when I looked back on it to see how much coca cola I actually consume. Below is a table from Coca Cola‘s website with the “nutrition” information for a 1-litre bottle of normal Coca Cola. So with me consuming at least 1-litre a day, that would mean I am consuming at 420 calories just from Coke alone! For me to lose weight at a healthy rate I’m recommended to consume between 1500 and 2000 calories per day – nearly a quarter of that is was coke! To check the calories you should be consuming to either lose, gain or maintain weight, you can check your BMI and get the best information here.

Nutrition Facts
Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 12 fl oz (360 mL)
Servings Per Container about 3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Sugars 39g
Protein 0g

After I got over the shock of how many calories I was consuming from Coke alone I decided to look into how else it was affecting my health. As we all know, Coke is an acidic drink, so not only does it raise the acidity in our stomachs but it raises the acidity in our whole bodies. In turn, this is one of the reasons we have breakouts or our already sore and dry skin doesn’t seem to go away. There’s another reason for me to quit right there. I’m constantly moaning and trying to look for the “cure” for my psoriasis when in fact, it’s what I do and don’t put into my body that makes it worse/better.

My teeth friggin hurt. This year I’ve had more trips to the dentist than I think I took in the whole of my childhood. I’ve never really noticed any problems with my teeth until now, but in the last year or so I’ve had a tooth removed, one tooth has broken and will need to be removed and also increased tooth sensitivity. I did some research on this and read that every time you take a sip, the effects of the sugar last for 20 minutes, so if you’re drinking it all day your teeth will be under constant attack. Admittedly this information was reflecting on all types of fizzy drinks, but the results are still awful. Here’s the full article here.

My weight has suffered a lot over the last 5 years. Now I’m not saying I eat perfectly because I’m far from that, but for example, if I was eating the recommended amount of calories for my weight, then I’d be consuming an extra 400 calories a day! I dread to think how much Coke has contributed to my weight gain over the years.

Another thing I worked out was how much money I have spent on Coke over the last 5 years. I would go for the 2 bottles for £3 deal, so 1-litre bottle a night would mean I’d have 7 bottles a week which would work out at £12. Times that by 52 would mean I’d spend £624 a year and times that by 5 would mean over the last 5 years I’ve spent at least a whopping £3120 on coke, and that’s not including drinks I’ve bought out. There’s me wondering why I can’t afford much. No, it’s not much per week if you really think about it but I could have done so much more with that money over time.

So to sum it up, coke is bad for your skin, your weight, your teeth and your bank balance. I’ve already forgotten what I liked about it!

 

How To Cope With A Newly Discovered Food Intolerance

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A food intolerance can really put a dampener on your fun. The discomfort and bloating can have a significant effect on your quality of life, and some people find that they have to stop eating some of their favourite foods as a result. A food intolerance is generally caused by your body developing a difficulty when it comes to digesting certain types of food, and can even cause irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. While it isn’t an allergy and isn’t fatal, it does take some special care to manage the symptoms.

 

Start to explore dietary alternatives

With a food intolerance, it’s recommended to try to remove that food from your diet almost completely, at least to start with. This means you might want to find some alternatives, especially if your intolerance is a prolific food type, such as lactose or gluten. Supermarkets and cafes are starting to really get on board with alternative foods these days, so there’s never been a better time to discover an intolerance (if there was ever a good time). You never know, paying more attention to your diet could even have some positive effects on your wellbeing. Explore your local supermarket “free from” shelves, and give your local hippy cafes a visit to find some of their smart alternative ideas. If you’re a keen cook, finding alternatives for your home cooking is a new way to experiment with undiscovered ingredients or world cuisines.

 

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Give your digestion a helping hand

Food intolerances can really take their toll on your digestive system, and you will probably experience some bloating and discomfort as a result, particularly if you’re also suffering from IBS. Using dietary supplements and probiotics can really give your digestion a boost and reduce some of the symptoms of flare-ups. The best probiotics for IBS can also work to help reduce symptoms of food intolerances, such as the gas, bloating, and pain, and just help to put your mind at ease. Even if you can’t cure it, treating the symptoms will give you some relief.

 

Don’t cut the food out altogether

It may come as a surprise, but once you’ve gone through the elimination process to discover once and for all which foodstuff is actually causing your problems, it is often recommended that you reintroduce that food to your diet, in tiny measurements. In some cases, this will enable your body to rebuild a tolerance to the food, so in time you’ll be able to go back to eating it in normal quantities again. This approach should only be undertaken very slowly and gently. Be sure to listen to your body, and not push it beyond comfortable limits – you could end up setting yourself back even further.
Dealing with a newly discovered food intolerance can be tricky, especially if it’s a foodstuff which is prolific, such as lactose or gluten. The symptoms such as discomfort and bloating which occur when you accidentally eat some can be alleviated by supplements and treatments, but avoidance is obviously the most successful means by which you can avoid flare-ups. Just remember, it’s not a death sentence, nor is it necessarily permanent.

Why me?

Why is it always me who has to keep her mouth shut?

Why is it always me who has to be sensible?

Why is it always me who takes all of the shit?

Why is it always me that never gets an apology?

Why is it always me who has to take control?

Because I’m Mum. I’m the Mrs. I’m the younger colleague. I’m the one that has to be the mean one or the inexperienced one.

Just once, I’d LOVE to be the wild one. To be the one that someone else has to take care of, to be the one that let’s everyone down, but still gets forgiven no matter what. I’d love to be carefree. I’d love to not give two shits about anything or anyone.

But I do.

So I put up with it.

Sometimes I wonder why.

Then I realise. 

Those people. Those situations. Those times where I have to be that person, it’s because I care. It’s because I appreciate what I have and I will literally do anything to make someone I love happy. Because on those rare occasions that I get thanks, it’s incredible.

I just wish that I felt more appreciated.


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