Mum, I Love You

I just got off the phone to my mum and it made me realise how excited I am to go back home for the summer. I really enjoy uni but to me there really is no place like home. There’s only one month of uni to go now before the holidays!

The person I miss the most while I’m down here is definitely my mum. Even if I’m not in a bad mood, speaking to her just always makes me feel better. I feel so calm and relaxed after talking to her. It’s cheesy but she is like a mum and best friend rolled into one. She gives me the best advice, she laughs at all my stupid jokes and she listens to all my boring stories – the ones I wouldn’t even bother telling my friends.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of my mum is her singing loudly in the kitchen; usually not in tune and usually not the right words. Or her grabbing my hands and making me dance round the kitchen with her. Her friend gave her a picture a few years ago that says “Dance as if no one is watching. Sing as if no one is listening. Live every day as if it’s your last.” and my mum is the epitome of that picture.

She’s absolutely the most important person in my life, I honestly don’t know what I’d do without her. She is an amazing person; I could write about the reasons why til the cows come home. Plus she’s been with my dad for nearly 30 years now and their relationship gives me hope for my future!

I think it’s important to talk about the good people in your life, people spend so much time being or feeling negative it’s nice to remember the positive too.

Working It Out

I had a moment today, at the gym, where I was on the verge of tears and I thought to myself “hey, you’ve been on the verge of tears at the gym a few too many times. Maybe you ought to get your shit together”. But an hour later, when I left to go home, I felt so much better. I felt lighter and happier, albeit sweatier and hungrier. And I thought back to the other times (embarrassing that this has happened to me more than once, I know) and I think the same was true then. So it occurs to me; is it in fact true that exercise is better at cheering you up than chocolate?

And you know, I think it is. I love chocolate as much as the next person but the way my mood turned around in such a short amount of time really surprised me. The things that had upset me are still there, but that hour of exercise has given me a better perspective, made me feel like I can deal with them. It reminded me of scene from a film that I adore: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” I have to say, I now 100% agree with Elle Woods and am going to try and hit the gym for a shot of those wonderful endorphins whenever I’m feeling down from now on!