It’s been far too long since I’ve done one of these posts. Life has been a tad manic with Christmas and January assignments. There hasn’t been all that many opportunity’s for me just to sit down and think. But now what I’ve got a few minuets to myself, I think it’s time to revisit this series.
If you’re new to this then don’t worry, the title is very self explanatory. Throughout the past year I’ve been creating a collection of things I’m grateful for. They don’t make the most exciting blog posts in the world but I like taking the time out to be thankful for what I have, and I always encourage you guys to let me know in the comments three things you’re currently grateful for.
Going to the gym
This one may confuse a few of you. Why would going to the gym be something worth mentioning? Well, I used to suffer from anorexia nervosa. I had the eating disorder for two years and I was very ill with it. For that time it simply wasn’t safe for me to exercise, especially at the gym with all the equipment.
It’s been over a year now since I recovered from my eating disorder and since being at university with a free gym pass, I thought it was about time I tried to introduce myself to exercise. I knew that I was feeling ok enough to, so I made the decision to book myself onto the induction.
Several months later I’m feeling a lot better about myself. Exercising has really helped me build up muscle and strength what, rather surprisingly has helped my chronic pain loads.
If you’d asked me a year ago if I thought I’d ever be back having a healthy relationship with exercise, my answer would have been no. Not everyone who’s had a eating disorder will be able to go back to a good relationship with exercise, I’m so aware of this fact. So, I’m grateful that I’m able to have fun running and going to the gym.
If you follow me on social media then you’ll know I talk about my house plants a lot. I’ve always loved the idea of having loads of plants but sadly my small room back at home didn’t have anywhere for me to put them. But now that I’m at university I’ve got a much bigger room a lots of shelves and a big windowsill.
They may not sound like a big thing to most, but for me they give me a feeling of responsibility. I have something other than myself to look after, I have to water them and look after them. Yes, you might think they’re only plants, but for me it’s something small to take care off. Not to mention, they’re very pretty and make me smile every morning when I open up my curtains.
So it’s been a while since I’m mentioned my faith on my blog. Some seasons are more private and personal than others, and as a result I made the decision to take a step back from sharing my faith on here for a bit. But even thought I’m not sharing the ins and outs of things, I did want to mention this.
Despite everything that’s happened, all my questioning and doubts, anger and frustration, not to mention pain, God has remained faithful and caring. It’s something I’m incredibly grateful for.
Finally getting a diagnosis
After over 15 years in education, I finally got diagnosed with dyslexia. This may not sound like all that big of a deal for some, but for me it was the biggest sigh of relief I’ve had in ages. After years and years (I’m not exaggerating) of struggling at school but being told I’m too ‘smart’ by my teachers to be dyslexic or my grades were too high (what by the way is so bad, being dyslexic doesn’t make you unintelligent or make you have bad grades by default) I finally got diagnosed at university.
This means I’m going to finally be getting the support I need to excel here at Bangor. I’ve been accessing some of the support already (I was diagnosed in December) and I can’t tell you how nice it is not to be constantly struggling academically. Not to mention, I can’t put into words how excited I am to be getting software that will further help me take notes and write a whole lot easier.
It’s been a lot of hard work to get to university, but I’m so hopeful that I now have the tools and help I need to make it through my degree.
So there we go, that’s part 5 of things I’m grateful for.
Like always, I’m throwing the question back to you guys. What are three thing you’re currently grateful for? Let me know down bellow.
I’m at a slightly quieter time at university so hopefully that means I can spend a little more time with my blog and writing for you guys. I have such a long list of post I want to write, so I’m going to be chipping away at that in the next few weeks.
Till next time, take care all.