Yelly Writes

Accepting the good and the bad

It’s been quite a difficult few days. It’s been stressful along a multitude of fronts.

With the number 8 figuring prominently in a lot of things. And yes, I’m being cryptic. Mostly because I don’t necessarily want to say much at all. I’m still gathering thoughts and processing emotions (and sorting out the spaghetti bowl of emotions is never a straightforward exercise).

Last week, I received a resounding yes in answer to something that I’ve been praying for for a while (there were a lot of tears and storming the gates of heaven). Then I had to pray for guidance about how to go about having the difficult conversations that would come following the answered prayer. Whilst I don’t think it went the way I wanted because they were never going to be painless, the difficult conversations were had and I feel relieved to have had them and now I can move forward.

I am thankful for my faith. Because I can focus on the knowledge that yes, things are bad, yes things are challenging, but my God has me in the palm of His hand. My God has the perfect plan for me, with the perfect timeline, and all I have to do is trust Him.

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Yelly Writes

1 down, 11 to go!

January has always, in the past, been a very busy month for me.

I worked for a chartered accountants’ firm for nearly 7 years and since 2013, January was a running-around-like-a-headless-chicken period because we had personal tax clients who needed help filing their tax returns in time for the 31 January deadline. I hope you’ve managed to file your tax returns online yesterday! If you need a recommendation, send me a message and I’ll let you have their contact details!

I thought moving to Drinkaware was going to be a little less harried. To be fair, I think it would’ve been less harried because most of the leg work would’ve been finished towards the end of December. Of course, December 2019 was the first time the world started hearing about the virus that we now know as Covid-19 and it was the holiday period before this novel virus became a pandemic.

I don’t think I would’ve written 2020 off as a non-starter. True, it was a year when I yelled, “Stop the world! I want to get off!” and, quite literally, life as we all know it, paused! The words “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind. However, it was a year of firsts and a year where we were all forced to learn about ourselves and learn about our personal limits. And as I always say, when there is learning, it’s an environment that I thrive in!

Enter 2021. We’re all still in the midst of a global pandemic (isn’t that the right way to phrase it, surely a pandemic is already global?) and it looks like we haven’t come out the other side yet! We’re still social distancing and it seems like we’re not learning the lessons that we should’ve learned after 2020 (or at least, a small percentage of the population seem to have completely ignored the infection control lessons – I’m ignoring that particular soapbox for now!). The light of the end of this dark tunnel is that we now have effective vaccines in circulation. There is hope. There is definitely something to look forward to.

It’s the First of February! I’m relieved to have survived January 2021. It feels like it’s been a year…or maybe it was just me!

Here’s to all of us who have come out of January still smiling! Yay us!

Yelly Writes

The mania that is Monday

So I saw a share-worthy post from Words of Women on instagram and read this to myself this morning and told myself that this was going to be my mantra this week (bearing in mind that I was recovering from being off sick for two days – Thursday and Friday – and burning my wrist earlier last week).  It was a big ask but I needed to psyche myself into accepting all the possible challenges that Monday would most-definitely bring. 

It was most certainly a brilliant reminder of how my life was more than glass-half-full.  My cup was brimming over.  Yeah, I am going through a difficult time, personally and mentally.  But I am still here, I am waking up each morning and finding a reason to smile, I am living in the country I’ve always wanted to live in and I am loved by the most amazing man.

You have to start believing that your morning commute is fun and exciting.  That your apartment is perfect for the stage you’re in right now.  That your partner is the one you always dreamed of.  That every coffee you have is just right and every dinner you eat out is a treat.  That every time you look in your closet there’s a ton of amazing clothes you bought for yourself because you’re now a badass, stylish woman.  This is the grown up life you always dreamed of.  Look at you!  Think of what your 13-year- old self would think about where you are.  She was once dreaming for this life.  Now start appreciating it.


But Monday had another plan for me.  It just went with an almighty whoosh.  It was so crazy busy that when I looked up next, it was time to put my cup in the dishwasher (or wash it, as I ended up doing because the dishwasher was full anyway) and shut down my computer.  If you held a gun to my head and asked me to tell you what I did today, I wouldn’t be able to do that without looking at my to-do list. 

I’m going to start over tomorrow.  Hopefully the day goes on a steadier, slower pace and I can actually appreciate the time I have!  Here’s to hoping!

Good night all!❤️

Yelly Writes

Making lemonade

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

LemonadeIt’s always a good thing to try to look at a bad situation from another angle.  Focus on the positive…and all that.

I know!  I sound very grumpy.  I am.  It’s really not a great way to end July but I’m going to make sure I try to find the positive spin because otherwise, I’ll be insufferable!

Yelly Writes

A look back on 2014

For the last few weeks, I’ve been saying that I can’t wait for 2014 to end because it has been the worst year.  I take that all back.

While it has been a difficult year, after looking back, it has been a year filled with amazing things: I went home to Manila twice; with my Abba’s amazing recovery, I have seen what I believe is a miracle; I am so very thankful for the support of family and friends (especially the friends I have made here), because your faith, optimism and positivity (and the occasional “it’s okay to go and cry”) has buoyed us and carried us through the difficult months; and I even managed to get myself on TV (for a total of 2 nanoseconds!)!

I am thankful for all the lessons I learned in 2014.  Because while it has been challenging, I learned a lot about myself, my faith has grown, my Abba is much, much better, my family is stronger together and we know that we truly love each other and I have learned that I am made of sterner stuff after all.  I know that I am truly, truly blessed.

I can’t wait to find out what 2015 will bring! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!  May you all be so very, very blessed! 🙂

P.S.  Here’s a quick-fire list of my blogging goals for 2014: blog more, bake more so I can blog more, cook more so I can blog more, take more photos and post them on the blog…yes, the goal is to blog more!!!

Yelly Writes

Good vibes!

Today wasn’t such a good day because I am currently in the throes of quite a bad migraine episode.  The pain meds are fading and I’m due to drink my next round of painkillers.

I wanted to share this photo with y’all though because I thought it was such a positive little slogan that it won’t fail to make you smile.  This was taken outside the Spitalfields branch of The Breakfast Club.  They used to have this note on their receipts but for some reason the last receipt I got from them didn’t have this little cheerful tidbit.  I guess they thought having the sign outside the shop would be enough.  And, in my case, it was enough; and on the day that I saw that sign it was certainly a good day!

Good vibes sent out into the cosmos and all that!  Even if you start the day with a pounding headache or even if something negative manages to wiggle itself into the start of your day, if you tell yourself that you’re going to have a good day, you are.  Don’t let the negativity get you done!

If you tell yourself you’re going to have a good day, you are!

Today is going to be a good day!