A grateful heart does the soul a world of good. Is that a proper saying or did I just make that up? Whichever, sounds cool, doesn’t it? Yeah, so we are gonna run with that.
For a few months now, we have been noting and even recording the things that we are grateful for each month, and we have come to realize that it makes us much more appreciative, which leads to us being happier and that certainly boosts our mental health.
So what are the things we are grateful for in May? So many things.
Working From Home
This one is going to get a mention every month! We both chose to leave the rat race of a regular 9 to 5 (more like 8 to 6 most days and much later at times), to pursue a less stressful life. Life is 100% less stressful now and that has been afforded us because we took the plunge and decided to do our own thing working from home. It means more flexibility and more than anything else, control over what we choose to do with our lives.
Thank God as well that this month we took in quite a bit of writing work for brands which has afforded us a chance to pay off more debt, invest and save. After all, there is a rainy day coming and we want to be fully prepared for it.
If you’d like to watch us talk about what we are grateful for rather than reading it, check the video below.
Talking of rainy days…I know this might sound absurd, but we have loved the almost 3 weeks of daily rain we have been having! My garden has been rejoicing so much! It has been absolutely splendid!
What has been good too is that every time when we have had to go on the road, the rain stopped sufficiently long enough to allow us to do what we needed to get done and then to return home. God, in His mercy, saw that the reservoirs needed refilling so He did just that! Thank you, Lord!
My petunias, roses, peonies, and other flowers are basking in the early morning dew, then sunshine, followed by rain almost every day during the month of May
This reminds me of the Bible text that says, in everything, give thanks. 1Thessalonians 5:18
Day Date Wednesdays
The rain did not dampen our spirits nor our chance to take time out in the middle of the week to run errands, go to the shops, and go out for a meal in the middle of the day. That is what we have been calling our Day Date Wednesdays and so far for May, we have been able to enjoy these during the 4 Wednesdays of May.
It has been so delightful! Lunch has been eagerly anticipated and only 1 has been a bit of a letdown. If you want to know which one was, then check out our YouTube channel because there, we document our Day Date Wednesdays.
However, we have been to Harvester, The Pound Bakery, Mcdonalds, Talk of the Town, and Nandos. What laughs, we have had! It is something to break up the week a bit and we really do look forward to it.
Here’s our favourite day date in May
It was in our city centre and we thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Viewing pleasures and the joys of online communities
The month of May provided us with another month of growth and engagement success for our Youtube channel. We are also pleased to have found new vloggers and new content to check out in our downtimes.
One of the things we’ve enjoyed is checking out African cuisines and I even had a go at making Egusi soup! It’s a meat dish that includes any meat/fish you have, some peanut butter, spices and so on. I also added spinach and okra to mine.
Leisa wasn’t a fan but I loved it. I am considering looking out for a Ghanian restaurant nearby just so that I can see how close I came to capturing how to do the dish.
We’ve also enjoyed watching The Sewing Bee, The Circle (USA version), and on Youtube, Colaz Smith TV, Meet the Mitchells, Shania Singh, and others. It’s been something relaxing to do and we learn a lot too. For example, on The Circle, we really learn a lot about social media. People are not really who they claim to be! So, be careful who you believe on social media. The life some people portray is sometimes really far from the truth.
Early Debt Repayment & Financial Literacy
During May too, we made a decided effort to make some overpayments on any outstanding loans we have. For example, we both now owe less than £100 owing on our Argos cards as we have been making overpayments as soon as we got some money in.
Did you know that if you make more than the minimum payments on loans and credit cards each month, that you actually pay less interest in the long run? A lot of people don’t seem to realise this and of course, lenders aren’t too eager to tell you this either.
So the mortgage overpayments are being made too and we are beginning to really make a dent in what we owe.
Over to you. Can you share at least one thing you’ve loved or appreciated in the month of May? Please use the comment box below.