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Thanks for investing your pennies in this little book of warm fuzziness. Your support is greatly appreciated, and allows me to be the mum I want to be; working from home and raising a boy I hope will one day love the ordinary as much as I do.
The Bee’s Knees was born out of the love for the good ol’ days, when a warm jammy doughnut fresh from the supermarket was like hitting the jackpot and learning to swim without armbands meant you were basically in the Olympics.
Ultimately, whatever we desire, we all, in the end, have the same agenda… Happiness. We go on diets, set ourselves long lists of goals; financially and physically, constantly pressing on to ‘what do we do next?’. We live in an age of achievers and believers. The sky’s the limit! Be the best. Achieve your dreams. It’s all out there for us to soak up everywhere we look. Ultimately, we are all doing it to be happy. The question is, where does it stop? And what is wrong with stopping? Just stopping, slowing down and seeing what you already have that makes you happy.
I like to call it ‘The Bee’s Knees Moments’. The feelings you got as a kid, when you would run at full speed through fields, playing rounders with all the kids in your street and home time was ‘when it’s dark’. The feeling you got when cuddled up in your pjs, with hot milk and biscuits after running home from school in the pouring rain. Or the feeling you got when you first rode your bike without stabilisers. All the little victories that filled you with warm fuzz, and made you feel totally content. You have to ask, when do we lose that? It’s fair to say, the majority of adults do at some point.
Truth is, setting goals in life IS important. As humans we are meant to strive for our purpose here and thrive within that. But it’s key to know when it’s healthy and when it becomes unhealthy; to remain as present as possible while working towards whatever goals you may have.
Truth is, mindfulness is not some unattainable spiritual parallel universe that only the elite with their calm and serene beauty can enter into, as much as it seems to look that way. Mindfulness, and indeed spirituality, is the basic concept of being present. It is there for all of us, in all its toasted teacake warmth, like a grandma on your shoulder, reminding you to eat your greens, always take
the stairs and use real butter if you want to live longer. She is often intensified in her effect with a good old fashioned dollop of laughter. The kind of wet-your-pants laughter that got you in trouble at school because you and your friend couldn’t make eye contact without snot shooting from your nostrils about nothing other than your joy for that hopelessly ridiculous moment, about nothing other than the fact you felt so happy you couldn’t hold it in. Wasn’t life better when we just instinctively knew how to be balanced and not always seeking the secret answer?
This journal is your Bee’s Knees goodness. It’s grandma’s bible. A place not for transformation, but realisation. Realisation that you are pretty damn awesome just the way you are and so can life be.
The tools and practices that cover these pages are things you did without thinking once upon a time, basic, but oh so bloody important to that feeling we all aspire to be – happy.
Whether your pages are covered in ketchup with the scribblings of an exhausted mother who filled it in whilst eating a pack of Munchies, hiding in the bathroom just so she didn’t have to share, or whether you treasure this journal like a magician’s book of tricks and set aside time to colour, reflect and connect, know that happiness will grow and be totally handmade with love.
There is happiness within you, and that happiness is often found in the most everyday, ordinary moments. When we stop to appreciate the good old fashioned moments that are still there, we realise that each day has its own moment that is totally; The Bee’s Knees. What’s important to remember is that the goalpost for that feeling varies daily and can be different for us all. Adventure seekers, knicker leakers, fitness fanatics, hopeless romantics, stay at home mums, take life as it comes, downward doggers, internet bloggers, hectic, eccentric and even the sceptic, all once upon a time appreciated that feeling without questioning it. And those feelings were enough.
We take a little balance in what we do for ourselves, a bucket of gratitude and some basic human needs, and we have a game changer right there. Chuck in a healthy side serving of humour and honesty (and a slice of Battenberg if you need it too) and you are well on your way to a pretty extraordinary ordinary. Just the way it was when you were little.