deep breathing while counting my blessings

Happy Place, Happy Space

It has been a difficult week around the world: severe weather in NZ & Australia, earthquakes in Turkey with the death toll still climbing. Reading heart-breaking accounts from BlogFriends in NZ, it puts the thunderstorms we’ve been getting in Singapore in perspective. Having checked in with several friends in various parts of Turkey, we are assured they are safe; but not all were unscathed as one of their family is still searching for a missing child.

Closer to home, I shared tears with a friend when I bumped into her the Botanic Gardens; she is struggling with her breast cancer treatment 3 years down the road and still 2 more years of medication to go.

Later we received a heart-wrenching message from a friend who lost his beloved mother.

It never seems to end; all the more reason I feel overwhelming gratefulness I was able to return to brisk walking this week. Breathing in the outdoors brings immense gratitude and well-being.

Thank you for your well-wishes & good thoughts as I recuperate from my fractured foot.

Please remember with me all who are struggling this week – may you find moments of peace & comfort.

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in Happy Place, Happy Space, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

  • Barbara at Thistles and Kiwisโ€™ This Weekโ€™s Small Pleasures: shares delights from her week, from edible joys to a lovely new garment
  • Laurie at Notes from the Hinterlandโ€˜s Polar Punch: keeps toasty in frosty weather
  • Natalie the Explorerโ€˜sย Red Hearts and More: ponders red & hearts in nature, art & cars
  • Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind’s Hear My Voice: shares verse & song from a regenerating urban park
  • Trent at Trentโ€™s Worldโ€˜s Weekly Smile: buys an electric car
  • Xingfu Mama’s Whatsoever is Lovely: receives a cutie in her garden

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This post is my contribution to:

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All photographs were taken in the Singapore Botanic Gardens this week in between rain showers.


  1. So much has happened in February. Catastrophes you’ve mentioned about, both on global and personal level. Times are getting harder and harder.
    But hope lives on, which provides us another reason to put a smile on our faces.


    1. And may we continue to smile as much as we can as we look to the brighter side of life! Appreciate very much your approach to life and the encouragement I feel when we share our thoughts & captures!

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  2. Ju-Lyn, It’s been a hard week for many people. I’m glad to hear you were able to return to brisk walking. Walking and deep breathing in nature brings me peace and gratitude. Thank you for the mention and for your contribution to #weekendcoffeeshare.


  3. Beautiful photo so glad your foot is healing, fractures are nasty. I love you’re big caring heart you bring joy & comfort to many. Our joyousness need to be full so we can continue to care & give. May your friends & family where ever they are find many moments of comfort that bring all joy.


  4. Fractured foot? How did that happen, Ju-Lyn? There are days when, selfish as it is, I just don’t look at the news. The bad things in life will seek us all out soon enough. Life, for many, is heart wrenching.


  5. I missed that you fractured your foot (my blog reading has been a bit erratic of late). I am glad it is healing and that you can enjoy being outside.
    There are many bad things happening around the world, with Turkey and Syria topping the list. It does make one grateful for the small things we have – it could all be gone tomorrow.
    I hope you have a good weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. No worries – I am also just now returning to this space more regularly. Breaks are always restorative!

      One of the reasons I cherish your Weekly Smiles – it is a reminder and a good space to focus on things we can be grateful for, despite all the tragedy that happens.

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