Friday, 15 July 2011

Make It Count

I’m my own biggest critic.  I envy people who have unshakeable belief in themselves.  Maybe sometimes it’s misguided but how comforting must it be to know that you’ve done a good job without asking yourself how you could have done better.

This morning I baked a cake, nothing new there really BUT, this cake was for the judges of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) who were judging the local parks for the Briton in Bloom awards.

I have some involvement in our local park along with a few other like minded locals.  Just little things that help keep the park a clean, safe and beautiful area for our children.

Anyway, the judges wanted somewhere to have mid morning coffee and cake and I was elected to make the cake. Of course the damned cake stuck to the tin, something that’s NEVER happened before.  I’d left it ‘til this morning to make as a sponge cake really doesn’t keep well. Both parts broke as I took them out.  I sandwiched them back together with buttercream and strawberry jam and a dusting of icing sugar on the top covered the cracks but I fretted about that damned cake all morning!

Anyway, the cake and the park were a hit and my fears were groundless BUT the point of telling you all this is that we often spend so much time analysing and critising ourselves that we forget to appreciate and congratulate ourselves on the things we do well.

Now Mila at Here Under the Rainbow thinks we should do that a little more often and I think she’s right.

She’s put it in the perspective of blogging and started a pay it forward kind of link to revisit what you’ve written and acknowledge its worth. Then you list 3 blogs you’d like to recognize.

The lovely Catherine from Inside Out   listed me to take part, thank you so much Catherine! x

Here are the rules:

1). Write a post base on the three categories below.
2). In your post, include a link for each category.
3). Then challenge three fellow bloggers to do the same.

My Best Humor Post

Well, I like to think that many of my post have an element of humour, the silly, ridiculous and sometimes frankly bizarre ‘things’ that happen to me but my best?  Hmmm, well, this is the one that makes me laugh (retrospectively!) the most.

My Best How-To Post

Now with this one I was in a little trouble, I don’t think I HAVE a ‘how to’ post.  Mostly I think I read as a guide to ‘how not to’!!!  So I think I’m going to have to go with that.  Not strictly following the guidelines but this is my favourite.

My Best Charlie Brown Post
According to Mila, "This post may be one that you worked very hard on, but it was overlooked. Yet, you love it like Charlie Brown loved that scrawny Christmas tree."

Again, which one to choose ….. Possibly an early one when I was blogging in bulk and into oblivion.  One that got a little lost in time before I was discovered by those people lovely enough to want to read me.  I’m going to choose … this one:

Now, that’s me done so the next thing is to choose the 3 people that I would love to see carry this on and to tell them that for me (and many others) You do make it count!

So here goes:

Gemma from My Big Nutshell

Lou from waiting to emigrate and


The mum of all trades said...

I really enjoyed reading those posts, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the inspiration I was stressed by work but i learnt that life is about living to the fullest and enjoying every moment.Thanks a million

Catherine said...

I'm so glad you decided to do this!! You really do count and isn't it kind of nice to be reminded?

Altho I read the Cat post again and laughed hysterically I did not add another round of comments as I stand by my initial belief that she deserved worse for showing up early!

Anne said...

Hi Sarah. Don't ya hate that. Happens to me all the time. If I was making it for the family, it'd turn out perfect. But as soon as it's for someone or something special then I do something silly. Bet it was a big hit!

Anne xx

Sarah Mac said...

Glad you enjoyed them MoaT :)

It's so easy to get bogged down with things Anon, I'm guilty of it too. If anything I have to say helps to lighten anyones mood then that makes me pretty happy.

It was great Catherine and nice to have a little look back myself. I'm still not sure she deserved ALL she got ..... maybe she did tho ;) x

Yep, sods law Anne. I think it taseted fine, well, they ate it all anyway! x