AD – This post contains gifted items but all thoughts are my own

As of yesterday, non-essential shops here in the UK were re-opened again. The next step in our blueprint to life after COVID. So I thought this would be a good time to talk about, well, the good times. The pandemic has been tough on all of us to some degree but focusing on the positives is always so important.

It’s vital that we reflect on this last year in a healthy way. Because when we really think about the magnitude of 2020 (and the start of 2021), it can be very easy to spiral with our thoughts. Luckily for me, gratitude has always been a very natural thing.

Working on gratitude has been an absolute game changer for me in how I live my life, how I experience life and how I manifest what I want. Gratitude is one of my core values. And one of the most powerful tools we have in our back pocket.

And yes, there will even be moments of gratitude within a pandemic.

And the amazing thing is, even the smallest things can make the world of difference. Whether it’s a friend who dropped a meal on your doorstop when you were ill with COVID or the delivery driver for delivering your groceries on time.

So today I want to boost that power of gratitude and talk about some of the best things that have come from the pandemic for me.

I feel closer to my boyfriend

Starting with a bit of a sappy one but kinda just getting it out of the way (because I am not a sappy person) but I really do feel closer to my boyfriend than I’ve done in a while. He’s been on furlough since the beginning and I’ve been working from home. So although we have been in each others space quite a bit (especially before my office was built) I think it’s been amazing for us!

I love my job more than I’ve ever done before

Honestly, I am SO BLOODY GRATEFUL for the job that I do. I love it more than ever. This pandemic has obviously not changed my working arrangement as I’m a full-time blogger. At the beginning, things got mega quiet for a month, which was to be expected. I also took a week off in March 2020 because things were a bit overwhelming then.

But since October 2020, my blog has grown so much and I’ve really started to fall so effortlessly into alignment with what I want to do and what I want my blog to be. I’ve left behind things I wasn’t passionate about (like affiliate marketing) and I’ve honed in on what I am (like working with brands).

Speak of which, I want to take this moment to mention Muru, who kindly gifted me a couple of beautiful pieces to feature in a blog post. You should know I’m a huge fan of jewellery by now and the Muru pieces were right up my street!

First I picked these simple but gorgeous gold hoops. I didn’t own gold hoops beforehand and I could tell they were missing from my collection. These aren’t too dainty but they’re really classy and could easily be dressed up or down.

The second piece I picked was this necklace which won’t come as a surprise if you know my love for The Law of Attraction and using the Universe to attract abundance. This beautiful ancient coin was a charm for attracting wealth and it has been loving crafted into this beautiful pendant which looks great on it’s own or layered with other pieces.

Muru was born out of their love of travel, discovering new cultures, encapsulating memories. Each tactile creation is lovingly crafted in sterling silver or 18ct gold vermeil. If you’re after something new for your collection – or a gift for a loved one – I’d highly recommend checking out Muru.

So yeah, my job. It truly has got me through the pandemic. I love what I do and I’m so excited for the future of Jenny in Neverland and some new projects and things I have in mind to work on. Watch this space.

Working with two incredible coaches

I swear I have not stopped talking about my coaching experience for months but you know what, that just shows how much of a powerful impact it’s had on me. My experience started in August 2020, when I saw someone was looking for BETA testers of their new group coaching programme.

She had put out a form on a bloggers opportunity Facebook group I’m in, which I filled in and was later accepted into. I don’t know how but I KNEW I was going to get one of the two places on that programme.

I loved that programme so much that I continued to work with this coach on her 1:1 programme after and I invested a lot of time and money into doing so. But it was worth every second and every penny and I aim to continue working with her later in the year.

After that, I also jumped on a group programme with Victoria from The Manifestation Collective who is one of my biggest inspirations. I have learned so much from these two women and everything fell perfectly in alignment for me to take these courses.

My garden office

Something else I haven’t stopped talking about and for good reason! During the pandemic, I had my garden office built and it really is the most beautiful space I could have dreamed of. I post a lot of photos in my office on my Instagram, if you ever want a nose!

I’ve posted a lot of content around my garden office, the interior and the actual built, if you want to know more:

Seeing small businesses blossom

And some of the best things to come from the pandemic aren’t even anything to do with me! I have absolutely loved seeing small businesses thrive and blossom within this climate. One of my favourites is Bear’s Brownies and More from my online pal Tiffany, who I’ve ordered from a couple of times over the pandemic and her brownies always put a HUGE smile on my face!

What has been some of the best things to come from the pandemic for you? I’d love to hear them!

61 Comments

  1. Very positive and uplifting post! You are so right…gratitude changes everything! I am glad that your garden office has brought you so much joy…plants and sunlight and a quiet space all your own!

  2. It’s so nice to read something so positive in such a hard year! I agree that there are a number of things to still be thankful for even in the midst of the pandemic. As tough as it’s been to be a front line worker during all of this, I’ve been very grateful for my job and the security I’ve been able to have this year. I’ve also grown closer with a few friends and that’s been so meaningful. πŸ™‚

  3. Aaw, I love that this challenging time has strengthened your relationship with your boyfriend, that’s beautiful. And I have to 100% echo your love for coaching! I got a coach last Autumn and she has been the thing I needed to turn the course of this ship heading for the rocks. It’s incredibly how much a good coach can do in just half an hour!

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

  4. This is such a great and positive post. I have spend a lot more time with my partner than I would have and as much as he drives me mad I wouldn’t change it. It has brought us so much closer together. Also, congratulations it is so great to hear good things are happening with your blog.

  5. I loved reading this post it made me smile the whole way through! I love seeing people’s accomplishments and what they are proud of. I agree that I love to look at the positives and think about gratitude too, and even though it has been a hard year it is important to think about the good about it/it has brought xx

  6. Loved reading this! I have a garden office too which I love but I literally never work in it anymore – I should really get back to it for the summer months

  7. Gratitude is the best thing that came out of the pandemic, in my opinion. Your post is teeming with it, and that makes me so happy! You never know what you’ve got till it is gone.

  8. Lovely post! Thank you for sharing this! I’m glad to hear that you have had some positive things from the pandemic! The best thing to come from the pandemic for me is my blog! I probably wouldn’t have started my blog if it wasn’t for the pandemic because it has given me lots of free time to do new things! I love blogging and I had lots of time to work on my blog in the first lockdown.

  9. Honestly, I’d say that the pandemic changed my life for the better. During the past year, I’ve really come into my own and I’m fully confident in who I am. I’ve found the things that made me happiest and stuck with them (even rebranding my blog to suit the situation), my husband and I have grown in our marriage and are better at communicating than ever before, I know who my true friends are and those are the ones I make time for now, and I’ve been able to cultivate skills I didn’t even know I had! It’s been a weirdly wonderful year, despite the circumstances. I’m glad you’re finding positives as well!

  10. It’s so great that you’ve been able to find some things to focus on. I changed job in the pandemic which has changed a lot for me in overall life, and I don’t think I would have done that if we’d been in the office so I can’t feel negatively about it all. You’ve smashed this year – and I’m so happy for you that everything is really taking off for you.

  11. A brilliant positive post! I’ve spent time with my other half and it’s been great. Though he went back to work this week, working away and I’ve been lonely! There have been some good things come from the pandemic.

  12. Love your post and I enjoy your positive and grateful way of looking at life. I exercising gratefulness every day and the world is a better place. Love your new direction and I you just inspired me for my own blog as I am at an impasse. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I love reading posts like this because they’re also so uplifting! The year has taught me to practise gratitude more often too, and it’s great hearing about all your achievements, especially with the blog! Lovely post.

  14. It’s so lovely to see such a positive post – and from you. I’ve loved watching your brand and confidence go from strength to strength since last year. It was admirable to watch you drop aff marketing and focus on your brand.

    Rosie

  15. I am so glad this was such a great time for you and it’s been a joy to see you thriving since we started following you! Truly hope there’s even more positives coming your way and I am totally gifting myself a pair of earring because we all deserve some self love! x

  16. If we can’t take at least a few positives from this year, it will have been truly soul-destroying! It’s nice to hear your relationship with your boyfriend has triumphed – I think many people found themselves frustrated by the lack of escape from partners or family. I had a lot more space for reflection, and time to pursue creative outlets like writing, which has been very nice

    1. I totally agree. It’s been difficult; more so being in a house with 3 other people constantly, not the people themselves. As I’m an introvert and need that space! That’s great to hear too!

  17. It has been a real honour to watch you grow so much this last year! You have done incredibly well with everything!

    I think there are so many positives to take from the last year, no matter how hard it has been, there is always something to take from any situation.

    I agree with the small businesses, so may people have done phenomenally well and it is amazing how clever businesses have ben in adapting x

  18. I love that you’re able to take lots of positives from the pandemic.
    I share your belief in the law of attraction & I 100% feel you get back what you put out into the world.
    Congrats on how successful your blog is! It’s a beautiful site and love your posts!

  19. It’s honestly so great to see your blog thriving Jenny! You really deserve it. I also am in a similar situation with my partner where we’ve been able to spend more time together than we normally would which has been really nice!

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