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Honestly, This Post is Just 7 Cute Animal Pictures to Help Brighten Your Day

Does what it says on the tin.

Feeling stressed about current events? Hit pause, and take a gander at a few adorable animals with me.

Yeah, that’s right – no hard-hitting journalism here, folks. Just fluffy, feel-good content to share with you all today in the hopes of lifting spirits and bringing about good cheer. 

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All images via free stock photography sites Pexels and Unsplash.

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Greetings from Self-Isolation

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It’s my last day of self-isolation.

Some part of me wishes I could tell you of all the reading, writing, making, and planning I did during my precautionary staycation, but truth be told I mostly chose to watch lighthearted gaming streams from the likes of Playstation Access and Outside Xbox and played a solid amount of the quite silly, rather enjoyable Two Point Hospital myself. I have no regrets though; sometimes when the world has gone a bit funny, it’s good to have a bit of an escape.

My sincere apologies for the lack of posts lately, but I think you will all be able to understand in your own way when I say it has been – how to put it – an eventful month. Between visiting a family member in hospital, coming down with a nasty viral illness myself, needing to self-isolate as I’ve recovered to protect more vulnerable members of my community, and learning yesterday that my workplace would be closing today until further notice – well, this past month has been a wild ride. But, of course, these sorts of things and much more are happening to people everywhere.

This year, a lot of negative, attention-grabbing things have happened around the world in a relatively short amount of time – but there have also been many, many, many acts of kindness and things for which to be immensely grateful. I think that it is so vital to remember that, and to ensure that we continue to recognize all the goodness that persists in our communities and around the world in these trying times.

As I suddenly find myself with rather a lot of free time to do with what I will, I sincerely hope to post a lot more regularly in the coming days, weeks, months. There will be a new Monday Mindfulness post up at the start of the week, and I hope to share an array of positive news stories in the coming days as well. I hope that you’ll continue to join me here in my humble little thought-garden, the Cathedral Grove.

Wishing you all the very best,

Megan

P.S. I’ve finally gotten around to changing my site’s background to a much more eye-friendly paper white, replacing the photograph of pale white wood which I’d stubbornly hung on to from the site’s creation because I thought it looked ‘artsy.’ May your strained eyeballs now rest easy. 🙂 

Wishing Y’all a Very Happy, Healthy 2020!

Happy New Year (2020)

I know I’m posting this a little bit late, but better late than never, right?!

I’m bidding 2019 a fairly fond farewell (…and hoping you are able to do the same), whilst wishing welcome to the new year, and indeed, the new decade.
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From One Sort of Rambling to Another: An End-of-Sabbatical Update

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Hello, fellow wanderers and wonderers… I’m back, and so too are more regular updates on Cathedral Grove!

Yes, as of today it has been 6 whole months of putting my full-time employment on hold in order to travel near and far, visit friends, meet new friends, try a whole lot of delicious world food, acquire a taste for good beer and coffee, drink gallons of herbal tea, and just generally live my life to the fullest before needing to earn a bit more to keep the home fires burning and the wee cupboard stocked.

I still have a few rest and life administration days before I return to work, so I just wanted to pop by, say hi, and ask how all of you have been. There will be more details about my various adventurings in the coming days and weeks, but in the meantime I’d love to hear about what you all have been doing to stay healthy and well, the adventures big and small you’ve enjoyed, and the projects you’ve been most passionate about… whatever bits and bobs of joy, accomplishment, and personal growth you may feel inspired to share with the world!

Anyway, I’ll end this little update here. So hello once again, and goodbye for today. Until we next meet, may you be happy and well!

~ Megan

P.S. If you haven’t already, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@insta.meg.ram) for lots of travel inspiration! Most recently featured: Iceland, Sweden, and Montenegro. More photographs from my world travels to come soon…

A Fundraiser in Support of The Woodland Trust for My 29th Birthday

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Hello, everyone. Megan here, sharing something a little bit different with you all today on account of a certain other day coming up.

You see, Thursday, May 23rd will be my 29th birthday. Around this time last year I decided to do a small fundraiser for a favorite charity of mine, The Woodland Trust, which I have been a supporter of since 2016. With your generous help, I was able to raise £75 for this great cause. This year, I’m hoping to match that amount – or perhaps even surpass it.

The Woodland Trust really does vitally important work, in my humble opinion. Created in 1972, it is now the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, helping to restore ancient woodlands and create lots of new native woodlands too. If you would like to know more about what they do, please check them out via the link provided.

If you can donate a small amount to this cause, it will be immensely appreciated. And if you can’t or don’t wish to donate but would be happy to share a link to my JustGiving page with others, your kindness would also be greatly appreciated.

In advance, many thanks!

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Cathedral Grove Reaches 100+ Followers!

…and to celebrate, I’m giving away free e-hugs to all! 

I know it’s no free all-expenses paid trip around-the-world (…we’ll have to save that giveaway for 100,000 follows, I think…), but free hugs are also pretty great and they won’t give you jet lag so that’s nice too, I suppose.

Anyway, thank you SO much to one and all for helping me reach this meaningful milestone. 100 followers may not seem a lot to some, but it means a great deal to me. Thank you all once again for reading, liking, commenting, and sharing as you have so often done over this past year and a bit. 

And so…

*hug*

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*hug intensifies*

Cathedral Grove is 1 Year Old Today!

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Hello and huge thanks, everyone! Because of all you lovely people out there kindly following my little seedling of a site, Cathedral Grove has put down strong roots and branched out in all sorts of ways that really please me. 

One year ago today, I published my first post – Hello, and Welcome! – here on Cathedral Grove. Since then, I’ve shared over 70 posts on topics near and dear to my heart, primarily focusing on travel + adventure, nature/environment, and wellbeing.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I’ve certainly enjoyed working on this little creative project of mine, and I hope that you’ve taken something positive away from it as well.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but there will of course be more to come soon, so please stay tuned! 

In the meantime, many thanks once again to one and all! 

 

 

 

It’s March 4th…

…the day we march forth toward adventure! (See what I did there? Honestly, we didn’t choose this particular date because of how it sounded, but now that I’ve thought of this connection I find the date rather appropriate, really!)

Yes, that’s right – today is the official beginning of our sabbatical. A few months off work to rest and re-center, to scratch that travel itch, to try new things and discover fresh interests, to have experiences and take part in training that might help us in the future both professionally and personally. 

Honestly, knowing what a worrier I can be about all the things, at all the times, I expected that as this day approached I’d be a big tangled ball of stress-yarn. Instead, I’ve felt lighter this weekend. As I was finishing my last few shifts for the time being this weekend, I noticed how positively different I felt. A weight was being lifted, and I could breathe deeply again. 

It feels so good to be in command of my time and energies for the next while and a bit, to be able to say ‘yes’ to experiences and endeavors that I’d ordinarily refrain from, feeling that I needed to reserve a significant chunk of myself for the intense, physically and emotionally draining work week ahead.

It might sound a bit cheesy, but today I feel like a superhero. Wonder Meg. 

I rather like that.

(Now I want to wear a cape.)

I’m so grateful to you all for joining me here on my little seedling of a site, and I’m really looking forward to sharing loads more content with you soon. Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my journey a bit more. I’m sending all of you all the mental hugs and high fives I can.

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Sabbatical Shenanigans: An Update on Things (Hopefully!) to Come

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Hello, lovely people!

There’s no Monday Mindfulness post again this week, but it will return once more before too long. You may have noticed that I’ve taken a little break from posting much of anything over the past few weeks. Fortunately, this hasn’t been due to any unfortunate events! Rather, it seemed best to put creative endeavors aside for a short while, just so Nick and I could focus more intensely on furthering our plans for our upcoming work sabbatical as we draw closer to its start.

So – what’s new with us? Well, mostly we’ve been working away as normal. We’re both adventurous activity leaders at a residential centre, so for around 12 hours each working day we’re looking after a group of primary school children and their teachers as we run them through a quick succession of activities like canoeing, climbing, archery, zipwiring, et cetera… When you’re working with a lovely group and things are going well, it’s quite enjoyable and fulfilling. Other times it may be that you’re having to lead a canoe session during a hail storm, or you’re breaking up fist fights between not-so-pleasant children, or you’re cleaning up buckets-worth of sick in the dorms… In other words, it can be a bit of a mixed bag, you know? You just never know what each new work day will bring. 

Anyway, we’ve been busily mapping out our sabbatical a little bit each weekend since just before the new year, and we’ve now got a better idea of when and where some things will be happening.  Read More

Happy Winter Solstice, Everyone!

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Hello, everyone!

Just popping in to wish you all a very pleasant Winter Solstice today. Sure, it may mean that today is the shortest day of the year, but that just means that the days will only start getting longer from here!  

Here’s hoping that wherever you may be you are content and you are well.

Just to let you all know, there likely won’t be much in the way of posts here on Cathedral Grove over the next two weeks or so as I’m visiting my family for the holidays. A more regular posting schedule will resume in the new year.

~ Megan

Let’s Connect! An Update from Cathedral Grove

Hello, everyone! Megan here. 

Just wanted to drop y’all a line to say that it is now possible to follow this little seedling of a site via Facebook and Twitter! I’ve changed things around ever so slightly on the main page so that now there are a few convenient icons with links to our social media pages just below the site’s header, at the top of the sidebar – just look under ‘Follow Cathedral Grove on Social Media.’ 

Sometimes so-called ‘social’ media can engender feelings of being disconnected from other people and can bring about other negative feelings besides, but it need not always be that way. I believe in utilizing platforms such as these to highlight and share stories of kindness, of hope, of the positive things that humankind can do (and does!) when it puts its collective mind to it. If you’d like to join me on this little journey of mine then I’d enjoy the pleasant company! 

On another note, I want to say a really big thank you to everyone who has followed this site to date. Thanks to y’all, Cathedral Grove now has 50 followers! That won’t seem a very large number to some, but it means a ton to me. That’s 50 kind souls who have taken a little bit of time out of their busy day to stop by, to have a read of my words, to leave a like or a comment on something into which I’ve poured a little bit of my heart and soul. So, thank you – really, truly, deeply! 

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