Living Grateful #15

Hi guys! I am very sorry I’ve been so slack with these posts recently. It’s been a busy time with going away, Christmas and lots of revision. I hope you have all had wonderful Christmasses and now a very happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s now 2017!! It still feels like yesterday that I was writing my first one of this series in August.

Anyway I thought I would do a quick round up of 5 things I have been most grateful for over the last few weeks. This has actually been really hard to collate as I’ve done so many nice things! But here goes…

 

1. Going to Edinburgh

I had the best time in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. It really was one of the best weekends of the year! I had a wonderful reunion with some amazing friends as well as got to explore the city of Edinburgh which I love!

 

2. Spending time with family

Christmas for me is always about getting to spend quality time with family that you don’t get to do at other times of the year. This year was no different and it was  so nice to have a chilled few days.

 

3. Going to the Royal Albert Hall

Carols by Candlelight is definitely a highlight of my year so going again this Christmas Eve was so exciting! You can read all about my festive trips here

 

4. Spending time with friends

I don’t get to see some of my friends very often as we are all so busy so I always appreciate when I see them so much more. Going to the carols with Soorin was no different!

 

5. My cats!

I’ve been home over the past week which means I’ve had lots of cuddles with the cats. I absolutely love waking up to them, even if it does mean I’m slightly delayed getting up as it seems so much nicer to stay in bed with them!

 

What have you guys been up to over this Christmas period?

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Living Grateful #10

Hi guys! This week has been a hectic week for me as it was the last week before Reading Week. It’s always one of the hardest weeks of the term as everyone is exhausted. This week has been a lot quieter compared to the last few weeks as I have been dedicating more time to studying for upcoming exams.

However I’m writing this from Cádiz in Spain where I have escaped to with mum for a couple of days. It’s not exactly the blue skies and sun we were hoping for (more like torrential rain and very wet feet) but it’s really nice to have a change of scenery in such a beautiful place. 

So here it is, 5 things I have been grateful for this week…

1. Heading out to Cádiz & spending time with mum

Of course this has to come top of my list this week. It was so nice to get on a plane this morning to have a little break. I also haven’t seen mum for a good length of time in what feels like forever so it’s so nice to know that we have a few days to properly catch up with eachother.

2. Beautiful new scenery 

Even though it’s been raining today (I’m hoping the weather will pick up before Thursday!) we’ve found some beautiful little places in Cádiz so far! Including this amazing tree… 

3. A lush bath

I do have to admit that despite the love of lush that fills the internet on a daily basis I have never ever had a bath with a lush bath bomb. Well I rectified that this week and finally had one! It was definitely relaxing although I did end up covered in glitter for the rest of the day and so did my bath!!

4. An amazing rainbow

It is true that the little things in life are what make you happy sometimes. I haven’t seen a rainbow in years so seeing this from my balcony this week was amazing. 


5. This view 

I think you all know by now that I love a good view so I had to end this post with a photo of the view from the top of the hotel we are staying in. Absolute heaven!! 


What have you been grateful for this week?!

Why Write?

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I had been over-thinking what kind of content I should post on this blog, and in the process of that (albeit a bit annoying over-thinking process!) I was thinking about why I want to write.

I think there are lots and lots of reasons why people want to write. Some because it gives them pure joy, others as a form of expression. For others it is their job and for some it can be a very therapeutic process to work through what they are feeling by formulating words.

Whether or not you write for pleasure, work or as a means of making sense of what is going on in your life, I think it can be massively beneficial. I know countless people who deem writing to be massively helpful.

I’ve never written a journal, or diary and so I can’t say writing has been massively therapeutic for me. But I am looking forward to documenting some things in my life that I might otherwise forget.

I tend to focus on the big things in life – like moving, starting a new Uni course or going on holiday. I have a tendency to forget the small things and I think these are the things that can bring the most amount of joy & happiness on a day to day basis.

I’ve recently been thinking about the word “tendency” and how this means that you don’t HAVE to do something that way. Like, you might have a tendency to get angry at slow people walking through the tube (yes, it’s a sore point) but that doesn’t mean you get riled up every single time. It just means you TEND to do it. We have the power to change our behaviours by being more aware of them, and mindful of them. So my aim is to consider what I “tend” to do, and whether or not these are behaviours I want to continue with. Or whether or not I want to push against my tendencies and change my behaviour. However small that change might be.

Making room and appreciating the small things in life, the day to day things that make me happy and grateful to be living the life I lead, is something I want to focus on. I want to lean away from my tendency to always be focused on the next big thing, and instead appreciate the current moment, and what is going on in the present.

This is where my “Living Grateful” series come in. Each week I am going to document 5 things I am grateful for. They won’t always be massive milestones (because, let’s face it, who has something that big to document each week?) but little things in my life that have made me happy. It is “Living” grateful because it is about me living my life on a day to day basis, but being more aware and actively making a note of the little things.

Starting the series of “Living Grateful” and writing it down each Sunday to share with you, is a way to make me accountable. It ensures that I continue with the process of looking for the little things, even in weeks that otherwise might get overlooked with the hum-drum of day to day life, or weeks where they are little darker than usual.

I hope you will come along with me for the journey, and even maybe let me know what you have been grateful for that week.

I didn’t really know what I wanted to write about when I put pen to paper this afternoon, but through the process of writing, I have figured out an, albeit small, change in my life that I want to make. So maybe that’s the form that my writing will take. Writing, for me, creates the headspace I need to think about my life, who I want to be and the way I want to lead it, rather than being constantly stuck on the hamster ball running to the next destination in the Game of Life.

I now write, every Sunday evening, about the little things I am grateful for. I write to remember my life, not for the big milestones, but for the every day things that make me happy.