Hello friends, long time, no blog. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to return to blogging at all this year, so I’m going to ease into it and see how I feel each week and what I would like to share. I still love writing, and I love the blogging community, but I just needed a major time out to figure out some big life stuff (like enjoying my wedding, our mini honeymoon, Christmas…) and to decrease my stress I chose to leave blogging behind for a little while. However, I do miss it as a creative outlet, and I miss my community around here! I love sharing with you all and seeing what is going on in your lives, so I’m back and taking it slow. If you’re still here I am incredibly grateful for you all – and I also promise to share at least one wedding photo filled post, which I know some of you may enjoy 🙂
One of the parts I missed most about blogging was my gratitude lists, and it certainly has health benefits too. So friends here it is, my Gratitude List 2018 Week One. Walking dates are one of my favourite ways to catch up with friends. I enjoyed quite a few walking dates over my Christmas break, and this weekend I caught up with my best friend Casey and her sweet little boy Jack. Jack was busy snoozin’ while we walked so we caught up on all the important things and followed it up with breakfast at a local cafe. I was grateful for a beautiful morning with Casey and Jack, and one of the best scrambled egg breakfasts I have had in ages. I took Penny for a walk on Saturday morning and she found this tennis ball in the bushes outside our townhouse. I have no idea where it came from, but it has become her most precious possession and she carried it all the way home by herself, so I let her keep it. I am grateful for this little pup’s antics that always keep me amused. I got a lovely book voucher from my aunty for Christmas (thank you Aunty Lone) and I picked up a copy of ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying‘ by Marie Kondo. Now, I don’t aspire to be a minimalist, but I could certainly do with less ‘stuff’ in our house. Since reading it I have become a de-cluttering convert! No corner of our house has been safe, and I am finding it rewarding and settling to curate our belongings so we only keep what truly ‘sparks joy’ in us. We have thrown out or donated nearly twenty bags now. I am grateful that Chris and I are in the position to be able to donate our older clothes and buy new ones when we need to – that is a privilege that some in our world don’t enjoy. I am also grateful that I have learned the value of choosing what brings the most joy to me, and leaving the rest behind. That’s a valuable lesson in life, not just tidying up. Waking up on the first day back at work is never the best feeling, but I have a fuzzy alarm clock that makes mornings all the sweeter. Penny and I are back in our morning walk ritual. It’s my favourite way to greet the day. No social media, no music, just me and Penny and the quiet morning air. I am grateful for my eager walking partner.
I hope you are all having a good start to 2018. May this year bring us peace, happiness, and understanding.
What are you grateful for this week my friends?