It’s still important to make note of the little things 🙂
Here’s what’s made me happy this week:
1. Time. I feel like my life has calmed down a lot lately. I’m no longer chasing my tail and feel I have more time. We’ve made a family decision that, within the bounds of our comparatively privileged, lucky life, time is more important than money. So this is a big thing really. Maybe the biggest. And one that’s worth noting and feeling grateful for every day. With time comes leisure, or at least, flexibility. With flexibility comes an ability to work with your body and mind, rather than forcing your body and mind to work around a fixed and predetermined schedule. I’m now a part time work-at-home-mum (don’t you just hate labels?) and I’ve gained a huge amount of time away from an office, but with the pressures of parenting, household tasks and paid work, I still find it hard to cram in the things in life that are precious to my own wellbeing. But I DO have flexibility. And therefore I can use this bendy time to mould more with what I and my family need on any given day. And I’m very grateful.
2. Yoga. I’m going deeper, guys. I’m reading around the subject now. I can bend and stretch and even do a little mini headstand. As with many yogis, I’m beginning to feel the effects of yoga on my wider life and so I’m becoming interested in the philosophies behind the moves. In general, it’s a ‘be nice to people’ school of thought, as all the major and minor world faiths are, but yogic teachings are particularly resonating with me at the moment. It’s a very open, non-judgemental way of thinking. An emphasis on forgiving and for tolerance, for peace and for serenity.
3. Sticky toffee pudding. It was all getting a bit deep wasn’t it? Well with the intense comes the YUMMY this week, and I whipped up a batch of Mary Berry’s Sticky Toffee Pudding at the weekend and very glad I was too. Strangely it contains no dates, which I thought were a prerequisite, but it has a lovely light crumb and a deliciously rich sauce. Go forth, my friends and EAT.
4. Speaking of eating, I gave a restaurant recommendation to a friend the other day and she went and said how delicious it was! It was so lovely to hear that she’d had a nice time and that I was the cause (kind of). Even nicer as it was one of those little cool places that another friend and I really had stumbled upon a while ago (Vietnam House in Edinburgh if you’re in that neck of the woods).
5. Breathing. Another benefit of yoga is the emphasis it places on breathing. Now, this is always going to be a work in progress for me, but I can honestly say I’ve had a number of occasions recently where I’ve breathed myself out of the stress. Maybe the stress lingered a little; maybe I wasn’t quite calm afterwards. But it helped.
6. Hearing a different point of view. Being married to someone who shares lots of my views is great. We can plan a life we’re both happy with, share a giggle at something we both find funny, criticise things we both hate. But I don’t want to live in an echo-chamber of self-congratulations. We had a friend over the other day who lives and thinks completely differently to us. We had a good olde chat with beers and a jolly sing song and afterwards I realised that we’d shared some inspiring and healthy medicine for the mind.
7. Eggs. Scrambled, often. Poached, most of the time. An omelette if I’m in the mood, which is not often unless there’s heaps of butter and cheese and a chip or two. Fast, healthy, delicious.
8. A good dollop of Shakespeare. Whatever anyone says, he’s just the best. I had NO idea ‘Fe, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an englishman’ was Shakespeare – did you?? Thoroughly enjoyed Anthony Hopkins as Lear. And Emma Thompson is of course, always glorious.
So that rounds it off this week I think.
What have you been up to?