HAPPY NEW WEEK!
As always, I really hope you had a gorgeous weekend, mine was v spontaneous, which are often the best kind of weekend's AMIRIGHT!? A weekend with no real plans or aims but a weekend that is filled to the brim with fun and love! I truly hope yours was too, no matter how action packed it may or may not have been.
A weekend such as this, filled with spontaneity and good, good times, got me thinking some more about those small things in life. The little things that make a big difference to your day, the things that often go unnoticed and unmentioned but if we really, truly think about it, without them, things would be pretty damn crap indeed.
I've been thinking more and more about those small things that really bring joy to my life a lot lately; trying to work out what makes me truly happy and eject anything or anyone that doesn't from my life as a matter of urgency, 'cause ain't nobody got time for that!
So with that, I thought I'd share them with you; firstly to see if your small things are the same/similar to my small things, but also in the hope that it makes you realise just how wonderful life can be. Even in January, when we're all a little lost, down in the dumps and down right bored of the ever grey skies, perhaps this post will bring a little bit of joy into your day.
Please, as always leave me your small things that make a huge difference to your vibe in the comments, as I'd love to compare and contrast and to hopefully notice a little more beauty in the unremarkable every day.
1- The Smell Of Coffee In a Morning
Is there anything better? I'm sure even if you don't drink coffee, that you can't possibly argue that it smells pretty damn good first thing in the morning. It's the kind of aroma that truly sets me up for the day and sets my taste buds a tingling. One of the even smaller things in life is particularly on a morning, when you're still in bed, all tired eyed and with bed hair and you can hear the coffee machine whirring downstairs. Shortly after your fave human greets you in bed with a cup of hot coffee, now thats my idea of a heavenly morning and one of those small things that I never, ever take for granted!
2- Being Greeted By a Puppy
There really is nothing like returning home after a tiring day at work and being greeted by excitable dogs, or in my case puppies. Their unconditional love and excitement when they hear the key go in the lock is utterly heart warming and there really is nothing else better in the world.
I'm obsessed with music and there isn't a single day that goes by where I don't listen to some sort of music. It's the fuel I need for a productive day, a powerful work out session, a good cry, a celebration or a pamper night in the bath, theres a track for absolutely everything and I simply love that. I can't imagine and don't ever want to imagine a world without music, a world where a certain song can compliment or change your mood entirely, a world where a song doesn't transport you back to a certain time, music is just the one!
4- Finding That Missing Sock
Something I'm sure we can ALL relate to, but is there really a better feeling than when those missing socks that you thought were gone forever, FINALLY turn up and each sock is happy and bundled up with it's partner? I think not.
5- Grabbing a Bargain
Bargains are always mini wins, but nothing beats the feeling of getting to the till, smug with your latest find, only to learn that it's actually discounted further! It's a rare occurrence but my goodness, when it happens I practically waltz out of the store.
6- One On One Time
I love going out as a group, whether thats with all the family or with a group of friends. I love the vibe of being surrounded by people who love each other, that I can be myself around and have a bloody good knees up with. But sometimes and unfortunately it really is only sometimes, it's the one on one moments that mean the most. I spent a full day alone with my mum last week and I cannot tell you how much I loved it, even if we were sat in the car for half of the day. Just being with her, catching up and putting the world to rights, just the two of us was sheer bliss and not something that hasn't happened a lot lately. Even with George, we spend so much time hosting at ours or hanging with friends and family, not to mention training the puppies, that it's so special when we do have some time for just the two of us. It's a beautiful and special thing that has really been highlighted to me lately and something I'm going to make more time for starting now.
7- Binge Watching a Series
I'm sure many couples or flat mates have the same nightly battle as we do; "What shall we watch tonight?" The annoying conversation and the endless scrolling through the TV guide, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc that leaves you settling for something pretty damn terrible 'cause you've panic picked after spending a good portion of your evening on the search for the perfect flick or series.
Due to this, I've found a new small thing; the utter magical moment when you find a series you both LOVE and set to work binge watching at once! A few faves that I've enjoyed binging on recently and that I would absolutely recommend you all to watch immediately are How To Get Away With Murder, The End Of The F*****G World and Dark Please let me know if you have any others.
8- Plug Sockets
I mentioned this on Twitter last week and SO many of you completely agreed, but my goodness how good it feels when a hotel room has a plug socket by each bed side! Such a menial thing, but it's only when you don't have a plug socket by your bedside that you realise just how special those small things really are.
9- A Feel Good Outfit
Such as the one I'm wearing here today. It's an outfit that draws attention with it's clashing prints, colours and statement accessories, but an outfit that is fun, playful and an outfit that makes people smile. It's a feel good outfit, the kind of look that I can rely on to brighten my mood and add a spring to my step. It's an outfit for me and nobody else; dressing for yourself is a beautiful thing.
10- Aching After a Work Out
This is a very new small thing to me but my goodness does it feel good to ache the day after a work out. I'm certainly new to this whole working out lark but that little ache I feel the morning after, or the pull in my arms I feel when I pick up the puppies is a sure fired way to make me feel good, and also less guilty about the pizza I'm planning on having for tea.
11- Perfectly Poached Eggs
Something I've quite literally just experienced whilst writing this post in Evelyns Cafe Bar in Manchester, a place I'm now renaming as "the home of the perfect poached egg" honestly, it was like no other poached egg I've ever had and it certainly made me feel all warm inside. Evelyns, I will be back!
12- Not Missing A Delivery
Is there anything more frustrating than missing a delivery; finding that "Missed Parcel" slip on your doormat and having the faff of collecting it from the depot or rescheduling another delivery. Well, the other day I'd just arrived home, hadn't even taken my coat nor my shoes off and there was a knock at the door. I opened it to find my favourite UPS man standing there with parcels in hand. Perfect timing some may call it, I call it a small win!
13- Smiles From Strangers
I've had this a few times in the last week or two but it honestly never, ever gets old! I simply don't need to say anything more other than how heart warming it is when a complete stranger smiles a huge happy smile in my direction, smiling back never felt so good.
14- That First Sip Of Wine on a Friday Night
Or any other form of "treat yo'self" beverage, it's a real ahhhhh moment thats for sure.
15- Finishing A Book
It probably happens once every few months, but yeah, that feeling of accomplishment when you turn the last page of a book, well it's certainly a special one!
And there we have it, 15 small yet totally wonderful things that brighten up my day and I hope will now brighten yours whenever you experience them. Check out this post from last year for another post about the small things in life, all of which are very much still true.
As mentioned above, please do leave your small things in the comments, I can't tell you how much I love chatting with you and learning about you all. And with that, I'm off, dreaming of the poached eggs I've just consumed and praying someone smiles to me in the street on my way home.
See ya on Thursday.