After a bit of a whirlwind week, I thought I would begin a new blog series which wraps all the things that have recently made me smile into one squeezable post…
1. Home sweet home…
I kick started my bank holiday weekend with a little trip back home for Easter.
My Mum really doesn’t like surprises. So with that in mind, we decided to head to the glorious peninsula that is the Wirral to do exactly that.
I haven’t been home since Christmas and in all honesty, I forgot how much I love my home town. Yes, it could perhaps be home to some of the most quietest places in England. Yes, it most definitely is a place where you need a car to get from A-Z. But in all honesty, that’s what makes it great.
Despite arriving in a heavy downpour of rain and arriving looking like “two drowned rats” (thanks Mum), I could instantly feel the freshness of the air. After spending the evening being cuddled and adored by Max and my family, we got some well deserved rest.
The next day the sun shone brightly over the village and we set out for a day full of adventure. From visiting my Nana’s new apartment, to enjoying a lovely walk up and along the hills, we soaked up the sun with a whole load of smiles.
It was truly the weekend we both needed – full of happiness, good food, lots of laughter and far too many cuddles from the dog! I often wondered why people enjoy ‘weekend getaways’ so much and this weekend, I definitely discovered the secret.
2. Either you run the day, or the day runs you…
Since starting my job, there have been moments where I have felt like I’ve hit a brick wall – numerous walls in fact. But over the past few weeks, I have often felt this unstoppable energy which I am finding acutely addictive.
I love tackling tasks. Setting out my priorities for the day and ticking them once they’ve been accomplished is such a great feeling – as are the moments when I see my work being used and appreciated. However, I’m the first one to admit I can be the worst kind of procrastinator.
I guess you could say recently I have had a bit of a reality check. I have learnt that in order to prove myself worthy of my job, I need to ensure I keep on working. As Steve Jobs notably said “don’t settle”. There is always something we can improve, learn from and essentially earn – whether it be a new skill or respect.
I need to learn not to judge myself to harshly and rather use this motivational energy to keep on working hard. After all, achievements helps us to keep going. Whether we achieve getting out of bed on time, making somebody smile or finishing ahead of that deadline – it’s all worth it.
3. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” C.S. Lewis
Since I finished reading Gone Girl earlier this year, I was at a bit of a ‘loose-end’. The book gripped me from start to finish – although I had wished for a slightly stronger ending. Another reason for my absence from reading was mainly due to the fact I couldn’t see. Yes, my glasses broke and I could barely focus my eyes on my computer screen, let alone a book!
Armed with my glasses I retreated to my little spot on the sofa with a brand new book. I picked up The Farm by Tom Rob Smith last week and so far, so good. I was looking for another exciting thriller and judging by the reviews, it seems I made the right choice and I will indeed be on the edge of my seat…