My commute to work each day begins with an 8am bus headed towards Cambridge. I’m so used to the journey now that I know the way the bus drivers tackle the bends, which field is which, and where the street lights end. I know this journey well, the one I take to work. As it winds around oh-so-familiar streets, the autumnal sun put on a show one particular morning. Gathered rain water sparkled and shone, reflecting gold all around. The magic reached outwards, grasping onto green and crimson leaves. Each blade of grass breathed in this treasured light. I watched it happen. I felt the urge to leap off the bus, to race back for my camera before the show was over. And that’s when it happened. I didn’t need my camera. I’m blessed with the sense of vision, and that’s all I needed. A sight just for me, and anyone else who was watching. Mother nature you did it again; you left me speechless and in awe. I thought I knew this journey well, the one I take to work.
I love these little moments in life where I feel so content and peaceful. Moments where I really cherish life and the people I get to share it with. I like the moments where my positive emotions are cranked up to the fullest. Whether it be a spark of inspiration, empowering words from another, a beautiful view, or a sharing of kindness. Every so often I race through all the things that make feel the happiest and most full of life in my mind. I thought I’d share a few of the latest gems that have filled my thoughts.
My mum’s white chocolate and chilli brownies – My goodness! These are just melt in your mouth good! They’re one of my favourite’s from my mum’s home baking. Being the sweetheart that she is, she made a batch for work AND one for her and I to share.
May The Thoughts Be With You – by Charlotte Reed – I picked up this little book when I visited London earlier this month with my mum for her birthday. (I also bought mum one too because she loved it almost as much as I did). Charlotte’s book began as a few images she used to sell on a stall along Portobello Road. Long story short, she went on to publish this book full of fun little images, and quotes on self-love, self-care and motivation. Charlotte still runs her stall on Portobello road and even signed our copies of the book. (She’s also a very sweet lady too!) When you’re feeling a little low, flick to any page in tis book for an oh-so-sweet pick me up.
Katy & Beth – This one is going to be a bit of long section as I have soooo much to say about these two! I started following them both (they have separate accounts, not a joint one) on Instagram a long while ago. They’re best friends online and a few years ago turned that friendship into an offline one too. The reason these two make me so happy isn’t just because they post so many gorgeous photographs, but because of how real and honest they both are. If they’re struggling or having a hard time, they’re pretty open about it on their accounts. However, they go one step further and never ever post self-pitying posts. Instead they highlight the positives and share how they are turning the negatives into positives too. Also, their images are beautiful. Natural outdoors enthusiasts, you’re guaranteed a good view, a high mountain or a bed of water stretching on for miles. They’re both also working super hard on their careers. Katy is currently doing her masters in 19th century English literature, having finished her undergrad English literature degree earlier this year. Beth is currently studying her undergrad degree with the aspiration of being a primary school teacher. The passion these girls have for what they’re doing and the motivation to be the best people they can be is incredibly inspiring. Spending a lot of their time in cities studying means they share a lot of glorious architecture!! They’re book recommendations are also rather great. I find their captions are either cute emojis, or full on girl-power fighting talk. Empowering, talented, gorgeous, and kind. These are the types of people you want to fill your social media (and your life) with!!
A peek into Katy’s Instagram
A peek into Beth’s Instagram
Catching up with friends – I haven’t seen some of my friends in what feels like forever now. When you live miles apart from each other and live such busy lives, meeting up tends to be really difficult. Meghan is one of these friends, and she’s a goodun too. As I write this, I’m off on my way to see her, and her girlfriend Heather, this evening and I am so excited. Belated birthday presents are being exchanged (mine was in April, Meghan’s in July – it’s been that long!), a takeaway ordered and a day spent in their university city tomorrow. Eeeeek!
Watching others achieve – Talking of friends, mine are working so hard and doing so many cool things. A lot of them are off at university, and hearing the grades they’re getting and the things they’re working through make me so proud. Being my friends, I know a lot more about the personal achievements that may seem small scale to the rest of the world, but I know mean everything to these individuals. From powering through mental health issues, to completely nailing interviews, and evening flying around the world, they’re doing it all. You’re all doing great and I’m so proud of you, keep going guys!
Just being – Think as if you were me on that bus journey I described at the start of this post. I forgot about my camera, I didn’t have it with me and I had to get to work so I got over it and appreciated the moment. Notice your surroundings, take them in. This is your life, make the small moments incredible and the big moments better. Breath in the slaty ocean air, and listen to the waves as they come crashing in. Kick the crunchy autumn leaves up in the air, and watch the colours dance back to the ground. Remember that person’s smile as you pay them a genuine compliment. Go outside after it rains, and smell the air. Thank your mum for that hot chocolate she makes you every evening. Appreciate that cup of tea you get at work, not every worker gets that lucky. Reach out to a stranger in their time of need, help them get back on their feet. Remember your friends, and that effort works both ways. Listen to the advice older commuters pass on to you whilst you wait for your delayed bus/train. Buy some of your favourite fruit off the market stall, even if it’s just once in a while. Remember your manners, and respect for others. Cherish the sight of light, and how the sun sets and rises. A warm embrace from a parent as they welcome you home. The worry in a person’s voice as you embark on something brave. Realising you are courageous and able. A dog rushing to your feet as you enter your home. The feeling of being loved, and the one of being alive.
These are the small things, that make life oh-so-great and everything feel oh-so-fine.