All posts tagged: gratitude

Three Things On A Friday

Hello! Hope you’ve had a lovely week? Me, I’m shattered it’s been intense but thankfully has ended on a positive note.   My three precious things for the week;  Sweet As Can Be Home. Myself and the pooch have finally found a place to call our own. Now, is it the dream one we’ve been wishing for? Nope. Did it tick every box I (stubbornly) had in my head? .. Course not.  HOWEVER is it so wonderful that we’re super happy everyday to be there? YES.  We are living in a big spacious house, there’s a park at our doorstep (great for walking your dog) and sharing with three people who have all welcomed me and the pooch into their home.  And that is all that matters.  Because finding somewhere to live with pets (in London) has proven to be one of the MOST difficult, fraustrating processes   I have ever been through and one I would rather not repeat for a long, long time.  Friends. You know the ones who make your world a much …

Three Things Thursday

Hello! Hi three things readers, the absence of gratitude is not for the lack of good things happening, I just haven’t mastered the art of coping with some of the trials that have presented themselves this past month.   But today has been a good day so here’s my gratitude list, not just for the week but with highlights from this month.  Kindness. Doesn’t cost a damn thing, so why can’t more people spread it around as much as they do hate? I’ll never know. But I wanted to THANK every single stranger that helped me, during my long journey from Japan to London, via Amsterdam.  It was the best way to welcome me back to Europe. Despite being exhausted, emotional and anxious throughout, each person that offered to help with my luggage and ginormous dog (travel) crate on trains, buses and ferry made the journey so much easier.  I wish I could contact you all and let you know just what it meant to me. And hope that the universe rewards you with nothing …

Contemplation, Week 13

Hello! I took an involuntary hiatus BUT I’m catching up to the weeks I’ve missed starting with week 13 of Contemplation. A series where Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K  A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. * my post from Week 12, here * Today’s prompt: What was the mood of the day? I started a new job, today was my fourth day so the mood varied between anxious, excited, grateful and tiring (from all the training).  Overall though I felt grateful for many things especially having landed this job, as a month ago I didn’t have a job or could see any prospects on the horizon! Which shows what a difference a month, day, week can make.  Things keep changing and so far the majority have been for the better, that’s not to say things are perfect (I miss Mr Cheerful dearly) but right now I’m letting gratitude fill most of my days.  How about you, what mood dominated your day? 

Three Things Thursday

Hello! I hope your week has been all sorts of fun and you find yourself full of gratitude today. My three things for this week are: Mr Cheerful. I have been all over the place mentally and things have been incredibly stressful, but this week wouldn’t have gone so well without Mr Cheerfuls help. SO I am extra thankful this week for his patience, love and support. Home Sweet Home. Today I finally booked my flights home and although I am feeling really anxious about going back after two years away, I’m VERY excited to get back home to my friends and family. Also during my first week, it’s my best friend’s birthday and she has no idea I’ll be there to celebrate with her. Can’t wait to surprise her. Job Offer. As I’ve mentioned before, one of my biggest fears was going back home to no job, and having nowhere to live. As of today one of those prayers has been answered as I got offered a job and one that I couldn’t be …

Three Things Thursday

Happy Three Things Thursday  I hope you are well? Below my little list of gratitude for the week, Unspoken Words. I woke up a few days ago with this quote from my best friend: sometimes the people who are thousands of miles away from you can make you feel better than the people right beside you.  She is currently going through something really difficult and I’ve felt really guilty for not being able to be there for her. So this message means the world! Knowing that despite the distance, she still feels like I am helping is a really good feeling. A Healthy Distraction: in Books. There’s no better feeling when everything is a little hectic, than finding a healthy distraction for a moment or two. Mine right now is the book I’m reading, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It’s beautifully written and I’m enjoying the fact that even though I’m more than halfway through, I still have no idea how it’ll end. Recommend a read, even if you REALLY hate cheesy YA books.. Positive …

Three Things Thursday

Hello! How’s your week going? Things have been quiet and a bit off this week for me, but these three things have kept my spirits up: Everything in life is Figureoutable. No idea why I’ve never heard of Marie Forleo before (where have I been?) BUT I am glad I have now. I came across this wonderful, inspirational and funny video from her on Super Soul TV. Everything is figureoutable is a motto her mother taught her as a teen, and how she’s lived her life since.  Super inspiring, definitely give it a watch! Travel Planning. Whenever I am in one of my life sucks moods, travel planning always cheers me up! It helps me to focus and appreciate the opportunities I have around me, being able to travel is a luxury we rarely stop to fully appreciate. Recently I started looking into what’s next for me after Japan and it’s got me SUPER excited. Can’t wait to share final travel plans with you and hopefully get some cool tips on what to do. Brave Boy. …

Japan Diaries: Greenery Day (Golden Week)

Happy Greenery Day! Also known as Midori No Hi. Today is centred on nature and showing appreciation for its blessings, but also has a pretty cool history behind it, Originally this day was celebrated on April 29th, the birthday of Emperor Hirohito (or Emperor Showa) who died in 1989. After his death, the holiday was transformed into a more national celebration of nature and in 2007 was given its current date of May 4. Greenery Day was established to honour the Emperor’s love for nature, and Japanese people take this day very seriously. Hirohito was a vastly popular leader and was also the author of approximately 14 books on biology. He was the first “human” emperor of Japan, ending the belief that emperors were divine beings. Source, Planet Tokyo Things to do: Visit a tea room and sample some of the BEST green tea in celebration of all things green. Tokyo tower is one of the most popular places to visit. The tower is lit up with bright colours to represent flows and natural beauty associated …