Another happy Sunday to you lovely one, and a happy February too! We’re already six days deep into the shortest month of the year and I cannot help being puzzled by how fast time really does fly by. Maybe this is a side effect of keeping track of my life, documenting my days, and sharing it on your pixilated screen.
I live, I learn, and then I write about it. This repeating cycle makes my days feel like they bleed seamlessly dry into one another. It’s second nature for me to capture my thoughts on blank pages, but sometimes I can’t shake the feeling that I’m constantly rushing to catch up with my days. It’s almost like I’m chasing after a train that’s well on its way, and of course, I don’t ever seem to get quite close enough to hop on. Do you ever feel the same way…?
As weeks go mine was good enough to not have any thorns sticking out sharply. Normal. Mundane. Ordinary. These are some words I’d use to describe my last seven days and I’m completely okay with that.
When days go by so fast in simple ways, it can feel like an assignment to try to catch moments of pure magic in the common and usual, but the more I practise gratitude this year the more I know there’s always Bitesize Wonders that can be found even in the smallest of things.
So, this week too, here’s my list of Bitesize Wonders that made me even an ounce of happy.
- The golden ritual behind the greatest cup of tea. The perfect marriage between scalding water and a fruity tea bag. One and a half spoons of sugar that adds just the right amount of sweetness to the otherwise black blend. Perhaps, it’s my fourth cup of the day. Who’s counting, really?
- Catching a breath-taking sunset that begs to be admired. Typical. Yes, but it always leaves me wondering: “Why are the little things the most beautiful?“. I truly do wonder…
- Finding my feet at the gym again. It had been too long, to be honest. Too long since I’d gotten on a treadmill or pulled weights up and down in steady motion.
My screaming heartbeat that rang in my ear. My sweaty palms as they gripped tightly on the gear. The pumped-up energy in the atmosphere. I sure missed that liberating feeling. I should do that more often.
- The climax of a really good book that hooks you so much you cannot put it down till the very last page reads ‘the end’. I’ve picked my next read and have started to devour it slowly, but I’m still not over The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood which frankly did a number on me earlier this week (read my review here). The light-hearted contemporary novel had all the romance tropes ever written, but for some reason, the story between Olive and Adam is not one I’m moving on from that easily.
- Decluttering the mind while cleaning may not be for everyone, but I enjoy it. Scrubbing bathroom tiles as I get lost in my messy thoughts and rearrange them sounds like my idea of self-care. There is nothing so complicated about it, but it’s a highlight of my week.
- The tantalizing aroma of toasted bread that came from the new sandwich maker I purchased on impulse. Twenty pounds well spent.
- An unexpected call at 10:21 on a Saturday morning from someone I hadn’t heard from in a while. They say they just called to check up on me. No favours needed. No judgement in the sound of their voice. Just honest and genuine concern. Nothing more, nothing less.
- Being on the edge of my seat – or my bed rather – as I find pockets in my day to catch up on Ozark. My cousin was right; this Netflix crime drama is as dark as it’s good and I’m officially hooked.
- As I write this I’m listening to decade-old Italian guitar-heavy tracks that ruled my high school days. I do miss those days as much as I miss Italy sometimes. At times Bitesize Wonders are nostalgic memories that make you a little homesick…
Your restless romantic roamer