Do you like it when I’m this predictable? This year has been a special one because it’s the first time since I started this blog that I’ve kept to a schedule without fail (no pressure!). Unlike last year, I have been feeling a lot more like myself again. I have been winning over writer’s block, and have been fighting procrastination fiercely. After a long drought, having a burst of creativity has been exhilarating. I hope you are enjoying the ride.
We stepped into a new month this week and it’s been one of deep reflection, slow working, and necessary relaxation.
Every time I speak to people about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine that is causing millions to be displaced and has cast a shadow of terror to be cast in the air, I can’t help but express how this really cannot be happening.
“It’s 2022!”, I say as my brain still struggles to accept the reality that a war is currently taking place and a country has been invaded. The scariest part of all this is that what we are witnessing may just be the beginning of worse atrocities. I really – really – hope not.
It is encouraging to see people rise to the occasion with their voices, selfless actions, and kind donations. We’ve seen it happen before in history; the power we can have when we fight bigotry and hatred collectively. It’s been wonderful to see history repeat itself in this way. Fellow lifestyle blogger, Lauren Conrad recently curated a list of ways you may be able to help and support Ukraine which I found helpful, so click here to read more.
Last week, I admitted to you it was a difficult one in which finding Bitesize Wonders was so hard as they were not quite in plain sight. The last few days however shaped up to be better than the previous ones. I found reasons to smile between all the madness. I started by simply showing up every day, I took each one step by step as they came and did not fail to slow down when it all felt too much. With all that has been happening catching moments of pure joy can seem impossible at times, but I had a week that hid the magic in places that were not that hard to find.
I cannot wait to share with you the little big things that made me even an ounce of happy. Here are my Bitesize Wonders.
- Daylight that sneaks in through my window at the break of dawn. The light that grows after the night is a dead giveaway that spring is hurriedly on its way. The thought alone makes me ecstatic. Waking up to a bright sky has really been giving me that extra oomph needed to take on any new day. I’m sure the corelation must be scientific somehow!
- The familiar screech of the electric kettle as the switch goes off and the smoke rising tells me the water is boiled. I tear the packet to retrieve my teabag and pour a little sugar in. A daily ritual I never get sick of.
- The evening before my scheduled days off from work that is blissful and uneventful. No rush. No need to mentally prepare for a day full of things to be mentally prepared for.
- Calling the doctor feels like such a ‘I guess I’m officially an adult now’ kind of task and I always push it further down in my to-do. Fine, I know I said I’ve been fighting procrastination fiercely, but sometimes I lose epically, especially when it comes to life admin. I finally gathered all my strength and phoned the doctor for a routine appointment I know I’ve needed for a few months now. Paul, the secretary advised me I actually missed an appointment – never got the letter – and I rebooked it right there and then. It took me months to get on the phone and four minutes to resolve it all. Will I ever learn?
- The unprompted wake on my day off. My eyes meet the light at 11 am yet I hug on the duvet covers a little longer. No shame here!
- 6:30 pm. Table for four by the window. My dad was already seated when my mum, sister and I arrive to join him. Quick selfies as we wait for the food, honest smiles, and light-hearted conversations. The creamy carbonara was not originally what I wanted but it was definitely better. Rain poured hitting the windows but right then it didn’t matter as we indulged in a simple magical moment.
- The Crime Junkie podcast episodes I always listen to right before bed. May not be best for stories about brutal murders, missing people or creepy encounters, but catching up on my favourite podcast is something I make time for, always.
- My heart pounding heart as I flip through the pages of a book that took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Through those pages, I was reminded our stories can always change midway. It was a tumultuous journey but we got there in the end!
Hopefully, your week is filled with Bitesize Wonders. I urge you to count your blessings even in these difficult times. Recognise you may not have all you desire yet, but there is still beauty to be found in imperfect things. Happy Sunday lovelies!
Your restless romantic roamer