Bitesize Wonders 22 – The Hiatus Edition

Feels like forever ago since I last sat down to recall the wholesome Bitesize Wonders keeping me ecstatic lately.
I’m just fresh out of a pre-planned blogging hiatus which meant I haven’t been keeping you up to date about my day-to-day for the first time in a while. As I explained in my comeback post, whilst it was a much-needed time off, it was also a strange time.
There were so many instances when I felt the urge to jump on here to discuss the latest dilemma living rent-free in my mind or to rave about a podcast I had just discovered. It was especially weird that I wasn’t putting together my list of Bitesize Wonders every Sunday. That was by far the strangest part!
I started this series to help me become intentionally grateful for the little big things, but unexpectedly, it’s become a part of my week it’s difficult to do without.

During my time off I tried to live in the present as much as possible. After all, my aim was to rediscover myself and my voice once more. I was hyper-aware of the fact that somehow, and quite quickly too, we were already past the middle of the year, so the pressure was back on to make headway with my goals for the year once more.

My days were mostly spent completing mundane activities, but there were also some stand-out highlights too. I was able to give the blog a fresh new look I’m very happy with, I tried Indian food for the very first time (it was yummy!), and I enjoyed a few days off work too. I enjoyed overprized cold drinks at coffee shops, wore a lot more colour to go with the sun, and my bed randomly breaking sent me cruising the isles of Ikea and the world wide web for a replacement.

My mission to catch moments of pure magic and trap them on a page continues. This time, I’ll be sharing the things that made me even an ounce of happy while I was away. I hope this inspires you to search for your little big joys in the ordinary every day. These are the Bitesize Wonders that cheered me up lately:

  • Soaking in every last ray of the sun that now claims its place in the sky for much longer during the day. The cool breeze that caresses my skin and tries to drift away with my dress – swaying softly one way and then another. A garden bench that missed me as the seasons changed from brown to foggy white.
    The vivacious green of the grass steals my attention once again and invites me to be present in the moment. I’m living for these summery vibes!
  • The first sip of a frizzy iced drink that slides down refreshingly right. A welcome contrast to aide a dazzling hot afternoon…
  • Was getting lost roaming through the aisles of Ikea always this fun?! Suddenly I feel as though I am a genius interior designer with an itch to redecorate every single room in my house. So many ideas, too many possibilities!
  • That one long-awaited sushi date with my sister on a lazy Saturday evening. On Our menu…?

Table 27. Order Number 104.
Salmon & avocado handroll
Salmon sashimi
Mixed maki
Spicy chicken katsu roll
Chicken gyoza
Crunchy prawn roll
Kaiso seaweed
2 canned cokes
…more mouth-watering dishes

  • The knock on the door that tells me it won’t be long till I won’t have to sleep on the floor. My bed has been delivered swiftly and successfully!
  • The childlike trill that lives in me when planning a trip for the first time in two years. Lord knows I can’t wait to take flight!
  • Bubbles dancing in the steamy water. With my eyes only, I measured just the right amount boiling in the hot pot. I just know when it’s right – not too little, not too much. Tearing the pack of seasoning and letting it fall like dust over the almost-ready spicy noodles. The green bowl ready to hold two servings worth of the delicacy. A craving put to bed.
  • t’s not that everyday conversations with a long-bearded handyman change the way you look at your life. He introduced himself as Matthew, and as he screwed the bolts together ensuring the sturdiness of my new bed frame, we spoke about life changes and big choices. The task only took up thirty minutes of my life, however, much less time was necessary for a full mindset shift. Waving goodbye and twisting the key in the lock had me thinking; ‘maybe my life is still full of choices!’.
  • Refreshing my inbox for the fifth, sixth and seventh time to nothing at all. Maybe I’ll try my luck once more before bed, I say to myself hopelessly. The words ‘one unread message’ greet me warmly along with a blue round icon. I guess I’ll rest peacefully tonight…
  • A river of tears shed as I say goodbye to one of the most heart-warming dramas I’ve seen in a while. The last episode of Our Blues ended with a simple quote that made me bawl my eyes out. I thought I’d share it with you;
    There is one thing we must remember in our lifetime. We weren’t born into this world to suffer or feel miserable. We were born to be happy, and we wish everyone happiness!

Your restless romantic roamer

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