Lessons in happiness.
There's no place I'd rather be...
Yesterday afternoon, after the loveliest and most inspirational breakfast meeting and a productive few hours of work, I decided to take myself off for a walk around the docks for a little fresh air. I haven't done this in a while - I guess the winter nights put a stop to that - but it's one of the things that always makes me the happiest and I could see that the sun was just starting to set from my window, so it was perfect timing.
As I wandered along the waterfront, all snuggled up in my big coat and my scarf, I decided to listen to a playlist that I made about a year ago, filled with songs that I used to listen to every morning and evening, in the dark and the cold while I was in London on the bus to and from work. And I haven't listened to them since.
And yesterday, as I listened to these songs that took me back to those winter days last year, I cried.
It made me so thankful that I'm back in a city that I love, with a job that I adore and all of the opportunities to throw myself into exciting new projects and with so many new and wonderful people having entered my life already, I'm certainly in the best place I've been in a while.
That saying about needing the bad days to appreciate the good ones, is really resonating with me at the minute, and it's all just making me realise that the best thing to do is to take one day at a time, and be thankful for all of the little things that are making me feel good and uplifted and inspired.
I hope that I'll be stronger and know that I need to put myself first sometimes and take care of myself, both physically and mentally, a lot more. I hope that I never let someone make me feel the way I let them make me feel. And I hope that next time, I'll listen to my heart when it's telling me an opportunity isn't right for me and go with what I want to do, rather than what I feel like I should do.
I'm so happy to be spending the festive period in my favourite place again this year, and it's going to take quite a lot to wipe this smile off my face from now until Christmas!