It might be considered a cliche, but I think it’s a really important thing to focus on the positives in life, especially when you’re feeling low. Often listing happy things is the last thing I want to do if I’m not feeling so great, but it usually always does the trick and gets me back on track of thinking a little more positively. So, without further ado, a few things that have been putting a smile on my face lately:
* Festive Coffee. I recently had a good stock up in TK Maxx of their seasonal coffees, and waking up to a cup of caramel/pumpkin/pecan deliciousness in the mornings feels like a great way to start the day. Next on my shopping list is Harvest Spice – also note the wonderful discovery that you can buy these online!
* Conkers, and chestnuts, which I know I have mentioned previously, but still finding streets and paths littered with shiny little seasonal gems cheers me up even when I’m walking in the rain.
* October. I had a little panic that October was getting away from us, but then realised that it just means the best time of year is coming a little faster than planned. It might be dark and cold, but that means we’re even closer to Halloween, Bonfire Night and Thanksgiving, cosy nights snuggled on the sofa and the excuse to indulge in hot chocolate and plenty of marshmallows.
* Women of the Internet. Sadly, the media is yet again filled with heartbreaking stories and some downright awful things that I won’t get into now, but focusing on silver linings, I have been blown away by the bravery, honesty and compassion of women on the internet this week. To be perfectly honest, it’s pretty horrendous that we are having to have these discussions at all, but every time I log onto a social media feed, I see yet more women bravely opening up and sharing their stories with the world to support others, raise awareness and make change, and I think that is something to be proud of.
What’s been making you smile this week?