I’ve started a daily journal practice. I’ve never really been a diary keeper. In years gone by I did take part in project 365 a few times, a daily photo journal I suppose and I guess to some extent Instagram is a journal of sorts, all be it a carefully curated version.
Anyways, I digress. I’m planning on writing a blog post all about the journal thing because I’m very excited about it right now, but that’s for another day. Inspired by my adventures into the world of journaling and the different techniques I’ve been trying, is the idea of reflecting on my week and recalling the things that brought me joy. A regular weekly post. A gratitude journal I guess. A week of happy. Because even in a bad week (which this was not), there is usually somewhere to find joy.
I love the idea of reflecting on those moments of joy. Collating them together. Writing them down. Committing them to memory. A bank to call upon in times of need.
So this is my list from last week – my week of happy
I light candles all year round but it’s round about now that they really make me extra happy. They have that magic ability to make an evening instantly cosy. They make us linger at the table, meals take longer and the chat grows more relaxed.
When virtual friends become actual friends. Vanessa, of The Simpson Sisters, invited me to stay with her at her beautiful barn. My family raised an eyebrow when I told them I was off to meet a stranger from the internet. It didn’t feel strange in the slightest. As Vanessa came across the grass to greet me it felt exactly like meeting a dear friend who one has known forever. And we hardly stopped talking for the next 24 hours.
Crunching through leaves with Mr L and the dogs
Autumn is just getting into her stride and it’s so good to be outside.
Sunday afternoon cocktails and notebooks
Sitting at the kitchen table on a Sunday afternoon with a fancy drink and gorgeous notebooks, pork roasting in the oven and the sun dipping low in the sky. Heaven.
So there it is, a little round up of things that made me happy last week. Small things that brought joy. Tell me about your happy moments.