This has truly been a month of gratitude for me. Last week Nikki introduced our new series, “Five Fabulous Friday Finds. As she mentioned, we experience wonderful things every single week and not all of them are as a result of a purchase. We read, we eat, we meet, we experience…” So today I’m sharing the five things that have truly sparked that joy for me during the course of this week.
THIS DARLING LITTLE CRUFFIN
I recently started a new job and across the way, we have a Now Now cafe with seriously the most delicious range of fresh foods – scrumptious salads, comforting soups, the most divine sandwiches and wraps, and amongst of all this, this darling little cruffin – a mixture of a croissant and muffin – dusted with powdered sugar, with peanut butter or cappuccino cream, and O.M.G. LIFE CHANGING! Not too sweet but sweet enough. You may wonder why a cute little confectionery is at the top of my list of things to be thankful for, but it is a metaphorical cherry on the cruffin so to speak. I am happy in my new job. Not that I was miserable in my old one or that I didn’t have heaps of fun and made wonderful memories, it was me. You know how you’re terrible and some things, good and others and great at some things? Like, everyone else I have a unique and rather particular style of writing – it’s quirky and from the heart. I can write in other styles but it’s not my strong suit and some days I was doing things I wasn’t particularly great at. This obviously lead to lots of feelings of failure and self doubt. Urgh! Now, I get to do the stuff that I’m good at. And I love it. Sometimes it’s not that your situation is bad, it’s just a case of an imperfect match; a square peg, round hole situation. So I found my little slice of sunshine, and it comes with an adorable cruffin.
I started this post with I have so much to be grateful for and I absolutely do. I had a health scare this month and though it was absolutely terrifying – wondering and waiting for result after result, it gave me perspective and the best conversations I’ve had with my closest friends in a long time. They’ve been my rainbow through a dark cloud and a constant reminder of how wonderful it is to make connections with other people. People who love you as much as their own family, and people who were once strangers you now love. I’m all good and finally know the reason that I was hunched over in pain every few months, nauseous, exhausted and confused, and somehow knowing has lifted this fog. When tribulations hit you, call your tribe, gurl. So to my Day Ones, I love you SO, SO much.
Sorry, Nix I love you too. xx
THE LOSE IT APP
This seems like a weird thing to be grateful for but I recently lost 5kg and decided to continue on this trajectory of losing weight, and also taking care of my body. If you’re someone who counts calories (which I don’t) this is a nifty little app that allows you to track your calorie intake in the simplest way! You can scan any product’s barcode and it instantly populates the carb and fat intake for you! I find that they work best with the Woolies products mainly Carb Clever. So if you’re into spending a long time punching in calories, just scan; it’s super simple.
Why I haven’t watched this show since day one, I’ll never know. It’s given me so much life and fashion and self care advice and and and! I spoke about it briefly in my last post and I ended up asking myself so many questions: Why I didn’t make time for myself and what the deal was with dressing like a slob for basically four years. It helped me makes a few commitments to myself – one being to take 3 minutes at night to remove my make-up and care for my skin. Just making time for myself and my body, has helped me appreciate it more and those 3 minutes at the end of the night is my gift to myself – like Kim, you deserve this. It’s so simple but showing appreciation to yourself is something we should all be doing. It’s not selfish. It’s empowering.
A NEW BOOK
A good friend gifted me with this book and it came at the perfect time – I’ve had to summon my inner “Wild Womxn”. I have just started and somehow it’s already helped me rely on my intuition once again to navigate what has felt like a mystic world of late. It’s not an easy read and I think you have to set aside a good few hours, completely alone, to really get into it, practically impossible if you have kiddos but I’m hoping to devour a huge chunk this weekend.
OK, that’s all from me. I’m off to indulge in one of my other favourite things – cuddling with my hunny buns until they fall asleep and perhaps sneaking in a glass of red.