What’s been making me happy: October

A green paddock of grass in the foreground with a field of canola in the background.

Here we are, 10 months of the year down. It’s mid-spring, but to be honest it doesn’t actually feel spring’s begun. It just feels like winter’s been exceptionally long this year. Lucky I like coats and jumpers ;). This month seems to flying by. Perhaps it’s because we’re nearing the end of what’s been another topsy-turvy COVID dominated year, perhaps it’s just been because these last few weeks have busy for both Adam and I.

Needless to say though, there are always bright sparks amongst it all. This is what’s been making me smile this month…

THE COLOUR GREEN

A macro shot of green parsley growing in a planter.

I’m not sure what it is at the moment, but I’m just digging colour green. I feel like wearing it often, I want greenery in the house and I just can’t get enough of the verdant countryside at the moment. I’ve loved green for a long time, but like lots of things the passion for it ebbs and flows. It reminds me of the rainforests I spent my childhood exploring, of my other home in England, and I’ve been told my hazel eyes flash green when I’m in a mood. Green is a strong contender for the kitchen cabinets in our new home (more on that soon!) and I’ve just changed the background on my phone to an abstract art piece, that’s dominated by greens. Do you have a colour that you’re naturally drawn to?

MASK FREE WORKING

A floral mask sitting on a peachy pink notebook.

For the first time in months, today I’ve been able to sit at my desk in the office sans face mask. I think it’ll be a while before masks disappear completely from our every day, but this change (courtesy of an 80 per cent double dose vaccination rate in New South Wales) feels like something to celebrate. So much so, I even treated myself to red lip for work this morning. I completely understand and support the science behind mask mandates, but that didn’t make wearing one any less uncomfortable at times. I had a flare up of ‘maskne’ or mask induced acne recently and it was the pits. Using La Roche Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 as my moisturiser and introducing a niacinamide heavy serum into my face care routine certainly helped, and hopefully now that I won’t have to wear a mask for hours at time, my skin can really repair itself. Of course not all workers are able to go mask free and I’m mindful of that. I hope your time will come soon and thank you for playing your role in keeping the community safe.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Screenshot of Spotify's 'classical music for studying' playlist.

In my final years of school I discovered I could use classical music to help me focus and get assignments and study done. There was something about rise and fall of an instrumental piece that allowed me to just get into a highly productive zone and helped to remove other distractions. I’ve recently had a few deadlines I needed to meet, so I again turned to classical music to assist. It’s reminded me how nice listening to a non-lyricised piece of music can be. I find classical music quite relaxing too – and on long-haul flights I’ll often put on a symphony when I want to try and get some sleep. This latest foray into classical music has been a wonderful reminder about how much I enjoy the genre and I’d love to perhaps listen to it more regularly, not just when I need to get stuff done. If you’ve got any recommendations, I’m all ears :).

What’s been making you happy this month?

Have a wonderful week.

M.

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