The calm Easter

The calm Easter

The Easter break is almost upon us and I for one can’t wait.  To me, Easter always feels like a laid-back holiday – there isn’t the same level of expectation, planning and hysteria like at Christmas.  Perhaps it also stems from the fact, that when I was a child, Easter was always a really quiet time in my family.  We rarely travelled during the few days off.  It was always about recharging batteries, indulging in good food (and some chocolate!) and receiving a pair new winter pyjamas.

This year I’ve got a firm picture in my mind as to what I want to do…

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What’s making me happy: April

What’s making me happy: April

I’ve always loved the month of April for its transitional quality – in Australia it generally means the arrival of cooler mornings and the first signs of autumn.  When we were living in England it meant longer evenings and spring blossoms.  This month though, this has been what’s making me happy…

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What’s making me happy: January

What’s making me happy: January
“She often climbed up the hill and lay there alone for the mere pleasure of feeling the wind and of rubbing her cheeks in the grass. Generally at such times she did not think of anything, but lay immersed in an in an inarticulate well-being.” – Summer, Edith Wharton.

 Last year I started noting down every season a few things that were making me smile.  Most of the time they were little observations, kind acts or simple pleasures to do with that time of the year. I loved writing those blog posts and found the act of sitting and writing about these little things really cathartic.  It was such a good reminder, that even during what feels like a standard week/month there are moments of magic in the ever day.

So in 2019, I’m upping the ante.  Every month I’m going to stop and reflect on what’s making me smile, starting with January…

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