Friday, 12 October 2018

An Autumn's Day Gratitude Diary...

My New Gaff
In July I found a nice little home for Riley and I, and in August we moved into it. It's in an area close enough to my hometown to be able to see those I care about, but far away enough to avoid people if I want to - ha! It's in a peaceful area and I feel safe and happy here, which really is all that matters. I love the flat itself, it has bay windows and lots of old fashioned character - it even has some of the original features from the olden days! I specifically love my bedroom now I have made it my own with my photo wall, throws and curtains. I put the curtain rail up on my own with a hammer drill and painted the whole place by myself too. I'm feeling like an independent happy woman in my new home!

Of course Riley was going to be on here - he makes me happy and fills my heart with so much love, while making me laugh on a daily basis. The place genuinely feels so empty when he isn't here and I really miss him. He's been a true blessing in my life and I love spending time with him. Sometimes I feel like calling in sick, just to spend the day with him! I can't wait to spend the Christmas period here in England with him and my family! 

My University
I love my University so much, this is my second degree and third University and it really was third time lucky. This year  is amazing already. I love the people, both staff and students. I love what I am learning about. I love the area and I love how I am feeling about this year. One of my lecturers wrote one of the books I read last year which inspires me and fills me with confidence in her teaching. I am being taught by people in positions in which I aspire to be in which is both inspiring and motivating. Last year, I think I felt very unsure about everything. I wondered if SLT was for me, if I was good enough and why the University were teaching us half the things they were. Then I completed my exams and placement and realised that actually I am more than capable, and more than worthy to be here. I also realise that there was method in the madness of the University itself and I now have full trust that they will pull us through. 

Good Food
Lately I've been making a lot of my own food and meal prepping to save money as my rent has gone up almost double in this new place. I have to say I do prefer my own food though. I always season things better than the shops do as us obviously to my taste. I make better vegan lunch options than what are on the shelves and I save my monies while doing so. I also find cooking very therapeutic and a nice way to spend some time. I do love going out for meals too occasionally of course. My recent favourites have been wagamama's dumpling and mushroom starter, a vegan doner from a place called 'What the Pitta' in Croydon, raspberry muffins from a place called Organico in Epsom, Vegan Korma from a place called 'Khan's' in Epsom, the vegan donuts in 'Donut Time' on Old Street, London and Coughlan's bakeries all over south London have been releasing treat after treat for the vegan community. I'm also loving how easy it is to be vegan now! 

Feeling Homely and Staying Home
For the first time in my life, I really don't feel like travelling (well, this side of Christmas anyway). I'm not saying this is a permanent fixture because it isn't but I am saying that I have a lot more gratitude for my life right here where it is. I love what I am doing, I love where I live, I love the people and animals I have in my life, and I just love where I am at right now. The way I feel about travel now is that it is a lot of effort and money to explore a place you might not like. I have plans to travel to Africa and South America because they're calling my soul and I already know I love them both. However, all these tours and returning to Asia - they're both a no from me. It's personally not my cup of tea anymore. I would still love to travel to Finland, Oman, New York and San Francisco, but I'm really not in any type of rush right now. When I do go though, I will go alone, or with someone I love and I will go to see one place at a time so I can fully absorb the culture and enjoy it. 

A Few Random Loves:
Coughlan's bakeries, fresh bed covers, freshly cleaned clothes, my tumble dryer, charity shop shopping, PHB's brightening moisturiser, a hot bath, the pound shop, my houseplant,  catching an empty train and missing rush hour, listening to music; specifically south America and French music at the moment,  Make up free days, time alone, the beautiful colourful leaves of autumn, having fresh hair, deep meaningful compliments, candles burning, time with my favourites, playing cards, being picked up and cuddled like a baby, sleepovers with my friends, being alcohol free, new outfit ideas, mushroom vitamin D tablets, co-op's soya mylk, co-op's free-from millionaires, cherry bake-wells, cosy jumpers, black tights, and laughter, laughter is the key!

Peace Out Potatoes xo

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