Here we are safely ensconced at my parent’s seaside home, enjoying the cooling breeze that was distinctly lacking back home. I definitely feel more at peace here. It’s a mixture of being back by the sea (something I certainly miss living where we do), back with my family, being looked after and the relaxing nature of not working.
For the first time in months I’ve been able to switch off, I’m not thinking about work until August and even then I’m going to be sensible about the pressures I place on myself.
So what I am focusing on instead are the small pleasures in my life that I normally miss due to rushing around with nursery runs, work, and all the every day pressures we have.
Today’s small pleasures:
- Izzy spending the whole day outside playing with her grandparents, something she loves to do and I love to hear her laughter and joy at being able to enjoy our time here (last time we were here she had chicken pox so were confined to the house!)
- The cooler weather here, nothing nicer than sitting in my parents’ beautiful garden as a gentle sea breeze blows the plants in a hypnotic way. The perfect way to spend an afternoon with a good book.
- Seeing my best friend yesterday. M has been my best friend for the past 28 years, we met at the same age my daughter is now and I cannot think of a person I love more outside my own family. She is amazing and although we go for months without seeing each other it’s like we’ve never been apart when we are back together again.
- Playing catch in the evening sunshine with my Mum & Dad and Izzy, just seeing how much she has developed and grown, something I’ve missed recently due to the pressures mentioned above. Her speech has come on leaps and bounds recently and she amazes me with the things she learns, I am going to spend the holidays focusing on this and discovering more about her each day.
What small pleasures keep you going through the tough times?