For once I would love to switch on the news and see that nothing bad had happened somewhere in the world, which is sadly impossible. There is so much negativity going on in the world right now, which really saddens and disappoints me. I honestly do weep for humanity. With yet more school shootings happening over in America, Trump being Trump and people only caring about themselves (yes Teressa May I am mostly talking about you) etc, the world is a currently sad place to be.
However, the positive bean in me wants to focus on the good things in life, despite all the dark and crap going on, so I thought that I would compile a list of every day positive things to be grateful of to take out of my day when the helplessness of the news and the world gets too much.
1. My Mum – I honestly have the most kind, selfless and big hearted mother in the world and I am beyond blessed to be able to call her mum. I have never met such a hard-working, selfless and kind person.
Every day she puts me first despite the fact that I tell her that she shouldn’t revolve her day around me, waking up at 6am every day to drop me off at the station so that I don’t miss my train for work and coming to pick me up from the station at the end of the day. She makes me sandwiches in the morning and will drop anything if I need her. (I don’t take advantage of this fact). She is a wonderful person and I don’t know where I would be without her. She is my role model, inspiration and best friend and I am lucky to have her in my life.
2. Amazing family and friends-
I am very blessed to have such an incredible support network around me and also all over the world. My family are wonderful and every day I am very grateful to have them in my life. My friends are my tribe. The family I chose.These people are the ones who will always be there, no matter what, or where they are in the world. These people are the ones I turn to in a crisis or just for a laugh and a catch up. These are the people who create memories with me that I will remember, treasure and laugh at for the rest of my life. These people are the people I will always love.
3. Liverpool (my team).
I often joke that supporting Liverpool is like being married to someone who annoys the crap out of you, but at the end of the day, you just bloody love them. They annoy me, they make me incredibly happy, I get excited to see them. Yep, at the end of the day, Liverpool Football Club no matter what, win, lose or draw, is an endless love affair. They have always been a part of my life, and always will. The players may change, the manager may change, the kits may change, but Liverpool is a part of me. I’m grateful to be a football fan and being able to experience the ups, downs and memories that supporting a football club every season.
3. My health.
I am really fortunate that I’m healthy and as far as I’m aware I have no standing health problems so I have lots to be grateful for. I seem to have a good immune system, and rarely get ill. Although, the rare cold is enough to turn me into a sorry sod who just wants to wrap myself in a burrito of blankets and hide away from the world because I just feel so rubbish and sorry for myself. Every day I’m grateful to being healthy and happy (97% of the time at least!) I’m also incredibly happy that my family and friends are also in good health.
4. A roof over my head
This is something that many of us take for granted and I know I can be guilty of this. In fact, more recently my job has opened my eyes more to the poor people huddled on street corners in sleeping bags. I’m really fortunate that my parents are letting me live back home with them free of change so that I can save up for the future. Believe me I have tried many times to give my mum some form of rent and she refuses every time.
5. Exercising and sports
I am lucky that I am easily able to do some form of exercise whenever I get a spare moment if I wish to. I’m also lucky that I often am motivated enough to throw on my Nike trainers and go for a run around the park and sea front or go for a swim (currently for free) in my local spa pool. I am fortunate that I don’t really have anything physically stopping me, (injuries etc)
6. My job.
I am so lucky that I’m in a job that I really enjoy going to every day. There’s always lots of opportunities for personal growth, everyone there is lovely and helpful, my team is great and I finally am beginning to feel full filled in my career. Last March I got a job in a bar with unsociable hours, awful pay, I didn’t feel very appreciated and I definitely felt like I could be doing so much more. This job is a million miles away and I’m so grateful every day
7. Netflix –
I know that I am a little cheeky that I have literally been sponging off my friend’s Netflix since 2015, but honestly who doesn’t love having access to Netflix? There’s something really cool about knowing that I have instant access to wide range of TV shows and movies from all over the world at the touch of a button. And of course, you can’t beat the feeling of starting and getting emotionally invested in a TV show that has another five series to go.
8. My bed –
I love my bed. It’s super cosy and the best thing to face plant after a long day at work. It’s also the best thing to starfish in and spread out and do my own thing. It’s also covered in funky bedding, lots of blankets and cushions and I have big puffy new pillows. I also love taking a coffee up to bed with me on a Sunday morning and reading until my heart is content. And of course, you can’t beat wrapping yourself up in a burrito blanket and not moving.
9. Hot drinks –
Oh so simple, but so comforting. Like a hug in a mug. I love starting my day with a cup of coffee and I love ending it with a warm, comforting mug of hot juice. I love treating myself midday to a nice, warm fruit tea when I’m working hard, and the odd cup of quite milky tea is always a nice treat. A hot drink is my go to way to warm up once getting inside after being out in the cold, and my go to when I feel poorly or a little under the weather.
I have a tattoo dedicated to music. I adore music. I love the fact that no matter how you’re feeling, there is always a song out there for you, that understands you. I love discovering new music and falling in love, as well as re-discovering music and falling in love all over again. I love how music is a time portal that can transport people back to a moment in their life. I love the feeling of standing in a sea of people getting lost and sharing a moment with our favourite artists or bands. Everyone connected by music. I love finding a song with lyrics that just get me. Music is just a wonderful thing.
11. Clean sheets –
I love the feeling of diving into a bed with fresh sheets, in fresh PJs, feeling very fresh and relaxed after a bubble bath. It’s such a simple, but amazing feeling. I always make sure to change my bedding on a Sunday morning knowing that I will be getting into it after a bubble bath to make the experience of clean sheets even more enjoyable.
12. Bubble baths-
This one is fairly similar to the above point. However, having a really hot, bubble bath on a Sunday night is my favourite way to end a week and start a new one. I love the feeling of just lying down and relaxing in hot bubbles. I also love that after bubblebath feeling when my skin is warm, smooth and just all round fresh. I love boiling hot showers, but that weekly bubblebath is a one treat that I enjoy every weekend.
13- Roast dinners.
Ah the simply brilliant roast dinner. You can’t get much better than a plate full of crispy potatoes and colourful vegetables, smothered in gravy. I’m very fortunate that both my grandad and dad are amazing cooks and can whip up an amazing roast dinner. I’m also very fortunate that my dad likes to make roasts every Sunday for the grandkids, so I get to enjoy one pretty much every Sunday.
14- Exploring and adventures in new places.
The adventurer with in me loves any opportunity to explore new areas. The first thing I want to do when I get to a place I’ve never been before. I love finding new places to eat and drink, hidden places to explore and new places to see and do. There’s the whole exhilarating feeling of exploring new territories.
15. Going out for breakfasts.
I love having people in my life who are down for spontaneous visits to cafes for breakfasts and chin wags. One of my favourite things to do in Australia a couple of years ago was go out to different cafes with my Auntie and Uncle and enjoy a big breakfast complete with a coffee. At home there’s a little cafe up the road from my house and it’s always exciting when the plans revolve around going out for breakfast. Also, you can’t beat a big plate of a veggie breakfast food complete with a milky coffee. It’s the best way to start any day.
16. Catching up with people over a coffee.
This one is fairly similar to the above one, but let’s be honest, catching up with friends over a big mug of coffee, is a really simply great way to pass the time. I love the hustle and bustle of coffee shops – the sounds, the smell, people watching etc. There’s not much better than good company, a big mug of tasty coffee and no where to be.
17. Sunny days.
There’s something to be said about sunny days that just make everything feel better. There’s something great about walking around with the sun hitting your skin and making everything feel warm and happy. A little bit of sun and lots of problems just seem to disappear. A bit of sun and everywhere just looks brighter and more promising. Also, I love lazy days lying on grass with a book and some music. Or beach days with my friends. I’m so over the grey, cold, miserable wintery March days, bring on the sun.
18. Fresh vegetables and salads.
I adore vegetables. In fact, it’s quite funny, when I was a little kid I was so embarrassed to admit to my friends how much I love vegetables, because you know, at 8 years of age, loving vegetables isn’t the coolest thing ever. So any friends who came to Keri’s house for tea had turkey dinosaurs and chips. However, now, give me all the vegetables (except mushrooms!) I would be more than happy to devour a huge plate of vegetables. Also, I currently love salads, the fresher the better. Also, avocado in the salad. I’m already craving sunny days and fresh salads for lunch on some grass somewhere whilst watching the world go by.
19. Going up to Liverpool to see the family.
Liverpool is home. It always has been. For me, Liverpool is my second home. A place of childhood where I spent many school holidays having adventures with my family. Sadly though, as I’ve gotten older, I haven’t been able to get up there as often as I would like to, because life. But, this year I shall definitely be getting my arse up there because I miss Liverpool and the family. Plus my Grandad, who is an absolute cutie by the way, isn’t getting any younger.
20. New books and getting lost in new worlds.
My book buying is getting out of control. I love reading, I feel very fortunate that I have always loved reading, ever since I was a child. I have always loved the luxury of getting lost in new worlds amongst ink on pages and meeting new characters. I have also always loved the feeling of being able to return back to my ‘friends’ every time I return to a book. I love the smell of books old and new. I love the feeling of pages being turned in my hands. I love picking up new books, knowing that there is a whole new world waiting in there to be explored. I love books.
Enjoy your Monday folks, I hope you find joy in the small things too.
Until next time,
Love, hugs and pugs.