This week I have been re-reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I love the premise of this book, the idea of working out what makes you happy, and then living it.
In the first few pages there is a quote by Colette that always resonates with me and which summarises a great fear of mine:
What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realised it sooner.
Avoiding this great fear is one of the reasons I blog - keeping a record of my life and reflecting on the things I do helps me appreciate how great everything really is. If left unchecked, my focus will naturally shift to the things in life that cause me stress, that make me tired, that give me a headache - my blog is my check, and a reminder to be thankful every day. Because, actually, my life is pretty great.
Without my blog (and Kerrin - who I 'met' through blogging) I would never have started explore your home turf, a project that I am really excited about (and I hope that you might be too!). I find the process of reflecting on my city (because I totally own it!) and all it has to offer inspiring. The more I reflect, the more I want to go out, explore, and experience.
I find it amazing that anyone (including my Mum) would bother to read what I produce here. It means a lot to me that anyone reads this stuff, let alone takes the time to comment or be inspired by it.
On an adjacent note, isn't this print by Hello Jenuine lovely? I can't think of a better reminder to stop and remember that life is good.