9 things making me smile right now

Life has been crazy this past month and I’ve been run off my feet at work. Sleep continues to suffer as to other essential self-care routines in my life. Yet, I notice I’m not as flat as I was some months ago. In fact, I’m not even as flat as I was last month. Things are brewing but I can’t write about it yet. In the mean time though, I’m finding things that make me smile.

Later sunsets: I am enjoying leaving work at 5 p.m. with blue skies still in sight. It’s so nice not leaving work in the dark especially as I leave home in the dark!

Camping trips: I went camping last weekend and it was the most spectacular weekend ever. We had to change plans a few days before and the new campsite at Meroo Head was amazing! I loved being out in nature and feeling truly relaxed.

Watching the sunrise: Our campsite was a few hundred metres by the beach and we woke up early on Sunday morning to catch the sunrise. Words cannot describe how beautiful and serene it was. Waking up in the cold at 6 a.m. on a Sunday was so worth it!

Upcoming weekend away: Next Friday, I’ll be heading up to the Hunter Valley after work with two other friends and their partners for a weekend away. We are going for another friend’s wedding and it’s a nice chance to also explore the area. So excited!

Chatting with people: I am loving talking to strangers. It’s weird as it was something I avoided for many years. Now, I’ll talk to anyone willing to listen. Not about myself necessarily but just stuff. Like the morning we were headed camping and had stopped for a coffee, I began to chat with the lady behind me in the line. Turns out she was on her way to house inspections. Wonder if she found a good one! 🙂

My ideas: My brain is rolling with ideas for stories and articles and posts. I jot them all down but the problem is, I haven’t had the energy to actually write anything. So so tired!

The future: While I am generally anxious about the future, there are things I’m looking forward to in spite of all that anxiety. And well, you can’t help but smile and feel hopeful.

My cats: Always. They just have to be themselves and it’s enough to make me smile.

Connecting: I’ve organised a hike this coming weekend and to my immense pleasure, a couple of my colleagues who I have befriended are also coming. It’ll be nice seeing them in a non-work, non-pub environment. They are lovely ladies I’ve felt a good connection with.

What’s making you smile currently?

Do share!

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1. What makes you smile? What makes you happy?
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3. Chaos — how do you feel about it?
4. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde. Use this as inspiration for your post or within it.
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  • Vishal Bheeroo
    19 August 2016 at 12:48 am

    I mean, that’s awesome. I still find it difficult to strike a conversation with strangers, though I am so keen to do it. Watching sunset is always awesome.
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  • Vasantha Vivek
    19 August 2016 at 1:02 am

    Your post made me smile right now. I love watching sunrise and sunset. I too love cats. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
    19 August 2016 at 2:32 am

    Your camping trip sounds amazing! 🙂 And yay for pets! They always bring smiles! 🙂
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  • Parul Thakur
    19 August 2016 at 4:11 am

    Lovely 9 things and your hikes and trips make me do green sometimes. But I am also happy that things are not as flat as before. They will only go up from here.
    We just finished celebrating Rakshabandhan and it was fun. We do sans the rituals after work and all but it still matters. I am happy that tomorrow is Friday. 🙂
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  • Ashleigh My Meow
    19 August 2016 at 6:06 am

    Just the change in the weather this week has added a spring to my step!
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  • Nabanita Dhar
    19 August 2016 at 8:15 pm

    You just made me smile, Sanch. I like that you are looking forward to so many things. For now, the photos of the little one on my desktop is making me smile. Can’t wait for the day at work to be over so that I can pick her up and go home. That’s pretty much it 🙂
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  • Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710
    19 August 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Sunrises and random conversations make me happy too! 🙂
    The one thing I’m happy about today is that I published a post (finally) for the #FridayReflections, after a really long gap!

    And yes, the flat days will end soon, Sanch. Do take care, and stay calm 🙂
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  • Sunaina Bhatia
    20 August 2016 at 10:44 pm

    It is often the simple everyday things that make me smile….like my son’s constant chatter and my daughter’s attempts at doing ballet…..Your post brought a smile too…..:)

  • Mahathi Ramya
    21 August 2016 at 7:25 am

    watching the sunrise in the morning is awesome! Enjoy your Hunter valley trip this weekend.
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  • Mackenzie Glanville
    22 August 2016 at 9:22 pm

    We had such a scare with our cat Pumpkin this week, but she is on the mend poor darling. But cats always make me smile too. I am so glad you are feeling more positive xx #Fridayreflections
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  • Sharmini
    25 August 2016 at 12:50 pm

    It’s always the little things huh? Keep smiling ?