I love kicking each week off on a positive note. I've been doing round-up posts on here forever, but it's nice getting into the routine and discipline of doing so every week, on a Monday. Thanks as ever to Katy and Jasmin for the inspo! Here are my ten happy things from the last week and the present time :)
1. Cooler weather
The recent drop in temperature has been good for the soul. I am not built for temperatures over thirty degrees.
2. Good sushi
One evening last week I was home alone and had just defeated a big writing job, so I decided to treat myself to some takeaway. I was craving sushi, so pootled over to Just Eat and ordered a few delicious bits and bobs. I tried MoSushi, a little place here in Leyton and was so impressed! Speedy service, reasonable prices and delicious food. I'll be ordering again for sure.
3. Ice cream with a little one and his mummy
One of my dearest friend's little boys turned one, and I got to celebrate with him and mummy over gorgeous gelato at Marine Ices in Camden. The combo of baby cuteness, a good catch up, and a massive sugar high was a grand one.
I've been bowled over as always by the kindness of my friends recently. Whether it's catching up over a glass of wine, an unexpected CD in the post (thank you, Emily!), or just lots of understanding and support when you have some bad news or are poorly, I'm forever grateful for the people around me.
5. Trying. Failing. Getting back up
Speaking of, I'm happy for the chances I get to take during this season. Leaving teaching (perhaps for a couple of years, perhaps more) put me in a whole new area, and there are so many great things, little achievements and moments I'm proud of....but sometimes there are failures, bumps in the road, or simply moments when I feel a little lost! I'm grateful for this time and the chances and challenges it's affording me. Even on the down days I'm trying to remind myself to be grateful for the journey, and I always remember to be thankful for the support I have and the ability to explore.
6. Book events
Last Tuesday, the lovely Zarina invited me along to a YA panel chat at Foyles, as part of their #Storybox2016 events for children and young people. Anna James was in discussion with Sarah Crossan (author of the Carnegie winning One, amongst other titles) and Jenny McLachlan (of the wonderful Ladybird series of books). It was so fun to catch up with Zarina, as well as hearing the ladies in discussion on all things literary!
If you read here regularly or have spent any amount of time with me, you'll know that I adore all things stationery! Imagine my delight, then, when Pen Heaven asked me if I'd like to receive a new Moleskine 18-month planner to use and review, along with a lovely Parker jotter. They arrived yesterday and I am in love. My desk planner is a little too large to tote around in a handbag (it's something of a desk-based control centre!) - the Moleskine is lighter and more streamlined, perfect for noting down appointments and listing to-dos when you're out and about! I went for a Plum moleskine with silver initials (love that Pen Heaven can engrave, I love a little personalisation!) which I adore together, and match nicely with the jotter in Portobello Plum.
8. Holiday planning
After last week's request for travel suggestions for our upcoming holiday to New York, Boston, Toronto and Las Vegas, we have received so many great recommendations (please, keep them coming, and our holiday is really starting to take shape!
9. The Thirty-plus Awards
On Thursday I was Erica's date for the first annual Thuty-Plus Awards, and had such a lovely time celebrating so many of the wonderful writers, photographers and people in our community! Well done to all the winners, naturally, but it was especially lovely to see three of my regular reads, Rosalilium, Fizzy Peaches and Fashion For Lunch pick up awards. It was so great to see so many people being applauded, and I've found so many new favourites too - Talonted Lex, Devoted to Pink and Thou Shall Not Covet are now all firmly on the 'must read' list, and that's just for starters. Big congratulations to Hayley and her team for putting it all together!
10. New projects
I love writing here and it's such a treat to see my little blog continue to grow, but I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to create a separate space for my book writing, photography and adventures. So I have. If you're into books, please consider following my bookstagram over at London Books and my tumblr, London Books Insta. I'm excited to see where this journey may lead.
Well, that was a post and a half. Happy Monday, everyone - I hope you have a super week!