Enough is enough. Our little stint of travels ended about two weeks ago and I think I've had my fair share of time to wallow about how painful it is to have to return to reality. I'm a very firm believer in that life is what you make it every single day. Your positive, happy self doesn't have to have an automatic off-switch at the end of something "grand" like a holiday. Even when you are slogging through the daily grind, it's so important to draw happiness and good feelings from even the tiniest of details, from the appreciation of what you already have and from fond memories. And so, in a bid to put things into perspective and to remind myself that my reality really isn't all that bad, here are a few awesome things that have happened recently that I am drawing all of the positive energy from and radiating into my days going forward.
I travelled to see my favourite band.
It feels almost surreal to be able to say that I was able to travel, with my favourite human by my side, to watch my favourite band perform heartwarming live shows in some of my favourite cities in the world. Although my trips were short-lived and I have pined over them ever since, it is truly an incredible thing when you are in a privileged enough position to be able to travel, to be able to see and do the things that you want to see and do - and when you put it into perspective, it is something that should never be taken for granted. I travelled to watch a band that hold such a special place in my heart, and left with new friends and fond memories.
I watched my best friend meet his heroes.
On Valentine's Day this year, after booking the trip as a surprise for his birthday, Adam and I travelled to Amsterdam to watch his favourite band play a live show. After the show, I got to look on as Adam met some of his musical heroes and it was honestly such a heartwarming sight to behold. Knowing just how it meant to him made me happy in a way that I can't possibly begin to articulate. There's nothing quite like seeing your loved ones in the midst of their happiest moments.
I booked myself in for a new tattoo.
Personally, there are few things that I find more exciting than booking myself in for a new tattoo - and that's exactly what I've done. In just over a week I will have a brand new tattoo inked on my skin, and without giving too much away, it is one of my only tattoos that bears a significant meaning. Not to mention the fact that I have booked myself in with an incredible local artist whom I cannot wait to meet. I am so excited to see the finished result.
I received great feedback from a blog post.
In case you missed it, I shared a piece detailing my thoughts of the recent Pinegrove shows we attended. I worked on that piece for over a week, almost tearing my hair out in frustration at trying to articulate my whirling thoughts into coherent sentences. By the end of it, I was proud of my efforts but nonetheless nervous to share it, as writing about music and live shows is still such new and unfamiliar territory for me. And so, unsurprisingly, I was absolutely overwhelmed at the inexplicably kind feedback I received. Pinegrove very kindly shared the piece on their social media and it quickly became my most popular post to date. After a few weeks of feeling super down about my writing, doubting myself and my abilities, the feedback that I received from that post was incredibly uplifting and I am so grateful.
I conquered my flight anxiety six times.Here's the thing: I am a terrible flyer. One too many times I have made myself sick from pre-flight anxiety and boy oh boy, I wouldn't even wish it on my worst enemy. When I was very young, I would cling to my father's arm and almost cut his circulation throughout the terrifying ordeal of taking off, landing and inevitably, any given time the plane wasn't absolutely smooth (which, spoiler alert, only tends to be when the plane is on the ground, not moving). Fast forward to the present day and nothing much has changed, except Adam is now the one that falls victim to my death grip. Flying certainly isn't my forte. From the moment I step foot into an airport all logical thinking goes out the window and everything is catastrophic. And yet, on our recent trips to Amsterdam, Brighton and Amsterdam (again) I conquered my anxieties a total of six times. Sure, I experienced a few notable low points along the way and the last flight was (typically) the worst, but I'm pretty proud to say that my fears didn't once stop me from doing what I wanted to do - and dare I say it, I might even be getting better at it.
What are a few really awesome things that have happened to you recently?
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