This wasn’t actually the post that I intended to write today. I had wanted to write a much more creative piece, however when it came down to it, it transpired that today was just not the day. I’m tired and a little unwell and my mind is just too preoccupied this week with all sorts of things to be able to give creative writing much headspace, so instead I decided to do a post which actually is much more positive and uplifting and will hopefully put me in a nicer mind-set for the week ahead.
Today I’m going to list 10 things that I’ve been thankful for so far in 2015. Yes I know we’re only 11 days in, deal with it.
1. My friends. They are my anchors always and goddamn they give me the best advice and put up with such a lot. I absolutely adore the lot of them and I love how strong our friendships actually are. This year is going to be a huge year for a lot of us and I can’t wait to watch it unfold.
2. My job. I may not always sound hugely enthusiastic about going into work, but 9 times out of 10 that’s more to do with tiredness than anything else. I’m grateful to have a job that challenges me on a daily basis, that allows me to create and grow creatively each day, and I’m hugely grateful for my boss for being so supportive and understanding every single day.
3. My family. I may not always be the easiest person to live with (hey, who is?!) but they always give me their love, their time and their advice. I know when I’m having a bad day I can go to my Dad for a cuddle and a chat and he will always make it better, either with his wonderful advice or with a bloody great vodka and coke. Equally I’m so happy I have a Mum that I can talk to about anything and everything no matter what and she never judges me. She is a total angel.
4. Speaking of angels, my dogs. Never a day goes by when they don’t put a smile on my face whether that’s by doing something funny (seriously, my youngest dog is 2 and is still scared of his own farts) or just knowing when I need a cuddle, they’re always there for me and I would lay down my life for them in a heartbeat if I had to.
5. Books. Since I was a small child they have been my escape (and in particular Harry Potter, but I guess there’s no surprises there) and if I’m having a tough time, or I need a break or even just want to relax, nothing sorts me out more than putting my nose in a book and escaping for a few hours.
6. Exercise. Scientifically, not only is exercise beneficial for your body in a physical sense, but it is also wonderful for your mental health and happiness. Going to the gym after work is something that I love to do at least 3 days a week, as it helps me de-stress and refocus and also makes me feel super happy and motivated.
7. Blogging. I couldn’t include a 10 things list on my blog without including my blog itself now could I?! Although I never really use this online space as a place to vent, I do find even writing an outfit post a cathartic process. Having a space on the internet that I can call my own and that I have total creative control over is brilliant and I’m really excited to see how it grows this year and what I can make of it.
8. Clothes. Now this is going to sound hugely materialistic but I’m so thankful for the clothes that I’ve bought, namely because I’ve earned the money to buy them. It feels brilliant knowing that your hard work has paid off and allowed you the opportunity to buy things that make you happy. Obviously this includes other things as well such as my phone and laptop, books, magazines etc, but as I think you’ve probably gathered from this blog, I really love clothes.
9. Make-up. Yes, yes. Another materialistic item but I love the creativity that makeup gives me. The opportunity to totally change and enhance my face is incredible and I really love playing around with it and trying new looks and styles when I’m bored. Like today when I painted a vast quantity of my face with black eyeshadow in an attempt to play around with the idea of shadow. Wonderful.
10. Creative Freedom. So many people in the world don’t have the freedom to express themselves, creatively or otherwise. I’m so blessed to live in a country that allows you freedom of speech, that lets me wear whatever I want to wear, that lets me blog and vote and smoke and drink and dance and do whatever I want (within reason) and I know that I am guilty of taking this for granted at times.