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27.04.2020- Lockdown Life: Calming Comforts

Although lockdown life is a state of play which none of us would have chosen, there's no doubt that it's very quickly changed the look of the everyday  for a lot of people. Whether you're working from home, keeping your community going or on furlough (as I am), there's a lot about life at the moment which I don't think any of us could have envisaged shifting so quickly. As I'm trying to focus on the positives as much as I possibly can, I've been taking things one day at a time and appreciating the little things which are making me happy at the moment:

  • Getting some new projects underway in the garden- planting courgettes, chard, sweetpeas, bee-friendly growers and making plans for the next few months. I've also got some dahlias on the way so can't wait to get those on the grow!
  • Spending more time with my mum.
  • Having time to watch all of the daytime telly programmes I never normally catch- Escape to the Chateau DIY, Escape to the Country and Sun, Sea and Selling Houses are particular favourites at the moment! 
  • Being thankful for getting outside and absorbing every step on my daily walk or run, rather than the usual routine of rushing to get from A to B and using walking as a means to an end. 
  • Having time to cook, preparing fresh lunches and dinners, as well as getting adventurous with some new bakes. I'm also really enjoying being able to have my dinner at a reasonable time of the day, rather than last thing at night when I would be getting home from work.
  • A day when I can get a brush through my hair without my eyes watering.
  • Spending time with my cats- even if they are slightly nonplussed by the whole thing.
  • Having the flexibility to plan my days as much or as little as I want to.
  • Settling down to box-sets in the evening- Race Across the World is currently a top favourite!
  • Learning Spanish via Duolingo.
  • Expanding my mind power with quizzing twice a week.
  • Being more conscious of the little things- I'm usually in such a rush to leave the house first thing in the morning during the working week that I just tend to wolf down a banana before heading out. Now, as well as being able to get a better night of sleep, I can also put time and consideration into what to have for breakfast, combined with the bonus of not having to wait until I'm at my desk for the first cup of tea of the day.
  • Making some home improvements with some purchases from Little Deer and Annie Dornan Smith.
  • Reading more, and reading better.
  • Having the headspace to think about life a bit more.
  • The community of having to stay at home- whether that's supporting local businesses or clapping on the doorstep with the neighbours every Thursday evening at 8pm.
  • Lighter evenings, even if only admired from the garden.      
  • Realising what I actually enjoy in life rather than just existing week to week, and month to month. I can't help but thing that this will be a momentous shift for many of us in so many ways, and it's certainly made me really think about what I want to do with life.

Which small things are making you smile at the moment?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


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