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25.01.2021- On Leaning in to Joy

Without question, the start of 2021 has been tough. I don't think that it's necessarily been toucher than any of us could imagine, because most of us have will have seen this situation on the horizon a long time before Christmas, and indeed a long time before even the second lockdown. If I'm being honest, I've taken a bit of a step back from the news in general as a bit of a coping mechanism, and after a year of almost relentless doom and gloom, I think it's only natural to want to retreat from the world, hunker down and kindle any little sparks of light which you might be able to cling on to. 

As silly as it might sound, I've almost felt guilty about being hopeful about anything of late. With so much sadness, grief and collective trauma around, it almost seems wrong to feel celebratory about life just now- even if those shreds of happiness are the things which get you through each day. However, at the start of the year I started to make more of a concerted effort to embrace the things which put a smile on my face and hope in my heart, rather than spending too much time on sadness. Yes, we can all pause and reflect on this truly awful, heart-wrenching time which we are living through, but we must also be able to take the time to protect those precious gems of light when they appear in our lives...especially as they've been so thin on the ground recently. So, in a tangible attempt to shine a little in the darkness, these are the things which are making me feel hopeful at the moment:

  • Good things happening to good people- karma at work!

  • Having my perspectives shifted by regular coaching. Game-changer. 

  • The 46th President and Vice President of the United States. And Amanda Gorman's incredible recital at the inauguration. 'For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it.'

  • The vaccine - a light at the end of the tunnel, and one we all need. 

  • Embracing opportunities which this time last year I'd never have imagined I'd have thrown my way.

  • Thank you notes in the post.

  • Thinking about where I want to travel to once it's a possibility again.

  • The first peek of snowdrops in the garden.

  • The joyous escapism of WandaVision.

  • Brighter, sunnier mornings and incredible sunsets viewed from my window. 

  • Sending surprises in the post and paying it forward where I can.

What little pockets of light are you holding on to at the moment?

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


  1. This is such a beautiful piece, Sarah. Just like you, there are times where I felt that hope seems to be a luxury knowing what's happening around us. But it truly takes courage and intention to go beyond these thoughts and be able to hold onto the small but meaningful pockets of victory and make it our fuel to continue and be joyful.

    Recently, I've been learning how to be constantly grateful. Starting with the idea of just being able to wake up and breathe in air into my lungs. Documenting my days through photos and phrases also help!

    I hope you're doing well! Stay safe always.

    Hanna / Heydays With Hanna


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