21:45

I had a productive day today.

I swam extra lengths at the pool to release tension. I didn’t over-shop at the supermarket as I looked in the fridge before heading out. I did my laundry and made a nutritious and healthy lunch. I thought I was going to be late for my choir session at church but I actually ended up early. It poured down with rain but only when I was driving in my car. I bought a cute sweater on sale that I had been eyeing for weeks. I cooked a Thai green curry for dinner and it tasted good. I cleaned the house and prepared for the week ahead. I watched some episodes of my current binge-worthy series and a documentary. I am now winding down in bed while listening to a podcast.

Sometimes it’s the little things which promote a sense of satisfaction and contentment.

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22:29

In recent weeks I have noticed how quickly the days are going by. In my regular work week schedule I find myself baffled at the arrival of another Friday in seemingly quick successions. I don’t know fully if it’s because I’ve been busier in 2018 or if I’m making the most out of my time, or a mix of the two.

As we draw closer to the middle of February I can safely say that 2018 has been good to me. I go to bed each night with a tiredness in my body that signifies I worked and played hard, and also with a content feeling in my heart. I am so thankful for this year already and I strive to have this heart of thanksgiving for the rest of the year.

00:20

‘You should read the book that you hear two booksellers arguing about at the registers while you’re browsing in a bookstore.

You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re laughing.

You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re crying.

You should read the book that you find left behind in the airplane seat pocket, on a park bench, on the bus, at a restaurant, or in a hotel room.

You should read the book that you see someone reading for hours in a coffee shop – there when you got there and still there when you left – that made you envious because you were working instead of absorbed in a book.’

Jane Potter – 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To

01:38

I am feeling content tonight!

I have loving relatives who look after me while I am studying away from home, I have a part time job to give me some extra cash, I have a large room to call my own. I have friends who laugh and chill with me, I have necessities and so much more, and most importantly I have God on my side.

Without Him, I wouldn’t have these wondrous things and I truly thank Him for all of it.