22:39

There is a great sense of relief when you come to an understanding of a hard decision you made in the past. This may be a realisation that things have turned out for the best, it may be a sense of happiness which has over taken a previous sense of sadness, or it could just be a feeling of self worth.

These are all feelings that I have felt in recent times. There is a new stillness in my heart that was not there before. There is a greater feeling of accomplishment and pride in my own actions. There is more value to taking the reins of my own happiness rather than letting someone else dictate it for me.

I am thankful for this learning curve and for the trials that enable me to grow.

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22:44

I dislike the negative stigma of doing things by yourself. What is the big deal?

Recently I have had friends and colleagues make comments about how they ‘simply cannot’ do things by themselves. They have stated feelings of being awkward or embarrassed when entering an establishment alone, or even just being seen to be by themselves at an event.

Sometimes the best company is your own. I know that sounds awfully big headed or pompous but it’s true. Sometimes what you need is only granted by your own self, whether that be through your own thoughts, actions or solutions.

I am a big believer in making your own happiness, in fulfilling your own wishes, and being true to yourself. Doing things as an individual helps to build up your self confidence; and your foundation of who you are. Being alone gives you head room to think freely, to live honestly and to treat yourself right.

00:49

You know those days when you come home from being out and your body is tired but your heart is full of joy? Those days where you think back to earlier and you can’t help but smile? I had one of those days today.

It was such a happy day from the get go. A group of 8 friends who have all completed their university exams and/or have time off work who took the day to hang out and really enjoy each others company. We gorged on food and made our stomachs hurt from laughing too much. We always keep it simple yet always have a good time.

I have grown up with these friends and we all know each other pretty well, which is why we all get on amazingly. I find when I’m not at home I only have a select few who I am closer to and click well with. However at home and with these friends; it’s so free and easy. Conversation always flows freely and we crack jokes so often because it’s second nature to us. One of my friends (who also happens to be my cousin) said, ‘I haven’t laughed so hard in so long!’ which is usually the sign of a good day out.

I can go back to Edinburgh with a happy heart full of memories.

02:12

Showering posts in abundance tonight!

I wanted to share a video that ties in with an event that happened recently.

Heartwarming Thai Commercial

It was a coincidence that I came across this video on the same day that I helped a stranger who was unloading books from her car. I saw a woman carrying a stack of books in her arms while standing next to her car boot (which was also full of books). She was parked next to an Oxfam book store and it was clear that she was donating these books to charity. As I was walking towards her I decided to ask her if she needed any help and she smiled and gladly accepted. Her husband had already taken some books in but there was still many in the car boot, so two pairs of hands made light work and the book donations were quickly done. At one point she asked me if I was okay lifting such a heavy crate of books and I replied with a cheeky, ‘Yes I’m fine, I’m young enough.’ After the donation she thanked me profusely and asked if she could give me a lift in her car anywhere, which was very sweet but I politely declined and went on my way.

I got home and watched this video and I have to admit, I shed a few tears. It got me thinking about the things other people do for us that we take for granted, and also the things people do not for recognition but simply to help fellow humankind.

I don’t post to boast of my good deeds nor did I look for any kind of recognition from the woman herself. Helping strangers gives you a feeling like no other. That kind of satisfaction is priceless.

From the video: There are some things in life that money can’t buy, a¬†world of happiness is more important.