#Smile’17 No. 1

So I started drafting a post back in January to kick off another year of weekly smiles and never posted it. So here we go again. Sunday smiling. This weekend I’ve been lucky enough to have most of my family in one place. A few people missing but near enough!  It has been wonderful to catch up and spend some time reminding ourselves that we are related! 

It has made be think about something I want to work on this year; keeping more actively in touch with people.  Social media is making it more and more easy to passively lose touch without even realising. It gives a false sense that we know what is going on with the people we care about because we liked the picture of their lunch last Wednesday.  So this year I am going to try and embrace the snail mail and take the time to find out what’s really going on with the people who are important to me. 

It will probably end up as per situation normal with a dressed envelopes sat for weeks/months/years waiting to be posted… but the intention will be there nonetheless! 

Wishing happy weeks all round,

LSO x 

Well that escalated quickly…

Oops. I do apologise for the rather lengthy absence, rooted in my terrible talent for procrastination…

It has been quite the year since my last blog post. I’m not entirely sure what happened to blogging along the way – there were times when I just didn’t feel like sharing what was going on in my head, and other times where procrastinator supreme “I’ll write a post next whenever” prevailed. But now life has evened out a bit, and I want to get back to my original reasons for starting thins in the first place – revelling in the small things!

A debrief of the last 12 months would have to include the following highlights:

  • I survived two months travelling solo in the South Pacific – more about that here!
  • I graduated! (Still convinced they’re going to decide that was a clerical error one day…)
  • We moved across the country and managed to navigate the traps of house-hunting; our well developed damp-sensors once again proving invaluable!
  • I started my first job (and have thus far survived!)
  • My little (6ft) brother has finally found his calling and has been given the opportunity to go follow his dreams in September – super proud!
  • We ticked a few places off our travel bucket list.
  • And finally, and most excitingly…
    • My aforementioned other-half asked me a very important question, to which the answer was a very slightly hysterical YES; we are now enjoying bumbling through the world of wedding planning together!

As I said, quite the year! I will be blogging a bit about my travels, and a few important bits and pieces, but mainly trying to focus on the little smiles just like before.

Thanks for staying interested if you’re still reading!

LSO x

 

Smile no. 10

Huge smile this week… I found out that I have secured a post for August in the area I wanted. Although I still have a further stage of applications to secure the exact job and precise location, I know roughly which county I will be in for the next 2 years, and it’s the one I wanted!

It was just generally a very good week, especially Wednesday. A surprise day off due to an admin error meant that I had a lie-in – always much appreciated, and my wonderful other half surprised me with an evening of relaxing before the dreaded job allocation day. I came home to a bath with bubbles and candle, a 3 course dinner, and a rare evening where both of us were home together.

Smiles all round!

LSO x

Smile no. 9

Somebody press pause!! Life is hurtling along a bit at the minute! I only have 6 weeks left of the final placement of my course, and only a few days until I find out where life will be taking me after the summer. 

This weekend we headed across country to see my boyfriend’s parents. It was lovely to spend time with them, and although part of the reason for going was a family funeral, it was great to be reminded how dynamic our families can be. Rows, bereavements and distances may split some ties wide open, but there are always new ones forming. We draw people in to our families, they become part of our story, and we become part of theirs. Families are not necessarily the ones you are first born into; they evolve around us, shaped by our lives and those of the people in it. 

I have a wonderful family, and though I may not speak to them or see them half as much as I would like, I am so happy to have them as characters in my story. My smile this week is the one put there by the people I care about more that anything; my wonderful, totally crazy but undeniably awesome family! 

LSO x