Sunday brought us yet another day of steady, soaking rain, and so our planned outdoors activities were replaced with, amongst other things, a trip to the cinema with family and friends to watch the new animated film ‘Trolls’. My children fell in love with the music, with my youngest staying as long as the credits rolled … More Getting back up again
A stormy week it has been at work, with some deeply painful, challenging and difficult moments. It felt appropriate, therefore, to have the working week come to a close in the midst of a spectacular display of torrential rain and pinging hail – hailstones large enough to send me rushing bare-armed into the storm to … More Clearing the air
Waking early from restful sleep, the dawn reminds me to find new courage and fresh perspectives to guide me through the day ahead.
I’m often amazed when I’m absorbed in easily-accessible joys that I don’t do these delightful things more often! Twice during the weekend my boys and I headed out for very simple adventures quite literally on our doorstep, and while my wanderlust and pleasure in wider travels and adventures remain, it is even more satisfying to … More Grounded
The soothing sound of the ocean, the sand between my toes. Sipping Port under the stars, my feet warmed by a fire. Birthdays that are full of joy, surprises, laughter and love. Concrete actions that further my wish to surround myself with things that make me happy – this week’s greatest satisfaction being planting some … More Happiness #4
I wrote the next ten additions to my happiness list on an aeroplane, flying to Ghana for a gathering of colleagues from across Africa with a shared vision for people-centred land governance: the International Land Coalition Africa‘s Annual Regional Forum and Assembly. I wrote in my journal that night, “Here I am again, miles above the … More Happiness 3: the Ghana edition
Picking up where I left off in my first list of things that make me happy, here are the next additions: The connecting messages, emails and phone calls I sometimes received from loved ones after writing blog posts. Birdsong – outside my window in the mornings, in the early morning dark when out running, or … More Happiness contd.