All the small things

‘All the, small things’ sang Blink 182; “It’s the little things” someone once said (and some of us still use this quote today). “Big things come in small packages” – why yes we do ūüėČ

I have always been one that has appreciated the smaller things in life. Back in the day the things that made me smile, and made me feel happy may have been deemed as ‘corny’ but I feel as we all age, we all show an appreciation for the smaller things in life.

Being a almost 31 year old (when did that happen?)¬†all of us have experienced shite of some kind. The universe¬†decided¬†for whatever reason to¬†make sure shite hit the fan and rained all over you, testing you, saying “what are you going to do now?” I refuse to let this smile be turned¬†upside down into a frown and instead make the most of the challenges I have been presented with, and be grateful for what I have and the life that I have been given.

Obviously there are the bigger things in life that I appreciate and am grateful for – my family, my friends, my job, my health, material things such as my house and car, but what about the small things?

So what are the small things that set my heart a flutter? I love flowers – walking down the street be it flowers in the gardens of others or in the park, in a vase, I don’t care how they are – they will always make me smile. Oh,¬†and¬†the sight of the first blossom, signalling that spring is coming.¬†Beautiful blue skies and warm sunny days, they can’t help but lift your mood. Although I am partial to¬†the sound of light rain on the roof, wrapped in a dressing¬†gown with a warm cup of tea in the¬†cooler¬†months.

Nature – the bush, the beach, a river, a creek, a lake, a forest, trees and leaves. I am my happiest when out in nature. Not only am I my happiest but I am also my most relaxed. When out in nature for a little while all of worries drift away, and for a time I don’t need to be anywhere but where I am.

Babies and Animals Рthe two things that you are advised not to work with РI love them! Babies in prams, their giggles, their little cries. Animals Рthe sounds of the birds, cats chasing butterflies, dogs wagging their tails happily, little ducklings following their Mumma in a pond. Babies, children and animals all have a wonder in life that I think we can all learn from. They appreciate what they see, hear, touch and taste. The expressions on their faces say it all!

There are lots of small things in this life that can make us happy and be appreciative. What are your small things?

Until next time, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,

Melissa xo

My year of yes!

Recently I finished reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. This self-help book was about Shonda’s experience of¬†living a life where she said no to pretty much everything.¬†One day her sister said to her “you say no to everything.” This simple statement changed Shonda’s life, where she decided to say ‘yes’ to everything that scared her for a whole year. Shonda’s year of yes changed her life for the better – she began to enjoy things that¬†she never imagined, she did things that she never imagined, and demonstrated exactly what amazing things can happen when you step out of your comfort¬†zone.

I found this book fascinating, and it made me think – what could I start saying yes to? Obviously saying yes to absolutely everything is not practical, nor do I want to compromise my own values and beliefs – so I’m not going to hit up my local drug dealer for a cheeky hit, start smoking cigarettes, or sleep with the next bird or budgie that comes along – I still have my dignity people! But what could I say yes to???

Yes to trying new things

Be it a new fitness class, a new hobby,¬†a different caf√© or restaurant, a new course, cook a new dish – who knows what else? And I am not going to write myself off as being ‘bad’ at something before I have even tried. Sometimes it takes¬†a little bit of time, practice and patience to find the ‘groove’ of trying something new – but who knows what is out there and what possibilities trying new things could create?!

Yes to socialising

It is so easy to fall into the same work/home routine. It’s so easy to say “I’ve had a big week, so I’m just going to stay in.” I’m going to get my butt off that couch (not that I sit on the couch often…I’m going to get my butt out of the house) and hang out with family and friends. Sometimes just hanging out with your nearest and dearest, or like-minded people can boost your mood and be just what you need.

Yes to self-love

It is so important to love ourselves in order to love others. How can we possibly love others if we are our own worst critic? We are often quick to point out or flaws, and talk down compliments from others, but¬†what is so wrong about acknowledging our strengths? Absolutely nothing!!! As a Kindergarten Teacher, our program plans are based upon children’s strengths – so I am going to apply this to my life too. This does not mean I’m not going to acknowledge my flaws, but use my strengths to help improve my flaws.

Yes to self care

Self care and self love come hand in hand. This year I have been working on self care and it has been brilliant for my own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Therefore, I am saying yes to continuing my self care practices – writing in a journal, meditating, going to the gym, reading a book, using body lotion after a shower, watching Netflix – what ever helps to recharge the batteries and heal the mind, body and soul. I have found doing a number of these things has helped me not only feel better about myself, but has made me more available to others.

Yes to healthy eating

For those who know me, I have the biggest sweet tooth. I’m the person who goes to a restaurant and will read the dessert menu before anything else. I am also notorious for not drinking water…or really much of anything else for that matter. So yes to the fruit and veggies, yes to the water and herbal tea – load me up buttercup!

I think that is a great start for my year of yes! As time progresses, and as new situations arise I am sure I will become more aware of other potential ‘yes’ moments. I will keep you posted on what else I stumble upon – wish me luck!

I hope my fellow readers join me – what will you start to say yes to?

Until next time – Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbow’s

Melissa xo

 

Welcome to mindful.mel

Hello everyone and welcome to mindful.mel.

What is mindful.mel about?

I created an Instagram account that I named mindful.mel. It was just an idea, that I was going to use it to write down my thoughts and feelings around different things that mattered to me. It contains quotes and my ramblings on life, happiness, love, and my ways of being more mindful in this constantly busy world. So I decided to take it one step further and turn it into a blog.

I look forward to seeing where this new journey is going to take me!

I hope you enjoy reading!