a couple of iPhone photos from the last few days
A lot can be said for a holiday-from-home. There's less pressure, stress and expense, and if you look hard enough, and in the right places, you can find just as much interest and joy. Only this time, you can keep going back, way after your holiday has ended.
As we all know, I've got a thing for Brighton. I've also got a thing for finding beauty in the everyday. I just like that idea. Everyone's idea of beauty and contentment is different, but I do believe that everyone can find it - we just may need to look for it. Spending a morning in bed, reading a new book, the windows open and a cup of tea in hand, is my idea of a good morning well spent. Gareth, on the other hand, likes to get up early and get on with the day. To each their own. Taking a walk down by the sea front, even when it's blustery and grey, is invigorating and clears the mind. Just make sure to wear a scarf or something, or you could go from joyous to grumpy in seconds. We've all been there.
Sometimes I'm desperate for something new and different and maybe even with a little bit of sunshine (get it together England), which is perfectly natural, but the trouble with wanting is its ability to strip satisfaction from the everyday. And the everyday can be pretty great.
"Gratitude turns what we have into enough."
It's true. I want to be more grateful. I want to appreciate something (or, let's go crazy, more than one thing) everyday. I think that's a good habit to get into.
Inspiration behind this post: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Reubin and Everyday Musings blog (which is all about finding beauty in the everyday).