What I learnt this week: All the small things

Work wise it was a hectic start to the week.  On Tuesday I sat next to Mike- my project manager.  He’s the calmest person I have EVER met, which is a good as I can be kinda stressy!

We travelled to a work meeting in Manchester on Thursday; not that I saw much, it was a fly in and out tour.  But in the words or Arny, ‘I will be back.’

I took time out for lunch with Justine, one of the lovely girls who has taken me under her wing at work.  We went on a tour of the sites in the area- Buckingham Palace, the Embassy’s, Green Park, Waitrose (hehe, very important to know).

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Also had a lunch date with Libby at this cute little Italian joint.  It was decorated like something from Alice and Wonderland.  I ate a really yummy chicken.

Was lucky enough to catch the legendary ‘Hilltop Hoods’ with Teagan and Nadella, at Koko.  The best venue for a gig in London!  And has the biggest disco ball I’ve ever seen.

By Friday night I needed to chill.  Went home, cooked and relaxed.  The whole weekend was much like that- life admin, exercise, and good food.  Ellie or new housemate moved in 🙂

My lesson this week arrived in a small package (metaphorically speaking).  It was a topic that came up again and again in a big way!

Monday’s workload was a little overwhelming after coming back from my holiday and I may have been slightly stressed.  I had to breathe and take things step by step.  It was about breaking it down in to small achievable chunks.  You can’t climb a mountain in one go.  And you always have to remember to breathe- I forget that all the time!

Also I was talking to Stefan, one of my colleagues (that sounds very grown up) about appreciating the small things in life.  Because those are the things that actually add up to us being most happy.  If we take time to smell the roses everyday, life can be pretty sweet.

To further back up this concept we have started making improvements around the house, now the dull house mates are out and the new improved are in.  Our house is old but we have started with a few small things like painting the bathroom, adding a new shower curtain & bath mat, rearranging the lounge room, popping fairy lights in the garden which make it feel more homey.

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It seems like it’s all the small things that add up to make the big picture come together.  If you look at a task that seems insurmountable but break it down, it becomes achievable.  Likewise it’s the small pleasures which I believe give you the most satisfaction in life.  Think small to achieve big.

Funniest moment:

  • Not realising that during my decorating I had accidentally painted half my hair blue in the process…

What I did that scared me:

  • Went skydiving- (in my dreams, sorry it was a bit of a quiet week and I needed to make something up- but it’s on the list!)

Highs:

  • Weekend- chilling
  • Catching ‘Begin Again’ with Jess.  I really liked the film; it left me feeling very contemplative.  I’m always so structured with how I want things to turn out and how I will get to where I want to be.  Sometimes I’m not open to the possibility that wouldn’t exist except for a twist of fate.  The film is about one moment that can change your whole life in an instance, if you are open to it (end mini lesson)
  • Went out for a yum Thai meal by myself.   I was so hungry but when the food came I ended up with a half a grilled chicken, big plate of vege and a huge pot of tea.  Yes I ate it all!

Lows:

  • Not getting to see Manchester whilst I was there
  • Being in a 6 hour meeting, that was long…
  • Feeling like I will be alone forever- due to someone getting engaged whom I was happy for but brought up my own feelings which weren’t so happy. (This was only one night of self pity and I had to deal with my emotions without alcohol, it was tough but I faced it)

What I learnt:

  • Small things make a BIG difference.

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