I have been thinking about gratitude journals lately, they seem to come up in blogs I read and podcasts I listen to. At the end of the day, write down the things you are grateful for, it's supposed to make you happier. And I'm sure it does. But, knowing myself, I suck at doing a daily thing. So instead I'm going to try a weekly thing, which is this: Five Friday Favourites. It's like giving a gold star to five things that I'm grateful for or something that inspired me. Anything that was a positive thing in my life that week.
So even if I'm not writing it down every day, it will be at the back of my mind to notice things so I can blog about them each week. That's the theory, anyway. It'd be lovely if you'd join me - that might help me stick to it as well! What were your favourites this week?
Here are mine:
I recently came across the Nerdist podcast. They talk to celebrities like Metallica, Neil deGrasse Tyson, David Schwimmer, Alison Janney etc etc. It is funny and insightful about art, life and creativity. The two episodes where they talk to Tom Hanks get an extra gold star. They made me laugh like I haven't laughed since June.
A film called Film called Pride. Synopsis from IMDB: "U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984." This is a true story. Both moving and thought provoking. It looks at the stereotypes we have about other people and shows that you can be friends despite, seemingly, being very different. People are people.
You say you want a revolution at the V&A. I actually saw this a couple of weeks ago, but it made quite an impression. It's an exhibition about the second half of the 1960s and it was very interesting. And quite moving too.
Oh Comely magazine. This magazine isn't like other magazines. It is beautifully written - you can tell they delight in words, and the photos and other illustrations are lovely too. It is not a glitzy, in your face magazine. It is a take-your-time magazine. You don't want to rush through it. Read an article or two a day. Savour the words and the pictures they form in your mind.
Wintery walk with Blake this morning. No snow, but everything was covered in frost, creating interesting patterns and making the grass crunch underfoot. We chased each other across the field while the sun rose and our breath hung in the air like miniature clouds.
Bonus favourite: finding a (vegan) chocolate bar I forgot I had! :-)
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