Every now and again I think it’s important to reflect on what has been going on in your life and show a little bit of appreciation for all the good things, whether there are many or few of them. I don’t know if it’s been the same for you but the past few months for me have been full of highs and lows with a lot happening and not a lot happening all at the same time, so I thought this “life-update-but-something-that-you-can-apply-to-your-life” type of post would be fitting. I’ve touched on the importance of reflection and gratitude in a post about a life changing product called a Happiness Planner, which a lot of you seemed to enjoy (P.S, I’ll be uploading a YouTube video on the happiness planner as well, stay tuned), so I thought I would continue to share some positive vibes and the warm fuzzy feeling of gratitude in attempt to spread it around like Nutella. So without further ado, here are the little things that I am appreciating and grateful for at the moment:
My sister (follow her here) has recently moved to Australia, and since our family whatsapp group has seen continuous chat from all of us – no different to before she left, my mum has been saying to me “isn’t that amazing!? It’s like she’s chatting to us from just up the road and she’s the other side of the world!”. It got me thinking yeah, that is pretty amazing, we are constantly carrying the ability to communicate with millions of people from all over the world, whether it’s with a double tap, a thumbs up or a message from the heart. Despite what some may say, I think that we’re more connected than ever and that shouldn’t be something we take for granted or use to spread hatred and bad vibes. We would be metaphorically and literally lost without our phones (does anyone know how to read a real life map anymore?), but how often do we really stop and think about the power we have with just a phone and an internet connection? We can use technology to share our stories, share our best moments, connect with new people, connect with those who aren’t geographically close to us anymore, and to get information on absolutely anything with the touch of a button.
It feels like not so long ago that I was desperate to get out of education, tired and weary from four years of essays, exams and the pressure to make it all worth it (read about it here and here). But after working for a year in what definitely wasn’t my dream job, I missed lectures, I missed working hard at something I cared about and I realized that I hadn’t appreciated university as much as I should have. As you may know, I’m going back to university this month and I actually feel so lucky to be able to go back for a second time (I may be thinking differently when I have 10 books to read and deadlines ahead of me). Some may say that university is not always the answer and I completely agree with that – let’s face it, I got a first class honours degree and nothing but a retail job at the end of it, but for me right now, the education system has given me some financial stability with no questions asked (well, no invasive or judgemental questions asked), and a second chance to learn about something that I really want to become an expert in. If you’re slogging away at school, college or university just be grateful for the opportunity you have, whether you choose to take it or leave it.
The Chance to Travel
SO I’M GOING TO MOROCCO ON FRIDAY!!! (Yep, just thought I’d subtly slip that one in there). I don’t know about you but when I’m going away on holiday I genuinely feel so so happy (obviously) and as if I’m the luckiest girl alive, even though I’ve organised and paid for it all myself – I guess because travel is a gift in itself, right? I’ve been on two holidays this year (Prague is an absolute fairy-tale of a place by the way), which is not something I expected to happen at all, I suppose because I thought I needed to have my life and career together and be earning a decent income before I go spoiling myself with holidays – and this was definitely not the case. But the truth is (in my opinion), if you want to travel and have the means to do it then don’t waste an opportunity, don’t wait for life to be perfect or feel guilty for expanding your horizons because you “don’t deserve it”. You deserve the heck out of it! Going on nice holidays is something that I’ve been lucky enough to experience since a very young age (Majorca 1995 was a belter), and I’ve always wanted to continue my adventures into my adulthood as well – so even though every other aspect of my life isn’t quite how I want it blah blah blah, I guess I’m living my dream right now, and that’s something I ought to remember more often and be grateful for.
That’s right, I see you, and I appreciate you more than a banoffee sundae with extra sprinkles and cream on the top! It’s been almost nine months since I published my first blog post and to be honest, I didn’t think I was all that, I didn’t expect to be an overnight success and I still don’t to this day. I just write about what I want to write about and hope to share inspiration and positive vibes with anyone who is willing to read it or find some comfort in what I say, even if it’s just one person. However, it turns out there’s not just one of you, I’ve had some lovely comments from various people in the past few months and my stats for July told me that almost 7,000 of you came to Chloedangerfield.com to have a little nosey! This was a “WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS THIS A MISTAKE?!?!?!!?” moment in the best possible way, because those sort of numbers are definitely not an average month for me and not something I expect at all. So yeah, just wanted to say a big fat thank you to YOU, whether you’ve read every post I’ve written or if this is the first one you’ve seen, whether you know me well, know me at all, know “of me” or if you’re a total stranger. I love you all and I’m very very grateful for your support!
So I hope that’s given you a warm, fuzzy feeling (not like that), and I hope you’re feeling a little bit cheery for all the great things you have in your life – no matter how big or small.
I will be posting a video over on my YouTube channel on what’s coming with me in my hand luggage on Friday (completely unrelated to this post, I know), so keep your eyes peeled on my channel.
Lots of love to you all!