"Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed." – Mary Oliver
How often do you find yourself buried in work or stress or relationship crap? Or caught in an endless circle of negativity or creating stories that don’t really exist? I’ve been guilty of all of the above at one point in time or another. Sometimes isolated… sometimes I’m waist deep in my own mess. I find that when I get overworked or have too much on my plate (which is a regular occurrence) I need to work extra hard at pausing and appreciating what I’ve got going on.
Notice how I didn’t say pause and find gratitude.
I’ll be honest, I really hate using the word gratitude or when people tell me to find gratitude. Because a) it’s overused. b) the idea of finding gratitude gets lost in translation. What I do understand is the idea of appreciating. Of being waste deep in my mess and appreciating that it’s my mess. And that I know it will eventually become less of a mess if I stick with it. So I like to use the word appreciate instead. I find it has so many better uses… like I appreciate you because you are an amazing kickass being.
Or I appreciate the fact that you are a fucktard and in your fucktardedness, you reminded me how important it is to listen to my intuition. Sounds so much better than I’m grateful for the lessons you taught me. Just doesn’t have the same ring.
But maybe that’s just me. And maybe it’s because I prefer not to sugar coat my life. I like to be honest and share from the heart. And I super duper appreciate people who do the same.
So today I am dedicating to the word appreciate and all that it encompasses. (And yes, I know that dictionary meaning also means grateful… I just like the way it sounds better). So with that, here are some other things I appreciate:
Sunday afternoons, puppy kisses, good wine, chips in bed, pizza with extra cheese, my family, my friends, guys with tattoo sleeves, travelling solo, travelling with a partner, good pancakes, the invention of brunch… and you! I appreciate you!
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Morocco? No, it’s Spain! The architecture in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia was heavely influenced by the Moorish conquests. Here, at the Alhambra in Granada, we felt like being part of an Arabian Nights story. Just magical!
When your flight gets canceled and you miss your day of exploration in Oslo - you can hit all the places you wanted to come back to see in NYC! started at the WTC Memorial, took a stroll in Central Park, and got to visit MOMA. My favorite art exhibit ever was when some works were on loan from MOMA and it was great to see them again!
Sun’s out, Portrait mode’s in 📸.
The first picture I’ve taken in the city this winter feelin myself and it’s 70 degrees 😂. Also, been feeling like a bundle of energy and smiles lately and it’s glorious!!! #iphonex#portraitmode
Heading back down to my favourite coast this weekend and can’t wait! Where’s your favourite coast? ✨
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Feeling Blue || 📷 via @livelikeitsthewknd || 📍Morocco || #darlingescapes
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couldn’t think of a better way to end this @waltdisneyworld trip than room service dinner & watching the fireworks show from our hotel balcony. 🎇🏰 this was followed by a delicious dessert happy hour courtesy of the beautiful @disneysgrandfloridian resort 🍰 🍫 where our group got together to laugh at all our roller coaster pictures & take turns “airing our grievances,” including one complaint about “too many kids” at disney and a suggestion that children should no longer be allowed in the park. 😂
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On the plane ride here, there was an old lady next to me playing one of those old lady casino games... with the sound on! 🤦♀️ Would you tell her to turn it on silent or listen to it for two hours?
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There is no one I have more fun being creative with than my friend @emilyquinton ❤️ We bought coordinating @calpak suitcases by @ohjoy for our upcoming trip and took them for a photo shoot in London today 💕 These creative days of whimsical beauty and pastel colours mean everything to me 🎈(📷: @emilyquinton)
Some places just stick with you forever, even long after you’re gone ✨
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I think we often get caught up in life and forget the most important things. Have goals & dreams and chase after them, but don’t forget that being healthy and having your loved ones close to you is something not everyone has. Money can’t buy you things like that💞
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