One of the things I do to make sure I stay happy and positive is to focus on the good things in life. It’s an exercise I do daily, but I’d like to relive some of the highlights from each month here on the blog. So without further ado, here are just some of the things I was loving throughout August.
1. Dolphin watching at sunrise
August saw Luke and me travel to Mallorca for a summer holiday, and one of my August highlights was watching dolphins swimming in the Balearic Sea. We took a boat out of the bay of Alcudia, and watched the sun rise as we made our way out into the ocean. Even though I was feeling pretty damn ropey by the time we reached dolphin territory (apparently I struggle with sea sickness…who knew), it was still magical to see them in their natural habitat. I will forever be a huge fan of dolphins. They’re just lovely.
2. Driving in Mallorca
This trip was my first experience of driving abroad on the other side of the road, and the other side of the car. Even though the drive to the house from the airport was pretty traumatic (HOW DO I CHANGE GEAR WITH MY RIGHT HAND AND STEER WITH MY LEFT HAND AND INDICATE ALL AT THE SAME TIME?!), after that initial drive I quickly got used it, and actually really enjoyed it! Driving is the best way to explore the island of Mallorca. The views are beautiful, the roads are smooth, and I saw barely any road rage. Everyone there seems really chilled, and nobody gives two hoots if you get in the wrong lane.
3. Being reunited with our bundles of furry, purry joy
The only downside to going on holiday is that we have to leave Toby and Lola behind. The flip side of this is that we get to go and collect them from the cattery when we get back, hoorah! I was so excited to bring them home, and seeing their furry little faces and hearing them purr when I went to get them made me so happy that I nearly shed a tear. I didn’t though, I managed to keep it together. Just.
4. Sophie Cliff’s Wedding Week
I’ve always loved weddings. The romance, the colours, the themes, the decorations, the excitement of new beginnings… Blogger Sophie Cliff got married this year, and each day for a week she shared all the details of her wedding, including the dress, the venues, the flowers and much more. It was such a pleasure to read, I don’t think I’ve ever refreshed a person’s blog that many times in one week! If you’re interested in stunning photos of a beautiful wedding, you can have a look here.
5. Some of the best vegan food I think I’ve ever eaten
I’ve eaten some incredible vegan food, so this is a big claim. However, I think I *might* have had the best I’ve ever eaten. It was at a veggie/vegan restaurant in Palma, and my mouth is watering just thinking about those delectable spinach pakoras. I’ll be doing a post on food in Mallorca, so more details coming on that soon.
6. You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
I read this book whilst we were in Mallorca, and it’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read. I used to only read fiction (I love fiction), but this year I’ve been mixing things up and reading other things too. You Are a Badass is a hilarious read full of funny anecdotes and advice for helping you be your best self. We all have moments of self doubt, myself included, but I finished this book believing I can do anything I put my mind to. So if you’re in a slump, or if there’s part of your life you’d like to change or improve, this is the book for you.
7. A note from my Dad
If you’ve read this post, you’ll know that my Dad has had a really rough year with his health. I write to him most weeks, partly to share my news and let him know I’m thinking of him, and partly to help stimulate his brain. It made my day when my mum sent me a photo of his response the other day! I don’t expect written responses from my Dad, but this time I got one. It was short and sweet, it shows how much progress he’s made (and is continuing to make!), and it put a big grin on my face.
8. A cheeky weekend away
Luke’s auntie and uncle are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this week, and they threw a party at their home in Kent to celebrate. We drove down early on Saturday, and stayed at a lovely Airbnb in Lingfield, Surrey. It was great to see lots of family, and I really like exploring new parts of the country. On Sunday I got up early, went for a gentle stroll around the picturesque village of Lingfield, and then headed back to our Airbnb for some mint tea and a relaxing bath. Then we spent the afternoon with family at Emmetts Garden, which I recommend if you’re after something to do in the area!
9. Catching up with friends
Two of our friends recently returned from living and working in Malaysia for two years. Yes, they’re pretty cool. Whilst we were down south having our cheeky weekend away (see previous point), we met up with them in Reading for a brunch picnic. We went to Caversham Court Gardens, which sits on the bank of the River Thames, and had a jolly good time catching up on the sun.
10. Wandering aimlessly around Mallorcan towns
Sometimes in day-to-day life I find myself rushing from one thing to the next. I don’t particularly enjoy doing that as it always leaves me feeling a bit frazzled and running around on auto-pilot. I’m trying to get better at it, and Mallorca was the perfect time to practise. We casually wandered around the towns taking in the beauty of the old Spanish buildings and the gorgeous landscape. No maps, no phones, no constantly looking at the time. It’s something I’m going to try doing more of at home. Actually taking the time to wander and notice things makes me feel really calm and relaxed.