03 Aug 10 things that made me happy
Another Monday is here and it is the first one for August. Personally, I believe this summer (and year) is zooming by and I get dizzy thinking about all the changes and events that occurred in my life in 2015 so far. The good thing is that most of these events were indeed happy occasions and I chalk the speed of time’s passing to their sheer abundance. Time flies, when you are having fun after all. So here are the things that contributed to my good mood in 2015, specifically the 10 things that made me happy this this week.
1. Family ties
My beloved brother was in town this past week and we managed to squeeze in a lot of time together. Another bonus of being a freelancer is that you can schedule your work around your life, to a degree. After years of doing it the other way around, it was refreshing to experience this flexibility. So I exploited my newly found freedom to make time for dinners, days out and random meetings with the most important person in my life. Blood runs thicker than water and all.
2. Parental approval
Getting a call from my very protective and frankly, controlling father still makes me nervous at times. I guess we never stop being children for our parents and that attitude rubs off. No matter how mature and accomplished you are, the slight tone of disapproval in parents’ voices can send your stress levels sky high. Or maybe it’s just me…
In any case, this week I got a call from my father, who finally got a whiff of and fully understood my career changes and life goals, as they stand. To say I was nervous to answer would be a huge underestimation. To my surprise, shock and delight, he displayed his most understanding and supportive side. Him egging me on and praising my choice to cut out irritants out of my life and follow my passion came as a balm to my soul. I still find myself wondering if regret will ever come to haunt me. I do hate being wrong, you see…The fact that the most authoritative person I have ever crossed paths with agrees with me on this meant a lot. He did not pass up an opportunity to squeeze in a little of “I told you so” but since he was 100% correct, I did not dwell on that too much.
3. Fun in the sun
So I tried a new activity last week, namely, riding quad bikes (or buggies, as you please). Taking full advantage of my flexible timetable and my brother’s visit, I joined a few high school friends in their regular quad bike day out. This year saw me try on a few messy activities, but quad biking takes the cake on that front. Kilo’s of dust consumed aside, it was absolutely exhilarating and I can’t wait to do it all again. I took scores of terrific pictures and am thinking of doing a separate post on this tremendously beautiful and exciting day trip. This one is for repeat performance, for sure.
4. Work in progress
This week I also ‘sealed the deal’ with a local media group and am now officially a marketing copywriter for the magazine they plan to release in a few months. It is an exciting addition to my resume and a lovely new title that I am proud of. Not to mention the fact that the magazine will cover an event I can’t wait to attend (in a dual function), namely the Health and Beauty Forum/Expo. As a beauty blogger, I would not miss it for the world but now I will be attending as a client, affiliate blogger (for Purelogicol and Nanobionic) and a marketing content writer for the organisers. If this is not an exciting professional development, I don’t know what is!
As I have done my fair share of traveling this summer, which you may have read here and here, I was a little concerned about the lack of any trips in the near future. However, what I did not anticipate is that my lovely little island can still surprise me with terrific secrets of its own. Our quad biking session took place in a very popular spot, which I had not previously visited, the Akamas peninsula. To say it is picturesque is a huge underestimation. Not since Croatia have I witnessed waters so clear and azure and even in Croatia I did not get to see sandy beaches so white and pristine. For a second I thought I am in the Caribbean or some other exotic destination, but clearly this was the case of laziness on my part.
6. What are friends for
Doing a good deed pays off threefold, they say. Well I got a free lunch and scores of Starbucks in return for a friendly gesture and what a lunch it was. Nothing beats freshly caught, grilled to aromatic perfection sea food. But if you serve it at a restaurant that sits pretty on a sandy beach, you are going for gold. All I had to do to be treated to this was spend a few hours in IKEA with my dear friend that has finally taken the plunge to move out of the parental nest. I am almost convinced that I was invited due to my formidable upper body strength (none, whatsoever) and impeccable taste in interior design (not that I am aware of) but given the rewards, I must have been semi-useful. Never one to leave a store empty-handed, I walked away with some storage solutions for my ever-expanding makeup collection, too.
7. Red tape
The most epic news of the week was probably the fact that my brother is shortly to become a Cypriot citizen in his own right, following mine and our mother’s suit. The reason this is truly ‘epic’ is that the application for said citizenship was lodged a good 7 years ago (yes, government agencies really work on their own schedules). The wonderful and nothing short of magical, frankly, thing is that the authorities reached out to us, after we have pretty much given up hope on the whole ordeal. Out of their own volition… You have to understand from the dramatic tone of this paragraph that normal laws of nature have been somehow subverted in this case and I am truly speechless (almost). Anyway, a 7 year wait that culminates in a positive outcome is truly a reason to celebrate!
8. My girl wants to party all the time
Well ‘this’ girl does and not ‘all the time’ but when it counts. I had a chance to revisit the setting for my youth’s party scene this week for a wonderfully fun night on the town. Going to the same bar we used to frequent every weekend, with pretty much the same crew we used to party with, listening to familiar tunes, seeing friendly faces is what contributed to a great night out. So much so that the next morning, instead of feeling the punitive pain of a hangover, I felt a sudden surge of energy that made me do the craziest thing to-date: go cycling in the heat of 40°+. Way to celebrate the first of the month! I blame an excess of endorphin…
9. Leaving on a jet plane
What is the best kind of email one can receive? For me, it is a notification of a booked flight. Nothing compares to the joy of seeing that subject line, no matter when and where to it is to take place. And when said notification states you are booked to go to Paris, well that is pretty much reason to jump for joy. I have previously rambled on about my ‘soft spot’ for the French capital (you can read a little about it here) and you can fully expect a few more posts on my favorite city in the world, as I prep for my October trip.
Because I do not need to say more. Though my beach lunch was delicious, pizza is king. But I will share another seafood delight photo with you to help you stay on track with healthy eating!
This is it for this week’s installment of 10 things that made me happy and I am off to collect further mementos of this exciting year for my ‘happy list’.