My Top Five – August

1. Baby goats     I recently went along to Myuna Animal Farm for a three year old’s birthday party, and I’m pretty sure I had just as much fun – if not more! – than the kids. There were cows, ponies, sheep, pigs, bunnies, chooks, guinea pigs, alpaca, deer…but it was the baby goats that completely stole my heart. Oh so cute, full of beans and super friendly, I could have spent all day being jumped on by my new friends!

2. Bat for Lashes – Laura   I haven’t worked out how to embed videos yet, so just take my word for it and go Youtube it RIGHT NOW. Simply sublime.

3. Date night    My partner and I go out together fairly regularly, but this month we decided that we would start taking it in turns to organise a monthly “date night”. The only thing we’re allowed to tell each other is the date on which it will be happening, but everything else has to be a surprise.  I must admit, as a control freak, the not-knowing is slightly disconcerting, but after finding myself at Izakaya Den, the surprise date concept was thoroughly embraced. (As an aside, if you ever find yourself in Melbourne and you love Japanese, then you must, must, MUST go to Izakaya. You’re welcome.)

4. Readings     Another Melbourne must-do, Readings is the haunt of true book lovers. Fortunately for my bank account, I tend to only go every couple of months or so (whenever I’m about to run out of reading material), though I always buy up big when I’m there! Honestly, is there anything better than whiling away a lazy morning in an actual bookshop, scanning the covers of actual books, feeling the paper between your fingers as you soak up the words upon the page? I’m having none of this digital, e-book nonsense.

5. Overdose Awareness Day – August 31st    On a more serious note, this Friday August 31st marks Overdose Awareness Day. It’s an opportunity to remember everyone who has passed away or been seriously injuried as a result of drug overdose, as well as to acknowledge the grief experienced by friends and family members. As a social worker, I have known many people who have lost their lives to drugs and alcohol, many of them without family, and will be taking some time out of my busy day to remember them all.

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The little things…

I recently read an article about life wins – you know, those wonderful, small moments in your day when everything seems juuuuuust right, and you have a smile that stretches from ear to ear. It inspired me to look at my own life, to examine the minutiae of my day, to uncover all the little life wins I’ve accumulated, even on the craziest, gloomiest of days. It made me so happy, I just had to share it with you! And please, feel free to suggest some of your own! Because, let’s face it, you might have all the money in the world, but nothing, NOTHING compares to the sheer joy that jumping into piles of autumn leaves can bring.

 * Jumping in the car, turning on the radio, and hearing a song I haven’t heard in ages come on…and getting to hear the whole thing (no tuning in halfway through for me!)

 * Seeing the first blossoms on the tress whilst out for a gentle stroll, and knowing Spring is on its way

 * Dinging the bell when a service counter is unattended…maybe more than once 🙂

 * Being told “I love you”…and saying it back

 * Being told “thank you” by someone who truly means it

 * Reading a poem or passage in a book that makes your heart race, just a little

 * Massive, squishy bear hugs

 * Yoga (naturally)

 * Sharing a wholesome, homemade meal with loved ones

 * Singing in the shower (the acoustics are great!)

 * Feeling the morning sun on your face

 * That first sip of a perfect chai (or coffee, or whatever your beverage of choice is)

* Watching my tulips bloom

Your turn!