Those little things in London

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah

Rainbow after the Rain, London

Sometimes finding the positive side in a difficult situation can by pretty challenging. Far too often, we focus on the things we don’t have rather than those we do have, which blurs our vision of those small things that could turn our day around.

Of course it’s not ideal to wake up after a bad night sleep and realise that you just ran out of coffee. It’s also pretty annoying to spend a fortune at the hairdresser, only to step outside under the pouring rain. But the truth is, we can either choose anger or joy, to look back or forward. It’s our choice.

While London has definitely set me a challenge from the start, it has also given me plenty of joy and happiness. Here are a few things that brighten my days.

  • Waking up with the sun shining in my face.
  • A pre-breakfast run in one of the many parks around me. I feel lucky to be able to choose between Tooting Bec Common, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common every day – who gets bored with so much choice?

Morning run in Wandsworth Park, London

  • Having avocado on toast for breakfast. Not a daily routine, unfortunately, but my favourite source of morning energy nonetheless.
  • Grabbing a coffee-to-go from one of London’s top independent coffee shops. I’m a regular at Black Lab Coffee and Lantana Cafe.
  • Getting on the Northern Line tube via Charing Cross (instead of Bank). This means that I’ll be able to fully immerse in my current book without risking to skip my stop!
  • The excitement of winning a pitch and anticipation of working full-on on a new project.
  • Surprise afternoon snacks in the office. Mini cupcakes, anyone?

Mini cupcakes at work

  • Meeting a friend for dinner somewhere we’ve never been before.
  • Food shopping at Planet OrganicWhole Foods and my most recent discovery – As Nature Intended. Seriously, this is way better than shoe shopping!
  • Watching the sun set over the neighborhood’s rooftops while preparing dinner.

Which are the little things that brighten your regular day?

13 thoughts on “Those little things in London

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  2. I do love the idea of appreciating what you have rather than chasing what you don’t. It is a hard lesson to learn at least with me. Not long ago, I disappointed with my current situation and kept wondering why how good things all came to who I didn’t like. Fortunately, now I am patient enough to realize that everything has its cost. So I stop complaining and started working harder to get more achievements. I also took a look back on all I owned and I found there were many treasures but I could not see before. Thanks for the blogspot, it encourages me a lot…

  3. I don’t need (that) much:

    1) Coffee
    2) A shared moment, whether it’s a laugh, a new skill learned or a hug with Mark
    3) A great read (even just an article)
    4) Finding myself pretty in the mirror (doesn’t happen every day!)
    5) Taking a great picture
    6) Exploring/finding a new plac

  4. Great quote! Me ha encantado este post porque me siento totalmente identificada con lo que dices.

    Llevo tres semanas en Dublin y de momento me encanta todo, hasta el tiempo esta siendo increible! Pero no fue una decision facil venie aqui y volver a vivir en un pais distinto a mi novio sin saber por cuanto tiempo. Algunos dias lo llevo mal pero intento centrarme en las cosas positivas. Museos gratis, excursiones a la costa y todas las chocolatinas y dulces por probar 🙂

    That mini cupcake is just lovely and avocado on toast for breakast sounds great – i might try it this weekend. Have a good one!

    1. Ya me imagino que debe ser duro lo de volver a vivir en otro pais que tu novio… respeto mucho a la gente que consigue hacer funcionar las relaciones a distancia! Pero si, creo que la mejor manera adelante es centrarse en las cosas buenas. Yo en Dublin seguramente sufriria de una muerte lenta por sobredosis de Guinness 🙂 Animo!
      Have a good one, too!

  5. That picture of the rainbow is stunning! And that cupcake looks delicious… This post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “Comparison is the thief of joy”. It really is all about appreciating what YOU have and not worrying about what others have. Little moments like these are what life is all about! 🙂

    1. That’s one great quote to live by! It’s so easy to fall into the rabbit hole and start thinking of what you’re life’s lacking… but so unproductive at the same time – you just feel worse afterwards.

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