As weeks go, the last one was particularly hard. My partner in crime - Faz - was completing the sale on her house and there was an awful lot of unanticipated clearing out, decorating and tidying up to do as her tenant had left it in a bit of a state ...
turn your face toward the sun and feel energised again
I said she should concentrate on getting it finished - effectively giving her the week off - and resolved to do all the sblogit.com editing myself as well as spending all my spare time painting, helping her to focus and keeping her motivated when the going got tough. Eight solid days it took us and with the help of a lot of great friends and by calling in a few favours, Faz completed her project on time.
I do have to admit that my favourite moment was when we took the meter readings then sat out on the patio in the failing light of a Saturday evening, cracked open a couple of beers and just stared at each other with tired, happy smiles on our faces. She'd done it!
So waking up this morning I was very happy to see blue skies over Milton Keynes. I went downstairs to make a coffee, let my kitties out and was greeted by a warm breeze caressing my skin and the sound of a blackbird happily singing in a nearby tree. Spring had arrived! I resolved to spend as much time as possible outside today and made a couple of phone calls to see who was about.
I met my lovely friends Julie and Taz up in Central Milton Keynes at my favourite coffee shop, Costa Coffee. I grabbed my usual Soy Latte and sat outside in the sunshine. It was truly beautiful; the midday sun was blazing down and the tables were packed. I could hear the happy hubbub of conversation around me and a cheeky starling landed right next to me, hoping for the remains of a sandwich or a pinch of cake.
The temperature had really gone up since we'd arrived and I was grateful I'd chosen a little strappy top today although maybe a denim skirt would have been better than my skin-tight jeans and long boots. The Sun was straight in my face and my sunglasses were doing a great job of filtering the UV out. I'd normally face away from it, but today - on the first true day of Spring - I was soaking up the sunshine and feeling great about life.
Julie asked me back to hers for another coffee and I jumped in the car, rolled down the windows, hit the Genius button on my iPhone and started listening to some really happy music through my car stereo. Spending a few hours in the garden with my good friend and her kin was so energising and I had a big smile on my face by the time I got home.
The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning and tidying the house with the windows flung open and Planet Rock blaring out - oh and I did put my Denim skirt on in the end as it was so hot! My happy smile continued long into the evening when I finally settled down to watch TopGear and started to compose this blog post.
driving around in the sunshine today, this got me shaking my booty
But what's the point of this tome then? After all my ramblings you'd probably think there wasn't any positive message to be given here except that I'd had a great day and was feeling awesome again!
Well, after one of the busiest weeks I've had in a long, long time - one which needed total focus and motivation and left me exhausted both physically and mentally - in my view of the world, the Universe had provided me with the perfect gift of a beautiful day to re-energise myself and prepare me for another amazing week ahead.
I knew it from the moment I woke up, I felt it throughout my entire being and I totally embraced every minute of it, soaking up as much of the beautiful sunshine as I could and spending the day with people I love.
So next time you're feeling tired, stressed or worried, close your eyes and turn your face toward the Sun. For those few moments, everything negative in your world will fall behind you like a shadow and I know you'll feel great again!
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!'"
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