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100 Happy Thoughts – The Second 20


Here follows the second instalment of 100 happy thoughts (40/100). Click here to read the first 20.

Day 21 – Watery sunlight and I got to indulge in blogging again, the last post was Elemental 2 weeks ago! My stats have dropped quite a bit. I came across The Game Of Thrones Musical by Chris Martin from Coldplay – hilarious! I especially love Jon Snow’s…well…Kit Harrington’s serenade of Ygritte…well…Rose Leslie, called Wildling to the tune of The Trogg’s WildThing. Here is the short version.

Day 22 – Homemade seafood pizza for dinner – yum!

Day 23 – Arrival in Durban for 3 days – work trip, but I booked a place on the beach in Umhlanga so at least I can see and hear the waves crashing on the beach. I just love this sound, it grounds me so much!

Day 24 – Tough and rewarding day training an amazing bunch of people. Afterwards, I went to Gateway Shopping Centre to get a pair of shoes because the wedge boots I bought made my feet quite sore standing the whole day and all. I’ve always wanted a metallic pair of sneakers. The gold ones just seemed so LOUD, so I chose a Woolies Studio W silver pair instead. I’m looking forward to wearing them tomorrow, and showing off, of course! 😉

How cool are these? ©2017 Regina Martins @gianamar

Day 25 – Silver sneaker day!

Day 26 – Had a great day connecting with awesome people at an awesome company in Durban. They have a solar farm, how awesome is that! And they are a very welcoming bunch of people. And I’m flying home tonight – yay!

Day 27 – Home today, yay! Spring day, the 1st of September where I spent the whole day in a short sleeved t-shirt.

Day 28 – Che and I are spending the night at my folks, and looking forward to some quality time with them. I bought my Mom these gorgeous roses.

Day 29 – Family lunch! The trees are budding and I dusted off my DSLR and took some close up pics. I really must get into my photography once again. I take pics with my iPhone most of the time, and it’s such an easy travel camera. But I do miss the DSLR and I’ve decided to rediscover it once again. Che and I have been binge watching Downton Abbey for a few weeks now. We’re in season 5 and we’ve just finished watching episode 9 where Rose gets married and Anna arrested. Gosh! Since it’s Sunday night and despite it being a ‘school day’ tomorrow, we binge watched some more this evening!

Day 30 – What a lovely warm spring day! That makes me happy.

Day 31 – Another lovely warm spring day. Che and I went out for lunch and I popped into the hairdresser for a quick fringe cut.

Day 32 – Arrived in Cape Town for coach camp.

Day 33 – ZA coach camp, and dinner with my colleagues at The Food Barn in Noordhoek. Sharing tapas and the best gin & tonic I’ve had in a long time – you can’t beat South African Inverroche gin distilled with fynbos. It was a noisy affair with lots of hilarity – you know when you laugh so much that tears come to your eyes? Yes, like that 🙂 …and the gin…

Day 34 – Flew home to Jhb and slept in my own bed. It was good.

Day 35 – Had a long-awaited dinner with our neighbours at Aldeia Portuguese restaurant. What a delightful evening. And to top it all it was glorious hot weather – i.e. short sleeves weather!

Day 36 – I finally managed to begin decluttering my clothes, shoes and general household linen. It’s all going to charity. I’m keeping what I really use and as for the linen, I have so many duvet sets that I really don’t use. I’m hoping a poor family will make good use of it.

Day 37 – A lovely and hot spring day.

Day 38 – Another lovely and hot spring day.

Day 39 – My workspace today was Motherland coffee with my colleague M with great coffee and cool vibes playing in the background. My ideal workspace.

Day 40 – Worked from home.


100 Happy Thoughts – The First 20

Hazel from My Nutty Dubai did a really great post a few months ago on how she brought a focus on things that bring her happiness into her life. You can read about it here. I thought this was such a great idea for me to do that I started compiling it on that day – Sunday, August 6, 2017.

It has been a year of challenges and learnings and I also needed to focus on the things that brought me happiness each day.

Because this is a humongous read, I’m splitting it into 5 separate posts, each with 20 entries.

So here are my first 20 of 100 happy thoughts 🙂

Day 1 (6 August 2017) – Coming across Hazel’s 100 Happy Thoughts page and starting this post.

Day 2 – I finished my input on the HR syndicate group assignment, now I can focus on my individual assignment. Both are for the same day (16 August).

Day 3 – Watching Downton Abbey with Che – we managed 3 episodes.

Day 4 (9 August 2017) – Women’s Day in South Africa, hence a public holiday. I read read read.

Day 5 – I can smell spring in the air, it was warm and the wind was not cold.

Day 6  – My favourite lunch of sushi and cappuccino. 

Day 7 – Food shopping with Che, I love our routine – first lunch, then the food market, followed by a cappuccino at our favourite coffee shop 🙂

Day 8 – Reading reading reading. I haven’t read much that isn’t related to my Social Entrepreneurship Programme. I sat in the sun reading for the better part of the day, and it was bliss. I almost finished the book but left some for enjoyment during the next week.

Day 9 – Had my Action Learning Project feedback session. Even though I am behind on this project I learned a lot from the feedback.

Day 10 – I had the honour of coaching 3 wonderful speakers for the Agile Africa conference.

Day 11 – Day of speaker coaching – amazing talks and I’m looking forward to seeing them deliver them next week. Also saw a friend I hadn’t seen in a few years.

Day 12 – Returned home after being away for 2 days training. It was great to come back to the love and warmth of home.

Day 13 – I finished my assignment. Now I can enjoy the weekend and get back to things like blogging.

Day 14 – Vegging out in the sun. Che and I also went to the food lovers market and bought yummy ingredients for yummy dishes.

Day 15 – Agile Africa speakers dinner. Wonderful to meet old friends and make new ones.

Day 16 – Day 1 of Agile Africa – I MC’d the main ballroom and got to hear some great talks by new up and coming speakers.

Day 17 – Day 2 of Agile Africa where a new friend and I are concocting an exciting new project. We’re going to connect again in 2 weeks time. Watch this space!

Day 18 – I am home again, sleeping in my own bed, and got to have the first real cup of coffee since Sunday, bliss!

Day 19 – I had my hair done.

Day 20 – Friday it’s Fri-daay! Downton Abbey in the evening.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first instalment of 100 happy thoughts. Come back tomorrow for the second one.