I really enjoyed reading Michelle’s 3 Lovely Things post back in March, and have been wanting to do my own version of it ever since, so here it is! It’s super important to take time to reflect on your life and all the good things around you, and that’s exactly what today’s post is all about 🌞
3 lovely things in my days
Ever since I first watched what would become one of my favourite movies, The Perfect Man, back in 2005, I have wanted to bake. I was 9 at the time, and I finally started to give baking a proper try last year. I have already learnt so much since then, but the best thing I have learned so far is how much I absolutely love baking. I love it so, so much. I spend every single weekend whipping up something in the kitchen, and I can’t believe it took me so long to finally take it up. I can’t wait to see what else I end up creating in the future.
Another hobby of mine that was influenced by The Perfect Man was starting a blog. Once again, it took me quite a few years to actually start it, considering The Small Adventurer has only been around since August 2016, but I am already so in love with everything about blogging, and I can’t imagine ever not having it in my life again. Whenever I’m not baking, I’m blogging, or doing something that will somehow correlate to blogging, and I love every second of it.
– Being at home.
Ahh, home. Apart from Daniel, being at home is my other true love. For someone who grew up in a violent and unhappy household, it is still so amazing to me that I could be so unbelievably happy without having to leave the house. Daniel and I have created such a wonderful, loving place within our tiny unit, and I could not be more blessed to live in such harmony after years of living in turmoil. As much as I want to travel the world and have many adventures in the future, I still love being at home more than anything else.
3 lovely things about me
I am creative, and I know it. I would love to be 10x more creative, and 10x more talented when it comes to creating things, but I am still so blessed to be as creative as I am, and genuinely loving all things to do with creating as well. The act of making something out of nothing – or taking something, and making it into something else – is such a thrill, and it gives off a real sense of achievement in the end, and I am really glad that I am somewhat good at that.
– Ability to get back up… eventually.
Life has tried it’s hardest to break me. It burnt my house down, gave me a horrible mother, made me witness more violence in a few years than most people see in their whole lives, and so much more – but I am still here. I’m here, and more in love with life than ever. I’ve had some dark moments in my past, but nothing compared to what could have happened. Nothing compared to where my life would have led had I turned into the person who raised me. I will never let myself forget how proud of myself I should be for taking my life into my own hands, and ultimately saving myself.
– The amount of love I have in my heart.
Oh boy, do I have a lot of love inside of me. I see the good in everything, and while that can get me hurt every now and then, I wouldn’t change it for the world. When you love life, it’s like the sun is constantly shining on you, or like there is always a rainbow up ahead. It is lovely, and warm, and a good way to live, no matter what anyone says. I will always love my life and those around me with all of my heart, and I’ll never be afraid to show how I feel.
3 lovely things in my life
Daniel is single-handedly the best thing to ever happen to me, and he always will be. There isn’t one part of my life that he hasn’t improved. I wouldn’t be as happy or as stable as I am right now, without him. He helped me through my dark, self-loathing teenage years, he came with me when I needed to move far away from where we lived, he endured my violent mother and helped me run away when it got too dangerous for us, he encouraged me to get a job, he motivates me to try new things, and he never makes me feel guilty for all the things he has been through because of me. He is an absolute angel, and I will never not be eternally grateful for his existence.
– My wide open future.
As scary as I still find the future, I also find it incredibly exciting as well. There is an endless amount of opportunities waiting for me, and an infinite amount of paths that I may take. At any moment I could make a decision that could forever change my life, and that is amazing to think about. There are still so many things I could do, and see, and be in life, and I can’t wait to find out where I am going to end up.
– My job.
I have mentioned before that I work at a fast food place and I absolutely love it, and that has not changed. I’ve been there for over three years now, and I definitely love it a whole lot more now than I did at the start, but it’s always been fun. I’ve always enjoyed my co-workers, customers, hours, and day-to-day tasks. I enjoy going somewhere where I feel comfortable and somewhat talented, and I like knowing that I am working for my own money.
3 lovely things this year
– Our first plane ride.
Daniel and I went on our first plane ride in January, and I am honestly still in disbelief. How did we – two people who were homeless and staying with friends over an hour away from where we worked, just so we could have a place to sleep – turn into the people who went on their first holiday within a few months of finding somewhere to live, and then go on their second holiday – via a plane, this time – a few months after that? It still blows my mind how well everything started going for us once we got out of the situation we were in. I’m also super happy that I ended up loving being in a plane! My whole life I thought I would be terrified, but I had a lot of fun, and I am so pleased about that.
– Getting closer to our dreams.
While it may not seem like it to others (or perhaps it does, I don’t know how people view us), Daniel and I are always working towards bigger goals. Daniel is currently going through his second year of uni, and he’s doing so well. We both have big dreams for our future and they depend on us getting well paying jobs that we enjoy doing, and I could not be more proud of him for working so hard to achieve that goal. Plus, I have finally found a course about what I want to go into that I can do online, which is a huge bonus for me as I wouldn’t be able to attend uni due to some undiagnosed health issues. Every day we get one step closer to landing great jobs, and saving for our future.
– Continuing to learn new things.
I hope to never stop learning. There are so many amazing things in the world that I am still probably completely unaware of, and that’s honestly a really exciting thought. I have already learnt so much about baking and creating within the last few months, I can’t wait to see what skills I learn and develop as the years go on. Perhaps one day I might take up an instrument or new language, who knows!
3 lovely things about my blog
– How much my photography has improved.
My photography is still nowhere near where I would like it to be, but I believe that it is the best that I am able to make it with my current camera and equipment. Ever since I bought two big softbox lights, my photography has improved so much. Even my Instagram has grown immensely since I started to upload more photos taken on my camera – although I don’t do that all the time, even though I should. I am really bad at acknowledge where I have improved as I am always looking for how I can improve even more, but this is one area that I should really pat myself on the back for – and then continue to work on in the future 😉
– Making other blogger friends.
I haven’t made a HEAP of blogger friends, but I really appreciate the ones that I have made. It’s so nice to see people regularly like and comment on my posts, they are always so nice and encouraging, and that means a lot on those down days when you wonder whether anyone really cares about your blog – even though that should NOT be the reason you blog in the first place, it can get the best of us down at times. I hope to continue making more blog friends – particularly those in the DIY and/or baking community.
– Being able to share my favourite things.
I love this blog because it’s mine, and I can write whatever I want on it. I can share my favourite items from my house, try out a new recipe and tell you all how it went, talk about how much I love life, or anything else that I want to talk about. This blog is made up of all the things that closest to my heart, and therefore I love it just as much as I love all those things. I am certainly not a mysterious person, as you can clearly tell what is nearest and dearest to me by simply reading my blog.
Whew, that was a long post! Nothing leaves me feeling more blessed to be alive than spending an afternoon reflecting on all the good things in my life. It’s such a great exercise; I really recommend it. If you don’t feel like writing a whole post about it, just leave three simply, but lovely things that you love about your life down in the comments below 👇 I’d love to read all about them, I love hearing about what makes others happy!
Until next time,