Let me start by apologising for my recent absenteeism. I’ve been navigating through some [more] major life changes, but rest assured my personal journal (the one I don’t broadcast on the Internet) is bursting at the seams.
At any rate, I’m here now and, as usual, I’ve got something to say.
For years, I’ve been fascinated by positive psychology. Those who know me might think this a bit odd, and for good reason: up until recently, I proudly sported a Pessimist badge on my sleeve. What business does someone who sees the glass as half empty have poking her nose around something so gosh darn positive?!
In my last post I hinted at adding two fancy new stamps to my passport: Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives. Cue celebratory “Woo Girl” giddiness.
Today, I’m writing to you from Gulhi, a Maldivian island (population: 800) about an hour south of the national capital of Malé. The rain chased me out of my beachfront lounge chair and into my room, so I figured it’s high time for a bit of travel blogging.
To ward off reader fatigue, I’ve decided to break up my travels into a series of blog posts. As is storytelling etiquette, let’s start at the beginning. To kick things off, I’m tackling the necessary evil of any jet-setting adventure: packing.
Other than a quick outing on Saturday to watch the Tigers crank out a win at the G (and try out some new footy slang), my weekend has been All Work and (Almost) No Play. I’ve been perched in front of my computer for so many hours that it seems the keyboard has become a physical extension of my own two hands.
Between bouncing from client files to passion projects to school work and back to client files (with a bit of sleep sprinkled in), I became rather unexpectedly nostalgic for a weekly instalment I wrote during my jrwritesthings days of yore. I called it: This Thursday’s Thought.
I’m sure the name speaks for itself, but to clarify: every Thursday I’d write a post similar in flavour and style to what I’ve been publishing for the past twenty-three (!) days. I drew inspiration from everyone and everywhere; as I did, the way I consumed and experienced the world around me shifted.
When you look hard enough, we are surrounded by stories.
Today I’ve decided to share one of my personal favourite Thursday Thoughts. You might call it a cop-out, but I call it recycling – digital eco-friendliness, if you will.
Are you a creature of habit or do you prefer a life of spontaneity?
For the past seven days, I’ve willed myself out of bed at 6:30AM, made myself a cuppa (Aussie slang for a cup of tea or coffee), and cozied up on the bean bag chair in my makeshift office to write… and write… and write. By noon, I’m beaming with a sense of accomplishment as I look on at my shrinking to-do list.
How many of you have heard of The Happiness Project?
Even if you’re not familiar with this little blue best-seller (in which case, I strongly recommend you get familiar), chances are you’ve seen it: in book bags, at the beach, or on a bedside table.