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There are 4 things in life.

If I could find the time to do coffee, flowers, cuddles and books every day or week I’d be a happy lady.

Sometimes we take the simple things for granted like our weekend (or weekday) rituals, they are a beautiful thing. This post is about taking time to actually appreciate those catch up’s at the cafe or late night cuddles on the couch.

Coffee, as you all know if you’ve read the journal it’s one of my favourite past times. It’s more than the coffee. It’s being able to make a coffee date – whether you drink coffee or not – the excuse to enjoy a simple moment with friends or colleagues. When you talk about your babies, your family, your work, your next holiday, your troubles and woes.

One of my favourite coffee dates, I had recently we spent a good part of that time talking about traveling to Greece, island hopping, booking accomodation at the last minute a whirlwind – how inspiring – your mind takes you to another place. Appreciate the coffee dates, especially those ones. We’re lucky we can even dream of a holiday in Greece, right?

Trips to the farmers market, something I absolutely love. Now we’ve moved the studio to Wollongong, every Friday we are in the thick of the local Farmer’s Market the Friday Forage. I’ll put the trusty old “back in 10 minutes” sign up and spend that 10 minutes going to every stall I can – often just the flower and cake stalls I have to admit.

Friday Forage

There’s something to appreciate about being able to purchase food from “farm to plate” and fresh flowers on a Friday that brighten your home for an entire week or sometimes two.

Cuddles, whether with your pet, child or your partner, cuddles feel like they make the world go round. Especially in winter when it’s cold and gloomy outside. Curling up in front of the tv watching a movie, blanket on lap (or pooch) and snuggling with your pals – you know the feeling. It’s an everyday ritual I think deserves a moments thought. I’m smiling whilst I’m writing this.

Lastly, but not least, a favourite past time for a lot of people is reading books. They entertain, educate, give you inspiration. Books give you a different perspective, whether fact or fiction and it’s easy to underestimate the value of reading. I simple everyday ritual for commuters but something I think most of our society has lost since we’ve all indulged in the world of Netflix.

I didn’t really discovered the art of reading until I was in my mid-twenties. I’m sure it was some sort of romance novel, I can’t think of the book, but it gave me a new found respect for laying on the couch with a cuppa tea and burying my head into a book. So if you find yourself a good book, particularly one you can hold in your hand, it’s a beautiful thing – the bookworms know what I’m talking about.

To wrap. For me when I think about the everyday rituals like curling up with a good book, cup of coffee, pup on my lap and vase of fresh buds on the table I’m in my happy place.