Sunday, 28 May 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #50

Happy Things Coffee

It feels like a while since I've managed to write one of these posts. Not because I haven't had lots of lovely things to talk about, but just that I've been too busy to sit down and do it! However, as I say frequently, these are one of my favourite posts - a chance to reflect on the good things in life, to appreciate the moments that make me smile and a bank of positive things to look back on when I need a little pick me up. 

With the events in Manchester this week, I deliberated over whether to write this post or not. Whether a list of how wonderful my week has been, while others' lives have changed forever is appropriate. But this post has never been about selfishly celebrating my own happiness. It's about recognising the best bits of life, enjoying the good in smallest of things, finding light in the gloomiest of days and making every day count. And I find it's times like this that it helps to remind ourselves that there is far more good in this world than bad, it just depends where you're looking.

So here are the things I've found to smile about this week:

Compliments on my suturing skills. I've been spending a lot of time in the operating theatre recently, and have been given a few opportunities to close up the incisions at the end of the operation. Suturing was something I found incredibly tricky at medical school and was sure I'd just never get the hang of. So it's really made me happy to receive repeatedly good feedback from my supervisor, telling me that she thinks I'm a natural at it! Like many things I initially found hard at medical school, I think it's sometimes just a case of waiting until you meet the right teacher before you really get something.

Thank yous. All my colleagues are great and always polite, but sometimes we are so caught up in work we don't really acknowledge when we help each other out with the little things. So the fellow junior doctor who sought me out to say thank you for not just checking some blood results while on call, but updating their patient list so she didn't have to do it in the morning made my feel very appreciated. Similarly to the anaesthetist who specifically thanked me the next day for offering to take some bloods on the ward which meant we avoided delays on the operating list. I don't do things for the thanks, but it's nice to be acknowledged.

After works drinks in the sunshine. Finishing an oncall shift at 8pm really doesn't feel so terrible when it's still light enough to sit outside in the evening for a drink. And even better not needing a jacket!

Gold glitter nail varnish. Three days off this weekend = enough time to make it work painting my nails. I forgot I even had this particular Nails Inc polish!

Brie. I often say I'm not really much of a cheese eater - but by that I really just mean that I'd probably be not too bothered if you told me I could never have cheddar cheese ever again. Because Friday evening I treated myself to Brie and baguette and it was delicious! It always takes me back to summer holidays in France.

Homemade Thai green curry. I've never made my own green curry paste before, so I gave it go a Saturday night. There's something rather pleasing about starting with raw ingredients and creating something that unmistakeably smells like a green curry!

Let me know some of the happy moments of your week?



  1. It's so nice to have the longer evenings right? I've been loving actually being able to go out after work even if it's been a long day!

    1. Definitely, I love how much longer the days feel - leaving plenty of time for doing nice things!


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