This week has been a funny one. I've made a decision on which university I would like to go to which is a relief and means I can fully visualise the next steps of my life. With that comes all the logistical stuff that needs sorting plus tests that need sitting. I've booked them this week and hopefully soon I'll have passed all conditions needed. Paperwork and practicality seem to have been coming out of my ears this week as the cricket season rushes ever closer. But I remain grateful for my happiness, because a few short months ago I didn't think I'd be in this position. I have to thank Sally because these Wonderful Wednesday posts really pep me up and make me hunt for the happy moments even when life isn't so sunny.
Before I blather any more we must move swiftly on to the things that have made this week pretty darn marvellous.
1. Listening to the cricket commentary. I am a little bit excited that it's world cup time and I can spend my days listening to commentary. I have been curled up in bed waking up to the opening overs. I've stuck it on whilst I've cooked my tea. I've been on tenterhooks whilst Anya Shrubsole just got us over the line. Everyone else gets (football) world cup fever, but mine is definitely of the cricket variety. I actually had to turn it off in order to write this because I was getting too wrapped up and couldn't get any words down.
2. Friends that support. Isn't it the most wonderful thing to have a group of friends where they ask you how you are and actually mean it? Where you don't have to make small talk and say 'I'm fine' or 'good thanks'. If you are happy they are there to celebrate you and join you in that and you feel brave enough to tell them exactly what is going on when life isn't so rosy.
3. Wanting to dance. Now I love a dance round the kitchen as much as the next person. Turning up the music really loud, flailing my body around and singing at the top of my voice. However I used to be a little more cultured than this. I used to dance contemporary dance every week and I was in shows. Last night I watched a show that my old dance teacher choreographed and I fell back in love with it. I want to experiment with the shapes my body can make. I'd like to be creative with linking movements and describing stories and feelings through my movements. Watch this space, I will dance again.
4. I am creating. It's been a long time since I've worked in my sketchbook, but this week the paints, pens, pencils and everything have been out. I have been looking at different colours, watercolouring different tones and doodling tattoo ideas.
5. Pockets of sunshine. Well now I have that very catchy Natalie Bedingfield song in my head! You WILL know it, if you've ever watched Easy A. Anyway, I am loving the blue skies and sunshine we've had recently. I always have a more positive attitude when the sun's out. We had the first day of spring on Saturday and I'm now starting to believe it.
6. Listing. Making a list always seems to make me feel more in control with whatever I''m doing. This week I've started a list of all the things I'd like to do before I leave home for university. I have this summer at home and I'm looking forward to living it and enjoying the area I am in. I think we are guilty of ignoring how great where we live is, so lots of exploring is going to happen. Also I definitely want to get my tattoo this summer. I've been doodling lots of ideas, all around the idea of a little geometric crown. I also wan t to go swimming. I haven't been swimming for over 9 years which is ridiculous. I haven't felt comfortable in a swimming cossie, but this is the summer. Plus when I go to uni I will need to be able to learn to teach swimming so I need to feel comfortable.
And now it's over to you. Wednesdays are made even more wonderful by reading posts by Sally, Michelle, Jo and Helen. I enjoy hearing about what has made them happy this week. Therefore you can either join in by commenting, letting me know on twitter ( I'm @appreciate_day on there) or even writing your own post and becoming a fully signed up member of the Wonderful Wednesday crew.