Since moving to London six months ago, I’ve barely had time to wipe the fast-collecting dust that’s covered my laptop keyboard. I’ve been sorely neglecting blogging, and well, I miss it. I’ve also missed reading (along with many other things I don’t seem to have time for, because I’m too busy sipping overpriced cocktails and ordering Deliveroo) but with my birthday this month came the gifting of a rather fabulous book you may have heard of; ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’, thanks bro.
I know, I know. I’m late to the party aren’t I?! sorry. But seriously, having a bit of time to sit and read has been great, and this book is pretty thought-provoking. It’s not your standard, run-of-the-mill self-help book. I’m about half way through, and I’ve learnt so much about cheap ‘highs’ we invest in within our every day lives, and ways we needlessly punish ourselves for not being perfect enough for Instagram. But what stuck with me most, was a point about learning to appreciate the normal occurrences in life.
When I first moved to London, the excitement of having cocktail bars, museums and world-famous attractions within grasp was a little overwhelming. Before I knew it, I’d sipped my way through many a speakeasy, and was growing tired of my bank account slipping into negative figures half way through the month.
Manson’s book highlighted to me that I need to celebrate the normal occurrences and the little things, because those elements are what’s important in life. Take friends, for example. Friends are fucking great. Many of us have them, but I haven’t felt, really, until this year that I have some great friends that I really value.
There’s nothing like having some pals over for drinks and games, is there? Within the past month, I’ve had two sets of friends over, for games and a couple of weeks ago, pumpkin carving. I was kindly gifted* some bits from giffgaff to amp up the nibbles and entertainment too, which was amazing.
Everyone loves a sexy bar don’t they? A nice table, some moody lighting and drinks with impossibly cute garnishes. But at my little gatherings, measures were free-pour (woo!), music was curated by a well thought-out playlist (thanks Alexa) and adjustable lighting meant we could get some great pics (evidence or it didn’t happen… right?)
Cue a couple of drinks and lots of giggles, before tucking into pizza and nibbles…
My first little dinner party was lush, and thankfully a success. My pals left with bellies full of pizza, prosecco and Polish soplica (which if you haven’t tried, you must).
The night was such a high. It left me feeling an appreciation for humans, and not to be corny, but just a feeling of being lucky to know nice people, y’know. I also used my cheeky giffgaff sim cards I got in my party pack to upload some of the pics and share them on insta and our group chat. Bonus.
Gathering number two was serious business. The business of pumpkin carving that is. If you know me, you’ll know I have a rather unhealthy obsession with all things Halloween, and what better way to get everyone in the mood, than some casual carving?
Aperol Spritz, check. Chill playlist, check. Endless nibbles, check. Big Potato games? check.
The carving was ridiculously impressive, and while we were letting the paint dry on some of them (I have to admit, I did cheat and just paint mine), we played with some of the games I got sent. I’m not going to lie, the idea of competitively playing games scares me. But the ones I got sent were SO fun. My favourite was Obama Llama 2, which is a rhyming game.
Ready to see the amazing creations??
The point I’m trying to make here guys, is once you meet some wonderful people, keep them in your lives. Celebrate little moments. Winning a board game, carving a pumpkin… ordinary things should be celebrated as much as big milestones, and that’s something I often forget.