Happy Friday, dear friends! Today is my mom's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMMA!) and while I was writing a "happy birthday" message to her this morning, I couldn't help but think back to my childhood, growing up in a small town and how wonderful and carefree it was. I'm beyond thankful for my wonderful parents and my crazy siblings, and I'm so blessed to have them in my life. There's no feeling better than knowing that I have their unconditional love and support.
That also made me think of some of my other favorite feelings:
That feeling when climbing into my bed after my evening bath or shower, and my bed was just made with clean, fresh white sheets. I'm not sure why, but it must be a mix of scents from my body wash and laundry detergent. I once read that Oprah sleeps in NEW sheet every night. I feel ya, Oprah, I would too if I could!
That feeling when I open the door to our apartment after a long day's work (or even just after I leave the house for 30 seconds to take the trash out) and my fur baby is all over me. His kisses, cuddles and excitement to see me immediately eliminates any negative feelings I might have had that day.
That feeling when I've been walking a lot and finally get to take off my shoes and walk barefoot on soft grass. Unfortunately I don't get to do this much in Taipei (unless I'm at the park), but when I'm at my parents' house in South Africa, I'm constantly outside in the yard just so that I can walk barefoot on the grass.
That feeling when I'm traveling with The Husband and we finally wind down after a busy day of exploring to enjoy a gorgeous sunset together. Preferably with a glass of good wine in hand!
That feeling when I go back to South Africa to visit my family and I walk through the arrivals gate and see their smiling faces waiting there for me. I believe that the Arrivals Hall of an airport is one of the happiest places on Earth.
That feeling when I give to someone and I just know how much it means to them. "There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward." - Kahlil Gibran
That feeling after I've had a good workout, taken a shower and had a healthy breakfast, all before 10am on a Saturday morning. I'm a morning person and this excites me way too much.
That feeling when I've been wanting to buy something online for a while and then suddenly it goes on sale and my size is available. I love online shopping and I love a good deal even more.
That feeling when I'm getting my hair washed at the salon. Oh, sweet mother of good feelings! And not only that, here in Taiwan it's standard for a salon to wash your hair extra long and give you a head and back massage. (Booking your flight to Taiwan as we speak?)
That feeling when I'm at my favorite Indian restaurant here in Taipei, and I take that first bite of butter naan, dipped in creamy butter chicken. *drooling uncontrollably right now*
That feeling when I have absolutely nothing to do, and nowhere to be, and I can lie on my couch, relax and get lost in a good book for hours. Or in general, any time I have nothing that I have to do, or nowhere that I have to be. (I know all you introverts are nodding your head in agreement right now...)
That feeling when I'm in a new country, learning about the culture and exploring interesting places with The Husband. We have a serious case of wanderlust.
That feeling when I'm catching up with friends whom I haven't seen for months or years, and it feels just like the good old days, as if nothing has changed. This is especially true of my friends back in South Africa. We grew up together and I miss them every day. I love that when we get to spend time together now, I'm only more convinced that our special bonds will never break.
That feeling when I think about how lucky I am to have met the love of my life, and that he loves and appreciates me so much. Really, what are the odds of meeting that person whom you want to spend every second of every day with, and who you just can't get enough of. I feel so blessed and grateful that I will have this wonderful person as my companion for the rest of my life.
Please share one of your favorite feelings. Happy Weekend!