Say thank you more.

I hear a lot of people telling their tiny humans to “say thank you to the bus driver!” and they normally do. Whether it’s a quick thanks, a shy thanks or a bold, almost shouting thanks I always appreciate it.

We could all say thank you more.

Here are my current thank yous:

  1. Thank you to everyone who has stood by me recently. Notable thanks to close friends (that drunkenly ring me to tell me they love me), my mum, a couple of colleagues and my therapist.
  2. Thank you to every single person who works in any emergency service. Paramedics. PCSOs. Fire fighters. Coast guards. Mountain rescuers. Police officers. Don’t listen to what “The Sun” says. Have your cup of coffee in a public place; you deserve it. Every single day you leave your house not knowing what the day will bring or whether you’ll even return home. 
  3. Thank you to doctors and nurses and physiotherapists and porters and cleaners and receptionists in hospitals all over the world. The world simply would not exist without you.
  4. Thank you to my goddaughter who reminds me that happiness can be found at the top deck of a bus or at the bottom of a tub of poster paint.
  5. Thank you to the musicians who have managed to say all the things I can’t say and better.
  6. Thank you to my favourite poet who has changed my life beyond comprehension.

Say thank you more.


Traffic light tree time.

So this is a post about this lovely season: autumn.

My apologies of you thought this post was about me doing my lipstick in the car and then driving into a traffic light followed by a tree. The truth of the matter is that I never let lipstick near my lips and I like to think I drive quite responsibly.

I sort of like autumn. In terms of colours it is, in my opinion, the most vibrant. But in terms of anything else it is merely filling the gap before winter.

I desperately want to get out there and start taking some autumn photos but the combination of crappy weather and sleep deprivation means that I’m spending even more time than usual in the house. I’m also not sure where I’d be able to take good autumn photos. I went out recently and took a couple (which I might upload at some point) but I felt deflated.

I like autumn but this year it’s left a sour taste in my mouth. Every day is colder and darker and there feels like there isn’t enough hours in the day. Hopefully Thursday will be sunnier and I can get out and start snapping. In the meantime here is my favourite autumn reference by the amazing poet Andrea Gibson.

“Autumn is the hardest season
the leaves are all falling
and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground
and the trees are naked and lonely”