It’s a blessing that I have this moment of silence and quietness to write a few words of reflection upon my first week back in Lisbon.
I’m sitting at my parents’ kitchen table with an espresso cup at my left and an albino naughty cat at my right. The cat is a ‘she’ – and she likes to tap my hands while I type. The only time she let me cuddle her so far was yesterday, and only because I was holding her food. Other than that, she’s mean and always ready to attack. Being a dog person, I can tell you… I’m satisfied with how far our friendship has come. In fact, she became the editor of thewellbeingblogger.com in less than a week. What can I say, she’s clearly an alpha female while I’m a sigma, so she gets to be the boss much quicker than me.
On my last blog post, I announced a book giveaway to celebrate a WordPress milestone – 400 readers. As promised, I randomly selected the winner yesterday night, using a google’s number generator (Google becomes handier and handier!). In total, there were 9 comments, but only 8 were eligible, so that’s why you will see in the picture that I asked for a random number between 1 and 8 and not between 1 and 9.
Here is her answer to the question What is Happiness to you?:
Happiness to me is helping others and watching them grow. growing up my mother taught us “Always do good to others and it will bring you tons of joy”. I couldn’t agree any more as growing old that’s the most peaceful thing for me now. Although the bigger joy to me is when I see my kids, especially being a mother of a girl with Down Syndrome makes me so happy.
How inspiring is this? I love reading people’s perspectives on happiness and life. Helping others and nourishing them is one of the many ways we can boost our own happiness.
I would like to thank Bushra and all the other beautiful people who participated on this very first book giveaway here at The Wellbeing Blogger. Please make sure you visit the original book giveaway’s post and read the answers of all the other inspiring bloggers, because you will love it! I know I did, and I will reply back to each one of them as soon as I can – right now I’m in the middle of packing as much as I can and I haven’t been able to use my laptop much.
Things have been stressful, but G. has helped me a lot, I don’t even know what I can say to express how much he has supported me over these last few weeks in Canterbury. And yes, it will be messier to leave him and I don’t really know what’s going to happen on that regard. He is very loving and I’m not in the right state of mind to see things in perspective. All I know, and he was the first one to tell, is that I could at least try to leave with some peace and good memories. So that’s what I’m trying to do while carrying bags and getting rid of a huge piles of old papers in my office… and having pizza, and wine, and kebabs, and burgers…
I hope to post again soon. I had planned to start a new series here on the blog inspired by another fellow WordPress blogger. To give you a taste, I will be posting on a daily basis using questions that have been designed to help potential couples knowing each other better. I will explain everything hopefully later today, but if not… you know I got carried away with more bags and boxes. 🙂
I guess I haven’t shared much about my life as an expat in the UK. Well, some ugly details have certainly slipped away, but I know I haven’t dug too deep on that. There is a whole interesting cycle that I’m sure someday I will be delighted to describe here. For now, I just want to share how excited I am about my return to Lisbon.