The Art of Appreciation

I will be the first to admit, I've been very lucky in life. My family's definitely had some extreme ups and downs, but at the end of the day we've stuck by each other and I know no matter what happens, I have a support system in the shape of my family. This is more than a lot of people have, and even though they can annoy me no end, I'm extremely lucky these people care 'too' much.

Particularly over the last couple of years, me and my sister have had a lot of support from our parents, be it paying for various things or helping us with future plans. It's not always been a smooth ride, but it hasn't gone unnoticed by me or Sarah and we both know how much are parents have given up and would give up to ensure the best possible future for the two of us. So on Tuesday, 48 hours before I was off to France and 24 hours before Sarah was off to Greece, we decided to pop into town and pick up some bits as a little surprise for our Mum. Baring in mind both of us are about to go on holiday, we couldn't splash out on a meal for the family or anything half as elaborate as both my parents deserve, but a nice bottle of Prosecco, a bunch of flowers and a bag from a new shop Mum's had her eye on went a long way and she definitely appreciated the gesture.

The point is, you don't need to necessarily do something wild or have any grand gesture to show the people around you how you feel. But every so often it is nice to take a moment and let them know you appreciate what they're doing, not just on the allocated days of the year. So maybe take your time to thank and show some lovin' to the guys and gals who rule your life. Parents, friends, partners, it's sometimes just worth surprising them. We sat outside in the slightly-chilly British evening sun and cracked open the bottle (and then some)!

Ciao for Now!


  1. I think one of the best traits in a person is thoughtfulness :)

  2. This is so sweet, your parents are also lucky to have daughters like you two :)