1. My job
I have a full time, permanent job and in this climate that's something to be really grateful for. I get to work in a library, for a Russell Group University and I get to do what I love. Yes, some days I want to go on an adventure and not go to work. Sometimes it can be a little dull and other days when the students have deadlines I don't have a minute to myself. I'm very grateful to have a job and one that I I don't dread going to.
He puts up with a lot from me. I met Martyn about 10 months ago and just kind of fell into living with him recently even though we haved't been together for long. The circumstances were right and I'm glad I moved in so we can share more things together. He's supportive and likes me for who I am and we don't feel like we need to impress each other. We act like a retired couple and go on steam trains, go to the seaside and stay in on weekends and cook. Party lifestyle Gemma has gone (except for when I go to Snobs with Claire) and I can't say I miss it. (Martyn, if you're reading this, I really appreciate the dumbbells and the flowers)
3. My Friends
These guys are really awesome. I don't get to see all of them enough and some of my friends have moved away and are getting on with their adult life now but I value any time I get to spend with them. This photo was taken at Bestival last year with my friends Harri and Emma who I met in college when I was 16. They make me smile, we go on adventures and gossip over some tea and cake. I couldn't ask for a better bunch of pals.
3. My travels at home and abroad
I'm eternally grateful for all the wonderful places I've been able to visit. I've had a job since I was about 15 so have always been lucky enough to have spare cash to travel to some amazing places. I've been to New Zealand, Amsterdam and Paris in the past few years and I've already been to Grenoble and Dorset so far this year. I'm trying to save for a house now so I will be making the most of the UK and having a few 'staycations' as money is a bit tight.
4. My Sookie-sooks
Even though I'm not at home with Sookie anymore I will always be grateful for her unconditional love. Aren't dogs the best? She's always there when I get home and will cuddle me when I'm feeling low. She's a sassy little madame sometimes and be very naughty but I wouldn't have her any other way.
This post was inspired by the Made in Hunters 52 lists project. I'm not taking part in the whole thing as I'm months too late but hope to post a few more here and take some time out to reflect using lists.