Happiness is… watching TV movies with someone you love

During my Christmas holiday, my mum and I would stay up late to watch TV movies.
Mostly European films, which are either slightly bizarre, exceptionally wonderful or strangely realistic.

Apart from the fun of watching some great movies, the best part was just sitting with my mum.
Since we do not live in the same country, we don’t have the chance to do this often.
And I found it very comforting to have my mother right next to me.

Now that I am back in HK, watching films on my own at home is a different sort of enjoyment.
I do miss having my mum next to me.

On a side note, I have also missed making my gratitude list.
So here’s one for today.

I am thankful for…

1. Waking up feeling well enough to go to work.

2. Having enough energy to last the entire day!

3. Having lovely people to support me in my workshop.

4. Having a group of enthusiastic participants in my workshop today.

5. Seeing my puppy go crazy with happiness when I come home.

6. Coming home to a clean and tidy house.

7. Knowing I will have family visiting me in the coming weeks.

8. Having a thermos of hot water to soothe my illness.

9. Having aspirin to ease my fever.

10. Doing work that I love and enjoy.



Day 325 – April 25, 2013

I started off today feeling so low energy and almost completely deflated.
Somehow I got myself to work.
And I was greeted by the sweet kindness of my colleagues.
They were all so concerned with why I was the way I was.
Then Olivier took me out for a coffee, and I was reenergized after a good chat.

I am thankful for…

1. My colleagues.

2. Chatting with Olivier about my presentation at the British Chamber.

3. Sharing excitement with Olivier because he gets SO excited!

4. Feedback from my colleagues that help me improve and do a better job.

5. Help from my colleagues in any way or form.

6. Delivering a great presentation at the British Chamber – on the subject of emotional intelligence.

7. Shopping with my colleague Pelle after a great meeting.

8. Finding beautiful necklaces!

9. Enjoying dinner and a movie on a Thursday night – Iron Man!

10. Being happy with the little things in life.


Day 310 – April 10, 2013

Feeling so tired and I ache all over today.
Traveling to Singapore for work.
Finally can put my feet up and it’s almost 11 o’clock at night.

On this day, I am thankful for…

1. Getting everything I need for my working week in Singapore.

2. Having a laugh in the office with everyone before I left.

3. Knowing that Bradley will be getting his internship sorted out.

4. Enjoying my new book on behavior change!

5. Watching the movie – The Impossible.

6. A smooth flight on the giant A380 to Singapore.

7. Nice taxi drivers.

8. Feeling at home in Singapore.

9. Messaging my daughter.

10. Going to bed feeling loved, blessed and looked after.


Day 241 ~ Day 244 – January 31 ~ February 3, 2013

Putting a gratitude list for four days combined because I got a bit busy, tired and distracted…

So over the past four days, I am very thankful for…

1. A fantastic belated Christmas party with my workmates – a lot of frozen margarita were consumed and a good time was had by all.

2. Watching E.T. again after 20 years – and watching it with my daughter.

3. Watching an amazing movie about acceptance and love – Lars and the Real Girl. Watch it if you haven’t yet.

4. Having lunch with my dear friend Clover – she listens, she gives me her point of view and she shows that she cares.

5. Pondering about the meaning of friendship – what it means to different people.

6. Having enough time to prep for all the work I have upcoming.

7. This new decluttered and organized home – makes keeping it tidy so much easier!

8. Beef tenderloin cooked beautifully – it’s just lovely.

9. Having a really great meeting that means a lot of new opportunities at work.

10. Knowing that my colleagues think and feel the same way about the future as I do.

Day 237 – January 27, 2013

A Sunday that was well spent.
On this day, I am thankful for…

1. My feet – they are healthy and function properly.

2. Friends – that look out for me and they come to me when they are in need of me.

3. Dim Sum lunches – Hong Kong is a paradise for delicious delicacies.

4. Golden Oldies – old people are as adorable as babies.

5. Movies – films like Cloud Atlas, make you think, feel and wonder.

6. Karma – I believe in it.

7. My daughter – she knows me.

8. Books – they are constant reminders of love, knowledge and experience.

9. You – your trust in me.

10. You – for being a part of me.

Day 223 – January 13, 2013

Today, I am thankful for…

1. Waking up happy.

2. Cooking a healthy brunch for my daughter and myself.

3. A very productive six hours of decluttering and cleaning.

4. My daughter’s help in moving the furniture around till we were happy with the new arrangement.

5. Energy and persistence to get most parts of the house decluttered – only my jewelry closet left!

6. Finding calm and peace in the organization and order.

7. Going out at the end of the day feeling so accomplished and pleased.

8. Finding the ideal small backpack for Nadia!

9. Watching a beautiful movie – Anna Karenina!

10. Coming home to a neat, organized and cozy apartment.

Day 214 ~ Day 220 – January 4 ~ 10, 2013

First of all, I don’t know what got into me but I needed a little blogging break to focus on rearranging the home in the past week.

I am back to normal now, I think.

The new bed has arrived for my daughter Nadia.
The house is 95% decluttered.

In Nadia’s words, our home looks spiffin’. (A bit of Kiwi slang I think.)

So here is my condensed gratitude list for the past week.
I am thankful for…

1. Finding an inexpensive but perfect bed for Nadia’s room.

2. The fun times we had at IKEA and MUJI looking for items we needed.

3. The hilarious noodle shop conversation with the chef and the waitresses who were fascinated by Nadia and I.

4. The smooth transition of schedule changes at work.

5. The operation that my dear friend had to go through was a success and she is slowly recovering.

6. My Singapore work trip will also be a special trip with Nadia tagging along!

7. The movie night with Beatrice, Veanne, Alex and Nadia – watching The Grand Master – still and always a fan of Wong Kar Wai.

8. The opportunity to turn an adverse situation around into a winning situation!

9. Your messages that made me feel loved.

10. Your presence – it’s all contained in what is unspoken. I love you.

Day 208 – December 29, 2012

1. I am thankful for a lovely quiet Saturday.

2. I am thankful for friends who are supportive in different ways.

3. I am grateful that I have you in my life.

4. I am grateful for my dreams – reminders and wake up calls.

5. I am thankful for movies – great escapes and beautiful stories.

6. I am thankful that I made it through this year – with gratitude and love.

7. I am grateful that I will soon have another new year to look forward to even more.

8. I am thankful that my decisions have been made and that I feel good about them.

9. I am grateful for new possibilities.

10. I am thankful that I can go to bed each night and feel safe, happy and warm.

Day 196 – December 17, 2012

1. I am thankful that I was able to leave home a a decent time and be first at work.

2. I am thankful that I saw you this morning – it’s a sign.

3. I am thankful that I have an amazing friend who gives me insight and genuine care – I really feel how much you love me.

4. I am grateful that I can deliver a very smooth workshop on designing your career!

5. I am thankful for your sweet messages – they make my day.

6. I am grateful that I could end my Monday in such a nice way.

7. I am thankful for the free drinks we got – because of a hair on a plate!

8. I am grateful for the amazing story of Pi – what a movie! I want to read the book.

9. I am thankful for the opportunities I had whilst growing up to learn about faith, religion and philosophy.

10. I am grateful for having the freedom of choice and beliefs.

Day 138 – October 16, 2012

1. I am thankful for waking up feeling refreshed.

2. I am thankful for a productive morning sorting out the coming weeks’ work.

3. I am grateful for having colleagues who are responsible, efficient and caring.

4. I am grateful for having a job that is different every single day.

5. I am thankful for a smooth flight on the giant A380 to Singapore.

6. I am grateful for efficient airports and all the people who make it possible.

7. I am thankful for technology allowing me to catch up with friends even though we could not find time to meet up face to face.

8. I am thankful for a much more powerful wifi connection in my room!

9. I am grateful that I can turn my mood around.

10. I am thankful that being grateful can make such a difference to my life.