Weekly Joy Reflection

I’ve been struggling with anxiety a lot (a global pandemic decidedly did not help). So, I’ve decided to do a post a week about things that I am grateful for or have found joy in.

I am really looking forward to getting into the habit of celebrating things that are happy – whether big or small.


A tall man in dark clothes, glasses, and a beard standing in front of trees and ball lights.
John at a lighted walk at the West Midlands Safari Park

John is my partner and is genuinely so kind and supportive. I really enjoy all of the time we spend together. He’s quick to make me laugh and makes me feel safer than I ever have before.

Avoiding getting too soppy, I don’t know where I would be without him. I’m so grateful to have him in my life.

And his guitar face is second to none!

Attended a Friend’s Wedding

A tall man in a suit and a shorter woman in a red dress smiling with some trees in the background. It is at night so is dark, but there is light enough to see them by.
John and I at our friends’ wedding.

Moving to a new country is a big decision and can be very isolating. I have found that it can be a bit difficult to make friends in England, but after you get over that initial barrier, English people are very friendly.

I have a few close friends here, and one of them got married last weekend.

They had a wonderful ceremony and I was honoured to be able to celebrate with them.


Some legs raised on a footrest. There are large socks, pajama bottoms, and a large, pink sweater with orange cartoon corgis on it. on that is a fabric book-sized case with a kindle on top.
the Oodie is the pink and orange sweater that I’m wearing – it’s even cosier than it looks!

As a Canadian, I thought I would always be able to deal with the cold. I wouldn’t have considered the temperature to be particularly cold until it hit negative numbers.

After living in the UK for six years, however, I cannot handle being cold and anything under 10C fills me with trepidation.

For Christmas a couple of years ago, John got me an Oodie.

I love it and would live in it if I could! As it goes further into autumn and soon into winter, I practically will be.

It’s essentially an oversized, cosy sweater with a massive pocket (which can fit books and snacks, so that’s me sorted).

And it’s got corgis on it, soooo…

Published by mooseisreading

Canadian living in the UK. I love books, games, and cats!

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