Sometimes a quiet long weekend spent in your own company is just what you need to fully recharge your batteries. Three days of solitude, reading, cooking, writing, pampering, long walks, and sleeping was just what the doctor ordered.

My boyfriend is currently in Germany and I am flying to Europe on Wednesday for work. We lead very busy lives and have had guests staying in our house non-stop all summer. Having a few days downtime has been a real blessing. I am a casebook introvert, so being around people for long periods of time is exhausting for me and I really crave time alone. I am reading a book called Radical Self Love by the wonderful Gala Darling that has been a real game changer for me. I really needed a reminder that sometimes taking care of yourself first is the best thing for everybody, including those you love most.

Taking a moment to reflect on the year thus far, I realised that I have achieved some monumental things already and it’s only March. A promotion at work, a scholarship to study my masters degree, two holidays to Europe, my very own book club, celebrating two years with my boyfriend, and so many wonderful daily blessings. Being thankful for everything you have is the key to happiness. Just having a few days to be alone and focus on all of the things I already have in my life has been the best way to see how rich I am, and I don’t mean worshipping material possessions. Taking time to read and write is imperative, essential, and necessary. I have had the most blissful weekend that is actually reflected in so many facets of my life – my skin is glowing, my eyes are clear, my heart is full, my home is organised, clean linen on the bed, and tonight I’m packing for Europe.

Tomorrow night, I have a special event to attend in the Queen’s Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria. My university is hosting an alumni evening that is held annually in different cities all over the world. Last year was London and this year is conveniently being hosted in my home town of Melbourne. I am looking forward to a night of inspirational speakers, champagne, and of course, a private tour of the library.

I can’t say it enough. Take some time, even a few minutes each day to reflect on your blessings, and I assure you that you will lead a happier and more positive life.

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