This week is a truly personal post about some meaningful things that have been bubbling around in my head for the last couple of months, and since my friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer… Life is one of those amazing things that provides love, happiness, but also sadness and anxiety. Sometimes difficult things happen, but without them, how would we know to appreciate all the good that we have all around us? My friend, Emmy, recently said that in life it’s always important to, ‘smile, love, and be kind’. The most simplest but most meaningful quote I’ve read and heard. This quote means more to me now than ever. Because no matter how successful you are, whether that’s in business, at work, in marathons or even in wealth, without a soul that’s constantly smiling, without loving others and without kindness, then everything else is just superficial.

Emmy –  Image Greg Phillips
You may have the best job and all the money in the world but without love, what have we got? Love brings happiness and lots of contagious smiling (something that is ridiculously good for us!!). And what brings us the most amount of love?? People ❤ People are what’s important; the people that make you a better person and lift you up. Not the new iPhone or the new lens that I’d love to get. Being rich or celebrating that amazing triumph in your half marathon would be NOTHING without the love, kindness, and happy smiles that surround all of that.

Imagine running a race without a crowd. Imagining dining on your own in a fancy restaurant every night of the week. Imagine feeling hurt and there being nobody to show you kindness and comfort you? It all means nothing if you don’t have people to share life with.

One person I care deeply about….  –  Image Zoe Collyer
It’s people, the kindness and the love that keep us going and keep us in high spirits when life gets utterly rubbish. And recently, I’ve been witnessing just this sort of enormous and all encompassing love, for one special woman. It goes without saying that if you show people your kindness, they will absolutely return it when you need them most. My friend Emmy is so so kind, and is being showered with love and kindness in return. She reminds me of how unimportant the negative stresses in life can be and how important it is to be positive as you and your soul will simply thrive. She makes me proud and glad to have shared some fantastic memories with her. She makes me feel positive and reminds me that even the smallest things are worth smiling for. More than anything, as sad as I truly feel, she also gives me comfort knowing that she is SO happy and having the time of her life. WHAT a way to live – I intend to follow suit, to continue to ‘love, smile and be kind’… And you should too ❤
Sharing below a selection of just a few of the people in my life who I LOVE and whom without, life just wouldn’t be the same 🙂

Image  Philippa Sian Photography

Image Zoe Collyer

Image Zoe Collyer

Image Zoe Collyer