Small everyday rituals are comforting. The little things we do that are important to us or we tell ourselves we need in order to get ready in the morning, get through the day, get ready for bed. They're most probably not a matter of life and death (unless your ritual includes medication, but that's an entirely different subject) but a simple matter of making us feel like we're in control of our daily lives - at least for a few moments, if nothing else. They're part of what we feel is personal to us and they sometimes give us - if needed - an excuse for some 'me time'. I like those little rituals. Taking off my makeup every night, putting on a little perfume every morning, preparing food (nearly) every night, kissing the people I love every day. They are the small things that give me a little structure as a fairly 'unstructured person' and that I miss when I don't do them. Another one of my rituals is of course my morning coffee.
My Instagram followers will know of my daily cup of coffee. I usually have it when everybody has left the house. I have a glance over my emails whilst I wait for the kettle to boil, let the coffee brew for a moment and then settle for my first cup. This is usually the time when I plan out my day, play around a little (yes, faffing!) or just stare out of the window. I don't listen to music at that time as I prefer my start to the day to be gentle and quiet. It has become something of a small and fun ritual to share my 'mug shot' on Instagram and I like the way it says 'good morning, have a lovely day' to the community there. After that I'm ready to take on a new day which could be filled with anything from styling to cooking, writing at home to photographing on location, sourcing images to researching recipes. And that's why my small rituals are so important to me. My days can be varied and at times chaotic (just the way I like it) and it's the daily rituals that give me a moment to breathe and catch up. Small things that make a big difference.