Gluten-free Lemon Ricotta Bread + Choosing joy and gratitude

My mum and dad named their first-born daughter “Felicia”, and by definition, my name literally means “happy one”.

I suppose that explains my optimistic personality and predisposition to see the glass as half-full instead of half-empty. It probably also is the reason why I constantly look at the brighter side of life, trying to search for the silver lining in every situation I may find myself in.

Sometimes people tell me I’m too positive (as if it were a bad thing), but I try to take these comments as compliments instead of criticism.

Gluten-free Lemon Ricotta Bread

I’m a sociable introvert, I’d like to believe.

I love to mix with all kinds of people – old friends, strangers and new acquaintances all excite me. I truly enjoy hearing other people tell their stories, about where they come from and the lives they lead, in the same way that I feel at ease telling them about mine.

Yet at the same time, the introvert in me likes to curl up under the covers with just a good book and hot tea for company; other times, I like to be enshrouded in complete silence, my thoughts flowing as easily from me to the page I’m writing on.

Gluten-free Lemon Ricotta Bread

I’m not one prone to sudden outbursts of tears nor am I one to let things overwhelm me.

Yet last Thursday, in the calm of my apartment with the TV on, I found myself giving in uncontrollably to a bout of tears that I honestly had no idea were coming.


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