10 things that make me happy
The lovely blogger, Kirsty, from Miss Pork Pie tagged me in this post thread ages ago and I’m only just now getting around to it which probably shows that happy things have been a bit further from my mind than all the ‘daily grind’ things recently!
The scary terror attacks in Manchester and London this year, acid attacks on young people and the devastating Grenfell tower block fire have really set a tone over the past few months, fear, sadness, and anger that it is happening. Not to mention the horrific things happening further afield in Syria and Africa with famine and war on their doorsteps. Because of all this doom and gloom it can be very difficult to move on from these feelings but, sometimes we all need to appreciate how lucky we are to be safe, alive and able to live our lives as we wish.
So, when Kirsty tagged me in this thread, I took it as a great time to reflect. Even when life seems a bit shitty, and it feels like the whole world is on your shoulders, stop and take some time to think about the things you are grateful for. So here are my 10 things that make me happy.
Obvious and a bit slushy but it’s true. She makes me laugh every single day. It may only be for a few seconds because of a look she gives me or a 20 minute tickle fight but, despite how hard work being a single parent can be, I don’t need to rely on anyone else to be able to make me laugh.
Walking in a wood
Despite not officially believing in horoscope stuff, I am a stereotypical Taurus. An Earth sign who likes to be around nature. I’m not particularly bothered by the sea, especially not swimming in it, but leave me in a wood or forest with some insect repellent, my camera and no phone signal and I’m a happy bunny. I don’t know what it is but it makes me feel grounded just listening to the rustle of the leaves and the tweeting of the birds.
I am lucky that I have a really good group of friends locally, most don’t know each other that well but they all create an amazing support system for me, and hopefully I give them some back at times too. Each person has their own perfect qualities that can pep me up with a glass of wine, a coffee at work, an offload on the walk home from school, a spontaneous visit or a Facebook message.
To add to my amazing network of local friends I have my best friend Rachel, who has been my friend since we wore platform trainers and Kappa tracksuit bottoms (mine were the trainers, hers were the trousers). We don’t see each other as often as we’d like but we speak most days and when we do see each other it’s just like the good old days except its now sparkly converse trainers and maternity trousers (mine and hers again). Spending a weekend with her is treasured time and makes me very happy and ready to face the world again.
A good hair day
As superficial as it sounds when you have curly hair a ‘good hair day’ used to be a bit of a phenomenon for me. It was dependent on humidity, days since last wash, how you’d slept, when it last rained, what product you used…it would actually be easy to say what doesn’t affect it! But, since starting the Curly Girl method, it has become a ‘more often than not’ situation. This definitely does wonders for the confidence. I could be wearing a sack tied in the middle, but if my hair is looking good and I’ve managed to slap some mascara on I can face the day.
Cliché as I’m writing this in my blog, but it really does make me happy. Blogging is my creative outlet and a platform from which I have made friends, both online and off. I am also constantly learning new things. A recent study from Alzheimer’s UK said that those who carry on learning throughout their life (as well as many other factors) are less likely to suffer from dementia. With 2 out of my 4 grandparents having suffered (one still suffering) with it, I’m willing to do all I can…and if it earns me a few pennies one day then so be it!
This is not me about to debut my new choreography for Little Mix’s latest song. But I do love to dance. I once joined a street dance class, so can verify my moves are not like Jagger’s and I’ve definitely perfected the ‘Mum dance’ in recent years but, who cares. It is guaranteed to make me happy and, if with Charlotte, make me howl with laughter.
Sadly, cuddles with anyone over the age of 5 are somewhat lacking currently but I do love a cuddle. On the couch, in bed, hello hugs, goodbye hugs, one of those awkward walking hugs…all those make me smile. Hugs are meant to be a great form of stress relief so I seriously need to up my does asap!
Despite being ginger and freckly I do love the sun. Not the crazy, melt your eyeballs temperatures but just the opportunity to absorb some vitamin D on a regular basis. I think I might suffer a little with S.A.D. as my mood is so much better when the sun shines. There are so many more things you can do, especially with little ones, when its bright and sunny. I’m also now grown up enough to understand that Mr Factor 50 and I need to become acquainted every couple of hours so sunburn doesn’t spoil the fun. Mr 15 has been relegated to all the olive skinned beauties out there.
Good food and drink
This is a bit of a cheat last one to fit in a couple I’ve just remembered. Luckily, they pair up very well. My favourite happy foods are; a perfectly cooked steak with sweet potato fries, a Greek salad (preferably whilst in Greece) and anything from my happy café in Leamington, Coffee Architects. Favourite drinks entirely depend on the place and people and so I don’t sound like an alcoholic I shan’t list them…although gin features heavily.
I would like to nominate Nikki at TakeItFromMummy.com to let us know what her 10 things would be.