Recently, Jaymee over at The Mum Diaries published a lovely post titled ‘Ten Reasons To Be Happy’ and challenged other bloggers to do the same.
I thought that this would be a nice contrast to my last post and, in order to combat the negativity that’s been slowly creeping into my mind over the past few months, I’ve been writing down three good things that happen every day.
This could be the simple things, such as enjoying a particularly awesome cup of coffee or sharing an impromptu joke with the kids, to the more extravagant occasions like a weekend away or family holidays so this post is an extension of that I guess. In no particular order, here are ten things that make me happy:
It may not be a coincidence that this is the first thing I thought of! I know a lot of people eat purely for nutritional and functional purposes (I could never be friends with you guys, sorry) but for me, food means so much more.
It’s a date night over a medium cooked steak, popcorn at the movies with my girl, cheese fondue and wine with friends, receiving a surprise pick n mix from my Dad (yes this still happens), eating M&Ms at my desk to get me through the 3pm slump and cooking at home, bonding with Adam as we catch up on our respective days.
It’s no secret just how much I adore our three feline friends! Growing up, we always had cats around and as soon as I left home, I adopted a huge 12-year-old ginger tom cat from a local rescue centre. If we won the lottery, I would buy acres of land and open up a cat sanctuary! I adore their quirky ways, cuddles and hilarious antics.
I find a great deal of satisfaction in hitting the personal targets that I occasionally set myself. This could be writing a particularly good blog post (even if it only gets four views, I genuinely don’t care), cooking a great meal, going for a run or finally getting to the bottom of the laundry pile!
This one is easy. My girls may turn my life upside down on a weekly basis but I love our messy little family more than anything and they are my number one priority. As much I don’t see my amazing sisters, mum, dad, nieces, in-laws and other members of the family as much as I’d like to, spending time with my loved ones makes me feel incredibly thankful and helps me to remember what’s really important in life; the rest is just irrelevant in the grand scheme of things isn’t it?
I know, I’m a weirdo. There’s no better feeling than getting my home squeaky clean and spending a few hours with my favourite music on loud whilst scrubbing the worktops and mopping my floors; until the kids come home and trash it again within an hour!
There’s something about sunny afternoons that seem to make everything better. The hills look greener than usual and everybody seems to be in a brighter mood. I get to wear pretty dresses and my freckles finally make an appearance too!
We live a rather fast-paced lifestyle (full of obligatory things like work and chores so sadly, nothing too glamorous) and on occasion, my ultimate treat is to do nothing. Turning off my usual 6am alarm on a Sunday and sleeping until my body wakes up naturally, sitting in my PJs with a brew and watching Netflix all day is lovely treat!
A massive cliché I know. I mean, it’s kind of obvious that he makes me happy as I chose to marry him recently! Adam makes me happier than I ever imagined possible. He is kind, caring, patient and we could happily spend days at a time hibernating together (you may need a sick bucket now).
Seeing new places and learning about new cultures is something that money simply cannot buy (although ironically, you kind of need money to be able to travel). I’ve been lucky enough to visit several beautiful countries over the past few years, however, I’m determined to see as many as I can manage before I expire from this planet!
Seeing my old childhood haunts or watching a Disney movie never fails to make me happy. Flicking through old photographs and reliving fond memories is a lovely way to spend an hour or two.