I’ve been nominated by Nikki at Just Around the Riverbend to take part in the 10 Happy Things Tag. The rules are simple – write about 10 things that make you happy, no matter how big or small.
I can sometimes be known as a bit of a negative nelly, so I better put my happy hat on and tell you all about the things I do which put a smile on my face. I won’t bore you with the obvious ones, yes, Liam makes me happy, but I want to tell you about some of my more unique enjoyments in life!
I do Zumba twice a week and I love it. Ok, sometimes I get home and I’m desperate not to go, to just sit at home and curl into a book – but when I get myself in gear and get there it’s always two of the best hours of my week.
When I’m doing Zumba, I try to put every fibre of my being into it. I’ve paid to be there and therefore I want to burn as many calories as I possibly can to get my money’s worth! That’s why you’ll often find me flailing about the room improvising (and I’ve now had five people come up to me to tell my how shell shocked they are by my vigorous bouncing!).
9 Learning New Skills
When I click with a new skill, there’s nothing you can do to stop me wanting to know everything about it. I want to envelope myself inside the world of that skill and broaden my understanding. I want to demonstrate my knowledge of that skill, and be better than the rest. That’s why after recently undertaking all of three hours of a beginners CSS course I stood having an argument about the principles of coding with Liam, a trained web developer, in our kitchen.
Obvs I am better than him. Three hours on Lynda.com > Three years at university. Ha!
Ah, sewing, my latest love. I’m a creative individual so I love having creative hobbies. I’ve been through baking, scrapbooking and now I’m onto sewing. I purchased my first sewing machine and it is my one and only. It stands proudly on my desk, begging me to start new projects.
I’ve been buying up fabric left, right and centre and half finishing projects before I end up starting new ones. It’s such a stress relieving activity. I recently brought a sewing magazine and it had a quote in the middle:
“Sewing is cheaper than therapy.”
7 Having fully stocked cupboards
This sounds insane, ok – it IS insane. But I know I’m not the only one because Liam does it too! There’s nothing I like more than the feeling of completeness when I’ve done a rather big weekly shop and I come home and insert all of said weekly shop into my cupboard. Then I like to just stand and stare into the open cupboard. It’s glorious!
I love reading so much and I always have. I don’t think I could be friends with you if you’re the sort of person who says “Reading, boring!”. Reading has helped me to develop my creativity and imagination and in turn that has helped me develop my career and my blog.
Unfortunately, I don’t very often get time to read so I’ve been making an effort to read more, and varied genres. When I’m on holiday I can power through three books no problem, but back in the real world I always stall. That’s why I recently founded Tea and Tales Book Club (@tandtbooks) with a couple of other bloggers. We’re currently reading the Time Traveler’s Wife.
5 Planning holidays
Don’t get me wrong, of course I enjoy actually being on holidays, but planning holidays fills me with joy. I like to take every aspect of a holiday and research it scrupulously. Accommodation, travel, sightseeing – it’s just one big spreadsheet for me!
I put particular joy in pricing everything up, and then going back and finding everything elsewhere for cheaper.
4 Planning to do nothing
It’s not very often I have an evening of doing nothing. It’s surreal – Liam and I are grown-ups now, with a calendar and everything! Most of my weekends are spoken for and I spend a lot of time on my week nights exercising, cooking, and preparing for the next work day. I don’t really get a lot of free time.
Sometimes, I think, forget all that! And I plan to do nothing.
Do I even need to justify this? Sleep is amazing and I would like to have more of it, please.
I’m just going to come clean – I like a good moan, ok?! Don’t we all? I love nothing more than to let off some steam by having a good moan about anything and everything. Don’t take it personal!
What’s funny is that number two on this list was originally Walt Disney World, but then I thought about the fact that Liam always says he doesn’t actually believe I really enjoy going there because all I do is moan and whinge the whole time. I’m just a person who enjoys moaning and whinging. Maybe a little too much. But as I’m always trying to explain to him – it’s not that I don’t love my life, or am not enjoying myself, I just purely and simply like to have something to moan about.
1 Video editing
I really struggled to settle on number one, but I had to take inspiration from the fact that last night I got an insane urge to edit something and it made me remember how I felt the first time I edited anything.
I couldn’t be happier that by some fluke I decided to buy a GoPro back in 2015 before we went travelling – it’s been the root of so much content on my blog, and many hours of fulfilment putting all my video memories together in mini packages. I only wish I took more footage and did more editing so I’m making it my goal to take even more video!
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