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It’s been a hard weekend. I think all of us got hit by the sad news on Saturday, and I know that I for one felt really affected by it. I grew up watching Caroline on Xtra Factor when I was a teen, and I was so shocked and saddened when I found out.

When things feel heavy, I try and focus even more than usual on those little things that cheer me up and make me smile. So that’s what I wanted to do with this post today, a regular happy things post that I’m sure you’re familiar with if you usually read this blog. Even just writing these things down make me feel happier, and more positive, plus the act of counting what you’re grateful for is such a good pick me up too.

#1 Vegan nutella on toast.
Now I’m dairy free, I’m still on the hunt to find alternatives to things that I love. I picked up some vegan nutella in Aldi and it’s been a love affair reunited. Toast and tea is soon becoming quite the comfort blanket of mine, and I’m happy for it to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

#2 Running 7k.
I’m signing up to a 10k in July, so I’m slowly making my way towards that goal. I had scheduled a 7k run in February, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it. It’s a long way for me, and even though I’m not a fast runner, I wondered if my stamina would make it that long but I’m happy to say I did it and actually really enjoyed it too! There’s something quite therapeutic about plodding along on a long run and sorting through the thoughts running through your head.

#3 Good podcasts.
I’ve been catching up with my podcast library recently, and I’ve listened to some great ones! Newest to the list is Talking Tastebuds by Venetia LaManna, and I’m super happy The Fringe of It is back too.

#4 Great reads.
I’m on my 15th book of the year (I know, I can’t quite believe it either) and I’ve read some gems. I did a post the other week about 3 of the books I’ve given 5 stars so I’ll link it here. Ones I’ve loved more recently is The Marble Collector, If I Never Met You and The Girl He Used To Know. I’m over on Instagram on my book account here.

#5 The thought of Spring arriving.
I’m not sure about you, but for me Winter seems to of lasted 2721973 years. It’s getting slightly lighter now too which is bloody fantastic to see. Bring on getting my white jeans back out into rotation, flowers blooming again and more blue skies. Yes please.

#6 Our cottage getaway.
We’re going away on Monday for a few days to a little countryside cottage and I can not wait! I’ve told myself I’m going offline too for a bit of time out which should leave me feeling refreshed too. I think I’m going to take lots of photos and pop them all on here in a little ‘travel’ post, does that sound interesting to you?

#7 Miss Americana on Netflix.
You know I’m the BIGGEST T Swift fan, so of course I was all over her Netflix documentary. I watched it the other weekend with my sister but I really want to watch it again.

#8 Good TV shows.
We’ve watched some great TV recently. I’ve finished all three seasons of Workin Mom’s (the third season is probably my favourite of them all) and we’re halfway through The Stranger which we’re both really enjoying it.

#9 Homemade flapjack.
I did some baking this weekend and now I have afternoon snacks for the week- well, lets be honest the next 3 days.

#10 Glitter nails.
Because if I’m going to finish this list on something superfical, at least make it glittery.

What’s made you happy lately?


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