Cosy up with a hot cup of tea, and settle down to read some Happy Things!


#1 Our little countryside retreat. After the New Year, we headed off to Whitby for a few days to stay in a lovely cottage, and it was perfect! Chilling out, walking by the beach and exploring the town was just how I wanted to spend the first days of 2019.

#2 Yoga with Adriene ‘Dedicate’. It’s been just over a week since it started, and I’m absolutely loving it. I think my yoga journey is going to grow a lot more this year, so let me know if you’d like a blog post on it? I’m really trying to listen to my body throughout this yoga challenge, and modifying poses when they don’t feel good, to make sure I keep going and finish the full 30 days.

#3 Allowing myself to eat whatever I want. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been a lot kinder to myself, and not punishing myself when I want a chocolate bar, which is something I’ve done for years. A laid back approach and just eating what feels good has actually made me crave even more fruit and vegetables, so it’s a win win all around.

#4 Catching up on some great podcasts. Because everything was so busy around this festive period, I didn’t get a chance to catch up on all the great podcasts on my phone. Luckily, everything is slowing down now so I’m making the most of it and devouring them all!

#5 Baths! Daytime baths were a massive thing for me around the Christmas period, and it was incredible. For some reason they feel just as good, if not better than the evening, so maybe I need to introduce some into my weekend and free days.

#6 A lot of good TV. Alllll the good TV programs are back on the box, and I’m very happy about it. I’ve just started watching Marie Kondo’s new Netflix program, and there’s a few another shows I need to get around to watching too.

#7 Bringing back my love of naps. I had 2 naps in 2 days this weekend, and it was amazing! I’ve forgotten how good they are because it’s been a few months since I had any. My work schedule has changed so I don’t really need them anymore, but they’re such a great way to boost my day when I’m flagging.

#8 Creating new ideas for Instagram
Like the above photo in this post, I really want to challenge myself this year with creating new ideas for Instagram. Even the ones that seem a bit quirky! I think it’s great to surprise people and try new things, and thankfully it seems to be going well so far and I’m getting good feedback, which feels fab.

#9 Trying new skincare. I was lucky enough to receive lots of new skincare for Christmas, and my skincare cupboards are looking pretty amazing, if I say so myself! I’m a massive skincare junkie, and I love pampering my skin and giving it what its craving. I’m really enjoying trying lots of different skincare, my skin is looking really good at the moment too.

#10 A clean and tidy home. Over the past few weeks I did a lot of de-cluttering, and now the decorations are down, the house feels and looks so clean and tidy! I definitely work and live better when my surroundings aren’t messy, my mind always feels so much clearer.



What’s made you happy lately? I’d love to know!

  • It’s so nice to see so many people joining the Yoga with Adriene ‘Dedicate’. A few of my colleagues have joined and I have seen several bloggers talk about it as well. It feels like one big community doing this wonderful thing together 😊

    • NatalieLeanne

      It’s the best! I love that we’re all doing it 🙂

  • these are great!

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thanks for reading Candice!

  • I love these types of posts! A countryside retreat sounds amazing!! 🙂


    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you Michele, I really want to do more of them this year 🙂

  • Ahhh these sound like a great push on happiness, indeed. I love it when my place is all tidy. It’s such a huge relief and feeling of comfort.

    Hannah / Words & Latte

    • NatalieLeanne

      Isn’t it just? I am so much happier in a tidy home it’s unreal!

  • I keep saying I need to have a bath. (Promise, I do shower!) But, its donkey’s years since I’ve reserved an hour for running a hot bath and I think you may have just inspired me to get the radox out this weekend!
    Bee xxx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh gal, get those baths in! I swear I couldn’t live without them!

  • I totally agree on a laid back approach when it comes to eating. As long as we don’t over-indulge on anything and keep things balanced food shouldn’t be a hindrance (unless severe allergies are counted).
    You seem to have it all worked out really nicely, I love all of your points and am so hapoy for you that there’s such a wide variety of them 🙂 x

    Teresa | outlandishblog.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you so much Teresa 🙂 and thank you for reading!

  • LOVING dedicate!!

    • NatalieLeanne

      THE best!

  • Whitby is my favourite place in the world, I hope you had a good time!

    Danielle xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh really, I’ll have to ask you for some recommendations for next time we go 🙂

  • I love the British countryside, it’s so beautiful and oh so peaceful. Love how fresh the air is too! What a lovely way to ring in the new year. xx

    Coco Bella Blog

  • Your instagram feed never fails to put a smile on my face! I’ve seen a couple of other people mention the Yoga with Adrienne, so i may have to look into this as i want to start Yoga in 2019 again. I am also loving the chance to catch up on Podcasts after christmas and my current favourite is Deliciously Ella, she did an amazing one about stress that is a must-listen! xx

    Bumble and Be

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