I really felt like doing another happy things post, so that’s exactly what todays post is going to be. I love writing them and they just ooze out the positivity inside of me, and hopefully you like reading them too. If there’s any blog posts you would be interested in, please let me know! At the moment I have no blogging routine and just sit and write whenever I feel like it and have free time, but over the next few weeks I would like to have a bit more of blog schedule.

Anyway, happy things…

#1 Vox. I just had to start with this book! I’ve very nearly finished it, so I’m hoping the ending will be what I hope, but it’s SO good!!! You must read it. Last night I literally could not put it down.

#2 Hot chocolate. Almond milk + Green & Blacks hot chocolate, yummy.

#3 Cinema trip. We went to see Downton Abbey yesterday and I loved it! I’ve never even seen the show, luckily it was easy to pick up what was happening. It was such a feel-good, heartwarming watch.

#4 Workin’ Moms. My new Netflix love.

#5 Upcoming London stay. I’m going to see my sister and nephew next weekend and really looking forward to it! I can’t wait to see them again.

#6 Early wake-ups. Not something you see me say, ever! But I’ve started working in the morning some days instead of the afternoon and I’m loving the change of routine. I feel like I get so much more done in my day which feels so good.

#7 Charity shop books. I called into the local charity shop and ended up picking two new reads for £1 each! Score.

#8 Great weather. We’ve been having some great weather recently, sunny with a nice cool breeze. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right.

#9 Feeling creative. I feel like my creativity is back and I’m posting more on Instagram!

#10 Phone free bed-time. I’ve been putting my phone away for at least an hour before I go to sleep, and it’s helping me switch off and fall to sleep much easier.

 

What’s made you happy lately?

 

It’s time for another book post! If you want more details on what I’m reading recently, be sure to follow my new book Instagram here. If you missed last month’s post about great books, it’s here for you to read!

The First Time I Saw You 4.5/5

This is just the most perfect love story. Filled to the brim with heart, sorrow, and a couple you just keep rooting for until the end. Totally not ashamed to say this book made me cry. It is beautiful! Please please read it, even if you’re not one for a chick-lit novel.

The Woman I Was Before 4/5

This book definitely has Liane Moriarty vibes, and it’s just as good as her books I’d say. I flew through this. It’s a story about three women, each chapter is about each different women, a format I always love to read. A great twist near the end of the book too.

The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton- 5/5

THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. I devoured it. A story about a women’s life that is packed full of real raw moments and the complexities of life and love. Completely loved it. I haven’t heard anything about this online so I’m not sure what the deal is there, but I’ve got nothing but good things to say about it.

 

What have you read recently?

 

The wonderful Chelsea often does *live* blog posts, where she just sits and types, then publishes whatever comes up. I really felt like doing that today, thank you for the great idea Chelsea!

We spent this morning doing my least favourite activity- food shopping. Although I did come away with lots of vegan snacks so that’s great.

I’m typing this while watching Workin’ Moms on Netflix, I’ve heard great stuff about it and I fancied giving it a go. I’m really liking it so far! I’ve got the afternoon to myself which is something I always love. I need that quiet time to do what I want. Even when I’ve got a busy schedule (which is getting more and more most days) I have to schedule that time in and not let myself down. Lately, I’ve been feeling like a lot of people have been demanding more of my time, which I suppose is a nice thing, but it does make me feel under pressure and that I’m already doing as much as I can. We’re only human after all. And on top of those demands we have the premise of social media and showing up as much as we can. Things can start to feel a bit busy, and I forget what my non negotiables are. I don’t want to live a nice positive life on social media if I’m not having one in real life. I often have to remind myself that the number of followers you have on Instagram is not something worth worrying over.

We all have the same amount of hours in a day. It’s up to us how we spend them. That’s our power.

This has turned into quite a rambly post but hopefully you can sense what I’m meaning, it has felt quite nice to get it off my chest (a reason I love blogging!).

Here’s to spending our days how we want.

How are you today?

 

 

It’s been so long since I last did a happy things post, but I’m ready to bring them back! Sit down, grab a cuppa, let’s go..

#1 A new month! Boy am I GLAD to see the back of August. September, I’ve never been happier to be reunited.

#2 Autumns a’coming. This past week I’ve been feeling the super cosy vibes, the leaves are already falling and I’m ready to go the full hog and purchase some candles (Homesense, I’ll see you soon!)

#3 New Taylor. Need I say more?

#4 I started a new Instagram! For all book reading purposes. Nothing will change on my normal account here, but this account I’m using to share specifically books.

#5 A full body massage. My mum treated me to a full body massage today, and it was heavenly. So so needed, I think massages are so important for the body. We put them through so much, it’s always nice to reward them with some love.

#6 Return of Bake Off! The ultimate cosy program, I’m so glad it’s back. This week was biscuit week which is always one of my favourites. I wonder why..

#7 Core yoga. I realised recently that I’ve been neglecting that part of my yoga practice for so long. I’ve been working my way through the Yoga for Adriene videos and it feels great to be back in control of something I was struggling with.

#8 White jeans, new shoes, slogan tee. My outfit most days.

#9 A holiday to look forward to. We’ve got one booked for the end of the year and I can’t wait.

#10 Running. I’ve definitely improved from when I started at the beginning of the year and it really spurs me on. I love the runners high you get afterwards, it’s like magic!

 

What’s made you happy lately?

 

August was a really tough month, so the fact that we are now in September makes me so happy! I’m ready to start a fresh month and make new goals I’m excited about.

AUGUST RECAP

Develop a better sleep routine
Now this one hasn’t exactly gone to plan, as I kind of expected. I’ve always had trouble falling to sleep. Some nights I feel like I’m getting there and have a good bedtime routine, and other nights I’m laid there awake. But as of recently? It’s definitely getting better so I hope it continues.

Go through my wardrobe
Yep, I did it! And it feels so much better now. I gave loads of stuff to charity and totally re-organised my wardrobe too.

Take it a day at a time 
I feel like I did do this this month. It’s something I want to carry on with because it really can help me feel better with managing day to day life.

SEPTEMBER GOALS

Fill up my creative cup!
It feels a while since I’ve done any painting, or baking, or even trying to knit (again!). I want to dedicate some time in September to fill my creativity back up to its fullest level.

A daily gratitude list 
This is something I haven’t done for a few months, but I know the positive effect it has on me when I make it a routine. Over the last few nights I’ve been journaling 3 things I’m grateful for and it always makes me see the day as a bigger picture.

Be silly, have fun, daydream.
Sometimes life gets serious and with that, it pulls you into a darker place. But, I love life, I love being silly and feeling like I’m 5 years old again, daydreaming and using my imagination. Basically, this month, I want to have fun. I want to laugh, sing, dance and just feel lighter. 

 

What are your September goals?