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READING: I’m about to finish The Flatshare.

WATCHING: We’re halfway through Season 2 of You on Netflix, so creepy but so good. I’m also at the beginning on Season 3 of Workin Moms and I’m really back into it again!

LISTENING TO: I’ve got a few podcasts I need to catch up on but I’m currently listening to Elizabeth Day on Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ which is really great.

EATING: A lot of vegan eats!

LEARNING: More about photoshop. I’m extremely enjoying being a student again and I feel like I’m learning a lot already even though I’ve just started.

USING: Lots of charcoal face masks and rosehip face oil.

DRINKING: Oat milk in tea.

ENJOYING: Running. I’m about to sign myself up for a 10k in summer which is exciting and slightly nerve-wracking.

BUYING: Not that much actually! I’m trying to cut down on un-necessary spending.

DOING: 30 days of yoga with Adriene.

PLANNING: Another London trip later this month.

What are you currently up to?


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It’s been ages since my last Happy things post, and I haven’t actually blogged all week! Last week I was knocked out with a cold situation, and this week I’ve been in London so I haven’t had time to get my laptop out. I truly missed it though, so I thought I’d ease back in today with a standard positive post..

#1 A nephew and me day. My sister went back to work for a day on Tuesday, so me and my mum spent the day with my nephew going on walks, taking him to music class and lots of playing! He is such a joy to be around, and such a special little boy!

#2 Love Island. I’m obsessed already. I know a lot of people aren’t watching it this winter, but you know where I’m going to be at 9pm that’s for sure.

#3 Good books. The last two books I’ve read were so good. For more book chat, head over to my book account on Instagram.

#4 Excited Harvey. Harvey was so happy to see me yesterday he was actually squealing! <3

#5 You on Netflix. We’re a few episodes into Season 2 at the minute. Totally creepy, but so good.

#6 Vegan finds. I’m doing Veganuary this month, so I’ve been finding lots of yummy vegan alternatives! I’ve actually got some Pain au chocolat’s to try which look amazing.

#7 Yoga with Adriene HOME. Speaking of January habits, I’m doing yoga with adriene’s home practice every day this month. I have to say, I think I’m enjoying it the most out of all the years so far.

#8 New pjs. When I have actual matching pjs on, I feel like I have my sh*t together!

#9 My new planner. I got the circle planner for 2020 and yes it was more than I’d usually spend on such things (£30) but it’s got everything in it I need and it’s making me feel super organised.

#10 Clean and tidy house. Now that Christmas is completely gone, the house is feeling more spacious and a lot cleaner and less cluttered too. For me it’s definitely a tidy house equals a tidy mind.

 

What’s made you happy lately?


Reading has become a huge part of my life this past year- I even have a book Instagram account if you missed it! It’s a pure escape for me, I love that time of the evening where I can dive into bed and know that I’ll be totally zoned into another world for an hour or so. I finished 66 books in 2019 and hopefully I can read as much this year too.

I thought I’d mention a few of my favourite books of 2019, and then some books I have on my TBR for 2020.

FAVOURITE READS OF 2019

  • Eve of Man. Kind of a sci-fi/fantasy book, and my favourite read of 2019.
  • Crazy Rich Asians series– pure escapism and such a good series that hooks you completely.
  • Normal People. So much better than Conversations with Friends and leaves you with a massive book hangover after.
  • The Cows. SUCH a good book!
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette. I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would.
  • The Woman I Was Before. Really good book.
  • Vox- My second favourite read of 2019. You must read it!
  • The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton. Such a wonderful read.
  • The Sun is Also A Star- Loved it!
  • Looking for Alaska– WHAT A BOOK. MY HEART.
  • The Keeper of Lost Things– Love love loved it.
  • One Hundred Names– I was obsessed with this book. Wish I could re-read for the first time all over again.
  • Before I Go To Sleep- You just have to read this. It’s so good!
  • American Royals- As good as I hoped it would be! Deserves the hype in my opinion.

 

BOOKS I WANT TO READ 

  • So Lucky- I loved Dawn’s book (The Cows) so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.
  • City of Girls– I think I’m going to save this one for summer because I feel like it will be a fab holiday read!
  • The Giver of Stars– Currently reading this one right now.
  • The Flatshare– I’ve heard so many good things about this book.
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill– Got this ready to go on my Kindle!
  • An American Marriage– Heard great things about this one and is on my TBR shelf.

 

Have you read any of these?

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Happy first day of 2020! Wow, crazy isn’t it. I’m spending today with our annual family party like we always do, and then tomorrow it’s back to work. We did go out for a nice meal last night though which was a great way to end the year! Following my last post about 19 things I’ve learnt in 2019, todays post is all about 20 things I want to do in 2020. I don’t really make resolutions, as you will know I do monthly goals so January’s will be coming next week!

  1. Visit a new city
  2. Run a 10k
  3. Save money
  4. Re-decorate
  5. Master some yoga poses I’ve always wanted to do
  6. Donate books I’ve read to charity
  7. Have fun
  8. Read lots
  9. Dance around the kitchen more
  10. Spend less time worrying that I’m not enough
  11. Practice the piano
  12. Go for a walk every single day
  13. Swim in the sea
  14. Watch more films
  15. Spend more time creating than consuming
  16. Find more ways to help the environment
  17. Cook more meals
  18. Knit
  19. Do more puzzles
  20. Upgrade a few pieces in my wardrobe

 

What would you like to do in 2020?

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With it being the last few days of 2019, I wanted to sum up my year in a slightly different way. Instead of going over the year as a whole (it was a life-changing one in many ways) I thought I’d share 19 things I’ve learnt in 2019.

  1. You are stronger than you think
  2. Meeting your nephew for the first time is a moment you’ll never forget
  3. A walk outside always makes everything feel a little better
  4. Oat milk is a great alternative in Yorkshire tea
  5. Being at home will probably always be your happy place, and that’s totally okay
  6. Creativity needs breaks
  7. Reading is the ultimate escape
  8. A better sleep routine is totally manageable, and something you can work on
  9. Mamma Mia 2 will always make you happy
  10. Grief is the most painful heartbreak you’ll ever experience
  11. Making the most of little things in everyday life are so important to you
  12. Understanding your body is a lifelong process
  13. Yoga and meditation are great routines you’ll always come back to
  14. Being yourself is easier the older you get
  15. Having painted nails makes you feel put together, even when you definitely aren’t
  16. Don’t follow fashion trends, just wear things you love
  17. Being uncool is cool, but in your heart I think you always knew this didn’t you?
  18. You will always need 9 hours sleep to be your best self
  19. In 2020, work on being unapologetically you more than ever before. It’s great seeing you grow.

 

What has 2019 taught you? Can you relate to any of these lessons?