This year has just flown by and it only feels like a few months ago that I wrote my last blog post. I’m breaking my long blogging hiatus with a good, old fashioned ‘Ten Happy Things’ post because who doesn’t love spreading a few happy vibes around.
- Spring is in the air! While I’m much more of a cosy Autumn lover (even before it was cool to be one), there’s still something exciting about the start of a new season and all the possibilities it brings. Pink is everywhere and I’m getting my annual Spring-time urge to start a herb garden and fill every available nook and cranny with fresh flowers. I’m also trying very hard to look at the positives and not focus on the fact that this is the season for hay fever, snakes and swooping magpies.
- We just had a lovely, long weekend in WA (thank-you, Queen Elizabeth) and it was glorious. My manager very kindly gave us the option to take an extra day off as well to take full advantage of the weekend and I grabbed hold of the opportunity with both hands. Just being able to wake up naturally without the beeping of my alarm in my ear feels like the biggest treat in the world to me.
- My weekend was made even better when I found out that the third season of Outlander was finally uploaded to Netflix. The Scottish highlands, bagpipe music and Jamie Fraser running around in a kilt – it just doesn’t get any better.
- I’m absolutely smashing my to-do list this year and it feels great. I’ve had so many niggly little odd jobs and projects I’ve been putting off for years but 2018 has been the year for cracking down and really working hard to get this stuff crossed off my list. I feel like I’ve been doing a spring clean of my mind and clearing out space for some fresh, new thoughts and ideas.
- One of my little odd jobs to get done this year was to get a mole check. I have quite a few little moles and freckles and have very unwisely never had them checked. Last week though, I bit the bullet, got them looked at and have been declared melanoma-free. It was a very simple process and as someone who has grown up in sunny countries, I definitely should have got them checked out sooner.
- I joined a new bible study group. This has been on my list of things I’ve wanted to do for ages but I find new social situations pretty daunting. However, the opportunity came up, I put my big girl pants on and it turned out to be a really positive, uplifting experience that I now look forward to every week.
- This month I tried Caramel M&M’s and it was life changing. Never again will I accept regular, old chocolate M&M’s or crispy ones. From now on, it’s caramel all the way for me.
- I’m planning a little weekend getaway with some old friends of mine in November. We will be attending the Gourmet Food Festival in Margaret River and my all-time favourite cooking legend Nigella Lawson will be there. For someone who is more of a food-eater than a food-maker, I adore watching Nigella’s cooking shows (especially the Christmas ones). There’s something so comforting and therapeutic about watching her cook – it feels like putting on my cosiest pyjamas and sitting in front of a toasty fireplace in mid-winter.
- September marks a year of me finally getting back into employment in my chosen career field in a full-time capacity. For a really long time, I could only find part-time work or work in a field that was totally unrelated to my studies. I was still grateful for the work but it’s a really good feeling to be doing something with my qualification in a field of work that I really enjoy.
- Christmas is only three months away!
I hope you enjoyed reading my little list of happy things for the month. I would love to know what things are making you happy this month so please leave a comment below. Take care x
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