10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Lately

So if you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know it’s no secret that we aren’t shy when it comes to talking about mental illness. Speaking for myself, I do struggle with mental health and there are just days when you want to stay in a horizontal position for approximately a week. You try reading these ‘self-care’ posts – you know the ones that suggest ‘going for a run’ or ‘hiking up a mountain’ and ok, maybe those things (in the long run) would benefit you but when even breathing seems like too much of a task, it’s the last thing you want to do.
Maybe I will tackle my own self-care post in the future but for now, and for the days when I am feeling shitty, I can look back on this post – 10 things that have put a smile on my face in the past few weeks! I thought today would be a good day to do this as I am feeling ok – I’ve got soup on the boil and I’m watching my dogs tear up all their new toys.


  • I went to my first ever archery lesson!! I’ve been obsessed with the sport for years (yes, even before Katniss) but I’d never got around to doing it until now. I bruised my arm majorly but I had the best time and can’t wait to go again!
  • I have been catching up with this year’s Celebrity Big Brother purely because it’s the ‘Year of the Woman’ series and I’m really enjoying it.
  • I tried Quorn ‘chicken’ nuggets for the first time and I fell in love.


  • Becky and I have planned to visit Salzburg in Austria hopefully in April! It’s our first time travelling together and we couldn’t be more excited!
  • I ticked one UK city off my travel bucket list – Bath! You can see my travel diary of it here.
  • Yoga! I have been practicing yoga since the start of last month but for January I have been joining in with Cat Meffan’s Yoganuary. I’ve finally found the exercise for me!


  • I got invited by Penguin Random House to an Instatour for the book Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. So keep an eye out on my Instagram for the upcoming photo!
  • I finally got out of my reading slump and have read 5 books so far this year including Warcross by Marie Lu which is already a favourite.
  • I signed up to LinkedIn for our blog as I’ve made it a mission this year to focus on it more and hopefully collaborate with some brands, shops and publishers!
  • Yesterday, I danced around to 80s music in my kitchen whilst chopping up some vegetables. It’s a huge turnaround from crying for no reason last week. I’m learning to appreciate and remember these moments.



Tell me one thing that made you happy this week in the comments!
Lots of love,
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23 thoughts on “10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Lately

  1. This is wonderful! I’m glad that you are feeling okay today 🙂 I deal with anxiety mostly and the one thing that’s been keeping it under control is dance! I just went back to ballroom dancing about a month ago after not dancing for about 6 years and it’s wonderful! Whenever I start feeling anxious I just start thinking about a specific step I’m learning, the technique, the posture, the little details and the anxiety is reigned in. It doesn’t always work of course but it’s the little things that help 🙂


  2. Oh my gosh the quorn chicken nuggets are perfect! The vegan ones are amazing too!!

    One thing that made me happy this week is my exam finishing.. phewww


  3. Yay, glad to hear you’re having a good week! One thing that made me really happy was meeting with my local indie bookseller to start up a YA book club that I’ll be moderating! I’m so excited for it!


  4. This is such a lovely post! I’m glad you’ve got 10 things to look back on when your MH gets the best of you. I know how difficult it can be sometimes to even get out of bed.
    Also, yay for Archery and quorn chicken nuggets! x


  5. Ahh I love this ! I absolutely loves archetery aswell 😍​ we had some courses of it in gym class in high school; im not a fan of sports, but thoses were my absolute favorite ! hahaha


  6. LOVE this post!! It’s so refreshing to read about the lovely people behind the blogs every once in a while . Something small that’s been making me happy lately is smoothies!! I received a blender for my birthday (it was actually one of my favorites gifts lol) and am enjoying trying out new recipes 🙂


  7. Great, great post!
    Especially relatable in the opening there, and nice job at keeping the mental health chat breezey – it’s so easy to write as drab and dreary as you feel, but the real talent is keeping it light and neutral for your readers. That’s what I struggle with and hence no posts! So well done on achieving that.


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