100 Things To Make Me Smile

After being a complete write-off day for being in a foul mood yesterday, I decided after browsing a few blogs that I should make a list of things that make me happy. It really is good therapy, it cheered me up and made me realise that negative emotions are no help to anyone. It also opened my eyes to how lucky I am.

Just because I need to let this out somewhere, the reason I was in a foul mood is because my other half and I have just had an offer accepted on a house! We found out Tuesday and called our families in excitement and every except his mother were really happy for us. She didn’t congratulate us, she was point blank rude about it all. She still hasn’t apologised and it was grating on me all of yesterday. (Just to add: she still hasn’t apologised)

My 100 Happy List  🙂

1. Listening to the rain pour down your windows or conservatory while you’re tucked up in bed
2. Having a fire at my parents house (this is me with Klausey enjoying the fire, very hungover)

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3. Taking dogs for long walks in the fields in Summer

4. The smell of my Mum’s cooking especially her Roast Dinner’s

5. Prosecco – it definitely has to be one of my favourites

6. Travelling and Exploring

7. Trying new things

8. Going out for dinner

9. Singing really loudly to songs in my car in the summer with the windows down, driving fast

10. Learning new languages ❤

11. Ben us on holiday before going out on the cat

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12. Cooking ..when I actually get a good few hours to cook something a little more difficult

13. Baking..again, when I actually get the time (Postman Pat)

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14.  Sleeping, being a light sleeper I don’t get those beautiful long sleeps

15. The feeling of accomplishment after a long run

16. Hot baths in the Winter months

17. Skiing somewhere in France….

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18. Foreigners – they bring you so much insight to other cultures and teach you things you’d never learn in your own country and way of life

19. When little kids laugh from their bellies

20. Kisses and cuddles from my niece and nephews

21. Dancing with my Daddy

22. Reading, anything and everything

23. Me time!!!!!!

24. Chocolate – I am a chocoholic

25. Feeling fit and healthy

26. A good girly gossip

27. Crisps and Dip mmmmmm….foood

28. Lying on the thai beaches, with a beer, listening to the music from the beach shacks – you cannot beat it

29. Achieving a goal

30. My brothers lots of loving for these three

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31. Positivity

32. Listening to someone speak about their passions in life

33. Learning

34. Penguins – cutest animals ever

35. Sunbathing – I am such a sun worshipper, I have too many bikinis (yes I do live in the U.K, keeping up my addiction without faking it/giving myself a deadly disease is hard)

36. Getting dressed up for a big night out with the girls

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37. CHRISTMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS – note that we actually put on a Christmas CD in the office today because we were getting too excited. It’s only 8 months away 🙂

38. Snow it’s so beautiful

39. Surprises

40. Taylor Swift, Ryan Cabrera…those kind of easy listening artists after a hard day

41. Cocktails with the girls

42. A good night when I don’t throw up getting smashed with the girls

43. Massages

44. Lying on the beach just listening to the sea coming in

45. Muddy walks in the woods with wellies

46. Camping

47. Pub lunches

48. Lists

49. Crossing items off f my bucket list

50. Doing the food shop…so much control mwhahaha

51. Big bbq gatherings

52. Klaus my parents dog in the picture above 

53. People who count their blessings and not their misfortunes

54. Snorkelling

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55.  Old Photos and Memories

56. Germany, German’s, German food and anything German!

57. Watching Harry Potter DVD’s when I’m hungover and feeling sorry for myself

58. The variety that comes with a pic-a-mix

59. A new tattoo or piercing

60. The fact we’ve bought our new house together ❤

61. The countryside

62. Shopping

63. Cleanly shaven legs

64. Fresh, crunchy bed sheets

65. Hotel rooms

66. My old secondary school

67. Compliments

68. Packages waiting for me when I return from a bad day at work

69. Beautiful flowers

70. Reminiscing

71. Weddings

72. Astrology and anything related to my star sign

73. Chicken Dipper Marathons with Harriet

74. Mario Kart Marathons with Hollie

75. Day-drinking with G and Biz

76. The feeling that I have my whole life ahead of me to learn new things, make mistakes and love life

77. Trashy American shows like The O.C, Gossip Girl and Laguna Beach – want their lives

78. A fresh haircut

79. The smell of freshly cut grash

80. Seeing my friends and family happy

81. Fast food when in dire need of crawling out of a hangover

82. Finishing work at 5pm on a Friday

83. Getting good feedback and scores for my assignments

84. Being at an airport

85. Music.

86. Green, green and more green.

87. Thailand……no other words needed

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88. Festivals

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89. Live Music

90. Underwear shopping

91. The feeling of butterflies I hate actual butterflies, or anything that flys

92. Unlimited options mmm

93. Made In Chelsea – my weakness opps

94. Big family gatherings

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95. Cute summer dresses

96. The smell of Chanel Bleu on my boy

97. Meeting new people, from all walks of life

98. Having a strange name

99. Waking up before your alarm

100. Being happy

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Fat Friday’s

The concept which I invented for the office staff where I work, where we can eat whatever we want on a Friday, often going out for a naughty lunch,someone buying chocolate or cake making. This was all well and good for about 4 weeks while I was training for my half marathon…..then I got chunks.

It’s Friday today and my office are well and truly embracing the Fat Friday. Cooked breakfasts and croissants all round…I had porridge with a bit of golden syrup – wooooah.

Alas, it may be raining and I may feel starved of my Fat Friday’s but the weekend is in sight! I managed to get my bum to the gym last night and suddenly have my urge back to get out and run, which, since doing my half in March, has been a long time coming.

So, is anyone else out there having a ‘Fat Friday’ or a ‘Boxing Day’ (see my previous post)?

My first/last boxing day consisted a little of the following:
1) Had a small lie-in
2) Snuck to McDonalds for some breakfast (an absolute treat as I never allow myself this sort of food unless hungover)
3) A glorious hot bath
4) Got changed and went shopping!
5) Ended up buying 2 casual tops, 3 ‘date’ tops, a book and a new academic diary.
6) Debated getting my conch pierced (has anyone had this done? I still haven’t had the b*****ks to do it)
7) Went and saw my cutie niece
8) Ordered a dominos with the significant other
9) Cracked open a bottle of prosecco and chilled

And do you know what? It was absolute bliss. I think everyone needs a ‘me’ day every now and again. Book yours in now!

One More Ticked

It was so good to see the girls last night, not only did we have girly catch-up’s, some drinks and nibbles, I got to tick one off from my bucket list!

61) Drink Champagne in a Hot Tub

Okay, so prosecco is hardly champagne but considering my current financial situation, I can’t really justify spending £30+ on a bottle of drink when instead I bought one of my favourite’s for £5.99 – absolute bargain!

ImageIt’s a real blurry photo but it was so steamy so we were lucky to even get this. I’m starting to feel like I am finally getting through them. 

It’s now bank holiday weekend and I vowed I would spend two whole days dedicated to catching up on my Spanish work, but I’ve just seen the weather outside and I don’t want to be stuck in studying! I also had a reality check last night realising how un-fit and un-toned I have become so I’m off to the gym this morning in the hope to start to rectify that – cause I ‘eeew’d’ at myself in my bikini last night. 

Busy, busy busy!

 

My Big Little Rant

https://i0.wp.com/www.dailyhiit.com/hiit-blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/no-time-480.gifWhy is it that being a 20-something, you always feel like your time is limited and people are always wanting you to split yourself in ten different directions all at once?

I had last Friday off of work for a ‘Tay Day’ and I do not feel relaxed at all. Is it that I had the nagging feeling all day that my Spanish work was calling me? Or was worried about my German exams? Or that all of my friends have the freedom to go out every Friday and Saturday night and I no longer have the time or money to be able to join them every time? Either way, it’s really tiring and stressing me out.

I used to be able to go out Thursday, Fridays and Saturday every weekend, go to the gym 4 times a week and still have ‘me’ time. Does studying for a degree and a boyfriend really eat up so much of my time? Weighing up what makes me happy in life and what are necessities is becoming an issue recently. Realistically I’d like to do shift work or at least 4 days a week instead of 8-5 Monday – Friday, it is so mundane, but like most I have bills to pay as I don’t live with my parents anymore.

I don’t regret not doing full-time Uni, or else I would never have travelled or worked up in the city. But I am beginning to wonder if I have taken on too much. I rarely see the gym anymore, I can barely afford to go out once a week and I’m hardly keeping up with my deadlines.

I guess this is more of a rant than anything else. I’ve read a lot of blogs online recently about the same issue, we all think we have it the worst. I guess I have to put things into perspective sometimes and realise there is more to life than getting a degree, getting hammered and affording nice clothes.

BLEURGH!

That is all.

‘Boxing Day’

So it’s the start to my 3-day weekend and I’m starting it off a little like this…..

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Beautiful! Pic-a-mix, some German white wine and some inspiration for tomorrow. Not to mention I have my boy reading through a ‘Build Your Own Home’ magazine and for some reason it always gets me a little excited seeing him doing or be involved in manly things, like re-doing our bathroom for example. Hmmmm. I also have Harry Potter on in the background, such easy watching for a Thursday evening.

I’ve chosen to have tomorrow off to have a ‘Boxing Day’ or what I’m going to call, a ‘Théa Day’. If any of you have read the book by the author Peter Jones, ‘How to do everything and be happy’, you will understand the concept of a boxing day. If you haven’t read it, i’d recommend it especially if you’re feeling the 20-something blues; where you seem to not feel quite right, not happy enough, yet you’re constantly trying to please everyone and yourself whilst doing a million activities at once. A friend at my old work place bought it for me as a gift and it’s one of those books I’ve re-read quite a bit.

So the concept of a boxing day is to plan a day, or should I say pick a day, where you don’t actually plan anything. You wake up on the day and do whatever you feel like. Peter Jones explains that you could wake up and feel like completing your chores. However you shouldn’t feel obliged to do anything, these are the point of boxing day’s – to refresh and renew yourself. You may wake up and fancy a swim, you make want to have a glass of champagne, but whatever you do, it should not be planned. There are lots of rules around the concept, but I won’t spoil it for you – read it!

So after having this book for maybe a year now, I’ve realised I’ve not had a boxing day and I’ve finally realised I really do need one. So re-reading the book I’ve planned one, tomorrow. I have nothing planned although, as the ‘rules’ state, you can have a boxing day list, which you can refer to if you have no inspiration on your monthly boxing day. I have a mini list but I may wake up and fancy a bed day…as it’s the future I can’t predict what will happen but I can say I’m very excited.Perhaps I will find something on my bucket list to complete or get some Uni work done – bleurgh, but who knows.

I’ve quite enjoyed writing in English, I feel all I seem to do is write in German, French and Spanish these days. Although, it does highlight how awful my English is – oppsie.

I shall wrap this up now as I am slacking on the wine front and can’t have Ben stealing all of my wine. I’ll leave you with this beautiful photo of 2 of my brothers and I on one of their wedding days. ❤ my bro’s! We don’t normally look this ‘wrong’ but I love how stupid it is.

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Big Girl Things.

Mortgages. EW. I used to think these were for actual adults and Ben and I are now in process of getting one in place! We went to view two houses yesterday, they’re on the Suffolk/Norfolk boarder which is, if people don’t know, is about an hour and a bit from where I live in Essex. You get so much more for your money out there and we’ve decided it’s rural we want to be, the complete opposite of where we are now.

Much to the dislike of both of our families, we will be pretty far from them but I am a little confused as to why people think an hour’s drive is too far? Maybe my old 1hr40 minute commute into London makes me think it’s nothing! Nevertheless I will be coming back more than often to visit my friends and family J

The countryside looks beautiful in the areas we’ve looked, I can just imagine my long runs and bike rides (to the pub!) and bbqs in the summer in our south facing garden (already imagining we bought the place we’ve fallen in love with).

Enough procrastinating – need to finish my German essay – BOO. Last one until Oktober though.

HALF MARATHON – DONE

A prolonged delay in this post but…I’ve finally made the time!

AND I DID IT!!

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I completed my half-marathon in sub 2 hours, which was my goal and considering I had a knee injury before I was so chuffed! Since then though, I’ve had a complete bad spell of illnesses. AWFUL. And a LOT going on in my life! Decided I enjoy blogging but I’m not sure whether I could add just general posts to this, the whole meaning of the blog will be lost, right?

I’m considering giving up Facebook too to see whether I have more time with just life in general. I feel I have a million and one things to do and I’ve been putting my goals on a back seat. Time to take control again!