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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

On My Happy List #07

The past couple of months have been a bit manic, in that I've spent them going from one place to another, catching up with different people and not spending all that much time relaxing at home. I've really loved them though and been so happy over the past few weeks so thought I'd take a moment to share a bit of positivity and let you all know what's been making me happy as of late. Please do let me know what's been making you happy recently too!

Taken by the lovely Rosie in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

1 // Travelling - As you've probably seen from my recent write ups of trips I've taken, in the past few months I've been lucky enough to go to Venice and Verona, Romania, Cornwall, Paris and am in Budapest right now! Seeing new places and rediscovering ones I've already been to is just the best thing I think you can do when you have a few months off. There's really nothing like seeing new parts of the world and immersing yourself in different cultures to give you a new and uplifting perspective on the planet we inhabit - something that is harder and harder to achieve now that things seem to have become incredibly dark in recent times and so I'm hugely grateful for having had the chance to travel so much this summer.

2 // Clearing out my wardrobe - This may sound like a strange thing to have made me happy enough to be on this list but I can't begin to tell you how much better clearing out my wardrobe has made me feel. Coming home from university for the summer and trying to fit all of my clothes into a wardrobe overspilling with ones that were already there was no mean feat and it drove me mad every time I opened it to feel like I couldn't find anything I wanted to wear. So, finally, I sat down and sorted through everything and got rid of things that I literally haven't worn in years. I've made a bit of money from ebaying some of it and when I open my wardrobe I now feel like I can actually see everything. All in all it was definitely worth doing. And it's given me an excuse to buy some new clothes that I actually want to wear, as well as some new pairs of matching underwear. Because when do you ever feel more ready to tackle the world than when you're wearing matching underwear?! It was a necessity ;)

3 // Having this space to document everything and buying my first 'proper' camera - Having managed to vaguely keep up with writing here this year has made me so so happy. It's just wonderful to come here and write up whatever I may be wanting to share on any given day. I may not have thousands of readers and it may just be a hobby, but it's such a good one and I *love* it. Since I've been enjoying it so much I decided to finally take the plunge and buy a proper camera in July so that I don't rely on my iPhone for photos anymore. I went for the Olympus Pen E-PL7 on Rhianna's and many other's recommendations and I have truly fallen in love with it. It's so easy to use, although I'd love to learn more about its different settings, it takes amazing photos and isn't so big that it weighs me down in my handbag. I'd really recommend it if you're searching for your first camera!

4 // Catching up with people I love - The time I've been given with these months off has allowed me to finally catch up with and spend proper time with so many people I love. And is there anything better than that really? As everyone always says, time goes so quickly and it means that I often don't catch up with people as often as I'd like to. So getting to see my best friends on a fairly regular basis this summer has made such a huge difference to my mood - it feels like such a treat considering we've been dotted all around the country this year. 

5 // Summer - Pretty much all of the above things that have been making me happy have been possible because I've had time off. Summer really is my favourite season - the weather (when the sun comes out in England), the relaxed atmosphere (is it just me or is everyone less stressed in the Summer?) and the excuse to drink Pimms on tap (not that I do that... of course!) really lifts my spirit like nothing else. Pathetic fallacy is something that I find genuinely affects me and so I truly am my happiest in the summer months. When the days are longer I feel freer and more alive and that unsurprisingly makes me incredibly happy!

I hope you're all having a lovely week and enjoying August as much as I am. I'll be back soon with my Paris travel diary!

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