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Sunday, 22 January 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 03

Happy Sunday everyone! The first week back of uni this year has come and gone in the blink of an eye and while I'm struggling a little to motivate myself with all of the assignments I have this term, it is nice to have things to be working towards again - for now, anyway!

This week's prompt is "List the happiest moments of your life so far" and, although I'm sure there are many more than the below which I've forgotten, these are the ones that immediately sprang to mind when I sat down to write this week's list ::

  • Being a bridesmaid for the first time when I was six - I might have the age wrong but it was definitely around six years old when my sister Tai got married and I remember having the absolute *best* day following her around, getting all dressed up, and dancing on the dance floor at the reception. When you're that young you really have no cares in the world or self-consciousness and so to me it was the most fun I'd ever had.
  • My First Holy Communion - I was brought up Catholic and if you're Catholic then you know when you're around eight years old you have a day where you get all dressed up (girls in white dresses and boys in suits) to celebrate you being old enough and having learnt the teachings to have your first communion i.e. the bread and wine at church. It's a bit of a strange thing to put on your list of the happiest moments of your life considering I'm not that much of a church-goer these days but I remember having the most wonderful day with all my friends and family and it really sticks out in my memories of being a child.
  • Surprise birthday party when I was nine - Keeping in the childhood theme, for my ninth birthday my Mum threw me a surprise party and I truly suspected nothing. My Dad had taken me out for dinner and I came home to my Mum's house and all of my favourite people started springing out of places - from under the table, behind the curtains, etc - for each line of the Happy Birthday song. It was amazing and I was so shocked and happy that I got to have a party I had no idea I was having!
  • My first kiss with my ex-boyfriend - Ok so whizzing forward a lot of years this will always stand out for me. We're obviously not together anymore and not even in touch but I'd be lying if I said that this wasn't one of the happiest moments of my life. It was one of those moments where your life feels exactly like a movie and I don't think I'd ever felt like that before this. 
  • Lunches with Mum at Cafe Rouge - My Mum and I used to have this great tradition on a Saturday morning every few months when she'd go swimming and I'd sit and read at the side while she did (story of my life haha) and then we'd go for lunch at Cafe Rouge in London Bridge - I'd get a chicken baguette with chips and Mum would have tarte tatin (her favourite!). I remember those Saturdays so fondly and loved that quality time with my Mama so much. 
  • Wales in the Summer after GCSEs - When I was sixteen my friends and I went to Mumbles in Wales for a week and had the most amazing time. It was my first holiday without my parents that wasn't a school trip and I loved it. One particular moment that I remember being happiest was when we were having a picnic on the sunniest day on Rhossili bay beach. Rhossili is truly one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen and the five of us would laugh non-stop about everything. 
  • My Godfather's speech on my eighteenth birthday - On my eighteenth birthday my Godparents kindly let me host a birthday lunch at their house and my Godfather made such a lovely speech about both me and my Mum and I wish I had filmed it because it was such a special moment. 
  • Barcelona with my favourites - After we'd finished our A Levels my sixth form group of ten girls went to Barcelona and it was definitely one of the best weeks of my life. Both the city and the fun we had there will always be in my mind as a highlight of my teen years.
  • Seeing Taylor Swift live at Hyde Park - There's nothing in the world that compares to seeing your favourite singer live. Never mind when you get to see them with your best friend in an outside venue on the sunniest day London has ever seen. As I'm sure you can imagine, it was the most magical evening. 
  • Opening my A Level results - I know that in the long run A Levels don't matter all that much but opening them and seeing how well I'd done was probably the proudest moment of my life and knowing that all my hard work had paid off was amazing.
  • Radio 1's Big Weekend - Just as I said before, seeing live music is one of the things that makes me happiest and this day was so much fun. Between it being a beautiful day, spending it with the best people and seeing Coldplay three rows from the front, you can't top a day like this in my opinion.
  • Seeing Andy Murray win Wimbledon - Getting to stand in a line and see Andy Murray walk to his dressing room with the Wimbledon trophy is a moment I'll never forget. It was the perfect end to the most amazing month I had working there with some of my favourite people.
  • Driving a husky sleigh in Lapland - I wrote about this in my travel diary of Lapland on Wednesday but, as you can imagine, this was unlike any experience I've ever had and driving a husky sleigh through the most stunning snow-covered forest at night was just surreal and I was so utterly happy during that hour. 

Sorry that this has been a bit of a mammoth post - it turns out I have a lot of happy moments to write about and be grateful for! I hope you all have a great week and I'll be back soon I'm sure!

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