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50 Things That Make Me Happy


I’ve been experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety lately for various reasons, so to remind myself of the good things I have going on, I’ve decided to take part in a tag that I’ve seen doing the rounds lately – 50 Things That Make Me Happy.  Making this list has actually helped me feel a bit better and shift my focus away from the negative, so I tag anyone who’s been feeling a bit down in the dumps lately!

So in no particular order, here are my 50 things…

1. My fiancé, Charles.

2. My pet rats, past and present.

3. Cooking, and trying out and inventing new recipes.

4. Spending time with my family.

5. Seeing my friends.

6. Going to gigs.  I love that feeling of being in the same air space as my musical heroes, and hearing them sing my favourite songs live.

7. Taking photographs.  Whether it’s a snapshot for Instagram, or a shoot with my DSLR, photography is a definite passion of mine.

8. Being outdoors.  I try to get out as much as possible as it makes me far happier than being cooped up inside all day.

9. Theme Parks.  There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get from a massive rollercoaster!

10. Eating out at my favourite restaurants.

11. Being appreciated at work.  It’s always nice to hear some good feedback, either from a manager, a colleague, or a student.

12. Running for charity.  I try to complete an event every year.  This year I’m doing the Race for Life.

13. That feeling of buying and wearing new shoes and clothes.

14. Glastonbury.  The town, not the festival.  It’s a beautiful place.

15. Dublin.  Another of my favourite places.

16. Watching wildlife.  Squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs, rabbits, everything.  I especially have a thing for birds.  My mum likens me to Bill Oddie…

17. Volunteering.  I recently did some volunteering at the local wildlife hospital and I loved it.

18. Chocolate, cake, puddings, pastries, ice cream.  All the sweet food.

19. Chilling with my favourite TV shows.

20. Mine and Charles’ takeaway and movie nights.

21. Getting home from work.

22. A good cup of tea.

23. Coca Cola from a cold glass bottle, especially on a hot day.

24. Finding a bargain.  It makes getting something new feel that little bit sweeter!

25. Going to carboot sales.  See above.

26. Books.  The way they look, the way they feel, the way the smell, the stories within them.

27. Watching Grav3yardgirl videos.

28. Listening to my favourite music.  In particular, Kate Bush, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo and Mike Oldfield take me to my happy place these days.

29. Fireworks.  And bonfires.  And Bonfire Night in general.

30. Halloween.  It’s one of the best days of the year.

31. Going to the cinema.

32. Writing.  Blogging, scribbling in my journal before bed, jotting down stories.  Love it all.

33. Saving money for a house.  I smile every time I see my savings account balance go up.

34. Weekend breakfasts.  They usually consist of pain au chocolat, croissants, fruit toast, or something like that. Yum.

35. Storms.  Thunder and lightning reminds me that I’m part of something big and powerful, and it’s amazing.

36. Walking and hiking.

37. Geocaching.  It’s been a while since I last did any but it’s a lot of fun.

38. My mum’s cats.

39. Boxing Day.  I like it more than Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunch is one of the best meals of the year.

40. My birthday.

41. Family and friends’ birthdays.

42. Hugs.

43. Foot and back rubs.

44. New Walk Museum in Leicester.  It’s been one of my favourite places to go since I was a kid.

45. Camden.

46. People showing that they care, with a gesture, a question, a smile etc.

47. Getting a good night’s sleep.  They’re rare, but damn do I appreciate it when I get one.

48. Winning things.  Competitions, games of Monopoly.  S’all good.

49. Swimming in the sea.

50. Camping.  Feeling the grass on my feet, the fresh smell of dew in the morning, watching the sun set, cooking breakfast on a camping stove.  God I love it.

What are 50 things that make you happy?

Naomi x

5 Beauty Products I’m Afraid to Try


Though I’m usually quite happy to go out of my comfort zone and try new beauty products, there are still a few things that I can’t bring myself to try!  I’ve pondered each of them several times and come close to giving them a go, but every time I back out.  Here they are, and here’s why…

1. Bronzer

I have naturally pale skin so the bronzed look doesn’t really become my “English Rose” (as my mum would say) complexion.  Due to my lack of experience with bronzer, I also wouldn’t know how or where on my face to apply it, so I’d probably end up looking like a shiny penny, which is a definite no.

2. Epilator

The thought of having my hair ripped out from the root horrifies me.  I know they say  no pain, no gain, but the whole epilating process just seems a bit drastic!  I’m not that desperate for long-lasting hairlessness anyway.  I’ll stick to razors, thanks.

3. Facial Oil

I have combination skin on my face which is quite patchy, so though I have dry areas which would benefit from facial oil, I’m worried that the already oily parts would end up looking hideously greasy and shiny.

4. Permanent Hair Dye

I’ve always been happy with the colour of my brunette locks, but every now and then I fancy a change.  I’ve experimented with wash in/wash out colourants in the past, but permanent dyes are just too permanent for my liking, especially if I change my mind or don’t like the colour!  I also don’t want bleach anywhere near my head.

5. Cuticle Pusher

The sensation of pushing my cuticles back actually turns my stomach, so to me a cuticle pusher actually looks like an instrument of torture.  Luckily, my cuticles don’t grow that much, so I don’t really need to use one anyway.

So, what do you think – am I right to steer clear of these beauty products?  Or should I take the plunge and try them out?  I’d be happy to hear any suitable recommendations you may have!  Also, please vote below and let me know which of these you think I should try, and if I’m brave enough I might just do it!

What products are you too afraid to try?

Naomi x

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