"Don't look for happiness - create it."
Another week, another The Sunday Post. This week has absolutely flown by for me, but with the sun shining this weekend I've felt my mood completely lift. Spring is finally on it's way, and it's amazing what a few hours of sunshine can do!
3 Things that made me happy this week...
1. Taking time for me; I'm one of those people who constantly has to be doing something. I give myself to-do lists, I have more diaries than is sane and organise and plan practically every minute of my life. This week I slowed down. I decided that yes, I did have a lot of things to do but I didn't need an itinerary to get them done and if I wanted to indulge in some me time? Well that's OK too. Every night this week I made myself have a long hot bubble bath. Not only is it a great excuse to work my way through my Lush stash (basically because I've been dying to make another order for ages and feel like I have to use up what I have already before I can justify it), but because it's pretty darn lovely to lock yourself away from the world for an hour and just be alone.
2. Spring cleaning has started; OK, not in a sense of 'my whole house is spotless and simplistic' kind of way, because I love my creature comforts and cosy set up too much for that. But I've definitely got the spring cleaning bug and have been reorganising things day by day. Going through my beauty stash and getting rid of anything I don't use, whilst reorganising it at the same time. Sorting out our numerous bookcases and overall just de-cluttering. A de-cluttered house is a de-cluttered mind!
3. Appreciating what I have; I think it's very easy to get caught up in life, running around like a headless chicken instead of stopping and appreciating what you have right here. This week I've spent more time catching up with friends and family - even if it's just over the phone or a quick email, as well as making my evenings are spent with my partner instead of sat at the computer working away. This week my nights have been filled with re-watching Game of Thrones with the other half, copious amounts of tea and tasty home-cooked food. It's been blissful!
The Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell, Paperback £3.85, Kindle £3.66
My favourite chick-lit author, it's been a while since I got stuck into a Jill Mansell read and I am well and truly stuck into The Unpredictable Consequences of Love! Following the stories of Sophie, Josh, Tula, Riley, Laurence, Dot and Marguerite in a quaint seaside town St Carys, I'm really enjoying getting to know more of Sophie's back-story as well as seeing where the relationships between the characters might lead.
This week I was inspired by...
Ajahn Brahm. I mentioned Ajahn Brahm in last month's Psych Bites post on anxiety (What is Anxiety? Read here), and he's one of the most inspiring people I've ever come across. A Buddhist monk, his teachings, stories and funny little anecdotes just do wonders to change any negativity I might be feeling into a positive. He makes me look at things in a completely different way, and although I'm not personally a religious person (each to their own, love and peace to all), I turn to him quite often when I need to get my mind and emotions in check. This week I've taken time to re-read some of my favourite stories from his book 'Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties', and have been left feeling lighter and happier each time.
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I blooming adore Girl Up North. Seriously, this blog covers everything I love all in one beautiful place, with a perfect dash of personality and enough variety in content to make sure you never get bored. I've picked up tips and tricks, added products to my wishlist and have been left laughing on more than one occasion.
What's been going on in your world this week?