Monday, 25 January 2016

Happy Mondays #1

Following my Blue Monday post last week, and the response it gained, I was inspired to write a weekly post, on a Monday, to write about the things that have made me happy over the last week and the things I'm grateful for. 



This week has been a busy week of dissertation writing. I'm only in my second week of university term, but Christmas feels like such a long time ago and Easter is still forever away. In this week of enjoyment / frustration / satisfaction / boredom, it's been really important for me to stay motivated, positive and remember all the things that make me happy and excited outside of the never-ending pit that is my dissertation. 

The things that have made me happy this week: 

1. Frosty winter days 
I tend to associate winter with wind, rain and darkness. These last few weeks have been everything but, and we've been treated to long, sunny, chilly days. It makes me love this time of year, and I look forward to wrapping up in my bobble hat and gloves to venture outside. Sitting at my desk all day is made a million times better by bright, sunny days, and being able to go out and walk during my breaks is proving wonderful for my mood/sanity/motivation. I hope the frost, but mainly the sun, continues FOREVER. It's days like these which make me so excited about days spent outside, in the garden, in the park, at the beach - and help me struggle through all the uni work. 

2. Having lunch with my Nan
I love my Nan. She's the best Nan ever. Last week we had a little lunch (and fixing her new laptop) date, and it was really lovely to catch up and hang out. Every time I see her I realise I'm basically a mini, well younger, version of her and we share all of our woes about low blood pressure and poor circulation. Sometimes I worry that I'm basically a little grandma. Anyway, it was really nice to see her and hear all about what she's been up to - even if it always makes me realise how much more active her social life is than mine. 

3. Baking 
I haven't baked anything for ages, like since before Christmas kind of ages. That made me sad. This week I decided that I'd procrastinate / reward dissertation work by baking something new. Given the wintery weather, I opted for some apple, raisin and cinnamon muffins and they were tasty! Since they're basically cooked apple bound together by cake mixture, I'm trying to justify them as healthy, breakfast food etc and I'm pretty sure that's ok. One of my new year's resolutions was to bake more, so I'm going to try and keep this up. Any willing cake-samplers are welcome. 

4. Spending the last of my Christmas vouchers
Every year I finish my birthday and Christmas with a hefty collection of vouchers. With my birthday being so close to Christmas and the January sales just after, it always seems sensible for people to buy me vouchers - and then I can get what I wanted. This year I mostly received Amazon vouchers to go with my new Kindle, but I spent last Saturday spending the others. I picked up a few bits of new make-up, hair products (and some Lemsip...) in Boots, and treated myself to some killer bargains in H&M. It's such a satisfying feeling leaving a shop, with a bag rammed full of stuff, and knowing that it only cost you £2 thanks to your trusty vouchers! I am now new-clothed and not even poor, woohoo!


Happy Monday! x



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