It’s been a busy few weeks back from my holiday and unfortunately covid struck my household leaving me feeling quite sorry for myself. Back on my feet this week, I decided I ought to make note of a few positive things to help me bounce back.
In my previous 10 things which made me happy post, I chatted about journaling and taking time to be more grateful for the things in my life. With this in mind, I’d love to keep up the 10 things posts and have made note of my list this week.
- Spring flowers – I know I have said this before but I just love the spring flowers. In the last few weeks, England is in full bloom and it is stunning. From the closing of the long dark nights and in the course of just a few weeks, England suddenly pops with colour and breathes new life into us all.
- Spring Sunshine – Sunshine. How I have missed you! One of the things which made me happy this week was absolutely stepping outside and feeling the sun on my face, followed by a big sigh of content…
- Good Coffee – There is something about a good cup of coffee isn’t there? I’ve caught myself a few times wanting to just soak up in the sun, so take the time to make a latte and meander out into the garden with a (rather large) blanket. Blissful.
- Gratitude Journaling – In my previous 10 things post, I chatted about journaling and taking time to be more grateful for the things in my life. In a bid to be more proactive, I have decided to get my gratitude journal out of hiding, dust it off and start each morning and evening. I also have access to the Headspace app which I highly recommend signing up for if you can! It has helped me tremendously. I’ve been doing both in tandem with one another and so far, it has helped not only relieve stress but made me much more grounded in life. Small things can be beautiful if you’re just prepared to recognise them!
- Self Care – Busy lives often mean we neglect our own self care and it has certainly been a big topic for me this week. With taking up Headspace and gratitude journaling more proactively, I’ve taken to doing other things like solo walking. I love walking as it gives me the time to decompress and think about my day. I notice small things whilst out and about such as the evening bird song or the deer making their way back into the solace of the woods. Self care isn’t just about ‘face masks’ and bubble baths, it can be anything that brings you joy and a sense of comfort. Make time for it where you can, but don’t beat yourself if you aren’t always able to do so.
- Having more time to read – As part of my self care, I have actively tried to increase my reading. I’ve been doing small things such as 10 minutes of reading on my lunch break before a walk, reading whilst Jason watches TV or reading earlier in the evening (I always read before bed unless I am exhausted). This is definitely helping me get through my ever growing tbr pile that’s for sure!
- Laughing so hard it hurts – Laughter is absolutely the best medicine and one that I sometimes forget to take! Spending time with friends and family is something that can take a backseat when your life gets busy. I’ve been making more of an effort to see my loved ones and it has been so refreshing. Reliving old memories, making new ones, and then laughing so much my face hurts.
- My support network – We can’t always do things alone. Something I am often reminded of as I have a ‘get on with it’ nature. When going through a difficult spell or just finding myself unable to shake something off, I am very grateful for the support network I have who help show me different sides to what I am facing.They help lift me up and push me on and without them, I am not sure where I would be! Your support network can take many different shapes; from friends and family, to this lovely bookish community, your local church or an online group. Take note of who they are, and when you need them, be sure to use them. Having those supportive arms around you will help you, no matter what you’re going through.
- Fresh Bread – Anyone else love the smell of fresh bread? I adore fresh bread, particularly sourdough and being able to come home in the afternoon or wake up in the morning to that smell really is comforting. Slice of a piece and slather it in butter and a touch of salt. Perfection!
- ARCs – Before I started blogging, I knew that ARCs were available to readers but always thought these were out of reach for me. I was actually recommended to try NetGalley and just apply for a few books to see if they were shared. It did take me a little while to get accepted for the books I applied for so it certainly came as quite a shock when I did get my first ARC by none other than Robert Bryndza. By then I had started Book + Border and couldn’t wait to read this and share my review. Now, I am actively applying for ARCs and wish I had started on NG sooner! I’ve recently received my first paperback ARC through a publishing company and it’s an amazing feeling. To have publishers and PR agencies reach out to you and want to share new unpublished books with you really is an honour. I am forever grateful for being able to be part of the publication journey for these books. If you aren’t on NetGalley, I would recommend signing up – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
That’s it! My 10 things which made me happy this week. I would love to hear some of yours so drop me an email or reply in the comments below.
Love, H x