Yeah, I know I said that this list was in no particular order, but I bet you guessed what would be first on the list. They might drive me to distraction on a regular basis, but I love my family to bits.
The stressful baby and toddler years feel like a very long time ago now, and the family dynamic has definitely changed over the years. Although having teenagers in the house is not always easy, I think overall I’m finding it easier and more enjoyable.
Now I’m starting to look a few years ahead to when the boys move out, and Mark and I are empty nesters. It’s a little scary, but very exciting. I’d definitely say that my family is top of my list of reasons to be happy!
Good friends are really important, and I’m very lucky to have some really good ones. I got back in touch with my best friend from Uni a few years ago, and our regular meet-ups are very precious to me.
I also have a strong group of friends on the internet who I ‘met’ on a now-defunct parenting forum. We’ve all known each other since our children were tiny (or not even born in some cases) and have been through so much together.
And of course now I also have a new circle of friends who I have met through blogging.
I couldn’t possibly leave Charlie out, could I? My little chihuahua joined our family in August 2015, and he makes me so very happy.
I love it when he snuggles up to me on the sofa or in bed, and he’s sleeping down by my feet as I write this. He’s also been responsible for getting me out and about for walks every day, which has been really great for improving my general happiness.
I love Charlie so much, I can’t imagine how we ever got by before we had a dog in the family.
Living in Shropshire
I’ve lived in Shropshire since I was 6 years old and I can’t imagine living anywhere else in the UK. It’s a beautiful county, with gorgeous countryside and some really pretty towns and villages. And there’s masses of things to see and do in Shropshire – it’s well worth a visit!
Our house is on the outskirts of a small town, and I love walking Charlie through the fields and along the local canal path. I also love the fact that although we live in the countryside, we’re also just a short drive from Birmingham.
It’s all to easy to take good health for granted. Although I’m fortunate to be generally healthy, I’ve had various bouts of illness and injury along the way. I had whooping cough as a small child (very scary!), my back is slightly curved due to scoliosis which causes me ongoing back pain, and I’ve had surgery for a hernia and gallstones in the last few years.
But back in the summer of 2015 I injured a muscle in my back. For months I was left unable to stand or walk without severe pain. It’s only recently that I’ve been pretty much pain free, thanks to a combination of acupuncture, physiotherapy, taking turmeric tablets and changing my mattress!
Right now, I’m feeling fit and healthy, and that makes me very happy!
I love travelling, and one of my ongoing goals is to travel more. I love visiting new places, trying new foods, seeing new sights. This year I’ve planned quite a few trips, starting with Berlin next month – I’m so excited about it all.
But I also love our trips back to Portugal every year, and being over there makes me very happy. I love to feel the sand between my toes, breathe in the sea air, and of course enjoy a mojito or two!
Oh, this time of year really does make me happy! I love the lighter evenings, and the promise that Spring and Summer are on their way again. That extra bit of daylight at the end of the day makes my mood so much lighter – pardon the pun! I feel so much more energetic.
Although it’s always painful when the clocks are put forward, especially when that falls on Mother’s Day…
Music has been a big part of my life ever since I was tiny. I simply couldn’t live without a running soundtrack to my life! I’ve got very eclectic taste, and love everything from rock to classical and most things in between.
I don’t get to as many gigs as I’d like, but the Green Day shows I went to in 2017 were awesome! And I’ve got a couple more gigs to look forward to later in the year.
I’m also rebuilding my vinyl collection after binning all my records 20 years ago – that’s definitely making me very happy.
Oh yes, good food and drink certainly makes me happy!
A plate of comforting cottage pie, a hot and spicy curry, a scoop of silky-smooth ice-cream… I could carry on but you get the picture. I love cooking new recipes, trying out new recipes or just indulging in old favourites.
And I enjoy a glass of wine or a gin and tonic or two as well (responsibly, of course!).
I always wanted to work for myself, from when I was very young. But I would never have imagined that I’d be able to work for myself doing something that I enjoy as much as writing this blog.
I feel very lucky that I’m able to devote so much time to my blog. I love writing the posts, doing the social media promotion and even working on the techy side of the blog!
And now that I’ve started uploading to my YouTube channel regularly, I’m enjoying learning everything to do with that. I think learning new skills is really important, and it gives me a real sense of acheivement when I master something new.
The opportunities I’ve had so far have been amazing, and I’m excited to see where it takes me in the next few years.
Thanks to Jen over at Just Average Jen for tagging me – now let’s share the happiness a little further! I’m tagging Kim at Kimberley Jessica, Rachel at Beauty and the Bird, and Rachel at Rachel Emily to share their own ’10 Reasons to be Happy’.