10 Happy Things Lifestyle

Life Lately || 10 Things That Have Made Me Happy

Happy Friday the 13th! (And apologies to anyone who is mildly superstitious.) It’s fairly easy to do a “happy things” post with the holidays having happened since my last “Things that Have Made Me Happy” post. This will also be the last live post whilst we are away. I’m in London today for a doctor’s appointment, and then this weekend we are off to Thailand (via Doha). I honestly can’t wait! The last time I have been away on a trip that lasted 2 weeks was then I was 11 and my family went to Florida (Disney World and St Augustine – I still think of that trip super fondly). I almost don’t know what to do with myself with 2 weeks of vacation time. The longest trip that Sam and I have ever taken was our week in Turkey in 2013 so we’ll see if we can’t tolerate each other for an uninterrupted two weeks. (Jokes, it’ll be amazing – I can’t wait to spend that time with him.) 

I have a few posts queued up on this space in my absence so that it’s not a complete blank. Certainly not as frequently as the schedule at the moment, but you’ll be looking at 2/3 posts per week while I’m gone. I’ll be reading your comments from afar and will look forward to answering them and catching up when we’re back! 

10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Lately 

>>> First and foremost, we booked out honeymoon before Christmas. And in fact, we leave really soon! Tomorrow we are off to Thailand! I honestly can’t wait and it doesn’t really seem real. (If you have any Thai recommendations, leave them for me in the comments, please.) 

>> Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Years Eve were all filled with love and happiness, and the latter with family as well. I did a recap of my holidays last week and I miss the festive season already! 

>>>  I have LOVED making lists for our honeymoon. The ideas of things to do, the packing lists (I’m weird, I know.) I’m a list girl, and they have to be handwritten. 

>>> Great Gatsby at the York Theatre Royal was really fun. It was honestly a great night out. It was a cross between an interactive piece, and a promenade piece, and luckily London friends, it’s headed to you this Spring! (Plus Sam got to take some production shots for it. You can see his lovely photos here.) 

>>> I have definitely made the most out of my Disney Life membership. Christmas break was full of old favourites from Mulan to Mary Poppins. The best part about it was that they had a lot of 90s live action films that Disney had funded too – “Father of the Bride” immediately springs to mind. Has anyone watched it lately? I’m on Martin’s side. She looks like she’s barely old enough to get married, but when I first saw it when I was little, I thought she was so old. 

>>> Sam and I are really behind the curve as we’ve just now watched “Happy Valley”. It certainly does make the North look grim! (Though the Hebden Bridge area does still manage to look beautiful, but crime ridden.) It’s so intense. There’s a moment in the show that’s caused me to be more tense than anything else on TV ever. We also jumped in to “The AO” as soon as it was released on Netflix. I’m not in love with it, but I do find it fascinating. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is on Netflix and it is AMAZING. It is by far, one of my favourite films released in recent memory. I thought it was hilarious, and touching. It was Wes Anderson-esque but with a bit more heart. Ricky Baker is my spirit animal *she says tongue in cheek*. Everyone should see it and I think it would be a travesty if it didn’t pick up any awards this awards season. It’s gets my “Best Picture” nomination. Further proof that the Oscars doesn’t reckon comedy to be as valuable as a drama. If this doesn’t get nominated it’s a crime. If ridiculousness like “American Hustle” and “Les Miserables” can get nominated in the past… HRMPH.

>>> I’ve been going to a “Yoga for Women” class, subtitled “Yoga for your Womb” and it’s amazing. It makes me feel super loose, relaxed and empowered. 

>>> “Sherlock” is back and it certainly returned with a bang. But I really miss Season 1 Sherlock. Where Cumberbatch was clever, had some good banter with Freeman and that was about it. I’ve found the twists and surrealism of the more recent episodes and that abysmal Christmas special last year to be dull. I just want him to solve crimes and chill at Baker Street. 

>>> I’ve gotten my running back up to 5k per run. It’s really not much compared to most people, but it’s pretty satisfactory for me! 

>>> Overall, I’ve just been feeling really happy in my life lately. I mentioned to Sam that it’s been ages since I’ve just had a long cry (bar episodes of 24 hours in A&E or reading my RSPCA newsletters). I can’t really describe why, but I’ve just been feeling super content. It probably helps that I’m getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night. 

I just realised that 4 of these revolve around watching things on TV. So long everyone! I will see you properly on the other side of our honeymoon. Hopefully, I’ll finally have some colour on these bones again and will look less like a ghost! 

What are you excited about lately? 

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  • Enjoy enjoy enjoy! Cant wait to hear all about your trip (Ive got Hunt For The Wilderpeople queued up for tonight and I can’t wait!!)

  • Nano B

    I am a total list girl too! Everything needs to be handwritten in my notebook, and then I am a huge fan of colorful Post-Its which I use for additional lists, or notes or color codes. #obsessed Hope you have a wonderful honeymoon and make tons of fun-filled memories. Bring back lots of interesting stories! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo, nano | http://www.travelwithnanob.com

  • I am a total list girl too! Everything needs to be handwritten in my notebook, and then I am a huge fan of colorful Post-Its which I use for additional lists, or notes or color codes. #obsessed Hope you have a wonderful honeymoon and make tons of fun-filled memories. Bring back lots of interesting stories! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo, nano | http://www.travelwithnanob.com

  • Have an amazing honeymoon Amanda!! xxx

  • Have the most amazing honeymoon, I know I’ll be sat here in a cold, snow-ridden England wishing I’d hopped on the plane with you!
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Eek!!! Have an amazing time in Thailand!!! Are you blogging it?

    • I’ll blog about it by I decided not to do it live and to (try) to unplug for as much of it as possible! X

  • Jaina Mistry

    Yesโ€”another person who didn’t see what everyone else seemed to see in American Hustle! A film I was so looking forward to and was sorely disappointed with.

    Have fun on your honeymoon. I visited Thailand years ago, when I was just a kid. Had an amazing time. If I could offer you any piece of advice, it would be to eat all the food. And don’t be afraid to visit little holes in the wall.

    • I honestly don’t understand all the awards and great reviews that American Hustle received. It wasn’t bad…. but it wasn’t anything special either.

      Thanks so much for the advice! We’re both foodies so I’m SO excited about the food! X

  • have fun in Thailand!:)

  • Have an amazing time on your honeymoon! I actually just recently watched Father of the Bride and I thought exactly the same, she looked so young but when I was little watching it I thought she was soo grown up:)

    • Haha I was really shocked! (Also when I was young I thought Martin was just being mean but now I think she really was spending way too much money!) x

  • I hope you and Sam will have an amazing time in Thailand and enjoy the change for this dreary winter weather! Whereabouts are you heading? I went to Thailand a few years ago and had such a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am such a list maker too! I love it! Have the most amazing honeymoon xxx
    Sophie Cliff

  • I love writing lists too, and people think it’s weird (I don’t, haha). Have an amazing honeymoon! xx

  • Enjoy Thailand! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been there and it’s really fun. There are so many places to go there. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • So happy to read the move seems to be doing so well! With our move coming up I hope I am as happy after!

  • Enjoy the trip to Thailand. Bet you’re looking forward to it more now that weather has taken a baltic turn!

    • Hahaha totally! That arctic wind has really made me more excited to be there!m. Thanks so much! X

  • I an see why these things made you happy, yeah often the first season of a show is the best season and many shows slide downward the more seasons they have

  • Have a fantastic trip! I hope you are enjoying all of your time together! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Woo hope you have the best honeymoon! Looking forward to all of the snaps. I feel exactly the same about Sherlock – I’ve given up on it this season!

  • Have a fantastic time in Thailand!! ๐Ÿ™‚ The On Being podcast has been something I’ve really enjoyed. ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  • All the best for Thailand, I’m so looking forward to reading your posts!

    Also, I’ve never even heard of any of the things you’re watching on television and now I feel like a little old lady who’s not down with the kids. Mark and I are looking for something new to binge watch, hopefully we’ll agree on something soon x

    • No need to feel like an old lady! I’m just someone who watches far too much telly!

      Thanks so much! X

  • Ahhhhh Thailand will be amazing! So jealous but you both really deserve it! Have the best time! There’s loads of amazing things on Netflix at the moment, though I’ll certainly take your recommendations into consideration! Alice xxx


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  • Aaah hope you’re having an amazing time!