10 Happy Things Lifestyle

Life Lately || 10 Things That Made Me Happy Lately

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve had a really nasty head cold this week that has left me in bed unable to form the most basic of sentences. (Apologies to anyone I’ve corresponded with this week – my emails and messages may have made no sense whatsoever). Last night I fell asleep at 7pm so this post did not get written to go live first thing in the morning as planned! 

10 Things That Made Me Happy Lately

>>> My big news of last week was that I successfully completed the Great North Run and in far less time than I thought it might take me! The atmosphere was wonderful and I had more fun than I thought I could running. I also surpassed my fundraising goals, which I am still thrilled about. 

>>> We headed up to Newcastle for the GNR the night before and stayed with an old friend and her family and it was so nice to see her. (Plus getting a delicious home-cooked meal in the bargain is especially excellent.) 

>>> I attended a lecture on the stereotypes of witches in the modern world and it was really fascinating. 

>> Opening a parcel to find a beautiful watch from Timex. You can see more beautiful Timex watches that bloggers have received by searching #taketime

>>> Glasgow was amazing. Eveyone went crazy for Harold. He was like a little rockstar! 

>>> We had two insanely good vegan meals in Glasgow and I can’t wait to share them with you. 

>>> I’ve found my favourite non-dairy Pumpkin Spice combo: coconut milk. Sam and I shared one whilst walking around and it was pretty blissful. 

>>> I’ve started attending a new yoga class that is a bit more dynamic (to offset all the running that I’m not really doing at the moment) and I felt a bit stiff – especially between the shoulder blades but I loved it!

>>> Monday was our first date anniversary. Who would have known that 7 years later I’d still be in the UK and that we’d be married now! 

>>> Today is Mabon aka the Autumnal Equinox, so get out there and smell the crisp air or enjoy a nature walk. I might smudge our house this weekend, if I have time. 

This weekend is a full-on doula training weekend but I’m super excited about it!

What are your plans for the weekend? 

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  • A lecture on the stereotypes of witches in the modern world really does sound fascinating!

  • Congrats on your GNR triumph! And I love that you and Sam still celebrate your first date anniversary even though you’re married – we do too (In act, it’s next Sunday) – we don’t go overboard, we don’t give gifts or anything like that but a simple acknowledgement is nice, I think, and I’ll take any excuse for a celebration x

    • Thanks Rosie! We didn’t give gifts or anything either. Just acknowledged it and maybe some jokes about it πŸ˜‰ xx

  • I am intrigued by this lecture on the stereotypes of witches in the modern world! I would love to hear about it

  • Kourtney Reece

    Woohoo. Congrats on finishing a marathon. That’s on my bucket list. Along with starting a yoga class. That lecture sounds really interesting. Only big plans I have for this weekend is ordering my cap and gown for my graduation in December (woohoo), finishing my assignments, and spend some time with friends.

    • Eek! You must be so excited – ordering your cap and gown definitely helps make graduation feel real! x

  • NatalieLeanne

    Oh no, hope you’re feeling better soon Amanda! Most of my family have had the sniffles lately but so far I’ve managed to avoid it *touch wood*. Well done on marathon finishing, thats such an incredible achievement. Can’t wait to see pictures of Harold in Glasgow! xxx


    • Fingers crossed that you avoid it – if it’s the same cold it really threw me for a loop! x

  • 1. What the hell is house smudging?!
    2. I love the idea of people loving Harold with thick Scottish accents it makes me soooo happy
    3. I wanna go to a witch lecture that sounds freaking amazing!

    • Smudging is when you open the windows and burn palo santo or sage to get bad emotions (and smells) out of your house.

      The witch lecture was ace. I’m definitely going to go to the next in the series! x

  • That watch looks gorgeous! πŸ™‚ Yay for life’s happy things!


  • Looove the watch! Glad you’ve had a nice few weeks. I keep wanting to go back to Yoga but omg so expensive in London that it’s hard to justify! x

    • It can be SO expensive especially Central. There are some reasonably (ish) priced classes in the SE around Crystal Palace and Penge but that is probably a bit of a mission for you travel wise! x

  • Congratulations on your run!!

  • Aw so glad you enjoyed Glasgow! Can’t wait to read about it πŸ™‚

  • I think it is so cool you are doing doula training! I was really intrigued by the practice but it currently isn’t that common in Iceland just yet, hopefully soon because I think it is wonderful!

    • Thanks so much Kaelene! I’m really passionate about it so I hope it does gain prevalence in Iceland soon! x

  • Lots of luck on the run!

  • All of this stuff is amazing! But also, can we talk about that witches seminar — because that sounds REALLY amazing. Would have love to have gone myself! (I wrote my MA dissertation in medieval fairy literature, and I feel like since then, my scholarly-fantasy pursuits have declined).

    How did you celebrate the Equinox? I tried my best to get outside and enjoy some crispness, although in London, it’s often lacking. Autumn always makes everything seem fresher, happier, calmer, doesn’t it? x

    Eire | Wolf & Stag

    • MA dissertation on medieval fairy tale literature sounds AMAZING. I did something similar but on the interaction between prose / free verse and performance with fairy tales.

      I had a big walk, but I had a doula training session in the evening so I didn’t get to embrace it as much as I would have liked! x

      • Yours also sounds amazing! I had originally wanted to do my MA in Myth, Fairytale & Legend (yep, it was a course) but at the last second decided to do more of an editorial-led one. Now knowing where my career would go, sometimes I wish I had done the former!

        So far we’re having a really lovely Autumn, so hopefully there will be many more times for you to get that brisk Autumnal walk in. I’m sure it’s even lovelier when not in London! πŸ™‚ x

        • That course sounds incredible! I’d love to do something like that as a further learning student, just for fun! x

  • kathrynsharman

    Great list. Big congrats on the GNR, and yes I want to hear more about the witches lecture when we next get together xx

  • I’m so excited for you to be a doula, and actually a little jealous! What is smudging your house, intriguing…?! Alice xxx


    • This weekend was a massive training session (Friday evening – Sunday evening) but it was so thrilling. I’m so glad to be properly stuck in to the training work now! I recommend reading “The Birth Crisis” the Sheila Kitzinger if you’re interested in possible training or just learning more about the state of birth/midwifery the past few years.

      Smudging is when you open the windows and burn palo santo or sage to get bad emotions (and smells) out of your house.

  • Awh this is such a lovely list! Congrats on your first date anniversary, it’s crazy how time flies, isn’t it?

    Lizzie Bee // http://www.hellolizziebee.com