If I’ve learnt anything this year so far, it’s that we could all do with giving ourselves a bloody break once in a while. It’s okay not to be “on it” every minute of the day, it’s okay not to be productive every single day of your life and it’s certainly okay to feel like crap – for a multitude of reasons or for no reason at all – every now and again. One of the main changes I’ve made to my life this year is listening to my body and mind and giving myself what I need or want at any given time rather than ignoring it and powering through when I really shouldn’t be.
Almost every day, we’re faced with photos, tweets, Facebook ‘check-in’s’ of people jetting off across the other side of the world to go travelling. People who have spent the day in a waterfall, exploring another culture, sky-diving, snorkeling – you name it and you’ve probably seen someone you know on social media doing it. Whether you follow any travel bloggers or not, there’s always posts cropping up about why you should travel, how travel makes you a better person, how to find yourself by travelling and so on. I’m not making fun of people who travel; I think if it’s what you want to do and you have the means to do it then that’s amazing and you should totally go for it. But I am saying that not all of us can, should or want to travel. And that’s okay too.
I’ve had this post in the notes on my phone for a while now, adding things to it as soon as I experience something new that makes me happy that I’d like to add in the post. I keep all my blog post ideas in the notes on my phone, so it’s an easy way to just delete them once they’ve been written. I also categorize them into months but that’s for another post altogether (categorizing… that’s one thing that clearly makes me happy!) Then I saw in March, one of my favourite bloggers Hello Bexa actually did a post more or less the same. Great minds think alike, I say. She’s cool with me doing a similar type of post so here we are, my usually miserable self about to share 50 little things that make me happy!
I blog about mental health a lot and I’m totally open about my anxiety and how it affects me. Which is bad. Sometimes. I think during my anxiety journey, I’ve learnt a lot about how to deal with both anxiety and stress. I’ve probably learnt more coping mechanisms with anxiety than I ever would have if I didn’t develop it in the first place. Which, thinking about it, I suppose is one benefit to come out of having my mental health disorder. Of course we all need coping strategies when we’re stressed. Because we all get stressed and we’ll all have periods of more stress than others. You know how it is, everything’s fine for months then 12 problems come along at once. I’ve recently had a bit of a episode like that, which I’m not going to go into but it’s important to reiterate the point that everyone goes through it. It can help to know we’re not alone, if nothing else.
Ah…. The Sims. One of life’s literal greatest inventions. I truly mean that – The Sims has provided me with hours and hours and hours and hours and days and probably months of entertainment. It’s given me an escape from real life where everything is pretty mundane to my Sims life where I can do whatever I want, whenever I want and achieve things beyond my wildest expectations (but really I’ll probably just spend 13 hours a day playing chess on the computer to try and get that logic skill up). I’ve been a die-hard Sims fan since the days of Mortimer and Bella Goth and literally not being able to leave your own neighborhood until the ever-so-advanced Sims 4 (which I didn’t actually like, so I play number 3) where your Sim looks more human than you do. I’ve played with all the cheats in the book, had families of Aliens, Zombies and Plant People and experimented with every career in the local newspaper. Honestly, I bloody LOVE The Sims. And if you do too, you’ll probably relate to the following thought process.
Wowzers… April. April. APRIL. Just when we couldn’t believe that it was 2018 already, here we are, 4 months into the year already. I hope you all had a great March, did lots of cool stuff and had a lot of fun. March for me was pretty damn good; I visited my boyfriend’s family in Lincolnshire, went away for the weekend to the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire and saw the start of the new Formula 1 season. So all in all, a good month. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed doing smaller, more achievable monthly goals this year so far. It’s really worked for me, it’s helping me focus and also helping me be more specific about my goals. However, this will be my last public goals list I’ll be posting on my blog – just because I don’t want it to get too samey and don’t want y’all to get bored! I’ll still be noting down my goals privately for the rest of the year (hopefully!) Here’s what I’d like to achieve in April…
In terms of my hobbies and interests, I feel like things have turned pretty static. Although for some people, it’s totally fine to have a select few hobbies that they rarely stray from throughout their entire life is absolutely fine, for me, I feel like I’m in a place now where I need to expand and broaden my hobby related horizons a little bit. Of course reading will always be my biggest and number 1 hobby, nothing will ever take that away from me (I hope) and despite making some money from blogging now, I still more or less consider it a elaborate and time-consuming interest of mine. I love Yoga and watching films and TV shows but that’s more or less where my hobbying ends. Blogging, reading, TV and Yoga. It’s not a very diverse list is it?