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The Happy List

Those of you who follow me on Twitter might have seen that I had a bit of a rubbish-y week last week. Nothing in particular, I just didn't feel my usual self and a lot of little things were getting me down more than normal.  I posted about confidence and anxiety and I also mentioned in my post on Friday that I'd been sort of wishing the week away. Well, now that week is gone and it is Sunday, I have decided to stop being a negative Nancy. I'm even going to attempt to balance it out by sharing some things that have made me smile in the last week.

Tuesday was the height of my glumness and so Tom made every effort to cheer me up, and the sun even put his hat on, and let's face it, it's pretty darn hard to feel maudlin when the sun is streaming into your garden and you can come home from work and put your flip flops on.  Tom poured me a glass of rosé and I spent a little while looking around the garden at the things that have changed over the last week or so.

The camelias were about ready to bloom, all curled up tightly and ready to explode with colour and beauty.  I can't remember the name of the plant below it as my parents dug it out of their garden and we transported it to ours but that's bloomed too and looks really pretty.  As it was such a warm evening we decided to take advantage and cook our chicken breast burgers on the barbecue...


I had to capture this moment - albeit I timed it wrongly - Tom was holding Bodhi up so he could see the girl next door bouncing on her trampoline!


Bodhi gave Tom a thankyou lick!



It was such a perfect evening, I wish the sunshine had stayed a little longer as it felt so perfect to be eating dinner outside and enjoying a cold glass of wine and the smell of a barbecue.  Roll on summer I say!

I downloaded an app this week called 'Happier'.  It asks you to record things that have made you smile and then you can sort them into categories and see all your 'happy' moments.  I've been using it this week and it's been nice to look back on them.  Here are some of the things that have made me happy;

[+] Receiving unexpected post and thoughtful cards
[+] Reading the newspaper with a mug of green tea
[+] Doing a food shop and having the cupboards and fridge full of yummy, healthy foods
[+] This face, generally...


[+] Ordering a Blurb photobook - I now order these every few six months or so in place of photo albums so I have lovely hardback books on my shelves to look through.
[+] Registering to do the National Lottery Anniversary Run in July - through Olympic park and finishing in the stadium!
[+] Listening to the birds singing outside before I get up in the morning.
[+] Making Rosie Londoner's epic fish tacos... (they were amazing!)



[+] Going for a walk along the beach and through the nature reserve on my lunchbreak on Tuesday (I am so lucky to work where I do!)



[+] Watching 30 Rock in the bath (with my Kindle Fire propped up at the end). I've just started Season Two, I'm a bit addicted!
[+] Curling up on the sofa and reading the second Hunger Games book. I so rarely allow myself to relax like that that it makes it really special.
[+] Running on the treadmill when Muse - Knights of Cydonia comes on, and upping the speed and running like a lunatic because it's such an epic song.
[+] Emma's post about some pretty exciting news that's come her way (and a little bump!) Congratulations!
[+] The holiday countdown.  Ten sleeps!
[+] This photo my Mum just sent me... The one on the left is me (how awesome is my rabbit hat?), my Mum and our old dog Geordie.  The one on the right is from a couple of weeks ago, me, my Mum and Bodhi... about 27 years later!


Which moments have made you smile this week?

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23 comments

  1. This is lovely! I've just downloaded that app so I will be recording my happy moments this week :)
    The photos of you, your mum and the dogs are so sweet. Love a bit of nostalgia! xx

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  2. Ah Rosie looks like you've got a lot of things to be grateful for - especially those fish tacos. They look amazing!
    Sophie
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  3. Most certainly downloading that app. You are so lucky to have what you have girlie, a great guy, a lovely home, family and doggie. A great job, killer figure! Pretty face and smile. Never forget it xxxxxxxx

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  4. Ah such a lovely post! Hope this coming week is miles better! Your dog is too cute, that face :)

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  5. That app sounds amazing. I write down nice little moments in a diary - it's so lovely to read through them :) Hope you're feeling better. x

    janesjumbles.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Beautiful photos. I love your happy list! I try to write down and just do all the little things that keep me happy as much as possible. Just found your blog via Ever So Juliet and glad I did.

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  7. I second Gem's comment here; you are awesome, Rosie.
    I know how tough it can be to have a bad, sad week. But hopefully those feelings have passed and things will start to look up.
    I downloaded this app recently as well and I like that it makes me focus on the little things, that I have actually achieved something.
    Anyway, lots of love to you and you know where I am if you need anything xxx

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  8. Hope your next week will be better - love the old and new picture of your mum and you! amazing!

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  9. I love the happy list! Especially the app, sounds like such a wicked idea.

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  10. I've loved this post Rosie, I'm sorry you had a rubbish week, but am glad your this side of it. All the happy things you mentioned in your post really made me smile and think of happy times to come this summer!!

    Reading this post will definitely be on my "whats made you happy this week", so thank you!! xXx

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  11. That app sounds like a lovely idea :) Loving the sound of the Blurb books. This is an excellent lists of reasons why life is worth smiling about, but everyone needs to feel down sometimes. I really hope you feel back to your cheery self soon! xx

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  12. oh seems like a wodnerful app! definitely going to download it and try it :D

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  13. The picture of Tom holding Bodhi up to see the little girl next door might be the cutest thing I've seen all week!

    Hope you return to form soon xx

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  14. What a beautiful post Rosie, love how you mix it up on the blog!

    Hannah

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  15. Hi Rosie, I have just found your blog. I think the plant in the picture is called a pulmonaria english name is lungwort, apparently hundreds of years ago it was thought to cure ailments of the lungs?.

    I suffer from SAD so know how easy it is to get a bit down and this time of year is bliss for me with all the flowers coming out and the promise of warmer days to come.

    I also make lists of things that make me happy.

    by the way the chicken on the barbie could quite easily go on one of my happy lists it looks yummy.

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  16. Loving this happier post Rosie, jealous of your BBQ! Good luck with the run xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  17. Glad you're feeling a little happier. I think trying to record and hold on to the happy things in your life is probably the best approach (I'm trying to do the same atm). By the way, those photos are great! Old photos are the best xx

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  18. This is such a lovely post! That app sounds great, definitely think i'm going to have to download it. I hope this week is a lot more positive for you! x

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  19. Beautiful photographs. The sunlight is really beautiful this time of year.

    Such a nice dog! What a sweet lil guy :)


    Take care, hope you're well :) xx

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  20. Ah i love writing lists like this too, such a good way to give yourself a little pick me up when you most need it! And i agree with the curling up with a book bit, nothing more relaxing! X

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  21. such a cute post idea :) new follower x

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  22. That is such a great photo at the end. What a cool app. My husband should get a smartphone just for that app. He is always so whiny I think this would help with that.

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