When, at the beginning of the year, I decided I was going to focus more on my blog and write more regularly, I had it in mind to start a series where I celebrated the things that had made me happy; the small things, the little victories that make us smile.
Obviously I then fell off the blogging wagon, put my laptop away and didn’t return for a while as life took over.
However, at the same time as I returned to my keyboard last week, so did fellow blogger, good friend and all-round excellent human being, Beth, who launched her brand new blog, Beth Eve (go and read it, it’s good!)
One of the first posts Beth published was “5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week”, a series created by the equally wonderful Suzy of From The Fringe.
As well as posting her own happy moments, Suzy is encouraging others to do the same in order to focus on the positives to be found in life – something I feel really strongly about (as seen in this post) – and so I’m getting involved!
My intention is that this will hopefully, maybe, possibly be a regular feature… let’s see if I can stick to it!
Top of the list, the first thing I have to celebrate this week is my friends. I don’t know how I’ve managed it, but I somehow seem to be surrounded by, quite simply, what I consider must be some of the best people walking on this planet. Supportive, loyal, caring, funny… and so many of them are achieving great things at the moment! Promotions at work, getting married, having children, running their own businesses, beating illness, expanding their blogs – it makes me so happy to see so many people I care about doing so well and it definitely makes me feel very lucky indeed that I get to call these people my mates.
I’ve touched briefly on Poppy’s issues in the past, but for those of you that don’t know, she was abused when she was a puppy and as a result has slight brain damage. Because of this her mind doesn’t function in exactly the way it should and she has some issues – she overthinks, she obsesses, she worries and she’s doesn’t like being outdoors. We’ve managed to iron out most of the ‘quirks’ she came to us with, but getting her to go outside without barking and foaming at the mouth through fear is a battle we have struggled with. However, we have a process we are working through to help her tackle this in a way that is manageable for her and doesn’t push her too hard, and on Saturday we had a little win – we managed to sit outside with her for about 15-minutes without her crying, barking, or panicking! We have a long road ahead of us before she’s totally cured and it’s not going to be an overnight transformation, but I am so incredibly proud of her for doing as well as she did.
I was so nervous about coming back to blogging – I don’t know why, I just was. I don’t think the amount of negativity in the blogging community recently helped. But I did it, I wrote a post, I published it, and people were nice about it! For some reason I get really affected by negativity, and this week has been absolutely rife for arguments between bloggers online, so whenever I’ve seen it, I’ve either scrolled past or closed down the app. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype with blogging – how many followers you have, how many hits you’re getting, what kind of content other people are creating, how to get more engagement – and that’s something I want to avoid this time round. I want to blog as I did when I first started all the way back in 2009. I want to blog for the love of it and that’s all. That and the Blogger Buddy Bevvies (might make that a hashtag) which will be becoming a regular thing this year. Give us all of the Instagrammable cocktails!
The Fog Is Lifting
Every day I feel like I’m getting a little bit of myself back. In fact, today I am in such a great mood, I think I’m almost back to being me again!
One of my closest friends is having a baby, due at the beginning of August and I am finding the whole thing so incredible. Although some of my friends have children already, this is the first time I’ve been close to someone throughout their pregnancy and have been able to watch their bump grow, see the ripples across their skin as the baby moves, and to feel the tiny kicks against my hand. I find it hard to get my head around the fact there’s a little person in there, but more than that, I can’t believe how much you can love a person before they’ve even taken their first breath! I can’t wait for him to get here.
What’s made you happy this week?
If you decide to join this series, write your post and share it with Suzy on her latest ‘5 Things…’ post to be added to her link up!