Between My Reads is a feature that appears on here sporadically. As I’m sure you might have guessed by now, I’m passionate about books. However, they are not the be all and end all of my life so I thought it might be fun to share some other stuff now again here too. If this doesn’t interest you, don’t worry books will be back on the agenda tomorrow.
I think I’m a fairly easy person to please as it doesn’t take much to make me feel happy. I try to take the time to appreciate the small things in life that just make life more pleasant and I have a Gratitude Journal app on my phone that I fill in, not daily but pretty often. And I find even just thinking about what to include makes me feel great. And it’s never the big things, it’s always the small things that might go unnoticed if you weren’t paying heed.
10 Things That make me happy!
Outside of books and blogging, that goes without saying. Right?
Solitude – I love peace and quiet. I can tend to be a lone wolf but I’m not a total loner. I’m lucky enough to have great friends but those evenings at home reading, with a candle burning or the fire blazing are the moments that revive me and I treasure them.
Hugs with my cat Socky. Other cat lovers will appreciate the comfort of sitting down with a cat in your lap and how you can just zone out while petting them.
Nice smelling things! I know that’s a bit vague but I love scented shower gels, scented candles, scented anything really. My favourite candle of all time is the Roger & Gallet Fleur d’Osmanthus which is a huge treat as it’s spendy. But I love candles from chain stores too and I’ll usually have one or two burning away every evening.
Time spent with family and friends. As much as I love being alone at times, I also appreciate when I get a chance to relax and catch up with those who know me best.
The first mug of coffee in the morning. Tastes so good! And now it’s even better with my customised bookish mug!
Pay Day! Who doesn’t love pay-day, especially on those 5 week months! I always make a point of treating myself to something small, even just a new lipstick or nail varnish as it just marks the day for me. And on pay-day, I buy myself an Amazon gift card too that I spend throughout the month. It stops me impulse buying as I have to make it last. That’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking with it.
Rituals – I have morning routines and evening skin care routines that I follow. More or less. Sometimes I scrap them if I can’t be bothered! But when I take the time to do these, I just feel more relaxed at night and fresher in the morning. And calling them rituals rather than routines makes me feel like they are something good rather than a chore.
Bright colours. I love wearing bright colours such as pinks and reds as they just suit my skin tones and hair colouring best. Plus they just make me feel good.
Swimming in the Sea. There is a provision attached to this one though! The water HAS to be warmish. I’m not a fan of cold water so that’s Irish beaches ruled out. But swimming when on holidays in the sun is one of my favourite things. Can you tell I’m a Pisces?
My phone. This might sound ridiculous but I love my phone! It’s always within hands reach and everything about it makes me happy. It’s a lovely peach colour, it has all my favourite apps and means that friends are only ever a text or phone call away.
Talk to Trish! : What makes you happy?