Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Beach Days & Flowers

Springtime has been in full swing the past few days here in the UK.  This has meant a lot of lying on the grass during lunch breaks, evening beach trips, and plenty of sunscreen application for my pale skin.  May has been quite the busy month, I've been working most days each week and I've been making plans for some big changes I have coming up. 

But that doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed this month.  So I thought I would share with you some of the things that have been making me happy during May.

Beach trips, campfires & barbeques.
There have been a few times after work recently when we've driven to the beach, made a campfire, and had a barbeque.  Although I live and work with my friends, it's been lovely to spend some time together away from our workplace and home.  It was good to just relax and enjoy the beach together.

I've been spending more time writing recently.  I'm trying to be more genuine and honest in my prayer journal, and I've also got back into taking notes when I go to church.  it feels good to be writing again.  Also, this gives a pretty good excuse to buy some more stationary. 

Fields of flowers. 
On the way back from one of our beach trips a few of us stopped at a rapeseed oil field.  The sun was just starting to set so we took some photos.  It was beautiful to be surrounded by so many flowers in such incredible sunlight. 

Coffee shops. 
There have also been some evenings off when we've had trips to coffee shops.  One of my favourites to visit regularly is Blend, their hot chocolate is wonderful and I would love to have a copy of their Victoria sponge recipe. 

My friends.
I've been spending a lot of time with my friends this month.  In the last couple of days I got to see a couple of my friends I haven't seen for a while because they've had exams.  It's been so nice to catch up with them and to just spend time with them.  I'm really fortunate to have some wonderful friends with beautiful hearts, it's a joy to know them and see them grow. 

What things have been making you happy recently?  It seems for me it's still the sunshine and as many evenings at the beach as I can have.  I'd love to hear from you in the comments about what's been making you smile recently. 



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Peanut Butter & Sunshine

Last week my friend Alice was very excited about an unopened jar of peanut butter.  It was such a simple thing but it made her so happy to be the first person to use the jar.  Last year I started a happiness series on my blog called Gold In The Darkest Moments.  But like most other series I've attempted on my blog, it's slowly dwindled and I haven't written one of those posts in quite a while.  I want to share my every day happiness with you all without feeling the pressure to share something every week.  Instead, every so often I'll just write a post about what's been making me smile. 

So what has been making me happy recently?  Well, the fact that I'm sitting in my room and the sun is shining in my window makes me very happy.  It finally feels like spring here in the UK which means I'll probably be looking like a tomato pretty soon, no matter how much factor thirty I apply.  But I can happily deal with being a little sun burn because the sunny weather makes me so happy; eating lunch outside, going for walks, and lighter evenings. 

I recently went to visit my sister and she took me to a wonderful café in Aberdeen called Cup.  Now, I don't drink tea but this place almost had me converted.  They have so many varieties of tea, gorgeously floral teapots, and some of the most amazing soup I have ever tasted.  It was so nice to catch up with my sister and talk about all the exciting things happening for our family this year. 

You may have seen from my instagram that on Monday I visited Scone Palace with my parents for the day.  It was so nice to spend some time with them and to explore the palace and the gardens.  The weather was gorgeous and we had my first picnic of the year which was wonderful. 

Tis the season for Innocent Smoothies, cooler drinks from Costa, and ice cream.  I absolutely love getting the ice drinks and smoothies from Costa and Starbucks, especially since I don't drink tea or coffee.  I'll also start making ice cream float drinks soon which always make me a little happily, nostalgic. 

What things have been making you happy recently?  It seems for me it's mostly the sunshine.  But I'd love to hear from you in the comments about what's been making you smile recently.