Happiness Is…..

Having my boyfriend, Greg, back after 2 weeks on my lonesome! YAY!!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Greg & I...

Greg went home to visit friends and family back in South Africa, but unfortunately I couldn’t tag along……no cash & not enough leave from work. It was really horrible without him at home, and on various occasions I actually found myself discussing my day with our cat, Puddy. She didn’t seem to care, as long as I ended up giving her lots of head scratches! (Yes, I’m aware that I sound like a crazy cat lady….) As you can see from the picture below, as long as she’s happy and comfortable nothing else matters!

Puddy having an afternoon snooze! ๐Ÿ™‚

Whilst Greg was away, I also got a really bad cold and ended up self-medicating and prostrate on the sofa. I felt terribly sorry for myself, because when I get a cold, I don’t just get a cold, I get “man-flu” and Greg normally takes care of my every need. Now, I had to make my own soup and tuck myself in. Trust me, being alone and sick really sucks!

Well, the 2 weeks dragged on, but yesterday morning he finally got home. It’s so great having him back & we spent a lazy day drinking loads of coffee, watching old movies and just catching up. I even made my very first Apple Crumble which turned out amazing (tooting my own horn a little!). I’m clearly turning into some kind of domestic Goddess! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Puddy & Greg chillaxing!

To me, happiness is lounging on the couch with my fat kitty & my wonderful boyfriend. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

Me with a very grumpy looking Puddy ๐Ÿ™‚

So, what’s happiness to you?

xxx

 

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Music is the key to life….

Dramatic, I know, but there’s nothing like a good song to lift up your spirits (or sometimes bring them down, if it’s a sad song) and make you feel as if you’re floating on a cloud. Music makes the world go round! What brought on this post today, you ask?

Well, I was listening to my iPod on the way to work this morning and two songs really stood out for me. The first is a classic (albeit a little cheesy), but it’s one of my “go to” songs when I need to tell myself that I am worth knowing, that I can overcome things I’m struggling with or simply that I can achieve anything I really put my mind to. It’s Des’ree ‘s “You Gotta Be”, and here are some of the lyrics that really stand out…

“Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
You gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together”

Here’s the YouTube video of the song for those of you who might not know it. Have a listen and tell me what you think….

The other song is from a band I’ve recently discovered. A bit more on the “techy” side that what I usually listen to, but it has an awesome beat and it’s actually impossible to walk down the street listening to this song without a skip in your step. It instantly cheers me up! Also, I’ve seen the guys in this video and they are all smoking hot so the mental image helps too…..Don’t tell the boyfriend! Hahahaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a band called Foster the People and the song is called “Pumped Up Kicks” and it’s awesome! Here’s the YouTube music video of their song……ladies, pay attention! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know both these songs aren’t necessarily my usual taste, but they’re awesome and they make me smile. That’s all that should count, right?

So, what song makes you want to boogie down the sidewalk??

xxx

 

Random Epiphany.

I was sitting at work this morning and suddenly a brilliant thought popped into my head. This is something I wanted to share and I also think itย is something everyone should try to live by. Well, here it is…..my realisation:

Conform only to yourself and you will be happy.

I spend so much time worrying about what other people think about me and what I should or shouldn’t do. I’m constantly apologising for things that I have an absolute right to turn down or for what I perceive to be an inconvenience to people. Why am I spending all this time trying to please everyone else? It’s not making ME happy. If anything, it just causes me more stress and anxiety.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that I adopt a rude “I don’t care about anything”ย attitude. I’m merely saying that I should do what makes me happy. I shouldn’t care about inconsequential things expected from me by people who don’t even play a huge role in my life. They don’t matter. Of course the opinions of my close friends and family matter a great deal to me, but apart from them, nobody else’s should. Perhaps this sounds a little harsh, but to me it makes sense.

Thinking this way gives you so much freedom. Like a weight being lifted off your shoulders. I should do what I want to do with my life. Who cares about Tom, Dick or Harry for that matter?

So, I’m going to try to start every day with this in mind…..

xxx