The pursuit of...10 things that make me happy

This week, I am thinking about what makes me happy.
Sometimes when you receive sad news or stumble upon little glitches in life, you need to remind yourself that in order to be joyful, it is the little things in life that count.

Here is my list of things that make me happy....

1.  Lazy Sunday mornings/afternoons in bed - flicking through the Sunday papers with a hot cuppa and breakfast in bed....bliss! (above).

2.  My nephew.  He really is a bundle of joy and spending time with him always brings a massive smile to my face...Love him!

My gorgeous nephew and I 

3.  Blue skies and Autumn days - it sounds a bit grandma-ish, but I really enjoy sitting outside in the garden and gazing up at the sky alone with my thoughts.  Having some me-time is muy importante!

The perfect way to relax

4.  Fresh flowers.  I love arranging fresh flowers in vases and seeing them develop into full blooms.  It really brightens up a room and is my little gift to myself every now and then.

Peonies are one of my favourite flowers
5.  A clean house! - there is nothing I like more than to see my house clean and tidy.  I must admit, I am a bit of a neat freak (!) so it never really gets overly messy...but a big spruce up every now and then is very satisfying indeed!!

I've gone a bit OCD with my colour co-ordination in the kitchen!
6.  Netflix.  Need I say more?  I have just discovered it and have been watching back to back episodes of Orange is the New Black (...completely addicted! Why have I never watched this before now?!?!) and re-runs of The Office and Extra's. - Subscribe at your peril...staying in is the new going out!

Why, hello Netflix...!

7.  Cosy winter knits - I have already written a post about how much I love winter fashions - nothing makes me happier than to buy a new chunky wool cardigan or scarf....soft, luxurious and seriously lustworthy...Zara always have my pick of favourites.

Love, love, love super soft cosy winter knitware
8.  Food.  Yes, food makes me happy.  I am a self-confessed foodie and going out to dinner and trying new cuisines is my favourite thing to do.  I am also always interested in what other people are eating so perusing over the hastag #foodporn and #instafood on instagram is always a winner for me!

Had this delicious Paella while out with my friend in Thalassa Seafood Restaurant in Southgate
9.  Christmas.  I love it.  Like a kid, it really does make me happy the nearer we get to Christmas time.  I love the seasonal adverts on the TV, the Christmas lights in the streets and shopping centres, the Christmas films that always come on during the lead up....and with 85 more's not far off!!

Westfield always have pretty Xmas lights

10.  My blog.  I never realised how much I would enjoy writing this blog when I first started just over four months ago.  It has become a really exciting little project for me and has given me a chance to reignite my creative side which I had previously neglected.
I am constantly inspired by some of the great people and blogs that I follow that have gone on to do some amazing things (Zoella, Lily Pebbles, Negin MirsalehiCupcakes and Cashmere and Patricia Bright to name a few that inspire me regularly).
I must admit, I have had moments where I feel insecure about my little blog compared to others or I wonder if all the time and effort I put into it is worth it...but then all it takes is a lovely little blog post comment from someone, or a few new followers via Bloglovin and then I remember that there are people who like to hear what I have to say.
I've also found that the blogging world is a small, extremely supportive and friendly network of people and I am so happy that I finally built up the courage to open up my laptop and press 'publish' on that first post.

What makes you happy?

Love, Ivy George x 


  1. Aawww I wish I had a nephew or niece! Can't wait to become an aunt :D What makes me happy is love, in all it's different forms. Also daydreaming about and then realising a dream.

    1. Being an Aunt is the best thing ever Orryginal! You get lots of cuddles time and I can't help but to always spoil him so I think I'm always his favourite!
      Aww thank you so much for your comment - I'm completely with you too on the realising a dream part - it's so important to dream and to dream big!
      Take care,

      Love, Ivy George x


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