The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things – Henry Ward Beecher.
I haven’t done a rambly, personal post for a while, and so it is high time for one. When I saw that it was the International Day of Happiness this morning, I thought that it would be the perfect time to reflect on my current outlook of life right now: it’s very happy, if you hadn’t already have guessed. Six months ago, I was not in a great place. My relationship was deteriorating; I wasn’t happy in my job; I felt stuck. Fast forward two months – said relationship ended. Devastation occurred. Fast forward another month – amongst the manic, stressful run up to Christmas – I quit my job. It wasn’t something I did lightly. I lost hours of sleep over my decision, but once it was made, a huge weight lifted. Fast forward to the present, and here are just some of the reasons why I have a smile on my face for the majority of the time because I am human and not happy 24/7.
First of all, career-wise I am taking a huge step forward, into a supervisor position, no less. And, I’ll be back with one of my two material loves… perfume. This has been a long time coming. I’ve been applying for jobs left, right and centre for a few months. I went to four – yes, four – interviews for a different job and heard nothing back. What is wrong with companies who do that? Just email and say “You’ve been unsuccessful. Soz.” I went to one interview for my JOB, and heard back within two hours. I don’t start for another month due to various things, but I am so, so excited to start something new as well as return to something I’m used to, and good at. Currently, I’m stripping – walls, not clothes – and it’s easy work: very labouring, which means earlier nights. Oh, and also, my job is temporary for up to twelve months and so that means I am on the right path in my life. I truly believe these things happen for a reason; fate and all that.
I am in the early stages of planning my next big trip. I think it is about time for a new adventure, preferably solo. The next place on my hit list for long term is New Zealand. The Philippines is also a dream destination. I want to head there sooner rather than later, before tourism gets ahead and changes some of the place’s original heart. I’m also off to Verona in May for my birthday. I cannot wait to explore this romantic city; Italy will be a new country for me. I keep spotting clothes and accessories that I imagine strolling along the cobbles in, drinking an afternoon cup of hot chocolate – or glass of wine – in, wearing for gorgeous images on the ‘gram. Keeping more local, I’ve just booked my first train ticket to London to kick off summer. I haven’t been to London for so long. I can’t wait to return, to create new memories and explore more of the city I fell in love with during my university years. This mini trip is en-route to a wedding I have been invited to in the Cotswolds. It is a wedding, a celebration and a reunion all in one! I’d insert all the heart-eye emojis here right now, along with all the dancing ones.
My next mini personal project is designing my next tattoo. It will be number thirteen, and I might do an entire blog post dedicated to the who, how and why of getting one. We’ll see. Once I get something like this into my head, I tend to want it to happen very quickly so that I can be tatted and have a new piece of artwork on my skin. You shouldn’t rush these things, however, because they are on there for life – unless you want to go through even more pain of laser surgery. I do not.
Blogging wise, I am finding my niche and enjoying it more and more. I adore Instagram at the moment. I post every single day (kinda hate on myself when I don’t), even setting up various flatlays and buying flowers to make my photos beautiful. I am reading more which means more bookish posts; I’m really enjoying the book aspect of my blog. Books are one of the things I absolutely adore, and so to bring it into the blog more is important to me. They are part of who I am, as is blogging. I’ve been attending more blogger events too, which is fab. I love getting out and about around the city for various events with some of the best blogger girls ever.
And so, that very rambling post is basically me saying how happy I am with life at the moment. I’m just very grateful that bad things happened so that I could get to this place in life. I’ve realised a lot of things about myself – a different post for a different time – and everything that has happened has made me stronger within myself, made me focus on what I want in life. If you take anything away from this post it is that if you are currently going through a bad time, it does get better. Four months ago, I didn’t think I’d be this happy and positive, but I am. It feels better than great.
What are you happy about lately?
Love, Faye xo
Glasses – Tommy Hilfiger @ Specsavers.
Blazer – New Look
Culotte Jumpsuit – Urban Outfitters.
Watch – Olivia Burton.
Rings – Pandora.
Boots – Dorothy Perkins.