The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become – Robert Holden.
This may seem a little presumptuous as we are barely a week into the month, but I’m already so grateful for the month of May. May has always been a special month to me (hello birthday!); not only is it a month of celebration, it’s that time of year where the sun shines that little bit brighter – providing the weather doesn’t freak out and swirl in the snow storms. I’ve always associated May with the end of an era and new beginnings as exam season falls into this month as do huge university deadlines. There is always something to celebrate, and I really adore the happiness it gives me.
Rewind 365 days, I was in a completely different place in my head. I wasn’t excited for my birthday. I wasn’t exactly happy in myself. Post-travel blues were at the forefront of everything I did and the dreaded job search was mounting on top of me. May 2017 was not fab, to say the least.
This year, I am determined to make it a great month. I don’t need to try very hard because my happiness levels are high right now. I’m just very content with where I am in my life. It may not be what I had planned, but it’s much better because I’m happy in myself and for myself, if that makes sense. So, I guess that is my first thing: genuinely being happy just because.
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY
Okay, the most obvious reason is it’s my birthday. I keep talking about it like I’m mega excited but I don’t actually think I am just yet. I’ll be turning 26 and whilst that scares me (I feel like I should have moved out/been engaged/some other society-driven milestone), it’s not a massive deal. I have four years until I’m thirty. I’ll panic then. I will be spending it abroad which is what I’ve been trying to do for so long! I’m excited for wine, sun and gorgeous scenery.
I’M GOING TO VERONA
Verona has been on my hit list for nearly two years. Finally, I am going. Mum and I booked this trip in November and I couldn’t be more excited. I haven’t been abroad since February, which wasn’t that long ago but it really feels like it was a year ago. I cannot wait to hit all the classic Verona places like the beautiful squares, Juliet’s Wall and her balcony. I’ve never visited Italy, so the food and wine is high on my list of things I’ll be doing. All day long. It goes without saying that I will be creating lots of content for the blog and my Instagram. I practically bought a new wardrobe just for this holiday.
I’M ALSO RETURNING TO LONDON
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my mini ramble about returning to London for the first time in seven months. I’m 99% sure there will be a mix of emotions, however I am very excited to get back to one of my favourite cities in the entire world. London holds many memories for me, good and bad. I’m excited to see my friends, visit new parts of the city and have an absolute ball! Oh, and there will be brand new content from here too because I can’t miss out on a perfectly good opportunity for different locations.
THE SUN IS SHINING MOST DAYS
The smallest things make me happy; I’m so grateful for that in itself. I love how the sun is bright most days this month. Blue skies honestly put in a good mood. Hardly anything can ruin my day if it’s sunny because it is sunny. It’s like the big problems in my life don’t matter so much because I can look out of my window and smile. Also, the longer days give me life! I get home from work after 6pm and there’s sun for another two to three hours. I love that!
I FEEL PRODUCTIVE AND PASSIONATE
I have been super duper productive for the past month, unbelievably productive. It might not seem it because my blog has suffered massively due to another project, but, let me tell you, I have been on the ball. I wanted to read a couple of nights ago, but ended up working until gone 11pm. I just can’t stop ticking things off my to do list. It’s not like me at all. Normally, Netflix sucks me in for hours, but not this month! It’s because I am completely in love with pushing new content out and being creative for myself. It’s like I’ve got a new lease on life.
I’M THINKING ABOUT MY OWN FUTURE
I’m not gonna lie, this terrifies me. It’s great, but it terrifies me. I think I’m going to write an entire blog post about this one so keep your eyes peeled! It’ll include things like travel and making big commitments.
Basically, this blog post was simply me going on about how happy I am at the moment. I wanted to share it on my blog because the past few posts have been a little meh about blogging and things. I am back, and I am back with a happy vengeance! I am so grateful for where I am in my life at this moment. It’s been a bit of a road to recovery, if I’m honest, but here we are. I’m not looking back.
SHOP THE LOOK – COAT // TOP // JEANS (SIMILAR) // PUMPS (SIMILAR) // SUNGLASSES (SIMILAR)
What things are making you happy at the moment? What are you grateful for?
Love, Faye xo