5 Happy Things #20

February 13, 2017

Hello! It’s been a while hasn’t it?! I have been very busy at work, then decided to go a week without the blog or blog reading on holiday, and it was kind of just what I needed… 

I have totally fallen out with my blog lately. I’ve also fallen out of love with Twitter and Insta. It’s not a numbers thing, it never has been, but I felt like I had been posting for the sake of it with nothing for me. I’m not sure why that’s had an effect on me but it had…

And these feelings just make it feel like hard work.

And I don’t want it to be.

Work, in the run up to the holiday, had been very busy and it was really knocking into my personal life. Pre-holiday I was just desperate for the break. I was hoping the holiday would help me feel better about things, and I suppose it has. I think I’ve realised I definitely want to post when I want too. I also decided my blog planner was actually making my feelings worse. The extra pressure is something I do not need right now.

Coming back from my holiday I feel like I need to start off this new phase of blogging with something positive. So I’m back to my 5 Happy Things, my favourite of all my posts to share.

5 Happy Things - Sunday

#1- Sunday’s to myself

Dr W went off on a boys weekend the week before our holiday. This left me with a weekend to myself, the Saturday I spent with friends, but the Sunday was a day for myself. I took myself off for my first 5k of the year (I’m dead chuffed I ran all the way!) I then treated myself to the rest of the day just chilling at home.

5 Happy Things - Breakfast

#2- Breakfast

I recently discovered I can cheat when it comes to Bubble and Squeak and buy it in M&S. I enjoyed an epic post 5k breakfast that comprised of Bubble and Squeak, sausages and egg. I washed this down with some wonderful coffee from 360 Coffee, I’m not usually a coffee drinker, but their Guatemalan blend is so tasty. This breakfast was the perfect recovery from my run and the coffee perked me up.

5 Happy Things - Holiday Cottage Scotland

#3- Holiday

As I keep mentioning, I have just returned from the most epic holiday. A week away in Scotland with wonderful friends. We had the perfect cottage, nestled in a very quiet place and there was even a hot tub – this made for perfect hiking recovery. We ate lots (probably too much), drank quite a lot of gin (oops!) and just had a great time. I didn’t want to return!

5 Happy Things - Hiking

#4- Hiking

Most of our holiday was spent on the hills, with 5 days out of 6 hiking. Not every time reaching a summit, but getting out and enjoying the mountains was just what I needed. Fresh air, no phones, my camera and time with friends. It was just great to zero my head, concentrate on the task ahead (some pretty challenging walking may I add) and enjoy the views.

5 Happy Things - Friends

#5- Friends

I’ve found it pretty hard leaving Manchester, and many of my friends behind. Spending a week with my favourite people has motivated me to arrange more time with them. We’ve got a few visits booked in already and are starting to plan the next holiday too. I’m pretty sure we will end up in Scotland hiking again! But I also know I need to meet more people down here in Worcester, so I’m going to explore ways to do that and hopefully add to my happiness.

So there we have it, a very happy list. Making me a more happy Emma!

What’s been making you happy lately? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Jess February 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I think you did the right thing taking a break. Often we forget that we all started blogging for the love of writing, and when it starts to feel like work it’s good to take a step back!

    Well done on the marathon, and your holiday looked amazing 🙂

    Jess | xx

    • Reply MissPond February 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Definitely 🙂 a break has brought me back into the mood to blog, but I’m definitely going to keep to only posting when I want too for the mo! The holiday was v much needed 🙂

  • Reply Natasha February 14, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Loved this post! I was doing Project 365 last year so I did a monthly round-up of my favourite photos and needed something to replace those posts this year so I wanted to recall my happy moments from each month, so this made me smile when I saw this post come into my inbox as I think it’s so important, now more than ever, to look back and enjoy the good things! I love that photo of the snowy hiking scenes in Scotland, how gorgeous! I can definitely relate to the last one too. I live very far from a lot of my friends so keeping in touch and making plans to see them is everything. Loved reading this post, it made me smile! Also, love your Minions pyjamas and fox socks in the first photo. – Tasha

    • Reply MissPond February 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      I did do that when I was doing project 365 too, I took inspiration from Little Miss Katy’s Happy Monday’s for these posts 🙂 Scotland was great fun 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 the PJs are from Primark and the socks from Accessorize!

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte February 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Your holiday looked so fun! Glad you’ve had lots of time to relax!

    • Reply MissPond February 13, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      It was thanks Jasmin 🙂 I wasn’t ready for work today but the break definitely helped x

  • Reply Peter Nicholson February 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I might just have to give that Guatamalan coffee a go! And I could to into that breakfast right now too 🙂

    Sunday’s are a day that I usually have to myself and I enjoy taking care of some blogging related activities. It’s a great day to reset, unwind and prepare right for the week ahead

    • Reply MissPond February 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      It’s such a tasty coffee, I’m not usually a fan, so this was a nice surprise. I haven’t had a Sunday to blog in a while, so it was nice to have some time to myself!

  • Reply Dannii February 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing holiday. I really want to go to Scotland and rather around and do some hiking.

    • Reply MissPond February 13, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      It was a wonderful holiday, thanks Dannii 🙂 Scotland is wonderful, well worth exploring!

  • Reply Rachel February 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I love the sound of a week away in a cottage, right now it actually sounds like absolute bliss x

    • Reply MissPond February 13, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      It was brilliant, a beautiful cottage and wonderful surroundings 🙂

  • Reply Gareth Torrance February 13, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’ve just started a diet and one of the first things I see on a Monday morning is that lovely looking breakfast!! Haha. And wow, a Sunday to yourself sounds like a great idea! One day I’ll be able to do it.. 🙂

    • Reply MissPond February 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      The sausages were the Heck 97% pork ones, eggs are fairly healthy too. Lots of protein was good for post running 🙂 I rarely get a day to myself these days so was very much cherished 🙂

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