Five Things That Made Me Happy This Week #21

Oh my, have I been a busy bee?! There has been a lot going on recently which has led to me running around like a fool, sleeping dreadfully, and generally feeling like I’m going to collapse in an exhausted heap at any moment. However, it’s all very exciting and positive so I absolutely cannot complain (although Greg would testify otherwise, oops!) Anyway, after missing a week, I’m back with a happiness round-up of the things that put a smile on my face over the last week. As usual, there’s chance for you to join in so feel free to add your link at the end and I’ll pop over to see what’s had you jumping for joy.

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1. A lifestyle change:

In my last happiness post, I very vaguely mentioned that I’d had some good news, the contents of which I couldn’t really share at the time. However, I’ve ‘gone public’ this week and I can now tell you all that I’ve managed to bag myself a brand new job! Eeek! After all of my harping on about waiting for change, it has finally happened and I’m so excited. I don’t like to get into too much detail about what I do for a living (and I’m not about to break that habit) but I can say that blogging has undoubtedly helped me in landing this role which is amazing. All of the spare time I’ve ploughed into writing has paid off in such a wonderful way! I’m secretly a little bit proud of myself.

2. Support and kindness:

Linked to my last point, everybody at work has been so lovely about me moving on. I’m so sad to leave all of my wonderful colleagues and some genuinely wonderful friends, but I know I’m doing the right thing. Everyone has said such sweet things and it’s joyous to know that you’ve made an impact on people or that they enjoyed working with you. You don’t get that kind of praise very often so I’ve certainly cherished it! There has also been plenty of support at home with Greg and my family putting up with my incessant waking up in the night, being permanently stressed, having the patience of a gnat, and being insatiably tired. I honestly don’t think I’d have fed myself had Greg not been cooking my tea every night!

3. A big family meal:

February is birthday bonanza month with no less than five close family birthdays in the space of a couple of weeks. So, last weekend, all of my family and Greg’s family got together for a huge joint celebration. We ate lovely food, chatted, and stuffed ourselves with cake – it was delightful! I always feel so grateful that our families are intertwined in this way so it’s always fun to have a catch up with everybody all at once.

4. House improvements:

Since we moved into our lovely house just over a year ago, we’ve made quite a lot of changes and it certainly feels a lot more like ours. There are still plenty of things we want to do but we bought some gorgeous new paint for the back room and the bedroom this week. Greg made a start on Monday whilst I was at work and we can already see a cosy, warm living room coming to life. We’re planning to make it a room where we can listen to records, work or read and just enjoy the sunshine streaming in. Besides, it’s the closest room to the kitchen so it’ll be great for breakfast and of course endless cups of tea! I’ve started to get carried away thinking about all of the lovely finishing touches that I want to purchase. I’ve already got my eye on at least twenty blankets.

5. A hair cut:

I haven’t done anything adventurous to my hair in years (the struggles of growing it) but it’s still so lovely to get it freshened up. Some people aren’t keen on the hairdressers but, to me, it feels like a little bit of pampering and indulgence. Just what I needed in the middle of a super stressful week! So, I finished work early, wandered over to the salon and relaxed for an hour as my beautiful stylist buzzed around my barnet. I’ve been going to the same stylist for over ten years so it’s always lovely to see her too. And, relief, I can now see from underneath my fringe again. Huzzah!

It has very much been a week of simple pleasures (because I haven’t had chance to do much else) but that’s okay with me! How has your week been? Share your happiness and gratitude by joining in with my link-up:

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  • Congrats on the new job! I love it when I hear peoples blogging side has managed to bag them something wonderful! Blogging opens up so many doors to us!

    Sarah πŸ™‚
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • Aww thanks so much, Sarah! Yeah I can’t quite believe it to be honest haha. Delighted though πŸ™‚ xx

  • Aww congratulations on the job, you go girl! This is such a lovely post idea, I loved reading all your little happy moments πŸ˜€ xx

    elizabeth β™‘ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    • Thanks so much, Elizabeth! That’s really sweet of you πŸ™‚ Also, feel free to do a happiness post next week and link it up – I love reading other people’s!! Will check out your blog too πŸ™‚

  • Jo

    Oh, congratulations Suzy on your new job! That’s such fantastic news! And how wonderful that blogging has played such a huge part in you getting your position! It’s wonderful, and I’m so happy for you! Yay for you taking a chance on change! πŸ™‚ And it’s so great you’ve had the support of your colleagues and family. It’s so cool that your colleagues are genuinely pleased for you, but also that they’ll miss you. That’s really pretty lovely!

    I love that both your family and Greg’s get together to celebrate the various birthdays, that’s just awesome! It’s just lovely that each side of the family is happy to share their celebration with the other, when their link is your and Greg’s relationship – people who may not have known each other otherwise. It’s great that you two have brought so many people together, who all get on and are happy to have a big celebration together. Really, that’s just beautiful.

    Aah, your house sounds really lovely! And it must be great fun continuing to put your mark on it, and seeing more of you in the place you’re living – making the house a home, as they say. I’ve always kind of done it in my head, try to think about how I would like a house to look once I have my own place, flicking through the argos catalogue and imagining what I would do. A lot of graft getting the walls painted and papered and what have you, but I’m sure it’s just going to feel wonderful when your house is exactly how you want it!

    Yay for a haircut! I actually got one today, and I’m one of those people who doesn’t like getting it done. (Don’t tell anyone, but it’s been 11 months since I last got my hait cut… and it was 11 months since the one before that! >.>) But I do feel great for having it done. It looks nicer and healthier and more me. I’m slowly starting to trust that these people know what they’re doing with their scissors. Must be great having the same stylist for the past 10 years, you already know she’s going to do exactly what you like from experience. I’ve just got to build that relationship, I guess. Yay for nice hair, and being able to see clearly! πŸ™‚

    So glad you had a happy week, Suzy, even if it has been stressful, too! Hope this week isn’t as stressful! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! It’s all a bit of a dream at the moment and I don’t feel like it’s truly happening but I feel incredibly grateful!! Life change is hard but I’m sure it’s all going to be worth it.

      Oh goodness, you should get on Pinterest for house inspiration. It’s CRAZY how much beautiful stuff there is!! You’ll get lost in it all haha.

      Aww I can totally sympathise about finding a hairdresser that you trust though! Like you say, you’ve just got to build up that relationship so that you can go more frequently than every year haha.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I’ll nip across and read your five things now! xx