Friday, 23 January 2015

Let's all be happy

Happiness is something to want, you wish for, you crave. Happiness comes in different forms, from someone telling you they love you to a giant delicious cup of hot chocolate. 

Things that have been making me happy recently are:

-Coffee dates with friends and loved ones. Spending time laughing, chatting and being together. 
-Boardgame nights. Being invited to friends houses for fun boardgame nights this week has be so fun. 
-Nero's mint hot chocolate. It's to die for.
-Trips away. Planning for a mini trip away on Monday is so exciting.
-TV news. Watching the trailer for 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' has made me super excited! I love Ellie, and I really looking forward to seeing this show. Plus the casting announcement for SuperGirl! Amazing choice indeed.
-Re-watching the American Office over and over and over. 
-Buying new pretty dresses.
-Getting my art and my business out in the world. It's slow, but I am so proud of what I have achieved so far.
-My new Polaroid camera. I'm documenting my life lots more with this little gem.

What makes you happy?

Monday, 12 January 2015

Life

Life is a funny thing. You spend most of your early life wishing you were older. Wishing you were old enough to drink, go to clubs, have people take you seriously, and so on. When you finally get older you realise it's not all what it's cracked up to be. You realise that those clubs aren't where you want to spend your time. Drinking isn't all that, and drinking lemonade can be just as fun. 

Then after a while you realise time is moving too quickly. You are losing people you love, and you are forced to grow up. Be an adult. And then you wish for the old days of no worries. I have been thinking about a lot of this recently. It's all been playing on my mind. I don't want to grow up. Parts of my life, I do want to be an adult. I am a happy person, who is finally happy with myself. I like what I like, and I am proud of that. I have friends you love me. They actually love me, silly old me. Sometimes I need to take a moment to tell myself this. But part of me wants to be young and care free. I wish for those days at art college, where things really didn't matter. You could just make art, and not have to worry. But maybe I do want to grow up. Life is good. Adult life can be great. Making art because I want to again, and it's for me. Not for a grade or mark or degree. It's for me.

I also need to tell myself to slow down. Life is wonderful and amazing, and it needs to be cherished, enjoyed and loved. I just need to take every day for what it is. Enjoy it all. Because I am lucky for each new day I get.  Another day to love, explore, enjoy, feel, share, emote, and have. Life is an adventure, let's just live it.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Coffee shop hang out

I love the notion of going for a coffee. Whether it's meeting friends, having creative meetings, family catch ups, coffee dates or just needing that little bit of time to yourself. I love nothing more than grabbing a good book, my sketchbook, pens, and a good cup of coffee, and just relaxing. 
Yesterday I decided to visit quite a few different hidden gems in Canterbury.
I had different coffees, hot chocolate, and pretty teas. Being greeted by staff and finding the nicest spots to relax. Having time to relaxing in little caf├ęs gives you the chance to take everything in. Make choices, come up with ideas, relax, be yourself, and take some you time. Yesterday was lovely because I had my beardy partner with me. We shared lots of different teas, coffees and yummy snacks.
I have needed to relax for such a long time. That's why I am really looking forward to my week off at the end of January. It's going to be a lovely week, filled with friend dates and a three day break with David. So having a little relaxing day was just what I needed. We ended the day in a tiny tearoom. It was dark outside, and tiny fairy lights lit the room. We had pretty tea in cute cups.
This was the perfect end to a long day. A day which made me smile. Plus, I found lots of new favourite places to visit.

Monday, 5 January 2015

My new Instax mini

So I took my new Christmas present out for an adventure yesterday. My gorgeous new Instax mini 90. I woke up on a misty morning and hopped on a train to Ramsgate. The sun had come out to play there, and no where else. It was still rather cold, but the sun was shinning.
I went down to the beach and harbour area to take some photos. Searching for cute spots to test out my camera.
This new Instax camera is wonderful. Mainly because of the new features it has. Plus it's new gorgeous design. It also comes with a neck strap now, which is so handy for taking photos. This camera has various new modes including, macro, party, kids, landscape, self-timer, and a double exposure mode. Which is a very fun feature. You get to take two shots, which come out in one photo.
Another good thing about this camera is that it has a rechargeable battery. This makes the camera so much lighter and smaller. Which is perfect for packing into my bag to take on trips. I'm still learning how this camera works, and the best way to learn is just by practice and taking lots of shots. I'm enjoying documenting my life lots more with this camera. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

This Christmas

When you work in retail, Christmas is just one day. All that build up. All the Christmas coffees, busy late night shopping, wrapping up warm in the cold, listening to Christmas albums, snugging up watching movies, and all the pre-Christmas snacks.
Christmas Eve was spent at work, but when I finished, I had everyone waiting for me at home. We had tree presents and I made us all hot chocolate. Hot chocolate with candy canes and marshmallows on Christmas Eve was perfect. Mmmmmm. Too delicious.
Christmas Day was wonderful. The house was full, and it was full of love too. I just felt so loved, and happy. I know I am very lucky to have my family in my life.
I received lots of cute gifts, nerdy gifts and grown up gifts. I was very spoiled. Life is moving in a perfect direction.