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Five Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now

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You’ve heard the whole ‘social media is just a highlight reel of someone’s life‘ a million and one times before, but you know what? It’s always wheeled out because it’s so true. On the whole I feel like a pretty put together, happy chappy but there are times that suck balls too. A few months ago I was tired and stressed, I couldn’t keep up with work (hello one week blog break back in May!) and I just couldn’t seem to muster up the enthusiasm to jump back into things with some proper gusto.

However, over the past couple of months I’ve pinpointed exactly what I needed to tweak in order to turn up my motivation levels and tune in some focus. IT’S BACK! I feel so much more relaxed, like my brain has taken a long-overdue dump (that’s a mental image for you there) and I’ve got my Cheshire cat smile back on. Here’s what I’ve been working on…

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GETTING ORGANISED

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been getting less and less organised. I don’t know why, but I’ve been losing my Virgo edge and haven’t had as clear focus when it comes to goals and to-do lists. I think things just got busy. Like real busy. Busier than they’d ever been, and with more plates spinning than before – podcast, wedding, keeping my videos and posts going as normal – I began to not even write to-do lists. I KNOW. Let’s all just let that sink in for a moment… 

Now that things have calmed down a bit (see final point about saying ‘no’ all the damn time), I’ve put pen to paper in my BulletJournal and I’m planning again. I have tick boxes coming out of my ears and am colour co-ordinating everything in sight. I have my list mojo back and I’m feeling organised and on top of work in a way that I haven’t been in a long while. It’s amazing what a list or two can do, eh?

AN OFFICE MAKEOVER

Part of my new surge in productivity has come from switching up my workspace. Not only have I joined a co-working space that I plan on dropping into once or twice a week, with the main aim of meeting people and therefore no longer waiting for Mark to get back from work like an excited puppy at the top of the stairs. I’ve also rejigged my home office. Whereas I don’t see us re-buying furnishings for other rooms in the home for years, I feel like a home office deserves freshening up every now and again. It’s looked the same for pretty much two years now so I felt that it was time to update and give it a little millennial pink makeover.

I’ll pop up a haul and a made-over office tour when it’s completed, but I’ve treated myself to a new chair (this blue velvet one from West Elm), some prints for the walls, pillows, storage and a few other bits and bobs to tone down the green and inject a bit more feminine flavour to the room. It’s fast becoming my favourite space and I can’t wait to see the end result.

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READING

I blame Love Island for my lack of pre-bed reading. For the past two months I’ve been laying in bed, headphones in, iPhone propped up on a stack on books left unread as I binged watched the TV series of the summer, whilst Mark slept and stuck his elbow in my back (a new habit that he has picked up now we’re married which is great). But now I’m back on the bandwagon thanks to some reading recommendations from the One Girl Band newsletter. On the topic of newsletters I have to say that I love getting stuck in to one these days – are there any others that you’d recommend?

Book-wise though I purchased ‘You Are A Badass’ and ‘You Are A Badass At Making Money’ by Jen Sincero and ‘Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women’ by Otegha Uwagba. I love this genre of reading; I like to feel like a book is giving me a swift, hard motivational kick up the rear and I feel like this trio will do the trick. I’ll report back.

FREE WEEKENDS

There’s a great game that we all seem to be playing these days called ‘When’s Your Next Free Weekend?‘. ‘Free‘ being defined as no family or friend engagements, no weddings, parties, hen dos, dinners or BBQs, just a free day with absolutely zero plans for you to re-enact that Kim Kardashian GIF of her lying in bed with a full face of makeup on, if you so wish.

I’ve recently just done a stint of pretty heavy weekends, doing lovely things with family and mates, but with little time to sit/lay/binge Netflix/think that I should spend the time being productive/continue to lay on the sofa in my PJs. You get the gist. Now for the rest of month we’re looking pretty free at the weekends (Mark has told me to keep this a secret, so perhaps writing about it on here isn’t the most discreet) and I can’t bloody wait. We’ve been meaning to finishing renovating our flat for about the last year and a half and hopefully with a bit of spare time at the weekends we’ll actually be able to start planning it. I look forward to shopping for tiles (NOT!) and partaking in an epic five hour nap.

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HOMEBODY HEAVEN

I’m a complete homebody. Always have been, always will be. There’s nothing quite like a big ol’ dose of home to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think I say the phrase ‘I LOVE MY BED‘ approximately 9 times a day. My work means that the majority of the time it’s more beneficial for me to be at home because it’s easier to film and edit and nice and quiet for me to tackle my inbox and bash out posts. However I often find myself up in London for meetings or events, or on trips, which is lovely too (trust me I ain’t complaining – teenage Anna would never have dreamed that traveling for your job was even a possibility!). Sometimes being away from home though isn’t the most effective use of my time and things can often get a bit backlogged upon my return, although travelling does make me feel super glam and like teenage Anna would be so proud.

So for the month of August, I’m rooting myself in Brighton (almost!). I’ve condensed my London days down to just a handful and there’s no trips on the immediate horizon. Instead I’ve been spending my time squirrelling away at my desk and cracking down on my to-do and it’s felt rather lovely. Sometimes you have to say no, put yourself first and prioritise your time and your wellbeing. It’s all about self-love and bed-love. See? Here I go again for the sixth time today…

Photos by Lauren Shipley


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  • Ronja

    Lovely post! Glad to hear you’re feeling happy and organized. This post came at just the right time for me, too – gonna start writing my To Do-List immediately xx

  • It’s always the small things that make us the happiest, aren’t they?

    Have a happy (free!) weekend!

    xo,Rosie // Curvy Life Stories

  • I feel like we are so similar! I’m a Virgo too – a total homebody! But also love seeing family and friends but I do need my free weekends. I LOVE those motivational type of books and podcasts too, and I hate not feeling organised and on top of things – it totally stresses me out! Can’t wait to see your new office 🙂 xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Style Beauty Travel

  • I always feel guilty when I’m saying ‘no’, but you’re right, sometimes it’s more about taking time for yourselves rather than always pleasing others! An office makeover sounds great as well! Lovely post 🙂

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

  • Ray

    Being a homebody too I can totally relate.. I love my quiet times.

    http://www.underaytedray.co.uk

  • ella ryder

    Glad you’re feeling more on top of things Anna! I love being at home too, my bed is my favourite place ever haha xx

    http://www.ellaryder.com

  • I’m a bit of a homebody myself and was nodding along to this – putting yourself first is the key to happiness for sure! Great post x

    alicered.co.uk

  • Yes to being a homebody! I’ve had a bit of a similar situation with extremely busy weekends and lack of sleep, travels etc. Now I’m looking at one more busy weekend and it’s back to Netflix. I am looking forward to it! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • I totally get you on needing to be organized. At the moment things are so busy and papers are starting to pile up and it is not relaxing at all. But I have a free weekend ahead of me, at least as free as a weekend with small children will ever be, and I plan on reorganising our house!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I am totally a homebody too! And I think your work environment is so important too so I’m so glad you have that sorted now 🙂 LizLiving

  • Loved this! Can’t wait to see what you do to the flat x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • I love changing my work space whenever I feel unproductive. A stale space really can slow down your productivity. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done with it!

    Nicolette | http://www.nicolette.co

  • Abi Street

    So excited how you’re going to do your flat! I’ve recently moved and i’m still sorting this so need inspiration asap x

    Abi | abistreetx

  • You must do an office tour ASAP! I thought it looked great before, but I can’t wait to see the updates!

    Caitlin
    https://www.re-mix-her.com/

  • Julia Deutschen

    Often, the small things make us the happiest.
    I recently stopped spending every evening watching Netflix to find some time to read and it´s such a great way to spend your time.

    xx Julia

    http://www.talesofjules.com/

  • Hailey

    It’s always so nice to sit down and think about the little things that are making you happy! And for newsletters, I highly recommend Girl’s Night In! It’s all about self care and weekly reads, the ultimate granny email 🙂 http://girlsnightinclub.com/?ref=NVlsY3NnK3Q%3D

  • Jude

    Loved this post and I can totally relate to having all the weekends busy but a actually sometimes you just need a good weekend at home! I absolutely love the Sheerluxe daily newsletter, I’m 30 and in a professional job and I feel like it really hits the spot for me. I’ve also started a weekly newsletter from my new blog- Which is a world away from my day job! My page is http://www.juderivers.com if you want to check it out! Much love xx

  • Abz Kellett

    I’m all about a weekend to just do nothing. If I have two weekends in a row where I’m busy and doing something I feel like I need to take a month off! Just leave me to watch Riverdale in my unicorn onesie and I’ll be fine

    abzfabz.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’ve been reading a lot more recently and enjoy the little time out I have to myself!
    http://www.lottiegibbons.com

  • Being organised makes me happy too, trying my best to stay organised

  • Always love your posts 🙂
    Miki xx

    http://littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it

  • Being organized definitely keeps me happy too! There is something uplifting in ticking things off your list!

  • Elisabet

    I’m sure you know it but A cup of Jo has amazing newsletters (an amazing blog!)

  • Gosh, I love this post Anna! I can relate to being super busy lately and my mojo’s been returning since I’ve taken some time to go back to planning! Home life is the best life haha

    afomaumesi.com

  • elisha mae

    I bloody loved this post Anna! So happy to hear you’re back to organisational-OCD self.

    Also, keep us posted on that office makeover – I love your interior posts.

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • HarrisonBeach

    It’s far tooooo easy to lose track of things & fall off that organisational wagon! Glad to see you’re back!
    http://www.byharrison.com

  • Lavnya Balenderan

    Love your blog post! Lots of love from surrey!

  • I love this post. I can relate. I’ve been so busy lately that I just shut down and went on auto-pilot. Trying to start to-do lists again and make myself more accountable and productive. xx, Richel V.

  • Loved this post Anna, found it uber inspiring to do an overhaul on my life too! Reading is one thing I really want to get back into – I used to read alll the time but with endless tv series to get into I have dropped the ball. Will check those ones out!
    Holly x | http://www.thechroniclesofholly.com/ | https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/chronicles-holly-13610625

  • I’ve just re-done my home office too and it’s such a rewarding feeling. It’s not 100% finished but I’m liking the progress so far! Thanks for sharing.
    -Kathryn xx
    http://hellokathryn.com/

  • Christine Fabian Ruste

    Please do a house tour! I love you aesthetic and your level of organisation is just perfect.

  • Such a great post! Being productive and spending more time at home always makes me feel better.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

  • I love this post! xx
    Liv| fairyfondant

  • Loving this post and it’s many many positive vibes. I agree completely with your takeaway. Shoutout to self-love and bed-love, yes!

    http://www.theindiebyline.com

  • Elin

    I looove this post! This is exactly what I needed as I´m going back to uni next week. You have the most genuine style of writing<3

  • Lisa Autumn

    Free weekends are so important 🙂 You look so genuinely happy Anna! Makes me happy 🙂

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Fab post Anna – I’ve totally got my eye ona grey ottoman for my home office … totally don’t need it but it will look perfect in there and just a little tidier too!!!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

  • I LOVE this post. I know what you mean — I think, working from home (by our sad selves.. all day long..) can lead to bouts of feeling just… NO. Way more so than I ever felt working in an office 9-5. It exposes your failings (or seeming-like failings) more than any other work environment. It’s tough, and we lose it from time to time. I’m so happy to hear you got your ‘mojo’ (FOR LACK OF BETTER WORD) back! Now, just need to find mine…

    Eire | Wolf & Stag