10 Things That Made me Smile Last Week

We all feel like some days everything is going wrong, however I always find that Monday is a reflective, positive and motivating day of the week for me. I definitely had a few moments last week where I felt life’s little struggles, from not getting enough sleep, technical problems with my computer at work, silly and pointless arguments with family members. All those unnecessary negative things can leave me feeling infuriated all day, so much that it is easy to overlook the good things that happen. I for one try to find happiness as much as I can, because life is too short to sweat the small stuff. So if you suffer from Monday blues or like to reflect like me, here is my quick recap on 10 things that made me smile last week.

1. Decluttering

I decluttered my bedroom last week which included sorting out my wardrobe and getting rid of all of those random bits and pieces you collect and hoard over the year(s) (why do I have so many post it notepads?!) As well as decluttering the random items in my room, I decluttered my wardrobe. I began by moving over my Winter clothes into a vacuum pack bag and took out my Summer wardrobe. This allows me to see the clothes I will actually wear over the coming months, and helps me to re-evaluate what I actually wore last Summer and determine if I am going to realistically wear it this coming season. If it’s a no, I always make sure that I donate my unwanted belongs to charity, waste not- want not and all that! What I love about doing this, is that along the way I always find some outfits that I forgot about. Whether they were a fashion favourite or a faux paux, there’s something so exciting about rediscovering old outfits!

There is also something so freeing about decluttering resulting in mental health benefits of less stress and anxiety, more peace and even a better night’s sleep. Through my decluttering I have also found that I now only reach for things I need and use, and those little moments of frustration frantically searching for that top in the chaotic mess has diminished. I can also testify to my mind feeling more organised. Just knowing that everything is tidy and in it’s place is so satisfying and definitely has brought me more peace of mind.

2. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes!

Following on from the declutter this meant that I could actually see how many clothes I have and actually wear. This left me with about ten tops for summer (for both causal and nice) meaning that I had a bit of space to get some new items! All of you fashion lovers can relate to this right? You don’t have to justify to yourself where your hard earned money is going that month, because it was clearly fate for you to get that top you have been eyeing up in Zara! Therefore last week I made the most of the Summer deals and purchased some new high waisted shorts from Missguided, a couple of Bardot tops, and a pair of causal trousers from Pretty Little Thing, as well as a couple of tops from Zara. I swear there was room in my wardrobe! Ah, who cares I absolutely love Summer clothes, and this little joy definitely made me smile. Keep up on my Instagram this Summer to see these beauties in action.

3. Pilates

This isn’t a shock if you follow my blog posts, but Pilates always calms me as well as gives me a good workout. Last week I devoted parts of my evenings to it, making sure I did 30-40 minutes workouts. I tend to follow Pop Pilates/ Blogilates on YouTube but after following it for the last year and a half (on and off) I was impressed with myself to see that I could create a whole routine on my own. This left me feeling energised and those achy legs from too much sitting at work disappeared! I’m genuinely happy that I have found a form of exercise that I actually love. Although I don’t devote as much time to it as I have liked to (using the “I’m too busy” excuse) the fact that I incorporated this into my routine last week made the world of difference to my whole week. Exercise has the reputation of being such an effort, but when it’s something you genuinely enjoy, it shouldn’t be an effort! In a dream world I would start every morning before work with some Pilates, but I also like my sleep too much!

4. Chasing the Sun

I don’t know what has been going on here in the U.K but what beautiful weather we have been having! I’m a big sun worshipper and I walked around with a huge smile on my face like the Cheshire Cat (but not creepy!)

The glorious sun also makes for some beautiful sunsets too

5. Connecting with Bloggers

I love discovering new people on here and across social media,who inspire me with their photography, blog posts, Instagram feed and Youtube videos. Similarly I’m astounded every time to see how far in the world a post on mine may go. Thanks for having a read, your support means a lot!

6. See That Line Where The Sky Meets The Sea It Calls Me…!

I know, I know. I have jumped from working adult life straight back into my childhood joy for Disney. I am just going to say it, I have no regrets. Moana is a must watch! Everything about this film is so nostalgic for me, with subtle references to other Disney films which were so poignant in my (actual) childhood some 20 years ago! If you’re gonna do one thing this week, just watch it.

7. Innocent Laughter

There is a reason that children’s laughter lights you up so much. On one of the sunny days last week I took my lunch to the local park and saw a group of the sweetest little kids playing in the park. Funnily enough they were just laughing their heads off by pushing each other. Then before you know it the youngest one, maybe a year old was making a run for it with his little wobbly legs!

8. Appreciation from Work

I am soon to be leaving my job to go on a new adventure (more on this to come!) and have felt an overwhelming amount of appreciation from my co-workers. It’s a really great feeling to have your good work be acknowledged and valued. As sad as it is to be leaving a place you feel comfortable, life is all about new adventures and growth. On that note, if you notice any of your colleagues do something noteworthy, a little compliment goes a long way!

9. I’ll Be There For You

I’m a huge fan of Jess Glynne and am loving her new song! It’s a huge friendship anthem, ironically also giving some definite Friends vibes. If anyone wants to send me a concert ticket, I won’t say no!

10. The Royal Wedding

I mean come on this had to be on your list too! From the love between Harry and Meghan, the love of the supporters, the sweet bridesmaids and page boys, the dresses, the nationwide tea parties, the scones that were baked, the Prossecco that was popped as well the universal “Aww”, that was exclaimed when the new married couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife. I loved everything about this. I even visited Windsor the day before to get a glimpse of the action where I spotted many a celeb presenting from the Queen’s favourite castle. I couldn’t help but feel the buzz of excitement throughout the town; there was almost a Festival feel to it all. Also it was sunny! Britain sure does a Royal Wedding well; this was a well and truly fabulous occasion to my week!

I feel like it is so important to take a moment to reflect on the small things that make us smile. It’s so easy to get caught up in everything that is wrong, difficult or frustrating, rather than finding the light in our daily lives. Although there may not be another Royal Wedding around the corner, I hope that you too can find the joy in the little things; because it’s the little things that matter too.

17 thoughts on “10 Things That Made me Smile Last Week

  1. Natalie, just thought you might like to know that I gave you a mention in today’s blog, To Do or Not to Do – voicesinmyhead.blog. Maybe it will get you a new reader or two!

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  2. Thanks for the reminder about doing things that make you happy. I am an anti-clutteraholic and just sitting in my living room enjoying the minimalism of it makes me ecstatic. I won’t even tell you have joyful I feel when I look at my kitchen! My drawers are a bit of another story though…..But I’m working on it. Lovely post.

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