Writing/reading about happiness

Shots of happiness | Flowers edition

I don’t know about you but I just love spending time outside whether that’s; out in your garden, at a lakeside, in a forest, at a reserve or on the beach. There’s something just so refreshing about the cool air blowing against your cheeks, or the soft pitter patter of raindrops upon the ground – likewise a gorgeously sunny day setting off a scenic area, making it look more picturesque than ever.

This week hasn’t been particularly sunny in England , but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still beauty surrounding us even just a few footsteps outside of our door. So here’s some flowers I liked to look at this week, we mustn’t forget that there’s beauty in everyday although the news mostly shows us otherwise. Please don’t forget to take at least 20 mins each day, to really thoroughly live in the present moment and have a good look at what’s around you.  Hope you all have a fab week and let me know your favourite places to spend time in the outdoors!!

 

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See you again soon!! Love from Lottie x

Writing/reading about happiness

The Happiness Project

Bazinga and we’re back again! Today I’d like to share of my favourite things with you, I  bought on holiday a few years back. A one day trip to Coronado Island  brought us to a lovely bookstore, however, I cannot remember the name of it for the life of me, but it did have a welcoming atmosphere and beautiful arrays of books.

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this one sentence journal by Gretchen Rubin, by the shallows of the window light inside the wooden case was this little gem!

So for me personally, the first thing I noticed about this journal was it’s simplicity, clear cut colour theme and single bird art on the front cover which gives a really uplifting touch to it.  I also really love the quotes and teachings at the header of each page, gives you an extra something to think about for every day. But perhaps my favourite thing of all about is this journal is that it spans 5 years. There is no printed stating date which leaves you to mark your first one sentence on the specific day you’re on whichever year you may have purchased it in. To me that is quite special as I can’t trust my memory to fully remember some of my favourite memories in life so I am using this book as a ‘memory card’. This way I can’t forget all the small or large things in life that make me extremely grateful and bring back moments of pure, unstoppable laughter, or a grin as wide as the Cheshire Cat’s.

I don’t know about you but most days I can never finish a full length day journal, I just about keep my diary and calendar up to date! Of course I start, year after year with the best intentions of writing a few pages of a journal per day, but being realistic I know I’m unlikely to follow it up properly. I love to write poetry and occasionally attempt a short story, so I personally think I would rather put more energy into those rather than a few diary pages per day.  Anyhow we get the drift I’m not a major journal/diary person. Maybe you are and that’s fab! We’re all different , whichever works for you 🙂

Here are just a few examples of things I have put in, clearly I’m far from finishing my journal on some pages, but I’m getting there across the years for a spectrum of different treasures to remember so that I can make it last over 5 years for a real variety to look back through.

This journal can be bought online at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happiness-Project-One-Sentence-Journal-Five-year/dp/0307888576, so I would really like to recommend it to you guys out there. Find 5 mins per day for a simple sentence or two, alternatively once or twice every week if you want to have 5 years+ and write down what makes you most happy on those particular days.

Thank you for stopping by today, best wishes and keep smiling!

Lottie x