Happiness is an often fleeting thing, and sometimes I find that the tiniest little shock can unbalance me from my own happy moments, and when coupled up with the bigger losses in life, it can sometimes seem like the world is against you, rather than for you. Being an optimist for me means that even in the most dire of situations, things can get better and there is always hope but even I sometimes struggle with that notion. So recently I have been trying to appreciate the little things. A moment. A gift. A letter. A song. A film. A book; anything to lift me and remind me to keep going and keep persevering, even in times of hardship and stress, and lately these are the little things that have been making me smile!
Sunshine streaming in through my windows and bathing the carpet in golden light.
Fresh duck eggs from a local farm, with teal coloured shells.
This beautiful rose quartz ring, which comes from the wonderful Kerri from Quirky Koala's Etsy store - Juniper Galaxies. Go and check it out if you love gemstones and beautiful jewellery!
Enjoying the view.
Grabbing my rucksack, which was a birthday gift from my wonderful friend Immy - whose blog you can find here - and heading out for a stroll in the sunshine.
These winding country lanes.
One of my favourite soundtracks and films, and this particular piece of music is one of my favourites for walking - it always makes me feel like I've been transported to another world!
Books, books and more books. I picked up The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper and The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black; who is one of my favourite authors! She tends to write dark fantasy novels with lots of folklore interwoven into the story - definitely check her out!
My good friend Vickie sent me a couple of her old geography magazines and I was happily geeking out while reading about amazing aerial photography amongst other things. Even though university is over, I'll never stop being a curious geography geek!
Pinbadges from the RSPB. I got this little one a while ago from Whinlatter Forest, and these always make me smile. They cost £1.00 each and the money goes straight to the RSPB and any of their current projects. This is currently my favourite one, a Garden Tiger Moth, and I've started to build a mini collection since starting university back in 2011!
Gemstones will always make me smile.
From Top with the large white and green stone, going clockwise, these are:
Green Tree Agate, Botswana Pink Agate, Ocean Jasper, Picture Kalahari, Malachite, Snake Jasper, Sunstone and Leopard Jasper.
The BBC's new Shark series is absolutely stunning and I've always been fascinated by the ocean and all of the amazing creatures that call it home, especially the Giant Manta Rays. The last episode is on tonight at 9pm and it is the BBC's nature documentary team at their best. Also I highly recommend the new Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell series which just started last Sunday - I desperately need to read the book but first episode in and I am already hooked!
Origami! These little bunnies are very cute, and if you want to make your own, this tutorial is the simplest one and her channel is full of quick crafts!
And if all else fails - sit with your soot sprite and re-watch any Hiyao Miyazaki you can get your hands on!
Hope you're all well!