Wednesday, 31 January 2018

5 Things That Made Me Happy In January

One of my goals for 2017 was to be positive. My mind seems to be stuck in a negative rut. No matter what I think of, I always think of it in a negative way first before realising there are obviously positives. I believe that this is one of the worst traits about myself, but it is something that I want to completely transform in 2018, and I hope that by the end of the year, all the work I will have done on my mind will completely pay off and I will automatically think if a positive way. 

To help me achieve the transition to a positive mindset, I've been trying to do various things. Every evening, either when I'm driving home from work or doing something in my flat, I say out loud 5 things that have made me happy that day, it can be tiny or huge, there really are no limits. Some days it can be a cup of tea first thing in the morning, to loving how my hair looks. I've noticed that doing this everyday is actually having a huge effect on my mindset and is helping me to adjust to thinking positively. 

For my blog throughout 2018 I want to do a monthly roundup of things that have made me feel great. Meaning if I am feeling particularly crappy over a long period of time, I am able to look back and see things aren't actually that bad. So here are 5 things that have made me happy in January! 

Getting professional help for my mental health

This was one of my resolutions for the year and I did it in the second week of January. Even though I was incredibly nervous and cried a hell of a lot during my first session, I did it!! The first session was just an assessment to see what sort of help I needed. I am now on a waiting list for a Self Esteem and CBT course, which again I am super nervous but I know it is going to be the best thing for me. I am so proud that I did this so early on in the year, and I should hopefully be starting the course in March. 

Seeing Paramore 

I went to see one of my favourite bands with James! I absolutely love Paramore and their gigs are always incredible. I spent the evening dancing and singing as loud as I possibly could to all of my favourite songs. Also if you have been to a gig on the Paramore tour, how banging did Hayley Williams look? Ultimate girl crush. 

Booking a city break with James

Despite the fact that me and James have been on a ton of trips together, we've never been abroad. This year we want to do two Europe city breaks and one week sun holiday. We've booked our first city break to Berlin and we are going on the 1st of Feb! I am beyond excited, we've received a ton of recommendations of things to do from our friends and we cannot wait to get exploring. 

Planning for the year

If you know me well, you'll know that I tend to be quite organised with most aspects of my life. I love planning ahead and ensuring that I always have things in my diary. I've been plotting in lots of different exciting things throughout the year, think gigs, festivals, visiting friends etc. I want to make sure I have at least one thing each month to look forward to, and so far so good!! 

Spending quality time with friends 

I have quite a lot of friends that live in different cities to me, so ensuring I have quality time with my friends is so important to me. Because I have my own flat it is fairly easy to arrange dates for my friends to come and stay with me. There is nothing I appreciate more than an evening with one of my best friends, spent catching up, laughing our heads off and just completely filling my heart with joy. 

I'd love to know what 5 things made you happy in January and if you have any tips for being positive!


  1. So glad you seeked help for your mental health. I hope you find peace within yourself and the sessions throughout the year.
    How I stay remotely positive is having 'me' time to unwind and collect my thoughts in order to process them without adding negative responses to it, I'd recommend trying that if you haven't already but most importantly, just do you and you'll find your rhythm.

    Keep smiling girl! xo

  2. I hope you enjoy Berlin!

  3. ah I love it when people are open about their mental health. I hope CBT goes well for you! xx

  4. You're doing amazing! You have already achieved so much in such a short space of time and you make me so proud every day! Keep going buddy, you got this!!!

    Abi xo |

  5. aw i love the idea of saying 5 things that made you happy - such a good routine to get into! i started a gratitidue journal where i write down 1 thing a day and that's been really, really eye-opening for me!

    mental health help was also one of my biggest ones as well....and snap!! i did it too, girl!! i really hope it works for you, im 2 sessions in and already feeling more positive!

    katie. xx

  6. This is such a lovely post, and I'm so proud of you for taking the steps you needed. You're such a lush person, inside and out, and I think 2018 is going to be your year! I bet you're so excited for your city break too - have the best time and I want to see loads of pics! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  7. Awww lovely blog post to read, it looks like you're on the right track! Such a massive step to get help so well done for you, I'm sure 2018 will shape up to be a fab year for you x

    Yasmin 💗
    The Sweet Seven Five

  8. Lovely post Abi! I too am inclined to think in the negative and this is something I desperately want to change. I really like your idea about saying five things aloud each day- and how these can be big or small. I'm glad to hear you have found this has made a big difference, I'm going to try the same!

    Also, good on you for reaching out for the professional MH help. I hope I'm not being too nosey, but I'd love to hear how you get on with the CBT and the Self Esteem one also - these are things I'd like to try as I struggle in these areas too. I've heard great things about CBT.

    Sarah x
    She Was a Day Tripper

  9. Ah yes girl! I've been working on this year switching to more of a positive mindset as well and I always at night actually try and say at least three things I liked about my day :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  10. I am so jealous that you got to see Paramore! I had tickets but then couldnt make it x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty 

  11. Great post!! Sounds like a lovely trip to Berlin, always wanted to visit myself!!

  12. Love this post! Hope you enjoy your trip away

    Ellie xx

  13. Well we don't really know each other yet but I am so glad you got professional help for your mental health. I did the same around this time last year after months and months of having my boyfriend begging me to do so. It was the best thing I could've done and I am a completely different person now. You'll probably feel like you don't really want to go sometimes, but please make an effort because it WILL be worth it :)

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  15. This is such a lovely happy post! Hope you had a fab time in Berlin x

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