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The Happiness Project: July

July 29, 2016

I’m sitting here thinking about what I’ve been up to the last month and I can honestly say, the end of June seems like forever ago. There’s been so much going on the last month I feel like I haven’t stopped. I’m definitely ready for a holiday! July is probably one of the biggest months of the year for me because it’s my birthday. Which means there’s lots to be grateful for this month! Here are some of the things that have made me happy the last four weeks…

5 Non Material Things That Have Made Me Happy In June

Birthday Celebrations: As I’ve mentioned my birthday already, we may as well start with that! At the beginning of the month I celebrated my twenty-second birthday *eek, yes I’m still little!*. I say ‘still’ like it’s a bad thing but I actually love meeting new people, especially work contacts and telling them I’m only twenty-two. Since leaving school six years ago, I’ve achieved so much so to me 22 is just a number!

When it comes to my birthday it’s normally nothing short of a week’s worth of celebrations, I’m worse than the queen. That’s the problem when you have such a big family and lots of people to see. However, it was so nice to see everyone and I’m super grateful for all the lovely presents I received. Two of the highlights were definitely dinner at Fifteen and my evening at the casino where our friends from Reading even joined us.

Here’s to big things in the year of 22!

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Presentations: This is a bit of a geeky one but I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys proving your intelligence. For those of you that don’t follow, I’m talking about sharing what you know with others. A lot of the time you sit there day in day out at work, plodding along doing your everyday jobs not really thinking about how you learnt to do it. However this month I had to do a presentation in front of my team about a tool I used in my previous job and I was amazed at how much I knew about it.

Presentations in front of people you know can be super daunting and stepping outside your comfort zone is something everyone will have to do at some point in their lives. However there’s no better feeling than coming away knowing you smashed it. It took a while to get into and I spent many hours putting the presentation together but I was really pleased with the finished product.

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Yoga: It seems like forever ago now but at the end of June I had the privilege to host and take part in a Yoga at the Shard bloggers event. You can read all about the event in my Yoga at the Shard post but the reason why I’ve listed it in this post is because since then I’ve actually started attending regular yoga classes!

For some reason I’d always turned my nose up at yoga before. I think it was probably because I thought it was a bit too spiritual and chilled for me. However, I’ve finally found what I’ve been missing in my fitness regime! It feels so good to stretch out your whole body, especially as I spend most of my days sitting down. I’ve very quickly fallen in love with yoga and my mum even bought me a yoga mat for my birthday. So stay tuned for more posts about that…

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Weddings: Wedding season is in full swing and last week I had the privilege to attend the most beautiful wedding. I’ve not been to many weddings before, this was my third to be precise but there’s something super special about them that make me so happy. I’m quite an emotional person as it is (I cry at the John Lewis advert EVERY YEAR), so a wedding for me isn’t complete without a few teary moments but it’s such an honor to be invited to share someones special day with them.

It also makes me really excited about my own wedding. Not that I’m anywhere near having one yet but most girls will agree that’s all they can think about when they go to a wedding! Lots of ideas have been stored up there in my little head. Just don’t tell Andy!!!

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Pokemon Go!: The last thing that made me happy this month is another geeky thing. This month saw the launch of Pokemon Go! If you don’t know what that is, I suggest you crawl out from under your rock and google it now. Gaining more active users than Tinder in just a few weeks, this augmented reality app has become one of the most successful games of all time. To be honest, the whole thing completely fascinates me.

The first Friday night it came out we went down to Southend Seafront to see which Pokemon were around. It turns out we wasn’t the only ones with that idea. The place was heaving with people walking around catching Pokemon. I’ve never seen anything like it. We actually ended up walking around for nearly two hours. Yes, it may sound really sad but instead of spending the night at home being lazy and watching TV, we spent the whole evening out of the house being active, so who’s laughing now? I’m a huge fan of sad little communities like this and I love reading all the crazy stories about it in the news. Whoever thought of it, I take my hat off to you! It’s genius.

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What’s made you happy this month?

 

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