Hello! What have you been upto over the last week? I thought I would share with you the last 7 days of my #100happydays project.
On Day 41 I headed into Edinburgh because I had a few things to get as well as attend some social commitments. After meeting with a friend for coffee in the morning, some shopping and meeting another friend for coffee, I headed to SYGN for a catch up and some good old cocktails with Francesca. SYGN is this beautiful and trendy cocktail bar just off Charlotte’s Square in Edinburgh where you’ll find a mix of young professionals, couples, besties and some pretty snazzy cocktails shakers. I like the atmosphere, it’s somewhere I could sit and enjoy for a long time. Not to mention the cocktails are lovely, and if you’re looking for something a little on the cheap side they do a £5 selection too! Here’s another photo I took that evening.
Day 42 brought me happiness because I’d almost forgotten about them! Not intentionally though, there has been a lot of other slightly more pressing things taking up residence in my mind recently and these got pushed to the bottom of the list. For my birthday I decided I was going to design myself a pair of converse with some birthday money I had received. I created this beautifully flamed orange pair that clash in the most amazing way and I love them. They arrived in the post and it was such a nice surprise. I like little surprises.
Having a lot on my mind has become a theme of 2014, and especially Day 43. I’ve been working hard to try and undertake different techniques to relax my mind and be less stressed. Ultimately I can’t control what is happening and that’s the hardest part so sometimes I need to remind myself of my new mantra.
I adore reading about photography. It’s always enjoyable learning about something you love, one of my favourite books is Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig, he writes in a way that I find so easy to follow. He presents questions and challenges that give me this rush of excitement to explore. On Day 44 I spent the morning absorbed in this book, I really enjoyed it even though I’ve read it quite a few times before.
When was the last time you stood and took in sunset or sunrise? I don’t mean having been present whilst sunset was happening, but actually stood and appreciated it? I haven’t in a long time, so to have a moment when I could just take it all in was good. Standing back and just appreciating life is important.
For the first time in weeks I was able to join the running club on their Tuesday evening (Day 46) run. I joined the running club a year ago today with their ’10 weeks to 5k’ programme and then continued with their intermediates group. It took a while to actually enjoy running and to see the benefits, but I’m so pleased I stuck with it as unlike anything else it gives me the best natural high and is fantastic for clearing my head. Even though I have days where I’m not feeling overly motivated I don’t think I could give up. It makes me body feel so good and look good. On this particular run the evening sun was shining and we ran up this incredibly difficult hill. I couldn’t run the whole way but kept trying little snippets. By the time I reached the top my legs felt like jelly, but seeing the top and views of the town were so relieving that I had to take a photo. Happiness came from the hard work this day.
Day 47 is a little bit of a soppy one again. I was speaking with one of my friends and after hearing her excellently happy news it made me appreciate all my friends. I’ve said it before on here but I really am so lucky to have amazing and supportive friends in my life, and whilst we move through new chapters at a different pace than we did when we were younger, it’s good to know that they are always around.
I can’t believe I’m almost halfway through this challenge! Have you been doing the #100happydays project? Go and have a look at what it’s all about, because it’s certainly worth it. Appreciating happiness is important, and it can come from the littlest of places or gestures.
- Ellie x