The one where I tell you about five things that make me happy

I am very lucky and grateful to be happy in my life. Life is full of hurdles, and sometimes we need to pause away from social media (or in my case doing puzzles) and look at what makes us happy and how lucky we are.

Here is a list of five things that make me happy. 

5. Writing

I love writing. I write my diary, which is this AMAZING one line a day diary from Amazon, seriously, it's beautiful and I love it! I write starts to books, though I'm still to finish one! I write my blog. I find it so much easier to express myself through writing. Writing opened up a whole new world after my traumatic brain injury. I couldn’t talk much, but what I could do to communicate what was happening was write. I love to write by hand, and on the computer. Writing is like going into another world for a bit. You lose yourself. It’s sometimes good to drown out the outside world! I like my own little world, it's quiet in here!

If you buy one diary this year, make it this one! (also, you can start it anytime and it lasts five years!)

4.My health

Right now you are probably doing a double take, and thinking, “are you mad?” Well, the answer probably is yes, but I'm good at pretending, so ssshhhh. I've even got a letter saying I am sane! "After what you have posted about your health, are you having a giraffe?” No I am not giving birth to a giraffe or having a laugh. We all know I am not the luckiest with my health, but if I didn’t have these health conditions I couldn’t help others and I would find it harder to relate to others. I am at my happiest when I am chatting to people and answering any questions they may have, or giving advice to help others get through something. There are people far worse off then myself, and I am alive. It has made me stronger, and has made me enjoy the small things in life.

3. Music

I love Music. When Gareth is driving me around in the car we are singing at the top of our lungs to my Spotify playlist called “LiveLoveLaugh.” On that list is everything from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper - a bit of cheesy fun there - to Bring me to Life by Evanescence with every type of music genre in between those two. I love all types of music. I clean. To music. I dance on one leg to music, which half the time ends up with me getting carpet burns because I fall on my knee and arms! In fact, the first day ever I stayed overnight with Gareth, I was doing my makeup in the morning, dancing to Metro Station and I fell badly enough he had to rush me to A&E. Great start to a relationship, fortunately he didn't run to the hills (bonus points if you get the Iron Maiden reference, told you I had a diverse music taste.) I dance with Gareth, and Scazzy our dog. Don’t tell Gareth but out of the two, Scazzy is the better dancer! Ssshhhh! I didn’t say that...

I have also recently discovered Amazon Music Unlimited, which I love. It has over four million songs to choose from and you can try it out for free for thirty days by clicking here! You can never go wrong with free music!

It isn't all Nelly Futardo!

2. My Animals

At my Mum’s there is the family dog called Daisy and my cat Marbles. Marbles lives at my Mum’s as I didn’t want to uproot her from her home. At Gareth’s we have five fluffy cats that now live outdoors, as the house is too small to house them all. They get plenty of cuddles and love. Apparently the garden belongs to them now, and Scarlett is tolerated on sufferance, though I think one of the boys fancies her!

Daisy is Scarlett’s sister. Daisy is so quiet and chilled out, the complete opposite to Scazzy. Daisy’s favourite toy is this Kong (she prefers the pink one for some reason!). You can pack it full of treats and she spends hours getting the treats out. She loves to have cuddles, and to eat lots. I think Daisy’s favourite thing is to go on long walks. My poor Mum is getting older now, and she out-walks my Mum!

Unicorns I love them, Unicorns I love them...

Marbles has lost her Marbles! She is as mad as two hatters. Or maybe one hatter talking to himself, I'm not sure! She lives in my mum's garden as my Mum is allergic to cats, but she loves living outdoors. You will find her either lounging in the sun or winding Daisy up when Daisy plays out! Marbles likes to try and eat sausages. We had a barbecue during the Summer and she jumped up to where the Barbecue was, and tried to nick a sausage! Mad cat!

Food? Please? NOW HOOMAN!!

The 5 cats at Gareth’s are called Bobby, Mumbles, Penguin, Smidge and Tigger. They are all bonkers. They are typical cats, and love to be lazy and eat lots, oh and have lots of cuddles. Gareth spoils them that much that he built them a custom den in the old coal shed where they even have a human bed!

Old picture - and no, I couldn't get all of them in one, it's like herding cats!

Scazzy is one in a million. She is my best friend in the animal world. She has been through the good and the bad with me. She lies in bed with me when I am really ill, then comes on most adventures with me. Scazzy loves to play. Her favourite toy is anything that has a squeaker in it. You can guarantee that Gaz and I will be watching a film, it gets to a tense moment... “EEEEKKKKK!” She's a nightmare when you're watching a horror film and she makes you jump! Her tail never stops wagging! I swear one day she will fly off with that tail!

Nope, no pictures 'til I get treats!

1. Family and Friends

My family and friends are amazing. Gareth is included in family as he is my partner. You have heard a lot about my Mum and Gareth so I will talk about my brother and sister.
Chris is 25. He is amazing. He defies all odds. He is my hero. I have so many fond memories of Chris. One of them being as really young children aged four and two we used to sit in buckets and throw water at each other. Now Chris is 6'5 and 100kg and is hoping to compete in the visually impaired judo event at the Paralympics for a second time running. He is working so hard! I can’t be prouder of him!

My bro and I looking daft at Christmas

Hannah is 23. She is beautiful and talented. Hannah is one amazing writer, dancer, tea maker and sister. She is such a star. Like all my family she has been there for me through the good and the bad. One of the fond memories I have of Hannah is watching her dance from age five with her little pigtails, to when she was 17 on pointe in a beautiful outfit. She is a magnificent ballerina. At age 21 she left university with a degree in English Literature. I told you she was talented! She is now a journalist and I couldn’t be prouder.

Hannah, ever the elegant one!

I see my family on Birthdays, Christmases, Easter, celebrations etc. Really any excuse I can!
My friends are amazing. I couldn’t ask for better friends. They are so understanding, and they are always there for me. I see my friends quite regularly, and as the blog goes on you will hear about my adventures with them, like our disastrous trip to Alton Towers with Marie!

Many things make me happy, but these ones are really special, and I feel so blessed to have them in my life! What makes you happy? Let me know in the comments!

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I loved reading your post, it was well written and it made me smile.
Yay! Thank you for your kind comment! πŸ’œπŸ’œ I am so happy it made you smile, 😊🌸 xxx
AimΓ©e said…
Love learning about you and your family. You belong to a wonderful world of wonderful people and I hope it forever stays that way, and you a forever positive princess! Lots of love doll! x
Pets are the absolute best! I was feeling very low a few months ago and adopted a kitten and ever since, I have been looking forward to go home from work! Family, bf and friends make me happy too !
Abby said…
These are five of my favorite things too! And your playlist is ON POINT!! Bring me to life will always be a favorite of mine!!
Aww thank you for your very lovely comment AimΓ©e. πŸ’œπŸ’œ You are right, they are all wonderful! I will keep staying positive. ❤️πŸ’•πŸŒΈ xxxx

Aww thank you for your kind comment Corinne. πŸ’œπŸ’œ You ar right pets are the best. I am glad the kitten has brought great joy to your life. 😊 Yay! I am glad your, family, friends and bf and make you happy. 😊🌸xxxx

Aww thank you for your sweet comment Abby. πŸ’œπŸ’œ Yes! I wish I had the voice to sing Bring me to Life, but I sing out of tune! Haha! 😊🌸xxxx
Unknown said…
This post was a great idea! And 'Marbles has lost her marbles' was a great touch.

Yvonne Wabai |
Thank you so much for your kind comment Yvonne. πŸ’œπŸ’œ I am glad you liked the humour. Yeah, my cat Marbles is mad so I say she lost her marbles. Haha! 😊🌸 xxxx
Unknown said…
It is important to keep track of what makes us happy and stick to that mojo. Happiness takes great effort to earn and is not something you get by default. It takes tons of hard work to change your mindset and learn to be happy about things. I make it seem like it's rocket science, but to a certain extent, it really is.
Sharon said…
What an amazing post. Really enjoyed getting to know whay makes you happy! Family and friends are everything and your pets are adorable!!!!
Aww thank you so much for your kind comment. πŸ’œπŸ’œ I am glad you enjoyed this post. My pets are cute hehe! ♥️🌸xxx
Elin said…
This was such a lovely post, loved reading about what makes you happy! I completely agree with you when it comes to writing and music :) x

Elin |
Eline said…
I so, so hope I get to read a book written by you one day!!
glad you're in good health and your dogs and cats are so cute!!
Joy at
Aww thank you for your kind comments Elin.πŸ’œπŸ’œ Yay! I am glad you agree with those two. πŸ˜ƒ xxx

Aww Eline, thank you for such a kind comment. πŸ’œπŸ’œ That means the world to me, hopefully that will happen! 😊🌸xxx

Aww Joy! That you for the sweet comment! πŸ’œπŸ’œ Yeah the animals are so cute when they behave themselves! 😊🌸xxx
Unknown said…
Wonderful post and really enjoyed your honesty. And I love all the fur babies!
Aww thank you for your kind comment! πŸ’œπŸ’œYeah I am lucky to have lots of fur babies! πŸ’œπŸ’œ
Coffee_With_Jen said…
Your pets are adorable!!
Aww thank you Jennifer! πŸ’œπŸ’œ They are very cute. 😊🌸 xxx
Unknown said…
Wonderful Post I really look forward to reading your blog it always makes my day. I myself have 4 guinea pigs and they make me very happy.Also family and friends of course.
Thank you unknown, for your very kind comment! πŸ’œπŸ’œ I am so happy it makes your day! πŸ˜„ Awesome! What are your 4 guinea pigs called? I think guinea pigs are cute! 😊🌸xxx
Unknown said…
This is such a lovely post! I think it is always healthy to be grateful and happy for your health! We take it for granted sometimes !
Thank you for your very kind comment Kylie! πŸ’œπŸ’œ We do take it for granted, and being disabled has made me stronger. 😊 xxx

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