I feel like we all need a bit of cheering up at this time of year. Right? Christmas is over, back at school/work, it’s cold and the next holiday seems very far away indeed! Music can be such a game changer for me when it comes to lifting my mood. When I’m feeling a bit down I just turn my headphones up and play some feel-good music and I feel better almost instantly! The right music can be a very powerful thing.

Today I’m going to share with you my top twenty ‘songs that make me smile’ – and I hope they will you too!

  1. Pencil full of lead – Paulo Nutini (always reminds me how lucky I am)
  2. Better when I’m dancing – Meghan Trainor
  3. Azonto – Fuse ODG
  4. Can’t stop the feeling – Justin Timberlake
  5. Hold my hand – Jess Glynne (makes us smile because it’s the song we walked back down the aisle to as a married couple!)
  6. Dancing queen – ABBA (classic!)
  7. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  8. I want you back – The Jackson 5
  9. Love on top – Beyoncé
  10. Hey ya! – Outcast
  11. Uptown funk – Mark Ronson
  12. Price tag – Jessie J
  13. Marvin Gaye – Charlie Puth
  14. Dancing in the moonlight – Toploader
  15. Heatwave – Wiley (my holiday song!)
  16. Baby – Justin Beiber
  17. She’s so lovely – Scouting for Girls
  18. All summer long – Kid Rock
  19. Hey soul sister – Train
  20. Get lucky – Daft Punk

Happy listening and keep smiling!

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Happy new year and HELLO 2017. I love the positivity the start of a new year brings. We’ve still got a week left of our dream honeymoon so it’s difficult to reflect on home life or imagine anything other than this beach existence we are currently living! But soon we will be home and I’m focused on setting some goals to make 2017 even better than 2016.

Last year was full of excitement for me: I got married, graduated, started my teaching certificate, had my honeymoon to look forward to as well as visiting several other countries too. Looking forward to 2017 it doesn’t seem quite as jam-packed! But there are always things to be excited about or strive for.

2017 holds for me (so far!):

💗 My first full year as a Mrs and our first wedding anniversary.

💗 Finishing my post grad teacher training and (all being well) getting my first job as a teacher!

💗 Summer holidays to Greece and Portugal.

My goals for 2017:

⭐️ Finish my PGCE and get a job!

⭐️ Continue to grow my blog, extending my readership and improving my content.

⭐️ Take more photos and improve my photography skills.

⭐️ Get back in the gym and lose those few holiday pounds and get my six pack back!

⭐️ Get to as many places as money will allow, both in the UK and abroad.

So, now that I’ve committed these to paper I guess I’ve got to achieve them! What are your goals for this year?

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2017 and a big THANK YOU for reading my blog 💗

We all make New Years resolutions don’t we? Grand plans about how we are going to drop a dress size, become fluent in French, learn salsa dancing, the list goes on. New year, new me. In its most basic sense – I love New Years resolutions. The idea of wiping the slate clean and starting a brand new year with new intentions really appeals to me. However, a lot of the time the promises we make to ourselves after a few glasses of bubbly are not realistic, not achievable and not always that helpful to our sense of wellbeing. Constantly failing our resolutions on January 9th is not great for us! So, here are some ideas of some achieveable goals which I will set for myself, which are worth making.

1. Say yes more. I truly believe that life is for living. Say yes to the party, even if you don’t really fancy going. Challenge yourself, take a risk, say yes to the promotion/ holiday/ date. You’ll never know if you don’t go!  Cram as much as you can in while you can. Having a ‘yes I can’ attitude can have a really positive impact on your wellbeing too and you will radiate positive vibes to everyone around you.

2. Try something new. And it doesn’t have to be salsa dancing! But it could be! For me, even just trying a new music venue I haven’t been to before, a new cuisine or a new genre of film is exciting. It could be a new hobby or even a new career – but try at least one new thing in 2017.

3. Move a bit more. Next year I pledge that instead of getting the bus to and from uni, I will get the bus there but walk home. Just taking on a tiny bit more exercise in your routine can have a huge impact on your health, fitness or wellbeing. Try getting into the habit of going for a long walk every Sunday without fail, whatever the weather, or perhaps swimming on a Friday evening to relax and wind down after work. Whatever it is, it doesn’t need to be a huge fitness over haul. Just a small change is enough.

4. Drink more water. In previous years I’ve tried all the usual ‘cut down on this’ and ‘stop having that’, but I find it much more positive and helpful to think of what I can add to my life rather that what I should take away. Water is so important and most of us don’t drink nearly enough. Carry a water bottle round all day and try to drink just one more bottle full than you naturally would. Before you know it you’ll be feeling more awake, hydrated and happy.

5. Tick something off the bucket list. I know a lot of things may not be achieveable in 2017, or the year after that! Many things on my list will take me decades to get to probably. But I think it’s certainly realistic to aim to tick off just one thing per year. And if not then maybe your list needs revisiting! Potentials for 2017 for me include: surfing in Cornwall, volunteering for charity work, visiting Ireland, eating in a michelin star restaurant or swimming with turtles in Zante.

I hope you found some of these helpful and that it might give you some ideas for your own resolutions. Personally, I like to make resolutions and set goals but don’t beat myself up too much if they don’t materialise. There’s always next year right?!

Don’t worry, be happy. Peace and love to all and wishing you a truly magical 2017. I hope all your dreams come true.

Happy new year. 

Love from,

Happy 1st December!

Okay, I’ll admit, this post is as much for me as it is for everyone who reads it. I’ll be the first to admit that I can get a little down in winter time; I’m a summer girl through and through and the short days, dark mornings and cold weather really put me in a bad mood sometimes.

I truly believe that when life gets you down you can make such a difference to your mood by just acknowledging the amazing things in your life, the things to be grateful for, and appreciate just how bloody wonderful life can be. We all have up days and down days, but hopefully this list will remind you (and me) of the little things which can make us so, so happy.

💖 Loved ones. This may sound obvious but if you have people in your life who you love to bits and who love you back then we all need to be grateful for them everyday. But especially around Christmas which is a time for celebrating our family and friends. If I’m ever feeling miserable on a cold evening I cuddle my hubby, call my mum/nan or one of my close friends and I feel better straight away. Love makes the world go round – be grateful for it.

💖 A warm home. Not everyone has a lovely warm home to stay out of the cold winter air so it’s really something to be grateful for. I’m guilty of taking this for granted. I’m always complaining about our flat; how small it is, how it can get damp in the bathroom. But in reality we are super lucky to have a nice place to live and somewhere to be happy and relaxed.

💖Pretty Lights. Christmas lights are getting more and more beautiful every year and London especially is somewhere which really goes in for pretty lights. Everywhere you go the shops and restaurants are decked out in gorgeous classy displays and it just makes everything look lovely.

💖 Cosy nights in. At this time of year it’s easy to get a bit down in the dumps because we tend to go out less right? In the summer I’m always down the park, going for walks or (probably more often than not) in a pub garden! Being outside gives us endorphins and makes us feel happy and energised. But there is a real joy in coming in from work, kicking back with the TV on in your PJs and chilling out with the heating on full blast!

💖Good movies. Now, I’m not what you’d call a Christmassy person, but even I’ll admit that Christmas time is the best time for fantastic movies! It’s really the only time of the year when you can turn your TV on at any point and there is a wide choice of actually decent films on the normal terrestrial channels! I love it.

💖People are joyful. Now, this time of year may not fill me personally with buckets of joy (scrooge, I know!) but plenty of people absolutely cherish wintertime and find themselves overflowing with Christmas cheer. And generally, when people around me are happy – I’m happy.

💖Only six months to summer! And, if all else fails, we are over halfway to the best time of year again! Summer will be round in no time. Right?!

Wishing you a very Merry December full of joy and happiness.