Thursday, 17 April 2014

5 Reasons to Smile

I'm normally quite a positive person, so finding moments that make me smile isn't particularly difficult!  

However, these past few months have been very testing for one reason or another, so I like to remind myself of the small things that are definitely worth turning that frown upside down for.

One. Hot cross buns. I mean, what's not to love here? I had my first hot cross bun (who am I kidding; that's definitely not singular. I ate half a pack) of April this week and it. was. delicious! I love the sticky, sugary, cinnamon-y goodness and would eat them all year round if I could. I don't like to toast mine, but I do love a shit load of butter. How about you? 

Two. Painting. I've had a very positive reaction to some of my illustrations lately too, which, although that isn't what I do it for - it's definitely encouraging! I really, really appreciate the support and it has been wonderful to be able to put pencil to paper and just immerse myself creatively! It's a hobby I've always loved & it instantly takes me to my happy place. 

Three. Tulips. They are EVERYWHERE at the moment & they're such a happy looking flower, I love them. I love all the different colours they come in & how the just cheer up any room. I must buy myself some soon!

Four. Stats. I'm not a blogger who's obsessed with stats or my 'follower' count, but I've really loved being able to have the time to put a lot more effort into my little piece of the internet. Its been even more lovely to see newcomers & older readers alike enjoying the new content; so thank you! It really makes me smile to know what I type about is remotely interesting to others!   

Five. Living. Seeing my boyfriend recover from a stroke has been an eye opener, to say the least. It's almost a cliche to say how 'precious life is' & how we should 'live every day like it's your last'; but I can't help but feel it has truly sunk in this month. Even though I may not be travelling the world or working in my dream career or even earning a lot of money; I think finding myself feeling happy, no matter what the reason, is far more important lately. Don't sweat the small stuff. Our health & happiness are what's truly important.
… I also caught the last of the sunshine before the sun set & that made me smile too.

What makes you happy? :)
xo

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  1. I love this post <3 So simple and it made me smile

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    1. Aw thank you Kayleigh :) I'm so pleased xx

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  2. It's a really good post, while simplicity but untap a beautiful energy and sensitivity that I appreciate very much, I also love tulips, sunrise and sunset also made me smile and makes me happy!

    Be Happy Sam!♥

    XXX

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    1. Thank you very much! :) that's so kind xx

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  3. This is a very beautiful post. I found your blog quite recently but I'm really enjoying it, it's really nice! x

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    1. I love hearing that :) thank you so much xx

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  4. Touching and beautiful post! great reasons. I can relate to them as well ^_^
    http://www.jaseyjade.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm loving this positive post.

    Totally agree with you on nr 5, feeling happy no matter what's going on is so important. I truly believe that happiness is a choice, and it warms my heart every time I hear or see someone choose happiness, even during trying times.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Thank you Elikia! & you're most welcome :) I'm so glad you liked reading it xx

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  6. just lovely Sam, i'll keep reading as long as you keep writing :)

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    1. Yay! Hopefully will get lots of posts up in future :) x

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  7. This was such a sweet post. Number 5 was my favourite. It's amazing how certain life events can make you see life with a whole new perspective. It looks you have exactly the right kind of outlook on life :)

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. This is such a lovely post. I'm really enjoying the sunshine too, and long weekends! They are for sure a good way to cheer me up =P

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  9. Your illustrations are gorgeous! We've had a tough few months too but always try and look on the positive side, look forward to the future and believe it will be better and appreciate what we already have! x

    Kat from Blushing Rose Beauty

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  10. Thank you for you open words.

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  11. your drawings are adorable! this is such a cute post! :) x
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

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  12. This is so lovely! :) it definitely made me smile so thank you! Alexandra, x

    http://alexxkate.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. I just (re)discovered your blog! and Wow this post gave me a lovely warm feeling inside. xx

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  14. I think this kind of mentality is soooo important. We all have 'tough times' but life can always be tougher, and posts like this remind us to be thankful for not having a 'tougher' life. Lovely :)

    Sophie x

    www.yourgirlislovely.com

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  15. Just discovered your blog, and love it! Amazing blog post, very inspirational!! :)
    xxx
    P.s. you are amazing at drawing!

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