50 things that make me happy.

To be Happy is something subjective, but I wanted to count my blessings, and put on a post what makes me happy.

  1. Planning! Because it is a comfort, and it is always something that I can fall back on. You can tell I’m an Aspie, can’t you?
  2. My family. Obviously.
  3. Blogging. I never thought that this would be a project that’s taken me forward for half a decade, and as far as I have come.
  4. Twitter. Because the people on it are usually nice to me.
  5. CHIPS!
  6. Chatting about the Presidents.
  7. Getting an email from a brand that I would love to work with, saying that they would love to work with me!
  8. Washi tape.
  9. CATS!
  10. Anything Queen related, because I LOVE their music.
  11. A new pair of shoes.
  12. Netflix, late at night, with a bowl full of ice-cream.
  13. Anything that comes in the post-I love to receive Blogger mail, or letters from my correspondents.
  14. Sylvia Plath’s poetry.
  15. Downloading new albums on iTunes.
  16. Being included in the Freddie Friday hashtag.
  17. People online who are autistic, and leave me lovely comments on my posts about ASD.
  18. Blog chats.
  19. Cheese toasties.
  20. A good hair cut.
  21. When an author that I love makes a new book announcement,
  22. The smell of Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck.
  23. The song ‘I Thought I Told You That’…
  24. And ‘Left Outside Alone’.
  25. Getting an honest blog comment.
  26. Being tagged in a blog award.
  27. Running into friends that I have not seen in a while.
  28. Blogger mail.
  29. Browsing Paperchase for new planner related materials.
  30. Seeing Sylvia Plath in the newspaper.
  31. A good joke.
  32. Visiting the cat cafe.
  33. Lemon sherbets.
  34. A good manicure.
  35. Writing on the first page of a new notebook.
  36. looking through fountain pens.
  37. The feeling after a prayer, when I feel at one with myself.
  38. Strawberries!
  39. When people appreciate me baking-because I don’t cook, but making cakes is something I’m half decent at.
  40. Collecting Vinyl and finding a gem of a record.
  41. The feeling at a concert, when everyone is just so caught up in the music, and it’s almost as if time has stopped.
  42. Playing Articulate.
  43. Red nail varnish.
  44. Uploading several posts at once.
  45. Watching Highlander and being able to sing along.
  46. A peaceful pint of Cider at the pub.
  47. Queen Rock Montreal, the album.
  48. A new biography of Jacqueline Kennedy.
  49. A visit to Foyles bookshop.
  50. A visit to the British library.

What makes you happy?

 

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50 things I’m grateful for.

Let’s change the tune of this blog, if only for a day; lets be grateful! These are fifty things that I am grateful for, and I wish to inspire you to do the same. And these are in no particular order, please note.

  1. Being able-bodied.
  2. The day I was FINALLY diagnosed as having Aspergers Syndrome. It explained so many things-my flat voice, special interests, lack of eye contact, some clumsiness, etc.
  3. Having a home.
  4. Having learning support.
  5. That I’m still blogging after all these years.
  6. My planner. Because it keeps me organised and feeling less anxious!
  7. Being able to learn in a country that supports my rights as a female.
  8. My family.
  9. That an editor liked my pitch to be a teen columnist, and allowed me to write as a Columnist.
  10. That this is specific legislation in place to stop gender and disability discrimination.
  11. To even have a blog.
  12. To have faith.
  13. CATS!!
  14. To have met Brian May.
  15. To have interviewed Anastacia.
  16. ‘Left Outside Alone’.
  17. That we have a stable political system. Sort of.
  18. And that I am allowed to read.
  19. That I was taught to read and write.
  20. That my vision problems were picked up quickly.
  21. Glasses! Because I can finally see.
  22. Curly hair. It’s what makes me, me.
  23. The right to vote.
  24. The feeling I get when I see a brand email.
  25. The sound of the church bells where I live.
  26. Smell of cut grass.
  27. Summer.
  28. That I may or may not be starting on the NTCJ course soon… (Watch this space!)
  29. Anything rose gold. So pleasing to the eye!
  30. Twitter. I love Twitter.
  31. The Bell Jar.
  32. The Diary Of Anne Frank.
  33. To have been able to explore Brighton.
  34. That I have enough food.
  35. Poetry.
  36. Red nail varnish.
  37. Fifties-style dresses.
  38. Twitter blog chats!
  39. That I have now reached the age of eighteen. Finally!
  40. To understand the workings of our political system.
  41. My typewriter.
  42. All blog comments.
  43. Print media.
  44. The feel of silk.
  45. Amy Macdonald and the ‘This is the life’ album.
  46. Spike Milligan’s verses.
  47. CATS! (Oh wait, I already wrote that….)
  48. Anything APPLE.
  49. The smell of wonderstruck.
  50. You commenting on this post.

What are you grateful for?

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50 Things That I’m Excited For. 

Here’s another one for the fifty things series….here’s what I’m excited for!

  1. Anastacia will be performing at the Brighton Centre in June. Her concerts are really good-as well as cool-and I love to just have a good singalong to old hits I used to listen to.
  2. Soon to be starting my NTCJ course.
  3. Leaving college. Whilst it has been a bittersweet experience, and I’ll miss some elements of the instution, I want to begin my journalism career, and start to write, be trained, interview people, etc.
  4. I have an interview coming later this year…I can’t wait for you all to read it!
  5. Alfie Boe and Michael Ball will also be playing Brighton in December.
  6. Further blogger collaborations to come.
  7. The end of Pretty Little Liars-just WHO is this mysterious A.D, what do they want, and why?!
  8. Kingsman two is coming out later this year. Because who wouldn’t want to see a sly film with moments of comedy, complete with a now resurrected Colin Firth?!
  9. Constructing a guest posting fortnight.
  10. How To Stop Time By Matt Haig is coming out-as a fictional novel, it looks awesome, and I can’t wait to read it.
  11. The release of The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman. It made me cry!
  12. An interview with Rowan Coleman coming in June.
  13. Trying to monetise my blog.
  14. Still filing my column!
  15. Lissie will hopefully be playing a few U.K. shows, later this year, and maybe with some new music, although don’t quote me on that.
  16. Brain May and Kerry Ellis may be touring also.
  17. Christina Aguleria also may be releasing a new album.
  18. Pilates!!
  19. People’s birthdays-I love to create funny gifts to give to them, complete with my verses, in order to make them smile.
  20. Starting to get more involved in Blog chats.
  21. The publication of Sylvia Plath’s letters-in a fuller volume. More blog content to come soon!
  22. Queen Extravaganza have been teasing a new projects that’s ostensibly underway on their social media…
  23. And who wouldn’t be excited for them maybe touring!?
  24. New monopoly boards.
  25. A mental health magazine that is being set up by Nicole at A Beautiful Caos.
  26. The new pandora collection.
  27. The Hilary Clinton biopic. I would love for this to be released in the UK-and just because she’s one of my heroes.
  28. Finishing my exams.
  29. Finishing education overall.
  30. Not being judged by people my own age for my clothing choices.
  31. The end of PLL. Oh wait, I already mentioned that…
  32. A new John Grisham thriller.
  33. Even more Blogger collaborations!
  34. Working with a new US-based PR agency.
  35. Dawn O’Porter’s new book.
  36. Jodi Picoult may be releasing a new book?
  37. A new novel that I can’t say too much about…
  38. Ann Shoket and her book. Let’s hope it comes to the UK!
  39. The Little Mermaid-the live action remake.
  40. Blogosphere magazine and their new ventures.
  41. Utilising an iPHONE for this blog.
  42. Utilising a MacBook for this blog.
  43. JFK 100.
  44. Shopping for new clothes! Gotta get kitted out to look like a Journalist…
  45. Ed Sheeran is touring.
  46. Phil Collins is also touring.
  47. Pitch Perfect Four is rumoured to be in production?
  48. Living up to the expectation of the 365 day challenge.
  49. Finishing the 365 day challenge.
  50. Blog chats!

What are you excited for?

Lydia

XO

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50 Things That Make Me Happy.

Good morning!

There’s this post (click here to view), which I have recently been reading. I was very inspired; we could all do with spreading kindness, adding a little happiness to this world. So, adapting this post slightly, these are fifty things that make me happy, and some of them you can also try out!

  1. Seeing my name as a byline. Does nobody else get this? Even just on a blog post, there’s great pleasure in seeing what I’ve written being in circulation.
  2. A lovely piece of jewellery in a shop, simply for its aesthetic appeal. (If you don’t believe me, Instagram any jewellery!) 
  3. Praying.
  4. Writing a blog post. And seeing the response. 
  5. Writing in general; I like to write away my thoughts, just to get rid of them, or to document the day, or for an audience.
  6. Lemonade.
  7. The smell of candles on a birthday cake, having been blown out.
  8. Baking a cake, and done well. Because when I bake, I usually mess it up badly-burning, raw, etc.
  9. Decorating my Filofax. (You need to try this if you have a Filofax.)
  10. And with lots of Washi tape!
  11. The woods by my house when it’s autumn. Such pretty shades.
  12. Twitter. The people over there make me smile daily. (Join in with other bloggers!)
  13. Topshop magic liner. Because… yeah.
  14. Getting stuck into a good book, and reading so much that you forget time.
  15. Colour coding my Filofax.
  16. Reading other blog posts-This Stuff Is Golden, Country Katie UK, Gala Darling, and Dorkface are all really good.
  17. Testing a new nail varnish shade.
  18. Editing blog photos. So satisfying!
  19. Finishing off my latest crochet project.
  20. Listening to Tired Of Being Blonde by Carly Simon.
  21. Curating a Playlist.
  22. Pitching for a new interview!
  23. Left Outside Alone by Anastacia.
  24. I want it all by Queen.
  25. Netflix.
  26. Starting a new drama box set. (Needless to say, I was really sad when The Fall finished, and am always on the lookout for a new box set.)
  27. Bloggers and the #FF Hashtag.
  28. Matt Haig and his Twitter account. He tweets sense!
  29. Politics memes.
  30. Cat memes.
  31. Getting a new proof copy to read in the post.
  32. Getting any letters in the post.
  33. Typing on my Typewriter. I love the sound.
  34. Kiko Kiss Balm. So creamy.
  35. Anticipation in the run up to a party.
  36.  My friends sending me cat photos. (Don’t ask..)
  37. Writing my column.
  38. A good music gig.
  39. Mist, because of the cinematic landscape it creates.
  40. Skittles!
  41. Smoothies from Boost.
  42. Getting a new pair of glasses, after a new eye test-I’ll be able to see again!
  43. A productive day blogging.
  44. Playing Articulate.
  45. Finding a cupcake ATM. This has happened, and we found it whilst visiting the states.
  46. A book about the US presidents and First Ladies.
  47. Drafting an interview.
  48. Chocolate!
  49. Pitching.
  50. This is the life by Amy Macdonald. 

What makes you happy?

Lydia

XO

50 Things To Do If You’re Bored. 

A friend sparked the idea for this post; she was bored, and messaging me, asking all sorts of questions. Here are fifty things to do if you’re bored!

  1. Read a book. Any book. 
  2. Go for a walk.
  3. Dream about a holiday you wish to take.
  4. Plan to make it a reality.
  5. Reorganise your bedroom.
  6. Colour code your planner.
  7. Colour code your wardrobe.
  8. Even colour code your shoes!
  9. Have a blog post brainstorm.
  10. Learn a craft.
  11. Use that craft.
  12. Rip out any articles you wish to keep from your magazines, and file them away in a folder. Can be about anything.
  13. Sign up to be a volunteer.
  14. Do not go on a shopping splurge.
  15. Plan a day out.
  16. Plan a picnic.
  17. Challenge yourself to learn all fifty states of America.
  18. Learn to recite a poem, the longer the better.
  19. Dance crazily to old songs.
  20. Sing!
  21. Dance!
  22. Even practice your Jazz hands 😁
  23. Plan a party.
  24. Netflix and a tub of icecream? Yes please!
  25. Paint your nails.
  26. Paint your toenails.
  27. Run around the block, or your garden.
  28. Offer to walk your neighbours dog.
  29. Binge watch TV.
  30. Start a new project.
  31. Go wild with stickers in your planner!
  32. Try a new beauty splurge.
  33. Spend all your time on Facebook.
  34. Visit a library.
  35. Borrow a book from that library.
  36. Contemplate all of life’s tricky questions.
  37. Learn some new slang.
  38. Hashtag everything you say.
  39. Play a board game.
  40. Hold a board game marathon.
  41. Write all your birthday cards.
  42. Write all of your Christmas cards.
  43. Go through your clothes, and donate those that don’t fit to a charity shop. Donations are always needed.
  44. Practice yoga.
  45. Tweet! Compulsively.
  46. Read the news.
  47. Debate the news.
  48. Write yourself a future letter.
  49. Find a pen pal.
  50. Bake.

What do you do when bored?

Lydia

XO

50 Things To Do This Weekend.

Good morning!

It has been a little while since I’ve written one of these posts-the list of fifty things, dependent on circumstance. I have to point out that this was an idea adapted from Gala Darling’s lifestyle blog; therefore, here are fifty things to do this weekend.

  1. Go on a picnic, complete with hamper, food, and blankets.
  2. Read The Bell Jar, from cover to cover.
  3. Learn a poem and commit it to memory.
  4. Join a Twitter chat if you’re a blogger-they have so many benefits!
  5. Go sailing.
  6. Walk the dog.
  7. Or the cat. Because… 😆
  8. If it’s a rainy day, spend it writing posts, and scheduling them.
  9. Write a bucket list.
  10. Dream of what the next week will bring.
  11. Download  a new gaming app.
  12. Write. Anything.
  13. Decide what is, and read your favorite blog.
  14. Have a bath, complete with candles.
  15. Learn a new song.
  16. Download a new album.
  17. Organise your wardrobe by colour.
  18. Exercise!
  19. Go shopping for a stunning pair of shoes.
  20. Splurge on said pair of shoes.
  21. File all your papers away.
  22. Alphabetise your books.
  23. Go on a vinyl collecting trip.
  24. Visit a local exhibition.
  25. Read a local paper.
  26. Write an imaginary interview.
  27. Colour code your planner.
  28. Complete any assignments due, if you’re a student. (Like me!)
  29. Make a mood board.
  30. Start a scrapbook.
  31. Bake.
  32. Play a mammoth game of monopoly.
  33. Or articulate.
  34. Start a diary.
  35. Give the diary a name.
  36. Decide on who is your historical Hero.
  37. Take lots of photos!
  38. Review the photos from your last holiday.
  39. Go for a walk.
  40. Paint your nails.
  41. Book a manicure.
  42. Book a pedicure.
  43. Call your mother.
  44. Or any other relative you haven’t seen in a while.
  45. Book a hair cut.
  46. Host a film night.
  47. Or Netflix.
  48. Attend a local cinema screening.
  49. Review it for your blog. 
  50. Comment on this post!

What will you be doing this weekend?

Lydia

XO

Fifty Things To Cheer Up A Friend…

Because who would not want to do this?! Continuing with the ’50 things’ series, here’s the latest addition.

  1. Suggest a film night-with them choosing the film, and possibly, the theme to go with it. (Horror, anyone?)
  2. And that includes stuffing yourselves. (The occasional indulgence is alright, surely?) 
  3. Take them for a surprise day out, wherever they like-they could have even have mentioned it before. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even any at all. 
  4. Visit them-suprise drop in visit.
  5. Write them a grattitude note, and hide it in their possessions. 
  6. Plan and execute some sort of gesture that will appeal. Can be comical, serious, sentimental, etc.
  7. Plan a Netflix night in with them.
  8. Go for a walk together.
  9. And a dog is optional.
  10. Spend time just talking to them, seeing how they feel. 
  11. Make something for them, with them in mind. (Rainbow scarf anyone?!)
  12. Play Truth or Dare like we’re young again. Ha ha!
  13. Make a scrapbook for them.
  14. Dress up for yourselves, and take lots of photos…
  15. Facebooking them is optional.
  16. Play a physical game of exercise. And competitively. Football anyone?
  17. Board games. Tournament. What could go wrong?
  18. Play a prank.
  19. Visit your nearest libray.
  20. Binge on a boxset.
  21. Or two. 
  22. Or three.
  23. Spend some time on snapchat, transforming yourselves by filters. The sillier, the better.
  24. Play Exploding Kittens.
  25. Better still, order the Extension pack.
  26. Listen to your favorite song on repeat.
  27. Put on music. Loudly. Dance.
  28. Reminisce about the past.
  29. Create a wall collage.
  30. Start a blog.
  31. Read. To each other, alternating, etc.
  32. Cull your magazine collection.
  33. Do a puzzle.
  34. Do a Skype call with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
  35. Guest post on each other’s blog.
  36. Spend a day baking.
  37. Try learning how to crochet.
  38. Bake the other a surprise cake.
  39. Make a meme complimation. 
  40. Ben and Jerrys. 
  41. Haagen Daz.
  42. Need I say any more? 
  43. Read a magazine from cover to cover, and making a note of all the pretty things.
  44. Write a list of what you’re grateful for.
  45. Write a fantasy list-of what you wish to own, do, etc.
  46. Interview each other. Not as weird as it sounds.
  47. Paint each other’s nails.
  48. Compile a ‘feel good’ Playlist.
  49. And one themed as ‘nostalgia’.
  50. Comment on this post!

Lydia

XO