1 month down, another 11 to go. Can you believe we're already into February? This year will be over before we all know it!
But enough rambling about how fast the year is going (let's face it, it happens every year)...
In case you've never seen these posts before (I haven't posted one in ages, to be fair), the Monthly Happy List is (essentially) my way of rounding up all that was good in both my world & elsewhere each month. It's also a chance for you guys to get to know me & get to know what I've been digging recently etc. I try & keep it these posts positive (hence the name!) because let's face it, there's enough negativity & scary things happening out there in the world that I think we forget about the lighter & less heavy side of life.
So let's see what made me happy in January:
*Making it through January with my sanity in tact. For some reason last month I was way more emotional than usual & riding those waves when they arose was difficult. I also had some dark, troubled moments inside my head, which scared the hell out of me. Whilst none of these things were new to me, it was a reminder that one's mental health is something that one needs to be constantly on top of because at any moment, your mind can spiral out of control. I know this isn't really a happy thing at all, but it's important for me to acknowledge making it through such events when they occur - if I can consider it a positive, then I think you guys can/should too. I will talk more about my own mental health/mental health struggles down the track but for now, consider this a teaser.
*Last month also marked 1 year since I had my skin cancer surgery. Whilst I didn't do anything special to celebrate this milestone of sorts, I did take a bit of time to reflect on things & how well I've healed in the aftermath. I've been considering doing a post about it, but I'm unsure of how comfortable I would be having images of my scarred, scabby forehead plastered across the interwebs + I don't wish to freak you all out with those images - trust me, they're not pretty. What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.
- Sammy from Bargain Baglady got real & shared her struggles with depression. On a day where I was struggling with my own mental demons, her post really resonated with me.
- Paula from Thirteen Thoughts talked about how blogging has restored her faith in female friendship.
- Sarah from More Than Adored shared with us her lifestyle changes & subsequent weight loss over the last year. Seeing how she's rocked it has given me some fuel to make my own lifestyle changes, especially since I've put on weight in recent months & can't fit into some of the skirts I own.
- Caitlin from Through The Mirror gave us what is essentially a newbie's guide to all things blog photography tech. Seeing her break everything down into simple, easy to understand paragraphs was wonderful & something I've saved for future reference. Maybe now I'll get off auto!
*Didn't really check out anything new this month, so January's soundtrack is a retro-themed one & I'm kicking it off with this 2004 hit from Michael Gray. I'm not a fan of the video tbh (*snooze*scantily-clad women dancing about*/snooze*), but I can't deny that this is a cracking tune. If this doesn't get you pumped for those 2 glorious days of the week, then nothing will methinks.
*Another retro track I re-discovered last month was British band Supergrass' 1995 hit Alright. I forgot how fun that song is to sing along to! I'm pretty sure it was used in a TV ad here about 10-15 years ago, which might've been how I discovered it.....either that or my English mates put me onto it. Even my Mum really liked this tune when she heard it.
*Despite the majority of my neighbours being dickheads, I couldn't help but bop & sing along to a bit of
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What made you happy during January?