Friday Favourites: 5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week


I had such good intentions to make today a productive one. I had planned to get up and head off to General Merchants on the Upper Newtownards Road with my laptop and get blogging. But that didn’t happen…

Instead I woke up exhausted and feeling horrible. The joy of dealing with the change in climate this week, going from 38 degrees heat in Dubai for the last month to temperatures below 10 means my body is now rebelling and I have my first cold of the season. Naturally, this has resulted in a day long pity party because how else do you deal with the inconvenience of a minor cold?

As the pity party got into full swing around mid-afternoon I realised I’d become incredibly irritable and far from a bundle of joy to be around. I was procrastinating on doing any writing or any form of work which then led to frustration and added irritability and the vicious cycle went around and around all afternoon.

In an aim to get out of my little slump of self-pity I began thinking of all the things that made me happy this week and turns out, I have so much to grateful and happy about. Sometimes it’s the little things that count. So be gone negative emotions, lets welcome the weekend with nothing but positive vibes and smiles all round please.

1.Home comforts

I came home from Dubai after a month of being away from home on Sunday night so this week has mostly been about settling back in to home routines and taking it easy. While I was away I missed things that I normally find myself complaining about. Ironic, right? Although it’s cold outside, I’ve never appreciated the crisp fresh air of autumn so much. Or how pretty the Lagan looks with the autumn leaves fallen all around it. Or how cute my dog is when he falls asleep on my knee and twitches as he sleeps. Sometimes there really is no place like home.

2. New books

This is more pre-emptive excitement since it hasn’t actually happened yet. I’ve been really enjoying  non-fiction lately, particularly that related to the fashion industry. Last night I ordered the new book from Alexandra Schulman, Inside Vogue: A Diary of my 100th Year. After watching the Vogue documentary and seeing how desperate the BBC seemed to be to show British Vogue in a negative light, I’ve been dying to see things from Alexandra’s side to see what really went down during such a momentous year for the magazine. The other book I’ve ordered and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of is Jo Malone’s autobiography. Jo Malone is someone I know very little about but everyone always speaks so highly of her and her journey to being a top business woman so this should hopefully be an interesting one.

3. Supportive family and friends

Some of you may have read my last post about dropping out of uni. It was a post that I had been thinking about writing for a while now but kept putting off for fear of how it would be received by others. There are a lot of people who may not have even known that I had dropped out of uni until they read that post so it wasn’t the easiest post to hit publish on but I couldn’t be more glad that I did. Everyone’s response was so amazing and the amount of people who took time to read the post or message me to say they enjoyed it or could relate to it was honestly so flattering and completely unexpected. As my mum said, it’s amazing what can happen when you speak from the heart.

4. Coffee dates

Along with spending the week getting back into the swing of things at home, this week also marked the return to the job/internship hunt for me. It’s the first time in a while that I haven’t had a plan and that’s not something that I cope very well with. It probably explains today’s awful mood a lot too. Thankfully, there are a lot of lovely people out there who are happy to help. It’s always a little scary to reach out to someone you don’t know and ask for help, advice or just to grab a coffee with you especially since I’m guilty of being one of the world’s biggest over-thinkers who completely over-analyses every situation. So far this week I’ve been able to organise 3 coffee dates, one of which has already taken place and the others I’m really looking forward to. A big thank you to That Belfast Girl for her blogging and general motivational pep talk – hopefully someday I can repay the favour and help you out in some way. Although it’s a little scary to take the plunge and reach out, it’s always worth it and who doesn’t enjoy meeting new people?

5. Dinner dates

Again, technically this is another pre-emptive cause of happiness but tonight I’m heading out for Chinese food and I’m not joking when I say I’ve literally not stopped thinking about it for the last week. No doubt the food coma that will follow won’t be the most comfortable time of my life but boy, will I be happy after stuffing my face with my favourite foods.

I’m hoping this is a series that I can make a weekly feature. It definitely helped to lift my mood and appreciate what I have. Next time you’re feeling down, give it a go. You’d be surprised what you come up with.

What were your favourite things about this week?

Niamh ♥


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