Sunday, 1 July 2018

30 Day Writing Challenge 1/30: Ten Things That Make Me Happy

I'm a full month into the blogging game now, and I'm actually enjoying it! It hasn't (yet) started to feel like hard work, so I'm going full steam ahead and seeing if I can cope with a 30-day challenge. 

And yes, I am aware that I have chosen this particular 30-day challenge despite the fact that we are entering July, a month with 31 days. Never said I was perfect, lads.

This one that I have found doesn't tell me the name of its creator or where it came from - I simply found it on Google Images with the header '30 Day Writing Challenge'. It was the best one I could find with its mixture of serious and light-hearted topics, so it should be an interesting one! Since my Tumblr days, I've loved these month-long challenges; they provide a chance to talk a little about yourself but also to invite people to answer the question themselves. I'm a big fan of challenges that ask unusual questions that make you work for an answer, and there a couple mixed in here.

So, without further ado, here is the prompt for Day 1:

Day 1: List ten things that make you really happy
  1. Writing. Let's get the most obvious one out of the way first! Of course writing makes me happy. It can also make me frustrated, angry, upset, bitter or lonely, but for the most part, writing keeps me happy. If, for some crazy reason, I were banned from writing, whether that be writing poetry or stories or posts like this, I would be totally lost. Putting pen to paper/fingertips to keyboard comforts me and helps me clear my head. It's what I do when I'm feeling irrational or confused, and it's how I try to work things out.
  2. Sitting down to do my makeup. This applies more to my days off or nights out than it does to everyday makeup application since my work makeup is pretty minimal and boring, but when I sit down at my desk with the intention of doing my makeup, I am aware that I am entering a state of calm in which I can take my time and let the products work their magic on my mediocre complexion. To people who don't care about makeup, this will make zero sense, but the process of applying makeup is one that should not be rushed. It is relaxed and pleasurable (at least until you screw up your eyeliner and have to start the whole eye look over again and goddammit this looked SO MUCH EASIER IN THAT INSTAGRAM TUTORIAL), and the act of getting ready for a night out in particular makes me beyond happy. I settle down at my desk, throw on my party playlist, crack open a bottle of Lambrini, and start to glam up. Pure. Bliss.
  3. Losing weight. I've said it before that I've never been 100% happy with my appearance, but thanks to 2B Mindset and this healthy eating kick, I'm on my way to a better me. There will be people who say that it shouldn't matter how much I weigh and that I should value more than how I look, but I'm a strong believer in 'when you look good, you feel good', so I'm gonna stick with what will make me happy. The fact that I have lost weight and that I consequently feel better about myself is making me happy. I'm gonna stick with that and say that it's a good thing.
  4. Feeling as if I have done something worthwhile. There is an episode of Friends in which Phoebe is adamant that there is no such thing as a selfless good deed because, by performing a selfless good deed, it makes you feel good and negates the 'selfless' description because the pleasure of helping somebody else is your reward. I'm living proof that this is true. Since I was sixteen, I've worked many jobs in which I've had to interact with customers, and there have been times when I've gone out of my way to help somebody because they needed extra assistance or just because I was feeling particularly agreeable that day. Whenever a customer gives me a genuine smile or a compliment (whenever someone calls me a 'star', I feel a bit warm and fuzzy because it's just such a darn cute thing to be called) and I feel like I've made a difference to their day, it makes me happy. There will be people who never show gratitude for the work that you do for them, and interactions like that will leave you wondering why you even bothered. It's the ones that let you know that you made a positive impact that really matter. Focus on them.
  5. Electronic dance music. I just straight up love EDM. I feel like it's a misunderstood genre, and people might associate it too much with rowdy teenagers dropping acid at festivals, or they might think that it's all just noise. But oh boy, I love it. My appreciation of EDM is a whole other blog post in itself, but it's definitely my genre of choice when it comes to choosing what to listen to. The dance tracks that are sitting in my Top 25 Most Played in iTunes are the kind of songs that make me happy to be alive.
  6. Views from high-rise rooms. For two years, I lived in a flat on the fourth floor with a view of the city. Watching the scenes change beyond the window became such a comforting routine for me. But views from the fourth floor were nothing compared to the views from my room in university halls, when I lived on the seventh floor and overlooked the river, the huge window allowing me to see both sunrises and sunsets over the city. I'll never forget those views. Doubt I'll ever be able to live on the ground floor again.
  7. Anything that makes me laugh. Super generic, because I'm pretty darn sure I'm not the only one in the world that likes to laugh, but when it comes to laughter, I'm very easily pleased. Want a way to keep me occupied for a few hours? Throw on a Game Grumps Sonic Compilation (doesn't matter which Sonic game - each of those playthroughs is comedy gold), sit me in front of a computer, and watch me laugh my ass off for the millionth time. YouTube is always my go-to for a good laugh, but I love comedies that are easy to watch, TV shows and movies that make me chuckle no matter how many times I watch them. I referenced Friends in a previous point, and that's a perfect example of a show that I still laugh at despite the fact that I pretty much know every episode off by heart.
  8. Little adventures. I'm not exactly the world's greatest adventurer. My idea of an adventure is a late-night McDonald's run or a train journey to somewhere that I've never been before - sticking with something reliable but straying just far enough outside my comfort zone to keep me excited. When I was in Dundee, I would go for long walks around the city during the day, finding roads that I had never been along before, and now that I am back in Aberdeenshire, my little adventures often involve driving out to a National Trust site (Haddo House, Fyvie Castle, somewhere like that) and taking a leisurely stroll while snapping some photos. These are moments in which I kinda forget that the rest of the world exists, and I'm just strolling around in a little bubble, not really knowing where I'm going, but enjoying the journey.
  9. Meeting up with friends. My friends all have such busy schedules that it's basically impossible for us to catch up over coffee or just hang out. A get-together with my best friend is a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence, but when those occurrences come around, they are moments to treasure. It doesn't even matter what we do or for how long we see each other. It's great just to have a quick chat about life before saying goodbye and going back to tagging each other in memes until our next get-together comes about.
  10. Turning off my morning alarm on my days off. While I don't like getting up too late in the morning since I take a long time to get ready for my day, it's blissful to just wake up naturally and not deal with an alarm blaring in your ear and interrupting your dreams. Is there any better feeling than lying in bed, half-awake, with the knowledge that you have no responsibilities for the day ahead? I really don't think there is.
So those are ten things that make me really happy, and if you took a shot every time you read the word 'happy' in this post, you would probably die, so please don't. Go and make a list like this yourself - it's quite pleasant to just sit and think of things that make you smile!
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