50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 6)

Most of you will know by now that every month I share a post on all the things making me happy. Sometimes we have bad days, sometimes we have great days, either way, it’s so important to not let the bad things get you down. For me, I’ve found that by practicing gratitude and listing all the things that make me happy, the few bad things pale in comparison and it makes me feel so much better.

It’s been a busy month since I shared my last 50 Things That Make Me Happy post. So much has been going on – I’ve been to some amazing events for Autumn product launches, I’ve been booking tours and started packing for my travels, but perhaps the most exciting thing of all is that today, my amazing sister is getting married! Eeek, excitement squeal!

We are back in my favourite place in the world, Ballymaloe House in Cork, where Dave and I got married last December and where my lovely sister is getting married today. It’s also the place where our other sister got married ten years ago so that will show you just how much we love it here.

Being with all my family in this place brings back so many amazing, special memories from my childhood and growing up, to all the family events we’ve celebrated here over the years. It really makes me extra grateful today for my wonderful family, hubby and all the great things I have in my life.

I’m also very grateful that I’ve had much of the Summer off work to focus on writing and growing my blog, and it’s really given me time to think about what actually makes me happy and what I want to do with the rest of my life. I’m not quite there yet but I think I’m going in the right direction anyway.

So here are the 50 things that are making me happy this month:

  • Wedding week
  • Product launches
  • Tea
  • Cosy jumpers
  • Candles
  • Book shopping
  • Laughing
  • Baking
  • Reconnecting with old friends
  • Obsessing over interiors on Pinterest

  • My new camera
  • Travel shopping
  • My new eyebrows
  • Hugs
  • Losing weight
  • Pretty flowers
  • Spring cleaning in September
  • Saturday nights on the couch
  • Taking trips down memory lane
  • Star prints

  • Writing
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Holiday packing
  • Meeting up with my fellow bloggers
  • Red wine
  • Slippers
  • Fresh autumn air
  • Getting dressed up for a night out
  • Spending time with those I love most in the world
  • Exploring new things

  • Having all my family together
  • Duvet days
  • Face masks
  • Pasta
  • Event planning
  • Walks in the park
  • Reading
  • Breakfasts with my parents
  • Hot Baths
  • Growing my social media following

  • Meditation
  • Travel research for our trip
  • Girly catch ups
  • Dark lip colors
  • Ballymaloe House
  • Making new memories
  • Daily holiday countdowns
  • Helpful people
  • Ankle boots
  • Being more mindful

If you’ve never sat down and written out all the things that make you happy, I really suggest giving it a try. There’s no better way to give yourself a good pick me up, especially if you’re not having the best of days.

Now I must run and go get beautified, bridesmaid duties call after all…

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

 

 

 

 

 

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 5)

It’s that time again, the time when I share all the things making me happy. Since my first happiness post which I wrote a few months back, I’ve received some lovely feedback from you all on how much you love reading these posts and how they make you think of all the things that make you happy too.

It’s so easy these days to get caught up in stress, in bad days, in money worries, in day-to-day mundane moments, that sometimes we forget to focus on all the positive and good things in our lives. We all have bad days, we all have struggles, we all have worries, but for me, I’ve found that by taking time to think about and write down all the things I’m grateful for, it’s easier for me to have a positive mindset.

I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction and getting back what you give out in this world. I’ve experienced first hand the benefits that practicing gratitude can bring many times over, particularly over the past few years, and therefore I try and practice it as often as possible in my daily life.

And while there is so much more involved in gratitude practice than just writing one blog post a month, this is my way of sitting back and reflecting over weeks gone by and being thankful for all the good things that I experienced.

So here it goes… All the things making me happy this month, part five:

  • Walks in the park
  • Girls nights out
  • Stickers
  • Water (the drinking kind)
  • Meditation
  • Makeup brushes
  • Lip balm
  • Sunny days
  • Telephones (for allowing me to speak to those far away)
  • Love

  • White nail polish
  • Travel quotes
  • Fruit (particularly berries)
  • Taking trips down memory lane with old friends
  • Laughing
  • The 90s backpack revival
  • Writing
  • Waterproof mascara
  • Holiday research
  • Sing songs


  • Staying up too late
  • Light weight t-shirts
  • Colourful flowers
  • Budda
  • Trips away with great friends
  • Face masks
  • Neckpieces
  • My new adventure camera for travelling
  • Long breakfasts with my parents
  • My new agenda


  • Dewy makeup
  • High heels
  • My new Lumee phone cover
  • Not having to wear socks
  • The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
  • Birthdays
  • Nice pens to write with
  • Max Benjamin Stick Diffusers
  • Meeting and chatting to fellow bloggers
  • Family events

  • Gilmore Girls boxset marathons
  • Cocktails
  • Hugs from my hubby
  • Long drives
  • Sunsets on Dun Laoghaire pier
  • Snapchat filters
  • Playing and spending time with my friends little ones
  • Lunch dates
  • Booking hotels
  • Cosy nights in on the couch


As always the things I’m most grateful for are the people in my life and the little things that sometimes I just take for granted. My incredible family, my amazing friends, my wonderful hubby; all the things we are doing, all the memories we are making.

I’m not always positive, I have my bad days like everyone else. But no matter how bad our day, our week, our month, or no matter what is going right or wrong in our lives, there is always something positive if you just look hard enough. As the old saying goes; there is always, always something to be thankful for.

What’s making you happy this month?

Sorcha x

 

 

 

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 4)

Many of my regular readers will know that each month I share a positivity post called 50 Things That Make Me Happy. When I first wrote this post three months ago, I never expected it to get the reaction or feedback that it did, and I was totally overwhelmed by all the lovely comments I got from so many people.

While I didn’t write it for that purpose, the reaction itself was incredible, and made me realise how many people find these kinds of posts uplifting, relatable and enjoyable to read.

I suppose I just never really thought about it before, I wrote this post initially because I was going through some big changes and needed to channel as much gratefulness and positivity into my day as possible. But when I think about it, some of my favourite blog posts to read are the one’s about people’s lives; how they live, how they laugh, how they cope in tough times, how they grow, how they mourn, how they have fun, how they move on, how they stay strong. So I suppose it’s not surprising that other people feel the same as I do.

It is comforting in a way to know we all go through similar experiences, we all have good times, we all have bad times, not to mention the crazy times!

I have a tendency to worry and stress, I’ve suffered with varying levels of anxiety over the years, but one thing I’ve learned recently is that writing is the best form of escapism for me. What I’ve also learned is that these positivity posts always bring me back to the good in my life, they make me realise that worrying is a thankless exercise and that once you do the best you can do, and are grateful for all that you have, then good things happen.

It may all sound a bit airy-fairy and if you’re dubious I understand that. But here’s what I say to that: sit and write down fifty things that make you happy and grateful, and see how it makes you feel. It may not dramatically change your circumstances, but I’m pretty sure it will at least make your day feel a little brighter.

Anyway, I’m rambling now, time to get back to the point in hand. Time to write down the 50 Things That Make Me Happy for this month:

  • Water
  • The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  • Laughing
  • Old movies
  • Getting my nails done
  • T-Shirts
  • Freedom
  • Big sporting events
  • Time out
  • Moisturiser


  • Airports
  • Protein bars
  • Treating myself
  • My new 2016/2017 Bando agenda
  • Girly chats
  • Old photographs
  • Birthdays
  • The beach
  • Old friends
  • Tanned skin

  • Mid-week lie on’s
  • Travel guides
  • Camera shopping
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow
  • Forest Gump snapchat filter
  • Lunches
  • Choosing my own work hours
  • Bright evenings
  • Mum / Daughter dates
  • Car jamming to summer songs


  • Friday’s off
  • Pink champagne
  • Flip flops
  • Sunshine
  • Adventure planning
  • Writing
  • Hugs with my nieces
  • BBQs
  • Sleeping
  • Organising things


  • Booking flights
  • Breakfasts al fresco
  • Walks in the park
  • Getting my hair done
  • Home cooked meals
  • New stationary
  • Meditating
  • Losing weight
  • Spring cleaning (even though it’s Summer)
  • Being happy

So there you go… Some have carried over from my last post given it’s still Summer and the weather is currently glorious, some are different. But either way, I’m grateful for them.

Sorcha x

 

 

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 3)

About two months ago I wrote a post on 50 Things That Make Me Happy and it got such an amazing response from all my lovely readers that I decided to make it a monthly blog feature. When I did a second post last month, it had the same great response and really gave me such an uplifting, positive feeling.

It’s amazing how listing out all the things that make you happy can change your whole frame of mind. I’ve had a stressful few months, but rather than let it get me down, I’m looking at it all as a chance to do new things, to experience new things, to go to new places, and discover what it is I actually want to do, and in the words of one of my idols, Diane Von Furstenberg, become the woman I want to be.

In order to help me do all that, I’m focusing on all the things that make me happy. The things that make me feel great about life, and grateful for everyone and everything in it. Sometimes that means even being grateful for the bad things because they can be the things that put you on the path your meant to walk.

So in the spirit of being grateful, here is my list of 50 things that are making me happy this month…

  • Sunglasses
  • My new Prada trainers (eeek!)
  • ‘Raging’ by Kodaline
  • Time to myself
  • Snapchat
  • Bright mornings
  • Tulips
  • Photographs
  • Dave
  • Beaches

  • Smell of freshly cut grass
  • Walks on Dun Laoghaire pier
  • Car jamming
  • Bright nail polish
  • Coffee with friends
  • Weight loss
  • Jo Malone candles
  • Maxi skirts
  • Reading
  • The summer sales

  • Travel
  • Face primers
  • Family time in London
  • New lipsticks
  • Cocktails
  • Sunbathing
  • Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes
  • Spotify
  • Meditation
  • Celebrations

  • Peppermint tea
  • My Dad
  • Penneys sandals
  • Chatting with my friends
  • Instagram
  • Long boozy lunches
  • My camera
  • Summer
  • Pampering
  • Writing



  • Scrumdiddly’s Ice Cream
  • Sunshine
  • My nieces and nephews
  • New adventures
  • Denim shirts
  • Cuddles
  • Lavender
  • Singing
  • Baths
  • Rome

There are so many things I’m grateful for, far too many to mention, I’m grateful for my health, for my family, for my friends, for my freedom, for love, for adventure, for the ability to be able to do all the things I want to do.

What 50 things are making you happy right now?!

Sorcha x

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 2)


I first did this post last month, where I wrote about 50 Things That Make Me Happy. I had such great feedback from so many of my lovely readers, that I’ve decided to make this a monthly addition to the blog but in order to shake it up a bit, and make it different to my original post, I’m going to focus on the particular things making me happy this month.

I’m going through a transition period at the moment, and in times like this, my anxiety levels can become high, I’ve begun to notice it slowly creeping in over the last few weeks so in order for it not to overwhelm me, I need to surround myself with nothing but positivity and mindfulness.

So in order to help me do that, and to spread the Monday Motivation love in general, here’s a list of 50 things that are making me happy this month…

  • Cocktails in the sun
  • The sun
  • Walks in the park
  • Ballymaloe House
  • Hot Baths
  • Holiday shopping
  • Ice cream
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Summer sandals
  • Photos


  • Mike Posners ‘Ibiza‘ song
  • Maxi Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Game of Thrones
  • Strawberries
  • Road Trips
  • Bright lipstick
  • New makeup
  • Long weekends
  • Breakfast in the sun


  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Travel planning
  • Sunsets
  • Flower crowns
  • Elderflower
  • Daisy chains
  • Peppermint tea
  • Summer BBQs
  • Pedicures
  • Family events



  • Bright nails
  • The Nationals ‘Blank Slate‘ song
  • Wedding photos
  • Girly chats with my friends
  • Head bands
  • Pinterest
  • Mindfulness
  • Long, bright evenings
  • Car singing/jamming
  • Reading


  • New starts
  • Wedges
  • Snapchat filters
  • Meditation
  • Holidays and trips away
  • Quotes
  • Blossom trees
  • Ibiza outfit planning
  • Blogging
  • My hubby

It’s amazing how easily it is to smile when you sit down and write out all the things that make you happy. So often we focus on the negative aspects of life just because it’s easier to do that. Negativity is such a powerful feeling and it’s not always easy to banish it from your mind. But this definitely helps!

Happy Monday all… What’s making you happy today?

Sorcha x

 

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 1)

This week I’ve vowed to start the week off on a positive note in the hope that it will make for a better week than last week. If you read any of my blog posts last week, you’ll know that it was a bit of a tough one for me. I was stressed, I was down, and I was feeling quite overwhelmed by a lot of things going on in my life.

But, as I’m one for optimism and trying to look on the bright side, over the weekend I got thinking about all the things that make me happy. Positivity is an incredible thing really, the moment you start thinking about the good things in your life, the moment you realise there are so many more good things than bad.

As a result of these thoughts, I decided to write a list. This list is by no means exhaustive, there are hundreds upon thousands of things that make me happy every single day. But for the purposes of focusing on the positive, I wrote a list of fifty things that make me happy and decided to share them with you all.

They are in no particular order, and range from small things to big. Some may seem silly, some obvious, but either way, they have made me grateful once again for all the wonderful things in my life. The simplest things make us the happiest, and as the old saying goes, the best things in life are free

  • Sunny days
  • Walks on Dun Laoghaire Pier
  • Sing-songs and Irish music sessions
  • Champagne and all kinds of bubbles
  • My nieces
  • Having a good cry
  • Shopping
  • Curling up in bed early with a great book
  • My family
  • Dancing

 

  • Tea chats and catch ups with my girls
  • Pizza
  • Date nights with my hubby
  • TV Box Sets (in particular Grey’s Anatomy and Sex and the City)
  • Writing
  • New shoes, and old
  • Big open fires
  • Red wine
  • Sunbathing
  • My friends

 

  • Surprises (good obviously)
  • Going on holiday
  • Malteasers
  • Having a good political debate
  • Breakfast with my parents
  • 80’s music
  • Cosy slippers
  • Having my nails done
  • London trips with my family
  • Going to a small Irish pub for some craic agus ceoil

 

  • Girls nights out
  • Old photographs
  • Having a job that I love
  • Social media (is that really sad?!)
  • Cheese
  • Sunny Sunday drinks in beer gardens
  • A good concert / festival
  • Listening to my brother sing
  • Talking on the phone with friends
  • Candles

 

  • Listening to the rain when I don’t have to go outside
  • Driving
  • Laughing so much it hurts
  • Having a good rant
  • Getting my hair done
  • Buying new makeup
  • Fitting in to old clothes that are now too big for me (I need to get back to that)
  • My wedding video
  • Road trips
  • My hubby

 

Now that I’ve started I could keep going forever. Because really, life is pretty amazing. Yes some shitty things happen, yes we have bad days, and yes sometimes we wish we could crawl into a hole and never come out. But those times always pass.

So on that note, I hope you all have a great week. Here’s to a better one than last week anyway!

Sorcha x