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 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

 

The Happiness Planner

The Happiness Planner. It may sound strange I know – how can you plan happiness? My hubbie asked me that very question when I told him about this for the first time. But the Happiness Planner does exactly what it says on the tin, it gives you a way to attract happiness into your life. When I came across the Happiness Planner in one of my favourite shops, Moss Cottage, I immediately loved the idea and ordered one straight away.
  
For those of you who read my earlier post on vision boards and the power of positive thinking, you will know that this is right up my street. Positive thinking has helped me achieve so much over the past few years and I would encourage anyone who’s sceptical to try it out for one month and see what happens.

By focussing on the good and the positive every day, you are attracting positive things into your life. If you imagine yourself having or achieving something and focus every day on having or doing it, you will get it. I’m an ordinary living, breathing example of that. And when I discovered that there was a diary to help you achieve this, I instantly began researching to find out more.

The Happiness Planner was created by Mo Seetubtim, the creator of the blog Brandmentalist. Inspired by the power of positivity and positive thinking, as well as her love of stationery, she created the Happiness Planner to give people a way to focus on what they want, what they love and what makes them happy in a diary format.

There are two versions of the Happiness Planner, a 100 Day Planner which is undated, and a full year planner dated to each specific year. I decided to go with the 100 Day Planner initially to see how I get on, and also secretly because I just love the super cute aqua blue colour! They do come in lots of different colours though if you’re not an aqua person like me.

As I try my best to practice positivity and mindfulness every day, I’m really excited to give this a go. Writing things down really helps you to think about what you want (and don’t want), and keeps your mind focussed.

I plan on starting my diary next week so I’ll keep you posted on how I’m getting on.

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

Vision Boards & Positivity

It was about five years ago that I discovered the book The Secret for the first time. I had heard several of my friends talking about it, how it changed their perspectives and thoughts, and how it made them more positive in general. Naturally I was intrigued, so I bought the book and have never looked back since. For those of you not familiar with The Secret, this might all sound a bit far-fetched but when you read it, it makes you examine the way you’ve been thinking and acting your whole life.

It has one simple premise – what you give out you get back. In other words, if you’re a positive person – if you think, act, and feel positive, then you can only attract positive things. The more I read, the more it made sense to me, and I became obsessed! I got the audio book to listen to in bed at night, bought the DVD, I bought the follow on book, The Power, then bought the audio book version. But although logically I understood everything the books were advocating, I never really knew how to put it all into practice. That was, until Rhonda Byrne released the third book in The Secret series, The Magic. The Magic is a 28 day step-by-step guide on to how to make your life more positive, and helps you put everything The Secret teaches into practice. As dramatic as it sounds, this book single-handedly changed my life.

Each day you are challenged with undertaking a different task around positivity, and a couple of days in, one of the things it says to do is to create a vision board of everything you want. By putting images of all the things you want in one place and looking at it every day, your mind is focussed on attracting all those things to you.

In January 2013 when I started reading The Magic for the first time, I was just made redundant from my job, I was facing into my fifth year of being single, I was back living at home with my parents, and I didn’t know how to change any of it. After reading about vision boards and the power of positive visualisation however, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. I created a board out of magazine cut outs, quotes and pictures representing all the things I wanted – a new job, finding ‘the one’ and getting engaged by the following year, moving out of home again, and generally becoming happier.

2013 Vision Board
I had my doubts that it would work – how could any of this could possibly happen from looking at pictures?! But within three months I had found an amazing new job, I met a guy, and by the end of the year, that guy had turned out to be the love of my life, and we moved in together. I had a new job, a new home and I was no longer single. Fast forward twelve months to autumn 2014 and I was also engaged. But most importantly of all, I was very happy.

You could say it was just coincidence, but I don’t believe that. I will never again doubt the power of positive thinking and since that year, every January I create a vision board for the year ahead. They vary each year of course, but they always include my favourite quotes and The Secret teachings. Last year my board was all about our wedding and going on a fabulous honeymoon – I even created a second very wedding-specific vision board but I’ll go into that in more detail another time!

 

2014 Vision Board

Over the past month I’ve been working on my vision board for 2016 and just finished putting it together over the weekend. Now that January is over, I’ve decided to share it with you all and hopefully it’ll inspire you to create one of your own…

2016 Vision Board

My board will be hanging on the wall beside my bed until the 31st December. For 2016 I’m focussing on travel, on working towards buying a new house and making more time for myself. I will look at it first thing every morning and last thing every night, and will visualise all of these things happening for me this year.

If you’re sceptical I understand, I was too. But why not give it a go and see what happens?

Oh and if you already create vision boards then I’d love to see some pics… 🙂

Happy Monday!

Sorcha x

A Quote A Day

Given that today is apparently the most depressing day of the year or ‘Blue Monday’ as it has come to be known, I think we could all do with a little pick-me-up. What is it about quotes that are so uplifting? Is it that they inspire us, motivate us, make us wish, imagine, dream? Who knows. Maybe it’s because I myself am a bit of a dreamer, but I’m a sucker for quotes, sayings, song lyrics or words in general that inspire a happy or positive thought. And if that quote or saying just happens to be accompanied by a picture? Then it’s really got my attention.

What’s the point I hear you say? Well , I’m a firm believer in positive thinking and starting each day off in a positive way. Sometimes that’s hard; sometimes we’re tired, or stressed, or just simply not in a good mood – we all have those days. Through reading about the power of positive thinking however, I’ve learned that the more you focus on the positive, the more positive you become. So everyday, even if I’m in a mood, or really don’t want to get out of bed, I try my best to read quotes or sayings that will make me grateful for the day and put me into a positive mindset . And more often than not, it works.

A good quote or lyric should always get you thinking. About life, about travel and adventure, about good times and bad, about past experiences and future endeavours. If I’m feeling fed up I read quotes about being grateful. When I’m happy I read funny quotes that make me laugh. When I’m stressed, I read quotes assuring me that this too shall pass. When I dream of doing something more, I read quotes about travel and adventure and seeing the world. And when I’m sad, I read about love (which is sometimes accompanied by a good girly cry!).

Scrolling through my phone this morning, I decided to share some of my favorites with you all here. Disclaimer: *Cheese Alert* This is probably not a post for the less romantic dreamers among you.





I would happily sit and read these to while away the time on a quiet evening and even love to create my own quote pictures using my favourite word apps. Speaking of which, if haven’t yet discovered WordSwag or InstaQuote and you’re into this sort of thing, then you should definitely check them out.

There are so many more I could share but for now I will leave you with these, and hopefully inspire a happy thought or two on this dreary ‘Blue Monday’!

Sorcha x

Ps. Do you have any favourite quotes or sayings that aren’t in this post? If so, send them on people, I love adding to my collection!