Happiness Planner

Before I decided to go back to therapy I bought the Happiness Planner after seeing it on Twitter and my friend Sheli getting one and posting her initial thoughts. Once someone I knew had given a review I was totally on board so I ordered the lavender 100 day version with the inspirational pencils.

I want to add more gratitude to my life and this seemed like a way to focus my effort to build some good habits around this over an 100 day period. They also do a yearly version, but I wasn’t ready to commit to that. The planner starts with some reflection questions to take a look at what makes you tick. There are lots of quotes and prompts in the planner to make you think.

So far I am love the planner and the pencils. Each time I go to write in it I pick a pencil that resonates or where I think I need a reminder for the day. This is also making me work on my hand writing as I have always wanted to have neater handwriting so I am slowing down when I fill it in and that makes a difference for me. I’m only a little bit in so I will update across the 100 days to let you know how I am getting on.

Taking a look back to move forward

It’s been an interesting few months in my world. I’ve got back on the blogging train and have been posting consistently for the last couple of months, which has felt great. Although I don’t think I’ve been blogging about my journey and adventures in life really. I’ve been showing the happy, fun-filled side, but not the harder, darker side that is there behind the scenes. Dark is probably the wrong word, but that is often how depression is described. Maybe grey would be better, as then can turn to silver (a favourite of mine) and so also shows that you can come out the other side. But as with grey clouds you can slip behind them every so often. That is nothing to be ashamed of I’ve come to learn. We all have off days, but the key for anyone with depression is to not let them become a low period. I’m happy with how I’ve been doing mentally these last few months as I could have let myself slip a long way into the grey, but I didn’t. However I have gone back to some habits and coping mechanisms that are not beneficial to me. It’s because they are easy and known that bring comfort at those lower periods. I want to work on this and so I’m heading back to therapy.

I need some help and this feels the right time to focus on myself. Later this year I have a trip of a lifetime and several friends are getting married and I want to celebrate with them to the full. So I am dipping into my savings to treat to myself well. This blog is one of my outlets and I will continue to share my experiences through this time in my life as I have through the past 5 years with my journey through depression. It’s one part of my life and impacts on other aspects so I am not going to ignore it or shy away from the subject. If I can help in any way to combat the stigma about mental health illnesses and show that it’s important to get the help you need without guilt or shame I will be happy.

My focus this time is around my weight and behaviours when it comes to food. I want to work with my new therapist to discover what caused this and work to find other coping mechanisms that will be much more helpful. It is not focused on losing weight, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am hoping it’s a side effect of working through the issues. My weight is a symptom of the issues, so I need to treat the real cause as I’ve done the symptom approach before and pretty much gained all the weight back as of last week. So it’s time to take a different approach.

I’m also doing my own work at looking at body image and body posivitity and am currently listening to a range of new podcasts that I’ll share another time. I have also extended my reading list to include a vast amount of books by women I admire and have shared their stories. I’ll be working my way through using audiobooks and reading. I feel hopeful right now. I think this is about my approach and my way of thinking and relieved about moving away from dieting and focusing on my own wellness and what really makes me feel good. It’s a journey and learning curve and I won’t get it ‘right’ straight away, but I’m going to find what works for me and part of that will be being able to adapt to life’s changes as they come along. That feels exciting!

Extravagant Bowls and Trays

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Another cat post as I am totally embracing the ‘crazy cat lady’ persona and making it my own. The picture above doesn’t scare me, it makes me happy that I could be that and enjoy it, so here is another cat post!

Merry and Pippin are totally spoilt! Over the last year I’ve changed things from cheap, convenient things to more expensive and convenient things.

They now have microchip pet bowls so Pippin cannot steal Merry’s food and both have lost weight (if only it was that easy for humans right?). This means I can leave them easily for one night and not worry that one of them won’t get to eat all their food. Now they normally stare at each other if one of them finishes first. Plus I’m pretty sure they have found away to steal a morsel every now and then using a paw.

 

Or Merry just lies on top of Pippin’s bowl as a way of letting me know she is hungry!

Another new addition is an indoor water feature that creates a very peaceful atmosphere – it totally not a cat drinking fountain! I have found they drink much more water since changing from a plastic fountain which is good news.


The other thing that is totally extravagant is I have litter trays delivered to me  each month from Poopy Cat. This makes my life so much easier as you throw the whole thing away each time and I think the cats prefer that too.


They also sell blocks, which I have also bought and have signed up for their Kickstarter Campaign for cardboard versions of landmarks – I want my cats to travel like I can!


So yes my cats are totally spoilt, but they are fantastic flatmates!

Recent Wanderings… Harry Potter Studio Take 4

My inner geek came out in full force last week with my fourth visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. My sister got my ticket as my birthday present as she wanted to go again and get the audio guide and knew I wouldn’t mind us ignoring each other on the way round while we explored!

This trip for me was looking for details I missed on my previous visits.

I loved this Quidditch player suit of armour.

As it is the 15th anniversary of the release of Philosopher’s Stone they brought our the Sorting Hat into the main hall so we got to see it close up (and I loved it’s shadow!).

In the common room there is a portrait of a young Professor McGonagall with a plan cat.

The detail in the proper is amazing and I love this column with the owls.

The phenioxes in Dumbledore’s office fireplace were also noticed this visit.

I always love the potions classroom and got a nice view of the Advanced Potion Making book. It was sad to see Alan Rickman’s costumes this time round knowing he no longer with us, but it also made me appreciate the detail even more on this set.

I don’t think the prophecy orbs were there the last time I visited and looked amazing all lit up in the Ministry of Magic set.

Of course I had to get another view of the kitten plats and especially the one that looks like Merry and Pippin.

I love the books you can spot around the place and I hope they do a full version of Hogwarts A History at some point as I would totally buy it. I love that this is in Hermione’s trolley at Platform 9 and 3/4. 

Another thing I kept spotting this trip was the cauldrons all wrapped up ready for travel. I would love to recieve one in the post (or send one to Ingrid) as a surprise!

There was another one on the Hogwarts Express too!

I am a fan of Luna’s character and I loved the lion headdress she wore in the films. I think it’s because it reminds me of my favourite film The Lion King. 

This visit I also spotted the miniature dragons used in Goblet of Fire!

I also got to see my favourite art piece again. I love this one of Hogsmede as I think it’s subtle and you could love it even if you didn’t know it’s Harry Potter related as it’s just a beautiful scene, but if you do know Harry Potter you would appreciate it even more!

Of I also tried butterbeer again (and HAD to drink my sister’s as she wasn’t a fan) so I now have all three cups they sell it in on my shelf, which makes me very happy. I also got the photo of my and my sister in the Weasley’s flying car, which means I have this photo for everyone I have been with (both my sisters and Ingrid) so it has turned into a bit of a tradition.

I find they do change things up every time I go. Even in six months they have changed how they do the interactive parts and have different things on display. I definitely want to go back to see it in the snow and would go back for special events (at normal cost, not those extortionate dinners they put on!) on occasion. I really hope they add Fantastic Beasts onto the tour once all the films are out as that would be AMAZING!

The Terrible Twos

Merry and Pippin turn 2 today and they are definitely in their teenage years! I love them though and look forward to many more years having fun with them.

      

              

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