Five things that made me happy this week #2

Happy April peeps! Not gonna lie, it’s actually my favourite month… not because it’s birthday month. There’s just something about April. Autumn is my favourite season and it so happens to fall in this month. It’s also no longer the start of the year but it’s not quite the middle of the year either. It also has a pretty name. April. Yes, April. Anyways, I’m digressing. Let’s get into this!

My parents visiting

It’s the weekend before my birthday so my parent’s decided it’d be a good idea to come spend some time with my sister and I. I haven’t seen them in nearly two months so it was lovely having them grace us with their presence. It’s always nice to spend a weekend with family, pretending to be tourists in the city I live in and discovering random little knick-knacks and spots. Plus, it usually means free food for a weekend (love you parents!).

 

Buying my daughter a pretty, wee dress

I have two fur babies and I’m going to write a post dedicated to my feline family eventually. Recently, I went on a trip to Kmart and I must admit, I went a little bit crazy. But don’t tell me you’ve never been to Kmart and not gone a bit crazy? Anyways, while trying to find flea collars for my babies I stumbled across a pet clothing section and I couldn’t resist this $8 dress.

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Isn’t she just so adorable?! What a liddle printess! I must say she got sick of it and couldn’t walk in a straight line for too long so I took it off her. It was a glorious giggle though!

Kmart haulin’

Did I mention I went to Kmart and went a lil bit crazy? I don’t go to Kmart often and there’s a good reason I don’t: I spend way too much monies. But my trip this time was brought on by going to the movies in Porirua so after the movie, I thought why not check out Kmart? $89 later and I left with a whole bunch of things – some I need, some I don’t, but I don’t regret my little haulin’ (especially the snood. Fuckin’ love snoods. Love it so much I’m shamelessly sniffing it).

 

disclaimer: a couple of the items were gifted to me by my lovely sister, Fiona. Shout out to fionamariejackson – check out her stuff!

Beauty and the Beast

I wrote a mini, personal review on Beauty and the Beast and watching the movie was definitely a top highlight this week. I’m not gonna bore you with more details on what I thought. Check out the review. Yes, I’m still thinking of watching it again at the movies.

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Creating a basic asf logo

Look, when it comes to creating graphics, pictures or logos I’m bloody hopeless. The only thing I seem to be somewhat good at is writing and I’ve accepted that. I wish I could take dank photos and make sick movies and graphics but I can’t. So challenging myself to create a logo using Photoshop on their 7-day trial was nerve wrecking but I really wanted to try. I must say I’m happy enough with the end product. Even though to a Photoshop whizz it looks like the most straightforward, basic logo that an infant could create. Maybe one day I’ll get better… or give up and pay someone to do it for me but for now this will do and I’m happy with it!

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What made you happy this week?

Mr Mitty and I

I think we all encounter at least once in our life a book, a movie, a song or a tune that really resonates with us. It speaks to us in a way that others will never understand and stays with us forever.

That’s what happened when I was exposed to Mr Mitty. For those of you who don’t know who or what I’m talking about, Walter Mitty is a character from a short story of the same name written by James Thurber. He first appeared in the New Yorker in 1939. In 2013, a movie adaptation was released and stars Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig. I think it’s such an inspirational movie and was crafted beautifully.

Mr Mitty is a daydreamer; he transports himself into a wild and elaborate world of imagination to escape the mundaneness of reality. In the short story, he escapes his weekly shop with his wife and her trip to the beauty parlour. In the movie, he escapes his workplace, his responsibilities and ultimately, his average life. Walter’s journey to find a missing negative leads him on an adventure of a lifetime. I also love that the evolution of his e-Harmony profile is used to show how much he grows and progresses as a person and it details his life experiences in the space of a few weeks.

What I love the most about the movie is Life magazine’s motto:

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I shamelessly have this quote printed and hanging above my desk at work. It’s corny but it really inspires me and I know it inspires a lot of people and I’m glad it does. When I start to feel stagnant at work and question what I’m doing and why I’m there, I look at the quote and I’m reminded that I’m working towards the bigger picture.

I think a valuable lesson we can all take from Mr Mitty is that while extreme daydreaming/’mittyism’ is okay, why waste life just dreaming when you can go out there and make it a reality? Don’t wait around for things to happen – go and make it happen. And if you can’t, why not? What’s stopping you? Can you find a solution?

I feel like for far too long, I’ve been putting off travelling for various reasons: career, relationships, fear and ultimately, money. I’m not going to lie; money is still an issue. Unfortunately I’m a lover of new superficial things and living a life of luxury so that doesn’t help when you need to save money for tickets, accommodation, transportation and well, experiences because some of them don’t come cheap!

But it’s okay to live the poor life because I know in the end I’m going to be rich… rich in experiences that is! And who knows, I might just meet my ABC man at the other end of the Earth.

For those of you who don’t know what ABC is, it’s another Mitty reference:

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Well Mr Mitty, I hope you stay in my life for a while yet and continue to inspire me to reach out to my dreams and make it a reality. I’m not going to lie, the thought of travelling is terrifying because it’s way out of my comfort zone but, another movie reference: life is about courage and going into the unknown.

My challenge to you (yes you! The person my friend Emma is pointing to!!) don’t just sit there and be afraid… grow some balls and go out into the unknown. Even if you don’t succeed, you’ll come back richer. With a moustache and maybe a sombrero.

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If you haven’t read the story or watched the movie, I highly recommend it.

Photo credit: Drunken photo booth pic from a staff Christmas party

Five things that made me happy this week #1

I think I need to get back to appreciating the little things in life. As you get older, life really does get much more fast-paced and you tend to forget to stop and smell the roses.

So, every Saturday for a month, I’m going to post about the five things that made me happy in the week. Wish me luck guys, for my memory can be so shocking.

Wellington’s Pride Parade and Out in the Park,

Last Saturday, Wellington had its first pride parade in 25 years and I was so stoked to be there. It was so colourful, extravagant and fun, despite the typical Wellington weather of dark clouds and wind. While I only saw the second half of the parade (thanks to sleeping through my alarm), it was well worth. There was also the Out in the Park event consisting of food stalls and entertainment at the Waitangi Park. Much fun! I guess what made it an enjoyable experience was being part of a community where everyone was celebrating our diverse community. As you can see, I fan-girled a bit too hard…

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Writing my first Facebook post

I had the opportunity of writing my first Facebook post for work and it was published! So exciting! I work in communications and part of my development was to learn more about how social media works for business and how to engage the public through this channel. To be able to write a post and have it published was a great sense of achievement. Needless to say, I liked it within 0.5 second of it being posted.

 A new pair of chucks

 I love Chuck Taylors. I think they’re so super, duper comfy and stylish in a casual, cool way. I’ve gone through three pairs of black hi-tops and had a hiatus from my last pair. Well, they broke and I didn’t buy a replacement. I’ve been chuck-less for nearly two years so I decided I was going to buy another pair. And I did. And it was the best decision ever. Wearing them felt like home and as soon as I put them on, the first thing my friend said was “that’s so you”. So yes, definitely a highlight!

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Finally starting my blog

 I’d been talking about setting my blog up for the last few months and to have finally done it was the biggest achievement of my week. So far I’m really enjoying the experience of writing and blogging, working out how WordPress works and learning about the blogging world. I truly hope people are enjoying the content and experience as much as I’m enjoying putting it all together.

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Nails 

Yes I’m talking about fingernails and nail polish. I went to a makeup and fragrance sale with a friend and left with six nail polishes and suffice to say, I’m stoked with the purchase. I was inspired by a workmate to frequently update my nail polish. I used to hate doing it because I’m a messy painter and when it chips, I just remove it anyways and yeah, the maintenance was a nightmare. Anyways, I loved seeing her different coloured nails and she said she has a bad habit of biting her nails so to stop doing it, she paints her nails and as soon as it chips she changes to another shade. I’ve been doing this for about a month now and I’m actually really enjoying it. I love looking down at my colourful nails and it makes me feel really put together. This year, I really wanted to start taking extra care of myself and doing something as small as looking after my nails and painting them makes me feel like I’m doing just that!

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I hope you enjoyed the first episode of five things that made me happy this week. I highly encourage you to do this! Tell me, what five things made you happy this week?