Beauty in this moment

I read a blog post many years ago with a key idea that has stuck with me. The post was called The 5 Most Beautiful Things Project, which you can read here. The idea was to stop every hour or so and take note of the 5 most beautiful things around you in that moment. Over the years I have done this little activity many times, it is something I have come back to it often when things are feeling a little funky or I need to slow down for a moment. While I was working more of an office type job a few years ago there would be times when things would be feeling not so great. In those moments I would stop, take out a pen and scrap of paper and write down the 5 most beautiful things in that moment. Even on days where I thought everything sucked I managed to write down 5 little things. The things on the list were simple like having a bottle of cold water beside me, or the single conversation with a customer that had made me smile that day. When I had finished my little list I would then tuck it under my mouse pad, by just having it there it would help remind me that maybe things didn’t suck so bad after all. I have written these little lists many times since including on my overseas adventures to help bring myself back to the moment and so I can fully appreciate where I am.

These days I don’t often have pen and paper on me when I’m at work but I still often stop to appreciate the little things and the beauty of life around me. Many times I have stood looking at a sunset or moonrise or smiled at the little kid watching as we prepare his meal. I may only stand there for the length of one breath but it’s a moment where I am consciously present and admiring the beauty around me, it also brings me from my sometimes crazy head and thoughts into my heart.

The reason why I’m sharing these little stories is because I recently did a Character Strengths quiz and my top character strength was appreciation of beauty and excellence. Which surprised me a little as I had never thought of being able to see beauty around me as a strength. To me it’s a little activity that allows the beauty of life to not go unnoticed. So here’s my challenge to you: take 5mins or even 10-30 seconds right now to pause and appreciate the beauty and simple things around. By doing this you can lift your mood, help to slow you down and bring you back to the present moment. It can also help you to see another side to things which previously you may of considered sucky. I’m definitely not a scientist or expert so I have no scientific evidence or research to back me up I’m just speaking and sharing from experience. I want to share this because I really believe that with a little practice and mindfullness this activity can do wonders, it can really help to make your day happy.

To finish off I want to share with you the 5 most beautiful things for me right now, 10am 20/2/17:

  • the sunflowers given to me as a gift
  • the gentle breeze of the fan on this warm day
  • a day ahead without any plans or appointments
  • sitting here allowing words to flow onto my screen
  • time with my family

Over to you now, what are the five most beautiful things for you in this moment? Extra points for writing it down, they are lovely lists to look back on. Maybe leave a little comment below.

Lots of Love

Caitlin xx

Simple Joys ~ A Rainbow Umbrella

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I think I might make this a little series. A little series of good things, simple joys, things that make me happy. The understated things that can make a big impact. This is my story about a rainbow beach umbrella.

Last week I went to visit my family in Noosa. The couple of days I was there visiting the weather was absolutely beautiful. For the middle of August Mother Nature was really turning it on. The weather was the kind where it was begging you to be outside by the ocean enjoying all its natural glory. I had told my two sisters that we would be leaving home at 10.15am to go on an adventure, I had no idea what we were going to do but that was part of the fun. We made a plan as we went along which involved packing books and towels, buying smoothies and heading for the beach. I had it in my mind that I wanted to find something that could provide us with a bit of shade so we could sit on the beach for as long as we wanted without getting baked, I didn’t know what this thing would be though or where I would find one.

After wandering in and out of shops I was nearly going to give up on my quest for shade until I decided to give the news agency of all places a try and I was in luck. They had four umbrellas of various colours and sizes left. When I saw that one of them was rainbow it was love at first sight. I didn’t realise at the time just how big (or how much) it was but on a slight whim I turned to my sister and said ‘yup, I’m buying it’. Pretty sure I walked out of the shop with the biggest goofiest grin on my face. Do you know how awesome a rainbow umbrella is?

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At the beach my other sister said more than once the umbrella was too big (and she was possibly thinking it was a bit ridiculous) but oh my goodness, once we worked out the best way to set it up it was awesome. Sitting on the beach under that rainbow umbrella with my two sisters chatting, reading, people watching and eating lunch was such a simple, beautiful way to spend a few hours. I know it’s not always possible to just move to the beach for a day but my story isn’t about that.

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Thinking about this beautiful day provides me with some lovely little reminders.

  • Sometimes when you don’t make plans life can unfold in magical ways
  • You may not know what you are looking for but when you find it you’ll know
  • Don’t worry if you look ridiculous as long as you like something that’s all that matters
  • Time spent with people you love is beautiful
  • Rainbow umbrellas bring out your inner child
  • Time in Mother nature can bring you back to the moment
  • Don’t let money stand in your way from getting something you love
  • Find and appreciate simple joys in each and every day
  • Take selfies, because why not
  • Sometimes a change in scenery is all you need
  • Doing things you find joy in with the people you love fills your cup up
  • Adventures don’t have to be big and extravagant

The little trip could be passed off as nothing all that spectacular but for the three of us I’d like to think it was a great adventure. It bought me so much joy sitting under a rainbow on the beach enjoying a beautiful day with lovely company. I’m off to the beach again this weekend and if you want to find me just look for the big rainbow umbrella.

I’ll leave you with a question. What’s one thing, person or place or combination of all three that has bought you joy in a simple and beautiful way?

A Happy, Sweet Day

  
Yesterday I had such a beautiful, happy, sweet day. It was so lovely that I wanted to write about it, for everyone to read and also for my future self. I started the day by pulling a card from Gabby Bernsteins’ deck Miricales Now. I set the intention to pull a card with a guiding theme for the day and the card I pulled was ‘I make time to recharge my battery. The world needs my energetic light.’ So beautiful and fitting, it was my day off and it’s been a month of learning and growing and moments that were a little sucky. The weather has also been cold, grey and rainy and I felt I hadn’t properly seen the sun for quite a while, I know it’s winter but I need a bit of sunshine to help fuel me sometimes. 
Over the course of the day there were 23 things (plenty of other little things) that made me happy:

  1. waking up to see blue skies
  2. making myself pancakes for breakfast
  3. chiropractic appointments
  4. being the only one in the park
  5. being in the park on a beautiful day
  6. wearing sandals and a t-shirt
  7. reading a good book in the sunshine
  8. working on a course that lights me up
  9. lunch with my nana in an outside cafe
  10. having dessert
  11. fresh juice
  12. kookaburras laughing
  13. chats with my mum
  14. chilling in my room
  15. eating a homemade muffin
  16. walking in a beautiful park
  17. reading under a jacaranda tree
  18. listening to Hamish and Andy on the radio
  19. having leftovers for dinner
  20. 23′ at 5pm in winter
  21. chats with a beautiful friend/cousin
  22. watching a trashy soap and eating chocolate
  23. going to bed with fluffy socks

 

  
You see I wanted to write about this because all of the things I’ve written on the list made me happy but they didn’t require a lot of effort or money, they we’re such simple joys that one by one recharged my batteries and filled my cup just a little more. The weather played a big part, blue skies and 23′ at 5pm, I’m lucky to live in Australia where this is a day in the middle of winter. 

One of my favourite movies is ‘About Time’, I’ve written about it before and if you haven’t seen it watch it now. (Possible spoiler alert) The quote that always gets me is: (PS he’s a time traveller)

“Tim: And so he told me his secret formula for happiness. Part one of the two part plan was that I should just get on with ordinary life, living it day by day, like anyone else.

But then came part two of Dad’s plan. He told me to live every day again almost exactly the same. The first time with all the tensions and worries that stop us noticing how sweet the world can be, but the second time noticing.

How beautiful! Yesterday was all about a simple mindset shift, I can’t travel in time and take all the suckiness out but I can choose to see how sweet the world can be and take the time to relish in the simple joys that make me happy with the day I’ve got. 

Future Caitlin remember this: when things are a little sucky and you’re struggling to remain positive remember you only live this day once, the not so great times will pass but make sure you do 1, 2 or 23 little things that help remind you how sweet the world can be. Take the time to do what makes you happy and that recharges your batteries, you can’t go running around on empty. 

So what about you? Are you letting the tensions, worries and weather stop you from appreciating how sweet the world can be. What simple joys fuel you and light you up? How can you make today happy? 

Gentle Days with Less Busy

  
Last week I was visiting my family and one particular day myself and my youngest sister were having a rather ‘Lazy’ day. It was rainy and we were watching episodes of our favourite childhood show back to back while playing on our laptops designing and pinteresting away. At one point I thought I should be doing something else, I need to be doing something, going places, ticking things off a list (which I didn’t have). I was then  scrolling through Instagram and saw a quote “Does it get much better than this?”. That made me stop. Yeah I could have been playing at the beach, traveling, going to coffee or some other extravagant activity but I wasn’t and for where I was right then, with the company and what we were doing I was in my absolute element and it felt like it couldn’t get much better than that.

The same has happened the last two days for me, I’ve scored three days off in a row (which for me only happens occasionally) with nothing specific planned. I’ve just been taking each moment as it comes and at one point I caught myself thinking again shouldn’t I be doing something more? Shouldn’t I be making a big list of things to be done. When I get honest with myself though and pushed that mean girl thought aside I realise there’s actually nothing else I’d rather be doing in this moment. That I’m quite happy reading a little, baking, designing pretty things.

This has had me thinking about expectations, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), not being present, feeling guilt over being ‘lazy’ and striving for busy. I’ve been placing expectations on myself that I need to constantly be busy, doing something, working on something, going somewhere. I also don’t want to miss out on things I think I should be doing. I feel that regardless of the fact I work a 40 hour week and often have days off with multiple appointments etc on I still feel lazy if I’m not ticking jobs off a list. All this keeps me from being in the present moment and stops me from enjoying beautiful gentle days doing the little things I love. Less is sometimes more.

So next time I feel myself falling into this pattern again I’m going to stop and ask

Am I wearing busy as a badge? 

How can I embrace the gentle days and feel a little more present?

How can I do less but with more focus?

Am I fully appreciating the company of another beautiful soul?

Am I taking time to do the little things that make me happy?

Have I stopped to stare at the sky for a while?

Have I savored my beautiful meal?

Have I done something to fill my cup up?

I’ll also remind myslef it’s ok if I don’t do big tasks and things today but instead did lots of little gentle things adding up to a lovely day.

Dance with life

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The first few beats came on, I turned to my sisters and without a word we were up dancing the macereana, when the song plays, you dance. We were at a concert in a stadium full of thousands of people and in that moment everyone stood up and danced. Full on hip shaking and in the groove dancing. When the song ended and we were all smiling and laughing I thought, this is awesome.

One of my guiding words for 2016 is dance. It’s not a word I would have typically picked but it seemed to pick me. It just kept coming to me and seemed fitting. The definition of dance is: dɑːns/verb: dance; 1.move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps. To me dance can also be a way of going about your day to day life.

To me dance is all about dancing with the rhythm of life.

Dancing to the beat of your own drum (doing what lights you up and being authentic).

Going with the flow of life, dancing with the moment.

Dancing with your desires.

Feeling joyful, playful, womanly and happy.

Less resistance more flow.

Owing your body and moves.

Putting aside self doubt and dancing like no ones watching.

Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.

Practice, dedication and hard work.

Learning as you go.

Living a life that causes your soul to dance inside your body.

Embracing the moment (if the music good you dance).

‘Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.’ ~H. Jackson Brown

Dancing to feel alive and vibrant.

Dancing as a way to lovingly move your body and lift you spirits

Dance to me is such a beautiful word to describe a way of life.

I am by no means a professional dancer or ever plan on being one, but there’s just something about the act and idea of dancing that I love. There have been times when I have participated in dancing. For eight years I did highland dancing which I was never that amazing at but I loved the dedication to it, the practice, feeling the beat of the music. I also did line dancing for two years with a couple of school friends and a group of ladies twice our ages. We did it for the friendship, the laughs and again loosing ourselves in the rhythm of the dance. I will never pass on a chance to dance with my two beautiful sisters, when the music plays we dance and we will dance til we are glowing and laughing. We’ve danced together in a park where the music was playing just loud enough for us to hear and people were walking past. There have been countless dance parties in our lounge room and we can dance for hours with wii dance. I won’t lie I also dance around my bedroom from time to time and was more than a little hooked on the 2015 season of American Dancing with The Stars with Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, I’ve even read Derek Hough’s book Taking the Lead, even if you aren’t a dancer it is an amazing book.

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To really live out my word of 2016 I’ve started something I was a bit hesitant about, I’ve started going to Zumba classes. The entire first class I felt so uncoordinated and pretty out of my comfort zone but I smiled the whole time. I’ve been to three classes so far and I’m feeling more in rythym each time. There was the whole ‘I don’t want anyone to watch me dance’ thoughts that first lesson but quickly realised no body really cares, they are all to busy watching the instructor and there’s no mistakes just accidental solos.

So for me in 2016 I’m going to go about my days as if each day was a dance, embrace it fully, be in the moment, and feel the joy. I’m going to remind myself that things take practice and time. The sometimes I lead and sometimes I follow. And of course I will dance, show up to Zumba to lovingly move my body and throw dance parties in my lounge room. Because…

“Life is a dance, but it’s much more than mastering the steps. It’s pushing your boundaries, shattering your limits, and exploding in a breathtaking burst of life” – Derek Hough

So how are you going to dance today?

Something to look forward to…

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I’m a big believer in finding the simple joys in life, making time for the little things, it’s something I believe in and thought I was doing pretty well at. The other day I visited my chiropractor, he was going through the general adjustments and testing when he picked up that I’d been stressing, I couldn’t deny that one, it had been a busy week for me at work with lots of learning curves hence I was also feeling rundown. The next thing he bought up I wasn’t expecting. He asked me how much rest do I get. My reply was probably not enough, I work 40hours a week in hospitatlity so my roster is all over the place and days off are rarely on weekends.

He then asked what do I do for pleasure? This one had me stumped. On my days off I usually am doing something I enjoy, or more so I’m not working so isn’t that enough? He  went onto explain that I need to make sure I’m doing things that I actually find pleasure in, things for me that will fill up my cup and keep me going until the next days off where I can recharge again. He also said I need to plan these things so that I’m looking forward to them during my work week. This threw me a little, I don’t like the idea of wishing away the days until something better comes along but then I looked at it in a different light. I wouldn’t really be wishing away the days, every day I could still practice being in the moment and flow of life BUT I could do with more things that I reserve just for my days off, activities and projects that will fill me up with joy and keep me riding on those good vibes when things get a little challenging at work.

That night I was scrolling through Instagram and saw this beautiful quote.

How true and beautiful, sometimes when things get a little sucky all it takes is a thought like ‘hey I’m having chocolate cake for dessert tonight’ and it can pull you right back to being ok with whatever is going on. On another level we need those bigger things to look forward to that fill us up, the things we find pleasure and passion in and time flies by while we loose ourselves in it.(I’ll write another post on that) It’s these things that in a funny way help us rest and recharge (not the actual doing nothing) so we are feeling more balanced and ready for whatever the week ahead may bring.

So it’s been a week since my session with my Chiro and as he suggested after my last days off I came home and planned out some things for my days off, getting creative, baking and social catch ups. I’ve been finding ways to get creative and baked a cake and you know what I think it’s going to work. For me simply getting in touch with my creative side, which I find great pleasure in, has been beautiful and bought me joy in an area I had let slide. Tonight as I go to bed after my days off I’m going to plan again.

So lovely let me ask you. Are you getting enough rest? What do you do for pleasure? What can you plan to look forward to so that you can fill up your cup and keep you going? Are you doing nothing and thinking it’s rest but feeling more rundown?

Get planning lovely and find one little or big thing to look forward.
Here’s to those things we can look forward to a a lovely week.

Making August Happy

 

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Hello to you on this beautiful Spring day. I’ve been a little quite here on Make Today Happy. It’s been a very full few months since May. To begin with I spent 5 weeks on a big beautiful adventure exploring Ireland and England, which you can check out here, and after coming home I’ve had a busy few months at work. But I felt called to come back to this little happy project of mine today as I’ve missed writing on my travel blog and sharing beautiful things here. Today I thought I’d share the little things that made me happy in the month of August.

What I’m making:

This month any chance I get I’ve been compiling all my travel photos into a big beautiful photo book. I have been using Blurb because their program Booksmart is super easy to use and the quality of books is amazing. In a couple of weeks I’m about to make a very exciting move into my first little. I’ve been browsing loads of Pinterest boards for little DIY projects to make and add a warm touch to my new home. Keep your eyes out as I plan to put some tutorials/crafty projects on the blog.

Food To Nourish:

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I have been loving having yoghurt, fresh fruit and granola for my breakfasts. Even better is I’ve been making my own granola and OMG it’s amazing if I do say so myself. I follow a very loose recipe I found on Pinterest but below is My Super Yummy Granola recipe.

Ingredients Dry:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups puffed millet
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 cup each of crushed nuts, seeds (sunflower, pepita), bukins, puffed quinoa, chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • pinch of salt

Ingredients Wet:

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rice malt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Method:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a bow
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix together
  4. Spread on a lined baking tray
  5. Toast in an oven on 180’C for 30 minutes, run a fork through and shake mix every 10 minutes to prevent burning.
  6. Take out of oven, let cool and enjoy.

There really is limitless combinations with this granola, you can add whatever ingredients you like in whatever quantities. I like to have mine with yoghurt and fruit and it keeps well in an airtight container.

What I’m reading:

August had its fair share of wintery days which I made the most of by delving into two lighthearted girly novels by Josephine Moon. In search of a little inspiration I’ve also been checking out the Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe site which is loaded with recipes I’m keen to try and little inspirational posts. Reading is such a beautiful thing to do and I have loved loosing myself in the middle of a good book something I don’t often do.

Quotes I’m loving:

‘ The original definition of courage, (from the Latin word cur, meaning heart)
was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.’
~ Brene Brown

Happy Little Video:

I came across this little video on a night I needed a little pep talk and even though it’s related to footy it still put a smile on my face.

All it takes to be successful is an attitude.

Songs I’m loving:

I’ve really been loving Spotify this month. A couple of my favourite songs on my playlist in August were.

A month in review:

August has been a big month in many ways. I had the busiest month at work and there’s been lots of little changes in my home life. Through it all I learnt just how big an impact your energy and vibes can affect others. It really is important to stay positive and try your best to keep your vibes high. I was also reminded that sometimes you just have to keep going when you don’t really feel like it and that change is a good thing. Looking forward I’m taking part in Life With Che’s #365daystohappiness challenge in September. It’s a beautiful way to add a little happy yo your days and you can check it out here.


Sending you loads of love and sweetness on this beautiful spring day.

Love Caitlin xx

Making April Happy

Hello Beautiful you! Welcome to May! April 1st feels like a long time ago, but at the same time how is it already May? I loved writing a little review about March and thought I’d gather some of my April favourites to share with you. April has been a month full of many beautiful experiences and lessons.

What I’m making:

Happy Little Wall Art: Earlier in the month I shared a post on how to create your very own piece of art to brighten your space. You can read about it here.

 

Food To Nourish:

I love having a supply of bliss balls in the fridge for when the munchies strike. My favourite recipe for bliss balls is from Angela Simpson’s (The Gratitude Project) cookbook Treat Your Tastebuds. It’s seriously worth the $9, I’ve made many of the recipes and like I said the bliss balls are my favourite. You can find the book here.

What I’m reading:

With an upcoming solo adventure this blog post on Four Reasons You Should Travel Solo really connected with me. It completely summed up how I feel about solo travel. 

Quotes I’m loving:

At the start of the month I really needed this reminder. 

 

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”

 

Happy Little Video:

When I first saw this video I thought how true it was, it really hit home about loving yourself and the power of choice. I hope to keep choosing the beautiful door.

Songs I’m loving:

I’ve had this song on repeat throughout the month.

I also really enjoy some of the message behind this song.

And one more, I think I like this song because to me it’s about enjoying simple things. 

 

A month in review:

Looking back on April I can see it had some pretty important themes for me. Self Care being one of them. The start of this year has been busy with working full time and I struggled to find balance between working and doing things I loved and looking after myself. Easter at work was especially full on and left me feeling run down in many ways. The next weekend though was the perfect reset. I spent a weekend with all my family on my Dads side (27 of us in total) in a little cabin in the mountains. It was a beautiful weekend of family time, unplugging, getting in touch with nature and laughter. I had some beautiful days off after that where I started some beautiful little morning and evening rituals. 

  • Morning journalling, meditation, unplugging and smoothies.
  • A lot more being gentle on myself
  • Evening gratitude journalling and meditation.

I think I’ve learnt that you have to find balance, time to enjoy little things that light you up and time for your family and friends. That you really need to be gentle on yourself, you’re doing the best you can, you don’t have to be it all or do it all. That sometimes getting sick is a message to slow it down and stop for a bit. And that you need to be present and trust things will fall into place.


So on this beautiful rainy day on the First of May, I say thank you April for your beautiful lessons and moments and Hello May for all the new adventures that are to come.

Love Caitlin xx

Making March Happy

Hey there you! Wow it’s the first of April, can you believe it? Pinch and a punch. I’m currently cozzied up under the blankets enjoying the cooler weather and days off reflecting on the month that’s been. I feel like March has flown by but it’s been full of some beautiful simple joys and many things that have made me happy. I thought the best way to farewell March was to gather some of my favourites from the month and share them with you, a collection of little things some to make, read, watch and sing.

What I’m making:

I’ve been making little ‘Grateful for…’ pictures for a while now. Whenever I’m out and about and feeling in the moment and grateful I’ll stop and snap a pic then using a photo editing app I add the 5 or so most beautiful things or what I’m most grateful for in that moment. I don’t usually share these but I’ll add a date to the pic and save it to come back to later and read.
This month I’ve been using the FatMumSlim Little Moments App from the app store and I love it.

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I also updated my vision board for 2015 in March, and I’m loving how it turned out. My Guiding words for 2015 are Joy, Nourish, Balance and Grace, the pictures and quotes I’ve chosen all reflect these words in some way. If you want to make a cool inspiration board check out the tutorial I did here: Inspiration Board

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Food To Nourish:

Almond, Raspberry, Coconut Muffins
These muffins are absolutely delicious (even better with lots of raspberries), I came home after work one night and my Grandma had made some to share with me, yumo!

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What I’m reading:

This post really got me thinking on what I’d share with my younger self.
http://oneinfinitelife.com/nuggets-of-wisdom-i-would-share-with-my-younger-self/

Quote I’m loving:

I’m loving this quote at the moment, there have been quite a few nights after work where the best cure for a long day has been a good laugh and getting some sleep.

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Happy Little Video:

This video makes me want to get my groove on, I’ve listened and watched it many times 🙂

Song I’m loving:

Nothing like a good song to belt out when driving

What I’m dreaming up:

In 32 days I will be flying to Ireland!!! I will be heading off on a 5 week solo trip around Ireland and plan on spending some time in England, I’m a tad excited. I adventured in Canada in 2013 and blogged about my adventures, I’ll be doing the same this trip on my travel blog lifeis1bigadventure.wordpress.com so check out my adventures there, plenty of pics I promise.

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So that’s my little happy collection, the blog has been pretty quite recently but I hope to share more in the coming month.
On that note, how will you be making April a joyful month? Happy April Everyone.

Love Caitlin xx

What ‘Make Today Happy’ means to me:

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I’m a girl who jumps at the chance to play with my inner child, a girl who races for swings, laughs at blowing bubbles and playing with sparklers. I’m a girl who’s heart still skips a beat like it did in preschool with the prospect of playing with pretty papers, scissors and pens. I’m a girl who giggles at little things and dances in her room. I’m a girl who believes in Happiness, being happy, finding happy, making happy and I believe in life, it’s beautiful ups and downs, ebbs and flows, the trials, challenges and adventures. This is my project, Make Today Happy. A project in finding and sharing ways to include a little more happy in your days. A project to encourage people to actually make beautiful things, I’m talking crafty things. A project to share inspiration on “Me Dates” (keep posted), wellness, self love and whatever little nuggets of inspiration I feel the need to share (possibly pictures and videos to make you giggle).

This is what ‘Make Today Happy’ means to me:

It’s about being creative and taking time to MAKE things, for you, for others, a difference, a change.

It’s about living in the present moment, living for TODAY, and making changes, doing small things for now and in the future.

It’s about deciding to be HAPPY because it is truly good for you and there are so many beautiful reasons to be.

 


 

‘Make Today Happy’ Essentials

Tool Kit

A project can’t be achieved without the essential ‘tools’. These are just some of the little things that I believe everyone should have which can help bring a little happiness into your days.

Journal & Pretty Pens: a beautiful journal that sings to your soul, and a rainbow of coloured pens. Journals are beautiful for pouring out ideas and thoughts, reflection, gaining clarity and giving thanks, using a pretty pen makes journal writing even more inspiring.

Candle: everyone should have at least a couple of candles, I love having a collection of beautiful candles that when I light it signifies “Me Time”, they are calming and there’s something special about staring at a flickering flame and dreaming away.

Coloured Pencils: to unleash your creative side, play with the child within, colour outside the lines.

Inspiration Board: a beautiful collection of quotes and pictures to act as a loving reminder of the things you wish to bring more of into your life, your big and little dreams and things that make you smile. A place where you can draw inspiration and a little happiness burst.

Craft Kit: some basic essentials such as scissors, glue, tape, pens, pencils, pretty papers. I’m big into hands on making of beautiful things so having a few of these stashed away will come in handy for some of the projects.

A Great, Happy Attitude: remember this

“A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life.” – Mandy Hale.

So powerful, keep an open loving mind and a happy attitude. I know there are times when things may not be looking or feeling that great and that’s ok, more than ok, you just have to remember it’s a moment, feel it, be in it, ride it, look forward, and bring a little happy to it.

What else could you add to your tool kit? Do flowers instantly bring a smile to your face? Is it a song that as soon as the first few beats play you’re pumped and excited? Let your imagination run free and gather the things that make you happy so they can be on hand when you need them. In every day you have 1440 minutes, wouldn’t you rather to make as many of those happy?