Seven Happy Things

Seven Happy Things | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Back to Basics

Sometimes when I write blog posts, I feel like they have to be these epic novellas that cover every single possible point on a subject, and I end up spending entire evenings pouring my heart out on the screen. I love it, but I also love those little “bitty” posts where I just share some nice things that made me smile. I used to share “happy things” on a semi-regular basis but fell away from it for some reason or another.

One of my favourite bloggers, Kirsty from The Monday Project, writes a weekly series where she shares ten things from the last week and I look forward to reading it every single week. It’s the kind of post I miss writing, so I thought I’d share a few of the things that have brought a smile to my face recently – without the pressure I put on myself to write well over a thousand words a piece.

1. Business is goooood

I don’t think I really talk about my business enough on here, which is something I want to change. If you didn’t already know, I launched my freelance digital marketing business – Content by Charlotte – back in October last year, and things are going pretty well so far. I absolutely love the work I do and I get to work with some really excellent people, so it’s all good.

At the start of January, I launched my packages for bloggers so that I could do more work with snazzy bloggers and help them figure out how to rock the blogosphere. I was really nervous about launching it (and the Facebook group to match) but I’ve been so overwhelmed with the lovely, supportive responses I’ve had since. It’s got to the point, in fact, that I’m now completely booked up for February and March, and I’ve already started taking names for the April waiting list. It’s slightly crazy, but I love it and I’m proud of myself.

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2. I’ve got my own wheels

I only went and bought a bloody car, didn’t I?! My mum has very kindly been sharing her car with me since I passed my test four years ago (which I definitely took advantage of) but, for reasons I’ll explain in a second, it was time to get my own little runaround. I ended up buying a little Citroen C1, who I’ve named Cilla, and I’m chuffed.

Buying Cilla was a bit of a landmark moment for me because I was only able to do so due to the money I’ve earned from this here blog and my freelance business over the past few months. If I’d still been selling my soul to the retail gods, I never would have managed it, but I did – and it’s all from my own hard work. It feels good.

3. Ya gal got into university!

So what changed that I needed a car for? Well, I got into my first choice university. In September, as long as I pass my HND, I’ll be heading to the University of the West of Scotland to start studying Marketing, as I’ve been offered a place for third year. It’s been a long and convoluted road, getting this degree of mine, but I finally feel like I’m on the right track after dropping out of my first degree back in 2015.

With all going to plan, I’ll finally be graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Marketing come 2020 and I’ll be putting my student days behind me seven years after they first began. Providing I don’t head on to do a masters, that is, which I’m kind of planning on doing… I’ll see how I feel after another two years of university!

4. I got with the times…

And finally went to see The Greatest Showman. Only a month late, right? I’d been desperate to see it since it came out (Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in a musical? yes please!) but just hadn’t had the time until last weekend. On Saturday night, Sarah and I took Cilla for a spin and headed over to Silverburn for a mate date with plenty of pizza and popcorn. Not only was it fab to spend some quality time with my BFF, I got to watch the wonderful film that is The Greatest Showman.

Sure, there are some questionable parts of the film, and the fact that the Bearded Lady had perfectly shaved armpits irked me more than necessary, but I adored it. Musicals make my heart happy, and this was no different. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on a loop ever since and have been desperately searching for ways to get legs like Zendaya. Can it come out on DVD now, please?

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5. I’m still hitting the gym

Yup, me, a gym-goer. I talked a bit about why I’m loving the gym right now a couple of weeks ago, but over the past few days, I’ve started to notice a real difference in my body and how I feel. It’s been kind of cool, actually. My shoulder injury still bothers me a lot, but I’ve definitely made progress with the weights over the last couple of weeks and I’m hoping that this week I can progress to lifting an actual bar. It’s been slow going, but it’s been worth it.

Not only am I feeling stronger, but I’m also feeling a wee bit more toned too. The jeans I bought at the start of the year are getting baggy (which is annoying but amazing at the same time) and my posture is looking better, too. It’s been over two years since my last abdominal surgery and I’ve finally got to a point where it doesn’t hurt to do a sit up.

6. I’m feeling more confident in myself

My road to rediscovering my confidence has been a bumpy one, but with the good things that have been happening lately, I’m definitely feeling my confidence build with each week. I did have a bit of a wobble at the end of last week, and I doubt I’ll ever be free of good ol’ imposter syndrome, but I definitely feel like a better version of myself right now. 
I think it’s a mix of factors, with the comfort of a university place, a blossoming business and feeling more comfortable in my own skin working wonders for my confidence levels. It’s been a long time coming, to be honest. I feel like I’m getting my sass back.

7. I’m in a good place

Has anyone else been loving The Good Place on Netflix as much as me? Ugh, it’s so good.
Anyway, let’s talk mental health for the moment. I know we’re only one month into 2018 but my GOD it has been good for me. 2017 was undoubtedly my lowest year to date – even lower than the year I dropped out of university – but I finally feel like it’s behind me. Sure, things aren’t perfect, and my brain certainly never will be – but things are better. It’s refreshing, really. 
Let’s hope that 2018 keeps up the good work, eh?

What’s been making you smile recently?