5 Happy Things

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Things are looking good right now

Touch wood.

There’s been this really annoying pattern over the last few years, wherein which I’ve made it through a slightly rough patch and am starting to feel a little bit better about life again, only to be met with a brand new problem days later. Last year, I wrote this blog post about how I was finally coming out of a funk, and less than a week later I was in a car accident. Then, I wrote this post about how I was feeling good about 2018, and shortly afterwards my dad’s health took a turn for the worse. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen after this post, huh.

Anyway, life has finally calmed down big time and I am feeling good. Over the past couple of weeks, it’s been like a weight has lifted off my shoulders. Literally, with my shoulder finally starting to show some signs of healing, and figuratively for a multitude of reasons. Let’s dive into yet another set of happy things!

My dad is home

So, if you follow me on Twitter, which you should, you’ve probably seen me rambling on a lot about my dad. My dad became ill at the start of the year and in early April he was hospitalised with a pretty rare heart infection called endocarditis. I hadn’t heard of it before then, either. At the start of May, he had major heart surgery, which was quite complicated due to the magnitude of the infection, but he was finally discharged at the very end of May and is back at home again.
It’s been really tough seeing my dad ill, and having him in the hospital was difficult for us all. It’s been an emotional time and I can’t even begin to explain how relieved I am to finally have him home! There’s still a long way to go recovery-wise, but we’re through the worst and he’s been so strong throughout. As has the rest of my family, too. I definitely get my strength from my parents. 

So’s my boyfriend!

At the start of 2017, Paddy moved down to Leicester to start a new job. Going back to long distance yet again was tough for both of us, with Paddy being so far away and things not being so great for me in Glasgow, but a few days before my dad was discharged Paddy moved back to Glasgow. He’s got a new job, doing something he loves, and we’re done with long distance once again. Hopefully for good this time!

I’m so excited for our summer together, even though we’re not going away, as it’s the first time we’ve lived in the same city, have been earning similar amounts and haven’t had to work evenings or weekends – so we’ll actually get to put our days off to good use! Obviously, I have a huge list of restaurants to work our way around, but it would be nice to go and explore some more of Scotland over the summer too.

Plus, Paddy being home again means that the prospect of moving out and getting a flat of our own is on the cards, which means we’re one step closer to fulfilling two of my life goals – having a bangin’ home office and getting a dog. Yassssss.

Glasgow Fashion Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

College is over

The sigh of relief was palpable as I walked out of my last exam on Friday. I loved college for the most part and made some great friends there, but it was pretty exhausting. Particularly so over the last few months when the pressure was really ramping up. There was a point in March where I was seriously considering if I could make it through, but I did.

I find out my results this Friday coming, which means finding out if I’ve made the grade I need to get into the third year of university in September, so I have all of my fingers crossed right now. I’ve passed all of my coursework and in-class assessments, it’s just the graded unit I’m waiting to hear back about now…

My motivation is back with a bang

The combination of finishing college, having my dad home and having Paddy back again has done wonders for my motivation. I don’t know why, but having a bit more “me time” has really lit a fire underneath me and I am raring to go. Which is great, because I have a pretty big to-do list for the summer! I think the nice weather is helping a lot too, as I tend to be a bit more productive when it’s sunny, for the most part.

The sunshine also makes me read a lot more, so I’ve been ticking some books off my list that have been on there forever. I read Emma Gannon’s new release, The Multi-Hyphen Method, last week and it was brilliant!

I think I’m kind of killing it.

Is it a taboo to admit that I think I’m doing kind of okay just now? I’m rarely the first to give myself a pat on the back, but I came to the realisation recently that even though I don’t have my shit together, no one does, and I’m doing a good job of keeping it together so far. When I look back at everything that’s happened in my life over the past six or so years I have to laugh, or else I’d cry, but then I remember how much I’ve managed to deal with throughout that time and I’ve still made it through.

Not only that but I’ve launched a kick-ass business, kept this blog going and continued my education throughout. It’s been intense, to say the least, but wow. I’ve come to really recognise my own strength in recent weeks, and think it’s about time I gave myself a bit of credit for trucking on even when life has been throwing all sorts of obstacles in my way. Onwards and upwards from here, hopefully!

What’s been making you smile recently?

Photos by Claire White