Things That Have Made Me Happy Lately

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  • This time of year makes me happy. Autumn is by far my favourite season. It’s just beautiful (although I am NOT loving all of the rain that we have been having of late). To quote Camus ‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.’

  • Getting out of the city. It’s easy to forget what time of year it is when living in the city, especially Manchester, where there is very little in terms of foliage around. Getting out of the city for a walk and seeing the changing colours of the leaves is lovely.

  • Going for coffee and cake with my favourite man. Fig + Sparrow is my new favourite place—not only do they have beautiful homeware items and make great coffee; they have vegan cake too! It’s so nice to be able to go into a regular coffee shop and have a little treat. The carrot cake was delicious.

  • Wearing my Dr Martens. I was actually prepared for the turn in weather this year and picked up these vegan friendly cherry red 1461s a month or so ago. They’ve been keeping my feet nice and dry, are super comfy (once you’ve broken them in) and look even better in real life than on the site.

  • Catching up with friends. Living in different cities/ having full time jobs/ being in a relationship etc, means that I don’t get chance to see my friends as much as I might have done when I was 17 and at college, but that makes the time that you do get to see them even more special. In the last week or so, I’ve managed to catch up with three of my closest friends and it’s been great. I particularly enjoyed paying a visit to 1847 bistro, which is somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit for ages. I had the tofu ‘fish’ and chips with mushy peas and it was very lovely indeed.

  • Wearing my new snuggly scarf. There’s been a definite dip in temperature in the last few weeks, so this has been a very necessary addition.

  • Planning a trip to London. Going to the capital might not seem a big deal for a lot of people, but I LOVE it. My Dad lives down there, so I try to go relatively often, but don’t actually make it there as much as I would like. It’s only been a few months since my last visit, but Samuel and I haven’t been there together for around 18 months and so I’m looking forward to having some time off work, hanging out together and catching up with family and friends. Much needed relaxation.

  • Taking more photographs. I’ve always loved photography, but carrying my DSLR around with me all of the time is a bit of a pain. It’s pretty cumbersome, so isn’t the easiest thing to whip out in order to take a quick shot. Over the last few years, the frequency of me taking photos had really dropped, but lately I’ve been trying to up that. I picked up the iPhone 5S a few weeks ago and having something with me at all times has really encouraged me to take more photos. Looking through my camera roll though, it seems that I have drank a lot of coffee and eaten a lot of cake recently. I often get asked questions about the sort of meals that I eat as a vegan and so I’m going to try and start posting more of my food photos to Instagram.

  • Pinterest. Samuel and I are hoping to move home soon and Pinterest is a great tool for inspiration. I should probably dedicate a little more time to actually finding somewhere to live though.

What things have made you happy lately?

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