15 Things That Made Me Happy This Summer

When it comes to ‘feel good’ posts, I didn’t expect to be able to write one for this summer. The loss of loved ones this year has rocked me, along with a lot of other things and it seems like one of those years you don’t look back on with anything other than sadness. HOWEVER, I made a point to sit down and write this post because I wanted to remind myself that despite sadness and huge loss, this summer has presented some really happy moments. And I’m so glad I did because it’s made me look at my overall impression of this year completely differently!

Went On Holiday

We headed to Crete in early August on our first ever couples holidays. Yup, we have children and a house, but we’d never been on holiday together before! Having worked so, so hard to save for the wedding, we really needed a week to spend together, to reconnect and just switch-off. And the holiday was perfect and everything we hoped. We stayed in the most beautiful resort and ate and drank our way between the beach and the pool for a week – it was bliss.

Made new friends on holiday

Speaking of holiday, we made new friends there, which was lovely. We got to know the couple in the room next door to ours, who were at the resort on their honeymoon. We got on really well and had a proper giggle over cocktails. As adults we often forget how nice it is to make new friends, so this made the holiday even nicer.

Got a natural tan!

Another holiday focus here but I am the palest person known to man, no seriously. I’m pale. And I never usually tan AT ALL on holidays anymore. However I got a really nice and natural tan this year and I’m still sporting white bits now – 3 weeks later. So that definitely makes me happy!

Got a gorgeous new watch

It’s the little things, right? And this summer I got to work with MVMT again who kindly sent over my second watch of this year. This time it was their best-selling Orion watch which is gunmetal silver and rose gold and looks so gorgeous. It’s very different to my other watches but I love it and the colours are perfect for autumn too.

 

Upped my savings for my dream bag

Call me materialistic (I’m not) but I work hard for the things I want – whether that’s a holiday, new things for my children or…my dream bag. I haven’t purchased anything super-duper since I became a Mummy. I’ve just not been able to justify thousands on a new bag – despite having a nice collection pre-mummyhood (which I sold!) However I’ve been putting aside a small amount every-so-often for a while now to go towards two new bags I want. I work hard and I think I deserve them! One is an easy every day tote and the other the statement handbag of dreams. I’m not telling you which yet, but I’m nearly at the point where I can buy the first! Eek!

Received a PR package from Bobbi Brown

My job is my dream career, I love what I do. It’s blooming hard work, but it’s my biggest passion. So naturally when I got my first Bobbi Brown PR package this month from my friends at Fabled by Marie Claire, well, I had a total pinch-me moment. I never take anything for granted in this blogging-world, and this really, really meant a lot to me!

Migrated to WordPress

Currently in the process of this one, so depending on when you read this will depend on whether I’m still on Blogger or I’ve competed the migration to WordPress! I’ve been toying with the idea for a while and I’m going to do a whole blog series on why and how to do it, but for now it’s suffice to say that I’m trying a visual and content rebrand for Lady Writes to allow me to include more lifestyle topics regularly.

Celebrated Hayden’s First Birthday

Where has a year gone? If you find out, please let me know because I have zero idea! Hayden turned one on August 10th and it was the nicest moment. The birthday celebrations lasted five days and were filled with all of his favourite things: toys, playing, fun and lots and lots of food!

Hayden started to walk

As if he wasn’t happy enough to turn one, Hayden also started to walk this summer. It’s actually been nearly two months since his first steps and he’s getting more confident now, but because he’s so speedy at crawling he’s not in a rush to walk alone anywhere. We’ll get there though!

Started my Get The Look Series with Ideal World

As pretty much everyone knows, I used to work at Ideal World and I loved it. Then I went on Maternity Leave and Lady Writes just…blossomed. So I took the plunge into full-time freelancing. Not going back to work was a tough call, but the right thing for me, my family and my business. But it also opened a whole new door and I’ve become a semi-regular Guest Vlogger on the Ideal World YouTube channel! Making all sorts of fashion and style focused content, I’m loving every minute. (Make sure you watch my latest video below)



Filled my freelance quota

As well as Lady Writes becoming my full-time focus, I also run Lady Writes Creative which is a digital marketing business. I manage social media and PR for beauty brands on a one-off and long-term basis depending on client needs. Within three months of starting Lady Writes Creative, my quota is full and I have a waiting list of clients. I still pinch-me every day that I’m living the most amazing dream and able to have the dream job.

(Re)Booked The Wedding

As you all know, we were booked to be getting married in Florida next July. There were several reasons behind this but it meant we were only going to have 15 people at the ceremony (it’s too far to expect people to travel.) However when my cousin died this summer it really did make me reconsider everything. It’s been tough. My fiance was incredibly supportive and basically said we could do whatever I wanted. (He’s a keeper.) So we cancelled the Florida wedding and rebooked for my hometown, where all our closest friends and family can join us for the day. You think you have an endless amount of time to spend with family, but time is precious and fragile, so it means the world to us that our whole family will be sharing in our very special day.

 

Experimented with meal times

This might not seem like a happy thing but it’s made me happy, so it counts right?! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life I often fall into the trap of cooking the same old meals, which without realising gets boring. So this summer I’ve been experimenting a lot with themed foods and cultural dishes to mix up meal times for our family. Naturally some have been a bit..iffy, but overall we’ve tried some yummy dishes.

Had a huge clear out

It sounds silly doesn’t it, but another thing that made me SO happy this summer was having a mass clear out. My family know this about me, but I randomly get these ideas on the spur of the moment to declutter my whole house – and I did. I chucked away so much stuff that the car was jam-packed full on the way to the tip. But I felt so much better for it afterwards.

Got back into planning

This summer when I started Lady Writes Creative I realised I needed more structure in my day-to-day work to keep on top of both blog deadlines as well as client workloads. So it motivated me to get back into planning. I got my planner out and sorted out a weekly list and system which really works for me and once I week (usually on Sundays) I’ll spend hours putting in cute stickers to make the week ahead organised and pretty. Being creative is an outlet for me so doing this with my planner is relaxing but also vital for my day to day workloads.

So those are 15 things that made me happy this summer, and reading them back has a feel good effect for me. Have you had many feel-good moments this summer that stand out?

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20 Comments

  1. August 21, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    So many things! Glad you had a good holiday and hope wedding planning is going well xx

  2. katiemiddleton94
    August 21, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Aw, this is such a lovely blog post. I loved reading it all and I’m so excited for your wedding! Also, you look beaut in these photos!

    Katie x

  3. Erin
    August 21, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Aaaaah you have had such an incredible time! I love how you are getting married back home now too, its such a good idea, and I love your new watch – it is beautiful!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  4. August 22, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I love this post Chloe! It’s so great that Hayden has started walking, what a little cutie. Also I can’t wait for your series on migrating to WordPress, it’s an idea I’m toying with myself! X

    Hollie | ItsHollieAnn.com

  5. August 22, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    That picture of Hayden is adorable! This is such a lovely post I had a really tough year with family too and it can be really hard to notice the positives but even if you have to dig deep its definitely worth finding the positives, they are always there
    Alicia Xo

  6. August 22, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    Sounds like an amazing summer!! Travel is so good for the soul and the new business sounds fantastic!!!
    Em x

  7. August 23, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    It is so important to reflect on the things that make you happy – i need to do that more often! i love reading what makes other people happy, even if it’s just little things x

  8. August 23, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a busy summer but it sounds amazing. Congratulations on migrating over the WordPress, and I’m excited to find out which bags you’re planning on treating yourself to.

    Alicia x

  9. August 23, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    I work for a wedding magazine, so if you need any wedding help let me know! xx

  10. August 24, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    migrating to wordpress is one of the best decisions i made! im glad you have had plenty to feel happy about, i hope you have an equally happy autumn and winter xx

  11. August 24, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    So many things! I love a happy positive post, and I’m so glad you had a lovely summer! I can’t wait to see which bags you are treating yourself to!!

    Em x

    http://www.emsworld.co.uk

  12. August 25, 2018 / 9:01 am

    This is such a lovely post and has really made me think about what has made me happy this summer and what I can do to feel like I’ve not wasted any opportunity. x

  13. Boxnip
    September 3, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    wow, you’ve had a busy summer but fantastic one too! 😀 x

  14. September 5, 2018 / 10:29 am

    That watch is beautiful! I can’t wait to see what bag you treat yourself to x

  15. shelley
    September 8, 2018 / 10:47 am

    welcome to WordPress hun hope you like it!

  16. September 17, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Wow you have done amazing things and such a positive outlook on your month I should do this, it might make me feel more positive. Sorry for you wedding replan, you’ll have an amazing day where ever you are x

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