I am a naturally happy girl, but sometimes when life gets me down, I think about all of the things I love to get me through. Theeeen I use those things as a weird inspiration to make crazy Youtube videos like this one
Yeah, I am photoshopped in sun from Teletubbies style….and WHAT of it!
Let me know what things make you happy in the comments box!
My 20s so far have been a weird and wonderful time and I thought I would share them; some are insane, some mundane, and some fundamental 🙂
Being important is lovely but it is more important to be lovely.
Beer before wine is fine, but wine before beer will make YOU VOM.
Always drink a glass of water before bed. It’s good for you!
Cut away the toxic people. Life is too short to be surrounded by people who make you feel bad about yourself.
Sometimes it’s not how you feel about someone – it’s how someone makes you feel about you that is important.
Never skip breakfast. You’ll be a ravenous monster and no good decisions are made on empty stomachs.
Getting 7 hours sleep or more a night is important, as similarly, no good decisions are made when you are tired.
Now is the time to get in shape.
Sugar is your enemy
I love sugar – Especially when it comes to Macarons.
Some mistakes can’t be corrected, you just have to live with them
You should always go outside, at least once a day!
Nobody notices your imperfections as much as you do.
Insecurity will destroy you.
Internet trolls exist and are a problem for the next generation.
Most internet trolls are children. Those who aren’t are sad, toxic individuals that are best cut from your consciousness.
I learnt how to curl my hair with straightening irons. Fact.
I can make a really bloody good curry from scratch.
I am intelligent and if I need to learn something – I absolutely can.
I learned to edit video – even though it was hard at first.
Learning is earning
The path to enlightenment is everyday happiness.
A warm baked Camembert is a treat sent from the gods. The gods of France?
No diet is worth sacrificing my enjoyment of cheese.
I actually really like ale.
The Yorkshire Dales are one of my favourite places on earth.
I know my worth.
If something doesn’t work out, I’ll be fine because I am me and I am capable.
I am my own hero.
It is possible to have a career and earning a living on youtube
Gin in a tin is great. The best one is cucumber flavour.
There are people in the world who don’t like Radiohead….we’ll probably never see eye to eye.
When love hurts, it won’t work.
Changing your personality to attract someone will never end well.
Trying to change people will never end well.
Casual sex is actually not really worth it.
L I F E G O E S O N
Being cute to yourself is good for your mental health – my friend Katie Brennan taught me that one. Hey beauty. If you don’t know what being cute to yourself means, I’ve left a link to Katie’s blog so you can find out.
You can say no sometimes.
It’s okay to like whatever you like, even if the things you like are eclectic and don’t fit with a type.
If you have an idea or something you want to do then do it right now. Every day you wait is another day you are getting older.
Trust is the ultimate liberation.
Friendship takes work but true friends will ALWAYS be there.
If you don’t like your situation you can literally change it.
Tragedy doesn’t define you.
There are such things as second chances.
My future is bright
I like who I am.
I trust myself.
It’s fine to eat with a teaspoon if that’s what you want. In fact it is fine to do anything that doesn’t hurt anyone if that’s what you want. You should do what you want.
I value my independence more than I value the figures in my bank account.
I love my family – but moving out and staying out when I was 18 was a good call.
Love can be passed down through blood. I loved my niece before I met her.
My passport is my most valuable possession.
You should save for things that will change your life.
Living in another country will dive your heart irrevocably – but it’s worth it for what you’ll learn about the world in that time.
So for a while now I have been thinking about what it is to be happy and how to get there. So many people, including me at one point, rely on others to be happy, without looking to themselves first. Often people cruise along, feeling stuck in a rut and not knowing how to get out and change things.
I think it is really important to learn how to be your own hero.
Becoming your own hero is about learning to love who you are and using your individuality to put yourselves in situations where you can succeed. Being your own hero means not needing anyone to rescue you from situations because you are capable of rescuing yourself. It also means not looking for anyone else to validate who you are. Friends are amazing, so are significant others, but the only person who can make you feel complete is you. You are a babe. You are a hero.
I have decided to make some vlogs on the topic and will posting weekly discussions and thoughts on how we can all support each other and learn to love who we are. 🙂
So before I moved to Canada I used to do a radio show on Shoreditch Radio called Rebecca’s Happy Hour. Rebecca’s Happy Hour was an hour long show aimed at making the listeners happy with jolly music to suit a weekly theme. I LOVED doing these as it gave me an excuse to find music, drink Red Stripe on air and think about ways to get happy and motivated.
It’s a shame I can’t do the show anymore, but I still have a lot of the old shows on podcast, so I thought I’d share my Christmas playlist with you.
If you want to hear me get excited about the season and listen to some cool music, feel free 🙂
1.Little Drummer Boy – Bright Eyes
2.God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/ We 3 Kings – Barenaked Ladies
3.Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas – Eels
4.It’s Christmas! Let’s go surfing! – Tim Wheeler & Emmy The Great
5.All I Want For Christmas – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6.Christmas at the Zoo – Flaming Lips
7.Reindeer – The Knife
8.White Christmas – Iggy Pop
9.Baby It’s Cold Outside – She and him
10.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Joshua James
From Shoreditch Radio to Most Amazing Top Ten; I’m not on the radio anymore but I am on Youtube…and I am still talking about Christmas! I recently did a Top Ten video on the best Christmas films, so if you fancy giving it a watch then feel free!
1. Home Alone
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol
4. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
5. Love Actually
6. It’s a Wonderful Life
7. The Grinch
8. Holiday Inn
9. Jingle All The Way
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I hope you liked this little Christmassy post and are in the spirit like me. It will be weird to be away from the majority of my friends and family this year but I am still looking forward to it! We have bought enough alcohol and food to amuse a small army, so we’ll be fine!
Merry Christmas to you all. I hope wherever you are when you are reading this you are happy and jolly 🙂
So it’s January. Sure. It’s cold and grey and generally a bit rubbish, but we knew that already. Speculatively speaking, I think people are all just a bit too hard on themselves at this time of year. I am not sure what it is about the change in digits that brings out peoples toughest inner critics, but I think we would all be much better off if we focused on what makes us happy rather than punishing ourselves for having a wee bit too much Yule log over Christmas. After all, don’t we just want to make it through this harsh winter unscathed? Below are a my top 10 tips and tricks to staying jolly during the undeniably crappiest bit of the year.
We all know I’m an eater not a cheater, but I think we all need to agree that breakfast is bloody brilliant. Not enough people make time for it during their working week but I always have. Resisting the ever tempting urge to press snooze just.one.more.time, I get up about an hour before I need to leave the house. This way I have time to feed myself something borderline nutritious AND I get time to put my make up on whilst watch a cheeky little something on Netflix. By the time I get to work, I feel like I have made something of my morning. Huzzah.
Have A Nice Cup Of Tea
One fabulous part of being British is the inherent appreciation for a good brew; we all know there is little a good cuppa can’t help. Even at work if I am feeling a bit stressed, leaving the room for 5 minutes to make a tea then bringing it back to sup at my desk makes everything better. Better still, I have got a mug that says “there is a 50% chance this is actually gin.” Pretty accurate.
January is a bitter buggar, but that doesn’t mean that you should be. It’s freezing outside and when you feel like there is literally nothing to get you out of bed then chances are your personal morale is a bit low. I’m not saying you need to put down your life savings for a trip to Orlando (although that actually sounds awesome!) but treating yourself to a nice lunch at the end of a hard working week or a pair of boots in the winter sales might perk you up. I always find planning a mini adventure helps, like a trip to Brighton or a weekend in Europe! Recently I treated myself to a flight to Cologne to see my best friend, I am flying off in mid Feb and this has really given me something to look forward to!
Okay, cast me the stink eye all you want, but to be honest I feel much better when I get up off my seasonally mince pie filled ass and do a little exercise. I used to HATE going to the gym but then, after forcing myself to not quit for a few weeks, I realised it is actually a pretty cool place. No one stares at you like I thought they would and if anyone does acknowledge you, it is only in silent camaraderie. I also discovered I can exercise whilst streaming Netflix. I can cycle WHILST watching old episodes of Buffy. Yes! PLUS exercising means you can legitimately buy ridiculous footwear like my new fluorescent Nikes (see below.)
Make Time For The People You Actually Enjoy Spending Time With
Yeah it’s cold outside, but it is worth braving the cold to hang out with people that make you feel good about life and you enjoy spending time with! Hanging out with people shouldn’t be a chore, so pick those who make you laugh and you can talk freely with. I often travel back up to my hometown in Cambridge to see my oldest friends and sometimes we even plan little trips together. This makes me feel very, very happy! Likewise, planning a date night with my boyfriend always gives me something to look forward to!
Spruce Your Living Space Up
Essentially, buy yourselves some flowers and add some colour into your life on a grey day! It is amazing the difference a bunch of flowers and some linen scent air freshener can make!
Remember That Eating Healthily Doesn’t Have To Suck
I love cheese, but this isn’t the most viable life option in terms of day to day diet (waaaa!) I know first hand that saying “ooh, I am going to eat healthy” ends up in me crying over a carrot and a cuppa soup three days later. It’s winter, life sucks enough without you having to punish yourself! Instead try some exciting healthy food like the quinoa, mango, avacado and radish salad below, paired with roast pepper and pan seared chicken breast. My friend Emma made this for me last week and I felt like I died and went to happy food heaven. Mmmm.
Say SOD It and Have A Hearty Roast
Sometimes it is too cold for salad and you need something warm and filling to make you jolly. In these occasions, I can only recommend you cancel all your plans and make a nice big roast dinner!
Listen To Some Good Music
I am all about getting jolly with some musical inspiration. You may not know this, but I present my own radio show, Rebecca’s Happy Hour. My most recent show is all about channeling the good vibes for the year ahead. You can listen to it the show by clicking this somewhat garish picture of me holding a globe and some onions (that look rather a lot like balls! 😉 )
Get Enough Sleep
I am a fool for having too much fun and not enough sleep but after burning the candle at both ends for a few too many days in a row, I wonder why I am crying in the fetus position on my bedroom floor. The answer is simple; not enough sleep! We need it, we are happier with more of it. End of. Plus when you have THESE Cath Kidston bed sheets, bed is the best place ever! zzzzz.
I hope at least some of the above work for you! Please also share your tips for staying jolly this winter, I’d be glad to hear them!
An open invite to my assorted plots, schemes and general ponderings.