The Little Things That Make Me Happy

The most enjoyable aspect of blogging for me is being able to share different parts of my life, documenting the ups, downs and in-betweens as I go along and having a diary of sorts to look back on and enjoy (or cringe at, which is more likely).  There have been super happy moments – like when I went to Budapest in June and hadthe best time ever – and not so happy moments, like my recent frustration-filled post about movingout and the “renters judgement”. I like having something meaningful to write, and that’s why so many of my posts are centred around feminism or trying to carve out your own business whilst holding down a 9-5. These posts are where I find I'm most in my element, because above all else, I’ve always been a writer at heart and sharing content that I’m passionate about is when I feel most rewarded. That being said, I’m not always furious, frustrated or fun-filled. Most of the time, I’m plodding along, fuelled by coffee and cake, just looking forward to going to bed at 9pm *rock’n’roll*.

On that note, I thought it time to take it back to basics. Rather than discuss a hot political topic or the best in latest Gucci dupes (ah, how those two polar opposites have been so beautifully married together by blogging), I wanted to share with you the little things in my life that make me happy. And keep me going, more often than not.

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Coffee, good surroundings and my favourite café

A favourite café – we all have one, it’s undoubtedly at least a 7/10 independently hipster and we might as well donate 30% of our wages before pay day because it’s going to end up there anyway. My favourite café – Applaud, in Ipswich – is my go-to everyday. A mere 10-minute stroll from my workplace, I always head to get a smoothie for a quick break from the office and a good dose of fruit and honey. And, realistically, cake.

Inside, the interior is shabby chic meets quaint and quirky, and with there always being a number of delicious vegetarian lunch options, it’s no surprise that it quickly became my fave local haunt. Particularly good for drinking coffee, working on your laptop and looking like a total hipster belled.


Well, this one is self-explanatory really. Fucking fantastic human being. 


Funnily enough, for a short while my English Lit degree had ruined reading for me. Speed-reading a 300 page book in two days? Yep, that will take the pleasure out of it. All of a sudden I’ve rediscovered my love for a good book, and I’m back into the habit of reading before bed and ditching the phone – which really does help with achieving a better night’s sleep, by the way. I’ve just finished The Vegetarian by Han Kang, and I’m now tackling a world classic that I surprisingly have never read – To Kill a Mockingbird. Romance novels, thrillers and murder mysteries aren’t really my bag; in reality I’m a total book snob, and with there being so many greats that I have yet to conquer, I’ve set myself a wish list of the classics to discover what I like and what I love. (By the way, you know the term ‘Mrs. Robinson’ that is used to describe a cougar-type-woman-of-sorts? That comes from The Graduate! Cool, huh?!)

I’d love to know what simple things make you happy, and how those little moments can make a big change to your day. Feel free to pop your comments down below (and please do, I’m really interested!) or find me over on Twitter or Instagram with the handle @chloeplumstead.

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  1. Reading is definitely on my 'happy list' too! When I finished my English Lit degree it took me a good couple of months to want to read again, and I'm so happy to have settled back into that reading before bed time routine!

    Steph -

  2. This is such a sweet post. It's nice to focus on the little happy things every once in awhile. Reading is definitely on my list as well, along with a good cup of coffee, though usually in my own home instead of a coffee shop. Maybe I should find some nice bunting to make up for it lol?

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  3. This is so lovely! Such a beautiful post and lifting me up as I've been feeling quite drab these past few days. And 2/3 things that you mentioned are what makes me happy too (don't have a boyfriend yet, ha!). I love beautiful and comfortable cafés and books too of course! They're my safe haven. x

  4. Love this! My boyfriend also makes me happy haha... Well, that's their job isn't it? ;) xx
    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  5. This is so lovely Chlo! And that photo of you and Keiran gets me every time <3 xx

  6. I love this post! It's the first time I've come across your blog and I absolutely love it - I'll definitely be coming back for more.

    I've got The Graduate on my reading list at the moment - I picked it up in Waterstones a few months ago along with A Clockwork Orange as I hadn't read either and I'm trying to challenge myself to 'expand my literary horizons' this year and read more modern classics rather than trashy novels or too much fantasy.

    Looking forward to your next post! xo
    LJLV | Fashion. Lifestyle. London.

  7. You have to be the most photogenic couple, like ever.
    great post lovely!
    Jen | Giveaway | Velvet Spring

  8. Reading definitely makes me happy too. Spending time with my dogs is a small thing that makes me really happy - sounds ridiculous but I love it when they're all smiley and tail-waggy! Loved this post; it was very uplifting!
    Rebecca | Notes From September

  9. Absolutely love this post! Reading is my no.1 happy pastime, and if you're into reading the greats, then I'd definitely recommend Frankenstein, remains to be my all time favourite book.xx

  10. Reading is something that makes me happy except that I mostly read Stephen King and can't seem to find another author I love nor do I know what to try. I'd love you to make a list of all the books you read and enjoyed.
    Reading is so calming, it's always nice to be able to dive into the characters and feel everything. And I hate ebooks too, I need to feel the pages, turn them and have books in my shelves.


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