It really is! What you think about you bring about and I truly believe that once you become oriented towards looking for things to be grateful for, you’ll find that you’ll always have more to be grateful for. Life works beautifully like that.
Gratitude means noticing simple pleasures alongside all the big stuff, and the practice of consciously giving thanks improves our lives immeasurably – making us happier, more resilient, less stressed and healthier. Cheapest and easiest high you’re ever going to get!
So, without any further ado, here’s what’s making me happy this week…
1. Pallet Projects + Home Organisation
Over the weekend, we went on a bit of an organising spree and our apartment has never looked better! It’s amazing how a few little tweaks to your living environment can completely change your outlook, especially when you’ve been prone to saying things like “I’m really over this place, we should move, like, now!”
Remember my Pallet Love post? Look what we made with the pallet I picked up off the side of the road! You liiiiiike? We also turned our couch into a king size daybed (sounds wacky but it’s awesome) but I’ll wait until we finish it off with a heap of chunky new cushions and some beautiful throws before I show you the pics. You need the full effect, you see.
2. Head + Face Massages
I walked through the door last night and after flopping down quite dramatically on our fab new daybed, Ramai, being the rockstar that he is, pulled off my shoes, gave me a big squeeze and proceeded to give me the best head and face massage ever.
At first he thought it was funny to smoosh my face around and stretch my eyebrows and mouth to the side (hot look, seriously), but after a lot of mmming and ahhing from me, he went all out with an amazing head massage. Yum. I’m obsessed with people touching my hair/ head/ neck/ face – I instantly relax and get pins and needles (the good type) all over my head. I just LOVE it. Do you?
*** I know this picture doesn’t exactly depict a face or head massage but it’s funny anyway. Nice Speedo’s my friend.
3. New Reads
Some lovely new books have taken pole position on my bedside table, including:
1. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
2. You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother’s Eyes by Jermaine Jackson
3. When My Husband Does The Dishes by Kerri Sackville
I’ve also read 2 great e-books in the past week – Kim from Dream. Delight. Inspire’s book Turning Your Dream Job Into Reality and Annabel Candy’s Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps. I recommend you get your hands on both, lots of wisdom contained in those beautifully PDF’d pages!
4. Op Shop Finds
Check out my loot! I hit the jackpot last week at the op shop, all for the sweet price of 25 clams.
The plan is to paint the mini-peacock chair white and put a pot of drapey vines on there for my hens party soiree. It’ll go perfectly with what we have planned.
5. Beauty Bits ‘n’ Bobs
Picked up some new cheap and cheerful beauty products that are making me smile.
1. Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish in Instyle Coral: the perfect coral. Awesome with a tan.
2. Maybelline FIT Me Foundation: still haven’t worked out what foundation I want to try out next so I bought this one to tide me over while I decide.
3. Maybelline Shine Sensational Lip Gloss in Cranberry Crave: as I’ve mentioned before, I have a lip gloss obsession and I don’t think I’ve ever left Priceline without purchasing at least one tube of thick-but-not-too-sticky gloss. Yesterday was no different. Hopeless.
Oh and I also got a pair of (not that cheap) Tweezerman tweezers last week. Um, how come no-one told me how good these things are? Pluck, pluck!
6. The Village Markets
It was the ultimate summery day on Sunday and my morning started with a walk up to the The Village Markets. The girls are doing such a great job getting quality designers to TVM to showcase their wares, I love stopping in every fortnight! Plus it gives me a chance to see my girl Megan from Drowning in Decadence and have a big chat as we watch the stylish shoppers stroll by.
I’m heading to Melbourne tomorrow for the Problogger Event on Friday and I’m super excited! It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to connect with other bloggers and meet some of the lovelies that I chat to online in person. My beautiful friend Erin is flying down now too so we’re going to have a bit of a girly weekend with two out of three of my bridesmaids (and yes, wedding dress shopping is on the cards!)
Basically, it’s going to be an amazing weekend. I heart Melbourne forever.
8. Honouring + Accepting
Danielle LaPorte says “Whatever is on your plate got there because you said yes to it – in the fullness of ambition and desire and wanting to eat life whole.”
Eat life whole. I love that. It’s me down to the very letter. Munch munch munch! The thing is though, I’ve had a nagging feeling that I’ve filled my plate up a little too much lately so I’ve decided that in order to get through the next few months of wedding planning, end of year madness and complete the big work projects I’m working on, I need a bit of perspective. And doing that means pulling back to posting around four days a week here. I love this blog too much to plaster “filler posts” all over it every day of the week and it’s important to me that I spend more time getting inspired and crafting posts I’m proud of than rushing to get five half-hearted posts done a week around everything else.
I’ve had so many married friends tell me to enjoy the wedding planning process as much as possible, so I look forward to having one spare night a week to do so! I know it will lead to me feeling saner, calmer and more present on the Big Day as well, which can only be a good thing.
It feels nice to honour myself like this, it’s new for me to pull back (just getting over the guilt now, ha!) but in my old age I’m learning that when the scales are tipped too far one way, other important things slide off. I realised the other day that I’ve been rushing to get home from my morning exercise sessions lately (or cutting them short) to get things done on the computer before work and I’ve also been less inclined to spend the time whipping up delicious, healthy meals, which is something I usually love doing. It’s the little things like these that all contribute to a very happy Rach so I’m going to make it my mission to get back to that sweet spot over the next few weeks.
+ Enjoying girly time with lots of cute bubs crawling around at my lovely friend Megan’s baby shower (can’t wait for her lil baby girl to arrive in a month) + finding out that the designer we want to do our wedding invitations can do them for us (can’t wait to show you all!) + planning my birthday celebrations + the new show ‘Ringer’ – we’ve watched five eps and I’m getting hooked + Rekorderlig cider… YUM + guinea fowl feathers + my Inky Co. notepads – best! + seeing other people’s holiday photos and being really happy that they’re having the time of their life (and also knowing that our honeymoon next year is going to ROCK!) + stacks of new magazines + lace + summer storms.
+ Phew, that was a biggie! And you know what I’m going to say next: What are you grateful for? I’d love to know in the comments – let’s spread the magic! x