Making Me Happy: The Christmas Edition!

Oh what a… year! (sing it with me, now) (lighters and swaying optional)

Over the past six months, creating my Making Me Happy posts and publishing them here each Wednesday has very quickly become one of my favourite things to do.

There’s something so enlightening about acknowledging the things you’re thankful for in your life. It’s grounding and empowering, and I’m not surprised at all that the more I’ve given thanks for the good things in my life, the more I’ve attracted to be thankful for. It’s a beautiful cycle.

Let’s slip the gears into neutral, be still amidst all end-of-year excitement (and craziness) and think about what we’re grateful for as the year comes to an end. Sound good to you? Hooray!

Cute Prints


I ordered these mini Instagram prints from Prinstagram about three weeks ago and I’m so happy with how they’ve come out.

The finish is matte and I plan on sticking them on the wall in a love-heart shape, similar to the pictures below. I forgot how good it feels to hold actual photos in my hands!

Gifts in the Mail


Checking the letterbox last week was an absolute joy because it was filled with goodies and thoughtful Christmas cards, instead of bills and boring bank statements!

My beautiful friend Kim from Dream.Delight.Inspire. wrote me a sweet letter and sent me some kikki-k paper goods, which I was enormously grateful for; Serena from Pretty Fluffy sent me a super cute card from her and her dog Soda; and Sodashi and Trilogy both sent me some lovely products to beautify myself before Xmas festivities rolled around.

Because I know you all like to experiment with new beauty bounty, see my short ‘n’ sweet reviews below:

Sodashi: I was sent a sample of the Rejuvenating Skin Boost and it’s been a fab little addition to my Sodashi-heavy skincare routine. Skin Boost is a toning gel that you apply before you moisturise, that helps firm the skin and minimise fine line. If it keeps doing it’s job, I’ll be adding this one to my wishlist for next year. Trying to go as natural as possible and Sodashi know how to do it right.

Trilogy: I forgot to start applying the Instant Bronzing Gel a few days before my work Xmas party on Friday (I think you need a few days to build the tan), so I layered some on over the top of my Ella Bache tan that morning and loved the effect! The tan has shimmery sparkles through it so it looks extra spesh for a big night out. I’m going to use it daily over the holidays to see how the tan builds. Oh, and it would be remiss of me not to mention that it’s 100% natural as well. Getcha getcha glow on!

Books On Order

Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions (I’m a big fan of the Tiny Buddha site and this interview with the author, Lori Deschene, on Jonathan Fields’ blog had me clicking through the PayPal in a flash) and Edie: An American Biography because Edie Sedgwick’s tumultuous life fascinates me.

Feeling Uncomfortable


Discomfort is making me happy? Excuse me? Yes, you read right and before you go thinking I’m a complete nutbag sadist, consider this line for a moment:

Soul growth occurs outside the city of your comfort.

Brilliant, no? I read it in this article on Soul-Filled Life and it really spoke to me.“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” after all.

Like the Soul-Filled Life post, a bunch of blog articles have been “finding me” over the past few days and it’s no coincidence they’ve spun into my sphere just as I’ve been contemplating the direction I want to take my life next year. The closing week of the year always brings with it a spot of self-evaluation and through my own reflections, I’ve been thinking about courage and what it really means to get uncomfortable in the pursuit of a life that makes us feel fulfilled.

This may sound a little la la right now (you know I’ll keep you posted as these thoughts take shape), but just know that I’m (trying my very hardest) to take the roadblocks that have popped up at the moment as signs that greater experiences await us on the other side. It’s easy to be happy when life is flowing smoothly, but it’s when the ride gets a little bumpy that we really have to call on those inner reserves of light and love to guide us through.

Secret Projects


There’s a rather delightful collaborative project simmering away behind the scenes, and I can already tell it’s going to be a winner. My lips are sealed for now (unfair, I know) but keep an eye out next year for all the juicy deets!


I want to thank you all – from the bottom of my heart – for your support over the six months In Spaces Between has been “alive.” I say alive because to me, this blog – this community of bright sparks – feels dynamic, progressive, full o’ spirit… and very much alive.

Without doubt, In Spaces Between is a sum of its parts, and those parts include (but aren’t limited to) the people that take the time to stop in for a read every day; the ones that tweet/ comment on Facebook/ send excited emails that make me feel like it’s all worthwhile; the people who share something I’ve written; and the people who drop a line or two in the comments to make this blog more of a conversation between friends than a monologue.

You might recognise yourself as one of those people or you might be all – it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re here and, without even knowing it, you’re helping me grow and challenge myself as I see where this journey takes me.

I’m so grateful for your presence. Big love x

+ So that’s me all wrapped up, and since it’s the last Making Me Happy post for 2011 – and we’re feeling all Christmassy and share-y – let’s end the year on a MEGA high note!

+ Share your big love lists below: the stuff that’s brought joy to your life this week, and the stuff that’s made THIS YEAR a meaningful one. Load up, lovers!

Images:  Wit & Delight | Tornadoes + Tigers / Bree Walk | Julian Bialowas | Vol25 on Etsy | Neet Magazine This is Glamorous

11 Comments to “Making Me Happy: The Christmas Edition!”

  1. Thank you Rachel! You have been a constant inspiration with your words and beautiful images over the past six months and while my own little love project has been laying dormant due to things like working a 9-5 job again and settling into a new city, I am feeling like you are right now – ready to take on the new year with a new plan and I’m feeling very excited to get started!

    Love the Intsgram prints, too. Off to order some right now!

    Merry Christmas

    Celeste x

  2. Thank you so much Celeste, that’s a beautiful thing to say and I think 2012 is going to be huge, in the most exciting, fulfilling way! You’ll love the prints, they’d look super cute pegged onto twine and hung across a room (we might do this for our wedding actually).

    Merry Christmas to you lovely lady! xxx

    Steph, thank you – I can’t wait for more shenanigans (hopefully in real life as well as online) with you next year! xxx

  3. My most gorgeous Rach,

    As usual your “making me happy” post bought smiles, laughs and warmth to my heart! Always a wonderfully inspiring read!

    Can I just say….. Soooooooooooooooo many things making me happy this week! Laughs, cuddles, a little summer camping trip to my favorite place, with my favorite boy, and CHRISTMAS! I am so excited at the joy that seeing my family and friends will bring (only three sleeps till Christmas eve… Not that I’m counting), and watching my loved ones open up the gifts I have bought for them to see the joy (hopefully ha, ha) on their faces!

    I am also very much looking forward to seeing all my beautiful girls (yes that includes you my gorgeous besty) for giggles and reminiscing about the year that was 2011 (I should note here that 11 is my lucky number), and making plans for 2012!

    Thank you so much for the past 6 months of inspiration! You have turned bad days good with your posts and bought laughs, tears (of joy) and awesomeness with “In Spaces Between”! I can’t wait to see what you have in stall for us in 2012!

    Ez xxx

  4. Rach I can’t tell you enough how amazing you are, you truely do brighten up my day. Reading your blog is one of my favourite things to do, so inspiring and refreshingly creative.

    OMG loooovvveeee the mini photo’s from instagram sooooo signing up now so I can get some printed.


  5. I love Edie Sedgwick as well! I have that book (it’s fascinating!) and my little pug girl’s name is Edie. Can’t wait to hear all about this secret project, and soak up all of the In Spaces Between goodness in 2012. Have an awesome Christmas lovely girl xox

  6. I have loved reading your Making Me Happy posts darling, I can’t wait for many more in the New Year!

    So true about just having to believe that life is challenging to open more doors and make way for much better things. We both know that 2012 is going to be your best year yet and has so much sparkle and fun in store.

    VERY cute Instagram pics too. I think the love heart will look amazing.

    Sending you so much love as always,
    Kim xx

  7. Girls, it’s been an absolute DREAM getting to know you all this year!

    Jess, I can’t wait for some Edie goodness (I’m willing the book to arrive with my Jedi powers!)

    Kim, I know, looking at “the whole sitch” from the position I’m now in, my perspective has already shifted. Doors are always opening… the key is to T.R.U.S.T.

    Sending big love to you all! xx

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