10 Things That Make Me Really Happy

Photography
This is has been my passion since I was little but I’ve never taken it from a hobby to the next level. I just really enjoy capturing lovely photographs and sharing them.

Movies
I love sitting down with a hot cup of tea and watching a great movie. I’m obsessed with movie trivia, so once I’ve finished watching a movie I always research it on Wikipedia and IMDb.

Soundtracks
Not only am I complete movie fanatic, I love soundtracks! It makes me super happy listening to them in my car or at home and completely calms me. Some may think this is totally strange and don’t get me wrong I may get embarrassed if someone asked me what I was listening to and it was the soundtrack to a random movie… but it does make me happy being in my own little dream world for a bit.

Flowers
I love having flowers around the house. Fake or real I don’t mind as long as there’s a nice colour in an otherwise bland part of the house. It makes me instantly happy when I look through my flower board on Pinterest. I also love the section in Ekhart Tolle’s book ‘A New Earth’ where it says that seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans… it’s an essential part of their innermost being, their true nature. It’s a fab book and if you haven’t read it yet you must!

Yoga
I’ve been practicing yoga for just over a year and even if I just do some stretching for 15 minutes I feel totally blissful! It’s something that does make me very happy and I’m trying to incorporate this into my daily routine. That and meditation!

Reading
I love to read and open my mind to new ideas and perspectives. At the moment, I like reading “self help” books (mostly by Louise L Hay or Ekhart Tolle) to gain an insight into spiritual teachings. Once I get out a book, my stress levels diminish. I just need to make more time for it a few days a week!

Great conversations
There’s nothing better than having a good old chat! I love it and afterwards feel physically lighter! Even if I include myself in a debate; I never feel bad if I have an opinion to share and instantly feel gratified.

Watching sunset/sunrise
This is my favourite thing to do. Sometimes I just sit in our study and watch out the window as the sun goes down. They say that this is the moment you are fully present. It’s so true as I generally don’t think about other things, only that the sunset is gorgeous yet again. It made me so happy waking up very early in Australia once to watch the sunrise at the Byron Bay Lighthouse. A moment I will never forget.

Visiting castles and old houses
I love history more now than I did when I was at school, which I sometimes think is such a shame as who knows where this passion could have taken me?! 😋 I think I’m literally an old soul as I love visiting old castles and houses and just walking around their historic hallways.

Random acts of kindness
As I’m getting older, it makes me more happy doing nice things for someone without them knowing (not going to give away what those are 😉). To be honest, we all should be more like this generally but sometimes you don’t realise until you’re older and wiser.

Katie ❀

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A Few Days in Devon

Flights out of the UK were super expensive over the bank holiday weekend and when we’re trying to save for some big house developments we wanted to take a local trip away somewhere. Joel used to visit North Devon with his family every summer, so we thought it would be really lovely and nostalgic for him to revisit some much loved places for his birthday.

Appledore

We stayed in a little flat in the seaside village of Appledore. This is such a cute place and great for families as there’s lots to keep you entertained. We ate fish and chips at Sylvester’s, had a couple of lovely meals at The Seagate, indulged in some homemade Devonshire ice cream and Joel drank some home-brewed Devonshire cider (of course!)

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Lynton & Lynmouth

For one day we visited Lynton & Lynmouth, another cute seaside village (they’ll be a running theme here! haha!) and we climbed the rocks in the river with our little nieces. The Rum & Raisin ice cream was the best!

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Clovelly

We then spent the day just the two of us in Clovelly. If you’re looking for amazing views and cute British cafes to have cream tea, this is the place to be! But be warned… it’s a hell of a steep climb! We saw a lot of people struggling in their flip flops on the very old cobbled streets but thankfully I packed my trainers (always prepared for every eventuality!) It’s so worth it though, as I got some lovely shots and even a butterfly posed for me.

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Hartland Lighthouse

One night we watched a documentary funnily enough about North Devon and the presenter visited Hartland Lighthouse, so we thought on our way back from Clovelly we’ll stop off and get some nice shots. It was such a misty and rainy day, so I only managed to get a few but I love how mysterious and haunting they turned out because of it. Then on our way back we stopped off for a round of crazy golf in Hartland Quay. Oh and for the record, I won and even though it was Joel’s birthday I couldn’t just LET him win!

Update: He wants a rematch…!

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Instow

Lastly, we spent the day with our family on Instow Beach and then back in Appledore. It was the perfect way to end our little holiday.

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Have you visited any of these lovely places in North Devon? I’d love to hear about your experiences too! Follow @lovenorthdevon for updates  🙂

Katie ❀

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Life Update

These last few months have definitely been full to say the least and I can’t believe my last blog post was in April! A lot has happened in my life over these past few months and I wanted to give my blog a quick update and get back on track to sharing my life journey.

May – Birthday Trip to West Sussex

I turned 26 years old on the 26th May! It was a beautiful sunny day and originally we wanted to just spend it in Brighton but ended up heading to Arundel as well. It’s one of my all-time favourite places in the UK. It’s castle is spectacular and I recommend taking a visit there, especially if you’re a flower-lover like me. May was also tinged with extreme sadness as our beloved great granddad, GG, passed away at 96 years old. It was heartbreaking to say goodbye but we knew he led an amazing life full of love and gratitude. We miss you so much GG.

June – Australia

Our Australia trip started on 4th June and we visited Brisbane, Byron Bay, Noosa, Cairns, Mission Beach, Magnetic Island, Airlie Beach (longer than expected) and Sydney; then returned home on 24th June. It was the most amazing experience of my life! To spend 3 weeks with my Mum was so rewarding and it’s an adventure I will never forget. Joel also had an incredible time working with the England Rugby team. They won 3 out of 3 matches against Australia and for one of them, Mum and I were jumping and cheering around our Cairns hotel room, eating dominoes pizza and drinking Somersby Apple Cider…. it was the best. I was also able to use my new camera I got for my birthday, a Canon G7X! I got some great shots and videos that I could instantly upload to my phone and share on my Instagram. The photos below are a small collection of my favourites but I’ll be creating blog posts for each place we visited. Australia completely has our hearts and we’re already making future plans to move there one day… so watch this space!

July – Gratitude

When I got back from Australia, I knew I wanted to change some aspects of my life. We’ve been trying for a baby since November 2015 and after the first few months of trying we were really stressed about it. I’d been “late” a few times and we’d gotten our hopes up but then nature had other ideas. We then decided to just let go and not worry for a few months but then it still wasn’t happening. I started eating super healthily, practiced yoga more, meditation and drinking 2 litres of water everyday (which are things I should do anyway!) After 9 months of trying we know that conceiving for us obviously isn’t going to be as easy as most. We’ve let go of timing my ovulation days and taking the multivitamins, I now mostly just practice daily gratitude and eat healthily everyday. Maybe the reason we’re not conceiving is I have to take care of myself first. Perhaps this is the fates way of saying slow down and have this time just for you both. All I know is when it happens we will be so appreciative of our miracle baby. I know we’ve not struggled as much as others but it still doesn’t mean it didn’t kill me everyday seeing another woman pregnant. Now, I am so grateful to have my love and best friend at my side, our cute little house and our supportive and loving families.

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In a few days time, Joel and I are off to Appledore in Devon and we’re so excited! It’ll be a lovely week away and we’re hoping the sun comes out for us.

I took a look back through my new years resolutions post and am doing quite well for over halfway through the year, although our Iceland visit might be one for 2017.

Katie ❀

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