Some Small Things that Have Made Me Happy


It’s been a while since I’ve written an old school confessional blog post. You know, the everyday “this is what my life has been like lately” type. I wasn’t even sure if they fitted my blog anymore, which these days is mostly just a website or a place where I can share my work but I also kind of miss writing them.

The last 6 months have been very strange for me and there has been so much going on in my life that I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I tried to write about it. There are still quite a lot of things that are up in the air at the moment with work, my health, our living situation and my writing, so I have been holding on to all the small, simple things that have cheered me up, made me feel a bit calmer or helped to slow everything down.

So on this lovely, very rainy and windy day, I’m going to put on the kettle, make myself a cup of tea and list some of the things that have already made me happy this year.

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Playing around with the beautiful, fully-working Smith-Corona typewriter that Daniel got me for Christmas

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We’re quite lucky that the flat we rent overlooks a riverbank and when winter hits the gloomiest, most colourless time of year we get the most beautiful sunsets in compensation

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My camera broke in November and I decided to buy this almost-new, secondhand camera as a gift to myself. It’s the same model as my dad’s old camera and having one in my hands again feels so right

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These inexpensive carnations that only cost me £4 lasted two full weeks and made me feel so extremely happy every time I walked into the room and saw their delicate, ruffled petals

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Afternoon light on my bedroom wall, as the sun was setting

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Took myself on a daytrip to London to photograph in Tate Modern and fell in love with a display of artworks by Ed Ruscha

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Rediscovered my childhood love of doing jigsaw puzzles. It took me almost 2 weeks to finish it but now I want to do more

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My parents came to visit at the end of January and it was such a lovely few days full of cake and many good cups of tea

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Me and D took my parents to one of my favourite places in Kent so we could share it with them. At the time I was worried about the receding light but we ended up seeing the most beautiful sunset on our way back to the car

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Beautiful pieces of driftwood and other things we found on the beach and which now sit on the windowsill in the room where I write

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Flowers my mum bought me to replace the carnations when they died

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Trips to the cinema has been everything lately. D took me to see Little Women and we’ve also recently watched Star Wars, 1917 and Parasite

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On New Year’s Eve I decided that I would do more things for myself this year, regardless of whether it was “the right way” to do them. So on 1st January I put up my first online exhibition and just knowing it’s up and exists in the world for a time has made me feel a bit of joy every day.

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The lovely people at Pushkin Press sent me a copy of A Woman in the Polar Night the other day, a memoir by a female artist, who went to live on an Arctic island with her husband in the 30s. It sounds absolutely amazing and I think I might bring it on the plane when I go home to Denmark in a few weeks

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What are some of the things that have made you happy recently?

2 Comments

  1. Lea
    Author
    March 19, 2020 / 3:02 pm

    Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment for me! I was debating with myself for most of last year whether to continue with the blog, so it’s really nice to know that there are still people who would like to read it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I was always worried that the “What I’ve Been Reading Lately” posts were a bit too random for people to enjoy but kept up with them since writing them always ended up reminding me how much I liked the books in the post. Maybe I should get back into writing those again!
    I’m not much on Instagram anymore and fairly quiet on Twitter too but I have been blogging more regularly this year and intend to keep it up, as it makes me feel quite joyful. So thank you for reading along all those years!

  2. romantikker
    March 10, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Reading this post was so pleasant. I’ve been visiting your blog for the last few years on and off since the time you were studying literature and working at the castle. The visit has been happening less and less with this whole blog culture now dwindling and being replaced by Instagram and YouTube, the trend I was not completely free from… Back in the days I liked your ‘What I’ve been reading lately’ type of posts very much because I also love reading and that was how I discovered your blog in the first place all that time ago, and it’s nice to read this kind of personal, old school style post again at this point 🙂 Visiting your blog always made me feel calm and cosy, your writing style and the contents and even the design of the blog all working together so nicely to cause such effect. I’ve been also following your Instagram for the last few months, but your blog is still my favourite place to find you!

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