13 Things We Should All Do More Often

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I guess this post was/is inspired by the events going on at home at the moment. That realisation that we have no idea how long we have left on this planet as living beings, and that anything and everything could change within a single blink.

We need to make the most of life a bit more, don’t we?

So here’s a list of things that we should make more time for. Some of them are about loving more, some of them are about being healthier and prolonging our lives, and some of them are just about gaining more control over ourselves and our lives so we can help minimise stress and be like this :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D for like, 300 days a year (sad face allowance for periods and heavy apocalyptic rains, obvs).

1. Buy bath bombs, without being all like omg no that’s £5 that could be spent on avocados and rice and falafel, oh no what a waste. Not a waste my dear gal, a very important spend when it comes to making sure you’re feeling as relaxed and floaty and mentally sound as you need to be to tackle your plans for world domination.

2. Book train fares in advance. A teeny tiny bit so that you can save yourself some dollar for staples like wine and stationery, but also, book train fares in advance to see people. Don’t do that thing that I do where I’m all like but yeah that’s £30 and like 4 hours combined of travelling and nah, could just sit at home in my pants and watch the same ol’ episodes of Big Bang Theory. Downtime is important, but socialising with your fave people is even more so.

3. Go for coffee alone with nothing but a notebook. I used to do this all the time when I first went freelance and even though it was just a pretty average Costa on an industrial estate in Ipswich, it was that peaceful hour without my to-do list staring at me that made me reflect on everything I had in life. It made me feel motivated and inspired and happy and there *might* have been one occasion where I actually welled up with pride for my life and my journey. Oh, and that clear, at-one mind is absolutely ace for making plans and jotting down ideas, just FYI – hence the notebook.

4. Call people. I go over my data every single month, but do I touch my minutes? Nuh uh. It’s not quite face to face interaction but hearing someone’s voice and hearing the emotions in the way they speak is so much better for your social happiness than sending iMessages or tweeting. It’ll instantly give your mood a little lift and make you feel more surrounded by people, even when physically, you’re not.

5. Floss. Boring. But damn that feeling after a brush, floss and mouth wash – ain’t it the mother flippin’ dream?

6. Print off photos. Imagine if the Millennium Bug had been a real thing and it’d happened at like, the beginning of 2015 and IMAGINE everything you’d have lost. How many memories (and selfies so perfect they basically look nothing like real-life you) you’d have lost. Print ’em off. I mean, you don’t have to plaster them all over your walls with Blue Tac like you’re at uni or anything – just shove them in an album so there’s something physical to hold onto.

7. Ask old people for stories. I mean, to be specific, old people related to you. Hear their tales of childhood and growing up and life, and write it all down. I regret not asking my granddad more and I fear it’s all lost forever – that I will never know more about where I came from and who I am. So go for tea and biscuits and quiz ’em – it’ll be worth it in the long run.

8. Make tea rounds, it’s the main thing I miss about working in an office. Sometimes you have no idea you need a cuppa as much as you do and then someone suggests it and OMG THAT’S THE BEST IDEA IN THE WORLD AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU WANT MORE. Everyone likes the gal that makes tea and lifts everyone’s moods in an instant. Be her.

9. Assess your finances with a cracking spreadsheet. Ya know the drill, write down your incomings and your outgoings and look at where your money’s going. Are you happy with where it’s going? Do you mind spending 78 sweet pounds a month on coffee? (I mean, I for one am very OK with that). See where you could cut out some spending so you can actually pay off your student overdraft or credit card or – and omg – actually start a real-life grown-up savings account.

10. Wash your make-up brushes. I think I do this weekly but aha, yeah sure, more like once a month. You’ll often know when you’re long overdue a meeting with your brush pot, the sink and some baby shampoo because there’ll be a blizzard of spots congregating on your face for no reason at all. Like what, I’m not even remotely due on my period and I haven’t even eaten a takeaway in 10 days, WHERE HAVE YOU ALL COME FROM? Your brushes, duh.

11. Send post because oh flippin’ nice it is to receive something that isn’t a bill? Go and do a sweet, sweet haul in Paperchase and then yeah, be nice. Surprise people. Maybe add in a bag of Percy Pigs. It’ll *probably* make people so happy that they do a little overwhelmed cry. Yep.

12. Teach yourself about the world – watch documentaries, read grown-up news stories about places and people far removed from your own life, and I mean, don’t judge me for saying this, but read Wikipedia. It’s not all like 100% or anything but it’s kinda there and sometimes I lose myself for a good hour just clicking between pages and teaching myself about like indigenous people and the history of the USA. It’s nice to be smart.

13. And the bloody damn obvious one – tell people you love them more. Sometimes the words are as hard to get out as like eating a whole lemon in one go, but you’ll feel mega pleased with yourself afterwards.

 

 

  • Eve
  • Such a lovely little reminder to be happy – thank you x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Melissa

    I just read this on a freezing morning at my desk and it really cheered me up and made me feel warm inside. In fact, I check your blog every morning and it sets me up perfectly for the working day! Thanks for spreading the joy x

  • Such a lovely little post we should all remember to do these thing thank you Hannah!

  • Gracey

    THE TRAINLINE – you can save up to 43 % from booking in advance through them

    Also I’ve booked off my phone whilst in the station and collected it literally moments after and have saved so much hahah

    not an ad, just such a mega Trainline junkie… I plan weekends home way in advance and can go from London to Yorkshire for like £20 = bloody good if you ask me!

    Also GET A RAILCARD!!!!!! 16-24 rail card… and buy a three year one the year before it expires so sneaky discount for a bit longer!!!!!

  • I’ve been nodding along to every single one of these. Such a great post and reminder that making little changes can really improve your happiness. Three especially is one I’ve been meaning to do for a while!

    Laura x

  • Love these ideas, especially about flossing, printing photos and sending random post. My boyfriend and I live apart by about a 3 hour journey so sending something to him is such a lovely idea!

    Rebecca – RebeccaClaire’sBlog

  • Lauren

    This is such a lovely post. I like the idea of going for coffee alone with a notepad and also asking old relatives for stories x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • I really need to go floss….
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  • I adore this post 🙂

    adayintheeyesofmel.blogspot.co.uk

  • Getting something personal in the post is the best feeling ever. Hand written letters are the best. And the stories that some old people have are just wonderful, it’s so easy to forget sometimes that they’ve been through all the things we have (expect they didn’t have google to help a girl out)

    x
    https://siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com/

  • Amy

    YES! As I was reading this it was as if the exact same thoughts were running through my mind. All so true.
    I only found your blog last week but I love it! You write with such honesty- it’s so refreshing … and bloomin’ hilarious too.
    x

  • Such a great list of thinks that don’t seem important but can actually make you and other people allot happier! You have also reminded me to book my train back to Scotland so thanks for that too!!

    http://www.emmainks.com

  • By reading this post I realize that I stopped doing some of the things you wrote off and that made me a bit sad so I’m scrolling through the pictures I took during the summer to print out.
    Thanks Hannah for reminding me 🙂

  • I do the randomly reading Wikipedia thing too! And I lost one of my grandmothers 4 years ago but her memories of her childhood and stuff have been saved on a website from when she wrote about it for them 🙂 I also like to tell people I love them often because life is short! And I really want to buy a bath bomb now…

    Great post as always Hannah! xx

  • I absolutely adore this post, these are all such amazing ideas and ones that I would never normally think to do. I 100% agree with the bath bomb one haha.

  • Aww this post made me so happy and motivated! Especially love the last one <3 Also really craving Lush bath bombs right now.

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • This is such a lovely post! Wash my makeup brushes—egads you reminded me that’s what I should probably do after my classes are done. And lately I’ve been wanting to watch some documentaries on Netflix, I heard about The True Cost one recently and now is a good time as ever to give it a watch.

    Peace & Love // Celestralite

  • This is so great! I’m definitely having one of those days where I needed these reminders and this post has just massively cheered me up and boosted my mood. Thanks Hannah! 🙂 Alice xx

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  • 100% agree with all of these!! Such a great post idea too and everyone needs a nice, relaxing bath with a cute bath bomb floating around from time to time right:)x
    AllysDays.blogspot.com

  • Liz

    I love this post!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • Aww I loved reading this, makes me want to be a much nicer person aha!

    http://www.ohjanuary.blogspot.co.uk

  • I was just thinking the other day how all I get in the post is boring things, like bills. Honestly, how excited I get to receive packages that I’ve ordered myself so know exactly what is inside is ridiculous – but it’s not a damn bill!

    I’ve taken to making sure I print off pictures more… And have even started scrapbooking. It’s quite fun, and different to just looking through a photo album. I remember when younger sometimes I’d just pick a photo album from the shelves and discover all these funky pictures of aunts and uncles before I was even born. That was cool. But sadly won’t be passed on to the next generation.

  • This is brilliant. So true, every single one of them! We really should remember to treat ourselves once in a while, take care of ourselves, and be kind to ourselves, in every different way!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  • This looks like so much fun!

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  • Love this post!! please write me a book, i love the way you write!

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  • Wonderful post to come and catch up with – I agree so much with these points, especially researching things and telling others you love them. Must work on calling people more too!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Hannah

    These types of post make my heart happy. Solid sunday reading. 🙂

  • All of these points are spot on! It’s always the simple things!

    Pippa | LittleLifestyle

  • Zen

    Great list! I have a Bucket list section on my blog but it’s important to remember not all bucket lists items have to be BIG things. The everyday things count too 🙂

  • I am book marking this right now!
    Rosie
    x
    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is definitely the loveliest blog post I have read in a while, it made me so much happier just reading it, let alone doing anything on the list.

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