This meme has been doing the rounds for the last few weeks! The gorgeous Donna over at What the Redhead Said tagged me in her version of the meme to share my happiness non-negotiables. These are things that make me happy, that I couldn’t be without and that I certainly will not negotiate on. They simply have to happen.
I’m not a particularly materialistic person. I’m happy with a handful of fairly basic things. So here is my list…
I really enjoy spending time as our little family unit. O is an absolute superstar and makes me smile everyday. Even more than our little family of four, I really enjoy spending time with our extended family too. Mums, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Nieces and Nephews. We are lucky to have a fantastic family who care about us a lot!
Good food can pretty much always be found on our plates. I absolutely love to eat out; finding new restaurants, enjoying their offerings. Just recently we were out in a local pub for a bad meal and had to wait a rather long time for our meals to arrive. Total strangers commented on how well behaved O was during his very patient stint! I think this is down to him being used to eating out often, he knows how to behave in such a setting and understands that Mummy and Daddy can’t make his dinner appear any quicker! Good food doesn’t just come outside our home though. I meal plan each week to try to make sure we have tasty and healthy (mostly) meals each day. Eating well definitely affects my mood positively!
Similar to my Family Time point, we have a small group of very close, good friends with whom we love to spend time with. I particularly enjoy playing host, having friends to stay the weekend and planning our activities and meals. We’re very lucky to have friends that care so much for us, they’re really part of our family.
Indulge me. I don’t often have the time to enjoy a bath. I get showered every morning so a bath is quite a treat! I’m a huge fan of Lush bath ballistics and bubbles as they make my once-in-a-blue-moon bath that bit extra special. I can lose myself completely in an hours “me time” with a locked door and a bath full of bubbles. As Frankie said, Relax. It’s one of my self-care methods and one I won’t be giving up.
I love holidays. Particularly holidays abroad, but really any break away from the norm is pretty awesome. Although we as a family thrive on the routine that comes with school and work, the holidays are an amazing time we can spend together without distractions and other commitments. Whether it be a day trip to the seaside, a weekend in the city or a fortnight in another country, our travels allow us to see more of the world whilst spending time with those we love most.
What are your happiness non-negotiables?