12 Months of Happiness – August 2017

August 2017, how did you manage to creep us on me so fast? I am truly in shock because the year is almost over in under 5 months. Over 9 months ago I shared my last  12 months of happiness, life from then seems to have just taken off. So much has happened and I didn’t really have the time to sit down and write it all. But today I am gonna do something about it, I will share the last 9 months of happiness.

The idea behind 12 months of Happiness is to share the small joys we experience every month. Each month it’s encouraged to look at the good that has happened so we focus less on the bad. It’s never easy especially when it seems life has a grudge against you. But we all have our own inner strength and call upon that to move forward.

Nine months of 12 Months of Happiness 

As it’s been 9 months since I last shared 12 months of Happiness I will do a recap of some awesome happenings. I must reiterate that sharing this post is in no way showing off but sharing both the small and big joys in life.

12 months of happiness

November 2016 

This was an incredible month for me, not only did I complete my #take12trips challenge but I got to review a mattress. Can you imagine how I felt when that email popped into my inbox? I was totally shocked but too excited too. I remember it like it was yesterday and still celebrate to this day.

December 2016 

Whilst I was excited to have completed my travel challenge I was excited to work on another. I decided to focus on completing the 30 countries before 30 travel challenge. This was one of the most challenging but fun travel challenge I have ever done, excited for the next milestone.

January 2017

I am a strong believer in setting monthly achievable goals than resolutions and that’s exactly what I did. Part of the goals was to continue to travel, save money for emergencies and for a mortgage. I was able to also tick off an item from my bucket list, attending a concert. We went to Birmingham and saw Two Door Cinema, they are a lovely band which my sister loves.

February 2017

A friend who was station in Japan at the time came to visit me in Oxford and London. We opted to also add in a quick getaway to Budapest and spent 4 hours in the thermal baths. The original plan was to explore Budapest but we took a night cruise and used the day to just enjoy the spa.

March 2017

The same said friend stayed on until March where we traveled to Cyprus with 6 other girls. I learnt a valuable lesson, I don’t do well traveling in groups solo is my forte. Traveling is something I treasure and have certain rules that I follow. I prefer to travel alone or with a companion and agree on what we want to do.

April 2017

Another incredible month, so much happened in such a short space of time. I got to attend my good friend’s wedding in Zambia and rekindle and old friendship too. I managed to spend some quality time with my extended family and helped where I could.

May 2017

Three incredibly awesome things happened during this month. I traveled last minute to Paris for work, then got an invite to review a restaurant and bought a car. I felt like I was dreaming, reviewing a posh restaurant in Harrods {London} I thought this was only for HUGE bloggers. Little old me was chosen, then when I bought a car after months and months of waiting.

June 2017

Traveled to Bali and experienced the most terrifying thing ever, riding an elephant and swinging off the edge of the world. Another awesome thing to happen is we received another mattress to review which I had sent to my parents. I still have the one I received in November 2016 and still love it to this date.

July 2017

Three incredible events happened, I started dating again, turned 30 and completed my 30 countries before 30 challenge. On top of that, my sister and I got to visit and explore Shakespeare’s Globe in London thanks to 365 Tickets.

August 2017 

We are already half-way through the month and incredible things have happened. I was invited to review Chi Kitchen London, took my sister along as a belated birthday treat. Then I am traveling to Paris today for a wedding over the weekend.

And there you have it, recap of the last 9 months hopefully I will keep up with the monthly updates.

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  • I love this post! I think it is such a good idea to put more focus on the positives in our lives! It sounds like you have had such a wonderful year so far and have enjoyed lots of wonderful travels.

  • Baby Isabella

    Sounds like a whirlwind time you’ve had! Love that you are so positive and sounds like a great time in Bali x

  • Love the positivity radiating through this post, I ‘m sure there is more good stuff in store for you too!

  • Stephanie

    Sounds like great fun! I love looking back over the months on the lovely things we do. It makes you realise what fun you have had!!

  • Karen Gough

    Looks like you’ve had a great year and hope you have many more great things to share for the following year

  • Mike Marie Barber

    What an amazing 9 months you have had! I think its an awesome idea to keep track of the positive things that have happened so you can look back on amazing memories!

  • Jo

    What a great year. I hope you enjoy Paris. I love these type of update posts xxx

  • TheMummyToolbox

    I love this idea about looking back on things that made you happy! There are a lot of things to make us sad at the moment but finding little moments of joy is important!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Oh wow congratulations on getting your car that must feel great it will give you sooooo much freedom. Enjoy. Sounds like you have had some amazing experiences!

  • Jenni Grainger

    What an incredible 9 months, you have been to some fabulous places and made some great memories. Great to see somebody living life to the full

  • Jonathan Buckley

    12 months of happiness is a lovely idea. Reads like you’ve been having some fun!