8 Things That Make Me Happy As Can Be.

Hey friends! It’s ya girl, Colleen. So it’s been a minute since I published my first blog post. I initially thought that I would write bi-weekly… I already broke that commitment. Whoops. My first post was actually published on April 1st (April Fools Day) so maybe I was just pulling a prank on myself? No but really, life has been pretty stressful for the last month or so. Life is really treating me well, that’s not what I am saying. I have so so much to be grateful for, and I am- BUT that doesn’t mean that I am not like every other college student in the sense that finals season can be one of the most (seemingly) chaotic times of the academic year. That being said, I have curated a small list for you all to share some of the things that make me super smiley and distract me from the school stress. (p.s: it’s officially summer for me for a couple of weeks, woo!)

Sort of a 3-in-1 here: who doesn’t love to eat, drink & shop?

So here we go, here are 8 Things That Make Me Happy As Can Be (in no particular order):

Let’s do this thing, shall we?

Number 1: Having a date with myself. What does this mean, you might ask? I, for one, LOVE to spend time alone. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my friends and family- but there is something so special about having a day to yourself. Today even as I started brainstorming this post, I took myself on a lunch date. I went to Barnie’s Coffee & Tea in Winter Park, Florida and treated myself to a delicious Cobb salad and iced vanilla latte. Simple stuff, but fantastic stuff at that.

This was my delicious lunch. I’m making myself hungry again.

Number 2: Reading for pleasure. Again, another very simple thing (I am not hard to please, haha.) I just got through with final exams at UCF and lemme tell you- it feels SO good to be able to read something other than a mass communication law textbook or case studies online. I personally love to read blogs, fashion/lifestyle magazines, or a good novel when I get the chance. It is so relaxing and refreshing to be able to just sit down and not think about anything else except what you’re reading.

Reading a little bit up on some fashion inspiration with the help of Christian Dior and Elle USA.

Number 3: Buying myself some fresh blooms. Who says you need a significant other to buy you fresh flowers? I love to go to either The Fresh Market or Whole Foods and pick myself up a beautiful bunch every once in a while. I just love to have a vase filled with flowers in my room, it adds to much to the aesthetic value of it all (*eye rolls at myself for saying that*). Walking in my room and having a nice pop of color and a floral scent greet me is one of the little things in life that I really do treasure.

This arrangement I bought just before Easter last month from The Fresh Market, and they actually re-posted me!

Number 4: Discovering new “chill” spots around town. I love to go out and explore Central Florida and all of its treasures. I particularly enjoy stumbling upon new coffee & tea shops. Whether I am going out seeking a new spot to get homework done, work on the blog, or hang out and catch up with a friend, I feel like coffee shops have the best vibes, and finding a new one (or at least one that is new to me) is so fun.

New General in Winter Park, Florida.

Number 5: Skincare & other beauty products. I have recently become obsessed with skincare (there are much worse things I could be obsessed with, so I am glad it is something that actually benefits me). I love to try out new products, whether it be an exfoliating scrub or a new daily moisturizer with SPF. It is just something that I find enjoyable and also makes me feel good about myself. One of these days I might post about some of my “holy grail” products, but we will save that for another day.

My friend Nicolette let me try out some Beauty Counter products, and they were amazing. 11/10 recommend.

Number 6: Brunch. I am a complete sucker for a good brunch. I know I have mentioned this before, but I am actually in love with it. Brunch food is my kryptonite. This is SO basic, I know. Hush.

Egg over easy on sourdough toast with salsa, bean sprouts and avocado at The Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse in Franklin, Tennessee. I ate this almost a year ago and I can still remember how dang yummy it was. WOW.

Number 7: Sushi. My favorite food. OF ALL TIME. Can you tell I’m excited about this one? Anytime I eat sushi, I am guaranteed to be a happy gal. Also, as I am writing this, I am realizing how many of these points are food related. No shame.

Amura in Lake Mary, Florida.

Number 8: Taking my camera out and trying my hand at photography. Now I am no expert photographer by ANY means. I just really enjoy taking my camera out with me every once in a while and dabbling in mostly nature photography. I need to do this more, I think it is so fulfilling.

Picnic baskets and cameras make for a good day.

Now of course, those are not the ONLY things that make me happy. They are just some of my top favorites at the moment. This was fun, writing this out. I am excited because now that it is summer and I will not have any classes until the end of June, I will have a bit more time to dedicate to writing on here. I am not going to hold myself to a set schedule, I am going to write when I feel inspired, when I actually have content that I am ready to share with you all, and that will make each post more worth the read. Stay tuned, my friends.

All my love,

Colleen M.