10 Things That Make Me Happy

With International Happiness Day having just passed, it got me thinking of all the little things in life that make me smile. Having such a hectic life, and being prone to getting very stressed, I often forget about the little things that make it a bit brighter (as cringe as that sounds). Without further ado, lets get going – I’m also going to have to make a mental note of this blog post for future reference the next time I start to get myself down…

We’ll get the most typical/predictable one out of the way first – my friends and family (including my doggo, of course). It goes without saying, that I am very appreciative of my friends and family. Having a group of people who I can reply on to always make me belly laugh, but also be there for a shoulder to cry on, is a blessing I’ll never take for granted.

Good cocktails. I’m an absolute sucker for a good cocktail. Pass me over a pornstar martini and I’ll be a very happy gal, that’s for sure.

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Gigs – primarily of smaller indie bands that aren’t so well known. Ever since my Dad took me to my first gig back in 2016, I’ve become utterly obsessed with seeing as many bands as possible. There’s just something about standing in a tiny little basement or field with like minded people, enjoying good music that I just LOVE, and will never tire of.

Good food (mainly pizza). I’d like to thank whichever Italian it was that invented pizza, because without your invention I would be leading a very sad life – also probably one where I was a couple of pounds lighter…

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Hot showers. I know this may sound really stupid, but hot showers make me happy. It’s one of the only times I’m on my own in a quiet room and can actually think, I recon about 98% of my important life decisions are made in the shower.

Running is something that will forever make me happy. I took it up over 2 years ago now, and boy am I grateful I did. It’s my little escape, and it’s what keeps me sane. It’s also great for letting my competitive side shine, fun fact, I’m actually far too competitive for my own good, at least when I run being competitive is acceptable.

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Reading is another one. I never ever used to be one for reading, but the past few years I’ve found something quite freeing about reading. Sort of living a life that isn’t mine for a while in a way I guess.

Of course blogging and my YouTube had to be on here for things that make me happy. A creative outlet that will always put a smile on my face. (Shock horror, did I just mention YouTube?? Yeah, I did, and I might get back into that one…we’ll see, I’m not making any promises)

Art/Drawing is another thing that will always make me happy. I could sit and draw for hours; I’ll also always be appreciative of good artwork. Put me in a good art museum and I’m happy as Larry.

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Blossom. Again this could potentially be an odd one, but when the trees start to blossom this makes me incredibly happy (although it sends my hay fever raging), it signifies spring/summer and warmer weather, something that I cannot wait for!

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It’s easy to forget about the little things in life that put a smile on your face, but it’s important to recognise them!

What makes you happy?

Han xx

I’m Back…

I’ve been putting of writing this post for about three weeks now, but I thought it was about time I updated you all on my absence, and also what on earth I’m doing with my life – because all of a sudden it’s taken a complete 360 turn, which is incredibly exciting, yet equally terrifying.

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So I’ll start with the big bombshell, I’m dropping out of university. Yep, thats right, the girl who had her heart set on getting a degree since the age of about 5, is dropping out. I don’t think anyone – including myself saw that one coming. September last year, I started what I thought was what I wanted to get a degree in, Textile Design, but 6 months down the line, I’ve realised that maybe it isn’t for me.

Coming to terms with this, for me has been incredibly difficult, due to the fact I’ve always been the girl with a plan, yet all of a sudden I didn’t have a plan…this freaked the crap out of me.

I’m not sure what it is that I didn’t enjoy about my course, there was just something, and it didn’t feel right – I loved the work I was creating and I know it’s something I’m pretty good at, but I just wasn’t enjoying it; and thats okay. So while I’m still very young, with all my life ahead of me, I’ve decided to do something about it.

My interest within social media and the digital industry has grown massively since I started my little corner of the internet nearly a year ago, as it’s something I am passionate about and get  a lot of enjoyment out of – this is the pathway I am going to go down. Coming to terms with the fact that I want to go into full time work and not university has been a massive struggle for me – primarily because I was so worried about what people were going to think of me, particularly my parents. Turns out they aren’t disappointed about me dropping out, they just want me to be happy, and to do something I enjoy. That just leaves everyone else, which in reality, what they think really doesn’t matter to me – I’m currently learning to be a bit selfish and not let other peoples opinions affect my happiness…

So now I’ve rambled on about my all over the place life, I thought I’d quickly brush over the other aspect as to why I’m moving back home. As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I was studying at De Montfort University, based in Leicester…I’m from Brighton, thats a very long distance for a newly turned 18 year old to move to. At the time I was 99.99% certain that I could cope with the move, turns out I wasn’t. After the initial excitement of living on my own had warn off, I began to suffer with my mental health – it was a downwards spiral from there really. Back home I had the comfort of talking to someone who understood me when I was going through a rough patch, but in Leicester I didn’t have that and dealing with it on my own just wasn’t happening, no matter how hard I tried.

Moving back home is definitely the right thing for me to do; I can’t tell you how excited I am for what the next few months hold, and if I ever had a change of heart and wanted to continue my degree in a few years time I can, just right now, it isn’t for me, which is completely and utterly fine.

Han xx

Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

My first blog post in nearly 2 months and it’s a food one, shock horror. I probably should have done a post prior to the explaining my absence, but that will come in due course I’m sure – long story short, I’M BACK.

Fun fact, I used to be a very keen baker, but ever since I started university, I’ve not had the time to cook anything apart from pasta for tea/dinner (thats another debate all together). However, as I’m back from uni for Easter break (potentially for good – I’m not sure) I thought I’d get myself back in the kitchen and baking, with some raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes. My favourite food combination ever, and technically you can eat as many as you want because they have fruit on…that’s how it works right?

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Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 110g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 175g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Self Raising Flour
  • 120g Plain Flour
  • 2 Eggs (room temperature) 
  • 125ml Milk (room temperature) 
  • 1tbsp Vanilla Essence
  • 3tbsp Raspberry Jam

For the topping:

  • Vanilla Buttercream
  • 150g White Chocolate
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Fresh Raspberries

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Method:

  1. Start by pre-heating the oven to 160degrees and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with the prettiest cupcake cases you can find
  2. Begin by creaming together the butter and sugar in a bowl, this will probably take a few minutes – don’t stop until it looks light and fluffy
  3. Incorporate the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition
  4. In a separate bowl mix together your plain and self raining flour, also add the vanilla essence to the milk. Then add 1/3 of the flours into the mix, along with 1/3 of the milk and vanilla mix. Repeat these steps, mixing after each addition making sure everything is fully mixed in. The more you mix the ingredients the fluffier the cupcakes will be as you are incorporating more air.
  5. The final step is to then add in the raspberry jam, stir it in so it creates a marble sort of affect. The idea is that it should run through the cake when cooked and if it works in your favour you should see this when they are cut into.
  6. Spoon into your cupcake cases and pop into the oven to cook for 25 minutes, I find that it my oven 25 minutes exactly works perfect for me, but it will be a bit of trial and error to see what works for you.
  7. Once cooked take out the oven and leave to completely cool. Once they have cooled, you then want to cut a small hole out of the middle, which you then want to spoon your raspberry jam into, careful not too overfill.
  8. For the white chocolate icing, start by melting the white chocolate in either the microwave or on the hob, I don’t trust myself to not burn it in the microwave, so I always opt for the hob. This then needs to be cooled completely before being stirred into the buttercream. If it’s stirred in while warm, chances are it’ll curdle.
  9. Pop your vanilla buttercream into a separate bowl then add in the white chocolate and stir well. Once all combined, spoon the icing mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto your cupcakes.
  10. Finally, I then decorated the top with just raspberries, but you can do whatever takes your fancy with decorating, I would have added white chocolate to the top as well, but I had ran out!

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I’d like to point out my Dad said these were some of the best cupcakes he’s ever eaten, up there with Mums’ salted caramel cupcakes – and they’re supposedly legendary, so I think I did pretty good!

What’s your favourite cake combination?

It’s good to be back and look out for a little life update post in the near future, because I think thats in order!

Han xx