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10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Recently #3

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It’s been a little while since I last wrote a ‘happy things‘ post so I thought I’d put another one together as there’s been many amazing things happening in my life recently.

It’s been a very busy couple of months but as Christmas rapidly approaches, I’m hoping that things might start to slow down. The many things that have put a smile on my face in the last few weeks were hard to condense into a list of just 10 things but here goes…

1. Finally getting the extension finished and being able to relax in the living room

It feels like years since we’ve been able to sit down in front of the tele and cuddle up on the sofa as we’ve been having the house extended which has taken ages. It was finally finished a few weeks ago though, just in time for the festive season to truly start and I’ve absolutely loved snuggling down with Matt and Poppy while watching I’m A Celeb.

2. Incredible freelance opportunities

I don’t want to say too much about this just yet as I don’t want to jinx it – there should be an official blog post all about it in the New Year – but things have been really picking up on the freelance front in the last few weeks. I’ve been working so incredibly hard on my writing projects and it’s finally paying off; I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve been working on!

3. Getting prepared for Blogmas

The last few weeks have been all about preparing for Blogmas and I’m so excited for all of my posts to go live! There’s already been some Christmas content around these parts but come the 1st of December, things will get a whole lot more festive!

4. Seeing The Killers in Leeds with my mum

The Killers have been one of my absolutely favourite brands for so many years now so when my mum and I headed to the First Direct Arena to watch them live a few weeks ago, I was truly beside myself. I’m always slightly apprehensive that my favourite artists won’t live up to my expectations when I see them live but Brandon Flowers and the gang were literally unreal. I had the most amazing night singing along to my favourite songs with my mum and it’s definitely a night that I could relive over and over.

5. Attending two blogging events in one week

I’m always so wholeheartedly grateful whenever I get invited to events because it really feels like people are recognising my hard work and last week I attended two events with one of my oldest friends. The first one was to celebrate The Botanist’s first birthday party and even though I’ve already wrote a whole post all about it, I just want to reiterate the fact that it was bloody amazing! We also visited the Origins store in York to take a look at some of the Christmas gift sets and even though I didn’t buy anything (although I could have easily snapped up the entire ginger range!) I did win a full size cleanser as part of a raffle prize!

6. Watching Stranger Things with Matt

We managed to watch both seasons in less than a week because we were absolutely obsessed with them. We didn’t watch it last year when it originally came out because we didn’t think it would be for us but omfg I’m SO glad we decided to watch it. I completely fell in love with it and I already can’t wait for series 3 – I’m actually tempted to rewatch the whole thing again already!

7. Starting my Christmas shopping

On Sunday, Matt was away at a Rugby dinner with his dad and grandad so I decided to head into town and start on my Christmas shopping. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best idea to do in on a Sunday afternoon because town was absolutely teeming with Christmas shoppers and tourists but it was nice to have finally made a start on buying gifts.

8. Being told that I can finally have my tonsils out

This one may seem like an incredibly strange thing to be happy about but I’ve had tonsilitis every two weeks for almost two years now and it’s got to the point where I’m literally always in pain. When the doctors finally told me I could have them out I was so relieved and so happy; I don’t think they’d ever seen someone so happy knowing that they had to have an operation! I’m having them out just two weeks before Christmas which isn’t really ideal as I’m likely to be in a lot of pain but if it means that I’ll be healthy in the long run then I’m all for it!

9. Watching Riverdale

Riverdale was yet another TV show that I didn’t jump on the bandwagon with but after hearing so much about it I finally decided to give in and give it a watch. I’m so glad I did because I’ve been binge watching it everyday for the last week and I love it so much. It’s like a weird combination of Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and some weird murder mystery but I’m absolutely hooked.

10. Spending lots of time with Matt

For the last few weeks (weekends included) Matt has been incredibly busy working on his coursework so that he can finish in time for Christmas so it’s been lovely to spend so much time with him this last week. We’ve cooked dinner together, watched I’m A Celeb on the sofa and enjoyed lots of cuddles with the cat and it’s been absolutely lush <3.

happy recently

What things have made you happy recently? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 30th November 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I’m so excited, this is my first year of BLOGMAS both writing and reading, I can’t wait to see your posts!

    JustTheBeginning-x.com | Latest blog post: What is BLOGMAS?

    • chloedickenson
      30th November 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Ooh how exciting! Xx

  2. Chloe
    30th November 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a really good few weeks Chlo! I’ve been really enjoying I’m A Celeb too! So jealous you saw The Killers – it’s been years since I last went to see them xx

    • chloedickenson
      30th November 2017 / 8:43 pm

      I’m a celeb is fab haha xx

  3. Emma Drury
    30th November 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Sounds like you’re having a fab few weeks! Things making me happy is having my Christmas shopping done, having a lot more work done for my uni deadlines at the end of the month & all the Black Friday goodies I’ve picked up!
    Emma | emmadrury.com

    • chloedickenson
      30th November 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Ooh that’s exciting that you’ve got your shopping done, I still need to get quite a bit done! Xx

  4. 30th November 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Ahh this post made me smile so much! I’m so glad things have been going so well for you lately, congratulations on the events and all the freelance work, that’s awesome, and so deserved 😊
    I’m so excited for your Blogmas!
    Hels xx

    • chloedickenson
      30th November 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much my lovely! Xxx

  5. 30th November 2017 / 8:47 pm

    So glad freelancing is going well for you, I know how hard it can be to get the work in! x

    • chloedickenson
      30th November 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks so much xx

    • chloedickenson
      1st December 2017 / 7:40 am

      Thank you! Xx

  6. Heather
    30th November 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Awww this post made me happy just reading it knowing there are so many things out there that makes you happy. I can understand how stressful home renovations can be and I’m super happy for you that you can finally relax! I’m so excited for Blogmas and cannot wait to read your content!

    Heather xox || http://www.xhighlandbeauty.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      1st December 2017 / 7:40 am

      Ah thank you so much Heather xx

  7. 1st December 2017 / 9:34 am

    Such a lovely positive post!! I need to watch stranger things!! Since vampire diaries finished I need something to keep me going until season 5 of originals lol xxxxxxx

    • chloedickenson
      1st December 2017 / 12:38 pm

      You deffo should watch it haha xx

  8. 1st December 2017 / 3:59 pm

    This is lovely!! Ive been preparing for blogmas too which has left me feeling ao festive. I spend my life at concerts theyre just such a happy place for me, I bet the killers were insane!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      2nd December 2017 / 10:38 am

      They were so good! Xx

    • chloedickenson
      2nd December 2017 / 10:37 am

      Ooh good luck Char! Xx

  9. 1st December 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I love happy things post as they’re always so positive 🙂 congrats on the freelance opportunities and on getting invited to those bloggers events they sound amazing! I’ve always wanted to see The Killers too, such a fab band!
    Alice Xx

    • chloedickenson
      2nd December 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thank you so much Alice! Xx

  10. Emma
    1st December 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Ah well done on the freelance work! That’s brilliant! It sounds like you’ve got lots to be happy about, sometimes it’s hard to see all the positives – I think I need to take a leaf out of your book and write down all I have to be happy about! x

    • chloedickenson
      2nd December 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thanks lovely xxx

  11. Debra-Bow Clarke
    1st December 2017 / 9:53 pm

    This post made me feel all fuzzy because:
    1) I love that you’re focusing on the happy and positive things in your life and sharing them.
    2) You included Matt in this post, because it shines through how amazing you two are together and the love you have for him.
    3) That you went to a gig with your Mum, it’s something I’ve never done and has really inspired me to look at something I could take my mum to see in concert!
    4) Your fur baby is also included in this, I love my fur baby so know the feeling!
    5) and lastly, BECAUSE YA’ GETTING YOUR TONSILS OUT. Oh my god, as a friend of yours I know exactly how hard its been for you suffering with this awful illness over the last few months. You deserve nothing more than good-health and a pain-free tonsillitis-free life. IT’S SO CLOSE NOW MY HUN!

    Loved this post so so so much Chloe xxxxxxxxx

    • chloedickenson
      2nd December 2017 / 10:36 am

      Babe this is the nicest bloody comment I’ve ever had!!! Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️ xx

  12. 2nd December 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing week and have been so productive!! X

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