I have to confess that I have been feeling it lately.
With everything that has been happening all over the world, I have often felt hopeless and saddened. Sometimes the world feels unrecognisable, even though I know there is much that is good in the world, it has been getting me down recently. I know it may seem naive for me to hope for peace, love, compassion and unity, but I won’t stop wishing for them. So for me, compiling this month’s list felt both cathartic and important, as I know that we cannot stop pursuing change and spreading love to eachother, and I hope all of you are safe and well and that June brings with it for you all, peace, love, compassion and unity.
That’s my hope for you all at least, and I hope this list makes some of you smile at least too.
1. Solar Powered Flowers
My wonderful friend from university got me a solar powered flower at the end of my first year of uni and when I moved up to the Lake District my flower got damaged in the move so I had to replace it. You may remember from my old blog a little solar powered ladybug I had, which bobbed to and fro on my windowsill? Well, that one also got damaged, and I’ve only recently been able to replace it with this lovely sunflower one I found, which has been making me smile to no end. So much so I excitedly sent my friend a photo of it to show her!
I am a big origami enthusiast. I find it calming, fun and a great way to use as decorative pieces in my room and in DIY projects, and I have been running to it all month long to calm me and make me smile. This little dragonfly is one of my recent favourites, which I made at the beginning of May, and I will definitely be sharing more of the newer tutorials I’ve recently discovered here over the next few weeks. I’ve got plans to try and have a go at a turtle one I saw recently!
3. Ice Cold Lemonade
An ice cold drink on a hot evening like the ones we’ve been having recently are hard to beat. My favourite thing about this though is the way the bubbles rise to the top of the glass, and when you get the light just right such as in the photo above, it makes for some very visually pleasing photos. It’s the simple things.
4. Rediscovering Old Things
This scarf was a gift from one of my closest friends and I completely forget I had it until recently. As the weather has been warming up, I’ve been using these light scarves to layer over my outfits, and the hummingbird print on this black and white one has been in use a lot recently. I just love it, and I’m so glad I found it again! It also feels apt for June with 30 Days Wild being here finally.
5. Days Like These
I know I say it often, but I really do love this planet and all of it’s beauty and these hot, spring days always remind me I need to be thankful for all I have.
A Few Other Things I’ve Been Loving:
- The Guest & It’s Soundtrack. I recently watched The Guest and while it definitely has that cult, thriller feel to it, which might take me another watch to really get my head around, I did really enjoy it. However, it was the soundtrack that got me. Ooh it’s so good! My favourite tracks are definitely Annie – Anthonio (Berlin Breakdown Version) and Love & Rockets – Haunted When the Minutes Drag. Well worth checking out if you like synthwave or 80’s darkwave.
- Disney Remixes. Especially this one, and this one. There’s something genius about taking films and turning them into music just using the sounds from them, or layering over other music while using the films as the basis for them. This is something I first discovered when I came across a musician called Pogo when I found his Alice remix which is here. They’ve been making me smile a lot this past month.
- Asking For It by Louise O’Neill. This book was tough to get through and it’s one that’s very jarring, but I got through this in two days, that’s how sucked into the storyline I was. It tackles a very tough subject including ones around consent, the criminal system and of course how such serious issues affect families, but I won’t spoil it. Perhaps not a ‘favourite’ as such but a book that will stay with me for a while and one which I think is well worth a read for all.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9. I love each and every season, but this one is so close! I just love how creative it is, and seeing the Queen’s create these amazing pieces, makeup and hairstyles each week is absolutely inspiring. I also love the confidence and the creativity it inspires in people, and the overall messages of embracing your own unique qualities and challenging the status quo and yourself. It’s a programme that I’ve felt so enchanted by ever since I was introduced to it a couple of years ago, and I’m so glad it exists, especially during these more difficult days. It’s a winking light in the darkness.
These are the little things that have been making me smile over the past month, and I would love to know what’s also been on your radar of happiness for May. With the current state of the world and recent events I think it’s important to share what we love, spread kindness and compassion and remember to replace fear with love, so my final favourite of the month is all of you. As always you leave me the kindest comments, and it keeps me going, so thank you.
Hope you’ve all had a good weekend!