One day I was driving along minding my own business when my ears pricked up at the sound of “the happiness menu”. It was on a podcast (maybe the Creative Pep Talk?) and they talked about it being a list of things that make you happy.
So I imagined my life as a dining place. It would be one of those ice-cream parlours with super pink walls and lots of cute little chairs. 80s pop music will be blasting on the radio and I would probably be doing some embarrassing dance moves behind the counter. And my Happiness Menu? It would be pink set in gold foil lettering – I’m extra, I know – with little heart illustrations. But what’s on the menu? Well, let’s find out…
Shorts (which you can’t see oops): Primark
Bag: Dreamy Bows
Necklace: Not a clue – possibly Primark?
Trainers: New Look – kids section
My Happiness Menu
Well, you got to have some ice-cream, of course!
And first up would be mint and chocolate chip ice-cream closely followed by vanilla. Even though I do love those overly decorative desserts I do find them overly sweet, so a simple mint and chocolate chip one is good enough for me!
Pasta and some more pasta
Italian food is my favourite kind of food, and it isn’t hard to pick my favourite dish (prawn spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, spinach and a drizzle of lemon, in case you were wondering). I go for an Italian as both a pick-me-up and also to celebrate something as it instantly gives me that positive boost! I also eat quite a lot of pasta for lunch too and even though it might not be the healthiest thing in the world, it just tastes so good, so it can’t be all that bad, right?
Cats. Lots and lots of cats.
I absolutely love cats. My love for them makes me a bit sad though because I am a cat-less cat lady… So I make do by visiting my friends who happens to have cats (tehe) or to Nottingham’s Kitty Café! I love that place so much that I wrote a blog post all about it. So when you order this you get to fuss over a cute little kitty during your stay.
I always end up feeling super sick afterwards but I just love how pretty Afternoon Tea usually is, and how chill it can make you feel. I feel like I should plaster #FeelingBritish whenever I go out for afternoon tea because you can’t be anymore stereotypically British than taking a trip to London for afternoon tea. I went to the one in Coombe Abbey recently and even though it wasn’t my favourite, I still felt really happy after eating the yummy scones.
Having pretty nails
It makes me so happy to dress up, and even more so when I have a set of pretty nails! I find that my mood immediately lifts and I just feel so much more gal/gyaru when my nails are incredibly sparkly, especially when I wore my Sailor Moon ones. I try to squeeze them into as many outfit shots as possible because pretty nails makes pretty photos!
Receiving new clothes in the post
Okay fine, I’ll admit it – I’m a shopaholic. I just love the feeling of having something new, and the thing that makes me the happiest is when I receive new clothes in the post. It’s like receiving a birthday present but better because you know exactly what it is so you know you’re going to love it (unless you have to send it back, which really sucks, but I’m talking about the things that make me happy here so let’s just ignore that part). The next best thing is having a very successful shopping trip like the one I had in Japan – I couldn’t get enough of the Japanese fashion!
Cosy days in
A cosy day in with a side of hot chocolate and a good book! Going out with friends is fun, but sometimes you need to recharge your batteries and there’s no better way than curling up in bed with a good book and a candle lit next to you. I usually swap the good-old-book with my laptop as I love browsing people’s blogs in my spare time, but binge watching Netflix is a pretty good shout too.
Which brings me to my next point – blogging! Gosh I love it, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t, and I love everything that blogging brings. I’ve learnt so much through it and I’m starting to get the hang of the technical side (hellooooo SEO) and it’s really opened my eyes to all of the amazing people out there. I recently wrote a post on my favourite bloggers and I really want to discover more. This year I really want to focus on growing this little blog and meeting more bloggers – basically, stepping out of my comfort zone! I already took the first step by attending my first ever bloggers’ event at Accessorize, and I can’t wait to go to more.
So if your life was a restaurant/diner/café, what would be on your happiness menu?
Lizzie Bee xx
p.s. big shoutout to blogger babe Tarnya for taking these lovely pics!
Abbey Louisa RoseApril 12, 2019
I absolutely love the idea of a happiness menu! Of course pasta would also have to feature on my list! Although your prawn and cherry tomato pasta sounds absolutely DIVINE, pesto pasta with pine nuts and cherry tomatoes on top would be number one for me hehe! Blogging would also definitely feature on my menu, it brings me so much joy and creativity, I think I’d be lost without it as my outlet these days! We do differ a little on the animal stakes though, I’m very much a dog person! You look gorgeous in all those photos, you are glowing!
Elodie JoriotApril 12, 2019
In first for me could be a big hug from my son off course! Then, a big hug with my kitty, Lolita, she is so cute! ? and to get a new packet in the mail!!! Even if it’s a lil thing at one dollar! Doing shopping off course and…. an appointment with my hairdresser ! I a,ways feel so pretty and good when my hair is styled by a professional because I don’t know how to do it myself I’m so bad ! ?? ?
Maisie GibbonsApril 12, 2019
I love the concept of this post so much lizzie!! And I LOVE everything on your menu! Especially cosy days in!! I think I’d have to add Netflix to my happiness menu ??
Jennyinneverland♥April 12, 2019
This is such a cute post and a fun way to look at what makes you happy! I love the sound of your own happiness Cafe! I’d also have an 80’s themed diner. You look super cute in these photos 🙂 xxx
Mary LeeApril 12, 2019
I love all the analogies you come up with <3 xoxo
If my happiness were a menu, I guess it'd be:
Pikachu, nintendo, plush, make up, sweater weather, earl grey tea, and roll cakes 😀
NatiApril 12, 2019
Hey Lizzie, this is such a wonderful idea for a blog post! I love your style of writing and it’s so lovely to read something that’s been written with so much love and passion. Sending you good vibes!
Nati x | http://www.lifeaftercoffeeblog.com | @NAfterCoffee