5 Happy Things | Jan 2021

Saturday, 16 January 2021

 Happy Saturday, friends!

I hope you all have something to be happy about this week.

The other day I went out for a walk with a friend, who mentioned how she just couldn't believe that we were already halfway through the first month of the new year. We laughed it off, saying that it felt more like December the 37th 2020, and got on with our day... but that moment stayed stuck in my mind for the rest of the day. Despite all our best hopes, 2021 has started on a bit of a bummer- and it's okay to admit that. However, that isn't to say that there hasn't been a bundle of precious moments and happy things that have happened. 

So, without further ado, here are 5 happy things that have happened this month!

1. I Have Stuck To My New Years Resolution of Becoming An Active Part of My Communities Again!
Towards the end of 2020 I realised that in the rush of juggling my busy schedule, I had neglected the communities that I am a part of. Although I had stayed in touch with a couple people here and there, I was no longer joining any zoom calls with my church or replying to the messages in the group chats I had with my friends. To be frank, I was fine about it- but when it came to writing my new years resolutions, I strongly felt as though God was ushering me towards investing and nurturing my communities... so that is exactly what I resolved to do. 

So far, I have taken baby steps to rejoin the communities I have neglected- like finally joining the student group my church runs or calling the friends I haven't been in touch with. It's not much, but it's definitely had a positive impact on my month so far... and it means that I've achieved at least one of my New Years Resolutions!

2. I've Started Doing a 1-1 Bible Study!
A couple weeks ago, my good friend Cerys sent me a message asking me if I'd be up for doing a 1-1 bible study with her over zoom... and I was genuinely thrilled by her suggestion! I've done 1-1 bible studies with a couple other friends in the past, and have found that it's really motivated me to read my bible that little bit more. We started reading through the book of Daniel because neither of us had read the whole book before, and we both recognised that we hadn't been reading much Old Testament scripture.... and wow

I thought I knew Daniel's story well, from all the Sunday School lessons I had done as a child- but I really, really didn't. It isn't until chapter 6 that Daniel gets thrown in the lions den, and there is so much more to the story that I had just never been taught! I feel like I have learned so much about myself and the gifts of the spirit through reading this book, so I would definitely recommend giving it a read if you haven't already!

3. I Have Fallen In Love With Making (& drinking!) Matcha Green Lattes
So I've been following Hailie Barber for about two years now (I think). She is one of my favourite online content creators, and I just LOVE watching her insta stories... so when lockdown came round and Hailie posted an IGTV on how she makes her DIY Matcha Latte at home, I knew I just had to try! I searched high and low for a cafe or coffee chain that sold matcha lattes to go, but unfortunately, Matcha just isn't as popular in the UK as it is in the states... yet. So instead I ordered some matcha green tea powder from Amazon.

I tried to make a matcha green latte the day that the powder arrived, but I won't lie to you- it was disgusting. It tasted like grass. Seriously. It just wasn't nice whatsoever- and I was super disappointed. However, when I put my review up on my insta story, one of my friends messaged back telling me they had the same experience, but that she grew to love it when her palette grew accustomed to the taste. I read somewhere that maple syrup mixes well as a sweetener, so I stuck to it and boy am I glad I did! It's genuinely one of my favourite drinks ever now, and I am so beyond grateful to my friend telling me to stick at it!

4. I Wrote Letters to My Future Self
You know those photos you always see on Pinterest, of people writing bundles of letters for their significant others to open 'when feeling sad', 'when happy', etc.? Well, I am still very single, so I can't do things like that. HOWEVER, on the 2nd of January, I saw someone tweet about how they had written 11 letters for their future self- one of the 1st of every month of 2021, starting with February. I totally fell in love with the idea, so I stole the idea and started doing the exact same thing. So far I have included encouragement, biblical truth, and reminders of my new year's resolutions (so that I stick by them and don't forget them!). I am so excited to open my first one... who says you can't do cute things for yourself when you're single?!

5. I've Been Reading More Books
I used to find so much joy in reading when I was younger. It was genuinely one of my favourite things to do. As school -and then uni- started taking over my life, I stopped reading for pleasure and started only reading for work... until lockdown started. Last year, Ben Stuart's debut book was the first proper book I had read in at least 5 years- if not more. From that point on, I started reading for pleasure again, and it has genuinely brought me so much joy. 

Books like 'It's not Supposed To Be This Way' by Lysa Terkeurst have given me strength to get through some of the biggest challenges I've ever faced, whereas books like 'A Love Letter Life' by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff have given me the ability to escape and imagine another life. Currently, I'm reading through 'The Prodigal Prophet' by Timothy Keller, which (so far) has given me a lot of insight into the book of Jonah!

Thank you so much for reading to the end of this post! 
I hope this somehow managed to brighten up your day... please let me know if it did! 
I'd also love to know what's made you happy this month, so let me know in the comments section below!


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Until next time...

Sara Louisa xo

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