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Sixteen things, originally by Emma Elsworthy.
I found this yesterday afternoon and thought it was pretty apt to share on here for balancing those Monday blues and instilling some happiness in your daily life. Print it out real small and keep it in your pocket or purse, print it out big and frame it on your wall. I loved it.

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. Erase processed food from your diet. Start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. Use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. Roll your head. Stretch your fingers. Stretch everything.

6. Buy a 1L water bottle. Start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small.

8. Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. Put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. Make your bed in full.

9. Organise your room. Fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. Light a beautiful candle.

10. Have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. Wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. Lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. Push yourself to go for a walk. Take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. Smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. Bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. Realise you can learn from your dog.

12. Message old friends with personal jokes. Reminisce. Suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. Push yourself to follow through.

14. Think long and hard about what interests you. Crime? Sex? Boarding school? Long-forgotten romance etiquette? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book about literally everything.

15. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. Stick your tongue out at babies. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. Then two. Then a week. Walk with a straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story. Talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. Lie in the sunshine. Daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. Open your eyes. Take small steps to make it happen for you.


  1. Julz' Obsessions11 August 2014 at 10:52

    Absolutely love this- where did you find it? I like your suggestion of printing it out big or small- its really cute. I definitely want to try some of these. This page is getting bookmarked!

    Julz Obsessions xx

  2. Love the positivity Mish! PS - HK Sooooon!

  3. Aw I love this list! I'm working on #1,2 and have begun employing #4 lately. Not sure if I can face up to doing #3 though...

  4. This is great! I love it. I've been meaning to do a few of these before but forgot. I definitely need to get into the habit in doing them

  5. I love this!

    I will have to take note of some of these and incorporate them into my daily routines!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie


  6. What a list! Loved it. I especially love number 16.

  7. Omggg love this a lot. Makes me feel positive just by reading it! Trying my hardest with 1, 2 and 6 already and I can definitely agree with 9. I love tidying my room, tiring myself out and then getting into bed to relax and admiring the view!

    Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

  8. Paula- SimplicityisBeauty11 August 2014 at 15:38

    Oh Michelle, you've got me inspired to go and purchase a beautiful diary and jot down everything and anything! It is such a great way to keep inspired. Thank you for a great post hun x

  9. I love this so much. Was feeling so down this morning. I guess you just need to take it one step at a time.

    Melanie |

  10. Thanks for sharing this great post!! Love the tips and ideas for making a healthier living. A good practice can let us make a smart move in life.

  11. SO much love for this!

  12. Love this! x

  13. This is so important, remembering to enjoy all the little things in life can make such an impact on your day, and life!

    helena /

  14. I've just started keeping a daily diary, and I'm finding it really helpful for getting out stress at the end of the day. As well as writing about my day, I also write a short list of things that have made me happy or that I'm grateful for that day. No matter how crappy my day has been, I always find something for the list. It makes a lot of difference to see them there written out.

  15. I love this list, I keep trying to remember a few things that make me happy each day, it makes me feel way more grateful!

    Maria xxx


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