10 Things I’m Grateful For.

A Roof With A View: The Pantheon, Paris

I’ve been feeling a little down lately and it’s really annoying.

I’m really annoyed at myself for a million reasons. I’ve been eating like an absolute monster, my grades have been terrible lately, I’ve been ill twice in just over two weeks – do I need to go on?

Basically, I think things are getting to me. My immune system is going to shit and I’m exhausted. Luckily my week off is very very soon so things are on the up. Just have to get through the next week/two weeks.

I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. For some reason I just can’t do anything properly or well, and am suffering because of it.

But I know that this isn’t me, and this isn’t what my life is normally like, so it’s cool. It really is.

Here are 1o reasons why, really, everything is pretty great.

  1. I live in Paris and not many (apart from the people who, y’know, live in Paris too) can say that they do or have or ever will. I, aged 21, live alone in one of the world’s most beautiful cities and am thriving and to be honest, that’s awesome. It never gets old.
  2. I am healthy. I mean, aside from the constant stream of average-to-meh illness (currently a cold). I am healthy and can do the things I want to do and can live the live I want to live without being held back by society and the things outside of my control, and that’s something to be grateful for.
  3. I have friends and they’re fab and I’m happy. I see my friends daily and enjoy each minute with them and I’m so happy. If you remember this post from almost a year ago (wow!) you’ll know how worried I was about making friends in Paris so I’m super proud of myself.
  4. I don’t have to worry about money. This is kinda nice, I’ll be honest. I’m incredibly lucky to receive the money I do from whichever sources, and can live my life without worrying about my next rent payment or food – at least for the moment.
  5. I’m really bloody clever. Real talk. I won’t even try to pass this off by being all humble about it because I’m really clever and I think more women should own their intelligence and make as bigger deal of it as they possibly can. You’re awesome.
  6. I have access to fresh flowers literally every day of the week, all year round. That’s something to be grateful for. Flowers are beautiful and make any day better.
  7. My French has really improved, despite some pretty shocking test results, and I’m thrilled. I’m so much more confident outside lessons and so much happier exploring Paris without worrying about what the next thing I’m going to say it. I’m happy and relaxed.
  8. I am, weirdly enough, grateful for good skincare and my relatively easy skin. Those teenage-style skincare brands actually are my skin’s best friend and solve all and any problems I might have and I’m so grateful for that. Sad, but true.
  9. The sun has been out so much lately and it’s making me so so happy. I suffer from pretty mild SAD and the sunshine and warmth has been doing wonders for me. I can’t wait for Spring to really kick off and put a smile permanently on my face.
  10. My blog is thriving. I hit a blank page a little while ago and rather than let it get to me, I just relaxed. I’m less obsessed with getting mediocre posts out, on schedule, and happier to just go with the flow. It’s worked a treat and I’m in a really good place, both on the blog and all social media.

What are you grateful for at the moment?
What has been making you happy lately?


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  • Aw these are always the best posts to cheer me up too! It’s always nice to put a little perspective on things!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Sara says:

    Love those kinds of posts! I think especially in times where you’re feeling down it’s important to think about all the good things, the things you’re hrateful for 🙂 have a wonderful Sunday x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

  • Imogen H says:

    Number 5. Why do some of my friends raise their eyebrows if I say something like this? It’s not like i’m saying that they’re NOT clever. I’m just saying that I am. Same goes for if I think I look good, like I genuinely have friends that will just sigh at me if I give myself a compliment out loud… it’s so annoying!

    Also, please whatever you do, don’t stop making the most of all the glorious French food. Because I was by the beach (cry) I was constantly worrying about my stomach and that meant I went through periods of not eating everything I wanted to eat. By periods, I mean about a day at a time but still, I then realised it’d be a HECK of a lot easier to lose weight or tone up or whatever back in England so I just forgot about the body thing, postponed it till I was back in England and had the best of times.

    Hope your last few months in France are fantastic!

    Imogen // imogenscribbles.co.uk

    • Imii Mace says:

      Literally though I’m so glad you feel me on the food thing! I’m so sad for you being at the beach because I swear I would be a wreck by now if I had to take my clothes off in Paris. I bet you owned that beach though! <3

  • Kathy says:

    Aww, lovely post! It’s so nice being able to reflect on the positive and happy things in life rather than dwelling on the negatives! This is such a great idea for a blog post because on days where you feel a bit down you can come back and read this 🙂 Living in Paris must be amazing, as a little girl I always dreamed of going there one day, maybe a month or so? Who knows, maybe 😉

    Kathy x

  • Great post! I agree about the intelligence one. Women try to conceal it but we should be so proud!

    Abigail Alice x | Check out my Carli Bybel Giveaway!

  • Emily Eddings says:

    I loved this post, it was so positive! x

    Emily – http://www.positivelystupendous.co.uk

  • Lovely post, I need to to think of what makes me grateful a tad more often! Enjoy the time you have left in Paris, I loved living abroad and it always stays with you. And how jealous am I of having access to fresh flowers all of the time – there is often nothing better.

    Annie x

  • Aimee Julia says:

    Its great to see you focusing on the positives, of which there are many! It can be so easy to dwell on the negatives when feeling a bit down. x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Miu says:

    The last things making me happy are the beautiful picture and the positivity and optimism in this post.

  • Becky Bedbug says:

    I LOVE that you completely owned your intelligence!

    When I was having therapy I said something about how I felt bad because I perceive myself to be more intelligent than other people I know. My therapist said “If Usain Bolt stood next to you and said ‘I’m a faster runner than you’, would you be offended?” Well, of course not. He IS a faster runner than me! “So why is it wrong to accept that you’re more intelligent than others?”

    Pretty much the only thing she taught me that was of any use. Now I’m all like “Yeah, mate. I’m bloody clever. Deal with it!”

    • Imii Mace says:

      YASSSS! We’re always told that we should be proud of our talents and achievements, but for some reason intelligence never seems to fall into those categories! I love being clever and love people knowing – I’m proud of it, like anyone else would be proud of anything else!
      Also LOVE the Usain Bolt thing! <3

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