Becoming happy (or: life update)


I have been happy lately. Like, really happy. After a few years of quite punishing health problems, I finally feel like I am coming out the other side and I can enjoy the little things again. 2019 has been a good year for me so far. I have been able to achieve some things, but mainly I have been able to take it easy. (Something that doesn’t come naturally to me.) I have taken a break from to-do lists and have spent many weekends just pottering about in my apartment. As a result, I have noticed happiness has crept its way back into my mind. Some days (and nights) have still been a little rough, but overall this year has been treating me with gentle kindness. And with that in mind, I wanted to share a few snippets of the wonderful things that life has brought me recently. The things I am really grateful for.

I am grateful for:

  • finishing the Yoga with Adriene Challenge in January and absolutely loving it. I am so happy I rediscovered my love for yoga.
  • in general, having the most relaxing and worry-free month I have had in a long time during January.
  • meditating for 10 minutes daily in February. It was mêh (meditation routines aren’t for me), but I stuck with it and that is what matters. #willpower
  • having some incredible (early) spring weather in the UK, meaning I spent lots of time hiking in the Yorkshire countryside and even making a trip to the Cotswolds. Who recognises the environment below from a Harry Potter movie?
Malham Cove
  • having a friend stay with us for the month of February, as she had to finish some business for her PhD. I was a bit worried about cramming another person into our tiny apartment, but it was actually really nice to have a roommate again (other than my boyfriend of course).
  • being just the two of us, once our friend left.
  • falling in love with the outdoors much more than I ever thought I would, when I went on a bushcrafting course.
  • having an article of mine published on Tiny Buddha. This was by far one of the biggest highlights of this quarter. (If you haven’t read it yet, you can find the article here.)
  • getting rid of our gross 70s bathroom and now having a sparkly new bathroom. #yay
  • spending a weekend home-home with this little furry friend and eating lots of cake for my boyfriend’s birthday (told you I still eat sugar on the odd occasion!).
Cockapoo dog
  • successfully quitting sugar. I don’t eat any sugar anymore – including most fruits -, except for very special occasions, like a birthday. It is now part of my routine and I feel a lot healthier for it.
  • going to a workshop on ‘dreaming big’ by Sophie. I learned so much during that 2-hour session, so if you live in the UK I can highly recommend checking out her upcoming workshops.
  • receiving the most lovely comments on this more poetic post. Honestly, these comments had me beaming with happiness for days afterward.
  • traveling to Israel with my best friend from The Netherlands. I don’t get to see her that often, which made this trip even more special.
  • Working on a brand new design for my blog and getting excited about bringing my vision to life.

What have you been grateful for lately?


  1. April 1, 2019 / 11:21 am

    Fijn om te lezen dat je je weer beter en blij voelt. Keep up! 🙂

    • Lizzyfied
      April 1, 2019 / 4:57 pm

      Super lief, bedankt!

  2. April 2, 2019 / 11:22 am

    Fiiiijn lijstje! Gelukkige lijstjes maken anderen ook gelukkig :-). Wat knap dat je bent gestopt met suiker eten. Ik zit er de laatste tijd over na te denken om ook een poging te doen, maar weet niet zo goed hoe ik moet beginnen. Dus mocht je daar ooit nog een blog over doen…dan ben ik er als de kippen bij 😉
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    • Lizzyfied
      April 13, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Haha, I heb deze maand heel veel verjaardagen (inclusief de mijne), dus de suikerconsumptie is weer omhoog gekropen. Ik heb eigenlijk geen heel waardevolle tips voor het stopppen met suiker, behalve de obvious dingen, zoals gezonde snacks bij de hand houden en genoeg eten. Verder is het eigenlijk gewoon discipline (vooral in het begin!). Maar na de feestdagen was ik er even helemaal klaar mee, dus had ik voldoende motivatie.

  3. April 2, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    I love Yoga with Adrienne as well! It’s such a perfect way to get back into the swing of things slowly, after you’ve been off the mat for awhile.

    • Lizzyfied
      April 13, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Yes, Adrienne is such a gift to the world! Glad you enjoy her as well.

  4. April 13, 2019 / 9:48 am

    Heerlijk dat je, je over het algemeen zo blij voelt de afgelopen tijd! Een mooi positief overzicht. Het lukt mij de laatste maanden ook juist om dingen rustig aan te doen en merk ook hoe het geluk als het ware binnenstroomt 🙂
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    • Lizzyfied
      April 13, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      Wat mooi dat jij je de laatste tijd ook goed voelt! En inderdaad, rust is echt een perfecte manier om het geluk op te zoeken. 🙂

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