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100 Happy Days – Day 100: Live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words

I really can’t believe that 100 days have passed and that I’m at the end of my challenge. It’s all getting rather emotional and I may even shed a tear at the end of all this 😛 At the beginning of the challenge I thought it might be quite tough as I saw that many people do fail it. For my last photo I decided to go for this quote on my wall as it’s one of my favourites and thought it quite fitting and something that I should probably try to live by a bit more. To be honest it was a toss up between this and my “keep calm and eat a cupcake” poster…but this one won 😉

I guess happiness tends to mean different things when you’re at different stages of your life. When I was six, it probably meant getting the massive Sylvanian Families house that I wanted for Christmas (not gonna lie, I probably would still be rather chuffed if I received one of them!) or having a nice filling in my sandwich for lunch. But as I’ve got older, I have realised that there are so many things that can make me happy no matter how big or small – whether it’s getting a job offer or something small like a link to an amusing picture (many courtesy of Matt!).

During these past 100 days I guess I have gone on a journey of some sort (as cringey as that sounds) since days have been very up and down, but something in each day has made me smile and made me appreciate what I have. I am really lucky with my family and friends around me and I’ve had the chance to study at an amazing uni too. The past 100 days have flown by and amongst the not so happy days have been great days such as those spent with my mum, sunny days at the park, catching up with friends, and just random adventures around London. I know a lot of my posts have been about food and cakes (yes I am a fatty!) But it’s not just been about the eating aspect that has made me happy, it’s also been about the other things that go along with it such as spending a nice afternoon with my mum or friends, sharing my baking with others, or trying out something new and it being a success.

This post is turning into a massive essay now and probably has more critical analysis than my Sociology coursework I have been writing over Easter…so for getting this far I thank you and congratulate you 😉 anyway on that note I should probably end this post now before I bore you all to death and make you cringe even more. Now it’s time to start my 100 unhappy days which shouldn’t be too hard since exams are looming… just kidding 😛

Live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words

Live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words

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100 Happy Days – Day 99

I had to go back into London today to do a few bits and pieces and it always makes me a lot happier when it’s sunny. Everything does just look brighter and perkier, people seem happier, and even the air feels of better quality (okay that one is a lie, London always feels really polluted 😛 ) – even the Thames was a slight shade of blue instead of the disgusting, murky green colour it normally is.

London

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100 Happy Days – Day 98

I’ve always loved art and took it for GCSE, but wasn’t able to take it for A Level due to clashing subjects 😦 My favourite medium is pencil and I do really love drawing anything. I can just put the radio on, relax, and hours can go by so quickly whilst I’m sketching and shading away! My drawings of people are not up to scratch as they always look really odd and not life like at all. But I’m fairly happy with my other drawings and I guess my people are slowwwwly improving! Last summer, after exams, I drew a tiger which took me days. It’s probably the drawing I am most proud of since I put so much effort into it (especially with all the hairs!) and doesn’t look too bad either 🙂 I hadn’t drawn anything since Christmas because I just haven’t had the time to as I tend to take forever with each drawing, but today, I sat down and just went for it. I always have the issue of thinking of what to draw, but since the weather has been so lovely and sunny recently, I decided to go for a sea shell, as I really felt in a summery mood. Now I just need to finish it!

Shell

Some of my previous drawings…

Baby me! Yes I did look like a boy, I can thank my mum for that...haha

Baby me! Yes I did look like a boy, I can thank my mum for that…haha

Ballet shoe drawing

Bamboo drawing

Eye drawing

Family drawing

Heart hands drawing

Rose drawing

Tiger drawing

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100 Happy Days – Day 97

I started learning the piano back in year six when I was nine years old. Since then I worked my way through the grades before obtaining a grade seven distinction in sixth form, which was a bit of a shock as I thought I did terribly in the exam! Since being at university and living in London, I haven’t had the chance to play the piano much, which is a shame. But when I am back at home I do have a play around now and again and it’s nice just playing it for the fun of it, instead of having to always work towards a grade. The great thing about having an electric piano is that I can turn the volume down low or plug my headphones in, like this morning, so I don’t have to wake anyone up 🙂

Piano

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100 Happy Days – Day 96 (Eggless Victoria Sponge)

I had a nice little baking session this afternoon which was welcomed after lots of revision! I was planning on making a Victoria Sponge with cream and strawberries, however, just before baking my mum mentioned we didn’t have any eggs! Disaster! After a quick search online, I found that I could use natural yogurt or milk as a substitute. Not one for shying away from experimenting, I opted for both as the 150g of yogurt made the mix very thick, so needed 80ml of milk to loosen it up. The rest of the recipe consisted of 150g self raising flour, 140g sugar, 150g margarine, and some vanilla extract. The inside of the cooked cake took a slightly weird texture, and was almost gummy in a way. I’m not sure whether it was undercooked, or whether it was just because I’d used yogurt and milk instead of egg. In any case, I soldiered on, undeterred by this slight blip, and cut the cake in half, whipped up a cream filling, and neatly placed the strawberries inside. When it was time to cut the cake, it was like a scene from a horror movie, with cream and strawberries spurting out from all ends (not the prettiest of photos!!). I was a bit concerned with how it would taste, but it was actually alright. The cake itself was a bit chewier than a normal sponge, but the cream and strawberries made it taste pretty good 😀 However, I think next time I’ll definitely make sure we have eggs before planning a baking afternoon, but I guess you never know how things will turn out until you try!

Eggless Victoria Sponge with cream and strawberries

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100 Happy Days – Day 95

It was a friend’s 21st birthday party last night and it was great seeing my friends from home again after what feels like years, even though it has only been a few months! People say university changes people, and I guess it does as I know I’ve definitely grown up and become more worldly 😛 But it is still lovely coming home to see old faces. What is nice is that I’ve known some of my friends for 16 years, and some not as long, and whenever we do see each other again it is so easy to feel at home and talk and joke about random things and reminisce on the times we were young and immature 😉

21st birthday