9 January 2013


I've never been one for making new years resolutions. If I haven't wanted it badly enough to achieve it for the rest of the year, why would I magically be able to because it's 2013 rather than 2012?
I have a lot of admiration for people who decide that this is the year I will give up smoking, or lose that 2 stone and manage it, but the way I see things is that if I was that unhappy with something then I will change it asap rather than waiting for January to roll round.
For that reason I haven't made any resolutions as such this new year. Not that I don't think there are some aspects of my life that I could do with working on, but over all I think I'm a pretty nice, and contented person.
One thing that I am constantly battling though is my fight with depression which has been going on for nearly 5 years now. It isn't that I can't be happy, but when I'm on a downer I find it near impossible to see it. That is where this little book that my lovely auntie bought me for christmas comes in, and I guess, to an extent, my one small resolution.

Like I say, it isn't that I am an unhappy person in general, but due to my depression, if I am having a rough time I find it very hard to find anything to smile about. So in my pretty little book, I resolve to write down one thing each day that has made me smile. Simple things. The little things that I forget about when everything seems to be full of doom and gloom. Hopefully this way I will remember to appreciate the small things that brighten life up and learn to worry less about the things that do get me down :)

This is the first three days worth of my Making Me Smile book :) Happy things in a pretty little book, definitely one of happy little pleasures on its own!

What resolutions have you made this January? How are they going so far? Good luck with them all!
Annie xx


  1. I saw an idea similar to this before christmas; get a jar and every time something good happens you write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then at the end of the year you read them all and have a lovely moment of happiness. :)

    My resolutions are:
    - To get up with my alarm (I'm struggling at the moment due to messed up sleep patterns/health issues and physically can't get out of bed til my body is ready)
    - To get down to a healthy BMI (Lost 11 pounds so far :D)
    - To read more (On my 5th book of the year already!)
    - To go on the wii fit daily, if only for 20 mins (managed 7/8 days).
    - To become more interesting and knowledgable.

    I'm with you on the whole concept of resolutions, but this year I felt that I was putting an end to bad habits etc. along with the end of the year. 2012 was such a tough year for me I decided to wrap it all up in a bundle and leave it behind, so I'd call mine 'intentions' more so than resolutions. :)

    1. Ami I love the 'intentions' spin on things. It feels less forced even just saying it and a lot more healthy than resolutions.
      Glad youre doing well with them all :) I feel a lot happier for spending a few minutes each day to focus on the things making me happy xx

  2. Such a wonderful post. I know exactly how it feels to suffer from depression. I've been suffering since I was 13 and I'm 21 now! Your little book idea is really inspiring and a really fabulous idea. We need to focus on things that make us smile more often, it's what makes life worth living :)



    1. Thank you so much :)
      I was suffering through my teens too, its so hard to cope with when other people don't understand.
      I've found that even just over the last two weeks, spending time to focus on what's making me smile has really helped :)