I was tagged by Aime over at Mum Aime to share my happiness non-negotiables. These are things that I won’t negotiate on, things that me happy and things that I wouldn’t be happy without.
You see, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the material things and to think that a bigger house or a new car will make you happy but really, you need to be happy for these things to then make an impact – otherwise they are purely superficial.
So here are the things that make me happy:
Family time – Because of Hubby’s shift work, and my working hours fitting around his, it means that our family time is lacking. We don’t have a day a week as a family but we do have a few hours as a family a couple of times a week and that time is for us. I also make sure that we use annual leave wisely and make sure that any full days or weekends we do get, rarely, as a family we put to good use and make a full blown adventure out of it.
Running – It’s hard to exercise around shift work and family life but when I can I make sure I go for a run. I’m only out of the house for half an hour but it’s half an hour that is purely mine. It’s time I can think, listen to music and get fit. I never find the time to go to the gym and don’t have space for exercise equipment at home but running is free and makes exercise accessible – and easy too. I always feels so much better after a run.
Family dinner times – With Hubby’s shifts it’s hard to eat together as a family so I make sure that when all four of us are at home for dinner we eat together. When I was growing up family dinners were a really big part of our routine and I’m hoping to continue that. It’s a time for us to talk about our day, catch up and really just be together.
Home cooked food – I grew up in a house that always smelled of food – freshly cooked dinner and constant baking. For me, food makes me happy but cooking food makes me even happier. I like to plan meals, put the slow cooker on in the morning and spend time in the kitchen with the kids. There is nothing like sitting down together to a meal that you have cooked from scratch – and that everyone enjoys.
Holidays – This year we are going on our first holiday abroad with the children. It’s the start of an annual holiday abroad for us and even though this is a bit of a material thing it is also something we will aim for year after year. Two weeks together as a family where we don’t have to cook or clean will be amazing. It will be two weeks where we can focus on our family unit, have fun and make memories.
So there we have it. What makes me happy? Family, food and time out. It really is the simple things that make my world go round.