What’s Made Me Happy This Month

As I write this, I am sitting in a hostel in Iceland and honestly, it still feels like a dream. I don’t think it has hit me yet that I’m on holiday, so I’ll give it a few more days. Regardless, I was meant to have this post up yesterday but as that was the day we were flying out, things also went flying out the window.

Have you ever been in place where you think, nothing gets much better than this? Like when you’re eating some really good pancakes or reading a book that you can’t seem to put down? I always find that it’s the little things that make me happy and that sometimes it doesn’t need to be a big showstopper to make me smile.

This month has been up and down but a few things have made me happy and it hasn’t been a massive shitshow.

Support ??

I’ve mentioned this before but work hasn’t been great. It got to a point where a had a breakdown at work and if a team leader had sent me home then I probably wouldn’t have come back again. However, in a roundabout way some people at work have been really supportive. I had no idea we had an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) at work which is a 24/7 helpline for when you’re feeling down or stressed and who can also connect you with counsellors if need be. They also have an app which has exercises to help meditate, breathing exercises and just reducing stress in general. I haven’t had a chance to fully use the app but I’ve already downloaded it and it’s been really useful already.

I’m also happy for the support from my friends when I said that I wanted to work abroad. A few people knew already but not many, so I finally broke it to the rest of my group the other day. Loving their responses – they were all so excited! I need that hype to get me all the way to actually making those steps to work abroad. It’s a huge deal when I really think about it, but I’m glad that I have the right people backing my corner.

TV ?

I recently finished watching Maniac on Netflix and I absolutely loved it. The way it handled mental health was so gentle without poking at it with a big stick and going, “Oooh, what do we have here?” It was so nuanced, and I loved how many layers it had to it and how each episode interwined. It was surprising to see Jonah Hill in this sort of role because I am so used to him in a comedic role, but he was absolutely amazing. I have no idea what a schizoprenic person is like, so I can’t really comment on his portrayal of one but his acting was so good. He made me want to scoop him up and just protect him from this bad world. Emma Stone’s character was equally as good – I thought at first she was just a bitch for no reason, but as the series goes by you see her story unfold and ugh. Her English accent was actually really good, as well!

Books ?

Gillian Flynn is a dark writer. I don’t say that lightly either. I picked up her book Dark Places when I was in WHSmith and when I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a mystery novel surrounding the massacre of the main characters family. The story is told in a series of flashbacks as well as detailing the life of the only survivor of the massacre. It was a really interesting book, especially as it unfolds and you find out who the murderer is.

I also read her other book Sharp Objects directly after finishing Dark Places and it was another one I couldn’t put down. The main character is a reporter who is sent back to her hometown to find out about the murder of two little girls. This isn’t your typical murder mystery book – this delves deep into a whole array of topics. I would say it quite a triggering book and also extremely terrifying. Flynn is genuinely an amazing writer. If you’ve read Gone Girl and liked it, then I would highly recommend these two as well. Sharp Objects has also been made into a TV show starring Amy Adams, which I’ve only just started but is already living up to the book.

Music ?

Ready Player One soundtrack! I love 70s/80s music, so much.

What are some things that have made you happy this month? Let me know in the comments!

Chynna has been creating blog posts since 2009. I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you all ?


  • Kassy

    So glad to hear that you were so happy when writing this. It’s lovely to hear when someone is in a situation and that have true happiness. Especially when things have been on a bit of a seesaw. Aww, it’s great that you have reieved some support at work and that there are services available that can help!

    Maniac was such a good show. I hope that it did shed some light on the way that Schizophrenia can affect people. There are so many misconceptions that people who have it are violent or people to be afraid of. That is not the case 90% of the time.

    They are two books that I want to read! 😀

    It made me happy to finally begin a project I had been working on for a while. 😀

    • Chynna

      Yes! It’s the same with sociopaths – a lot of misconceptions surrounding them, but most of them incorrect. Definitely recommend you read them when you get a chance 😀

  • Junniku

    Omg, you’re so lucky to be in Iceland! I wanted to go so badly this year (even bought the tickets), but had to cancel it fml. But I hope you have a great time, and time off! Don’t be too stressed~ Have a relaxing vacation!

    Junniku blog!~

  • Belle

    I’m glad you were able to get some support from work, that app sounds really useful and I’m glad you’ve been able to use it already. I hope you have a great time in Iceland!

  • Claudine

    Wow it’s so cool that you’re in Iceland! Whuuut! <3 You seem like you're enjoying life and that's great! You're young and you really should be making the most out of it <3

    It's so nice that you're getting the support you need from work and from the people around you. I think working abroad – or just living abroad in general – is such a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and about the world. It can be pretty challenging but you should definitely go for it! I'm still on a high from my graduate school adventures, and I sure wouldn't trade my time abroad for anything else 🙂

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