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.
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.
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!
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.
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!