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Staying happy and fulfilled

Life is filled with ups and downs for all of us. Don’t let anyone fool you. We all have our good days and bad days. But the key to staying happy and fulfilled is to ensure the good days are more than the bad days. We have the key to our happiness. No one can truly make us happy if we are not happy with ourselves. So the key to staying happy and fulfilled starts and ends with us.

 

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So how do we ensure we stay happy and satisfied with all the craziness in the world. Here are 5 tips that have worked for me. You may find they work for you too.

 

Keep my circle small

There are a lot of people who want us in their lives for the wrong reasons. I am glad I am able to see through these people and stay far away from them. The last thing anyone needs is to have a toxic person around constantly or be around people who truly do not wish you well for whatever reason. Keeping my circle small means I don’t have to deal with those people. And it works great for my state of mind. Keeping your circle small and tight is one way of staying on top of your happiness.

My circle is so small that it only comprises of family and a few friends. I still relate with different people outside my circle but in a different way. It works great for me.

 

Follow my passion

My joy keeps me very happy. The fact that I am my own boss and I can do as I please never gets old for me. Following my passion keeps me fulfilled. Working long hours in a. job I have zero interest in would suck away all my happiness. Following your passion and doing a job you love is a great way to stay in control of your life and stay happy.

 

Listen to good music

Some that know me well in real life know that I am a sucker for good music. I am forever listening to songs on my Spotify. I listen to all sorts of genres, from Rap to pop, from R&B to African Jams. Music is like food to my soul and it feeds me. I would be lost without great music.

 

 

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Travel

I love travelling. If I had an unlimited budget, I would visit a new country every month. I have been to a couple of countries and I have a long list of countries I want to visit or revisit. I have been to Dubai, Italy, US, Spain, Germany, France, Amsterdam, Ireland and many more. There are still many cities in these countries I would love to explore some more and I am dying to go somewhere new before the year ends. Travel and experiencing how other people live in their world makes me very happy.

 

Stay grateful and have a positive outlook

Gratitude is everything which is why I always remember to stay grateful. Regardless of what life throws at me, I ensure I stay positive and thankful. Negative energy has no space in my world, which is why there is no room for toxic people in my life. Staying grateful and having a positive outlook helps you attract more good things into your life.

Having a gratitude journal does help. It makes sense to write down 10 things you are grateful for regularly. That way you remember how blesses you are and stay grateful.

 

I hope you find these tips useful. These are just a few ways I stay happy and fulfilled. I could go on and on with these tips. Exercise, good food and my beauty sleep also help me stay happy. And I am sure you have many ways of staying on top of your happiness. Please feel free to share your own tips in the comments section. And remember to share this post. It may help someone struggling.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

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What to put into hampers for teachers

I love giving and receiving gifts, especially thoughtful ones. Regardless of the price tag, giving a gift shows that you had the receiver in mind and it is really the thought that counts. I have recently discovered the beauty of giving hamper gifts to people. When I can’t decide on just one thing to get, I get a couple in a beautiful basket and gift it to someone special. The kids will be finishing pre school in a few weeks and I have been busy thinking of what to gift their teachers. They have been in this pre school for almost 2 years, and their teachers have been great. It would be nice to gift them an amazing hamper.

To be honest, I think teachers all over the world work really hard in comparison to what they earn. And I strongly they enjoy the work they do. Teaching is not a job you do for money. I believe the teachers are passionate about their jobs and they do it with all over their hearts and I celebrate them everyday. Kids are hard work and majority of the teachers are doing a great job. They deserve to be celebrated a bit more.

 

What to put into hampers for teachers

So what do we put into hampers for teachers? Here are some ideas –

 

Milk Chocolate Hamper

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Chocolates are always a great idea for hampers. This Thorntons Milk Chocolate Hamper would be an amazing gift. We gave some Thorntons Chocolates to the teachers last Christmas and they all loved them. So I would probably be popping some Thorntons Chocolate into our gift hampers.

 

Thank You Card

A thank you card is another thing I would probably pop into a hamper. Sometimes just saying thank you for all the years of hard work isn’t enough. Which is where the thank you card could be helpful.

 

A Bottle of Wine

 

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I would definitely be putting. bottle of wine into a hamper for the teachers. There are a few wines I have tried this year that I really like, so a few of them would be gifted. Nothing says thank you better than a bottle of a good wine.

 

A Hand Cream

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Another great item to pop into a hamper is a hand cream. Most people generally like hand creams, so it is a safe gift option. Going for a natural hand cream like this ODLIQUE Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie would be a great idea.

 

Tea

A pack of tea is also a popular item for hampers. Most people like British Tea, so it is a good idea to put a pack into a hamper.

 

There are many items you could put in a hamper. It really depends on the recipient and the relationship you have with him/her.

What would you like to see in a hamper? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a smashing day!

 

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Road Trip from New York to Maryland

After spending 48 hours in New York City, our next stop was Maryland. We decided we were going to drive down, so we rented a car from Enterprise. The process of renting the car was smooth and straight forward. The car was in a good shape, and car seats were provided for the kids as requested.

The road trip was fun overall. The kids didn’t bug as much, so it was a good journey. As soon as we got out of New York, and got into New Jersey, there was difference. The air felt different. The people looked a lot happier. It was like a breath of fresh air. We stopped over at a service centre in New Jersey, so I had the opportunity to take in the city and observe the people. People watching is one of my favourite things to do. I also got the chance to grab a New Jersey souvenir. It would be amazing to spend a few days in the city one day. I am sure there would be a lot to see.

 

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Driving in the US is always fun. The driving rules are different from the rules in the UK, so you have to pay attention. The roads are so wide in comparison to the tiny roads we have here. And there were quite a few toll gates on our way, but it was all good. We all enjoyed the road trip, and I can see us doing it again, from other cities.

 

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I know we are a bit adventurous when it comes to how we holiday. And I like that about our trips. When the kids get older, we plan to be even more adventurous. I would love to visit California one day. The distance is putting me off, but I am hoping we could make the trip when the kids are a bit older. There is a lot to see in the world and I plan to see as much as possible.

 

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You can see more of my trip on my 48 hours in New York and Madame Tussauds posts. I will be writing more on my stay in Maryland. I didn’t get to do much of exploring. Majority of my time was spent shopping. We planned to take the kids to see the White House and other parts of Washington DC, but we didn’t get the chance to do all that. It was my 3rd time in Maryland so I have done most of the tourist stuff already but maybe when next we are in the area, we will get to do more.

 

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Have you had a road trip from New York to Maryland? What do you think go both cities?

 

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