#SavouringHappiness no15

How has your week been? Have their been moments where you’ve thought to yourself, ‘yes, this right now is good’? I do hope so. And if you captured them on your phone and can share them on instagram with #savouringhappiness, even better!

Here are a few pics from last week’s #savouringhappiness postings:

Savouring-happiness-pics-28Aug15@ruthlgarner  @freckledfennell  @anniebobsadventures
@claireholgate  @xxbirdhouse
@camillaelms  @laurakatherine_x  @irusai9

I’d love you to join in this week, don’t forget to tag @thegreengable and @hollyphotobooth too.

Have you heard about my new, and first e-course: Choosing Happiness – Live Happy Your Way? Check it out and take advantage of my Early Bird offers now.


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Kindness matters

There are some people in the world who have such a capacity for kindness and generosity it quite astounds me. Once such person is John Sweeney. He’s the man behind the social movement Suspended Coffees, which I’ve written about before, here. The idea is simple – when you’re in a cafe buying a cup of tea or coffee, pay for another one which is kept by the cafe owner to give to someone who looks like they could do with a break and an act of kindness.

John describes himself as a Kindness Coach and Social Entrepreneur. I say he’s one of life’s really good guys. He’s not had an easy life but he is driven to make the world a better place, spreading kindness and encouraging others to do the same. The ripple effect of an act of kindness goes further than you think, as he describes in his TEDx talk. This is really, really worth watching so I urge you to pour a cuppa and take 15 mins of your time to watch and listen. You’ll be glad you did.

You can find out more about John and his work on his website and follow him on twitter and Facebook. And you can check out Suspended Coffees on the website and on Facebook.

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Choosing Happiness – a new e-course

I am thrilled to introduce to you my first e-course:


If you’d like to bring more happiness into your everyday, and build resilience to deal with life’s twists and turns, this is the course for you.

Choosing Happiness – Live Happy Your Way is a four-week long course, starting Monday 5 October 2015. During that time I will show you the science behind happiness, and share strategies, methods and actions for you to build your own happiness habits.

We’ll focus on the key areas of Gratitude, Contributing and Connecting, Wellbeing, Environment, Purpose and Play.

By giving you the knowledge, the reasoning behind it, and the tools to implement, I will put the power into your own hands to live the happier life you choose.

You can read all about the course, what it covers, and take advantage of the Early Bird prices, on the Choosing Happiness course page now.

I would love for you to join me and choose happiness, your way.

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#SavouringHappiness no14

It’s Friday which means it’s time to share some jolly cheery pics that you’ve been posting with #savouringhappiness on Instagram. Even if you’re shy about joining in (we’d love you to, though) have a browse through #savouringhappiness on Instagram, there are lovely pics that are sure to make you smile too.

And if you would like to join in (yay, so glad you would!) all you need to do is post a pic on Instagram of something that made you smile this week, with #savouringhappiness and tag @hollyphotobooth and @thegreengable too.


@live_and_bloom  @rock.paper.love  @audrey_studiopaars
@lou_weezie1  @zoeprose
@joelisedesigns  @mosieandfurl  @flojoro123

I hope you have many opportunities for #savouringhappiness over the next week!

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A glamping micro adventure


If you follow me on social media you’ll probably have spotted that I recently took off on a micro adventure! A few months ago I found a lovely-looking ‘woodsman’s wagon’ on Canopy and Stars and booked a long weekend stay there. So last Friday the hubbie, pooch and I swapped our rural patch of Wales for a rural patch of Dorset. We spent three nights at Sawpit Wagon on Stock Gaylard Estate in Dorset, and it was heavenly. There were no power points, and no internet cables but plenty of gorgeous scenery, tranquility and, of course, a campfire.


We read in the sunshine, sitting on the raised deck outside our wagon, and strolled through the fields during the day. In the evenings we cooked dinner on the camp fire (foil wrapped bananas and chocolate anyone?) and star gazed. Seeing the International Space Station fly overhead, twice, was a highlight. I waved to the astronauts but I doubt they spotted me.


The wagon is in the grounds of Stock Gaylard estate, and as it’s in a field several fields away from the House, or anyone else, you feel wonderfully cut-off and secluded with only butterflies, rabbits and pheasants for neighbours. The House itself is a lovely-looking, 18th century house and the beautiful, little church in the grounds dates back to 1280. The door had the biggest key I’ve ever seen, at least 20cm long so it must be the original!


The outdoor shower was quite an invigorating experience and although I have nothing against compost toilets I was quite happy to be reunited with a flushing toilet when we got home. Our little glamping holiday was just what we needed after a rather hectic few months. It was peaceful, comfortable and, after the rain stopped on Friday, sunny – a really rather idyllic micro adventure!

In case you’re wondering, I have no connection with Stock Gaylard or Canopy and Stars. We had a really lovely holiday and I wanted to share it with you!

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