What Made Me Happy In September

Hello October! September felt like it went by in a blur. Anyone else feel that way? As part of my self-care, I always like to take a moment and reflect on the month gone by and focus on what made me happy in September. And as something a bit different, I like to share it in a more personal post.

So, what made me happy in September:

September was a strange old month. It seemed to be filled with lots of uncertainty, until the very last day of the month when it all fell into place.

I’m about are to embark on probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I’m going to be taking over a pub in Reading. Therefore, much of the month was spent not knowing if it was going to happen. It still feels in some respect as it might all be a dream and it will all fall through. 

Feeling grateful

A real focus of mine for the last few months has been to spend time with important people and to consciously remember the moments we spend together. Journaling has become an important part of my self-care. When I get stressed it affects my memory and I can’t for the life of me remember what I did on certain days.

This month we had my auntie and uncle over. They had a massively impressive and important influence on my childhood. As well as a good catch up, we went to explore Kew Gardens and get some inspiration for the pub garden.

Generally, though I have just been enjoying spending time with family and friends. Everyone has been really happy for us.

Out of my comfort zone

I also started doing office admin work. Supply work terrifies me, as each new assignment is like the first day in a new job, but I really enjoyed it. Also, I think brushing up my office admin skills is going to come in very handy running a business!


The thought of moving out of London and saying goodbye to London and all of our friends here is hard for both of us. 

I’ve already started saying goodbye by going back to places that built memories. Of course All Bar One, Butlers Wharf had to be included. I lived at Docklands when I first moved here. London back then scared me. It was huge compared to Manchester. Butlers Wharf can be really quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of central London, so will always be my “safe and cosy” place. So it was very apt to say a goodbye where it all began.

New chapter

Events in September hopefully marks the end of a massively uncertain and stressful period in our lives. Although I’m sure there will be lots more stressful times ahead! I’ve really had to focus on self-care and ensuring I had regular reset days to cope. Although, I have started to notice the more physical signs of stress, which I want to explore in another post.

September, therefore, feels like saying goodbye. I’m grateful for what we have had, achieved and built together here. It makes me feel like I need to do a sentimental post about my time in London.

Autumn is here

The weather has started to feel very autumnal this week. There is something really cosy about this time of year and I’ve loved lighting the candles and getting the blanket out for cosy evenings in front of a box set. Pure bliss.


What made you happy in September?

Lots of love, Helen xo

Photograph of me smiling by the seaside