What's Pure Happiness???

It's Pure Happiness is a blog of things I like, love or find inspiring.
It might be pictures, quotes, songs, books, products or foods.
Basically, it's things that make up a life of Pure Happiness.

May 30, 2014

52 Lists: People You Admire

'52 Lists' is a blog activity started by Moorea-seal, based on a book called 'List Yourself'. (Edit: Moorea has just started re-visiting her old lists too)

Self reflection always appeals to me, so I thought I would give it a go. I'm just going through them at my own pace now.

Week 17: List the People You Admire
Mmm, this is a hard one to do - I admire lots of people for lots of different reasons - both 'famous' people and those close to me. This is a bit of a pathetic attempt.

  • My husband – for being so crazy, upbeat, ‘can do’ all the time, and for the amazing things he knows how to do.
  • My sister – for what her and her boyfriend have gone through, for travelling so much and seeing the world like she wants to, for being mature beyond her years
  • My other sister – for the person I think she really is, for moving to a whole new city to study, for coping when she was 'left behind'.
  • The Gottmans – a professional admiration – I love their work.
  • Maya Angelou – she was amazing and so many of her teachings resonate with me
  • Oprah – c’mon who doesn’t think Oprah does wonderful things in her interviews/life.
  • Ellen – she is so much fun, she came out way before it was ‘ok-ish’ to come out.
  • David Attenborough – I love his documentaries.
  • People the world over, who are doing what they love, following their dreams, trying their best and making the most of their life.
  • Almost of all my clients – for admitting they need help, making the step to come to therapy and trying their best, even when it is confronting and uncomfortable.

It will be really interesting to look back on these in a week, a month, a year or more and see how it has changed. Part of the reason I love doing these things is because they are so reflective of your current 'at this very moment' self, and therefore, even if I did this again tomorrow, I am sure some of the things would be different.

May 22, 2014

Currently listening ......

Here's a quick list of the songs I've had on replay lately (some newish, most older)
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- John Butler Trio - Groovin Slowly. I love this song - its so sexy/sensual.

- Duffy - Mercy. Such a cool sound.

- Ed Sheeran - Wake Me Up. I like the sentiment and the sound.

- Ben Folds Five - Brick. So sad, but I love the song.

- Sister Hazel - Your Winter.

- En Vogue - Dont Let Go. Brings back so many memories from high school. Still love this song.

- Jason Derulo - Trumpets. Hilarious. Totally hilarious.

- Ladyhawke - My delirium. This is so fun. Brings back alot of memories.

- Real McCoy - Love and Devotion. This is one of my fave ever songs.

- David Guetta - Sexy Bitch. Damnnnnnnnnn. Very spunky song.

- Alicia Keys - If I Aint Got You

- Beyonce - Irreplaceable.

May 20, 2014

Self Reflection with Thought Questions

Lately I have been subscribing/reading a blog called Thought Questions, which posts really interesting, thought provoking questions.
As I love self reflection and gaining insight, I love getting the email and thinking about how I would answer.

So, I intend to post some of my faves here, along with my answer. Please check out the blog too, as it is full of awesome questions.

So here is todays



Question:


Answer: I hope, with all my heart, that I am a mum by this time next year. Probably on maternity leave from my private practice job, at home with the baby still, but fully qualified and finished my registrar program. Hopefully my husband will also be in a job he loves and we will be thinking about working part time so that each of us gets to both go to work and stay at home with the baby.

May 16, 2014

52 Lists: Fave Books



'52 Lists' is a blog activity started by Moorea-seal, based on a book called 'List Yourself'.(Edit: Moorea has even started re-visiting her original lists)

Self reflection always appeals to me, so I thought I would give it a go. I'm just going through them at my own pace now. 

Week 16: List Your Favourite Books.
Again, this is a tricky one for me - to be honest, there are a few authors who I love almost everything they write (Maureen McCarthy, Jennifer Weiner, Melanie LaBrooy, Cecelia Ahern, Jennifer Crusie, jane Green)


  • One Hundred Names – Cecelia Ahern
  • Looking For Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta
  • The ‘Tomorrow When The War Began’ series – John Marsden
  • Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life – Maureen McCarthy
  • Saving Francesca – Melina Marchetta
  • The Pipers Son – Melina Marchetta
  • Serendipity – Melanie LaBrooy
  • Lovestruck – Melanie LaBrooy
  • The WishList – Melanie LaBrooy
  • The Babymoon – Melanie LaBrooy
  • Bittersweet – Melanie LaBrooy
  • My Story by Dave Pelzer
  • Sister by Rosamund Lupton
  • The secret life of Ella and Micha
  • Rani and Sukh - Bali Rai
  • The Help - kathryn Stockett
  • All of Me - Kim Noble
  • The Marriage Clinic - Gottman
  •  All Jennifer Weiner books
  • Almost any Maureen McCarthy book
  • Various Jane Green books
  • Most Jennifer Crusie books
  • Various Maggie Alderson books
  • All Cecelia Ahern books
  • Anything by Nick Earls
  • Most Marian Keyes

May 15, 2014

Mini Review Time !!!


Here are a few things that I have been particularly pleased with lately - and a quick review of each.


Aeroplane Jelly Gooey Chocolate Topping. This is a really rich, quite thick chocolate topping. We’ve been eating this on waffles and its a new fave. I also love that it comes in the squeeze bottle, so we don’t get that crusty dried leftovers around the rim.

Purewick Vanilla Bean air freshener. This is from Aldi and has the most lovely real vanilla scent. I often find that vanilla air fresheners dont have the ‘warmth’ of vanilla. This one does. I love it.

Wattle Valley 'Delish Dips' in Baby Spinach and Feta. I dont even like spinach, but this dip has a lovely feta/sour cream flavour, with spinach through it. Lovely eaten with turkish bread.

Mudgeeraba spice – Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani) mix. We bought a jar of this mix late last year and have had it at least fortnightly ever since. This makes the most delicious curry you will ever have. And the smell wafting through the house once you get the ginger, garlic and spice in the pan is heavenly.

Woolworths Select Garlic Crackers. I love these crackers, they have a decent garlic flavour, are crispy and perfect with cheese.



May 02, 2014

Self Reflection with Thought Questions

Lately I have been subscribing/reading a blog called Thought Questions, which posts really interesting, thought provoking questions.
As I love self reflection and gaining insight, I love getting the email and thinking about how I would answer.

So, I intend to post some of my faves here, along with my answer. Please check out the blog too, as it is full of awesome questions.

So here is todays


Question:

Answer: Every time I watch a nature documentary I learn something that blows my mind. One that really stands out is that a reindeer's eye colour changes with the seasons/light levels - I love that, it just appeals to me so much.