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My second post means my second way to get happy, I understand lots of you reading this may have already started a blog or may not be interested in writing at all so this is something for all of you. Make something that will last forever. The other day I just got thinking about how lovely it would it be if you could capture a moment that you were really happy and every time you look at something remember that moment. I guess you can do this with photos/videos but I just wanted a more creative way so I got artistic.

Before we get any further let me just explain how un-artistic I am. I am rubbish at art, always have been and always will be. I can’t draw, I can’t paint, I’m not even that good at colouring in! But whether you’re good or not, being artistic can be fun.

I decided to make a painting, a big abstract one so I could just let go and do what I want. Rather than worry about what it looks like or staying within the lines, I just wanted to go for it. I didn’t have any art materials (except for some paint brushes) before I started so I nipped down to WH Smith and picked up a canvas for £3.99 and some paints for £4.99, much cheaper than I expected. I just picked up a pack of 12 acrylic paints because I wanted lots of fun colours and I knew acrylic paints would work well on the canvas. You could even do it with a big piece of paper or card and some water colour or powder paints you might have in the house, I just chose a canvas because I wanted to put it up on my wall.

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Then down to the fun part, I enlisted the help of my more creative boyfriend (but you could easily do this alone) and we laid down newspaper all over the kitchen floor. Make sure you do this on a wood surface or similar because this paint could easily stain the carpet and unfortunately newspaper is not always enough! We were going to do it outside but sadly the weather did not agree and it was the rainiest day ever on the day we wanted to get going. Once your newspaper is well and truly covering every part of the floor/nearby soft furnishings etc. and you’re wearing old clothes or overalls, lay down your canvas in the middle and get ready to go a little crazy. Oh and take off your socks too, I may have learnt that lesson the hard way!

All we did from here is open every paint tube and get going, squeezing colours over the canvas, flicking the paint on to the canvas, dripping it across it and also getting stuck in with paintbrushes to smooth out blobs of paint and mix colours together. I can honestly say that it really was one of the funnest things I’ve done in a while. It was so easy to just let go and go for it, putting paint wherever you wanted and getting it all over the newspapered floor. The most important thing is to not worry what it looks like as you go along, just go for it and I promise the finished product will look better than you think.

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One tip: if you have a dog make sure you shut them out of the room you’re painting in. Little Charlie, my boyfriend’s Westie, made some rather colourful paw prints on the wooden floor because we forgot to keep him out! He seemed to rather enjoy it though and luckily the paint came off the wood really easily.

And here is the finished piece (can you spot my little signature?!):

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It might look like a bit of a mess to you but it reminds me of an hour where I totally let go and had fun, and I think if I was a famous artist I could have made millions from this abstract piece. Can’t you see how I’ve painted a stormy day at sea with a strong wind and a rather dark stranger lurking in the sidelines?! Only kidding, it’s totally random and that’s what makes it so special.

I can’t wait for this to dry so I can mount it on my wall, it will be a talking point at least.

image (1)It’s 00.01am on January 1st 2015 and I’ve decided to change my life. I’m pretty average, I graduated in 2012 with a BA in English Literature and now I work 9am-6pm (+ all those extra hours that slip by unnoticed). I have a long term boyfriend I met at University, I’m a size 10 with a pretty average dress sense and long dark hair. I live at home, am in thousands of pounds worth of student debt, spend most of my money on travelling to work and, of course, clothes and make up, and if I’m honest to myself my perfect evening involves getting into bed in my pyjamas and dressing gown at around 8pm (when I get in from work), eating pizza, and watching reality TV. If you’re really honest you probably like the sound of that too, right? I’m Little Miss Average. But at 22, I’m just not ready to accept that and I’ve decided 2015 is the year to make the change. I’m not entirely sure how yet but if you fancy coming with me on this journey then I’m going to post on here every Thursday and Sunday. That brings me to the title of this blog, 100 ways to happy. Every week I’m going to try two new things to change my life and make me a happier person (52 weeks in a year so I’m giving myself 4 days off). Sometimes the things will be tiny, things that take 20 seconds to do, and sometimes things will be huge, things which take weeks of planning and months to execute. At this precise moment, I have no idea what’s going to happen, what shape this blog will take and how exactly I will get happy but I’m pretty determined. I used to be the sort of person who when they set their mind on it, they achieved it. Time to become that person again.

Every week, twice a week, I aim to change my life in some small way. Whether it’s something small, something new that I’ve never done before or something that makes me or someone else smile. Number one for the first of January (start as you mean to go on and all that)? Start this blog. Let’s see where this journey takes me.

Happy 2015, join me on my journey to go from Little Miss Average to Little Miss Happy.