I think we’re all pretty well acquainted with the things that make me sad. So I’ve decided to write an article about the things that make me happy.
1.The smell of a braai on a summer’s night
I live for going to the beach, having a sunkissed skin and wearing sundresses. But my absolute favourite part about summer is that lekker smell of braai that fills the air at dusk.
Dogs make everything better in life. I hate going to the petrol station, so I used to take my Jack Russell with me just to make the trip better. 10/10 would recommend.
Unfortunately I can’t have a dog at my flat, but I am a problem-solver and that’s why I like to go to the promenade to hang out with other people’s dogs.
3. Seeing someone stumble
I find it hilarious when I fall, and I find it hilarious when other people fall. I’ll only withhold laughter if you’re hurt, but if you’re fine – best believe you’ll hear my witchiest cackle.
4. Granola and yoghurt
Yoghurt on its own tastes like sweet snot, and granola on its own makes me feel like a goat. But together = the most underrated food combo.
5. Living in my panties
Last year I stayed in a houseshare for a few months, and the thing I missed most was walking around in my underwear/pyjamas/wearing my hair in an oily bun/privacy in general. Since moving into our new place, I come home from work – remove my jeans and live my best life. It’s made me a better person.
6. Watching Born To Die
Whenever I have a bad day, I watch Born To Die. The cinematography is so incredibly beautiful that it always puts me in a good mood.
7. Ridding my life of any warm raisins
It’s been 3 months since I’ve accidentally consumed a warm raisin. This makes me happier than it should.
8. Applying a new lipstick for the first time
When you open a new lipstick and it’s still perfectly symmetrical, and it slides over your lips for the first time…
9. Parallel parking
I hate parallel parking, but I love nailing a spot that I thought I’d never manage to get into.
10. Stabbing a microwave meal with a fork
“Pierce film before microwaving”
Cool, don’t mind me while I STAB IT.
11. Applying nail polish to my whole finger
I love applying nail polish to my whole finger and then removing the excess while I’m in the shower/after I’ve done dishes. There’s something so satisfying about krapping off the little pieces on the sides of your nail.
12. Any form of a sale
OMG BEST DAY EVER LOOK AT ME I’M SO GOOD WITH MY MONEY
13. Driving down new streets in areas I’ve been to a million times
I’m like a permanent tourist in Cape Town, because I get super amped about going to new places and driving down new streets. I’ve been living in the Greenpoint/Seapoint area for 2 years now, yet the other day we drove down a street in our area I’d never been in before. And I was SO excited because it reminded me of California, which is second on my bucketlist. (New York is first.)
14. Finishing an article
Nothing makes me feel like a bad bitch like finishing an article. For a long time I had no lus for writing, or coming up with ideas for articles. So I feel especially proud of myself when I finish one these days.
15. The smell of a new book
What’s a Kindle?
16. Hanging out with myself
“Anja, what are you doing this weekend?”
17. Plucking a hair from a mole
I imagine this is what ecstasy feels like.
18. “Mark all as read”
19. Poo stories/jokes/anything poop-related, really
Honestly, just typing the word ‘poo’ brought joy into my life.
I LOVE swimming in the ocean, and I’ve been known to brave the waters of Llandudno in a bikini. But it only takes one dark shadow in the water for me to either get the hell out of the water, or to start swimming like a dog.
In December we went to Port Elizabeth, and I’d never been there before so I was a nervous wreck about the creatures that lurk in the water. (There’s nothing.) Yet when we went to Sardinia Bay and a piece of seaweed touched my leg, I nearly caused an oil spill.
Then a few weeks after that, we went to Beaverlac and I was super keen to swim in the rockpools. Until we actually got there and I saw how dark the water is…
This is the photo I posted on Instagram.
This is how I swam when I fell out of my lilo.
What makes you happy?