5 Things to be Happy About | February 2017

And we’re back with the positive vibes and gratitude here on Blissfully Brunette. (Praise hands emoji)

But for real, I think we could all use a little positivity here in the world because the past two weeks on social media haven’t been pretty. So let’s change the energy out there, shall we?

If this is your first “Things to be Happy About” post—welcome! This is a post I write monthly to share and express gratitude about the month ahead. These posts are some of my favorite to write because it reminds me to enjoy and appreciate the little things in life we often forget. Make sure to leave a comment below sharing what you’re looking forward to now that it’s February!

1| Feeling Settled in the New Year

The first few weeks of January can feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re focusing on all your goals, getting back to work, and coming back down from the “holiday high” that I experience every year. Basically, it takes me a solid week or two to admit that Christmas is over, and life will return to normal. In February, I am settled in my life, I have my routine down. etc.

2| Goals & Grind

I don’t know about you, but I am NOT the type of person who will wake up on January 1st and be ready to completely change my life for the new year. Definitely not a thing here in my world. Instead, I like to slowly incorporate positive changes, new habits, and work on my goals slowly. Now that we’re heading into February, I will be set to achieve all my #GirlBoss goals and work hard all month long.

3| Valentine’s Day

Plot twist! Josh and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. You can read all about it—you might get a kick out of my humorous take on it. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy this day. Instead, I’ll bake something with my friends, watch Netflix, and drink wine for the night. Or, I’ll bring in festive cookies for coworkers. Trust me, you still can appreciate this holiday without going all-out with the Pinterest DIY gifts.

4| A Short Month

There’s something about knowing the month being short makes me feel blissful. February in the northeast means a not-so-fun time with the weather and the mass amount of snow. But, I look forward to this month because the month will fly by and we will be a month closer to spring, which brings me to my last one…

5| Preparing For Spring

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Spring is very underrated; and it’s a season I secretly look forward to. After the holiday season, I immediately think about my excitement for spring, and think about slightly warmer weather even though winter can last through March here in PA/NY. I begin “spring cleaning” and decluttering so I can get a jump start before the season arrives.

What are you happy about now that it’s February? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Tara

    I have to agree wtih you on #’s 3,4,5 although I will be away for Valentine’s Day (cruise) I am really happy about because it’s my husbands first time being on a cruise so this month is very exciting for us (:

    • I have never been on one before, but I have always heard wonderful things about it! Enjoy your time!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    You are right about the first few weeks of January being crazy! Finally getting back into a routine!

    • Routine is huge for me. It always helps me feel in control and less stressed!

  • Cody Tyler Barry

    I’m happy that I’m one month further on my path 🙂 I’ve gotten bills paid for the month and have been hard at work for this whole year!

    • That’s so awesome to hear! Congrats! Hope the rest of the month is good for you!

  • I am so excited for spring. I am not a huge fan of where we live now, but it is gorgeous in the Spring and last year that really helped me enjoy it a lot more.

    • I love spring, and I’m glad to others feel the same way about it! I’m sorry to hear you don’t enjoy where you live, but I’m happy you’re able to see the good 🙂

  • We’re not big on Valentine’s day either, or any holiday really other than Thanksgiving and Christmas. But nonetheless we celebrate in our own special way, so it’s still lots of fun!

    • Yes! I think it’s important to celebrate in your own way! That’s the best thing you can do!

  • Leah

    I’m always looking for a happy list. I am really enjoying your blog

  • I’m so excited for spring. It’s already starting to feel like spring around here but I feel weird breaking out my spring attire this early haha.

    • Today was definitely a spring day here in PA, but I’m definitely looking forward to the season!

  • All good things! I agree that I start to feel settled in during February. Plus, a short month means spring is here sooner!

  • Love it! I’m definitely on the spring cleaning kick already. Hoping these cooler temps stick around a little longer though!

    • I’m happy to know other people are excited for spring and cleaning out their homes because I’m in the same boat!

  • Patricia Conte

    A great list, for sure! I especially like, “Prepping for Spring.” I’m already thinking of fresh and fun spring clothes 🙂

  • Preparing for spring is so exciting this time of year! It’s always so bright. 🙂

    • I completely agree with you, Summer! That’s such an awesome way to describe the time of year.

  • Candy Kage

    After all these years we don’t celebrate Valentines Day any more either. Looking forward to Spring and planning my garden.

    • I’m hoping to have a garden one day because I love the fresh blooms in spring as well!

  • I agree that I am not the type of person to just jump into making a ton of changes,etc right away in January. It takes me a little bit of time. This is a fun month because of Valentine’s Day. Lots of pink & red.Thanks for reminding us of the positive things this month!

    • I’m happy to know that I’m not the only one who takes a little time to jump into the new year and get settled with my projects, goals, etc.

  • awww, what a wonderful post <3 And yes… I'm having a hard time with social media myself lately and am trying to take a much-needed Facebook detox. So far, so good!

    I (personally) think Valentine's Day is overrated and would much rather celebrate doing the things you describe above–that's lovely and a very nicer way of celebrating the day!

    • Glad we are on the same page about Valentine’s Day! And I’m happy to hear about your Facebook detox–sometimes that it very necessary!

  • Flavia Bernardes

    Yes! Those are all lovely things and can certainly make anyone happy 🙂

  • Justine Y

    I love so many things about Spring, I agree, it’s way to underrated! Also, I enjoyed your post about Valentine’s Day, makes sense to me!

    • Thanks so much! I feel like some people can get offended or take it the wrong way. But the reality is, I eat chocolate every day–so I don’t need it to be special on one day, haha!

  • These are all such wonderful things to be happy about! You definitely threw me for a loop mentioning Valentine’s Day then saying you didn’t celebrate it ha ha! I absolutely love spring — especially all of the new blooms that start arriving.

    • Flowers are another reason why I love spring. Thanks for reminding me because soon I’ll be able to buy tulips and other beautiful arrangements!

      • Tulips are so pretty! I love having them in my home ♥ Fresh flowers are a must!

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    I am happy that spring is just around the corner! I’m so over the cold weather, lol!

    • Me, too! It’s perfect for the holidays and January. But after that I need some sun!

  • Stephanay Jnote

    I am definitely looking forward to the spring. I love the warmer weather. Makes a big difference. Valentines day too.Looking forward to it!

    • I love spring time and the warmer weather, too! And, of course, more daylight and the sun setting later!

  • Love this! I am happy for the new year as well and I love how I’m starting to get into my routine again. Definitely a lot to be happy about 🙂

    • I’m so glad other people have so much to look forward to this month! Thanks, Autumn!