What Made Me Happy

I can intensely enjoy the little things in life. An elderly couple walking the streets hand in hand, a cup of tea that tastes just a tad better than it normally does, an amazing bouquet of flowers. Sometimes, you notice things like this - enjoy it for a short moment and forget about them - but instead of forgetting about the beautiful things in life I want to write down my short moments of happiness, share them with you, and in this way keep them forever.

My mother came to visit me in Amsterdam
This is something we'd been wanting to do forever - and we finally found a day on which we both didn't have anything planned. We had a wonderfully nice day filled with laughter, bagels (on which we had to wait for quite some time) (but which were immensely delicious), and secretly eating at McDonalds because our legs were too tired to go look for a fancy little restaurant.

Working in a coffee shop alone
This is something I do when I have a day without any plans, but with many obligations. When I'm in my room I can never 100% focus on my pile of books, articles and literature I still have to study: when I'm in a coffee shop (I never order coffee, by the way! Maybe I should call it a tea shop :-)) I have to: I make so much progress and my days are so good when I decide to do this. (I'm a great planner, but I don't really execute my plans that well.)

Since I moved to Amsterdam, I really like meeting people I don't know 'in real life'. So far I've met 3 'blogger girls' here - and all these little coffee dates gave me loads of inspiration and motivation. I had two lovely appointments this week and next to laughing loads, I also drank huge amounts of tea. A combination like this never fails.

Sweet messages
I recently posted a picture with a caption like this on Instagram: 'we all have bad days and I had one today' (or something like that). I posted it without thinking about it too much, and when I checked my phone a little while later I saw that I had sweet, motivating comments, telling me that tomorrow would be better. This made me so happy - the fact that people take the time to write a little message that would make me feel better. <3

Falling leafs
Today, I noticed that the trees (finally) show us that it's autumn. I think this is lovely - where trees only hold green leafs in the summer, we can spot so many beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow now.

My rose
I recently picked a beautiful glass vase from my mother's vase collection in the garage and put it in my room - I am trying to always have a nice bouquet of flowers in it now. I bought some roses last week, and they're still pretty! They're not as alive as when I bought them and I think I should actually replace them - but I honestly think roses are way prettier when the buds are all opened up. Everyone else would throw the flowers away, but I like to keep them.

Nice illustrations
I shared this post featuring my favorite illustrators a while ago - the autumn-themed drawings are finally popping up in my Bloglovin' feed and I couldn't be happier about it.

Not really autumnal - but it makes me happy nonetheless. Made by Lieke van der Vorst. :-)

It's almost Christmas!
Getting excited about the month December in September isn't something I (admit I) do, but when the calendar switches to the first of October I'll allow it. I already decorated my walls with Christmas lights- and illustrations!

Not hating the rain
I usually hate it when it rains, but when I recently cycled home through a rainstorm and noticed that everybody was hiding, I didn't feel like doing this. Why? - I thought. Because, at that moment, I didn't mind at all - I actually enjoyed it a little. I didn't have to be anywhere, my phone and wallet were safely put away in my bag, my makeup was terrible anyway because of the long and tiring day I had. I usually try to move my legs even faster in order to get home quicker when the clouds open up but I didn't do that now - I even noticed my heart rate go down: I was cycling slower. I was soaking wet when I got home but it didn't matter because I took a hot and long shower and I felt happy.


The little things. I feel that sitting down to write this article calms me down and cleared my head. I really recommend doing this - make a cup of tea, grab a piece of paper and make a list of things or realizations that made you happy this week. If something pops into your head already, feel free to share this with me in the comments.

have a beautiful day - love, sjoukje


  1. Aww this is awesome! I am definitely excited for Christmas time!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I think this was a wonderful post. I agree that, sometimes, the happiest things in life are the littlest things. I'm happy that you got to meet your mum again; I can't ever imagine being apart from my mum but I'm moving out soon, and I'm terrified. The fact that it's almost Christmas also makes me extremely happy!

    This week, the weather was rather hot over at my place and I mindlessly complained to my boyfriend about it. I was at work, he was at school. He delivered ice cream over, bless his little soul.

    I hope you have a great week, Sjouke!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

  3. the second sentence, so much YES. it warms my heart to see strangers happy so much as well! when I'm having a shitty day, I think of all these things that make me happy - like the cup of tea you mentionned, and I go for it. the little things add up to so much more! it's been raining here in austria today as well, that makes it so much more cozy to work in the office though! have a lovely day..

  4. This was such a lovely post to read. Makes me happy that you're happy! :)
    Isa x


  5. What wonderful thoughts indeed. Greetings and best wishes.

  6. Wow.. this could be my favorite 'Lemontierres' post ever!! Indeed life is full of beautiful little moments just waiting on our attention. Glad that you had so many nice moments!!

    Rachel x

  7. Wat een mega fijn artikel, Sjoukje! Love it, zo inspirerend. :)

    P.S. Ik kijk ook onwijs uit naar kerst! Het liefst zou ik heel de dag kerstmuziek draaien, maar voor nu houd ik mezelf nog even tegen. Althans, dat probeer ik, haha!

  8. It is good to know what made you happy. It is important to know that even the smallest things can make us happy. I love falling leaves, it is colourful and brightens up my day :)


  9. Met mensen afspreken is inderdaad fijn, vooral als je ze al een tijdje niet hebt gesproken. Ik vergeet altijd weer hoe leuk het is om gezellige dingen met vrienden te doen :)

  10. This is such a wonderful post. I love everything you've listed.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  11. Writing a list of all the positive things you have enjoyed that week is really helpful, I do it at the moment on my blog called Six Things Sunday but might make it more of my own personal thing I write down. I love how you go and work by yourself in a little coffee shop, I enjoy doing that. X

    Lisa - this-haven.blogspot.co.uk

  12. I usually read blogposts on my phone but I've only just seen your floral header and it's so pretty! I've also noticed the eaves falling which kind of made me a little said as the leaves on this one tree in my garden were so red and pretty! Also I feel as though I should also try working in a coffee shop, maybe I'll be more productive but it's also an easy excuse to drink more coffee! x


  13. What a beautiful post! It can be easy to get caught up in the tangle of things life tends to throw our way from time to time. I think it is wonderful that you took the time to look at the finer (and in my opinion, more important) things in life that brings you joy in the moment! A lovely post you, and others, can reflect on when the days seem so darn grey...

    Nihaad - the little blog of STUFF

  14. This was awesome!! Lovely post!!
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  15. This is a nice uplifting post and a reminder to take joy in the little things in life. It sounds like you had a great time meeting up with other bloggers, that's definitely something I'd like to do in future too.


  16. I like getting soaked in the rain actually...maybe if it's just a drizzle but it reminds me of good days, happy days when I good things happen. The rain makes me happy, unlike thunderstorms but even they don't turn out so bad. Haha

    This is such a beautiful post to just remind us of the little things that make us happy. Beautiful <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

  17. I like going to the kitchen with nonspecific plan, making something totally improvised and delicious, and savouring every tasty bite of it. That's today's little moment of happiness!

  18. Enjoyed reading it!! Nice post. Xo


  19. Aaaah oke ik ben helemaal fan van je blog ( ik heb het net ontdekt via teske en ik ben al bijna een anderhalf uur aan het lezen hehe) Maar je kan echt heel leuk schrijven en de sfeer op je site is zoo fijn! Ik word er echt helemaal gelukkig van :) Je lijkt me ook echt super leuk en je stijl is echt geweldig! In ieder geval blijf vooral zo doorgaan want je hebt echt talent xx groetjes Luca

  20. What a super cute and gratifying post to read. I love spending a week writing down all the "little moments" as you describe. I love the "it's almost Christmas" one, HAHA!!! I'm so excited for the fall/winter holiday season it's CRAZY!! The cycling sounds really nice, a long hot bath sounds even better afterward! I agree with Luca's comment above, you write so well and it's really nice to read. I know of "get lost" in your writing!! You do have great talent!!

    -Stephanie Eva