I’m now also writing about all things pregnancy & baby at my new blog The Happy Baby Project – please take a look!
I’m a 30-something Scot living in Brixton and working centrally. Some of the happiest times of my life have been abroad – I’ve lived in France, Belgium and the Czech Republic, and just before moving here I travelled round Asia, Central America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, I’m now pretty settled in London, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Although I sometimes work long hours, my free time is incredibly precious to me, and since 2006 I have made a big effort to do all the things I want to do – dance, music, taking photos, great food and wine, visiting markets, art, theatre, yoga, cycling. London is full to bursting with fantastic things to do and I want to try everything I can – why else would I choose to live here and why wait until I’ve retired?
I would never say I’m the first to find new things, but I try to follow what’s going on in London and organise nights out. I’m interested in everything and anything which means I’m open to new things. I love recommendations from friends and passing information on. Which is why doing this blog is so appealing.
So what do I do in London? I love long conversations in cosy restaurants or old boozers with good food and fine wine. I like going to talks and exhibitions – particularly photography and portraits and Mexican art like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I like the theatre, mostly modern, experimental groups at smaller theatres like Soho Theatre and the Barbican Centre. I play piano, guitar and trombone, all badly and mostly when drunk, and try to see live music when I can. I reckon going to see live comedy is one of the best nights out you can have. I do what I can to donate to local charities and have done a couple of events to raise money for St Mungo’s. I’m not ashamed to admit I love gardening and enjoy making my tiny flat look as nice as I can. I want to learn more – about art and how to make jewellery and languages. When I lived in Prague I went to classical concerts and opera, but its too expensive for me here. I play hockey sometimes, have started cycling to work, go to the gym and do yoga – and I’m dying to swim at Brockwell Lido. I love taking photos, but I need to practice more. I’m interested in psychology and exploring what makes us happy (the talk I went to at The School of Life gave me lots of things to work on).
I’m not a typical food blogger and I’m also not a harsh critic – I am doing this blog to promote happiness in London – so if I go to a restaurant or exhibition and don’t like it, I won’t do a review. I will only post things that I recommend you do, that made me happy and I think will do the same to you 🙂
I’ve been writing this blog since October 2009 and it follows my quest for what makes me happy which so far includes eating out, doing yoga, appreciating the small things in life and being kind to strangers. I write anonymously as my happy alter-ego Sasha – she’s far nicer, more enthusiastic and kinder than I am in real life (I’m actually a bit of a grumpy cow at times) – but by focusing on the positive, her love of London is definitely rubbing off on me. Since writing the blog, I have become more content, made new friends and gained 5 pounds.
UPDATE: for more information about me, look at:
- this guest post I did on the How To Get A Grip blog on “How To Be Happy”
- this interview I did on Hayley Cull’s Slow Guide to London blog
- this interview I did on the Little London Observationist blog
- this interview I did for Steve Slack’s Happiness Project
- this interview I did for Dulwich OnView about how to be happy in South London.