Little Victories | October & November 2017

1st December 2017

I’ve decided to combine my Little Victories posts for October and November into one because I forgot to post my October one at the beginning of this month!ย D’oh!

I can’t believe it’s December already. This year has just flown by!

I’m happy to report that I survived November, which is usually my least favourite month and the time of the year when I struggle with my mental health the most. But this year I kept busy and gave myself things to focus on, and it’s honestly made such a difference to my overall happiness.

Now I’m looking forward to a month of festivities ahead. As always, I’m excited to go home for Christmas and spend a week or so with my friends and family. Oh and eat lots of incredible food because that’s what Christmas is all about, am I right?!

Without further ado, here’s my little victories from October and November…


  • I managed to get my hands on tickets to see Billy Joel in Manchester next summer. I’ve booked a hotel too so we’re going to make a nice weekend of it.
  • I also got tickets to see Kasabian in Liverpool in December. The tickets actually went on sale when I was in New York, but Tyrone wasn’t that interested in going. But in the end I decided to go with my friend Rebecca who is a fellow Kasabian fan, and now I cannot wait!!
  • Tyrone and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary! It was on a Sunday and it was surprisingly warm for a day in October, but we went on a little road trip in North Wales.
  • I (sort of) conquered my fear of going to the dentist after my last check up resulted in a panic attack. I moved surgeries and the dentist at this new one seems a lot nice. Unfortunately I’ve got to have two fillings in December!
  • I finished my course of CBT and I’m actually noticing a difference in how I feel. But I was sad to finish because my therapist was so lovely!
  • Tyrone celebrated his 24th birthday and I made him an incredible chocolate orange cake to celebrate. I don’t normally blow my own trumpet but it was so tasty!
  • I started using the Five Minute Journal app again after purchasing it about a year ago! I didn’t get into it the first time around but I saw Pauline talking about it on her blog and I decided to give it another go, and I’ve found that it really does help.


  • Continuing on with the theme of buying tickets for awesome events, I managed to get tickets for Electric Light Orchestra’s 2018 tour. I actually tried to get tickets for their last tour but it sold out straight away. This time I used O2 Priority.
  • I also bought ticket to see Peter Kay! Yes, he’s not on in Liverpool until 2019 but we have incredible seats just 8 rows from the front and I cannot wait!!!
  • I bought a new Dyson vacuum cleaner in the Black Friday Sales and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about such a mundane item! But seriously, it’s life changing.
  • I also bought a Nintendo Switch in the Cyber Monday Sales. Can someone snap my bank card in half, please?!!!
  • I had a load of annual leave left over to use it by the end of the year, so I decided to take a week off at the end of November (this week!). I just used the time to start my Christmas shopping a look after myself. It’s been wonderful!

One more thing before I finish! I’m doing a blogger Christmas card exchange this year. I put out a Tweet to announce this but I realised that I should have asked here on the blog too. I’m sending out most of my cards today but I also have time to post cards next Tuesday (December 5th), so if you’d like to get involved, just let me know in the comments, or send me a Tweet. The deadline is Monday December 4th!

How were October and November for you? Did you have any victories, big or small?

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  1. You did lots. I got a Dyson four+ years ago and it’s amazing, I can’t say much I love it. I would love to get involved in the Christmas card exchange, sounds fun. xx

  2. I enjoyed reading this post Holly, I’m so glad that you’re taking care of yourself – from annual leave to more positive habits like journalling. I’m so happy that the five-minute journal app has been useful! I have the book and the app and I interchange between them (when will there be a time when everything I write in a book translates to an app too?? ๐Ÿ˜†)

    Haha at all the buying – #treatyoself right? And tbh, if it’s what you need and what makes you happy, then no one can say anything ๐Ÿ˜†

    Have a lovely month!

    • Holly

      Thanks Pauline! I did consider buying the paper version of the Five Minute Journal but I’ve found that I don’t have time in the mornings to write my morning entry before I go to work, and so I end up writing it when I arrive at work, so the app is perfect for that.

      Haha I’m usually really bad at treating myself! It’s sods law that all my favourite bands/singers/comedians announce tours at the same time!

  3. Amy

    I love this series so much, Holly! It’s great to see that so many great things have been happening in your life, especially considering it’s a month you usually struggle with. I’m so happy to hear you’re doing well, and that CBT has been helpful to you. I can’t believe how few therapy sessions you get on the NHS though?! I know so many people who’ve had CBT and was astounded by how quickly it’s over. Hope the skills you’ve learned in the sessions work for you.

    All the gigs/shows you’re going to sound great. I really wanted to go to Peter Kay, but it’s really the wrong time of year for me to be spending money on tickets. I still have way too many Christmas presents to buy! Hope you have fun!

    I want a Nintendo Switch. I’ve been considering it since they came out, but I’m not sure how much free time I’d have to use it. They look amazing though!

    • Holly

      Thanks Amy! Too be honest I felt like 6 sessions wasn’t enough, and I think my therapist realised this too. So I’ve been put on the waiting list to have counselling in addition to my CBT therapy.

      Yeah November is a really bad time to be spending money! I actually decided to give ELO tickets to my mum, my dad and Tyrone for Christmas so that meant I got most of my Christmas shopping done in one go!

  4. Congratulations on your recent little victories! Sounds like you have a lot to look forward to with seeing Kasabian, Billy Joel, and other artists. Major congrats on your 8 year anniversary! That’s a huge milestone :). Haha, I feel like you know you’re an adult when you’re excited about buying some home appliances. Hope you’ll have a nice December!

  5. Cat

    Happy anniversary to you and Tyrone! 8 years is a long time! That’s also exciting at all the tickets you got for shows to see. Looks like you have several things to look forward to next year!

    haha, I know what you mean about getting excited for a vacuum. I would actually love to get a Dyson some time. We recently bought new appliances, and I’m really looking forward to having them soon!

    I think that’s great that you take actions to look after yourself and your mental health. Good job on surviving November! Taking a week off for yourself is also a really good idea. I did the same, and it was nice to have some time to myself. I hope December will be a good month for you!

    • Holly

      Thank you, Cat!

      Haha, I highly recommend a Dyson. We had a Dyson Ball before we got the hand held one which was great, but it was on deaths door after 4 years of picking up my hair!!!

  6. It sounds like you had a lot of success in October and November. Well done'[ on getting all of those gig tickets! That’s very impressive – I wasn’t able to get Billy Joel tickets because of work, but my brother did; I’m very jealous!
    Well done on overcoming your dentist fear, and for finishing your CBT. I’m happy that you’re noticing a difference as a result of it! Will you get to have little catch ups with your therapist?
    There’s nothing wrong with getting excited by household items! I’d love a new vacuum! Enjoy your Switch, too! Have you downloaded Stardew Valley?

    Congratulations on 8 years together! What a huge milestone! Here’s to many more =]

  7. Carrie

    Happy anniversary! I totally understand… when winter time comes, it affects my mental health so bad. I stayed locked in the house for three days straight because it was too cold outside. This time of the year severely depresses me.