My 8 photos of happiness tag

10th September 2015

8 photos of happiness tag

Anca kindly tagged me to take part in the 8 photos of happiness tag, and I am excited to join in as it’s not your typical Q&A tag.

Admittedly you will have seen most of these photos before, and some rather recently, but these are the photos that make me happy. Also, you will notice I’m proud to show off my friends and family.

The rules

  • Thank your nominator/s and link them in your post.
  • Link the creator (Ariel).
  • Post your 8 photos of happiness.
  • The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy.
  • Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it or let the photos do the talking.
  • Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers.

1. Tyrone and I

Tyrone and I - 8 photos of happiness tag

October will mark 6 years since Tyrone and I started dating, which you know, is kind of crazy.

Ty is a huge part of my life and truly makes me happy. He makes me laugh, brings me pizza when I’m recovering from steroid injections and has the same desire to travel the world as me.

As a couple we see no point in getting married, because a piece of paper will not make our relationship any stronger. Life itself strengthens relationships. I’m saying this to prevent the awkward question of “When are you getting married?” that was asked wayyy to many times at my cousin’s wedding.

2. Graduation family picture

Graduation family picture - 8 photos of happiness tag

My friend Nicola took this photo of us (me, my mum and my dad) on the day of my graduation. Please excuse my wonky cap.

The three of us have been through a lot together, especially regarding my hip condition. My dad often refers to us as The Three Musketeers. I’m so grateful to have such incredible parents who have inspired me and supported me throughout my life so far.

3. My brothers and I

My brothers and I - 8 photos of happiness tag

This is a golden oldie but it’s such a cutie.

This is me and my two older brothers; Dean on the left, Adam on the right. I’m guessing I was about 2 years old in this picture.

Would you look at how blue my eyes are!

4. Afternoon Tea at the Hard Days Night Hotel with Becky

Afternoon Tea at the Hard Days Night Hotel with Becky - 8 photos of happiness tag

I apologise for the quality but I had to steal this of Becky’s Instagram.

Becky and I have been friends since primary school. This photo was taken when we went for Afternoon Tea at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool (it’s a Beatles themed hotel). I had an exam that day and Becky kindly offered to give me a lift to Liverpool, on one condition; we went for Afternoon Tea after my exam!

We felt ridiculously posh that day, especially considering we were both poor students eat some expensive cakes, but it was a great way to relax after an exam.

5. Sharon and I at the Geography Ball

Sharon and I at the geography ball- 8 photos of happiness tag

Sharon was my flat mate in my first year of university and she was one of reasons I survived that year in student accommodation. I’m so grateful to still be friends with her to this day and so happy that she coming back to Liverpool to do her MPhil (she’s a forensic anthropologist).

This photo was taken at the Geography Ball back in May. The drink was so expensive at the hotel that we worked out it was cheaper to buy a bucket of Budweisers and share them, hence why they made the photo.

6. Nutella ice cream in Venice

Nutella ice cream in Venice- 8 photos of happiness tag

Last summer, Tyrone and I went to Venice, and one particularly fond memory I have from that day was buying Nutella ice cream. I’d previously had Nutella ice cream in Rome, and since then it has kind of become a tradition that when I’m in Italy I have to have this flavour of ice cream.

We sat on some steps in St Mark’s Square and ate them when I rested my legs (I was having serious hip problems that day and I was on crutches.

I can’t wait to return to Venice someday to explore more.

7. New York

New York- 8 photos of happiness tag

To celebrate my 21st birthday I went to New York with my parents. It was the most incredible trip I have ever been on, and I am planning on returning next summer with Tyrone.

This photo was taken when we were on the Staten Island Ferry, and the view was breathtaking. I still have to pinch myself because I can’t believe I’ve actually been there.

8. Swimming with dolphins when I was 13 (and 14)

Swimming with dolphins- 8 photos of happiness tag

When I had major surgery on my hip when I was 10 my nan promised to make sure I fulfilled by dream of swimming with dolphins. So, on a trip to Portugal when I was 13 I did just that. And I enjoyed it so much that I did it again the year after when I went back to Portugal.

I kind of have a habit of doing once in a lifetime things twice.

My feelings towards dolphinariums are a little less positive these days (however, I’m still not 100% against them) but that’s not a debate I’m going to get into today because this post is about happiness.


Picking just 8 photos was a challenge. If I could I would have showed you so many more.

I nominate…

…but if you want to join in this tag anyway then do it! And send me your links if you do, because I love seeing what makes people happy.

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  1. Thanks for tagging me! I will make sure I do that some time this month since Iโ€™m trying to blog every day in September. ๐Ÿ˜€ This should be a great deal of fun.

    When I was younger and in previous relationships I didnโ€™t think too much about marriage. I really wanted to get married when I was younger but I think because of my previous partners, I stopped โ€˜believingโ€™ in marriage. It made me a little sad. I know marriage is not for everyone and many people donโ€™t believe that they need to get married to celebrate their love for someone. But I think Iโ€™ve come around and since I started my previous relationship, getting married is something I want to do.

    Iโ€™m not surprised that your graduation photo is there! I think mine will be in my eight photos too. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I canโ€™t believe I remember that dolphin photo! You shared it before, right? Unless I am imagining things. You look so cute and serene there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    There is actually one photo I have that is a really happy one of me with my ex and his dog. Iโ€™m unsure whether I will put it in my post though, for obvious reasons. It was a nice moment at the time, though.

  2. This post is one of the best ideas I have ever seen. It is really cool to see pictures from blogger, especially when you see older ones, like the one of you and your brothers. It really says a 1000 words.

    Thank you for the tag! I am so excited to do this (most likely for my weekend blog entry), it will be so hard to choose my photos. I love the graduation photo you have with your parents. It is so sweet! I cannot believe it had been 6 years already of you and Tyrone. Time really flies by fast. Marriage is one of the things Christopher and I look forward to. I guess because we are both Roman Catholic, its just basically apart of our identities that we feel so strongly about it. You are right, moments and experiences make a relationship stronger. In a way the stress of planning a wedding and having to make a ton of decisions together in a short amount of time can also be a growing experience. ๐Ÿ˜›

    YOU SWAM WITH A DOLPHIN IN PORTUGAL! I AM SO ADDING THAT TO MY ITINERARY! We were going to go whale watching, but I can do that when we visit Vancouver, Canada. Where abouts did you do it at? We are planning to spend two days in Lisbon, to see the main sites, and then see the stadium and possibly catch a game, which leaves several hours to add something in. Ugh my post will probably be a bunch of traveling photos. I miss Europe so much.

    • Holly

      No problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think relgion plays a huge roll when deciding whether to go married or not. I was christened but I would not consider myself to be religious at all, and Tyrone was never christened.

      I swam with dolphins at a place called Zoomarine which is in the south of Portugal, which is probably a bit too far away from Lisbon.

  3. This is just an awesome way to show off photos!
    I totally loved this idea and if I do blog about it I’ll send you my links!

    Your two year old photo with your brothers is so cute and the dolphin one too!

    I have so many of them, especially from my childhood which may be difficult to show off, like when my little sister was born n I got to hold her on the first day itself, my trips to many places,etc!

    • Holly

      I’d love to see your post if you do decided to take part in this tag. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It was so difficult to choose just 8 photos!

  4. Kya

    I really loved this post and the pictures are so lovely. However the memories and stories behind them makes them even more special. <3

  5. I love your photos, the one with the dolphins is so sweet!
    The questions will not stop if you get married, they will change to: “When are having a child?” :)) I use to think the same way, that marriage will not change anything, but it did even though we were living together and we were sharing everything (including our salaries). Marriage is a personal subject and not all the couples feel the same, also, ideas change in time. The most important thing is to happy, regardless of what others think.

  6. Cat

    This is a fun idea for a tag, and I liked seeing the 8 photos you chose ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s nice to see photos of the important people in your life! That’s also so cool that you swam with dolphins twice. I’ve seen places like that in Hawaii, but I’ve never done it. I’m glad you were able to fulfill one of your dreams!

    • Holly

      Swimming with dolphins is such an incredible experience, and I love where I did it as they are passionate about teaching those who participate about ocean protection. But as I say, dolphins in captivity is a bit of a touchy subject.

  7. Michelle

    The only good thing marriage did was give us rights that common law marriage didn’t, which I know I didn’t like. People and even insurances are accepting of common law marriages now which is great. I still got married, because my husband wanted it. He wanted something official and something done to please his parents. They are a very traditional hispanic family, so marriage matters, and so does God, so we got married. I’m happy we did get married, but we didn’t have to. I’m glad that you and Ty don’t have to rush into marriage or get married at all. Do what makes you happy, for the both of you, and know that your relationship is just as important if you had the piece of paper or not.

    I like this tag idea. It’s a nice one.

    • Holly

      Thank you for your support. We are both thankful for parents who will support us regardless of our decision. In fact, I think they are quite relived as they don’t have to pay for a wedding!

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  9. The picture of you and Tyrone is cute!!! Love how you both are matching! It’s always great to have supporting parents to help you all the way through whether you’re a child or adult because you’ll always be their “baby” :). That Nutella ice cream looks soooo delicious! It’s screaming to be eaten quick or else it’ll melt XD. You and the dolphin looked adorable swimming together!

    Thank you for the tag ^__^~~