New Issue of my handmade zine out now!

Hi there,

Just a quick hello to let you all know that................

The little handmade and crafty zine I make with Taz is finally ready for you all to enjoy! To read a bit more about Issue 2, head to our blog www.hundredsandthousandsmag.blogspot.com or go right ahead and order your copy at our online store www.hundredsandthousands.storenvy.com

love Mezz x


#5reasonstobehappy....its a thing!!

A few months ago when I was a feeling pretty down, my hubby bought me a book called "14,000 things to be happy about" by Barbara Ann Kipper from an Op Shop. The author had been writing lists of things that made her happy since she was a little girl, and well in to her adult life. And the book is literally that. Her list of things that make her happy. 14,000 things, to be exact. Things like the smell of cinnamon, Micky Mouse, Lighthouses, heart to heart conversations....the list is simple and extraordinary at the same time. 

(one of my many pages from my "happy list.")

 I was inspired! I bought a notebook with the plan to write down a few things that make me happy, and much to my amazement, as soon as I put pen to paper I couldn't stop! I just kept writing and writing and the list kept growing! One notebook became two notebooks and so on. It didn't solve all of my problems, but it was like an "instant spirit lifter." Once I wrote one thing that made me feel happy, it would remind me of 5 more things...and then 5 more things...and so on...

(playing with wool makes me feel happy)

I started writing this list when I was feeling pretty blue. Feeling down can happen to anyone, right? I knew that theoretically, but never did I expect it to happen to happy, carefree, giggly, life's pretty good me!! If you are struggling with some serious anxiety, depression or grief, I don't suggest for one minute that just writing down a list of things that make you happy will "fix" it. In fact, I know that it won't. Sometimes in order to make sure we remain in good mental health we may realise it's time to talk to someone..a GP, a counselor..and if that's you I encourage you to ring up and make that appointment now!  But starting your own "happy list" might put a little sunshine in your day. Just a teeny little bit. 

(ignoring the washing and putting my feet up makes me happy)

And so that's why I do this. It helps. Sometimes I can think of heaps of things that make me happy. Sometime I can only think of one or two things. And on the days when I can't think of anything I just read the list I've already made and go "Oh yeah, that's right." "Happiness" is such a weird word, isn't it? We say it all the time... Happy Birthday, Happy Christmas..but what do we mean? I believed until fairly recently that striving to be "happy" was shallow...There is more to life then just being happy, I would think. There is doing the right thing, sacrifice, honour and justice. Happiness compared to these things just seemed...silly, insignificant. 

(my kids make me happy)

But. You know what? We get to live this life once. Just once. And the more I think about it, I want it to be a  happy one. I'm totally convinced that I'm not meant to be miserable. And so now, "happiness" is a daily goal...and one that I am unapologetic about! 
(pretty flowers make me happy)

What makes you happy??

love Mezz xx

Side note- a month or two ago I started posting some of the things from my list on Facebook, to share with my friends. I would choose 5 things from the list and hashtag it #5reasonstobehappy and much to my surprise it became a "thing" that lots of other people do now! How weird and wonderful is that? Feel free to join in!!


Vote for Mezz!! (and make my day!!)

Hello, hello!

Just a quick post to let you know that I have recorded a cover version of the beautiful Clare Bowditch song "I Thought You Were God" and have entered it into her "Winter Secrets" Tour Competition. The winners get to perform this song on stage with Clare during her upcoming tour. It would be a thrill to have that opportunity of course, but the feedback I have been getting (including from Clare herself!) has made me very happy, so I already feel like a winner! I don't often enter singing comps, they can get pretty tacky! But this one is all about just supporting local artists and giving them some really lovely opportunities, so I figure why not!

Here is the little ukulele version I recorded....

And if you like this and you could spare a few moments to vote for me, click here. You will totally make my day of course!!  Just look for my video on the link and press "vote." It should be pretty simple!! You can vote from anywhere in the world, and if you are super keen you can vote once a day!! Whatever works for you!

Thanks everyone for all the support and love. What a gorgeous community I am a part of!!

Mezz xx