I Woke Up Happy

  1. Megan | Denton & Lou says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more! I am an official non-blogger. No pop ups, no "5 ways to be more organised in the morning" posts. Just pictures and little tales. I loved blogs in the beginning where you felt you were friends with the writer and get to know them and their families. I love the honest blogs that seem to be a disappearing act these days… nice to have you back x

    • Tania Joy says:

      Ahh Megan! You babe πŸ™‚ I totally agree with you, I think these types of blogs are slowly disappearing, and everything is merging into one! I relate to blogs who don’t take themselves too seriously, and share a piece of their life in a real way. I just took a peek at yours and it’s so beautiful! love your design and photos, following now! xx

  2. Georgia says:

    I prefer blogs that tell a story- it doesn’t have to be a big or epic one, just small, sweet pieces of another person’s life. Good, bad, whatever- it’s just nice to find common ground with someone from a totally different place or time in life. Along the lines of that, I think the number one thing that makes me want to visit a particular blog more is a blogger who interacts with readers- asks questions, and replies to responses. πŸ™‚ Nice to have you back

    • Tania Joy says:

      Thanks for sticking with me Georgia <3 I agree, finding common ground is so important. Makes you feel like you’re not alone out there! and again, I agree, the community aspect of it is SO important. It’s like having a group of girlfriends all over the world, if it’s not about exchanging stories and advice or just a few nice words then what’s the point! Have a lovely evening xx

  3. Kaitlin Dinh says:

    Written beautifully! I agree with you 100% that there is so much pressure these days. You just do you girl.

    • Tania Joy says:

      Thanks Kaitlin!! haha let’s just all DO US, we’re all unique in our own ways, we should be focusing on that. The pressure can go to hell xx

  4. "I got stuck, the pressure of blogging…" I could totally relate to that paragraph! And regarding the paragraph following that, I do feel like blogging has changed over time, and I do miss those moments <3 -Audrey | http://brunchataudreys.com

    • Tania Joy says:

      It has right?! It’s confusing, but exciting at the same time. We can shape it into whatever we want and I guess that’s what I’ve struggled with, making it my own as opposed to replicating what everyone else is doing! Just had a look at your blog, it’s beautiful! Loved your blogpost on Florence, one of my favourite cities πŸ™‚ Keep it up! xx

  5. Polly says:

    I totally feel you with the pressure of producing ‘quality’ content instead of what I just feel like blogging, like I used to. But I actually love relaxed posts like this, and the aesthetic of your blog overall. It’s one of my favourites so keep doing what you’re doing! πŸ™‚


    • Tania Joy says:

      Thank you so much Polly! I love yours too πŸ™‚ It’s good to remind ourselves why we started this to begin with. There’s nothing wrong with aiming for high quality content, but it’s also good to just let the pressure off at times and just be you and write or post about whatever feels right πŸ™‚ xx ps: congratulations on your engagement!!! You must be over the moon!!

  6. I completely agree with everything you’ve said – like you, the first blogs that I truly fell in love with were blogs that just showcased real life, whether that was a holiday in a luxury resort or a simple countryside walk with the dogs. I love reading blogs that make me feel personally connected to the blogger and these days I sometimes get tired of the fact that so many things online just look so similar. I mean, I definitely appreciate a good flatly, but sometimes it can seem that some people only create a certain type of content to get a lot of likes/pageviews. Anyways, rant over and can’t wait to read more little snippets of your life! πŸ™‚

    • Tania Joy says:

      haha! THE FLATLAYS!!! We’re all guilty of them. but totally agree.. some days scrolling through Instagram feels like going through one big account, you know with the same content over and over again?! I’m attracted to people who try and do things differently, who feel ‘real’, who break the mould. It’s one of the reasons I got stuck with blogging too, the fact that there is too much of the same thing, and not knowing what else I should do because part of me feels like well if I don’t post that sort of content then no one will care. Which is totally stupid in hindsight but still! So YES to more life and less flat lays πŸ˜‰ xx

  7. Flora May says:

    Hurray! I’ll look forward to reading your blog whenever you fancy updating it, whatever you fancy writing about. πŸ™‚

    I’ve been blogging sporadically on and off for years, and it’s only the last month or so that I’ve been doing it with regularity three times a week.

    I write all day for a living so I get reallllllly tired of writing, but it’s also my biggest love – which is why I use my blog now to just write about what I want to write about. Silly, sincere, superfluous – whatever I want πŸ™‚

    Instagram intimidates me (words come naturally, photographs do not!), but I kind of like the challenge of that too.

    Favourite blogs currently include:



    • Tania Joy says:

      Flora! I absolutely adore your blog, it’s so beautiful! SO happy you found your flow again and write for fun because you love it! That’s what it’s all about πŸ™‚ can’t wait to read more of your posts.. thanks for the list btw, I’m already reading a few but will definitely add a couple to my list! Have a lovely weekend xx

  8. Lucy Claire says:

    I love this post times ten. You’ve nailed it. And your blogs is one of my most favourite, for the exact reason you said, because it’s really your life and not some perfectly crafted image of what should look good. Keep going, keep doing, Keep being. You inspire me! Xx Lucy-Claire (sunnydaysandlovelyways.com)

  9. Reena LifestyleEnthusiast says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s so easy to lose faith and feel guilt but also essential to remember what you love about blogging – the raw energy in good writing is so much more important than a perfectly styled instagram shot. It’s so easy to get trapped and compare our own content to that of other bloggers, feel guilt over not posting regularly enough or worry about how little time you have to blog. Be kinder to yourself, the pressure is just that which we put on ourself. I’ve just discovered your blog recently but really like it – keep being you and keep that authenticity you have.

    Reena – http://www.lifestyleenthusiast.co.uk

    • Tania Joy says:

      Hi Reena, I totally agree with what you said. The pressure is only really on ourselves, whoever said that comparison is the thief of joy has got it figured out! Lovely blog you have there, Noma looks UNREAL! xx

  10. Laura says:

    What a beautiful post! I’ve had a bit of a downer of a day today, but this made me feel better. I’m determined to wake up happy tomorrow too! x

    Laura // <a href="http://www.middleofadventure.com">Middle of Adventure</a>

  11. Angela says:

    I have always loved your photography! I remember it was a post you published ages ago, when you were in France and it was a lovely Wintery scene. Then through your blog, I came across Cider With Rosie and Freya Dowson and you ladies are still my favourite go-to’s! I do crave simpler blogging with snippets here and there because I am very guilty myself of feeling overwhelmed about it, to the point I would stop and feel stuck about posting/tweeting/instagramming/pinning etc etc etc PHEW- no wonder we all feel so burnt out! I am still a sucker for a good photo though πŸ˜‰ Angela x

    • Tania Joy says:

      Oh no way!! I think I know which post you’re talking about πŸ™‚ blogging at home at that time was one of my favourite, I just dedicated all my time to it and it was just so much fun! So glad you found Rosie and Freya too, these girls of mine, they’re the best! Don’t feel guilty, I know it’s easier said than done.. and I know I do too. but we all do the best that we can and blogging if anything should be a passion and something that we do for fun because it’s a great creative outlet. It does get so overwhelming with a million different platforms.. but what I try and do is just to concentrate on one platform at a time and maybe not all in one go. Like I’ll do pinterest one evening and that’s all I do, then I’ll write a post one day but I don’t have anything else open. Not sure if that helps..! Keep going! have fun with it πŸ™‚ xx ps: a good photo will always be a winner! FOR SURE

  12. Dannielle R. says:

    Oh my goodness, what an inspiring post! Its such an uplifting feeling knowing there are others out there going through the same hurdles as you, which is why I smile whenever I see a new post from your blog pop up in my inbox. Its so refreshing to read a blog that pulls me up, rather than making me feel inadequate. I don’t blog but I instagram on and off and I totally understand the pressure of posting what’s ‘trending’, rather than what’s real. All I can say is keep up the realness!!! The world needs more bloggers like you. Looking forward to whenever your next post falls into my inbox πŸ™‚ xx


    • Tania Joy says:

      Aw Danielle! this makes me tear up. THANK YOU THANK YOU for sticking with me and always leaving me lovely comments πŸ™‚ I will definitely keep up the realness, and do my best. Thank you for making my day <3 xx

  13. Anastasia says:

    That was such a lovely post Tania! Funilly enough I wrote something similar last week: (if you wanna have a read — > http://www.natbees.com/blogging-back-time/) about blogging and how it used to be back in time. No snarking, no judging and certainly no pressure, when blogging still used to be a hobby and something we would do out of joy πŸ™‚ and somehow I wish it was still the same up until today!

    I love your insta updates, so even if you don’t have the time to blog that frequently I love seeing your updates in these little squares.


    • Tania Joy says:

      No way! Just read your post and it was so great! Yes to finding your voice back and writing from your heart! virtual high five I think we can make it a thing.. BRING BACK THE GOOD OL’ BLOGGING!!!! Thanks for following on Insta, I do love it and most of the time I do ‘mini-life-update-posts’ on there, because it’s so easy and I’m a little obsessed with it.. but nothing beats a good honest blog post! Have a lovely weekend xx

  14. Alice says:

    This made me so happy πŸ’›

  15. Caroline L. says:

    I completely feel you! I first fell in love with blogging when content was literally "look at this grainy, blurry photo of what I had for lunch today… this is what I was thinking at 3pm on Tuesday… here’s a funny quote" – it just felt so much more genuine, open. Quite a different scene nowadays – good, in many ways, not as great in others. At the end of the day, I’m grateful in getting to read so many people’s stories in such a manner (and to share my own)… I guess I do just miss reading more ‘unedited manuscripts’ like back in the day!

  16. Juliet says:

    Love this post, I find your blog totally inspiring – love your photography, you have a beautiful eye and style!

  17. Vunk says:

    Love your blog and this post, if you are ever stuck for inspiration or positivity I hope some of out Art Prints would help. Our current Favourite is Always Be Yourself Unless You Can Be A Unicorn, Then Always Be A Unicorn http://www.vunk.co.uk/art-prints/always-be-yourself-unless-you-can-be-a-unicorn-quote-a4-print.html

  18. Michelle says:

    Tania, I am so there. I was looking at my blog the other day and I haven’t posted for almost a year! And I miss that collection of things and more important the motivation to actually take photographs. I am thinking of getting back on the wagon but it can be a little bit scary too. Where to start …?

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