Having taken stock of the 'key indicators' prompting this assessment, below is a selection of my favourites. In pictures.
Then and Now: Handbags
I used to own many bags (or imitation bags) like this one:
Nowadays, I'm pretty chuffed with this one:
Then and Now: Transport
A few years ago I bombed around in this, the company motor:
These days, I co-drive (and co-fly) these bad boys:
Then and Now: Skincare
There was a time that I used to treat myself to a luxury face mask in the bath on a Sunday night:
This week, I 'treated' myself to a Quickie Mask using my child's bum cream:
Sudocrem - surprisingly effective.
I feel it necessary to add here that the new house DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A BATH
Then and Now: Retail
In the Glory Days, I had time to shop here:
(and not feel like I had missed the memo on the latest style craze...referencing leotards for adults - really??)
At present, however, it wouldn't be an exaggeration if I said I buy 85% of EVERYTHING from here:
(If they don't sell it, you won't need it - FACT)
Then and Now: Body
I used to have a bum like this*:
(*My bum was of course never really anything like this, but everything is peachier with rose-tinted glasses)
Nowadays, the wrong light leaves it looking more like this**:
(**Again, not actually my bum. This would be a good day).
Despite the above 'developments' in my life, I think (and I have given this 18 months of solid thought) that I am HAPPIER now.
Happier despite living in a project house.
Happier despite now having a s**t 'runaround' car.
Happier despite having zero money for nice clothes.
Happier because now I have this:
The Unmumsy Mum