Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me happy and actively adding more of those things into my life. I’m a serial list maker, so you bet I even made a list. Here are some things that never fail to add a little light into my day (sometimes literally), which is why I’m planning on doing more of ’em.
Coffee dates. I really enjoy coffee, and maybe more than the coffee itself, I love the ritual of having a cup of it in the morning to start my day. My husband is not a big coffee drinker, but he’s always down to get out of the house, take a walk, and start our weekends early. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, fresh air, and a Cup of Joe to motivate your Saturday mornings. Our Keurig has been broken, and I’ve been spending way too much lately on visits to Starbucks, so I finally went out and bought a tried and true, regular ol’ coffee maker (with a pot and everything). I love the sound of the pot gurgling and the smell of coffee wafting through the apartment. It’s a simple thing that starts my day off on a happy note.
Gardening. This past weekend we finally built ourselves another planter that is safe to grow edible fruits and vegetables in. Beyond the hobby of gardening, which we are really enjoying so far (I talked more about it here), it’s so rewarding to make something (in this case, the planter) with your own hands. I love crafting and DIY projects and need to incorporate more of that into my life. I’m a firm believer in the importance and necessity of hobbies, whether it’s reading, exercising, sewing, etc., as these all make up a meaningful and well-balanced life.
Sunshine. Seriously. It never fails to lift my spirits, and thankfully we get a whole lot of it here in Southern California. When I’m feeling lethargic or in the dumps, a walk outside helps me feel refreshed because nothing feels better than the sun on your skin. I’m also feeling more motivated to get outside for long walks to reach my Fitbit steps, so the added exercise doesn’t hurt either.
Pizza. When all else fails: pizza. Just kidding. But seriously. I’ve never been one to have a favorite food, but the more I think about it, pizza probably tops the list. I love it homemade, delivery, pizzeria style…all of it. Nothing completes a Friday night like a slice of pizza and an ice-cold soda.
Along the same lines as discovering what makes you happy, find what makes you unhappy and eliminate those things from your life (I’m working on that part). Matthew McConaughey gave (what I think) is a brilliant commencement speech, in which he talks about finding out who you are by instead pinpointing what you are not, a process of elimination if you will. Read the whole transcript here.
Happy Memorial Day weekend! We are heading down to San Diego to spend the weekend at my brother’s new house – all things that make me very, very happy.