I spend a lot of my energy looking forward and anticipating upcoming events, deadlines, and issues. That’s what I’m paid to do in my job, and right now (in the midst of finals, yay) it’s all about juggling and negotiating my time in the next week. Usually I keep my head up and keep my nose to the proverbial grindstone by thinking about fun things coming up: a trip to Miami, a trip to LA, a trip to Sarasota… but right now, I’m trying to force myself to be a little bit more present and appreciate the here and now.
I read a lot of blogs and one of them, Cupcakes and Cashmere, is a living/cooking/style focused one that I check into regularly. Like me, she updates just about daily, and every Friday she posts a list of 5 things that she is currently grateful for. I thought that I would borrow a page from her and do a similar post, and as I’ve been gathering my “things” over the past week or so, I’ve realized just how forward-focused I am. It’s been educational, thought-provoking, and has made me so much more appreciative of every day beautiful moments. I’ve been more inclined to stop and smell the roses~!
So, here are 5 little things that have been making me smile this past week:
…That even when it’s dreary, rainy, and miserable outside, I still love my city… and every time I turn the corner onto my tree-lined block of non-skyscraper Manhattan, I am transported to a more whimsical time and place. [If this looks vaguely familiar-- I live on the same block as Symphony Space, where USPDF is hosted]
…That I am finally beginning to master the fine art of making an omelette in a stainless-steel skillet. You wouldn’t believe how many eggs you have to go through to figure out how to keep the damn things from sticking to the pan.
…That summer shoes in a neat rainbow of neutrals stand at the ready for a non-rainy, maybe-not-quite-warm-enough-but-I’ll-wear-them-anyway day: the epitome of optimism.
…Wearing soft sheepskin lined moccasins while I sit at my desk at work. It’s like giving my feet a hug all day long! Especially since the men in my office seem to all have some kind of desire to keep the place at 40 degrees all day long.
…Really clever industrial design in my new, awesome thermos. Spillproof, thanks to a tiny little latch, and a spring-loaded button that makes the top pop open. With more springs built into the hinge so that even when I tip it upside down, the lid stays propped open so I don’t hit my face on it. And, it keeps my tea piping hot, even when it’s open and ready for drinking, for 7 hours.
And a bonus, because she makes me happy every day:
…a dog who makes me laugh, every day, with her personality, love, and obsession with all things starchy carbohydrate– white rice is a particular weakness of hers.
I really enjoyed this little project and hope you did too! Remember to be grateful for all the small things that make your life what it is. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true– you only have one, and being happy is a choice, and a matter of perspective. What have YOU been smiling about lately?
Tomorrow’s post: Tuesday Tunes…