Hello, & happy Thursday, my loved one! I hope you are having just the most wonderful week! My week has been very exciting, & filled with things that I love! As an extra-big bonus++, I leave for my vacation in six days. I’m heading off to San Diego to eat s’mores on the beach, drink all the mimosas, & work on awesome projects with my pals! While I’m definitely thinking about all the fun stuff I’m going to be doing on my trip, I made a real effort this week to stay grounded & think about all the things that I’m grateful for in the here-&-now. So without further ado, here we go!
Clothing Swaps. My fantastic friend Jen was kind enough to co-host a swap with me (she has the bigger, cleaner apartment!), & we had a grand old time, trading clothes, drinking soda, & getting rid of things. Since I recently reduced my wardrobe by 80%, I had a lot to get rid of!
Working. Um, kind of a lot. I am filling in full-time at my real estate job right now, & I’m working on a couple of big projects (one being lifestyle designing, which I talked about a little bit here, & another that’s going to be awesome but is still a secret), so basically whenever I’m not in my office I’m working at home. This feels really, really good. It’s kind of awesome to feel this dedicated & committed to a project.
Walking a mile every morning. It may not seem like much, but there’s something about that walk that just clears my head right out & gets me ready for my day.
Making big life plans. Oh, the life, she is getting bigger & better every single day!
Loving the world. You guys, I’m just so in love with everything & everyone right now. It’s a totally strange state of being for me, one which I haven’t really experienced before, but one that feels… just amazing. I’ve been single for much longer than I’ve ever been single before (serial monogamists, hands up!), & rather than feeling lonely & disheartened by love than I have in the past, I am finding I am just opening up with love. It’s the most amazing, unexpected feeling.
Feeling more like me every day. I don’t know if this is a function of my being single, or a function of all the work that I’m doing, both professional & personal, but I am feeling more in-touch, more connected, more sure of myself every day.
“Bunny”. A friend of mine has recently started calling me Bunny (because of how much I wear bunny ears around the house & because I’m basically a bunny but not in a furry way not that I’m judging), & I have to say it’s maybe my favourite nickname ever.
Being selective about the things & people in my life. I have recently had to cut out negative people (which is hard, but necessary), & I feel better for it. I’m also learning that one really nice thing is better than ten mediocre things, & feels much better to use. To that end…
Admitting when something isn’t working. Okay, this was just a small thing which happened this week, but it really opened me up to the possibilities in the future. You know those Sally Hansen Nail Strips? Well, I love them. I mean, I love them. They last a long time, they have cool designs, & they don’t smudge. What’s not to love? Well, one little thing, for me. I have really wide nail beds, & the strips are never wide enough. You’re supposed to be able to stretch them, but I can never quite get that right, because to be honest I think, “This manicure is going to take me five minutes!”, & I end up rushing it, so they end up looking pretty tattered & ghetto, with big gaps around the edges. So I decided that as much as I love them, I need to let them go & not buy them again. Now that I know I have that in me, I know that I can do that with other things & relationships that aren’t working for me either.
Getting my house clean. I may have finally found a clutter-busting system which works for me!
Bright pink nail polish & lipstick. Nicole Still Into Pink (a fantastic semi-matte hot pink) & Rimmel Funtime Fuschia (which I don’t think exists to buy anymore, SAD FACE, but it is a decent dupe for NARS Funny Face, which is my favourite lipstick but so expensive that I use it sparingly), respectively. But not at the same time! That would be overkill. Plus, they don’t match each other.
Other little things which made me smile…
The Baseballs * Meditation * My bird’s song * Microserfs * Doing all my dishes * Buying American money for my trip * Getting fitter & stronger * Finally finishing X Files on Netflix (thank you can I have my life back now please?) * Writing gratitude lists * Being organized (recently resurrected my Filofax & it feels great!) * Selling my stuff * Blossoming friendships * Thinking hard about my business & new strategies * Creative collaboration * Lunch dates with awesome ladies * Zooming productivity / checking things off lists * Clean sheets smell just so good * My bunny cell phone cover * “Vegan Consultant” * New business cards which match my new header are in the mail! * Pretty girls in summer dresses (I’m pretty sad this season is coming to an end) * Stacks of jangly, sparkly bracelets * Breaking myself of my decidedly hoarder habits * Fun manicures * Taking myself out for breakfast * Noah-cuddles * Re-engaging with social media * The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People * Trying to conquer my fear of my new bike (it’s a work in progress) * Secret handshakes & rampant high-fives * SHARK BACKPACK * Skype meetings * Solving website technical issues all by myself * Finding inspiration in absolutely everything * My ever-expanding collection of awesome (& cheap!) sunglasses * Being loved & appreciated at my job
What about you, sweet darling? What is making your heart absolutely sing today? Share in the comments, or just take some time to write yourself a little list of the things that make you happy! The more often you write that list, the more you’ll find to be happy about, I triple-promise.