These Days I’m Loving:
Puzzles. Jigsaw, mostly. I love putting them together on my own, at my apartment, while I listened to a podcast and wait for dough to rise. I love putting them together with a group of friends, sharing jokes and conversation while we fit the each piece together. I love ‘playing puzzle’ [what I’ve been calling it these days] at the coffee shop, which usually brings strangers my way to make conversation about the puzzle, and occasionally I can convince them to play puzzle, too.
The Joy the Baker podcast. I’ve been listening since week 1, but sometime this fall, when life started to get a bit more hectic, I cut my podcast listening down to only a fraction. I’m FINALLY on catch up mode, and working my way through September, October, and November episodes of all my favorite podcasts. [You can see my first list of Podcast recommendations here.] This week I’ve listened to several Joy the Baker podcasts, and I’ve enjoyed laughing along as Joy and Tracy talk about every.little.thing. If you haven’t already checked this podcast out, do so.
Being a bit spontaneous. No matter if it’s grocery shopping after midnight, watching a movie in bed, baking cookies on a whim, or having a flavored honey stick tasting with friends. [We sampled spearmint, lime, pina colada, pineapple, and what I think was apricot. I liked the lime best.]
These Days I am OVER:
“Friends” who make me feel bad about myself. This summer I allowed myself to feel heartbroken by things people in my life said to and about me. When I recognized that certain people in my life were treating me poorly, I realized it was time to stop making excuses and apologies for them, and to them, too. I’m done with the “friendships” that revolve around me defending myself, my thoughts, my words, or my actions. I was not made to be friends with everybody. I can be pleasant to everyone, and kind to everyone, true. But it is not necessary for me to feel badly every time I hang out with certain people. Luckily this post on friend break-ups was a big help!
Having bad days at the office. Okay, sometimes work gets stressful. I truly LOVE my job, and the people I work with, but that doesn’t mean things are sunshiney and rainbows 100%, right? After several strings of weeks of grumpiness, wanting to keep to myself and remain pretty quite, I’ve had enough. Monday I was in a fairly unfriendly mood for the majority of the day, and the second I walked out the office door I felt instantly better. I remembered that my attitude is under MY control, and took back the reigns. I’ve declared the remainder of the week awesome. Yesterday was awesome, and today is awesome, too. Tomorrow and Friday will also be most awesome. Basically, my new rule is this: Only one less than awesome day a week. Monday was a grumpy, less-than-awesome day which means that I can not, and will not, be grumpy the remainder of the week. BOOYAH attitude adjustment.
What are you loving these days? What are you over?