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Happiness Practice - June 29, 2018

[This is a post written to catch up blog posts with historical posts before I set up the blog! I'll also be adding tags so it's easier to find old subjects.]

It's time for what's making us happy this week! This week has been particularly tough for reasons both external and internal, and I'm feeling a little bit numb, all things considered - which on some level, I think is probably for the best, since a lot of what's going on would be really hard for me to really engage with and feel properly. At times I've been viewing everything at a remove, and happiness is a stretch. But good things are still going on! And next week has a day off, so that's something to look forward to! I'm fortunate that most mornings I am able to shake off a lot of the prior day's sadness and stress and anger and try to find something new each day. So to roll with that... Over the weekend I went away camping to a lovely spot in Skagit Valley, and had a wonderful time with a…

Happiness Practice - June 22, 2018

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[This is a post written to catch up blog posts with historical posts before I set up the blog! I'll also be adding tags so it's easier to find old subjects.]

It's time for what's making us happy this week! It's been another "everything is garbage" kind of week so I'm even more appreciative of the solid, not-mean laughs of the new season of Brooklyn 99 on Netflix! That show is so funny and good, and I always enjoy shows where the characters seem like they actually like one another. Plus, it has good representation and makes a lot of good points, and being able to do that and still be hilarious is truly great. I'm glad it's been picked up for more on NBC! The other thing making me happy this week is pickles! I made seven jars of pickled scapes last weekend, and there's nothing quite so satisfying as the pop of a sealing jar. Mind you, there's nothing quite so tough as the wait to find out if they're any good, but in a couple of weeks…

Happiness Practice - June 15, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week! I am happy to report that I have generally had a much better week, I think in no small part because I took a few days off to go up to the Okanagan with some friends. We spent the weekend in a lovely cabin on the lake, hung out and played board games, and mostly just relaxed. I went to a great farmer's market and bought way too much wine. We all rotated cooking duties, and since everyone who went is a great cook, that meant I got to eat all kinds of delicious things AND share one of my favourite recipes. I also got up early every morning to read on the deck with a nice cup of tea, which is one of my favourite things to do no matter where I am. It was really nice and restorative, and I'm really glad we went. Now, after being away for a few days, the other thing making me happy this week is basically, getting home! Especially to my cat. since having no pets around at the cabin was probably the worst part! I think she was ne…

Happiness Practice - June 8, 2018

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It's time for what's making us happy this week! If we're being honest, this has not been my best week. I have cried pretty much every day, for all kinds of reasons, and I'm in that weird emotional liminal space of just feeling a lot right now. They can't all be winners! And it seems like I'm not alone - the news is hard, and harsh. If you're already prone to seeing and feeling the worst, like a lot of us are, it's exhausting. The point of these posts are not to convince you that my life is a perfect bastion of joy and happiness. It isn't, and no one's is. But I write these posts every week to make sure I take the time to think about things I like, and that do make me happy. Weeks like this are when finding things outside of myself that I can just relax into and enjoy become even more important. It's fostering a routine of looking for and acknowledging what's helping, and I find it useful. I hope you do too, and if you don't, you sho…

Happiness Practice - June 1, 2018

Drafting these posts has been an interesting shift in how I engage with things sometimes. I am now constantly on the lookout for some shining spot of happiness in my life to share with everyone, and some weeks it's easy while some weeks it is... not. The actual effect of this on my happiness is a subject for a slow week (spoiler alert: it's good) but this week, I've been in the weird, pleasant position of being so excited about what I want to share, I wound up drafting this post super early! There were a lot of things making me happy this week, y'all, and I had some choices to make! I don't know, maybe I just had a really good week? Up first: It probably isn't a surprise to learn I keep lists of books. There's a stack on my bedside table, a shelf of physically owned (or borrowed!) TBR, online repositories in more than one place, a list on my phone. If I hear about a book that sounds interesting, it goes on one of my lists - which depends on a variety of fa…