It’s Friday, I left work early, and before picking up the boys, I ran four miles in the rain. It was great.
There are a whole lot of things going on right now that aren’t so great. Some close family members are struggling with their health and well being. Financially things are tight, and I’m seriously counting down till we no longer have to pay for full time childcare. It’s grey outside (as usual). We don’t want to live on our street anymore. And a small group of men are attempting to make powerful and life-altering decisions about critical reproductive services on behalf of – yes – the women for whom they are most relevant.
Frankly, it’s quite discouraging.
But the weekend is upon us, and since I took a mini-holiday this afternoon, I’m delighted to share a few of my favorite things with you in my journey to finding joy. There is one rule to finding joy today, however. I am not permitting myself to indulge in highlighting those things that are not within my reach right now (i.e. margaritas on a warm, sandy beach; trips to New Orleans, 90 minute hot stone massage). Instead, I walked around my house and yard looking for what brings me pleasure.
Here is what I found:
A mug of steaming Stumptown Coffee is an excellent way to begin the day, and my husband is a wonderful barista.
One of my dearest friends gave me these boots last year. They are quickly becoming indispensable and I always think of her when I put them on.
It makes me feel good to feed the birds.
Last night I started reading my eldest son his very first chapter book!
Post-Valentine heart balloons still provide a burst of cheer in the living room.
Red potatoes with homegrown rosemary will taste good tonight.
My runnning shoes served me quite well this afternoon.
My son made an awesome map this week.
There are signs of spring in our backyard!
Linking up with finding joy today!