I like to keep a list in my bullet journal of the (mostly) little, everyday things bringing me a disproportionate amount of happiness these days. A recent sampling:
1. Walking to work
I have a looming book deadline, which means I’ve been spending an inordinate time at my computer, butt in chair. It’s true, that’s what it takes to get the work done, but I was alarmed at how easily I’d slipped into a largely sedentary lifestyle, at least in this focused writing season.
And so I started walking myself to work. Every morning before I sit down, Daisy and I walk. A half mile if it’s chilly, several miles if it’s lovely. And then I get to work.
It’s been a lovely (and needed) change in routine.
2. Trader Joe’s chile-lime seasoning blend
This $2 seasoning is the perfect companion for all things avocado: toast, guac, or slices to accompany morning eggs.
If my office walls could be made of whiteboard material that would be a dream come true. This is the next best thing.
These giant notes aren’t actually made of whiteboard material, just regular, albeit thick, paper. But they serve the same purpose, capturing all your ideas right there on the wall. When you move on to the next project, peel them off and put up a new one.
I mean, I’m not saying I’ve done it, but if you have ever eaten Nutella out of the jar with a spoon, this is more substantial and therefore a lot less dangerous. Hypothetically.
5. Ferns in my bathroom
Regular readers know that I’ve become quite the plant lady over the last couple of years. I’m still constantly moving my (now numerous) plants around the house, trying to find spots where they’re happy to be and I’m happy to see them.
Last year I brought home two little ferns—one from Home Depot, one from Trader Joe’s—and neither was entirely happy in my house. Until I moved them into my bathroom, which is often humid and gets a low-to-moderate amount of western sun.
Now my ferns have perked up, and my bathroom definitely looks perkier.
6. Grapefruit fizz
I love grapefruit Spindrift. But recently I’ve started adding a packet of True Grapefruit to plain sparkling water from our SodaStream, which is cheaper and easier than lugging 15-packs of Spindrift home from Costco.
7. Lavender highlighters
I’m loyal to Mildliners, the Japanese dry highlighters we include with our Deluxe Reading Journal Kits. But before we committed to the Mildliners, I tried every kind of highlighter out there, and still have oodles in my desk drawer.
I ended up grabbing the lavender one from this set when I needed a highlighter for research the other day, and I really love the color. I wouldn’t recommend this brand for your journal, but I do love the way these mark up books and printer paper.
What (mostly) little things are bringing YOU a disproportionate amount of happy lately? I’d love to hear in comments.
P.S. Previous editions of little things I’m loving: 9 little things I’m loving this September, 6 things I’m loving for early summer, 6 (mostly) little things I’m loving this spring, 5 late fall/early winter favorites, 7 little January favorites, 9 October favorites, and 7 not terribly exciting things making me really happy these days.