Back in January, I wrote about three good things going on in my life (a snowboarding trip, getting organized, and daily exercise). I was feeling inspired to pause, take a moment, and show some appreciation for the blessings I have, big and small.
Things have been a little tough lately. In the time since, the snow and cold have persisted, my husband has returned to working at his office, my dog got a terrible haircut (lol) among two emergency vet visits, the pandemic continues to exist, and I’m still land-locked at home. In short, I need to find some joy. While it’s always good to find the sunshine in regular life, it feels almost more important than ever.
And with that, here are three things that are bringing me joy this week.
1. I was thought of professionally
Last week, a friend reached out to me about a project—he’s putting together a proposal for a rebranding project for a local business. He had me in mind to be a part of the contract as a content writer and social media point-person on the team. Back at my old job, we worked together on the Hot Springs Connection (my PR firm through the first-ever hot springs conference in the U.S. and I’m very proud to have been part of it) and I could not be more thankful and pleased that he thought to reach out to me.
2. We’re closing on our refinance
Woo! Chad and I started the home refinancing process back in December, and are preparing to close later tonight. We’ve been through two different companies and applications and agents and appraisals, and we’re so thankful to be done and saving some money with a reduced interest percentage and lower monthly mortgage payment. This is a definite source of joy.
3. My pants received a lot of compliments
In the two times that I’ve worn my new Obermeyer ski pants to go snowboarding at Sunlight Mountain Resort, I’ve received some compliments. Like, a lot. You can typically go an entire day without talking to anyone, but so far five strangers have approached me (and in one case, yelled down at me from the lift above us—I’m not even exaggerating) to let me know that they loved my pants.
My pants are bright, colorful, and floral in a cool way. They’re also highly comfortable and make me feel like a cool snowboarder. Chad really likes them because they make it easy to spot me—I’m easy to spot among other skiers.
This, without a doubt, has been a big reason to smile. I love my pants too!
I’d like to remind myself and anyone else that small wins, little happy moments—they tend to add up into very good things.