Several years ago, I began to add in a new goal for my new year’s resolutions and a general guideline for how I wanted to approach my life. I told myself that I’d find the sunshine wherever I went—taking time to appreciate the good in the here and now.
That, in addition to a passion for writing and oversharing, was the main basis behind this blog and inspiration for the platform I’ve been building. It’s been an ongoing reminder to pause, look for the good, and appreciate this life I’m living.
Lately, there have been fewer pauses. I think it’s because things have felt overwhelmingly good; there haven’t been as many quiet moments of introspection because I’ve been hopping between things that fill my cup. My new setting has given me many gifts, and a default position of joy is one of them.
Life is really, very good. I’m happy. And in the spirit of sharing, here are some of the random things I’ve been loving lately.
The spirit of fall
Autumn holds a lot of nostalgia to me (not only did Chad and I get married in September, but we also had our first date as high schoolers on Halloween), but it remains near and dear to my heart because of its gorgeous colors year after year. There’s something about this season that’s just as captivating and beautiful as ever, and I love every errant leaf and spiced flavor.
Chad and I have been finding a few places that make us happy, and we repeat patronage every few weeks. This is especially true on the weekends, when it’s easy to say, “hey, do you wanna go grab xx?!” and we do and it’s fun and familiar. A few examples:
- Brunch, pretty much anywhere, especially on a Sunday
- Getting coffee, either from Colectivo or Stone Creek
- Crumbl cookies
- Trader Joe’s run
- A treat from the Milwaukee Public Market
- Beer, usually from Lakefront or Mobcraft
House of the Dragon
Man, it sure is nice to have a Game of Thrones series on my screen again. (Time does, apparently, repair all wounds. Even that tragic ending.)
I’m hooked. I love these blonde-headed firecrackers. I especially have an enduring love of Prince Daemond—shout out to an incredible performance by Matt Smith, for making a violent psychopath seem charming and lovable, somehow.
Two things: I got an Apple Watch, and Chad switched from Android to iPhone.
I’ve been incredibly excited about the new features of my watch—it feels like the perfect season of transition and focus and I love reviewing data and setting goals. So that’s been fun!
But mostly I’m just glad that Chad’s messages have switched from green to blue. Lol. Actually, I’m just happy that he’s happy to upgrade, and the convenience and new features (we can Facetime now!) are just additional perks.
My new tattoos
Since August, I’ve added four new tattoos to my body. I’m loving them! They are a great visual reminder that I like who I am and who I’m becoming. (Cool, duh.)
So, I tried something new! I went to three fitness classes at The Barre Code Milwaukee. And…I love it. I did a classic barre class, a bootcamp HIIT class, and a kickboxing-style “brawl” class.
They are HARD and I appreciate the challenge and the group setting, plus owner/instructor Jamie is great. I bought myself a 15-pack of classes and I’m excited to keep the fun going once or twice a week!
Lately I’ve been loving a simple breakfast: nondairy yogurt, peanut butter, granola. Boom, bam, done. It’s pretty tasty, and healthy to boot.
Yet again, I’ve found myself in the throes of a new book club. But, unlike the others I’ve sampled in the past, this one exists between a core group of around 15 or so local women who’ve known each other since high school…and me.
It’s kind of a funny story: on Instagram, this woman who owns a local business followed me and was super friendly, always responding to my stories, inviting me to try out her company, etc. Last month, she posted a video on her own stories, of a book club get together involving wine and snacks. I replied, “hey! If you guys are ever opening up to more members, please let me know! I’d love to join a local book club!” Her response was overwhelmingly supportive—she added me on Facebook and invited me to a Facebook group for the club.
Well, I showed up a few weeks ago, in real life, to a stranger’s house about half an hour away. To my surprise, there wasn’t the usual quiet awkwardness as people meet each other for the first time. Instead, it was all laughter and chaos and then a sudden quiet when I showed up—the lone stranger. And to top it off, the woman I kind of knew was late! Then, when she showed up, she didn’t recognize me right away. It was pretty cringey, even for me.
However, I made it through. It was fun and I think I made some new friends. 🙂 At least, I’m headed to the next book club in November. Lol.
In the interest of sticking to something for at least a year, I also am still going to HOTWORX! It’s a little bit of a longer walk, so it takes a bit more coordinating. However, I love cycling and Hot Blast sessions, even if I have to endure a sweaty walk home afterward.
Bachelor in Paradise
It’s not much, but trash tv has been bringing me a simple weekly joy. Namely, Bachelor in Paradise, which I find to be the most authentic within this franchise.
And last, but not least: some of my writing was published in the latest issue of Glenwood Springs Magazine. And two of my three pieces landed a spot on the cover. I’m proud of these articles and the stories I got to share. Every once in a while, I get an affirmation that I’m actually really good at what I do, and it’s a delicious feeling. This was one of those times. 🙂
What have you been loving lately?