Sometimes we forget to do those things that make us smile from the inside out. I know how it is…kids, bills, bosses, illness, deadlines…. Yeah I get it because I’ve lived life under the pump and let me tell you there’s a better way.
When we take the time to take the time life is just better. Injecting little things into daily life can bring BIG joy. What do you do that helps make your little light shine?
For me I do plenty, I understand the importance.
I was that mum who was involved with school and sport…too much. I was that employee who said yes too often and no not often enough. I was too busy getting busy and only slowed down when cancer knocked on my door…I know right, my bloody door. WTF?!
But hey, I listened and now these days I’m more about living in the moment, smelling the roses and finding joy. Here’s some of the ways I create some joy to remind me to be present…
FLOWERS…I can’t tell you the joy I get from watching blooms unfurl slowly over a week. Every week I have fresh flowers in my home, it’s not a treat I actually see it as a necessity and work a bunch into my budget. The waft of fragrance, colours and pure prettiness make me smile.
MUSIC… Did you know that when I write I need to have my headphones on and music blaring? Weird I know but it seems to drown out the chatter and just allow my writing brain to kick in. My music taste is eclectic but when I write I prefer thumping dance tracks and 80’s tunes that take me back to years gone by. Music does that, it transports us so choose the tracks that are gonna make you smile and want to break out in dance.
BAKING… Yup I’ve got my baking mojo back baby! Baking is calming and nurturing and lately I think a lot about my Nan and visits to her house in Wynum. Walks to Mr Barry’s corner store for a white paper bag of cobbers, milk buds and a choo-choo bar while Ba ( that’s what we call nan) bought her Bex and cigarettes. Baking allows me to create and give, sometimes the goodies only last 5 minutes but that’s ok.
PRETTY TABLECLOTHS… I know I’ve totally left ‘mother of a small child’ stage because these days I freakin love shaking out a tablecloth and letting it fall and cover my dining table. Fresh tablecloth day, it’s kinda like clean sheet day without sex. These days my tablecloths are more colourful with more pattern….to give me more joy!
PUPPY TIME…it’s a bit like having a baby cuddle but with fur. We were never ever going to have a dog…ever! It was love at first cuddle and over the 3 years we’ve had our dog we’ve had a constant companion, he’s intelligent and funny and the best lap warmer ever! And just look at my boy, shit he’s so freakin cute when he’s dressed up 🙂
COLOURFUL CROCKERY… For years all our dinnerware and servingware was white, just plain white. Then I got sick and needed colour. Now I can’t wait for a white plate to chip or break so I can say ciao to it. I prefer using my colourful plates and bowls any day of the week. The patterns and colours are lively….which is how they make me feel.
CANDLES…I light a candle every afternoon and sit and watch the flickering flame while I sip tea…I get lost in my thoughts and the fragrance helps me forget about the vacuuming…winning!
YOGA… Most of you will know how much I love it and how it grounds me. It’s just good…very, very good!
BEDTIME RITUAL…these days I like to turn my salt lamp on an hour or so before bed. It’s meant to remove ions or energy or something like that from the atmosphere but my salt lamp is also pretty and the glow it gives makes me smile. I also slather up in coconut oil before bed, I use it on my face and body and the act of oiling up connects me with my body and I use that time to acknowledge what it’s been through and thank it for getting me through each day.
THE OCEAN…I live close enough to the beach that I visit daily. I get lost staring at the ocean as she swirls and crashes or as she calmly rolls into shore. The colours, the way the sun dances on the water and the whooshing of the waves just soothe me. Most days I sit at my local cafe, headphones in and write with the ocean in the foreground… Best. View. Ever!
Simple things hey?
Sometimes simple is best and it just goes to show that we don’t need fancy schmancy holidays and excess stuff to make us happy…the little things can bring the greatest joy. We just need to remember to practice joy and invite it into our daily life.
Is there something you do that makes you smile?