kim is working on a years worth of lists, and she got the idea from hulaseventy. i’m maybe giving it a shot as well. this year i’m looking inward, not outward. i’m finding the small happinesses that already exist in my world, and i am focusing on them and savoring them. let me tell you the things that have brought me joy.

tumblr: for the longest, i didn’t really get tumblr. i’m still not entirely sure i do. but i’ve made mine a place for pictures i find peaceful, calm, and inspiring in a way. i’m learning my style, what i like, what appeals to me. why i’ve avoided doing such a thing is a much longer story that i’m not sure i can properly articulate, but i love having this small piece of real estate that’s devoted to my own calm. you can follow me!

wantable: i gave up on birchbox a while back, and judging from various online reviews i’ve made the right decision. last year i got into julep, and i still love it but i’ve racked up SUPER MUCH nail polish so i’m going to slow down for a bit.Ā wantable’sĀ a little pricier than your average monthly makeup box ($36/mo.), however, you get a few full size products and i love how specific their quiz is to determine what’s good for you. bonus – there are also options for accessories and intimates boxes! (yes, i want to try them.)

outside time: because i bought my boyfriend a remote control quadcopter for christmas, we’ve been making a point to get outside to fly it. i love prospect park – it’s one of the main reasons i wanted to move to brooklyn. we had a really awesome day after it snowed hanging out by a frozen over lake and taking our dog, sophie, to play in the snow. that’s a video there, and you’re going to want to click it.

lord of the rings: i knew nothing of these stories until i was into my twenties, and even then, the actress couldn’t get me to fully pay attention for ten hours of the extended edition movies. fortunately for everyone, i learned over time, and because of her, i love to watch them around the holidays – she always watches them while doing all of the gift wrapping for her family. i was a little late this year, but we watched them last week and oh man, i had the most cathartic cry after (some of) our heroes sailed off to the undying lands.

my new teacups: i’ve been on the hunt for amazing teacups for a little while, and when i spotted these anthropologie teacups (you don’t even have to click because you know how amazing they are if i said anthro), i needed them. luckily, my boyfriend’s dad was on the hunt for a christmas gift for me, because i was absolutely not shelling out $12/cup for myself. now i have three beautiful teacups that bring me great joy. in addition to tea, they are the perfect size to make a microwave mug brownie.

14 thoughts on “list #1: small joys

  1. i have a tumblr that i haven’t used in probably 3 years. i didn’t get it either. but tumblr as personal recharge space is an inspired idea. with credit, of course, i may follow suit… šŸ™‚

    1. please do! i’ve really found more happiness in it than i expected, and learned, like any other piece of social media, that it is only what you make of it.

  2. Yay! Lists eternal. As for little joys, I value them enormously because sometimes they are the only anchors when things are out of control bad.

    The LOTR cycle is NOT little, though. It is a gigantic sprawling joy with a dwarf/elf bromance.

    1. this is so, so true. all i can think when i’ve had a very bad day is “tea. candles. bed. maybe nutella.” they are small things but they bring so much peace.

      LOTR owns my heart forever and ever. amen.

  3. This has been my resolution for the year as well. Rather than focusing on things I can’t change in the first place, I’m focusing on bettering myself as a person and finding what truly makes THAT person happy, not the girl I thought I HAD to be to be good enough for other people (this includes those on the web who read my blog as much as it goes for people in my physical life). It’s been 23 gruesome days and so far, I’ve blogged more than normal (at least five times a week) and I’ve become a happier, more cheerful person to be around.

    Also, I must start Tumblr again. I had the same feelings as you, except I actually had one a long time ago that I blogged on (I hated the setup and quit writing on it). A few people in my life got a hold of it and started bashing me for the things I wrote (because people are cruel). So I gave up and moved to Blogger, where I reside happily.

    It’s been a while since I’ve visited your space. I’ve been hitting up all the old blogs today, it seems. I started with Onyi’s, then Kims. Now here. I miss reading everyone’s stuff. Another resolution? Keep THAT up. Us bloggers need to stick together and support one another. I regret abandoning that altogether last year.

    xoxo, Sarah

    1. it’s nice to see you, sarah! it has been a while. i love your new blog name and the design is adorable šŸ™‚

    1. girl, i get it. that’s the vibe i’m going for in everything these days – and i know i won’t always get there, maybe not even half the time, but i’ve got to try i figure. <3

    1. most of the chatter emanating from the beauty blogger corner of the internet indicates that everyone is over birchbox. i’ve been quite pleased with wantable so far – and boxes are totally returnable if you hate them. huge pro!

    1. i’m so late on responding to my comments! tumblr, i’m finding, like most social media, is exactly what you make it. i like serene photography, but it’s really good for activism of any stripe, gifs (obviously), fandoms – they can just be entirely overwhelming when you see them all jumbled together.

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