Recently on the blog, we’ve been talking about some pretty heavy (but very important) topics like mental and emotional health. If you’ve been around the blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I am very passionate about these topics. But sometimes, I just need a break.
I have to shake things up from time to time. I try to keep the blog at least somewhat interesting.
Today I wanted to take a break from my normal topics and posting formats and just chat about some things that make me smile and feel alive.
Baking. I’m slowly teaching myself how to cook and I recently stumbled into the world of baking. Specifically, I’m completely obsessed with making muffins. I think I’ve gained 5 pounds this week because of how many muffin recipes I’ve been testing. And I have absolutely no regrets.
Psalms. I’ve written about my love for the book of Psalms on the blog before, but I’ve been rediscovering my love for it again. I’m so comforted by the validation I find within the beautiful words. I can run to the Psalms and be confident that my emotions and feelings will be caught in the safety net of sound doctrine and reminders of God’s unfailing love.
Sparkling water. I’ve been trying really hard to drink less pop and coffee recently and I have become absolutely obsessed with sparkling water. I like drinking out of a can because I feel like I’m drinking pop but PSYCH it’s just water. I know, I’m weird. What can I say?
Therapy. Ok y’all, real talk. Therapy is totally normal and can be so healing. Sure, going to therapy can be scary, hard and painful. I’ve definitely had some bad experiences with therapists and counselors. But when I found a counselor that I really got along with, the power of having that safe place was so incredibly beneficial to my mental health.
Ukulele. I’ve been teaching myself how to play ukulele for a few months and I LOVE IT. I’ve really missed making music while my back pain has kept me from playing piano as much. Music is a beautiful, beneficial distraction for me. It makes me feel calm AND accomplished. What’s not to love?
Mat Kearney. Wikipedia defines him as a soft rock/folk artist. I define him as my freaking favorite. Need road trip music? Mat Kearney. What some background music while you bake muffins? Mat Kearney. Want to turn up the radio, roll down the windows and cruise on a Friday night? Mat Kearney. Seriously go listen.
My local coffee shop. I’m a fan of supporting local businesses, but I’m an even bigger fan of having an aesthetically pleasing place to drink my overpriced peach smoothie and write. The quiet folk music matches the rustic-meets-modern décor perfectly. It makes me happy.
Football. I love the summer, but I definitely spend all of it eagerly awaiting the return of football season. There’s nothing quite as comforting as curling up in an over-sized sweater and cozy blanket and watching football with my family.
That’s what makes me happy right now.
Please comment or message me about some things that make you happy right now. What makes you feel alive? What makes you smile? Let me know!