it’s a beautiful day

The sun is so gorgeous today. I was watering my houseplants and noticed a new tiny leaf is growing on my just cut peperomia plant. The same goes with my little fiddle leaf fig. I honestly never would have thought I could take care of a fig plant. I always thought they were super difficult. And they really aren’t. The lily plant finally bloomed this morning, as well. When I first woke up, I saw that it was still closed, but then after a couple of hours, the petals opened and it had officially bloomed.

I prepped ingredients for the burritos that will be dinner. There is still one lovely avocado left, so that’ll most definitely be part of tonight’s feast as well.

This weekend will be eventful. I hope you all are doing well.

Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

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simple busy day

Thank the universe for a wonderful full night’s sleep. Finally. It’s been a few days or even a week or more since I’ve had good sleep. I am grateful. I knew someone who had very terrible sleep. She would tell me stories of only sleeping about 15 to 20 hours a week total because her office was restructuring, which was causing her all this stress. I could not believe her. That is way too little!

Anyway, I have a few goals I’d like to meet for the rest of the day. I already did work. Some administrative stuff that is annoying but important, some chores that are doable and kind of easy, and then making a sweet dessert we are all kind of looking forward to which is cheesecake. I hope this recipe turns out okay. I don’t have enough cookie crumbs for the crust, so I’m going to substitute in some crushed walnuts.

Made an avocado breakfast bagel and wow, are they beautiful! You can’t have a bad morning if the avocados are just so divine. You just can’t.

maybe it takes time

Life often throws us into situations we don’t usually prepare for. For little inconveniences, we can kind of expect it and can recover quickly. For the big ones. The ones you never saw coming, those can be brutal. Painful. And needlessly difficult.

I’m sure you’ve experienced a form of the big ones, reader. And if you haven’t, please be grateful for that! I spent some time reflecting on where I am today and my current situation and I am so grateful. It is far from perfect and I am always in the state of learning and progressing.

But I see the beauty within the little messes.

A few years ago, I had the worst year of my life and I am so appreciative that time is over. It took time to improve my life and see what was and was not good for me. To make big changes. And now I am here.

I hope you all are doing well. If you’re in a difficult situation, I hope you have the strength and power to make the needed changes and to see the beauty that is you and your future.

happy day

I didn’t sleep a lot last night. Actually, I kind of had a terrible night’s sleep, however, I still woke up in a good mood. I decided I wanted to create a happy day for me and my loved ones. I surprised one loved one with one of their favorite comfort meals – penne pasta with meatballs in delicious tomato sauce. I surprised another with breakfast in bed. They can sleep in, relax and have an enjoyable morning.

It’s easy to worry about problems, they seem endless. But on those mornings when you feel grateful to be alive. Grateful for a loving home and delicious food to eat, it’s icing on top that everyone around you feels the same way, too. And I like giving people surprises I know they will love and appreciate.

Don’t underestimate small acts of kindness. They can mean a whole lot.

taking care of things

So I spent a good chunk of my morning cleaning filters. Specifically, an air conditioner one and one for the vacuum cleaner. Why? Because I want to take better care of the things I own. It’s a sustainability tip I like practicing and want to get better at.

In addition, this saves me money since I have washable filters, so I don’t need to go out and buy more every time it gets dirty. I also don’t want to buy a new vacuum if I don’t have to. It works really well. I think I’ve had the same vacuum cleaner for a decade, however, maybe this is typical. How often do people buy these things anyway?

I guess I consider this a new unintentional goal for this year – take care of the things I own and use what I have and make it better, if necessary.

I know it’s random, but maybe this gives you some food for thought.

50/50 chance

Life isn’t always bad and it isn’t always good. It’s best to go into each situation knowing that you’ll get a little of both at the end of the day. I find it funny how often we get surprised by the bad (talking about myself here) when it’s literally 50/50 chance it would end up that way.

But here’s to looking at every situation half cup full.

A sunshine behind every cloud.

A light at the end of the tunnel…

You get the point. Ending corniness here :)

paradise

Paradise seems like such a faraway place. A place that seems special and unreachable. But what if it’s sort of right at our home? Right outside our door. A small oasis of our garden. Or the local park. The breezy beach. What if?

laughter

Love is so precious. And I don’t know the key to a good relationship. I think it takes a lot of things to make any meaningful, worthwhile relationship work though.

For me, laughter has to be one of my favorites. I look back fondly of all the inside jokes my best friends and I would have at school. The funny things that happen at work. Family members and their playful teasing and inside jokes, as well. Or just laughing with your lover about anything and everything you talk about – tv shows, family, friends, food, everything. It’s just fun.

The best kind is when you don’t see it coming. When life surprises you with a gift of overwhelming laughter and happiness. Suddenly, you have tears in your eyes from laughing so much. It’s a little bite-size snack of amusement in life that reminds all of us that although life can be hard, it’s not always. It’s also a good cure to any bad moods, too. If you find yourself in one, look up a good comic stand-up clip or watch your favorite comedy show. I’m sure it’ll put you in a good mood in no time.

all that jazz

When I first listened to jazz, I was a teenager listening to all sorts of music to figure out what I really liked. Time definitely felt like it moved a lot slower when you’re a kid, huh? Anyway, I saw Kind of Blue in a music store, bought it, and played it in my room. And wow, I kind of loved it instantly. Nothing like the other popular music that was around and my friends and I weren’t musicians, so instrumental music as a whole was completely new to me. And since then, I can identify the songs in that album anywhere with feelings of nostalgia.

It’s weird and cool that music can do that. No matter where you are or what you are doing, if you hear a song that matters to you, it takes you back.

nap time

I had a terrible headache today. I think it came from a combination of hearing surprising news (good and semi-bad), staring at the screen for hours for work, and being hungry.

So I guess my body decided that it was nap time. When I woke up from it, my first thought was, “wow, that was really good sleep.”

Is it weird that some of the best sleep I get is from the sofa or couch? Obviously, not my first choice as a “bed”, but I am perplexed by this sometimes.

a reason to write

I began this month stating that I wanted to write every day this month and there has been some hiccups to that. I’ve skipped a day or two here or there. I was going to skip today even since I honestly didn’t know what to write about.

I think in the past, I used to really look at the numbers — the followers, the likes, the comments. But nowadays, I think I like not really looking. I think it’s fun to just blog. To write when there’s a reason to write.

Challenges like these are fun because they’re for me. I don’t want to put pressure on myself for fun things. Speaking of challenges, I’ve thought about starting a reading challenge to read all the books Rory Gilmore mentions in Gilmore Girls. I already know I’ll likely not fully succeed on that one, too, but perhaps I’ll read some really amazing books along the way. And that’s way more valuable to me.

Do you embark on challenges and if so, which ones have you done and how do you stay motivated?

odd hobby

Does anyone else like looking at real estate? Even though I do not have money to even make any big moves soon, I can still dream, right? A loved one has warned me not get too wrapped up into it as I’ll fall into the trap of comparisons and feeling like my current home is not good enough, large enough, or whatever grass-is-greener comparison the real estate market is banking on.

And I think that’s a good reminder. And I think this ties in my focus on sustainability, too. Use what you have. Repair what is broken. Build off of what is there. Appreciate the little things.

I think media does a good job in influencing all of us that making a change in your life requires some big move. I understand that it does, sometimes, but I also think it doesn’t have to be that fancy. It’s one foot in front of the other. It’s a change in mindset, focus, priorities, and behavior. At the very least, it’s commitment to yourself first.

change

I’m considering making a change to my career trajectory a little. We are talking baby steps. I admire everyone and anyone who has or are currently on this path towards a new career or taking classes to. I never actually thought of the steps they had to take that led them here. Maybe it stems from dissatisfaction with their lives. Maybe they have to for survival. For me, it comes from curiosity, “what if my life is like this or that?” But I also feel limited and I don’t want to anymore.

I know change isn’t easy. I know it’s hard. The question is, how much do I want this?

propagating plants

The other day I had this weird urge to just propagate two of my houseplants, the peperomia and my bamboo plants. It was really nice. I had loads of glass jars, so I figured I could just put one bamboo stem each in one. Now I have a little bamboo plant farm as my loved one called it. The peperomia plant was getting a bit cluttered. I’ve done this two other times, and they’ve been successful in soil. I think I tried propagating the rubber plant once in water and it didn’t end well.

It’s odd for me a little bit to get back into house planting as I sort of stopped or took a long break from last summer to now. The lilies I planted earlier this year are tall! The marigold seeds from two years ago did not work, so good to know. Ha ha. I guess I could just put it into the compost.

Got a lot of chores done to prepare for the coming week. Hope everyone is well. :)

the cure to a bad mood

Some days feel harder to enjoy. For me, this is that day. Sometimes life feels like not what I thought it would be, but at the same time, it feels like it all makes sense. I don’t know. My mood right now isn’t the greatest, but usually there’s a cure. And that’s to think about all the things I am grateful for in my life. All the things in life that make me happy.

It’s not the first thing that comes to mind, honestly, but it does help when I do practice gratitude. I am hoping that although it feels uncertain now, that maybe it will make more sense in the future. And hopefully it turns out okay.