Part of my life philosophy is reminding myself of the little joys that make each day beautiful.
That’s not to say that bad things aren’t happening, or that we should ignore them, or that we should perpetually wear rose-coloured glasses and live out toxic positivity (I plan on writing a blog post about that very soon!), but sometimes we just need to take a moment to remind ourselves that good stuff may have happened, too!
This fall and winter, the case numbers in my province went up, resulting in more strict regulations, so it’ll be great practice for me to find some things that made me smile through all that frustration.
So, here we go! Things that made me smile this fall, despite pandemic life going downhill again:
My bachelorette party!
Kudos to my mom for suggesting I do this a half year before my wedding instead of a month. I got to spend time with my ladies before gathering sizes were restricted once more with such a fun celebration! If you want to read about it, click here.
Making fun Halloween treats.
I’ve been trying to make a point of still making holidays special even though we can’t go out to parties or gatherings anymore. This year, that meant making Halloween brownie balls decorated to look like mummies, dirt patches, and eyeballs! It was labour intensive, and very delicious!
Watching my clients’ progress.
First things first, it felt AMAZING to sign on coaching clients this fall! But even better was listening to them share their progress towards wellness and their creative goals.
Discovering chai latte mix at the grocery store.
One of the things I’ve missed most during this pandemic is being a stereotypical writer and lurking at coffee shops to do my work. (You can read more about what I’ve missed here.) My favourite drink to purchase at said coffee shops? Chai lattes. (I don’t drink coffee.) Well, my soon-to-be sister-in-law pointed out that you can buy chai latte mix at the grocery store! Just add milk! It’s nice to bring a little coffee shop atmosphere into my home.
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Like many other people, I’ve done more baking than usual this year. And during the Christmas season I dove right in to a major project: Christmas baking tins for 15 other households. There were sugar cookies, eggnog cookies, Christmas crack, candy cane bark, and gingerbread. It was intense, it kept me busy and gave me a goal, and it put me in the spirit of giving.
We went on a driving tour of the Christmas lights in our town. There were so many beautifully decorated houses, including one that had a cut out of the grinch ripping the lights off the roof, and a house that shone so brightly I thought I was in the Lampoon Christmas Vacation movie.
Devouring hot chocolate bombs and tons of other chocolate.
I received a box of hot chocolate bombs for Christmas and it has been so fun working through them! Every time I use one, I find the fiancé so he can watch it explode with me.
Still getting to eat Christmas breakfast.
For as long as I can remember, my mom has been making something called pithivier for Christmas breakfast. It’s spinach, bacon, and eggs mushed up in puff pastry and I LIVE for it. This year, I got to make it myself and eating it made the day feel like Christmas, even if it we weren’t with the rest of our family.
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What made you smile this fall? What small, good things happened?
Enjoy the journey,