I had a great idea for a blog post and had far too much faith in it being such a great idea I wouldn’t forget it, then promptly forgot it, so instead I thought I’d make a nice list of the little things that have brought me joy recently, because I’m getting better at finding them.
- Filling out my bullet journal every night
- Spider-Man: No Way Home
- Making funny tiktoks at work
- Pasta with cheese
- Potatoes with cheese
- Just cheese, actually
- How I’ve already read three books this month and two of them were 4 stars
- My fiancé got a haircut and the back of his head is all soft and fuzzy
- Playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on my Switch
- The second-hand Jaeger coat my dad got me for Christmas that makes me feel bougie af
- The fact that whenever anyone says ‘af’ at work, my colleague and I will replace it with ‘auto focus’ (iykyk)
- Listening to a playlist called Pop Goes Classical on Spotify
- Cheer Season 2 on Netflix
- My new pastel felt tip pens
- Tick, Tick… Boom on Netflix
- Andrew Garfield in Tick, Tick… Boom
- My mum straightened my hair for me last time I went home and it was so soft
- My mum still agrees to do things like straighten my hair even though I am 25 years old and should absolutely be able to do it myself
- I played Monopoly on the XBox the other night with some mates and it was chaotic and ridiculous and brilliant and we put several properties to auction and only bid $1 each for ages
- I feel genuinely valued by my colleagues at work and I’m grateful to work with such a fantastic bunch of people and also be able to call them my friends
- I also have a group chat with two of the girls from my old job where we talk almost exclusively about Spider-Man
- Did I mention Spider-Man: No Way Home because seriously
- Also the Tick, Tick… Boom soundtrack. I have so many feelings about Jonathan Larson and his music
- Watching my friend Lottie stream on twitch is so comforting (and she shouted out my blog the other day which was the cutest)
- I’m doing a dance show in March and I feel like a teenager again except I’m not surrounded by people who make me feel shit about myself
- I keep remembering I’m getting married this year and it’s super weird but also really exciting
- I’m actually really excited about my goals / resolutions for the year and it’s nearly three weeks in, which bodes well
- I don’t want to shout about it, but I got a pay rise at work and I’m actually really proud of myself (which doesn’t happen very often)
- Going to sound very mushy, but about three years ago I remember being in Sainsburys car park and wondering how I could possibly love a human more and more every day but after six years with my now-fiancé, I still love him more and more (I know, I know)
- There’s a lot going on at the moment, but rather than quitting and running away, I’m looking for ways to cope and make the things I want to do work, which is a big step
I know it’s super cliché, but if things are really tough at the moment I thoroughly recommend trying to think of even one good thing that’s happened in each day, a highlight, because there will be one, even if it’s that you got out of bed and you faced the day, because god know’s that can be impossible sometimes.
Hopefully one good thing will spiral into a whole list of things you’re grateful for.
And even if you’re not in that place, sometimes writing down all the bad things can be a good way to acknowledge them and let them out of your head and lighten the load on your chest.
Whatever you need, I hope you are able to find your joy, if not now then soon!
Thank you for reading,