There’s something beautiful about the ideal of writing lists each day of the things that make you smile; I am totally sold on the benefits and I do think it’s really important to pay attention to those small flutters of happiness – but the realist in me says it’s not necessarily my best use of time. Besides, I have quite the routine so naming a hand full of different things, each and everyday could be pushing it a little bit! That in mind, I thought I’d share a few random things which to most people could be deemed as mundane or boring but hey, they do make me smile.
I try to be super organised and pre-plan my lunches for the week. I work in an office so it’s essential to have a nice lunch to look forward to because lets face it, on the slow days it does get you through the morning! Nothing makes me happier than feeling like a well rounded, effortlessly organised woman like having a healthy lunch pre-prepared to pop in my bag of a weekday morning. I totter off and slide my little lunch box into the work fridge like no one can stop me. Sometimes though, I dash out the door with a box of Special K under arm, so those days I feel a little less like Wonderwoman.
You may plant it by dampening some kitchen roll and there’s little to no skill in the planning, but I tell you what, eighteen year old me would not have thought I would get quite as excited as I do when my cress grows. Don’t hate on me, you cannot deny the joy when one day you’re minding your own business and the next your cress is sprouting like a blossoming poppy field. Will I ever use it to make a sandwich? Probably not but hopefully when the delivery man pops round, he’ll see it and think I’m a domestic goddess.
Ever queued at a retail shop and remembered at the last moment that you have a loyalty card you’ve been meaning to use? Oh yes, what a moment of pure, unadulterated excitement. I tell you what, I collect Nectar points like beanie babies from back in the day. You may judge, but those bad boys bought me a microwave, duvet and new pillows last year during their double up day! I tell all my friends and family to get them but secretly I don’t want them too, because then they can use mine and I can their points, told you it was a list of mundane favourites!
My next point is so relevant for this time of year; as the evenings draw in and you find yourself watching TV in the evenings as it goes dark outside. I love nothing more than popping the lights off and mood lighting the room with my lamps. Floor lamps, table lamps – whatever suits your space but it’s so cosy and really sets up the evening, especially if it’s Friday and you’re on the sofa with a take away and a film is on. I used to think it was such a pointless thing to have lamps in your social spaces – you have a ceiling light, what’s the point? But now I’m all about it, and who knew I’d be so passionate about warm or cool bulbs – adult-ing to the extreme!