And the adventure continues!
Quick recap: for me, May of 2020 is all about self-love. I’m really capable of getting down on myself, so I’m trying to be kinder and embrace a more self-focused positive attitude. It’s pretty hard when you’re battling Bipolar 1’s super depressive swings. Each day, I’ll be working from one of the prompts from Tia Harding’s 32 Self-Love Journal Prompts or from The Petite Planner’s 30 Days of Self-Love.
Here’s today’s prompt: “List twenty-four things that make you smile.“
This one… I wasn’t sure about including it, honestly. It makes me a little uncomfortable because I had to think about it after the first five or so. And then I was stuck on eighteen for like, half an hour.
But success was had!
But here’s my list of things that make me smile:
- a fresh skein of yarn
- Spock being a goof and playing tag with me
- mastering a new crochet stitch
- when J laughs suddenly and doesn’t try to hide her smile
- when I watch Baby Bubble walking around
- getting a text or call from my siblings
- playing Tetris
- reading a good, fluffy book
- the creamy crunch duo of a freshly toasted everything bagel with veggie cream cheese and a bit of salted butter
- the smell of my snickerdoodles baking in an oven
- being at a table in the tea house with friends, elbow deep in both discussion and our own yarn projects.
- using a slow cooker to make beef and sweet potato chili
- surprising friends with little trinkets like pins or earrings
- trying a new recipe
- root beer floats
- a fresh batch of silk flowers
- spending time cooking with Papa Ben and Pop Tom
- when Peanut wants attention and daintily puts a paw on my face or arm for attention
- tacos or nachos genuinely make me smile
- when I get a fresh notebook and am able to write and fill blank pages
- the smell of baking bread or cooking garlic
- lighting a candle for someone
- reading someone’s cards for them, meaning tarot cards
- getting a new lipstick
Boy! This was harder than I thought! But now I know some little ways I can bring a smile to my face on rough days.