Thursday, October 5

Twenty Things That Spark My Joy...

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A year or so ago I got all Marie Kondo on my life and went through a giant downsize. It felt great to take out clutter that wasn't adding any happiness to my life. I took out clutter, I took out activities, I took out TV shows, I took out clothes and makeup and shoes and truly, just downsized my entire life.

It's been about two years now since then. And as life has gone on, as life tends to do, I've realized that I had taken all these things out, but I had forgotten to put joy-filled things back in! I got so busy downsizing and cleaning things out that I left them empty and bare. I know it sounds crazy but I just got focused on getting things really cleaned out. Then I just kind of stayed there.

It wasn't until recently, when the weather started to change ushering in my absolute FAVORITE seasons of the year that I realized I had not been doing or enjoying a lot of things that used to bring me joy! I'm not quite sure why. Maybe I was too busy working on removing things that weren't bringing me joy. Maybe I thought I had to somehow re-"earn" joy? I haven't figured it out. No matter what the reason, I was just moving through life filling up my days and nights and completely forgetting about some of the things that I just absolutely love to do!

Have you ever done this? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Two weeks ago I decided to start a new series here on the blog called "Sunday Bread" because I LOVE to bake. And yet, I don't bake all that much anymore. Years ago I even had a whole blog about vegan baking! How could I have gotten so far away from something I enjoyed so much? I guess after being diagnosed with hashimotos and having to get off gluten and then starting my weight loss journey I just steered away from baked goods but damn it if I can't figure out a way to make it work because I love to bake and I want to create those happy, vanilla and cinnamon scented memories in the kitchen with my kids.

The other day I took myself to one of my favorite stores (if you follow me on instagram stories you saw this field trip) and I just had so much fun. Like, I had a ridiculous amount of fun for just walking around a store by myself. I was beaming. And when I came home I remarked to my husband, "I forgot how much I loved it there! How is that possible?"

So I decided to make a list of things I love that I may or may not have forgotten about. Things that bring me joy. Things that SPARK joy in me.

1. Baking things from scratch
2. Twinkle lights inside houses
3. Candles
4. Going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings
5. Brunch
6. Anthropologie
7. Decorating
8. Blogging
9. Taking photos with a camera that is not my phone
10. Singing really loud with the windows down in the car
11. Paddleboard yoga sessions and being active at least 6 days a week somehow
12. Pretty pajamas that don't feel frumpy
13. Fresh flowers
14. Coffee shop dates
15. Eye contact + being present with people
16. Being a better friend
17. Pretty baby clothes (since my son won't let me dress him anymore)
18. Giving gifts
19. Family dinners
20. DIY projects

Man, just reading over that list makes me excited! Why did I ever let so many of those things go? I think sometimes in life it's easy to fall into routines, to get busy, to lose focus, and to get distracted. In my own journey to improving my life I got so focused on getting rid of all the bad that I totally forgot to keep the good! But I'm on a mission through the rest of 2017 to work on leveling up my life across the board by making small but intentional better choices each day. From my food to my activity to my free time to my fun. Maybe you'll get inspired to do the same?

If you're working on cleaning up your life, your routine, your time that's so great! Just don't forget that once you clear out all the clutter, to remember to put back in the joy! xo, B
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