Friday, February 21, 2020

What's Making Me Happy Right Now!

I am a sucker for signing up to receive emails, and to be honest I don't read half of them. Typically I will see a free resource that I just have to have which almost always requires a subscription, and the next thing I know my inbox is filled with inspiring articles and resources that I do-not-have-time-to-read! I am sure they are wonderful, but alas, there are not enough hours in the day! Oh what I wouldn't give for "want my wonderful free resource?, just click here, no subscription required! This is all spurred on, of course, by the experts and their ideas about the acceptable number of subscribers needed to be considered successful. Personally, I'm glad I'm choosing to ignore them. For now, if I offer something for free, you only get what you choose to download! I hope I never feel forced to succumb! :)

That being said, Gretchen Rubin has an email/newsletter, I'm not sure what they are called, but of the hundred or more I seem inclined to wade through, hers is one that LOVE and that I do take time to read. It's called 5 Things Making Me Happy This Week, and if you are a sucker like me, you can subscribe here. Reading her offerings typically inspires me to think back through my week to all the things I encountered that make me happy as well, and so I've decided (at least for today, I'm not sure this will become a regular thing), to share my ** HAPPY THINGS ** as well, in no particular order.!

In the picture above, my pretty stash of yarn in all my favorite colors makes me happy just looking at it! I've got plans for a couple of projects coming up soon, so I'll be sure to share pics as I progress!
I made a lot of progress on my book! I am still in the research stage, but I was able to. devote several days to it this week, even though that was because I wasn't feeling well. I have a kidney stone that rears its ugly head now and then, but, thankfully aided by my arsenal of hydrangea root, lemon water and ACV, it has gone back into hiding! During those lovely days of leisure, I played around with adding some color to my proposed cover and I am REALLY liking the way it looks, especially since it kind of ties it to my blog! What do you think?
And speaking of research. I picked this little gem up from the library last week. Since I am writing a book about creating and making memories, I thought  it would be a good idea if I had a little better understanding of how they are formed! This has been quite insightful and I am enjoying every minute of it! Highly recommend!

Also, though I don't have any pictures, yet, I put together a little planner this week. Very simple and srtaight forward, not too overwhelming but that I am hoping will also help me keep up with things a little better.

"If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands! "

I also came across a file I had downloaded some time ago, Kelsey Van Kirk's publication, Uncovering Your Core Values. I am linking to the podcast, but unfortunately the workbook that is linked appears to no longer be available. So, if its something that interests you then maybe contact Kelsey directly to see if there is still a way to get it. Anyway, thankfully I did download it some time ago but I am just now getting around to working through it. I'm planning to write a more detailed post some time next week discussing this, but for now I discovered that my core values are.

- Spirituality
- Childlike Faith
- Living Intentionally
- Order
- Knowledge
- Creativity
- Exploration

Like I said, I'll unpack that a little more in another post, but it was very though provoking and an insightful exercise and if you can find something similar, I highly recommend it!

And finally to wrap this up, I signed up for a free one week trial of the Boomerang channel through Amazon Prime and I've been enjoying watching old episodes of The Flinstones and The Jetsons over lunch this week. I don't think I'll keep, though. It's only $5.99 a month, but my free three month trial of Spotify Premium is nearing its end, as well as Kindle Unlimited. I don't think I'll continue with Kindle Unlimited, at least for now. I like the idea, but lets be honest, I haven't read half the books I paid for and downloaded, why do I need unlimited???? I do LOVE Spotify premium, so I'm keeping that, and I already subscribe to the PBS channel through Prime and that's a no-brainer. I think I've got plenty to keep me occupied!  

So what about you, what's making you happy this week?  Are you a sucker for email subscriptions like me?  And what services do you think are worth paying for and don't want to live without? I'm almost afraid to ask . . . .

Until then, 

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