Life is good. It really just is. Weekly Happiness is the time of week where I come talk to you about my personal life and make those fourth wall announcements. I know there’s usually not much to respond to, and I’m not really stirring a political pot of conversation by telling you that the cat I saw at the crystal store was the sleepiest, softest cat I ever saw, but the reason I’ve done it week after week for three years now is two-fold:
1) It’s for me. It’s a good way for me to collect my thoughts and reflect on the past seven days. It forces me to read through the entries I make in my happy journal, instead of only writing in it. It makes me form full thoughts instead of the bulleted phrases I scribble down in the notebook beside my bed. I also love having a place that I could potentially refer to in the future; it’s in the cloud, if you will. A house fire can’t burn this post down. (Unless that house fire was at the Go Daddy headquarters, I guess.)
2) It’s for you. Something that I realized when I started blogging “professionally” was that if you intend to make a living from your blog, it needs to be helping someone with something. My hope for my blog overall is to provide you with happiness and inspiration to live a life of fun for yourself, no matter how different that life may be from the norm that has been dictated to you previously. And my hope for these posts is to remind you that gratitude is an essential aspect of a healthy, beautiful, actualized life. (I also do my best to be transparent with you, so by sharing personal parts of my days with you is my way of telling you I care. I’m thankful that you’re here, that you’re reading my words and by doing so, support me.)
Because of that, I never want these posts to get dull for me in terms of logistics. I’ve experimented with multiple formats over the years, and I’m sure that’s going to be a pattern you can expect over the next few years. Therefore, this is probably the last week of this format.
This week has been full of sincere, good moments. I was featured on Buzzfeed for a yarnbomb I did, which I
was am ecstatic about, Aunt Peaches liked some of my photos on Instagram, and I worked on the preparation aspect of my mail art show installation. I worked through a few communication issues with various people in my life, I took a break from texting for some solo time, and hung out at my favorite museum in the world (above).
I created an insanely unimportant dance competition between acquaintances, ate at two new restaurants, and celebrated Popcorn Day in a wholehearted manner. I’ve been focusing a lot on street art, including watching documentaries, buying and reading books, and working on my own projects.
Extra Sparkle: having a nice time at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, even though I expected to hate it my forever fascination (and inability to not purchase) grab bags reaching 1,111 “likes” on Facebook and making Cristen high-five me four times in a row to celebrate making security guards laugh with my candor opportunities to not park in a garage (because I always get lost in them) having a pre-interview on the phone with a reporter about street art season premieres of Broad City, It’s Always Sunny, and Girls the ease of shifting back into an old friendship being shown a true wonder that is located in a stranger’s front yard (more to come) the movie, “Super” pretzel hot dogs Joe and I discussing being Morticia and Gomez vs. Lily and Herman for Halloween finding out there’s a place you can play Oregon Trail online sliding into my new yellow chevron patterned bedsheets at the end of the day questioning employees about their signage watching Ashley make beautiful string art in her apartment sitting in my car as I waited for it to heat the ice off, and being surprised as Nick showed up with an ice scraper finding a sexual/relationship compatibility list from 1949 recording strange conversations thinking about what questions my cat would ask if he could extremely gross jokes the cashier at the BBQ place acting like it was kismit that we both like mac and cheese and fries as our sides being completely in love getting strangers to join in my outfit photos
My mail art show is coming up, and if you want to be a part of it you still have a little bit of time. If you’re in the US and you mail me your piece by tomorrow, I should get it in time! Please do so! I want you in it.
And, as always, please share your happiness lists in the comments below.