How’s everybody doing? These last two weeks have been killer for me. You’d think after more than a month in self-isolation that I would be well-adjusted and getting on with life … NOPE. Emotions are flying higher (and lower) than ever. I’ll be relatively fine one minute, and the next I can be horribly crabby (sorry, Ry!) or sobbing my eyes out for really no reason. It’s strange to not have a full grasp on my emotions and the why/what/how on feeling the way I do, but maybe that’s just par for the course right now. Anyone else feeling like this?
While I fully admit that it’s been challenging to find any good in this messed-up situation, I’m doing my best to keep my attitude and spirits in check. Because being down in the dumps all the time isn’t good for anyone – especially me and my mental health!
To help get my positivity back on track, I thought I’d dust off and refresh an old post topic that I originally published before Thanksgiving last year (thanks to Jess for the idea!) – a list of the small things that spark joy in my life. And, for today’s post it’s going to be a quarantine edition! Because even in the hardest of times there’s a ridiculous amount to be thankful for and happy about, even something as silly as changing the part in my hair … more on that below. 😉
The Small Things That Spark Joy – Quarantine Edition!
+ Training my hair to part in a new place and perfecting flat iron waves … I said this was about the small things, right? Can’t do anything about my washed out color and gray hairs, so these couple victories sure help!
+ At-home date nights with Ryan with either takeout or a homemade recipe that I’ve been wanting to try, wine, a puzzle and the record player on.
+ Video chatting with my family. It doesn’t replace being together in-person, but it certainly helps!
+ The magic that is Target drive-up. Scrolling through the app for the latest and greatest might be just as fun as roaming the aisles in person! Okay, not quite but let’s just keep telling ourselves that.
+ Being on top (and at times, ahead!) of laundry possibly for the first time ever in my adult life.
+ Watching John Krasinski’s Some Good News and ugly-crying through every episode.
+ Baking just for fun. I typically only bake around the holidays, and even then I usually follow the same few recipes. Some of this extra time has given me the opportunity to perfect my baking skills and try new recipes! Bonus for all the taste tests, too.
+ When a home decor project comes together exactly how I envisioned it.
+ Extra-long walks around the neighborhood with Finn. I will never, ever again take for granted being able to simply go outside and walk. Even if it’s cold, I have a hat, gloves and scarf for a reason.
+ Allowing myself to sleep in and/or take an afternoon nap if I feel like it … aka I’ve been taking a nap nearly every day around 4 p.m., and it’s GLORIOUS.
What are some small things bringing you joy during this time?
You might also want to check out how I’m managing quarantine life and tips for you, too!