Listen, we are not going to talk about my slacktastic ways. Let’s leave the past in the past #boop. Lots and lots has happened, the majority FABULOUSNESS and the rest not worth mentioning. There’s always so much going on and most likely there always will be…I would likely go crazy otherwise. Anyhow, it’s Spring (allegedly) and what is a more fitting time to focus on HAPPINESS? Pastels, florals, rejuvenation, blossoming, softness, feminine strength cloaked in deceptive frailty and just cuteness, right?! This is a quick and dirty on 10 things that make me happy!
You can’t pay this girl to run but I absolutely love me a pair of tear way track pants. These are from Target and have a little peekaboo situation at the ankle so you can see a sneak preview of the shoe. I paired this mustard and ivory striped pair of track pants with a black peplum top with a surprise lace panel in the back and leopard print pointy shoes. Of course, nothing says “track pants” like a chunky strand of pearls.
When I wake up at 2 o’clock in the morning with all missiles firing and sleep seems like a very distant and elusive memory, I take a melatonin sleep gummy and I’m knocked back out within 10 minutes… that’s my favorite and legit makes me happy! Okay, I was proofreading and realize that sounds a smidge drug addiction-y. Let me clarify, I do not take sleep aids nightly. But on those nights where I am physically exhausted but mentally stimulated, I am grateful something works!
Morning affirmations with my 5 year old son every day. I tell him he is a brilliant Black Boy the purest and most appreciated source of my #blackboyjoy. He tells me that I am his favorite mother. We speak positivity, power and prosperity over our day. We dance to Can’t Stop The Feeling and/or Alvin and The Chipmunks 12 Days of Christmas (DON’T. YOU. DARE. JUDGE. ME.) Monday thru Friday.
You guys, I love wigs!!! It makes me super happy when I purchase a wig and I am able to manipulate it enough that it mimics the texture of my natural hair. I get bored with hair quite quickly. I love that you can kind of have a fun new persona for each wig you own.
Finally saving a decent amount of money and not immediately blowing it on stupid crap. Cute, stupid crap, but stupid crap nonetheless.
As corny and cliche as it may sound, random acts of kindness and paying it forward, genuinely make me happy. I keep a few dollars in my car. Admittedly, this cash is there for my crappy days when I just need an ice cream cone from McDonalds or a piece of Texas toast from Raising Canes. However, I find that I more often than not end up gifting it to the homeless. It makes me happy when I am low on money and I reach in to find those few dollar bills and I have them to give. I recognize my privilege. The only difference between the giver and the recipient is a flip of the wrist.
Do you see yourself trying this trend? The key factor for wearing track pants, in my opinion, is balancing the masculine and feminine by adding ruffles, pearls, lace, polkadots and a stand out shoe!
Snacks! Well, more accurately, sweets make me happy. Mike n’ Ike Zours, ice cream, Coca Cola cake from the Cracker Barrel, homemade peach or blackberry cobbler and sour cream pound cake. Happy happy joy joy!!
Hotel slumber parties with my husband and son! Room service, swimming, jumping on the bed, playing on the phone, running in the halls, sleeping in and room darkening curtains. Yes. Yes. Yes!
The scent of freshly laundered clothing. Especially with tide and downy unstoppables. I sniff each item, undies excluded (ewww). There has to be one silver lining in doing loads of laundry weekly.
The sound of my Bambino’s voice as he reads a chapter to me nightly. First of all, he has the most adorably melodious voice ever. However, more importantly, he is such an advanced reader just at 5 years old. This not only makes me proud, it makes me unbelievably happy.
My handsome and hardworking husband! Forehead kisses. Gray joggers. Surprise Beyoncé tickets. When he remembers that I love the chocolate chip cookies from the Southern and snags one for me. His unwavering and intentional effort dedicated to our family.
There you have it in a nutshell! So what’s your 10? I ask my clients often, what makes them happy and it really breaks my heart that 90% of the time they are unable to tell me. I think it is very important to take inventory and recognize what makes you happy. It helps you to appreciate and be grateful for all that you have! These 10 things came easily to me. The fact that others struggle with finding one reason is not lost on me. I’ll ask again, what’s your 10? Thanks for reading, chickadee!