Happy Hour Meetup with RSJ Philly | Independence Beer Garden | 18 September 2021

After taking a summer break from meetups for mental health reasons, I made my debut this weekend. I RSVP’d for this event a few weeks ago and I’m glad the weather held.

Independence Beer Garden was crowded, but we found a (standing room only) table. Jordyn, then Emily x2 (two Emilys), and Eva joined us, then Jeff came.

When the Emily x2 and Eva left, Ben joined us and so did another Jeff, who was drunk as anything. Unfortunately, I had a group photo taken after Emily x2 and Eva left, but before Ben and Drunk Jeff joined us.

When Ben joined us, we got the board games and had fun for the rest of the evening.

It was so nice seeing everyone! Can’t wait for the next meetup!

Thankful Thursday 16 September 2021

Happy Last Thursday of Summer 2021! It’s hard to believe that the Autumn Equinox is coming up next Wednesday. I’m thankful for how summer turned out.

I’m thankful for my new job and co-workers. The security guard gave me a fig this morning. I’ll eat it later. Today was Yom Kippur and I can’t do a full fast, but a modified one. I only had water and bland foods.

I posted this on Facebook this morning and I want to share it here as well:

To those I may have wronged, I ask for forgiveness.

To those I may have helped, I wish I could have done more.

To those I neglected to help, I please ask for understanding.

To those who helped me, I want to sincerely thank you.

May you have an easy fast (if able to) and be written in the book of life another year.

I am also thankful for friends and family. What are you thankful for today?

Thankful Thursday 9 September 2021

Happy Thursday! I can’t believe we’re at Thursday already and summer is behind us, unofficially.

I have a lot to be thankful. My new job is still going well. I’ve made some mistakes, but I am still learning, and that is to be expected. Yet, despite some of those mistakes, I am doing well and I have wonderful co-workers who are helpful.

I’m thankful for friends and family too. What are you grateful for?

Shana Tova!

Happy 5782! It’s the Jewish New Year. Last year my groups had us share what we were grateful for and this year, this past Shabbat, the Rabbi had us share what we are grateful for.

I am grateful for my jobs. I am loved, welcomed, and appreciated.

I’m also grateful for my synagogue. I am loved and welcomed. I’ve built a religious family this year and I can’t wait to see what a new year brings. I’m grateful that Alex helped me join.

I’m thankful for friends, family, and my dear readers. I enjoy writing for you and I’m glad I could help you. I’ve built a family around my blogging communities too.

Since today is Labor Day in the US, I’m thankful for the summer I had. While we are still not out of the COVID woods yet, I was able to do some traveling and met some kind people on my travels. Traveling truly does help one grow.

Happy holidays, dear reader! Regardless of what you celebrate, I hope you can hold some gratitude in your heart today.

Thankful Thursday 2 September 2021

I can’t believe we’re in September already! I can’t believe that in 4 months I will be opening Happiness Box 2021! While it’s not as filled as 2017-2019, it’s a bit more fuller than 2020’s. I didn’t get to the level my Happiness Box is now until November 2020. While we are not out of the woods yet, I’ve been able to do some things I couldn’t do last year.

I’m waiting on my NYC photos to arrive. Once they do, I’ll add the envelope to the Box with a note of the contents. I don’t feel like taking those paper bags (the leopard print one, and two brown bags) out. I bought some postcards in Manhattan, Coney Island, and Brooklyn, so I put a note in each bag with the postcard.

I have a lot to be grateful for this week. I love my new job and the people I work with. I feel very lucky and it’s a great feeling. It’s nice to have a job one loves.

New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania were walloped by Ida. New Jersey and New York declared states of emergency; parts of Montgomery County, PA were going to and I imagine Philadelphia will be as well. I’m thankful that where I live wasn’t touched by tornadoes and we had minimal flooding.

Since we were unscathed, I will be donating goods to local charities, to help those who lost everything in the storm. I am grateful that we were spared and I want to share my bounty with those who aren’t as fortunate.

I’m also grateful for friends and family. What are you grateful for this week?

Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s essential: Self-Care September

Happy September! I can’t believe we are in the ninth month of the year. It’s a difficult month for someone near and dear to my heart; and it’s the start of a very difficult 8 weeks for me. I will be there for someone that is near and dear to my heart, and I will be caring for myself in the next 8 weeks, like I’ve been doing for the past 7 years. I have high hopes for myself this year and if I can help someone else, I will.

In the time before COVID-19, I subscribed to Action for Happiness newsletters and each month they would send me calendars of different actions to take for the month. When COVID-19 became a reality, Action for Happiness stopped sending these calendars because we were all quarantined. They’ve stopped for the past 18 months.

This morning when I checked my e-mail I was happy to see an e-mail and calendar waiting for me. I like to think we are getting back to “normal,” but we are not out of the pandemic yet. While we are not in the clear, I’m glad they sent the calendar because even though we are still quarantined, we can still perform these actions. Let me share the calendar.


Happy Self-Care September! I hope you will be able to do some of these activities on this calendar. I have printed it out for myself and I’ll write down the progress. Reading these activities, they’re easy to do while quarantining.

Good luck!