Thankful Thursday 24 May 2018

Yesterday, my interview about the Happiness Box Project appeared in the Spiritual newsletter on Writing.com. I am thankful Sonali asked to interview me and I was happy to spread the word about my Happiness Box.

 

On Sunday, our book discussion group has a memorial for one of our members. She died in March and we were all shocked by her sudden death. Ms. Eileen was a huge part of our group and her contributions were invaluable. I knew she was a Spanish teacher and world traveller; we often talked about travels when I saw her at the library, but I never knew how extensive her travels were and that she knew six other languages. No wonder why she took an interest in my language studies and asked if I would be travelling anytime soon! Hearing stories about Eileen’s personality, I aspire to her wanderlust. I have my whole life to try to accomplish it. Sunday definitely inspired me.

I took photos and one of the members e-mailed me thanking me for the beautiful, thoughtful photos and she was sure Eileen’s family would appreciate it. She also thanked me for my contributions and wished me a happy summer. I felt thankful for that nice e-mail.

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

Scrapbook Creations

I’m slowly working on the scrapbook of Happiness Box 2017. It’s not an everyday project because I don’t have time to complete it each day, though I want to start trying because I want to tidy up my room again. I have the slips and photos in three different bags. I went overboard and sometimes buying refills is expensive.

Maybe buying a stack of white 12×12 paper, then empty refills later on might be the cheaper option, but the way paper prices are going, I highly doubt it. I just complete it slowly and wait for sales. It’ll get done when it gets done, but I might just stick the slips and photos into the book. I just couldn’t bring the book everywhere in that state since I don’t want anything to fall out, but the book is too heavy to carry anyway. I think that is a plan.

Last Friday, I went to the Art Museum and worked on my scrapbook pages a little bit. I am working to place slips; I won’t actually decorate until all of the sheets are set.

Though I started subscribing to Pipsticks and May’s stickers came in. The stickers are amazing this month and really match my personality! I can’t wait to use them.

On Thursday, I worked on two pages and placed some of the Pipsticks. They look amazing, but I still want to wait until all of the slips are set before I decorate. Sometimes I change my mind, and I will admit the sheets aren’t in order by date, but by where they fit. I might move some things around, and I want the stickers to match somewhat.

I swear I’m not anal! I am just excited about this scrapbook.

Thankful Thursday 17 May 2018

Ramadan Mubarak to my Muslim followers and Happy Shavuot to my Jewish followers. I am thankful that the library is inclusive of all and that they have books about all holidays and cultures. I am especially thankful that the children’s department has these books because I think it’s important for children to learn about not only differences but our similarities as well. I truly believe that war comes from those focusing on the stark differences, not realizing there is a lot more that make us all similar.

I am also thankful for friends, family, and opportunity. I feel positive about where life might take me and I look forward to the opportunities that will allow me to work toward my goals.

What are you thankful for today?

Celebrating Mom

This year I am discovering that spending time with others actually improves happiness. While I still like my solitude (I am an introvert), I am trying to spend more time with friends and family. I’m also continuing to meet people on my travels. I have noticed that has helped me tremendously (besides going gluten and dairy free).

I am thankful for my parents and I am grateful for everything they do for me. Mom cooking me gluten-free and halal meals, making sure I can eat the meals they are having. Taking me grocery shopping and providing travel tips whenever I plan my trips. I’m grateful for many other things as well.

On Sunday, I cooked mom a gluten-free breakfast, then we took her out for dinner. She enjoyed herself and we had a relaxing day.

Weekend Happiness

Last Saturday, South Street had a little spring festival and Super Cuts was holding a raffle. The Raffle tickets were free and I decided to try my luck and didn’t really expect anything. An hour after I arrived home, Super Cuts called and told me I won a shampoo/conditioner set and a free haircut. I couldn’t pick it up until Friday and sure enough, they held my gift for me. They took pictures, I requested a photo because it was my first time ever winning anything. I felt so happy and excited because this year I’m practicing self-care and this will help.

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Yesterday I went to a philosophy club meeting and it was my first time going since December 2016. It was so nice seeing everyone and catching up. We discussed the free-market and how it makes up our economies today. Interested conversations, indeed. I stayed for an hour after it ended, chatted with Chad and Tim; we discussed everything from religion, politics, and technology. I am glad they agreed to a selfie with me for my Happiness Box.

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I look forward to what the week brings.

Finding Gratitude in Getting Pierced

I know it’s been almost a week since I last written, it’s been a busy week. Last Saturday I had to have an MRI and had to get my piercings out. I went to the piercing parlour I frequent and they were the most helpful. I was anxious about my piercings closing up and how much it would cost me to get everything removed. Well, removing is free and I only needed an insert for my nose, which was $10. My other piercings wouldn’t close overnight. The woman behind the counter listened to my anxiety, gave me some breathing tips, and not to sweat the small stuff; most things are the small stuff. I appreciated her kindness and took her advice.

Saturday I went back and had my piercings inserted. Again, the staff was helpful. They asked how the scan went and they have their fingers crossed for me.  They understood that I didn’t remember all of the piercings I had because I had a lot of other things on my mind. I pointed to different spots on my ear and they gathered the information perfectly.

Zach, my piercer on Saturday, was awesome and he fixed up one of my piercings. It took an hour to put me back together and get a second lobe piercing, but we had fun laughing and chatting. He said I had a sick setup, he loved what I had done to my ears over the years, and the time I put into my appearance. That made me smile. I also got a second lobe piercing in the left ear. Before I left, Zach agreed to a photo that I put into my happiness box.

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I am grateful for Infinite Body Piercing and how the staff went above and beyond to care for me.