Spread a Little Happiness

Friday, October 13, 2017

I take a lot of pictures of baby Kenzie, and more often than not, about 80% of the pictures that I take end up on some form of social media or another. It makes me happy. I love looking through my Instagram and blog posts at a collection of some of her most special moments.

I'm sure not everyone has interest in seeing only pictures of my baby for the rest of forever (hey, I posted an obligatory pumpkin picture from the farmers market the other day without the baby in it) but I also know that it makes some people's day to see our sweet girls chubby cheeks as they're scrolling through their social medias. I get a handful of messages from people every single time I post a photo of her with some kind of happy face or "awhhh" and I get it, because it's the same reaction I have every time someone else posts a photo of their own sweet babes as well.

Posting baby photos is one of the easiest ways that I know to spread a little joy around to others, but there are about a billion other super easy ways out there.

Here's a few you could try...

Don't have a (human) baby? Share some photos of your fur babies! There are few things I love as much as seeing pictures of cute kids, but seeing pictures of cute animals is definitely one of them.

Send some happy mail. When was the last time you hand wrote a letter to someone you care about? It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, but a little note or small gift can go a long way in making someone's day, or week, or year. You just never know.

Recommend your favorite book to someone. I love when I recommend something to someone and it impacts them in some way. When I read a great book I want everyone else to read it as well and (hopefully) they'll love it as much as I do.

Leave a comment on someones work. I love getting comments on my Instagram or blog or anywhere! Even if it's just someone popping in to say hello, it kind of validates for me that there are actual people out there and that they're reading my words. Give someone else that same great feeling.

*Speaking of, head on over to Erica's blog tomorrow where I'll be featured in her Saturday Sit-down series. Feel free to say hello!

Pay for someones coffee. Bonus points if it's a mom with a small child in tow ;) Every couple of months I try to pay it forward by buying coffee for the person behind me at Starbucks. It's such an easy and fulfilling way to spread a little happiness.

Call your mom. Just to remind her that you're thankful for her and thinking about everything she's done for you.

If someone loves something you have (and it isn't your most special possession) give it to them. Daniels grandmother will literally give you the shirt off your back if you tell her that you like it. She once emptied out her purse in front of me to give it to me. I couldn't believe it. Stuff is just stuff and if my stuff can make someone as happy as it makes me, or more so, than that's a pretty awesome.

Volunteer or donate. At the end of every season I always go through my stuff to make a keep, throw away, and donate pile. It doesn't take me long and most of my stuff is in good condition, just not getting as much use as it could be, so we take it to goodwill for donation. It's not something that takes a lot of time, or inconveniences us in any way, and it's kind of fun to think that you could be giving someone their future favorite outfit.

Send flowers. I LOVE getting fresh flowers. I don't care if they're from my mom, or my husband, or my grandma. If someone send me flowers it literally can make my whole day. If you can't send someone flowers, head to Trader Joe's and pick some up (for cheap!) and hand deliver them to someone you know. I can guarantee they will be so surprised and thankful for a friend like you.

Spreading happiness is so easy, especially when you've got it flowing in your own life. It's so important to pass it along to others. What are some easy ways you help spread happiness?

Sorry, I'm too Busy.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Sorry, I'm too busy." How often do you say this in some form or another? I've become more aware recently that in today's world we are so quick to glorify being busy. If you're one of those people who is just insanely busy doing all of the things you absolutely love in life, than I'm not talking about you, keep doing your thing. I'm talking about the people like many of the patients that come into the doctors office that I work in. The ones that when I go to reschedule them usually offer up some kind of, "ugh, my week is just so packed" like they're complaining, but also like they're showing some sort of badge of honor by being so busy that they cant possibly fit in time to take care of themselves.

People are busy with work, and with school, with side hustles and with relationships kept together by the thin string that is technology. In our house we are so guilty of doing exactly what I'm talking about. Just yesterday someone asked me if I would be attending an event that another family member was hosting, not a party or anything, but just a walk to support a good cause. And when I told Daniel about it (before I even told him the date) he said, "were probably too busy to fit that in" and that's exactly what I was thinking before he beat me to it.

The truth is though, we're not too busy. Do I have things that take up my time? Absolutely. I have a baby who needs constant attention, I have a job, I have a husband and I have my family. I take photographs in my spare time and I try to keep my apartment clean, I also read and I write. But aside from spending time with the people that I love, the rest of this list is so fluid. They're so much less important in the grand scheme of things and rather than glorifying the fact that I'm so busy with this and that, I feel the need now more than ever to prioritize and make time for the things that actually matter.

I just started the book Present Over Perfect and although I don't consider myself a religious person (and she writes from her perspective of someone who sought God) it's been eye opening for me so far.

I don't want to be the kind of person who when invited somewhere, automatically announces that I'm too busy like it's something to be proud of. When I look back later at my life I want it to be filled with memories of making the most out of my time by spending it with the people I love the most, doing the things that I love the most. I want to be completely present for the things that may not seem important in the moment, but actually may be some of the most important of all.

Simplify your life, stop glorifying being busy and stop making excuses for the time when you don't have anything planned. Soak up all the special moments and be present for those times that will mean the most to you when you think back on your life one day.

I Confess Sesh

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I confess that...

++ It's been entirely too long since I've written one of these posts. Sometimes it's therapeutic to just get all the random thoughts out there, and this type of post is always an easy and fun way to do it.

*kid having the most miserable time at the pumpkin patch*

++ I haven't done any kind of weekly photo update on the baby because picmonkey changed their settings and it's now required that you pay to have access to the photo collage option and I don't want to.

++ I haven't read a whole book straight through since before Kenz was born.

++ I just bought Present Over Perfect and I'm hoping that reading it will get me back into wanting to read just because.

++ I always want to try new recipes, but I get bored halfway through cooking them if there are too many steps. This happened to me over the weekend when I decided to make butternut squash soup. Even though it turned out great, I probably wouldn't make it again.

++ I just spent entirely too much money on a couple of Madewell shirts, but one of my favorite bloggers always looks SO good in them and she has me sold.

++ I never imagined really being married and having a baby by my 25th birthday, but here we (almost) are.

++ Some days I want to put three times the amount of work into my blog and some days I want to say goodbye to it forever.

++ I've started some very early Christmas shopping (mostly by accident) and I'm so excited for the holiday season to get here.

++ I went to the grocery store this weekend completely on my own and it felt like a mini-getaway #newmomproblems.

++ I want to do a family costume for Daniel, Kenzie and I for Halloween this year but I cannot decide on one. Any ideas?

++ I go back and forth every day between wanting to keep my dark hair and wanting to go back to blonde. I'll probably never settle on one over the other.

++ We're in my favorite month of the year for all kinds of reasons, but since it doesn't seem to want to drop below 90 here in LA I am having the hardest time celebrating the beginning of Fall.

++ I am totally content with where I am in my season of life right now and I wouldn't change it for the world.