Let’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.
1. Home for the Holidays. After another short time away, my guy flew back to Austin late last Tuesday night. It’s the little things I miss sometimes — like how much he takes care of me in small ways. For example, he noticed I like a certain lotion from a sample I dropped in his wastebasket. He took it out to take to the grocery store so he could buy that exact kind and leave it at his house for me. And like just now — he came up from downstairs while working in his workshop to check on me. I told him my writing was slow-going because I was feeling a bit light-headed and lethargic, and he came back with more water, a bottle of kombucha, and almonds. These things are so little, but he does them all the time, and I can’t help but fall a little more in love with him each time. It’s hard when he’s away because these little ways he takes care of me become so much larger when they are farther away.
2. LaLa Land & Lick. The day after he returned, my guy and I went to see this musical movie that pays homage to all the great classics. This movie was so, so good, and surprisingly — for two people who enjoy movies so much, this was our first movie date since we’ve been together. Being the trained jazz brass man he is and the theatre nerd/dancer I am, it couldn’t have been a more perfect choice for us. We walked away from that movie feeling a bit lighter and joyful, and we pranced over to the nearby ice-cream parlor, Lick, and enjoyed ourselves a holiday inspired scoop.
3. Impromptu Shopping. The next couple days before Christmas, we enjoyed some impromptu holiday shopping, despite the maddening crowds. We picked up a couple of holiday and jazz records at our favorite record store, some spirits to add to our booze library, and a couple good (and cheap!) finds at a thrift store to put away for our future together.
4. Pre-Christmas Dinner. My guy’s cousin had us over for dinner the day before she left for her family Christmas, and afterwards, we drove downtown to attend the annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar. Even though we didn’t find anything worthy at the Bazaar, we enjoyed spending time with his adorable cousin and friends.
5. Christmas Eve. Even though I would have loved for my man to be able to spend time with his family over the holidays, selfishly, I was happy to keep him here and have him spend it with mine. We had a nice dinner together, opened a few gifts from the family, and then he and I stayed up after everyone went to sleep and had our own Christmas gift exchange with some holiday records playing in the background. I had previously mentioned to him that I once made signs for my family during every holiday, including birthdays and signed them “The (Insert Holiday Here) Fairy” and left them all over the house in sneaky places. He insisted we bring it back, so we had fun making signs and posting them around the house after everyone went to bed.
6. Hand-Made. I WISH I HAD TAKEN A PICTURE! I’ll have to do this when I’m back home, but I received the most beautiful hand-made gifts from my soul-mate. He is quite the talented craftsman. He carved me some gorgeous spoons and spatulas, as well as trays to go with this set of gold/ceramic dishes I had been coveting for a long time (I had mentioned it once around him), and they look so good together. He also bought me a couple of glass decanters and carved a wooden stopper for the top that match the spoons and trays he made. Unbelievable! I can’t believe he made them (I mean, I can), but I’m so happy to be the recipient of his labor of love!
7. Christmas. After my family had our traditional Christmas morning full of Scandinavian breakfast and opening presents, we went to my sister and brother-in-law’s new home to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. Their new home is so beautiful and warm, and it was fun to spend it there this year as something new and special. Of course, it was great to spend time with my family as well, with my favorite guy by my side fitting in perfectly. I even got to FaceTime with his family a while and meet some more of his relatives over the phone and tell them I’m excited to finally meet them in person this summer. As the holiday season is coming to a close, I’m feeling so blessed and warm with all that I have to be grateful for this year — some of them unexpected, and some of them a renewed gratitude.
I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss! Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!
Have a wonderful week! — And HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!