Today, I'm feeling really inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, the lovely Lexi of Ellecubed and her delightful Happy List. (By the way, do you all know Lexi? If not, please stop by her blog and say hello. She is such a sweetheart and a fabulous source of inspiration.) Just reading her list brought such a smile to my face, so I decided to start off this week with my own gratitude infusion. Here are the things that are making me happy right now:
- No work today! Due to this past weekend's snowpocalypse, most of the DC area is still shut down. I love my job, but it's always nice to have an unexpected day off, isn't it? I plan to use today to do a bit of organizing around the house, get in an extra-long gym workout, browse at Anthropologie, and see Avatar in 3D.
- Losing nearly 15 pounds since the holidays and, more importantly, feeling really great. As I've mentioned a couple times, I've recently made some serious changes to the way I eat and I'm amazed by how dramatically my body has reacted. When I wake up in the morning, instead of feeling tired and foggy, I'm energized and clear-headed. I've been getting compliments on how shiny and healthy my hair looks, and my skin has never been happier. Working out feels easier. I'm wearing my skinny jeans with ease. And I swear, I have been laughing more. It's like my body is giddy. Oddly enough, the hardest part about this whole thing has been admitting that I really want it. Acknowledging that yes, my health and well-being really are that important to me. Putting it on my Mondo Beyondo list and saying it out loud. Once I was able to get to that point, taking steps to implement a healthier lifestyle felt like the only logical way to proceed.
- Other stuff making me happy: Having a super clean house (we did a major cleaning this weekend), pouring over recipes in The Kind Diet and Super Natural Cooking, doing Google image searches of the beautiful places we'll be visiting in Italy, miso soup for breakfast, signing up to run a local 5K later this spring, submitting my volunteer application to the animal shelter, finally springing for a subscription to Body & Soul, doing yoga almost every day, this dress (wouldn't it be lovely for a rehearsal dinner?), fiancé digging our car out from under the snow yesterday and generally being a super rad and helpful kind of guy, home-cooked meals with friends, watching Biggest Loser on my iPod while I work out (super motivating), receiving our wedding invitations from evapaul (love, love, love), anticipating my mom's visit a couple weeks from now (so that we can do wedding-related stuff together! yippee!), finding kindred spirits via blogs, ordering The Happiness Project and Babycakes (vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free baked goods recipes!), drinking lots of tea, watching the neighborhood dogs frolicking in the snow, Epsom salt baths, feeling super sore from working out (but in a good way), this list (brilliant), vegetarian chili in the slow cooker, getting closer to discovering my Style Statement (stole that one from Ellecubed, but it's true), and making progress on some Mondo Beyondo dreams!
What's making you happy right now? If you post your own list in your blog, please share a link below - I'd love to read it!
Image via Anthropologie.