Things that are making me happy these days

Good afternoon lovelies!  How was your weekend?  It's been a little while since my last happy list, and I thought it was high time for another.  Here are some things - large and small - that have been making me happy in recent days.
  • Recommitting to yoga.  Throughout this past year, my yoga practice has, unfortunately, taken a backseat to other activities and obligations.  With good intentions, I began a home practice but found it difficult to stay as disciplined and motivated as I was when I was taking classes at a studio.  So, this past weekend I joined a wonderful little studio near our home and renewed my commitment to yoga with a beautifully flowing vinyasa class.  It felt so amazing to return to the mat, stretching myself (physically and mentally) in ways that I haven't for a long time.  I felt a wave of openness and possibility wash over my heart...
  • Getting married less in less than three weeks!  (Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on last week's wedding-themed posts.)
  • Blooming periwinkle hydrangea plants.  Basil growing on our porch.  Tossing a Frisbee at the park.  Glowing pink and purple sunsets over the South River.  Long sunny days.  Juice from Wonji Juice Bar (current favorite is a blend of carrot + cucumber + apple +olive oil + basil + rose oil).  The gorgeously photographed Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods.  Exploring new and exciting opportunities.  Happy endorphins after an amazing workout.  Delicious dairy-free coconut milk ice cream (so decadent!).  Girls' nights.  Planning an action-packed whitewater rafting camping foray with good friends for later this summer.  Iced chai with almond milk.  My new Manduka Equa yoga towel.  Rereading The Red Book by the super inspiring Sera Beak.  Learning Italian phrases for our honeymoon.  Discovering my Style Statement (will share soon!).  Scheduling deep tissue massages with my favorite masseuse (have decided to invest in my well-being by making this a semi-regular indulgence).  Greening my work surroundings with plants.  Making my own salad dressing (currently obsessed with a mixture of tamari + toasted sesame oil + brown rice vinegar + minced shallot + fresh ginger which I drizzle over salads, veggies, tofu, etc.).  Good friends, old and new.  Champagne mangoes (.  Hand-crafted terrariums (how cool are these?!).  Dreaming of adopting a shelter dog (hopefully turning this into a reality in the not-too-distant future).  Taking the scenic route.  Good conversation.  Perusing local art exhibitions (can't wait to see the Yves Klein retrospective at the Hirshhorn).  Getting back into the groove with Artist Dates.  Mellow tunes (Bon Iver, The National, and Okkervil River are getting lots of playtime on my iPod these days).  Chunky turquoise jewelry.  Reading this blog.  And of course, all of you!
Your turn!  What are you loving right now?


Image via Planet Green.


Cheryl said...

I am loving reading 'Under the Tuscan Sun' and dreaming of living in Italy. Also, Welch's white grape juice, lavender bath bombs, waking up to sunshine instead of rain and cherry lip balm.

And I'm new here...so hi! XXX

Kelsey said...

I am in love with the summer time, waking up early to be productive, being able to get a job, long evening walks in the mountain air, summer reading, millions of cups of hot tea a day, princess skirts, and Re-Freshmint nail polish. :)

Ana Degenaar said...

I'm loving Summer time!

shelly said...

i am loving that tomorrow is the last day of school and we have a long, hot, carefree summer ahead of us...doing lots of reading, yoga, mini trips, and lounging by the pool. starting school again. and i am loving that i am sprucing up my resume today for (hopefully) a position with LuluLemon ;) yay for happy lists!!!

and especially today...i am happy for the low humidity weather report i just saw! putting my walking shoes on.

are you getting excited/nervous for the big day?

Melita said...

i always love reading your happy lists! thanks for the well wishes and congrats on my massage therapy test, it meant the world to me! hugs!!

ashley said...

i'm loving this post.

my whole blog is all about those lil' things that make you happy.

its great to see others doing the same!


Analiese Marie said...

Cheryl, I loved "Under the Tuscan Sun." It made me want to move to Italy and never come back!

Kelsey, ditto on the hot tea. :-)

Ashly, thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to check out your blog as well!


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