Hi friends! And welcome to my new little series, “Little Joys”. Each week (or every other week!), I plan to highlight of all the fun and amazing people, events, opportunities, and activities that I experienced in an effort to shift my focus on to the positives. I talk a lot about how powerful our minds are, but I don’t always put what I teach into practice. As we head straight into winter (probably the most depressing time in Seattle!), I am going to work extra hard to stay positive. You may remember the “Just a Pinch Of” series…this will be very similar!
Thanksgiving in Boise with my family was absolutely perfect. I really enjoyed seeing their new home, checking out their favorite spots, and exploring the hiking scene near our house. In addition to eating an array of food and flavors on Thanksgiving, my sister and I spent so many hours entertaining ourselves in the only way we knew how…taking over the house. We turned our living room into our personal playpen where we practiced gymnastics, sweated through workouts (umm…I realized very quickly that there is a 4K ft elevation change in Boise!), brought out the juggling equipment (before we were kicked outside), and watched lots of movies. ♥
This photo ↑ is the pie I made for Friendsgiving a few weekends ago. I was determined to make the crust from scratch, and shared the entire experience on my Snapchat (ricecakes2012). Wellllllll, I made the crust a little too thin, and after it started to preliminarily bake, I noticed it was not cooking as I expected. I frantically sent photos to my mom who called me to say, “all you can do is wait until it’s done to see if it will be okay.” It wasn’t until we cut into the pie about 10 hours later that I confirmed that the pie actually turned out! I used this recipe, and will likely continue to use it for years – it was delicious!
While we didn’t #optoutside on Black Friday, we did go for a hike while the turkey cooked. The wind was steady and cold, but my lungs sang as I inhaled fresh mountain air. Nothing clears my head more than spending a few hours exploring the beautiful PNW.
Over break, I finished reading Modern Romance by Aziz Ansar. I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t finish it with any intention of highly recommending it. Maybe to my parents, who are still trying to figure out the complexities of modern dating!
I’ve now moved on to reading All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traitor. The story behind this book is almost as good as the book itself. A few weeks ago, I met a friend for dinner. As we discussed the era of strong, independent women, she recommended that I read All the Single Ladies. A few days later, the book arrived on my doorstep. It was such a sweet and thoughtful surprise, and made me even more thankful for the fierce women I’ve met in Seattle.
I save inspirational quotes multiple times per day – any time I read something that resonates with me, it’s immediately screen shotted and saved. I’m such a sucker for anything cheesy, and I’m guessing that some of you are as well.
The quote above especially resonated with me this week, and made me think of the book, You Are a Badass. We attract friendships, relationships, and opportunities based on the energy we give off. Do you connect with people over a sour face or a poor mood? No, people are attracted to positive energy and passion. When we are our best selves, positive things come our way.
I had my first day of 1-on-1 training at the hospital this week in preparation of my clinical internship in January. It was the first time I was able to apply everything I’ve worked for to the real-world, and it was exactly the reminder I needed of why I started this journey in the first place. The universe has a miraculous way of handing us exactly what we need, and I am feeling revitalized and ready to start making a real difference in people’s lives!
Over the weekend
This weekend, my roommates and I are going to cut down a Christmas tree! It’s been on my bucket list of a few years now, and I’m really looking forward to checking it off the list 😉
Have a great weekend, full of positive thoughts and experiences! 🙂