I’ve always been a bit on the negative side (especially on Mondays). Sure, I’m a bit of an optimist in certain scenarios, but for the most part I’m always envisioning the worst-case scenario for any given situation.
I’ve also grown a bit cynical in the past few years. I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been complaining more and more about things that are less and less important. And that’s definitely affecting my mental health.
So, I’m trying to make an effort to be more positive. My blog literally has the word “happy” in the title. To help me be a more positive person, I’m going to keep a list of things that made me happy every month (or multiple times per month if I can). So to start out the year, here’s my first group of things.
Jonathan Van Ness learning to skate
Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness has been posting videos on his Instagram of him learning how to skate and it is so inspiring. He’s getting really good, and it makes me so happy to watch his progress.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation concert on Netflix
I’ve been a fan of Taylor Swift since her first album came back out. I was a teenager in high school and related to her songs so much.
She had one of the concerts on her last tour filmed and it was put on Netflix and I am so in love with it. I’m much more into her being up on stage with a guitar in hand as opposed to dancing around, but I still loved the entire two hour show.
And I’m happy that it seems to be getting other people into Taylor Swift. I feel like everyone is freaking out over this show, which is a welcome change from the past few years where it seemed like everyone hated her for some reason.
Spotify’s “This Is …” playlists
I’ve always struggled to get into new music, especially for bands with larger discography. Either I would get stuck just listening to a band’s greatest hits album over and over (if they even have one), or I would download their discography and get overwhelmed with the mass amount of music and never listen to any of it.
But Spotify has generated playlists for pretty much every artist with about 50 to 100 of their popular songs. I’m not sure what the criteria is for what songs get put in, but based on a few of the ones I listen to the most, it seems to be based on popularity.
I’ve gotten to explore so many new artists this way, and I love this feature.
My new water bottle!
I just bought a new water bottle for the first time in what feels like forever. For the longest time I’ve just been living off of free water bottles I got in college. They always leaked or made weird noises or had some other problem.
But now I have a fancy new one! It has a button that flips up the lid, which is oh so satisfying. It also doesn’t leak, so I can throw it in my bag without worrying about it spilling all over my stuff. It’s the little things, you know?
I’ve been eating Chipotle at least once a week for the past few months. Sometimes it’s even two or three times a week. I know it’s not super healthy and it’s expensive, but it’s just so good. Plus they seem to be more focused on sustainability / the environment / actually caring about their employees than most food places. Even though I don’t eat meat, from what I’ve read / heard, they responsibly source most of their meat when they’re able to.
Anyway, I love it because they have two vegetarian options that are both delicious. As most of these types of places, the only way to make it vegetarian-friendly is to just not put meat in it, but Chipotle offers a tasty tofu blend and I also like their grilled veggies / guac option too. I usually don’t like tofu, but I think because it’s so finely chopped up it doesn’t have the texture of tofu that I’m so averse to.
Writing this has made me very hungry… (I’ve already promised myself Chipotle for dinner as a reward for getting through some stressful deadlines at work)
Speaking of food… Eating at IKEA! Everytime I go to IKEA, I always get a cinnamon roll. That’s just the way things are. But lately I’ve been going to IKEA specifically to buy cinnamon rolls, even if I don’t need furniture. There’s an IKEA 10-15 minutes away from where I work so I forsee a future full of cinnamon rolls and lingonberry flavored beverages.
As an added bonus, IKEA always plays lots of ABBA music, which you can’t go wrong with.
I took a bit of a break from running after my last half marathon in April and getting back into it has reminded me of how great running makes me feel. I’m excited to make new running achievements this year!
Rami Malek being just the most genuinely nice person ever
Do I even have to explain this one…? Talk about a delightful human being. Since the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek has suddenly gotten much more famous, and I’m so happy for him. It’s so nice watching him be recognized for his talent. But also it’s so nice just watching him talk about Freddie Mercury with such love in every interview. He just seems so intelligent and passionate about his work. And he just seems like the most genuinely good person.
He makes me very happy, and definitely inspires me to try to be a better person. The world needs more Ramis. And don’t even get me started on Mr. Robot, which is definitely in my top three TV shows of all time.