Gratitude of the day: Hamilton Day-by-Day calendar
This year for Christmas I received the Hamilton Day by Day calendar for Christmas. It’s a tear away calendar for each day of the year which gives me a quote from Hamilton, lyrics from the musical or an important historical event in Hamilton’s life. It’s only the end of January, but I really do enjoy tearing away the paper to see what quote of the day I’ll get. Every morning as I’m getting ready for work, it gives me a small spark of joy at the beginning of the day to read my new quote. It’s interesting how something so small can make me happy, but those things are good to remember. Maybe even more important to remember than the big stuff.
175 days to go.
Gratitude of the Day: The Farmer’s Market
Where I live there’s a Farmer’s Market every Sunday. I only occasionally go since it can get sort of expensive, but I love going. Even if I don’t buy anything, it’s fun to sample the fruits and vegetables (and cheese!). It’s nice just to be outside and meander around and not really have to do anything. It’s nice to chat with my friends and look at the new vendors and go see the what’s on offer from our favorite stands.
It’s honestly strange that I don’t go more because I enjoy it so much. Maybe I’ll add it to my Sunday routine. I really should look at what activities give me happiness and energy and make it a point to do those regularly. Another project for another time.
176 Days to go
Gratitude of the Day: Musicals
Two years ago, I wanted Hamilton tickets and I knew they were part of the season coming to LA. So in order to ensure I got a ticket, I bought season tickets as my “fun thing” for the month. It was really expensive for me at the time, but I considered it a fair price to pay so I could see Hamilton live. Seven shows and two years later (and Hamilton), I consider it a good move. I love having season tickets to the Pantages here in LA. If I didn’t, I think I would rarely go see musicals, but now I see every one and I love it.
Last year I considered giving them up to save money, but I went to see Finding Neverland and it was so delightful I went home and immediately renewed my tickets. They got me! And I’m glad they did. I always look forward to going to the shows and I have the cheap seats, so it’s really not very expensive for the amount of joy I get out of it.
177 Days to go!
Gratitude of the Day: Podcast App
I love listening to Podcasts. I have several that I try to keep up with and I’m always looking for new ones to listen to. Unfortunately once I started my new job I wasn’t able to listen to them anymore because my new job is a lot more work and required much more concentration. It’s a good thing! But also I got behind on my podcasts. I don’t know why, but I only just recently realized I could download a Podcast app and listen to them during my commuting time now. I don’t have a long commute, but I still enjoy listening to a little bit as I drive back and forth. And for longer drives it’s perfect. So now I’m getting all caught up and enjoying my commute more and I’m just a little happier.
178 Days to go!
Gratitude of the Day: Poetry by Mary Oliver
As party of my 18 in 2018 I said I would like to read more poetry. It’s a sort of vague goal, but I have several books of poetry sitting around my apartment that I bought and never read, so I guess just to finish those would be sufficient. So I’ve been reading a poem a day in Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary Oliver and I just love it so much. I love reading poems about nature and so Mary Oliver really is a great poet for me to start my goals off with. I particularly love Wild Geese and have for a long time, so it’s always good to come back and revisit.
179 days to go.
Gratitude of the Day: My shower
My shower was broken for the past week and a half and it was finally fixed! I was so happy when I got home from work! I can stop driving to my friend’s houses to use their showers (thanks friends!) and I can exercise without fear of getting too sweaty. It’s something I definitely took for granted. As soon as it stopped working I was so upset and as the days passed I just got grumpier and grumpier because having a place to bathe in my own home seemed like a luxury. And it is! People around the United States and around the world don’t have access to clean water and here I am grumpy that my shower wasn’t working for a week and a half. But it’s back! Nice and warm and right in my own apartment. What a lucky girl I am.
Truly something to be grateful for!
180 Days to go.
Gratitude of the Day: Books by M.C. Beaton
I love all the books by M.C. Beaton. I picked up a series of her romances a few years ago at a used bookstore and they were so delightful and easy to read, I just kept finding more and more. They’re difficult to find in used bookstores or in regular bookstores so I normally get the out of the library or on amazon. (All the romances are available on Kindle Unlimited.)
They’re only about one hundred and fifty pages or so and usually follow around the same characters for a few books or a whole series. They’re fun, snackable reads that I find easy to dig into at the end of a work day. And there’s plenty of them so you can really never run out.
181 Days to go.