Week Eleven of my #100HappyDays challenge was full of happy discoveries in the everyday stuff. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 , Week 9 and Week 10).
<<June 13, Fri – Introducing Wally to his new buddy Yoda>>
Can't believe it's already Week Ten of my #100HappyDays challenge! Writing this post every week really lets me appreciate these moments all over again. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 and Week 9).
Week Nine of my #100HappyDays challenge and going strong! This week was full of new discoveries and old comforts. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7 and Week 8).
<<June 2, Mon – A plastic cup full of wine and the sunset at my sister's downtown LA loft>>
Here's Week Eight of my #100HappyDays challenge! This week, I indulged in some of my favorite comforts and saw inspiring design while out and about. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7).
My friend came to visit recently with bunches of fresh-cut herbs from her backyard. Instead of hiding them in plastic bags in the fridge like I usually do, she treated them like flowers and put them in a glass containers filled with water.
They kept fresh for two weeks this way! All I had to do is change the water every few days when it started to get cloudy.
These herbal displays added such a vibrant, natural touch to the kitchen (even the curly parsley looks gorgeous!). And since they were right in front of my eyes, I used them all up instead of letting them go slimy in the fridge.
This is so perfect for me because I've never been a huge fan of cut flowers. They're beautiful for special occasions but then they die and go in the trash and I can't help but think about how much land and water it's taken to cultivate them, just to be looked at for a few days.
But herbs! They're so wonderfully useful and flavorful and nutritious. They're key to the culinary identity of so many cultures. I heart them. And I can't think of a better way to store them than this natural, low energy, beautiful display.
Almost halfway through the #100HappyDays challenge! This week I watched two very different, but both brilliantly skilled, musicians and got inspired to to get creative. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5).
These days, I usually eat lunch by myself at home. Which sounds sad at first, but is actually blessedly peaceful compared to how I used to eat lunch - hunched at my desk, shoveling food into my mouth from a container pinned between my arms and my keyboard as I furiously typed emails and reviewed contracts. And that lunch was often an overpriced salad or soggy leftovers from the dinner I had delivered to the office the night before. Not that it really mattered because when I ate that way, I never really appreciated or truly savored my food. So these days, I look forward to my lunch for one, usually made from leftovers and random ingredients from my various cooking forays that week. I enjoy cobbling those bits and bobs together with things from my pantry to transform leftovers into brand new dishes. See some recent lunch creations after the jump!
~~Pasta with tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese~~
Leftovers: cooked linguine
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: tomatoes and basil
~~Soba noodle bowl with kale, chicken and egg~~
Leftovers: teriyaki chicken with onions
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: kale (see my recipe for two-minute kale here)
~~Turkey burger sandwich with broccoli~~
Leftovers: turkey burger patties
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: broccoli, lettuce, tomato
~~Chicken salad tartine with soft boiled egg~~
Leftovers: chicken salad
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: a loaf of really good multigrain bread
<<April 23, Wednesday - Finding cute crafting supplies at the hardware store>>
<<April 24, Thursday - A trip to Ikea: blissfully empty and an unbelievably cheap lunch>>
<<April 25, Friday - Wood-fired pizza and a wicked jazz show>>
<<April 26, Saturday - Luminous clouds after the rain>>
<<April 27, Sunday - Playing like a kid again at Two-Bit Circus>>
<<April 28, Monday - Red Velvet cake for breakfast>>
Week three, or about 20% of the way through the 100 Happy Days Challenge! There was so much to choose from this week. Just putting this post together and remembering each day puts a smile on my face. (Check out Week 1 and Week 2!)
Time for week two of my 100 Happy Days challenge (read about the challenge and week one here). I have to admit, there were a couple days when I felt sluggish and uninspired, but writing down my happy thing was a positive way to end even those harder days. Which I guess is the point, so... onward! =)
Have you heard of the 100 Happy Days challenge? It doesn't ask you to be happy all day every day for 100 days - that would be a real set up for failure. What it does ask you to do is make note, each day, of one thing that makes you happy. It sounds stupid and obvious until you read all the studies showing that it's not just good things that make you happy, it's noticing those positive things as much as you can. Gratitude for your life, whatever that life may be, makes you feel happier. So I'm trying it and sharing my results here, one week at a time.
<<April 4, Friday - Watching The Muppets movie for the first time - charming and funny.>>
What happy things will next week bring?