There are those moments in life when I feel so satisfied. I wish the feeling could go on and, on and….. Apparently life needs it’s ups and its downs because if there weren’t the downs we wouldn’t enjoy the ups quite so much. This whole situation got me thinking about things that trigger the happiness alarm in my brain. Yes, I could list exotic holidays and shopping sprees but that wouldn’t be particularly useful now would it. So I’m going to list the simplest things that leave me feeling somewhat content, happy and satisfied.
When it comes to tidying up my home I wish I was a Virgo. Those lot take house chores in their stride! Take my friend Sally for instance, she throws super fun parties at her home where I often end up sleeping over in the spare room. We all go to bed leaving a kitchen full of half empty wine glasses and by the time I wake up the next morning she has somehow, despite her banging headache, tidied everything away and the place is sparkling. My home is acceptable in terms of cleanliness and I get by doing the minimum each day. Once a week I prepare myself for an overhaul and run around with my earphones in and blast through the place whilst listening to something entertaining. I change the bed, scrub the bathroom followed by the kitchen and run around with a duster before manically vacuuming and then I’m done. When I’m finished I always feel good.
My vegetarian cookbook ‘A modern way to eat’ by Anna Jones is very well loved. Her recipes are packed full of healthy whole foods that aren’t expensive to buy. When I prepare a healthy meal at home I feel really happy having nourished my body with a bunch of different nutritious foods. If I’m too healthy though I usually crave something sugary afterwards which I have no problem with as it’s all about balance right?!
Believe it of not I have a very small wardrobe and thanks to Christian’s love of purging clutter I’m regularly forced to part with things I no longer really, really need. I recently went through a rather time consuming ebay session. I mean…. by the time you photograph the stuff, upload it onto e bay, answer a multitude of questions about whatever it is I’m trying to flog and finally manage to sell it. Well, it feels like an age has passed. I put this huge amount of effort down to the smug feeling I’m left with after making a decent size dent in my storage that’s crying out to be filled with something new.
Sometimes I get a bit fidgety on the weekends. After 5 days of waiting for it to roll around the dreams of lazy afternoons reading and watching tv don’t always do it for me. When I have no plans whatsoever and I’m getting antsy I roll out the yoga mat and head straight to youtube to look for a class. It always chills me out when I’m feeling anxious and I’m in a better state of mind to get stuck into that much needed r&r so I can recharge ahead of the new working week and this also satisfies the hell out of me.