Many of the blogs I love feature a round-up of interesting, beautiful or useful things each blogger discovered. I’ve often wanted to start one of my own lists, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, but was concerned no one would find value in it.
However, I’ve found a number of wonderful things through these lists that have inspired me and even changed my life. I’m not expecting to do the same for you–I can only hope–but if something has brightened my day or made my life a little better, perhaps others will feel the same. It can’t hurt. My goal is to make this a weekly feature on Monday, the day of the week when most of us desperately need a lift.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week:
Lilacs. Does any flower smell better? It’s a shame they don’t last longer, but while they’re here I’m enjoying every minute. We have both lavender and white varieties in our yard, and a vase of them makes the whole house smell wonderful. I highly recommend it.
Writing Groups. Or any group of like-minded people who can celebrate your accomplishments, sympathize with your challenges, and truly understand where you’re coming from. I have two writers’ meetings this week–one with The Sparkling Werewolves, my official writing group, and one with the always fascinating Catherine Hunter. Both meetings will involve great food, even better conversation and lots of inspiration…what could be better than that? (I know I’ve said the opposite in past blogs, but I clearly wasn’t in the right group.)
Ruche. The last thing I need is more clothes, but this site can usually convince me I need just one more thing. One caveat: if you find something you like, get it now because they sell out fast.
The best site I’ve ever found for clothing, housewares, jewelry and shoes that are simply beautiful with a vintage feel. I love their new Seashells collection.
My Life in France by Julia Child. If you liked Julie & Julia (the book or movie version), do yourself a favor and read the real story by the woman who lived it. Julia Child lived life to the fullest. With her diplomat husband Paul, she lived in France, Germany and Norway–always learning the language and the local cuisine in every country she called home. She struggled for years to get Mastering the Art of French Cooking published, simply because she believed in it. Inspired, I ordered a used copy of her opus and am eagerly anticipating trying one of her recipes at last. I want to see what all the fuss is about, but I’ll be staying away from the aspic. My Life in France is truly inspiring, whether you love traveling, cooking, eating, or simply have a huge impossible goal.
Facebook Auctions. Not every city has them, but they are becoming more and more popular. Instead of risking your life on Kijiji or dickering over every penny at a garage sale, try selling the stuff you don’t want or need anymore on a Facebook auction page. Most of the members are people who have been approved by other members, so it’s a bit safer than Kijiji or Craig’s List. I’ve sold over a hundred items in preparation for the big move to an island, and I’ve never felt threatened. I’ve also made a hundred times more than if I’d gone the garage sale route. Getting money for stuff you don’t need? Sold!
What makes you happy right now?