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The Little Things That Keep Me Going

Updated: Oct 3, 2018



I recently took a two week break from blogging and social media to focus on my job interviews and other creative projects, which in retrospect was necessary to my sanity and emotional well-being. Some people are blessed with the ability to not let social media affect them on a deeper scale, but unfortunately I'm not one of those rare breeds. So I made a choice to hit pause on my blog and social media to give myself a breather to focus on other aspects of my life that I wanted to improve.


I know I'm not alone in feeling the constant pressure to be "on," both online and offline. For me, it's easy to get caught up in the competitive world of Instagram and digital media where your value is based upon how much and how great of content you churn out. When the obsession with being productive starts to become all-consuming, then it becomes counterproductive and it's a sign that it's time to take a step back.


Taking two weeks off to realign my priorities and focus on my relationships, including the one with myself was refreshing and exactly what I needed. Being off social media allowed me to be mindful of the little things that are sometimes overlooked but actually bring me joy. These are the little things that pick me up and get me through my days.


Decluttering

I'm a firm believer in the art of decluttering. I tend to hold onto things that I believe will be useful in the future, even if I can't find a useful reason for it at the moment. This could be internet tabs, decaying clothes, old books, etc. I love treating decluttering and organizing my living space as a fun project. There's no truer joy than creating a space that's all your own and letting go of energy and material possessions that no longer suit you.




Flowers

I love flowers. I think maybe it's their paradoxical nature that I connect to—delicate, yet able to flourish in harsh conditions. Plants in general bring good energy, and I especially love flowers because they're just so damn beautiful. Every other week I take a trip to the Trader Joe's floral section and buy myself a few different bunches of flowers and spread them out across my room and bathroom.


Cooking

I've decided to cut back on spending money on eating out and start cooking more meals. My culinary pursuit was inspired by a subscription to Cooking Light that mysteriously began showing up in our mailbox every week. I'm a sucker for the seasonal delicacies like Pumpkin Spice and basically pumpkin anything, so naturally I've been incorporating Fall harvest foods into my diet.


Books

I've been collecting books recently and making my rounds to the local library. To me, reading books is an escape from the mundane and how I learn new ways of telling a story. My literary repertoire is composed of classic english lit novels and books written by comedy writers. I'm currently reading: "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells, Azis Ansari's "Modern Romance," and Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)."

Honorary recommendation: Mindy Kaling's "Why Not Me."


Films/Shows

I don't watch TV anymore, mostly due to the fact that the cable box in my room doesn't work (also the only room in the house with this issue, a conspiracy perhaps?) I also try to avoid binge-watching Netflix as much as I can just because I just feel like my time and attention can be invested elsewhere. However, lately I've been taking full advantage of Netflix's Fall rollout of shows and films. I'm currently loving: Young and Hungry, Dark Tourist, Her (film), To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and Nappily Ever After.

Honorary mention: Sex and City on Prime Video. (Don't ask me how I just discovered this show at the ripe age of 24)


Podcasts

Truthfully I only listen to one podcast at the moment even though I am subscribed to at least 4 of them. Optimal Living Daily is my favorite daily dose of encouragement and wisdom. It's offers authentic and practical advice narrated by the producer Justin Malik. I listen to this while I clean, before I get out of bed, and at random moments when I need a boost of optimism and perspective. If you're looking to be more mindful, download the OLD podcast.


Friendships

I've been slowly expanding my circle of friends and have been forming some wholesome bonds with a few of my coworkers. It's crazy how life just seems to introduce you to the right people when you need them the most. As you get older, friend circles will naturally decrease so I am grateful that new ones have flourished where old ones have disappeared.


And there ya have it. Just a few little things that make my life sweet. What's are the little things that keep you going?

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