5 Things That Are Bringing Me Joy Right Now

things that bring me joy

It has officially been a year since the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus a global pandemic and what a year it has been. 

Up until we moved, we had a chalkboard in our kitchen that we recorded how many days we had been home for. I updated it every morning and looking back, it’s so crazy to remember conversations with Chris saying “I can’t believe we’ve been home for 27 days.” We we’re both naive enough to think that we’d be home from work for two to three weeks and then go back to the office. Boy were we wrong..

The last year has brought a lot of good and a lot of bad for everyone and even though things are looking better (hellllooo vaccinations!), I’ve been struggling the last few weeks (okay at this point it’s been a few months, but doesn’t “the last few weeks” sound better?). I’ve been trying to get to the route of the problem so I can make changes, and I talked about this on Instagram, but I think it’s just a mixture of all the things. 

Even though I’m so thankful Chris and I have both been very fortunate over the last year, it’s still been hard. Works been busy for me (so thankful for this!) and even though I’m a total introvert and will always choose staying in versus going out, I’ve been feeling very “trapped” lately. Trapped in my home, trapped behind my mask. I recently mentioned on Instagram that I’ve been feeling like my head is constantly under water. Even when things are good, they’re still “meh” and the reality of the pandemic hits you like a ton of bricks. Being able to talk openly about this with all of you, it’s made me feel so much better and has helped me realize that I’m not alone with these rollercoaster emotions. 

Note: I know that there are people sick, there are people dying, people not seeing their families and that I’m very fortunate. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have these feelings and process my emotions.

5 Things That Are Bringing Me Joy Right Now

Since I’ve been in such a negative state the last year, I’ve realized how important it is to also take time to realize how lucky I am. Lucky to be able to take walks and get fresh air, lucky that I am able to work from home, lucky that I have my health.

I’ve been focusing more on what brings my joy – small things and big things – and it’s really been helping me gain perspective and be a little bit more positive.

5 Things That Are Bringing Me Joy Right Now

Our New Apartment

After the excitement of the holiday season wore off, I was feeling very unmotivated, unproductive, and just feeling very blah overall. Moving to a new apartment (even though I originally did not want to move, especially during a pandemic!) have me the change of scenery I do desperately needed. Plus, now I have my own office which means I’m no longer working right next to where we sleep, giving me a sense of normalcy in my day-to-day schedule!

Warmer Weather

I don’t think I need to tell anyone that it was a longgggg winter, but it was and I am SO excited for spring and the warm weather that comes with it. The weather over the last few days has seriously lifted my mood and it’s been so nice to actually enjoy time outside, taking walks, and opening the windows!

My $12 Phone Stand

I’m on my phone a lot throughout the day and after hearing a lot of people rave about phone stands, I figured I need to give one a try. AND IT HAS BEEN GAME CHANGING. Whether I’m just charging my phone, want to easily see any notifications that come through, or want to easily FaceTime/post to Instagram Stories, this $12 gadget has made it so easy! 

COVID Vaccines

Almost everyone in both Chris and I’s families have been vaccinated and even though we haven’t really seen anyone other than our parents, it is such a relief that it’s safer to see them if we make the decision to! Massachusetts also just opened up its vaccine pre-registration this morning and it was the first thing I did before getting out of bed. Hopefully we get them sooner rather than later!! 

Fresh Eucalyptus Delivery

Last week, Grace shared an awesome subscription service – fresh, seasonal eucalyptus delivered to your door each month for just $19.50 ($12 + $7.50 for shipping) from Eucalyptus farms and you bet your bottom dollar I jumped all over it. I always keep eucalyptus in our bathroom and kitchen, so it’ll be fun to switch it out each month with a new arrangement! My first bundle comes today and I cannot wait! Want to get fresh eucalyptus delivered to your door? Get $5 off your first box!

What’s bringing you joy right now?

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