I haven’t posted a “happy things” article since I was in Europe. That’s mainly because I originally intended for “my happy things” posts to be a way for me to communicate with my readers overseas since I did not have kitchen access and didn’t really want to worry about getting a bunch of clothing pics the whole time.
However, I have been having a pretty rough couple of weeks. Without getting into too much detail, the past few weeks have been very stressful and have left me a little heartbroken. I’ve had a lot of those “I can’t catch a f***ing break” moments. As dramatic as I make it sound, this is quite abnormal for me, so I do not always know how to handle it. Panic attacks are somewhat typical for me, but they’ve been worse than usual lately. While I know it has a lot to do with lack of sleep, not working working out, and not caring for my body as well as I should be, a series of events have lead my life to be very stressful. I do my best to remain positive, but sometimes I’m just sad.
I’m not afraid to admit that. I find nothing wrong with sadness, and I find nothing wrong with my anxiety. It’s just a part of my life, and while I think I’d be better off without it, I also know that it is a part of who I am. Admittedly, I have a hard time expressing this over my blog since it is very personal and vulnerable. However, I think it is important to acknowledge that everybody has “something”, whether it’s anxiety or depression or anything else. I feel lucky that I have the resources and self-motivation to break myself out of my anxiety-funks, and truthfully, I do feel a lot better now than I did a few days ago. However, not everybody has those means. There’s an unfair stigma associated with mental health issues, and I would love to help end that. After all, most people do not know right off the bat that I have anxiety.
Which goes back to that old cliche. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Unfortunately, oftentimes when I get sad about real things, I start to get upset about stupid, irrelevant things. Like why did Little Joy break up? Why is it socially unacceptable to eat ice cream for dinner every night? WHY IS SEASON 4 OF NEW GIRL NOT ON NETFLIX YET?!
(Seriously though, Netflix. New Girl. Season 4. Let’s go).
Anyways, since I’ve been having a hard time lately, I decided to bring back the “happy things” posts. I probably won’t update them every week like I did in London. But I will definitely keep them around for when I need encouragement, or for when I just want to share some cool things with you guys.
So while I am sad, I also know that there a lot of beautiful things in life. There is so much to be happy about. Writing music and blog posts is one of my favorite ways to express how I’m feeling. I tend to use sarcasm when I write, and I like to make fun of myself–life is too short to take everything seriously. Sometimes life is hard, but we just have to laugh it off and keep going. Plus sarcasm makes me happy. And I would like to use my writing to spread happiness.
And occasionally use profanity on the internet. Sorry, readers. It’s who I am as a person.
My first “happy thing” was getting my disposable pictures back that I took in London. Although this one came out blurry, I’m really in love with it. Flowers + coffee = a perfect day.
“The Medic” by Foxing. Foxing is one of my favorite bands ever. Also, their album The Albatross is just all around so perfect. You know when you can feel somebody’s emotions through their music? That’s how I feel when I listen to their album.
Plus, they’re going to be playing a show in Reno in November, and I’m soooooo excited.
The balloon races in Reno! This is an annual event that is super popular, and one of the coolest things about living in Reno. I have never actually been to the balloon races, but last year a balloon went off track and landed in my cul de sac! It’s a pretty neat event, because you can see the balloons floating around Reno for pretty much a whole weekend.
Anyways, this year I’m going to go (even though it means waking up at like, 4:30 a.m. to watch them light up O: ).
Living in beautiful Reno. I took a little walk around the midtown/downtown area the other day, and I was just so happy to be there. Although the river is really low, it’s just such a pretty place to live. And the people are so nice. And there’s really good food and coffee and music.
And I’m really just so lucky to live here.
Whine About It. Nothing cheers me up quite like watching these videos. Okay, maybe baby elephant videos make me a little happier, but these do the trick also. This one is probably my favorite, because it’s just so accurate.
(P.S. How do I get a job where I get to drink wine and bitch about life? I want that job).
Thanks for reading, guys. My family comes into town on Friday for my aunt’s wedding, and I can’t wait to have an amazing weekend.
*Insert inspirational quote here*
*Song of the Day: The Medic–Foxing*