Live Well: What's Making {Keeping} Me Happy This Week

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I thought this would be a week where I emanated happiness. When I initially thought of this post this past weekend, I imagined writing about the little things in life that were adding to my already overwhelming sense of joy. With my exciting new job to look forward to and my current job coming to a close, I though every day would be filled with happy anticipation of what's to come and lighthearted contentment with where I've already been. However, as we all know too well, that radiance was shattered Monday when the bombs went off in Boston. No new job opportunity is enough to make a person cheerful in the face of such tragedy. My heart still aches for the far too many victims and their families and friends. Then, while attempting to reschedule a doctor's appointment yesterday, I found out that my (relatively young) dermatologist died suddenly and unexpectedly last week. Although I was not particularly close with him, I've seen him every month for the past six months, and hearing that he had passed away was quite the unpleasant shock. I still can't seem to process the fact that he's gone - a large part of my brain thinks I'll still show up at my appointment next week, and that he'll stroll into the office like he always does and talk to me about Mexican food and how he lived in Houston back in medical school. I've been relatively far removed from death in my life up to this point, and I'm not sure I can fully comprehend the concept yet.

Now that I've completely depressed you (and myself), I want to forge ahead with the little things that have been making me happy this week. Although these things aren't little buoys to the joy I thought I would be experiencing, they instead have done a wonderful job of helping me see a few little lights in the darkness. And this is one of those weeks where everyone needs a little lightness. DSC_6715

Fresh flowers purchased at my neighborhood flower shop. I'm so happy to have these daffodils and the tulips from the top picture brightening up our apartment this week.

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Gorgeous views of my gorgeous home. Today, when riding the bus home, I got to look out on Alcatraz Island bathed in the setting sun. Even catching glimpses of that sight makes the world seem a little bit better.

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Planning out my outfit for my first ever client meeting with my new company. And, more than that, just having the opportunity to go to a client meeting. I'm still so excited to jump into this job headfirst, and I think this client meeting will be a great start.

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Reading stories about the perseverance of good in the face of evil. I know the title sounds depressing, but I am absolutely loving this book.

DSC_7331Throwing in the cooking towel and ordering pizza for dinner just because. Sometimes, cheese is the answer.

Making me happy honorable mention:Β Getting to spend almost an entire workday (plus a happy hour!) talking to my two wonderful co-analysts. I'm going to miss you, boys.

Okay guys, I'm serious - tomorrow I will be much more cheerful. I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you back here tomorrow to celebrate the fact that it's Friday!