It’s been a while since I posted about some of my happy moments. The reason for that was that for a while I just forgot about doing this post. Winter is never my favorite time of year and so I am very much appreciating the fact that I now walk out the door when it’s daylight again. It makes me feel more energized and so I figured I felt it was a good time to reflect on some of the things that are making me happy.
1.) Live shows
One resolution for 2015 was to go to more concerts again. And I have. I have been to 5 shows already and have plans to go to at least one festival and another 5 concerts. Where other people go clubbing or doing whatever I love going to concerts. It is always interesting to see how the artist performs their songs live. Seeing live music always adds an extra layer for me, as well as another memory. I tend to listen to more of that artist’s music if I’ve seen them live.
2.) New music
This shouldn’t come as a shocker and I could throw this in whenever I make a happy moments post. However, this time round it is extra true. At the beginning of this year, with little new releases happening and my feeling like I had heard everything 2014 had had to bring, 2015 didn’t get the best fresh new music start. In fact, I felt a little out of sorts and thus tried my hand at a reimagined composition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, asked my best friend for help and took some time buying some of my favorite albums of 2014.
3.) Enjoying my job
If you didn’t already know, I started a new job in August after quite a rocky ride at my previous one. It’s great to feel good about my job again. I thoroughly enjoy this one and I feel I can really achieve something here when it comes to teaching English. And so far so good: I’m getting good feedback from colleagues and students alike and so I hope to keep it that way.
I already mentioned enjoying the fact that I now get out the door when it’s daylight again. But just the fact that the sun is poking out its face more often is something I am very happy about. It’s my sole reason for feeling energized and just overall better. Despite the fact that I spent a week being sick with a spring cold, I love to hear the birds sing, flowers popping up again as well as some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets that I have already had the honor of witnessing again.
5.) Organizing trips
When I felt a bit stuck in life last year, I did some soul searching. Apart from discovering that I simply love, love, love live music, I also found I love traveling. So this year I’m trying to more of that too. I already have booked two trips so far and am hoping to add another at the end of the year. However, that will all depend on funds. So far, nearly every penny I have left after paying my bills has gone into concerts or trips. It’s one of my strategies to try and spend less money on useless stuff and create memories instead.
6.) A newly organized house
So far this aspect of my happiness has not been mentioned much on here yet. I started a project ‘room change’ in late 2013, but I found little time to complete it in 2014. Until the end of the year that is, which is when I cut to the chase and bought new furniture. I now live in a space that not only is decorated and furnished to my liking, it is also much more practical and homey feeling. If you’re interested I could do a room tour and show you some before and after pictures.
7.) Seeing my visitor numbers grow
Another thing that is making me very happy is what is happening to this blog. I am not sure where you all come from, but in the past few months I’ve been gaining many many visitors. In fact, in the past 6 months my visitor numbers have pretty much doubled. At first I thought it might be a fluke, but by now I’m believing that maybe some of you are intending to stay around and that is really really cool. I also feel that after 4+ years I have finally found my mojo when it comes to this blog, so I hope I can keep it up for as long as possible.
8.) Working on my health and fitness
I’m still not completely satisfied about this, which is mainly due to the fact that I haven’t been working out as much as I’d like to, but my health and fitness have definitely improved. I lost weight, sleep well, try to eat as healthy as I can, and work out whenever I can as well. My goal is to be fit and healthy again before summer and so far I’m on track, but I feel I could be more resilient in my work out schedule. So for then next few weeks that is what I will be working on: a fitness schedule that I can keep up and get used to so it becomes part of my system again.
9.) Meeting new people
One of my favorite things in the world is meeting new people. I’ve hit that moment in my life when the people I know, tend to be the same people, so I always appreciate it if I meet someone new. It’s always exciting to see how relationships evolve and change anyway, but it becomes extra exciting when new people enter your life and you have no clue where things will go. Here’s to meeting some more people in 2015.
10.) Reading books
Finally, I’ve added reading books. I went on a major reading kick at the end of 2014 and since this new year I have not nearly finished as many books. However, I still enjoy a good read and sometimes books simply surprise you. It is why I love reading in the first place and I get excited to finish books, and am eagerly figuring out what to read next all the time. Since I spend quite some time on the train, I also have more time to read, so here’s to a book filled 2015.
What makes you happy?