Probably the thing I think about the most is happiness. Am I happy? Is my husband happy? Are my employees happy? (It still and probably always will make me feel weird to say "my employees". It also weirds me out when someone introduces me as their boss, even when it's accurate. 🙂
I guess you could say I am a little obsessed with happiness, although I have a feeling that most people are. Even if they don't yet realize it. And although I think thinking on happiness too much, like constantly wondering if you're happy, is a great way to make yourself unhappy at times, I do believe that spending seconds or minutes every day noticing and possibly even vocalizing what is currently making you happy is super healthy practice. So, here's a few things that are currently making me happy.
-Just finished listening to Amy Schumer's book, Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, and found it not only funny but truly inspiring. Kind of caught me off guard.
-Currently reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and it's probably going to go down as the longest novel I've ever read, but it's basically Pride & Prejudice with magicians, so I LOVE IT SO MUCH. 😉
-Trying out Whole30 this month, and although I wouldn't say it's making me happy (ha!), one thing that is: black coffee. I usually drink my coffee black anyway, but now I look forward to it even more every day. Sort of love that, it's like rediscovering an old favorite.
-In March Trey and I are going to spend the whole month working and living in Los Angeles. It's one of my favorite cities, so I am STOKED. But also, I can't believe that I've built a career that allows me to do something like that! It seriously feels like such a dream come true and a total privilege.
-Also really enjoying the random, but often sunny, weather we've been having in southern Missouri this month. Even if I only make it out of the house to walk to the mailbox, still always thankful for sunny days.
-Random but, we went and saw The Lego Batman Movie, and I thought it was hilarious! I had to go to the bathroom pretty much the whole time, but I couldn't leave because I was too into it. (Also, I get anxious to leave theaters or get up on airplanes because I get nervous to annoy others around me. I know, I'm over 30 and should really get over that, but that's how I am.)
What's making you happy right now, sister?
Things that are making me happy right now:
-Reading before bed. This is a new habit I am trying out, and it's really helping me zen out a bit before bed. I'm currently reading Skin Cleanse, which I started over a year ago and forgot to finish. It's SO good.
-Projects for our nursery. These truly are my saving grace after eight months of paperwork… I am really happy to focus on fun stuff like rugs and light fixtures for just a moment. HAPPY!
-Collecting records on the weekends.
-Snuggling with our dogs.
-Planning a little haircut and new outfits for SPRING. It already feels like spring here in Nashville…. so nice!
Elsie's Wearing: Overalls/Revolve (I love these and wear them out all the time!), Top/ASOS (it's really a bodysuit), Bag/Moorea Seal (similar here), Shoes/Swedish Hasbeens, Sunnies/ZeroUV, Evil Eye Bracelet/Bando (and also an old one from Madewell).
xx! Emma + Elsie
Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with the New A Beautiful Mess Actions.