Take a breath. A big one. And think of your favorite things.
Bet you’ve been so busy doing for others this winter holiday season that you haven’t taken time to do something nice for yourself. Why not bring a little spring-like energy into your life now?
I’ve got some ideas: a few of my favorite things that you, too, might like. Or maybe they’ll remind you of something you love or want to do for yourself.
My favorite things have something in common: they make my life better, more interesting or they amuse me. No one paid me a cent–I just like them.
Sugar lip treatment by Fresh keeps my lips hydrated during cold weather. Either clear or rose-tinted and with an SPF of 15. My original set of two was a free gift from Sephora one year and I liked it so well that I bought some. It ain’t cheap at around $18 and if you use it liberally, it goes quickly… but it’s very emollient and so protective. Your lips will love you for this little luxury.
Who knew what an energy boost can result from simply popping one of these a day? Vitamin B-12 timed release. I’m a believer. It’s like cocaine. Only not really. It’s better.
A small tube of this came in a beauty box I get, a tube that I squeezed the living daylights out of to get the very last drop. It’s a really nice enzymatic exfoliator that can be used every day. Since my skin is sensitive, I don’t scrub hard –it does have those little beads–but it does a great job. Leave it on for a couple minutes for extra enzymatic exfoliation and the beads seem to dissolve. I liked it so much I bought a full-sized tube.
I love my oldies music. To be honest, I’d go back and do the 1960s all over again. Sirius 60s on 6 is my favorite in-the-car music, followed closely by 50s on 5 and several other channels offering the music of my generation. Although I’ve been known to hang out on contemporary Country and alternative channels every once in a while.
I just discovered I can also get Sirius on my other devices at no extra charge, so now it’s now my portable motivation for cardio. Love me my Sirius XM 60s! One of my favorite things.
You may remember that my doctor, known around my house as “Mean Mommy” wanted me to lose some weight. In looking for something that might be a damage-free treat, I ran across this interesting Chinese fermented tea with cocoa nibs. I had no idea Pu-erh had so many health benefits or that it is purported to help with digestion and weight loss if you drink it one hour after a meal.
Now, it tastes nothing like chocolate (which was a disappointment) and has no calories and only a mild, not-very-tea-like taste. But it’s filling, helps hydrate the body without those endless ounces of plain water and has become a daily ritual. I’m certain loose tea has more benefits than the bags, but I’m attached to the convenience of the bags. I find my Numi at Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods.
Sometimes, you fall in love with something and have to have it. That was the case with this beautiful bowl I saw in a Boulder art gallery a few years ago when visiting a friend. I love the fuzzy color, the almost delicate construction and the clean, modern design. It gives me pleasure to look at it on my living room shelf.
On a nearby shelf is a little different bowl. I found it maybe 15 years ago in a shop in Venice (that would be the real Venice and not Epcot Venice) that made its ceramics the 14th century way. I remember being surprised that it actually arrived, since I don’t usually ship things to or from Italy. Another beautiful memory when BFF and I –and the husbands we had then– went to Italy for a cooking class outside of Rome, then extended our trip a bit.
Touching my heart every day is this beautiful snow globe that my husband gave me to memorialize our late Little He and his close relationship to Riley. Both of our hearts are covered with footprints of our beloved pets. This was such a thoughtful gift.
I received my first Reiki-charged candle from the sister of my soul a few years ago and now I am never without one. I love this Dream candle and the Reiki charge that goes with it.
My friends know that as much as I love the culture San Francisco offers, I can spend half a day in the city’s Macy’s and that’s where I found these incredible bracelets a couple years ago at a STEAL. I really do love them.
And then, this:
I never wanted to be one of those people fiddling with their phone apps in public, so I try not to indulge in Solitaire when I’m away from home. (Unless faced with waiting for a very long time.) But if I’m watching mindless TV, I’ll half watch and play. I downloaded it a couple months ago and haven’t gotten tired of it yet. Hoping it’s good for memory. And free is always good.
Our family room. We love it. But I especially love our redesigned fireplace, the gas insert we had installed, the original painting –really, the whole scene. The Buddha head (Overstock.com!) catches my eye all the time. I love looking at it. My gay husband turned it a tiny bit to the left the other day after I’d already taken this photo. He was correct, it looks better.
Of course, M. is my favorite husband (although at one time I have to admit he was my least favorite EX-husband). And Riley is my favorite dog. And the women who are my BFFs already know who they are and the men who are my male BFFs and brother substitutes because mine is. well, let’s just say absent. If you are one of my favorite people, well, you know it, right?
Well, now it’s your turn. Did you have fun? Are you reminded of a few of your own favorite things? I hope you’ll share a couple in the Comments below.