Hello fabulous YOU!!! Happy Sunday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!
Can you believe it’s already the end of August? This year is flying by, and now with the holiday season just around the corner, my self-care is now more important than ever. So I wanted to share a few ideas with you in hope that it may serve you as well.
I intentionally make time to do things that make me feel good and joyful in every day, like taking a photo of these peppers.
Self-care doesn’t have to be a, hard to do thing, there are many ways to self-care for both your physical and mental health. And self-care doesn’t mean that you’re soaking in a tub full of rose petals all day, although that’s great if that’s what you want.
So, here are 5 things that make me feel good, bring me joy and are great for my wellbeing.
Flowers in my kitchen make me feel good and joyful. This week I didn’t go out shopping so I picked these Carnations from Albertson’s website and had them delivered along with my groceries, and they really make me soooo happy.
Baking cookies for myself makes me feel good and joyful. I never baked much, maybe a few times when my kids were small and that was out of a Pillsbury box. But now because of IC I can’t eat chocolate, but I can eat carob chips. Since I couldn’t find anything already baked that I could eat, I decided to bake myself and that makes me so happy. I really love baking, I even make the same cookies for my kids but with real chocolate chips LOL and my house smells so delicious when I’m baking.
I love taking pictures, I take all of my pictures with my iPhone. And that’s so handy because no matter where I am, I always have my phone with me and I can snap a picture of something that catches my eye, when I’m walking around my neighborhood, or in a store…Every time I take a picture like that, it sparks joy in me, makes me feel good and joyful.
I really love cooking, I love shopping for the ingredients, cleaning everything, cutting the vegetables and herbs, it’s like a stress buster. Having everything ready for when I start cooking, makes it more joyful to cook. And don’t laugh, but I even love cleaning up, washing the pans, feeling the warm water on my hands and through my fingers, ahhhh joy.
Writing in my journal every morning is happiness, I don’t always get to it, sometimes I have an early appointment but, journal writing in the morning is the greatest thing for my mental health because it’s the place where I can sort things out, dump out all my frustrations and everything else out onto the page. I adopted this method from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way. After journaling I’m happily ready to start the day.
Feeling the joy in the ordinary every day things, makes me feel good, joyful and blessed.
How about you? What daily acts make you feel good and bring you joy.
Can’t fall asleep? read this.
Did you know that your Gut is your second brain? This is worth reading.
Cause I love red, this week in my kitchen, red carnations.
Hope you enjoyed this little posting today. What are you up to? What makes you feel good and joyful? I’d love to know.
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday & week ahead & blessings!
COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021
4 thoughts on “5 Things that Feel Good and Joyful”
These same activities are equally important to me. I love flowers in my kitchen, the playful reverence of cooking mis en place, taking pictures, and writing in my journal.
And recently i was reminded how much i love 💘 exchanging letters. Self care is lwtting whatever sparks joy to be the first thing we do and never the last.
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Oh yes, for me too, I don’t exchange letters, but I love sending by snail mail 🙂 cards, just writing a few words of gratitude, or inspiration to someone, makes me feel so happy. And yes, “Self care is letting whatever sparks joy to be the first thing we do and never the last.” love this. Thank you xo
These are all great! I always love your photos. For me, I need to take a few minutes just for myself to read something or crochet something.
I just finished reading your article in The Inspired Guide and I loved it! It was perfect timing for me right now!
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Thank you dear Michelle for reading my article and I’m so happy it came at the perfect time for you. And, thank you for sharing what brings you joy, my mother always tried to teach me how to crochet but I never got into it when I was young, now I’m thinking of picking it up. And, I love reading your blog, I’ve learned some things, and I love your Saturday on the Porch. Blessings xoxo
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