06.21.2016

Makin’ Me Happy List – 06/21/16

There are a lot of things in life – both big and small – that make me happy. Have you ever sat down and made a list of what makes you happy? Or tried a Gratitude Journal? From the simple to the spectacular, there is oh-so much about this world of ours to be happy about. I love what Brené Brown has to say about happiness:

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. tweet

Amen to this. How often are we waiting for the other shoe to drop? Or holding on so tightly to the small amount of control or power we have that we’re unable to soften to the joy and happiness right in front of us?

I know I’m guilty of it. It takes a lot of intention to focus on the good & happy in our lives.

So for that reason (and because we all need reminders of what makes us happy!), I’m putting together a list of 3 things that are makin’ me happy this week.

How often are we waiting for the other shoe to drop? Or holding on so tightly to the small amount of control or power we have that we’re unable to soften to the joy and happiness right in front of us?  I know I’m guilty of it. It takes a lot of intention to focus on the good & happy in our lives.  So for that reason (and because we all need reminders of what makes us happy!), I’m putting together a list of 3 things that are makin’ me happy this week.

Here’s my Makin’ Me Happy List:

Nespresso VirtuoLine Coffee & Espresso Maker

Wow, this was a game-changer, friends. My lovely sister-in-law gifted this to my husband  us  (let’s be honest) me for my hubs’ birthday, and my life has forever been changed. I know I’m behind the ball on this (as I often am with adopting new gadgets or trends), but this is worth every inch of counter space it takes up. And let me tell you, counter space in my kitchen comes at a premium, so if I’m willing to give something permanent residency, it’s gotta be good.

The froth! And the smoothness! Exclamation point! It makes a darn good cuppa coffee.

The best part? It literally takes 2 minutes from start (pressing a button) to finish (when the mug hits my lips!). How’s that for simple?

When mornings are often hurried and hectic, this is one thing that is making my life simpler and making mama happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Boss Mom Podcast

I’m a big fan of podcasts, but I’m pretty selective about which ones I listen to, simply because I value my time. So when I listen to podcasts on my way to work or in between errands, I want it to be time well-spent.

I first learned about Dana Malstaff of www.boss-mom.com on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast (the name sounds spamm-y, but I promise it’s not: you’ve gotta check it out if you’re an entre/mama/solo-preneur of any sort!). In any case, Dana is the real deal. The Boss Mom movement caters to mamas who are running successful businesses, just getting started, or are somewhere in between by providing support, resources and an inspiring community of other women pursuing their passions while also embracing motherhood.

What I love most about The Boss Mom Podcast is that it’s specifically for working moms. While the focus is primarily on moms running online businesses, there’s a ton of life advice that I pull from this podcast regularly as well. And the goodness doesn’t stop there. Check out the Boss Mom Academy, The Boss Mom Book – The Ultimate Guide to Raising A Business and Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, the free Trello Training, and as I mentioned before, the amazing community of other mama-preneurs.

Rituals App for iPhone

When the days are long and you’re literally moving from sun-up to sun-down, it can be hard to turn off. One of the things that is currently helping me to wind down and relax at the end of the day is the “Rituals” app on my iPhone. It sounds counter-intuitive to use your phone to wind down when your head hits the pillow, but I love this app.

What I use it for most often is the guided meditation, though it has a number of other goodies like yoga exercises, a magazine, and daily inspiration. You can choose meditations anywhere from 5-20 minutes – all of which are perfect for helping you to slow down, relax and be present (or fall asleep!).

I’m all about tools that make life easier and for me, this is one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚


What’s making YOU happy? Comment below and let me know! It could be a gadget, an experience, a book, a place, something salty or something sweet….it could be anything!

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About Erin

I'm a thirty-something, coffee-loving mom of two living in a funky neighborhood in Seattle....all while seeking a balance between keeping up and slowing down.

Comments

  1. Oh, the app sounds perfect. I am not a meditator so having some guidance would be great. This was a fun list!

    • Heather – the Rituals app is GREAT for beginners, which is partly why I like it (I am by no means a meditation expert, either)!

  2. Oh I have Nespresso too and love it. So easy to make coffee. You can take the empty pods to Sur La Table and they will recycle them for you too.

    • Terumi – thanks for the tip about Sur La Table! The pods are the *one* thing I don’t love about 1-cup coffee makers, but I’m so glad to hear the Nespresso ones can be recycled!

  3. What a nice sister in law you have! I’ve heard so many great things about the Nespresso. I’ll have to check out that app.

    • Kerry – yes, the Nespresso has changed our morning routine! And yes, if you need a little R&R, the Rituals app is perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m really enjoying your blog, Erin – nice work! I have been using headspace (another guided meditation app) and love ending my day with my simple ‘gratitude’ app. And I just wrote down your podcast/boss-mom recs as I can relate to SO much of your conversation around balancing work, family and what inspires us! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Anne! I’ve used Headspace as well – there are so many great options. ๐Ÿ™‚ Balancing it all can be so overwhelming, but I try to remember to approach life one day at a time. On another note – congrats on launching your Positive Parenting business….am definitely going to check it out!

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