5 Little Things That Make Me Happy

In an effort to appreciate the little things around me in my familiar home, I thought I'd list 5 things that bring me a bit of joy each day and talk about them a bit. 

The year is wrapping up and snow has covered the ground, I'm staying on my couch and in my bed more than usual to keep warm and comfy. Coraline likes to sleep with me each night, and recently she's been sitting on a little pink blanket at the edge of my bed. This has become her main hangout spot, and she likes to take full day naps on the warm blanket. 

In between busy shifts at work, I get up and walk over to her to give her a kiss on the head. 

I'm not sure when or how this developed, but she's gotten accustomed to getting head kisses, so she now tilts her head up to meet your lips when she sees someone coming over. She really seems to enjoy it, and will often stay totally still (purring loudly) when Gabby or I attack her soft head with kisses. It's something that never fails to bring a smile to my face. 

I received a simple glass vase in July when Guillaume got me some beautiful sunflowers as a birthday gift. Since then, I have been using that vase and refreshing it with new flowers every few weeks, which has really brightened my room. The flower company probably didn't expect I'd get so much use out of this vase, but there's something special about it. It's something I got from him, something he sent me himself and spent a lot of work doing so. It makes me feel like I have a small piece of him with me in my room, somehow, so I want to treasure it and fill it with pretty flowers.

I have a very simplistic, natural color palette decorated room, and fresh flowers in their simple, natural beauty really fit the interior perfectly. 

I have them on my small table and when I choose to sit on my carpet and do work, I can smell the flowers. This has become a habit I've been keeping up the past few months and my Mom has taken notice, often getting me new flowers when she sees the old ones have drooped and changing the water for me every so often. 

My good friend Sophia got me the most wonderful gift for Christmas: a wooden picnic basket with gingham fabric. I have always dreamed of having the perfect cottagecore-esque picnic basket to take with me on adventures to the park or a garden, but I'm very picky about what I want so I never ended up ordering one. I wanted a wooden or straw one that had plenty of storage and a sturdy handle. Well, Sophia must have read my thoughts! Though snow is covering the ground (is a snow picnic possible...? will get back to you on this after more research.) I'm looking forward to the times ahead!

I am even more excited for the springtime when I can show off my beautiful basket and plan a picnic with friends. 

With the recent development of the COVID vaccine, I am hoping that 2021 is the year where I can meet Guillaume again and have a picnic together with this basket. Perhaps that can be a resolution of mine :)

Sumin, Seeun and J

Sieun, Yoon and Isa

My inner circle may have noticed a new Kpop song that I've been spamming in every group chat I'm in; STAYC's So Bad. This is the debut song from a new girl group from High Up Entertainment, which is backed by the impressive producer, Black Eyed Pilseung, who has created many of the kpop hits you may know today. I came across their music video on Youtube via random recommendation, and within 3 minutes I was totally captivated by the group and their song. 

I noticed one of the members named Yoon the most; something about her aura really captivated me.

 I began researching them, watching any interviews I could, trying to find information about the girls, and slowly descending into a STAYC fueled obsession. Even if you are not a fan of Kpop I highly recommend you take a look into STAYC and give their music a chance! So far, I've converted 3 friends into STAYC fans, and the quest continues!

Though I am no longer a teacher in my career path, I've stayed involved with teaching in my personal time and it has brought me a lot of joy. I have been teaching Japanese online (for free!) with a small group of students, and seeing them learn and grow each week is something that makes me feel so much happiness and pride. 

When my students send their homework or answer questions, it makes me feel so happy to see them try their best each week. 

Though I am not a native speaker, I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and helping them fall in love with the language I've studied for years. Being a teacher to my peers has helped me form some really great friendships and I hope to continue teaching in 2021! 

I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you for reading :)

P.S If you're looking for some nice room ambiance music, I've been listening to this lately!