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Week In Review: The Happiness Edition

Not only was yesterday the first day of spring/equinox – one of my favorite days to celebrate – but it was also International Day of Happiness. So this week I’m focusing my Week In Review on all things happy. Really though, this link up tends to be a weekly happiness recap regardless of the date. It always nudges me to look back and see all the things that made me smile and all the things that gave me a little boost of pride, purpose and positivity. I thank Meg for this nudge. 

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ― Oscar Wilde

So let’s take a look back at all the things in this past week alone that made me genuinely, so very happy. 

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  • I must start out by speaking about the overwhelmingly supportive feedback I received from Monday’s post. Not only was I initially planning to not post this at all, but when I did, I honest to god thought it would be one of those posts that one…maybe two… people comment on. It was long, after all. Yet, to my sincere amazement, a slew of you took the time to really, really take in what I was saying and extend to me your own experiences on the subject. You offered me so much comfort in telling me that “this was normal,” or that you’ve gone through the same phases. I ended the week before feeling embarrassed and unsure of my blogging. I started the next week, thanks to all of you, more forgiving, compassionate, and so freaking thankful for this community I somehow found myself in. Really. Thank you all. 
  • And WITH that… I was able to “settle down,” with my blogging. And I don’t use these words negatively against myself. I had gotten a little out of control with my ambitions and did things that weren’t feeling good. I can admit this. But this happens in life. We make “mistakes,” and learn lessons.  I am now feeling so much more relaxed and patient toward wherever I end up going with this space of mine. And, best part of all, I’m back to remembering what it is want to write about and what I want this place to be. Which is nothing that any stat or number can tell me.  Best accomplishment of the week. 

Okay now let’s just focus on pictures, ya?

  • Blank pages by sunny windows

window writing happiness

  • Enjoying your script work so much that, three hours later,  your window ends up looking like this and you’ve hardly noticed that sun you felt is now long gone. Seriously, creativity and delving into your passion is SO much better than coffee. 

script work by window happiness

  • Treating yourself to a cart full of on-sale chocolate

bulk barn chocolate happiness

  • Evening snacks (thanks to trips like the one mentioned above). My new favorite part of the day. 

evenings snack happiness

  • Food Photography. Really. I know my work right now is so very, very amateur. I don’t know what it is about a clear and bright picture of food that makes me so happy… it seems rather silly…but I just really, really love it. Plus…yolk porn. 

paintains eggs happiness

Plantains fried in coconut oil topped with 2 perfectly runny eggs

  • Simple comfort food. And then on the other end of things, not focusing on beautiful pictures and schmancy recipes, and rather coming home on a friday evening to a plate of simple comfort food. Plus… brinner

comfort food happiness

Baked sweet potato with butter and salt + 2 scrambled eggs with mushrooms and spinach + breakfast sausage links

comfort food happiness

Frozen spinach and feta breakfast wrap + roasted sweet potato + broccoli with butter

  • Baking. Experimenting in the kitchen and combining recipes to make your own creation. Plus… cookies

cookies paleo

  • Mornings and journals and free coffee. I’m starting to journal more again. It’s just amazing how important this is to my well being. I can get lost for hours in a cafe… which is what happened to me this Saturday morning. 

journaling happiness

  • And having a brother that you text every day and can tell these kinds of things to. 

text to kyle

  • Best friends you can ask crazy, psychological, deep questions to when trying to get into the head of the character in your current acting project. And run on sentences. 

text to gail

  • Empty studios and productive rehearsals. 

open studio happiness

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  • Dinner and wine parties with your best girl friends. And having a big plate of pasta for the first time in months. 

dinner party happiness

  • Boardgames. And having your 10 year old temper competitiveness come out at a stupid game of Catan. Cora + wine + board games = don’t talk to me if I lose. 

board game happiness

Honorable mentions go to:

  • Three spontaneous phone calls with your dad.    
  • That warm (and clean) feeling of clothes and sheets when taking them out of the drier.
  • Totally stinking up your green room with your toasted asiago bagel and acting completely oblivious when each person that comes in complains of the stench. “… oopsiee…” 
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“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” ― Andy Rooney

“We’re all golden sunflowers inside.” ― Allen Ginsberg

 

As someone who struggles with mood, and who to this day, experiences the dark and very real sides of clinical depression, I have learned just how much happiness lies in the seemingly “small” parts of life. 

It’s funny.  Meg told us last week that she would be focusing her WIR towards International Happiness Day, and so knowing that I wanted to join her, I strategically began my week thinking, “okay, what is going to make me happy this week?” And you know what? Because of this one question, I found more moments of happiness throughout the week than I have in a long time.  By asking myself this question at the beginning of each day, I intentionally pursued things that I knew would make me happy. And then also, in the occasions I did not actively seek them out, I took note of them and appreciated them with much more clarity. Let this be a lesson to carry from here on in. At the beginning of each week – each day – ask yourself,

“What is going to make me happy today?”

Let that be your focus. Let this be your quest. And then bask in the sunshine that is coming through the window. 

 

Have a lovely week you wonderful people. 

Tell me, 

What little thing made you happy last week?

30 COMMENTS

  1. Jen @ Chase the Red Grape | 21st Mar 16

    Last week flew past for me – that always means it was fun! My highlight was Saturday and going out on a date for burgers and ice cream with David. I smiled from ear to ear the whole time. Almost 7 years married and he can still make me giggle like we were on our first date 😀
    I too can find happiness in the simple things – like a sweet potato with salt, pepper and butter – such a simple but wonderful combo. But don’t get me started on board games. I love them but I HAVE to win… such a bad loser!

    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      Eeee this comment made me so giddy. Yay to burger dates and giggling like when we were little girls!
      I can imagine you having quite the competitive streak….

  2. Emily Swanson | 21st Mar 16

    Food photography is like a beautiful art… I love that God made all the food with so much color and variety. This is BEAUTIFUL! Those yolks are just perfect.
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      You are right – it must just be all the vibrant, natural colors 🙂

  3. snackiebird | 21st Mar 16

    Yolk porn is always a good thing! Also, if we are talk about happiness: I love writing mine happy memories in the cute small notebook that always on my desk. I feel so blessed when re-reading this once in awhile.

  4. SuzLyfe | 21st Mar 16

    Reading THIS makes me happy! We all have moments of uncertainty, but those moment are the ones that adhere us to our cause.
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      So we just gotta plow through them to get to the other side

  5. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 21st Mar 16

    I love happiness, and sun patches, cookies, flowers, support from friends and family, journaling, big bowls of pasta, creative spurts and taking comfort in just being. I think this might be my favorite WIR yet. We’ll have to make this a monthly thing so we can all feel warm and fuzzy without the benefit of a fleece blanket.

    Happy Monday. Love your link up.

    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      I love that idea. This was all your doing, madame. Thank you!

  6. Kate | 21st Mar 16

    It’s so true that when we turn our focus to what’s making us happy, we are more like to find happiness. I’m a big believer in the small things! I love seeing that you had some social time with friends over the week… I think that is especially important for people like us who tend to stay in our heads. I loved reading each other these bullet points. I’m especially envious of your day by the window!
    I think you do a great job with your food photography. Your placement of things really works! I think I am a little rushed about it. Especially if Terry’s waiting to eat, lol.
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      Social times are not easy for me (nor are they frequent), but yes, they are really important if only to just give us time away from “ourselves.” Thanks for the kind words on the photography. One day I’ll start learning the real ins and outs but for now I’m just cruising along by intuition. I’m with Terry – My biggest struggle is 100% patience. I wait too long and then I just want to it eat, dammit!

  7. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 21st Mar 16

    I love getting lost in something that we are so passionate about – when the time flies by. It truly is a great feeling! Runny yolks, board games and dinner with friends – some of my favorite things! I love this post – so glad to hear about your happy week 🙂
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      It’s such a magical thing. Getting lost in your passion can literally make you hyper (in a good way). Thanks Sarah.

  8. katalysthealth | 21st Mar 16

    Seems like you’ve got a lot of “good” going on right now! And I have gotten lost in food photography before – 3 hours to be exact! I was just clicking away and then my tummy rumbled and I thought “that’s weird.” Until I looked at the clock. Oops!
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      There’s always something good if you look for it. Getting lost in something because you love it is one of the best feelings in the world!

  9. Juli@1000lovelythings | 21st Mar 16

    I think it’s always amazing how the little things make us so happy. When I think about all the good big things that happened in my life they are all still very awesome but day to day happiness can also be received from a steaming hot cup of coffee or a sunny spot. I should try to remember this more often these days.
    Also I totally get you on the bright food pictures part. Those have the power to excite me so much!
    Also the egg yolk looks to die for!
    I need to make time for working from a coffee shop next week. You just gave me withdrawal symptoms 😉
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      I think its also about letting ourselves feel the happiness that the small things bring. It can be easy to think, “oh but its just a silly cup of coffee” etc. But why not take all the good feels you can each day?
      I can hardly imagine the excitement you feel with your photography since you are now getting to know what you are ACTUALLY doing. I’m going to be a kid in a candy shot when I start taking REAL photos.

  10. Miss Polkadot | 21st Mar 16

    Thanks for bringing happiness into my not-so-sparkly day. Not like I wasn’t a silver lining searcher on the daily already but your post just let that Andy Rooney quote become a reality. I think I might need to look for some mood-brightening quotes myself, too.
    Happiness has been easier to find/see for me since starting my happiness-inducers [not just for the blog]. Yet like you I still have some darker moments where reminding myself to look for the small things matters.
    Reading all of your accomplishments always makes it hard for me to comment because I don’t know where to begin – or end – as there’s something to say about all of them. I’d better leave that for another mail, though, I guess.
    I’m glad you were able to settle in a place that feels good for you blogging-wise. Okay, novel of a comment once again …
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      I love your happiness-inducers so much. I’ve tried to kind of mentally do this each day, but I keep saying I should actually have a book to write them in (or on the blog). I don’t know what my hold up is. Keep doing it, and until I get my butt in gear I’ll feed of the positivity yours give me.

  11. Heather@hungryforbalance | 21st Mar 16

    I love this! Thank you for this little dose of happiness today!
    And I am literally the worst person to play board games with. I may or may not have thrown a deck of cards off the table once when I lost..,
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      Haha. I can imagine you having quite the competitive streak….. note taken!!

  12. Ellie | 22nd Mar 16

    I little thing making me happy last week was seeing friends I haven’t seen in two years and going running with them. It was cold, but we talked the whole time! Another happiness inducing factor: I have a day off on Friday! FROM BOTH JOBS!
    You’re taking beautiful photos! The fried plantains are making me swoon, and of course, I love the wrap 😉
    Have another happy week Cora <3
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    • Cora | 22nd Mar 16

      That must have been so lovely. And I’m sure it made the run fly by!
      You have a full day off!?! What is this!? Someone call the party police! 🙂

  13. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 22nd Mar 16

    I love how intentionally focusing on things that make you happy helped you to feel happier! That’s awesome. Awesome, too, to have such supportive friends and family. Such a blessing!
    Those pictures of your work by the sunny window make me want to go write! Do you write original scripts?
    Hope you have a great week.
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  14. gracefulcoffee | 23rd Mar 16

    I love reading posts like these! Evening snacks make me happy too, especially chocolate 😉

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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    • Cora | 23rd Mar 16

      Ohhhhh yeah. Most absolutely 🙂

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  16. kyrabocha | 24th Mar 16

    I loved this post. Thank you for making me smile 🙂 your happiness is infectious!
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  17. cookiesnchem | 26th Mar 16

    I think I’ve mentioned this to you before, but I always save photos of your meals to a folder on my Desktop called “Foodie Ideas”. I love how these dinner ideas are simple yet look so satisfying. Can you tell me how you made those plantains? They look wonderful but I have an irrational notion in my mind that they will taste like mushy and overripe bananas – yours look AMAZING! Also, what do you serve plantains with?
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    • Cora | 28th Mar 16

      I’m flattered! I do the exact same thing with recipes I find – I think a great number of yours have found their way in :). I’m all about simple, especially these days when motivation is lacking.
      PLANTAINS! You must make. Just slice a nice green plantain into rounds, melt about 1 tbsp coconut oil (or any oil would work) in a frying pan and sautee them in the oil and salt on med-low heat (so they don’t just burn) for maybe 4-5 minutes each side, until browned. They stay sturdy and definitely won’t turn to mush. I serve mine with anything mexican-ish. Beans, avocado, cheese (!!), eggs! You really can’t go wrong with anything. Please let me know when you try them and take a picture. I’m sure whatever you’ll do will be gorgeous.

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