Everyday, you have a choice to hit snooze or get up and make the day one to remember. Without fail, the days I decide to get up are always the ones which are more interesting, full of fun, and lots of happy coincidences.
On the day I was flying back to California, I got up early to make chilaquiles as Nanabear’s birthday breakfast. I was exhausted and I forced myself to get up because I wanted her to feel especially loved on her birthday. From the moment I thought that, it seemed the day fell into place…effortlessly.
We had a great breakfast, Nanabear was even looking forward to coming home to have leftover chilaquiles as a snack. Dropped her off at school before the dropoff rush, took my dad to the store, all before Marissa and I got our lashes done….vanity check!
APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS
When we got back, Marissa suggested I call for Uber or Lyft at 6:15 to get to the airport on time. The driver/photographer/former body piercer had an interesting, positive personality, who talked about how he met his fiancé at the Apple store. It made the drive to the airport super quick, then there were zero lines at airport security (crazy…I know).
Then while I was in the car, I checked Facebook because my friend Marisa was flying to Seattle around the time I was going back to Cali. It turned out her gate was right next to mine so we got to catch up for about 10 minutes. Pure coincidence, brought on by Facebook…thank you Mark Zuckerberg!
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT
In San Jose, after I picked up my car, I said out loud, I want to park in front of the apartment building. Then thought it would be great if I could get in the lobby so I can take the elevator, instead of dragging my bag up the stairs. When I turned on my street, there was a space directly in front of the building. Then, there was a guy on his phone outside and he let me in the lobby. Score!?! No one is ever outside at 11:30 pm, I was so grateful for a bit of great timing.
In my last blog post, I talked about the travel ritual I follow to get motivated to pack. When I get back from a trip, I forget that I’ve cleaned and organized so I’m pleasantly surprised every time I come home. This time I forgot that I reorganized my closet, so it was nice not to have to have stuff fall out as I was putting things away. Hurray for travel rituals and all the little things which make it a day to remember.
A lot of the points I mentioned are variations of being grateful and I noticed the more I’m delighted by the “little things” the more they happen. While everyday isn’t always sunshine and flowers, I realized, focusing on what I like about the day, changes the mood into a positive direction.