“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” – Aberjhani.
I recently started a daily gratitude journal. Listing things that give me joy – family, friends, goodwill, art, music, museums, coffee, wine, food, cheese, shoes, clothes, etc, etc. I’m talking about true and absolute, this-moment-is-everything kind of joy. Like mindful meditation type of joy. It can be deep or shallow. Minuscule or monumental.
It’s a place for little things, like the amazing latte I had with a friend; or meaningful ones like holding my baby’s hand while walking back from school – everyday things, or ones you NEVER want to forget. EVER. Like when you’re so ‘in the moment’ when you look at your sleeping child – and you feel like your heart will explode kind of joy. But you know what sometimes, kids are obnoxious (big surprise! They’re kids being kids).. then I look for beauty in wine, or a beautiful block of Triple-Crème Bree, or my shoes/ clothes.. I will literally go to my room for a mommy-timeout (with out without a glass of wine :-)) and open my closet or a drawer and feel the different fabrics. I re-fold ALL my (~80 some) scarves that I’ve collected over the past decade and a half, and reminisce when I got them, what country I got them in, think about the moments (the lunches/ coffees/ museums) before or after I made that purchase. Suddenly, I’m in Istanbul, or Paris, or Tokyo, on a beach in Honduras, or anywhere… I’m in heaven.
Shoes (Pumps): Valentino Rockstud T-strap Pump.
Shoes (Flats): Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flat.
Ring: gift from mom. The Ava Diamond Disk by Monica Vinader looks exactly like the one I own (Total diamond weight: 0.35ct.). I LOVE THIS RING!!!