Well, it’s Monday again.
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
I did, but as most people, I wish it lasted a little longer. As I’m working on daily gratitude lists, I’m also trying to take more pictures of the things that make me happy, so it’s easier for me to remember when things aren’t going so well.
If you’re my friend on facebook or instagram, you’ve probably already seen these, but nevertheless, here’s the highpoints of my weekend.
Friday night, I witnessed the wedding of my co-worker Daniel.
I’ll be honest. In the hours leading up to the wedding, I was apprehensive and wasn’t sure how much fun I would have.
I’m fairly comfortable being in most situations without alcohol, but weddings are still a little difficult for me. To make matters worse, my boyfriend had another wedding to attend in New Orleans, so I was solo.
Turns out, I don’t need alcohol or a date to have a good time. I was surrounded by many of my friends and co-workers, and the venue and the weather were both absolutely breathtaking. I was asked to help take pictures of the guests in front and on top of a longhorn that they rented, and I just couldn’t stop smiling. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits, and I left feeling buzzed with love and laughter.
So what made this evening so enjoyable? I was there, I was really there. I spoke to people I’d never met, and I really listened to people I already knew.
I’m learning more and more how enjoyable it is to really connect with other people. It’s become apparent to me, how much I miss out spending my life in my own head. I’m really trying to engage in conversations with strangers, and there hasn’t been one time when I’ve regretted it.
I spend my afternoons working the front desk at a dentist office. I love the staff and the atmosphere, but it wasn’t until recently when I really made an effort to get to know the patients, that I felt that my time there was really worthwhile.
I’m trying to talk to the checkers at the grocery store, and to people in line at the coffee shop. Sometimes it’s obvious they don’t want to talk, but even if I just pass along a smile, I feel a surge in my mood.
The rest of my weekend was quite relaxing, which was nice for a change. I babysat for a friend on Saturday morning, and I was glad to finally get to a chance to spend some time with her child. We took selfies and played with trucks and played hide and seek.
Then I had some time to just do nothing. I set outside in the beautiful Austin weather and read, and did a few meditations.
My boyfriend came back in town late Saturday afternoon and we spent the evening catching up on our weekends and watching the rest of Girls. We also snuggled our furry house mates.
I woke up early Sunday morning and met one of my best friends from high school for a bikram yoga class.
I couldn’t believe it had been SEVEN YEARS since I last saw my friend Allie. Luckily, conversation came just as easy as it always had, and it was absolutely wonderful to reconnect.
The rest of my day was spent writing, podcasting with Mexican Mustache and Madame, and eating some delicious yogurt, which I covered with tasty treats.
If you haven’t yet listened to our podcast, now is as good time as any to start! You can find us on Darkives, or by searching for Mexican Mustache and Madame on itunes.
What were the high points of your weekend?