LIFE, A FEATHER, AND DREAMS

I want to live the dreams that have been in the back of my mind for many years. I feel an odd calmness, unlike anything that I’ve had in many years. I would almost describe as this: I feel like a feather with a sense of passion and direction, but without anything to get in the way allowing it to float freely and travel where it wants, unbound by anything. I think about my dreams of visiting huge cities but also roaming through open nature filled fields without a single worry in life and only a sense of wonder and curiosity. I want to walk around barefoot and smell the earth and feel the dirt between my toes. A fresh breath of crisp air and sense of being. I want to teach others, read, learn, people watch, and experience. I want to live simply and decluttered and clean. I want to show off my fashion and beauty and creativity. I want to inspire others to do good and be all that they can be. I want to listen to music and enjoy the fruits and talent of others and see the special side to them that makes them unique. I want to run and I want to walk. I want to see the joys of life and experience all there is….
LIFE. It is so beautiful.
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(Originally written on: 04/16/2015)
Medium.com version of this post can be found here: https://medium.com/@aleesatoman/life-a-feather-and-dreams-fbbd97f3b5d7

Do What Makes You Happy

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I’m sitting here on my couch with Miles curled up in a ball next to me lying on Richard’s clothes. How beautiful. I sit in my apartment and I am happy with everything I have done thus far and where I am at with my career and life in general. I listen to the clock tick, the air purifier hiss, and the furnace huff. Somehow these sounds make my apartment seem even more relaxing. A great peace and quiet shelter. Hmm.. maybe I could try writing poetry. The sky is the limit; you do know…
 
Today, I sat in the Target cafe and watched the people come and go for a good hour. I know! How fun! haha. It really was great though. First, I watched a mother question her daughter with good life questions. She asked, “Are you going to not do something now and regret it later? You’ll spend your whole life knowing you could have done it.” I have no idea what they were discussing really, but it made me think. It seemed like after I heard that question, I watched everyone even more.
 
Another mother sat with her two children and bought them each a small slushie and ordered some breadsticks from the Pizza Hut there at Target. There were only three breadsticks. She gave her two daughters each one of them and then sat the other down. The one daughter said, “Is that other breadstick for us to share? Can we share it mom?” The mother said, “yes”. Then the daughter replied, “I thought so.” Here we have a mother that didn’t get a drink of her own nor did she eat the third breadstick. She gave everything she bought to her two daughters and sat there quietly and watched them both so happily eat their breadsticks and slurp their Slurpees. It was like this was what brought her extreme happiness was seeing her two children eat.
 
Across from the Target, cafe was an in-store Starbucks. I watched so many people line up for coffee. The barista was so friendly and patient as the line crept up to 10 or more people. She was so happy helping them. At about the 8th person in line was an old man wearing a feathered hat who used a walker. He was eager to get that cup of coffee that brought him some happiness. He patiently waited and walked an inch every chance he could. ha. He really wanted that coffee!
 
Then, after Target I went to a thrift shop. There were quite some clothes at this place! Designer names for $5 in a sea of clothes. One woman tried on a designer jacket and she absolutely loved it. I could tell that she didn’t have much money and buying clothes wasn’t something she did very often for herself. She just loved that jacket! All I could think was how great that she can now have it for less than $10 because someone decided they wanted to pass the treasure along to others. Maybe the original owner was just cleaning meaningless items from her closet, but it sure meant the world to that woman at the thrift store.
 
Now that I have written about these memorable sights today, I notice something. Each of these people did what made them feel happy. That is truly a very valuable observation. It’s not about the money you spend or what you do, it’s whether or not it makes you happy. Is it seeing that someone you love not make what could be a mistake by simply speaking up? Is it watching your kids eat happily? Is it helping others with a tasty treat? Or slowly inching your way to get your cup of joy? Maybe it’s giving your designer clothes to a thrift store or buying a trendy jacket for yourself. Whatever it may be that makes you happy. Please, do it.
 
So, I sit here and write tonight. Writing makes me happy. I rarely do it anymore, but when I do I absolutely love it. Maybe you have something that you know makes you happy but you haven’t done it in a while. Do it.
 
 
Do whatever makes you happy.
 
 
(Originally written on: 12/31/2014)
 
Medium.com version of this post can be found here: https://medium.com/@aleesatoman/do-what-makes-you-happy-8053816d9c58

Life’s Simple Pleasures

LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES❤

Sometimes we can forget the simple things we like and are passionate about in life. This can even be as detailed as the smells, sights, and foods among many other simple and sometimes overlooked details in our life that evoke happiness and joy. Inspired by an exercise in a book I read (see details at the bottom of this post), I put together an evolving list of my life simple pleasures. I encourage you to do the same sometime. It doesn’t take too long, and it’s a nice refresher of your inner self-passions and often-times overlooked details that add value to your life. Hope you enjoy. ❤

My Life’s Simple Pleasures

  • Hearing the birds and other animals chirp in the morning with the smell of freshness and life. 🙂
  • Walking around barefoot even outdoors in the grass and dirt.
  • Sipping tea or coffee 
  • Reading blogs and other short articles from news or other reputable sources 
  • Reading about other people’s lives to get ideas 
  • Pondering things. Especially life, human nature, morality, and personal growth. 
  • Going to the salon to get my hair, nails, and other things done to make myself feel even more beautiful and trendy. 
  • Travel 
  • Driving in my car listening to music and singing with it just awfully but not caring at all. Lol 
  • Being around old people. Especially older couples still completely in love and older couples & groups of elders having dinner conversations about life and current events. I want to do that when I’m old! I’m inspired! 
  • Taking a walk in my community 
  • Taking a walk in nature and usually observing the animals. 
  • Going to museums and art galleries 
  • Going to instrumental musical performances 
  • Eating a really healthy, full of different veggies salad, raw veggies, and mixed fruit. 
  • Having moments of reminiscing back to great memories of the past. This might involve traveling on occasion to my once favorite go-to restaurant or city where I used to live for a small moment of history but delight of what I love and have loved. 
  • Spending time with my family doing very special things with them like going to a restaurant, eating, a concert, a play, a movie, or other events. I also enjoy simple things like talking with them and spending time with their loving pets. 
  • Having time to just sit and have no obligations before me so that I can do whatever I want to do. 
  • Keeping my apartment decluttered and clean. 
  • Spending time with animals. 
  • Buying new or used clothes, shoes, and accessories that show off my style. 
  • Eating chocolate or other desserts and reallyyyyy enjoying them. 
  • Reading books that I find interesting like the Simply Luxurious Life, Thirty Chic Days, The Leadership Contract, Minimalism Books, Zen and other Buddhism lifestyle books. 
  • The smell of freshly cleaned clothes and blankets. 
  • Being a part of a group that is working together to make something better. I like feeling apart of something and enjoy being around those that inspire and motivate me to be my best self and in turn, I can do the same for them also. 
  • Going to a coffee or tea shop and just sitting and doing homework or reading or playing on the internet. 
  • Listening to live music at coffee shops or sophisticated bars 
  • Occasionally going to see a movie out while eating my kids sized popcorn combo. Lol 
  • Laughing and finding humor in the little things. 
  • Trying new things to see if I like them… getting out of my shell a little at times to do something different. 
  • Talking to people about their hopes, dreams, and goals. I want to really know what motivates people and what their pleasures are. Who and what they care about and love. What they’re passionate about. 
  • Running, playing tennis, playing softball. 
  • Understanding what’s going on in the world and in my community. I like information. 
  • Observing artists in action and/or seeing them with their pieces of art and/or craft so that I leave so happy and satisfied that these people are doing something special and following their passions in life. 
  • Writing. Especially my goals in life. 
  • Waking up warm and cozy and never wanting to get out of bed because it feels soooo good. Lol 
The inspiration for this writing and brainstorm of my life simple pleasures came from the writing exercise found in Shannon Ables book, “Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide”. You can read more about her and her blog here: www.thesimplyluxuriouslife.com
(Originally written on 08/26/2017)
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