Wednesday, January 15, 2020

happy videos: the "snl" cowbell skit

This "Saturday Night Live" legendary cowbell skit from 2000 never fails to make me laugh. Christopher Walken's "Guess what? I've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell" slays me. Every single time.

a summer moment in winter: harrod's strawberries & cream

When I was a reporter, I traveled often to London for film junkets and set visits. During one of my trips (which was around Christmas), I stopped into Harrod's for a little shopping and some tea. It was a cold, drizzly day but I wanted something bright, happy, summery yet warm. I discovered Harrod's Strawberries & Cream No. 75 Fruit Infusion tea. It was brilliant. Exactly what I wanted. I bought a box and enjoyed this tea throughout my stay in London.

When L. was in London a few weeks ago, I remembered this tea and how it made me feel. I asked him if he was in the area, if he would bring me back some of this tea. The day he came back, he handed me two boxes of this tea and a tin of shortbread cookies. Even just holding the warm cup with the tea infusing in the water, uplifted my mood. I was reminded of June days and popping fat, sun-warmed strawberries in my mouth. If you are too busy for afternoon tea with a biscuit, strawberry jam and clotted cream, this tea is a perfect substitute for that moment of comfort.

While I've been sipping this tea hot on cold, snowy days here in Seattle, I've had a little of my own sunshine. This tea would also be out of this world served over ice with a fresh basil leaf. There's something wonderful about the combination of strawberries and basil.  I'm looking forward to this being my go-to drink this summer.

Harrod's Strawberries & Cream No. 75 Fruit Infusion tea can be ordered online ($10.10 for 20 silken tea bags).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Your Guide for a Healthy Happy 2020

Over the past few weeks, I have been giving a lot of thought into what matters to me, especially as this decade starts.  I've always kept a journal. As I've gone back through the entries, I can see clearly what has made me happy and what has caused me anxiety.

 I have this anxiety in life and I started writing down ideas of what would help me with these feelings and I came up with the list below.   I've decided to make an active choice to be more positive in my thoughts, especially about food and to come at life with a new attitude of brightness, of happiness. 
Is this the roaring 20's again? I don't know but I'm going this of this decade as the sunny 20's.


Monday, January 6, 2020

How to be Happy in 2020

When I was scrolling through my social media feeds on New Year's Day, I was in awe of all of the resolutions people were posting and I loved it. I loved the fearlessness of it. I loved the boldness of the statements. You give power to a goal when you say it out loud.

If you made a decision to be healthier or to go after something you always wanted  or to commit to something, be fearless in your decision. Shoot for the moon. Make the giant leap. Do the thing people don't think you can do. Do the thing that YOU don't think you can do. If you want things to change in your life, you have to make that big change.

This is one of my goals this year. I plan on being fearless. I spend so much of time wondering if I'm doing the right thing or how I'm actually going to make something happen, that I prevent myself from actually taking the steps to reaching a goal. Not anymore. Now, I'm going to set that goal in my mind and I know that I can make it happen. Sure, there are steps to take but don't get bogged down in the how of it all. Set the goal. Close your eyes. Imagine yourself reaching that goal. It will happen. It's your year. Be fearless.

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