What’s Making Me Happy, Vol. 14


It’s been a while since my last “What’s Making Me Happy Post,” and I have to be honest and say the last couple months have been a bit rough. However, it has been good to think through what I’m grateful for and acknowledge the little things that bring me happiness. The stuff listed below is mostly the little things, and though they may be small, I hope you enjoy them too!

What’s making me happy:

Binge Mode: Harry Potter
As a mountain-troll-sized fan of Harry Potter, finding this podcast has been the source of so much joy. Since early June, The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion have endeavored on a major deep dive on the Harry Potter cannon. The books, the movies, and everything else related to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world are included and the hosts’ banter is fantastic. If you’re a Potter-head, you don’t want to miss this podcast.

New York City
My recent birthday trip to New York City was fantastic for the usual NYC reasons — great food, great shopping, great shows — but it was my solo walks around the city that made me the happiest. I felt very empowered this trip because I could actually navigate the city without constantly checking Google maps. The hustle and bustle always fills me with energy and I even like the smell of the city, garbage and all. But it was being one of the crowd and realizing that I am just one of so so so many people on this earth that gave me perspective on my own life. Any problems I had seemed pretty small when considering them on the NYC-sized scale.

Girls Night In
I’d never heard of Girls Night In until listening to an interview on the Forever 35 Podcast with the  newsletter’s creator, Alisha Ramos. I am so glad I checked it out. The newsletter lands in your inbox every Friday and is filled with great articles and self-care ideas for both “me time” nights as well as gatherings with your besties. How can you not smile when your inbox has a message with the subject line: “Sleep feels the way pizza tastes” ???

Kim’s Convenience
I still haven’t made it to the theaters to see Crazy Rich Asians, but luckily, I’ve had some crazy funny Asians to watch on Netflix. Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian show that follows “the misadventures of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store,” and it has me in stitches every time I watch it. 

What’s been making you happy recently? Please share in the comments below!

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