1. Write some poetry.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”— Dead Poets Society. Such a good movie. If you want to feel inspired, watch it!
2. Pay yourself a compliment.
3. Make like Zoolander and get an orange mocha frappuccino!
4. Listen to an empowering song.
When I used to feel down, I would listen to "Blue Skies" by Noah and the Whale, which is a sad but comforting song. That whole album was pretty good for any "I can be happy" feelings. Find your song, and sing it out loud, cry to it, whatever makes you feel better! Sometimes we find it tough to get through hard times, but music always finds a way to soothe the soul.
5. Spread the love by backing a charity that's close to your heart.
Here are two that I would fully support, since I've always felt passionate about animal issues:
1. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Organization. Help out by fostering an orphaned baby elephant?
2. The Snuggles Project. I love it because it combines two of my favorite things: Animals and crafting. It's hands-on: You create blankets for animals in shelters, and you can donate them directly to your local shelter (if it is Snuggles eligible-- Go to the website for more details).
Hope you're all enjoying your weekend! Keep posted tomorrow for an update on the Little Willow Shop grand opening!