Sunday, August 17, 2014

50 Underrated Pleasures

One day, as I was working in the copy room at my old high school, I was eavesdropping on a conversation between two teachers. Well, actually it wasn't technically eavesdropping because they were fully aware I could hear everything they were saying and there was no way I could not not listen to their conversation (yep, intentional double negative).

One of these teachers was my English teacher, and the other teacher was some random dude that I will probably never know what his name is.
The conversation went a little like this:

English teacher: Hey (random dude's name that I can't for the life of me remember), what are your plans for spring break?
Random dude: Nothing. Probably just lots of naps.
English teacher: Good, good. Naps are one of the most underrated things in this world. That, and chocolate milk.

Don't ask me why, but this extremely random conversation has stuck with me. I didn't think anything of it as I was making copies at the time, but why would I? Everything that came out of my teachers mouth was like this nugget of wisdom. I seriously would not be surprised if he stayed up all night writing fortune cookies as a side job.

But, I continued thinking about what he said and I realized that, wow, there are so many things that slip through my grasp in life because I simply don't give them the appreciation that I should. I don't mean the big things because I absolutely appreciate those. I mean the little things that I truly enjoy, but I don't really realize it while its happening.

So, thank you Mr. H for inspiring this beautiful thought I have enjoyed entertaining.

50 Underrated Pleasures
1. Naps
2. Chocolate milk
(Courtesy of Mr. H)
3. Homemade cookie dough (salmonella, my ass)
4. Binge watching Netflix
5. Rolling up like a burrito in a super soft blanket 
6. Squishing a hot blanket fresh out of the dryer up to your face
7. Reading a really good book with no distractions
8. Having the patience to wait for your nail polish to completely dry (ok, actually haven't had this pleasure, but I'm sure it's great)
9. Smelling all the candles on the store shelf; complete with the "wuh" face for the gross ones and the "oooh, smell this one" comment after the delicious ones
10. Filling up your online shopping cart on Urban Outfitters and fantasizing you had the $739 to "finish checkout"
11. Every time ABC Family has a Harry Potter Movie Marathon
12. Actually anything Harry Potter
13. Drawing a perfect circle
14. Watching out the window as a plane takes off
15. The smell of book stores
16. Forcing your pet to snuggle with you
17. When makeup on both eyes looks the same
18. Listening to the rain outside while laying in bed
19. Waking up before your alarm clock and realizing you have more time to sleep
20. Laughing so hard your stomach hurts
21. Warm, fuzzy socks
22. Baking Christmas cookies
23. Watching old cartoons
24. Ordering in pizza for dinner
25. Dancing to music while vacuuming
26. Finding money in the pockets of old clothes - bonus if it's a $20
27. The feeling you get when someone says a sincere "thank you"
28. The feeling of butterflies in your tummy
29. Waking up in the morning and someone has already made chocolate chip pancakes
30. Good finds at flea markets
31. Watching the sunrise
32. Watching the sunset
33. Looking at real photographs on real photo paper
34. Listening to your grandparents tell stories
35. PB&J sammiches
36. Listening to the music you listened to in 7th grade
37. When babies smile at you
38. Family BBQ's
39. Nostalgia
40. The smell of your favorite person
41. Glitter
42. Handwritten letters
43. Taking a nap with your dog
44. When cats come and lay on whatever you are working on
45. Candle-lit bubble baths
46. Fresh snow fall when you wake up
47. Having really awesome roommates (cause that's actually not that easy to find)
48. Costume parties
49. Feeling happy for other people
50. A perfectly ordinary day

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Beauty In Knowing You're Beautiful

About Me:
The summer before my senior year in high school, I found out I had an eating disorder. It sounds so weird to say it that way. I "found out" I had an eating disorder. Truth is, I didn't know the way I ate and thought about myself was unhealthy. As a teenage girl, I grew up surrounded by comments like "Does this make me look fat?" and "I'm not eating carbs this week. I'm trying to lose 3 pounds." I thought the way I ate and the way I viewed myself was normal.
I'm so glad I found out I was wrong.

I have Binge Eating Disorder. BED is a disorder where a person eats large quantities of food in a short amount of time to the point where they feel so full they feel sick, but instead of purging/over-exercising to get rid of the food, they go into this depressed and angry state because they feel out of control.
Here are some websites that have great information about Binge Eating Disorder:

It's taken me a long time to be able to look at myself in the mirror and see myself as beautiful. I still struggle with it.
That's why I have started this blog. I want to inspire people to be strong and confident. I want to recreate what society deems "perfect." Screw "perfect." It doesn't exist. I want to promote confidence, strength, happy minds, and healthy bodies, because, honestly, there can never be too much joy spread in this world. There just can't

While I was in the process of writing this first post on Simply Sunny Days, I came across this video.

I see beauty.
I see happiness.
I see me, and I am damn proud in who I have become.

What do you see?
Images by Freepik