November 6, 2017

How To Not Be Miserable

There's some good s#!t in here

Full disclosure, I've spent the past week doing two things: stressing and complaining. First, I was stressed. Then I complained about that stress. It turned into a cycle of one feeding the other until they both morphed into some megamonster of miserableness. If you talked to me at all last week, I apologize because there's a chance I gave you second hand anxiety. But that is not how I choose to live my life this week—you're welcome world.

If constantly talking about stress and complaining only amplified my misery, it is my theory that talking about just the good things (no matter how big or how small) will amplify my happiness. So, let's start with one of my favorite frou-frou modern mental health activities: making a list of all of the good things!


All of them, but in particular this gorgeous husky that came up to me this weekend and totally stole the spotlight (photo below).


I discovered that I can actually wear a beret and not look like I'm wearing a sad French costume.


Specifically, finding books that people leave behind. I love found books. In fact, I think I'll start planting books around the city. Goals. (Side note: the book I have in these photos was a book I found right before I started shooting. Spontaneous accessorizing? Here for it.)

Living rooms

My apartment is almost fully decorated at this point and feels like a real home. I spent a good chunk of the weekend on my couch watching Stranger Things—in my full sized, and not to toot my own horn, well decorated living room. For someone who spent her first year in New York confined to a spare bedroom, this is amazing.


Like I said, I complained a lot this past week to just about anyone who would listen. No one was obligated to give a hoot about any of my problems, much less show concern or give advice, but several people did. They all listened to my tale of misery and after sympathizing, gave me genuinely helpful advice and a positive outlook. This kindness is probably what helped me put that megamonster of miserableness back in its place. Thanks for that, you guys!


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