Happy Friday, y’all! We made it.

This week was an interesting one. It taught me that no matter how well we plan out our days, most everything is out of our control. It’s best to focus on the one thing we definitely can control which is our mindset.

Luckily, this coming weekend looks to be a lot less full than usual. We have Kumon, a Grandparents’ Day celebration event with our religious class group, a possible hike on Sunday, and hoping the kids behave so we can go out to dinner once too!

With that’s let’s move on to some Friday Stuff…

Friday Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we (Vishnu and I) used to live with a lot less – money, space, stuff, etc. And while I love the life we’ve built for ourselves, some of my most cherished memories are from the time of less. In particular, when we lived in Miami in a 750 sq ft apartment, and he was a student make $0, and I was making not that much in comparison to later years. I loved that apartment so so much, and I also miss the simplicity of those times.

It’s funny because I remember telling Vishnu back then (probably when he was stressed about school) that we’ll look back on this time and remember it as the ‘good old days.’ I WAS RIGHT!

Something else I’ve been thinking about is how the seemingly most trivial things in life bring the most joy when compounded over time. But we live as if it’s about the money, the home, the vacations, etc.

What if we did our very best to inject and notice moments of joy and really sit with that feeling? What if, even in the midst of chaos, we created space for joy to creep in?

What if we did that instead of booking that next vacay or buying an extra car or even shopping for things we don’t need.

I know this isn’t a new thought, but the more I think about it, this capitalistic society we live in has really tricked us into believing the most beautiful parts of our lives are outside of our lives. And that’s just not true.

I’ll leave with you with one lighter thought. Try and increase your joy by creating one small ritual that you can inject first thing into your day. The caveat is that it can’t be technology dependent.

My ritual is around my iced coffee. I love making it, I love the cup I drink it from, and of course, I truly look forward to sipping it while I work.

Friday Links

How to Take Your Business Writing From “Average” to “Great” – Lots of great tips in this piece!

The 5 Most Important Areas of Life to Simplify (and the Stats to Prove It) – The main takeaway for me is to identify what you truly value and live a life that reflects that.

Excellence Requires Intimacy – Such a good read!

And that’s all she wrote! Have a good Friday and weekend!

By Parita

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