1. Twinkle lights
I can’t remember the last time I turned on the light in my bedroom. Instead I come home from work and plug in my twinkle lights. The soft glow always seems to put my soul at peace. Lately I’ve been falling asleep with them on – I like to refer to them as my “grown up” nightlight. (I’m looking forward to restocking after Christmas.)
2. Suave Dry Shampoo
I never really got into the dry shampoo craze – I tried a few different kinds, but my hair either remained oily or turned gray. Then I found Suave. More specifically, Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo. It’s only a few dollars, but it makes me feel like a million bucks. I spray it on at night before getting into bed – when I wake up in the morning my naturally fine hair has a boost of body. I add a couple curls with my curling iron and spend the rest of the day feeling fabulous.
3. Going for a walk in the cold
There’s just something refreshing about bundling up in mittens and scarves and going outside for a walk. I never seem to want to when I’m inside, cuddled up on the couch in my Snuggie, but when I take the plunge it’s always worth it. Coming back inside with rozy cheeks and pouring a cup of tea is always the perfect ending.
4. Going to movies by myself
I used to feel sorry for people who went to movies alone – I assumed they had no friends. But then I tried it…and I’ve been hooked ever since. When I go to the movies by myself I feel confident and classy, brave and beautiful. I’m free to laugh out loud or let the tears flow…or eat the entire bag of popcorn. Going to the movies alone is a great relaxer after a busy week or during that time when chocolate just doesn’t seem to cut it.
5. Jane Austen
I always wanted to be a Jane Austen fan (like Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail) but I every time I opened a book I fell asleep. Finally, a rainy day this spring gave me no option but to surrender to the love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. To my surprise, I couldn’t put it down. Some parts had me laughing, other parts made me shake my fist (“how could he!”) Donald Miller once had a friend tell him that what is in this book is the heart of a woman, and I couldn’t agree more.
Hope is a lover of culture and adventure, of tea and travel. In the last few years she’s followed God from India to Africa to Italy, where she discovered him in the slums and in the steeples. She currently lives in the South, where she works for Adventures in Missions. You can find her blogging at http://hopestillfloats.wordpress.com
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