1. Decaf Coffee
I have struggled with anxiety on and off for the past few years, and only recently did I begin to see the correlation between my stress and my daily intake of caffeine. But coffee is a staple in my life so there was no giving it up as far as I was concerned. I can almost always taste the difference between decaf and caffeinated coffee, but I started experimenting and soon found a brand of decaf that I can happily live with. My anxiety has been amazingly less frequent and I can still savor that delicious morning beverage. Success!
2. At-Home Hair Dye Kits
I have been coloring my own hair since high school. I’ve experienced both wonderful and terrible results but, to me, that’s part of the fun! Living in LA, a trip to the hair salon equals major bucks, and spending that much money just doesn’t appeal to me. With a drugstore hair coloring kit, I can change my look as frequently as I like and still afford my groceries. After all, life is just too short to not play with your hair!
These little guys are the bomb. I have quite a reputation for killing plants. I forget to water them. Or I don’t care enough to water them as often as I should. Plants that cross the threshold of my home will absolutely not last unless my husband intervenes and takes on the watering responsibilities. But succulents – oh, blessed tiny green gems – they are practically indestructible. They thrive in a dessert climate, which means they are accustomed to receiving very little water. I can forget about them for a few weeks and they’re still perfectly fine! Plus, they’re super cute and versatile in any room!
4. Baby Bumps
I have a handful of close friends who are pregnant right now, and I absolutely adore seeing their baby bumps grow. I just think it’s so cool that a living bundle of joy is growing inside them right before my eyes! It’s beautiful and miraculous in so many ways.
5. The Ocean
We live just a few miles from the ocean, but I often forget because of the hustle and bustle of city life. Things can start to feel crowded and overwhelming – everyone honking their horn and hurrying along and the pressure to GO is stifling. But when we drive over to the coast and I glimpse that vast expanse of water and take a breath of the salty air, my soul is refreshed and my spirit is revived. I find freedom and restoration on the water, and its waves bring calm to my busy mind.
A newlywed, sloth lover, and recent Los Angeles transfer, Janelle is currently finishing up an MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Akron. She and her husband are always exploring and a quest to discover beauty, truth, and goodness in the ups and downs of their journey.