Sunday Sparkle

I went on a Sun-date with myself today <3

Popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

After a much-needed facial, I popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

I’ve been dying to read Hector And The Search For Happiness for almost a year now, but I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t fancy the movie cover (it was the only version being sold at local bookstores at the time). So when I spotted this cover a few days ago, I swooped it out of the shelf right away and headed straight to the counter.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

There’s a lot of truth to this list, and if you read the book, you’ll understand them even better through the people that Hector interact with and the experiences that they share. It’s an interesting book and it’s also a very easy read considering the complexity of the topic. And although it saddens me to say that I didn’t completely fall in love with the book or the character, I’d still say that it’s a worthy read. Give it a chance because there are a few gems in there that’ll make you examine and challenge your own views on happiness. Or you can just cheat and watch the movie (I have a feeling it might actually be better than the book and it’s partly because I adore Simon Pegg).

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

Reading this question over and over again throughout the book really made me stop and want to ask myself this question, too. Was I happy? Like really happy? Find out my answer after the jump! Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

I’m addicted to watching Ted talks (and secretly dream of being asked to give one). One of my favorites? This lecture about how important it is to change the way you view the world in order to become happier and more productive. Bonus: The speaker’s pretty funny, so it’s entertaining to watch.

 
Pretty inspiring, right? After watching this, I decided that I’m going to make an effort to change my mind’s default patterns in order to become more positive and gain longterm happiness. So over the next 21 days, I shall follow Mr. Achor’s dopamine-boosting tips by:

1. Thinking of 3 things I’m grateful for each morning.
2. Journaling about something positive that happened to me during the last 24 hours.
3. Meditating.
4. Making sure that the first email I send praises or thanks someone.

When you change your IG filter, it can make your photo better. Same concept with the lens, except this exercise is for your brain. Isn't that worth investing in?

Think about it: When you change your IG filter, it can make your photo better. Same concept with the lens, except this can make your brain better. Isn’t that worth investing in?

This simple method gives me an easy way to have a better mindset and appreciate all the awesome things (and people) in my life. Shawn says that 90% of your happiness is actually predicted by the way your brain processes the world–not by the external world. Now that I have a new job, I realized that I need to re-strengthen my brain and stay grounded. I’m a recovering perfectionist, so I need to remember what’s really important and enjoy the opportunities that I have in front of me without stressing. So check back in after 3 weeks and let’s see if this works! I’m very curious (and excited!) to see what kind of positive changes it can bring forward.

Want to join this 21-day challenge with me? Leave a comment and let me know—I could use accountability partners! ♥

Sunday Sparkle

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What makes you happy? Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of joy from cooking and baking—and seeing my family enjoy what I make. It’s been a while since I’ve spend time in the kitchen, so I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with new (and old!) recipes.

I've been making this cheese dish a lot! Just place sliced mozzarella in an oven-safe dish and top it off with tomatoes, shredded basil, and a little olive oil. Add anchovies underneath the tomatoes for extra zing and season with fresh pepper.

Here’s a peek at one of my tried-and-tested dishes! Just place sliced mozzarella in a dish and top it with tomatoes, shredded basil, and a little olive oil. Pop it into the oven until the cheese browns and bubbles and enjoy with freshly baked chunks of bread. Yum!

I feel like I’ve just been floating by this week, so I’m making a commitment to living with a little more awareness. So for the next week, I’m going to consciously think of something fun, kind, and productive to do each day. Gosh, that already sounds like a lot of things to squeeze in—but I’m going to make it work and see how it goes! Who wants to join me??

It doesn't have to be anything big, it just needs to be different...like experimenting with a new look! For example. I experimented with a 70s look a few days ago—center part, Farrah-inspired waves, and sunkissed skin. I wasn't in my comfort zone, but it was fun!

It doesn’t have to be anything big, it just needs to be different…like experimenting with a new look! For example, I played around with a 70s vibe a few days ago—center part, Farrah-inspired waves, and sunkissed skin. I wasn’t in my beauty comfort zone, but it was fun!

What makes you happy? And what are you doing to pursue the feeling? Leave a comment and let me know if you want to join in on my little challenge! ♥

Sunday Sparkle

I’m a sucker for videos like this. Watch it—and prepare to get a little teary-eyed!

 
What do you see when you look at the mirror? I hope you take the time to train your eyes and change your inner voice, so that you only see what’s beautiful. And remember…

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You truly are.

Wishing you a week full of love and sparkles! ♥