Wow, May is here, and that means the first quarter of the year has already passed! It sounds so clichéd to talk about how fast time is moving. Normally I feel quite aware of how I’m spending my time, but every now and then it sneaks up on me. Which really is the universe telling me to slow down and reflect; to find joy in what has been working, and really look at what is proving to be a challenge.
So with the advent of this new month, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of what I’m thankful for, in the hopes that you are thankful for them as well, or encouraged to try something new.
My short and sweet grateful list:
◊ my funny, clever, handsome man… ◊ …who makes me cheese toast whenever I want it ◊ good, strong coffees ◊ trying new dishes out for our dinner ◊ being able to share my passion for dance with others ◊ playing with handlettering and typography ◊ dates with my girlfriends ◊ new pink lipsticks ◊ having deep and meaningful conversations about life ◊ new books ◊ being able to see the moon all year round from our apartment ◊ taking the time to learn about things that interest me ◊ shiny temporary tattoos ◊ having friends over for nights of too much food and so much laughter ◊ music. always. ◊ reorganising our bedroom, so it feels fresh and open ◊ sunsets ◊ unsubscribing from overwhelming emails and blogs (so much breathing space) ◊ watching fun movies ◊ planning our Thailand trip ◊ dreaming and planning the future ◊
I would love to hear what you are grateful for! Let me know below what is lighting you up at the moment. Remember, joy is potent and catching..
< Danielle LaPorte >
Sending love, dear ones.
As I write this, I am watching the sun break through the rain clouds, and listening to the magpies sing to each other after the storm. Autumn is well and truly here in Australia!
Last weekend was Easter, and traditionally my family has given each other new pyjamas, or other warm, cuddly items as opposed to mountains of chocolate. The idea is that then you have something new to wear in the coming cool months. This year my Mum also bought me a beautiful colouring in book to while away the winter hours.
So with this in mind, I thought it would be fun to share with you some snuggly and fun items from around the internet that I am tempted to buy for my loved ones (or myself).. Sending you all love and light for your weekend!
Slouch beanie hat by Miss Top Knot
Red jersey robe by sandmaidensleepwear
Playing cards by Erlenmeyer Art
Men’s organic cotton pyjama pants by noctu
Grey and lace thigh socks by GXJ Socks
The Enchanted Forest colouring book by Johanna Basford
There is probably a really in-depth, exploratory post with that title. It’s a strong title. I’m sure there is even a TedX video on it around the interwebs. Yet for me, that promising blog post title can be summed up in the most simple of ways… Music brings people together.
I am a dance teacher, and I play this song in nearly every one of the beginner classes I teach. If we’re being real here, it is not a masterpiece. It is not literary genius, and it is actually probably offensive to some. But every single time I play this in class, every person taking that class actually. starts. dancing. And if they’re really new to dance classes, they might even smile!
This song is fun. So fun. My students love it – everyone aged from 19 through to late 50s. And there is power in that. There is power in bringing a group of strangers together, helping them to realise that this is awesome, and they are awesome, and that nobody is judging them. There is a huge amount of satisfaction for me in being able to create a place where new partnerships feel comfortable enough to laugh with each other over how ridiculous the song is, or how excited I am over them doing something as simple (and complex) as dancing.
If you ever come to one of my dance classes in Sydney, I promise to play it for you. If you can’t make it to a class of any sort anywhere, blast it over your speakers at home; feel how easily your body moves to it, and how easily that smile comes 🙂