9: Little everyday luxuries

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Do you ever think about the little things in your day-to-day life that make your day a little better and brighter? I am sure that these things vary from person to person, but I am sure everybody has things or little rituals that help them relax or get through the day a little easier.

For me, some of those things are:

A scented candle. I don’t know what it is about candles, but especially now during the cooler, darker months of the year, lighting a candle in the evening is such a calming ritual. 

A blank page in my bullet journal. I must admit that it’s been an on-again-off-again relationship between me and my bullet journal lately. I haven’t been as consistent with my weekly spreads as I want to be, but I am always happy to open my journal and have a blank page in front of me that I can fill with current thoughts or to-do lists, which in turn makes me feel more organized.

A hot cup of freshly brewed coffee. Honestly, isn’t that the best thing in the morning? The thought of that first cup makes getting up early worthwhile! I also totally bribe myself with coffee if I get my workout out of the way first.

Ordering takeout. As much as I like to cook, sometimes it’s just nice to come home and plop down on the couch with a warm meal that we picked up from somewhere else.

An episode (or two) of Friends. If everything else fails, watching Friends will pick me up like nothing else. Always.

Pajama pants and hoodies. I don’t belong to the group of people who have to take off their jeans right the minute that they walk in the door (I actually find them comfortable), but I still usually change into pajama pants and a hoodie when I get home. Especially, if I know that I don’t have to leave the house again.

Hitting the snooze button. I know some people argue that snoozing is not good for you, but I don’t actually sleep between my snooze alarms. Most days, I am awake before my first alarm even goes off, but I love to just snuggle into the blanket for another 9 minutes (why nine?) and enjoy the coziness of my bed before getting up.

Knitting. A friend once said to me that knitting in the evening sounded like extra “work”, not relaxation. I guess, one could feel that way if they’re a beginner and (still) have to really concentrate and practice this new skill. For me, however, knitting is a very calming, relaxing activity at the end of the day and I just love being busy with my hands. 

A hot cup of tea before bed. I drink tea year-round, but especially during this time of the year, a hot cup of tea in the evenings is a must. It helps me relax, wind-down and warm me up (when it’s cold outside, which it isn’t really yet and it’s November! Where are you, fall?)

What is one of your little everyday luxuries?

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  1. I can totally get behind a few things on the list here. I would add reading to it though. Nothing better than to dive into a world of wonders.

    1. OMG, yes! Why did „books“ not end up on this list! SMH!

  2. A great list! My daily luxury is a cup of hot chai or hot chocolate. And you’re right, hot beverages are especially delicious in colder weather!

    1. Hot beverages are everything. I always take hot over cold drinks (ok, unless it’s 100F outside ;)).

  3. I have collected so many candles over the years and I hardly ever use them. When I do light one, someone else in the house inevitably asks “What do you have a candle going for?” Um, Because I like them.

    I really want to get better at journal keeping.

    My feet get so cold here in New England so I wear cozy slippers in the house constantly. I get a new pair almost every year.

    1. You don’t need a special occasion to light a candle! ;)

  4. Yes to this list! I’m the same with candles – there is something about a scented candle that just feels like a little luxury. I no longer save the good candles. Everyday is a reason to light one and enjoy it.

    And tea. Oh goodness I rarely meet a cup of tea I don’t like. I can drink it ALL day.

    There is something about watching Friends – it always puts a smile on my face :)

    A simple luxury I enjoy is starting my day with some reading (and of course a cup of tea). I close the office door and just lose myself in a book before my work day starts. Obviously not during quarter end when that takes priority!

    1. “I don’t longer save the good candles”. YES!! Every day is a good reason to light a candle!

      I also love your little reading ritual!

  5. I love this list! It made me feel all cozy, just reading it. Some of my everyday luxuries: bubble baths, coffee, fresh flowers, slow mornings, and long naps. :)

    1. Oh, you and your bubble baths :) and I agree on the flowers and naps!

  6. I love candles but Phil is not a fan so I have to burn them when he is not around! But I do love the candles from Anthropologie. They smell so good and burn really cleanly. Other everyday luxuries are coffee, reading, putting on pjs when I get home from work (I don’t always do this but in the winter months I do), warm flannel sheets on our bed (it was 6F outside this morning when we woke up so I’m all about cozy sheets now that it’s so cold), and treating myself to one lunch out/week.

    1. Flannel sheets! Girl, I need to get on this for the cooler months! :)

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