Do you ever have those days when you get ready to go do whatever it is you're going to do, and you look in the mirror and think to yourself, "Huh... I like how I look today." It's not a vanity thing. It's not a conceited thing. It's just that some days are like that.
That's how I felt today. I'm not a typical girly girl. I don't mind people seeing me in a t-shirt and no makeup. But if I've got something going on that involves more than my usual errands, then I'll actually get ready and sweep on some eye shadow and wear something cuter than my last half-marathon shirt.
I have to admit... I don't really fret much over my appearance. I generally like what I see in the mirror and find that most of my self-scrutiny is more about internal things. But it's still kind of nice when I have those days when I feel like I'm looking well. And so I took a photo as evidence.
It's not really that I look any different than any other time. At the same time, I think I look different. I look happy. It's not that I've previously been unhappy. It's just really kind of fun to look at myself and say, "hey... I'm happy!"
I ended up having a nice day. I spent some time with a couple of lovely ladies sorting out more plans for the 5K I'm chairing. Things are coming together so smoothly that it's almost freaky.
Then I headed over to meet my pal Paige to hit up this event called Rex in the City. Long story short, Nashville Paw magazine is holding these "mixers" to raise money for the animals. This month's was the singles mixer, and we decided it couldn't hurt to get out and meet some people while participating in a worthy cause. Apparently this is the kind of thing women are into because while we were there? Not a single guy. Nonetheless, I had a great time hanging out with Paige, eating some yummy pizza and seeing all the cute doggies everyone brought.
I also went with Paige to watch her kickball game. This was thoroughly entertaining. I felt like I was in the third grade again, only this time I got to take in all the action instead of being forced to play. (I never enjoyed sports where things fly through the air and can potentially hit me.)
All this to say... I'm feeling good about life right now. I'm especially feeling thankful that I have so much time right now to be doing these kinds of things. I know that being unemployed is temporary, but I don't want to waste the time. For example, I REALLY need to clean my house... but spending time doing things I enjoy or hanging out with people I enjoy has been a lot more important than vacuuming. (Don't worry, I will clean eventually.)
There are a lot of things I want. There are a lot of things on my mind, many of which I haven't even shared with anyone. I have questions. But despite all of that, I'm feeling content. I'm feeling happy. And it feels good.