make your soul happy

Before the semester even began, I found I had allowed myself bogged down and stressed out with university systems (late fees I have to pay + dropped classes because the university applied my job late…holllla!) and the like.  The week had been busy and it was compounded with me grieving my sister’s passing.

After teaching my first class of the semester, I said a quick prayer asking for any and all additional happiness to start popping up before my grad school classes began the next day and I went on my way; I knew I needed to do some serious self-care, but sometimes inspiration is a little needed.

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For me, some of the  little things that make me happy are:
– spending time with loved ones
– going out for a walk
– finding some cheap beauty products and using them
– spending some time alone and reading
– being able to see beautiful plants
– spending time with pets or animals
– seeing answers for prayers
– learning something new
– thrifting vintage finds for cheap

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About a few minutes after my prayer, Heike invited me to her new apartment shortly after for lunch.  I rode the train to her apartment and I gave her the challenge to help me fall in love with Atlanta.  I’m pretty sure she accepted by default because this is her neighborhood and I fell in love with EVERY bungalow on the street. 

My temple buddy picked me up from the train station a few hours later to go to the temple and I went in there and cried my weepy eyes half of the time and ended up praying the other.  I went in there to feel love, but also to dump all of my thoughts and feelings.  I came out feeling like a completely different person and I knew this semester was going to be everything I hoped it would be.

The first day of classes I went back to Heike’s and we went to IKEA to nest her new apartment and for me to pick up a few things to make my cubicle an enjoyable place to be all semester; apparently, I’m on a house plant kick and I’m okay with it.

I’m a firm believer that God cares about the details, but we need to do our part to keep things happy too by asking for help and by doing.  Sometimes I feel like banging my head on the wall because it can take me so long to press the reset button and start over, but I’m really happy when I realize I need to and do.

As probably expected, my week flipped around and I had a fabulous first day of class and the last few weeks of class have been equally fabulous.  I’ve been enjoying this semester even if I am still scratching my head wondering how the last few semesters have gone so quickly.  How is next week already my fourth week?!  I’m going to be looking for my first non-assistantship ESL teaching job next semester + graduating in April and I know it is going to happen way too fast.

In the mean time, I’ll make sure I keep pressing the happiness reset button before I get too invested into having a bad week 😉 .

What is something that makes your soul happy?

  • I can’t believe 4 weeks are already gone for you! Your last two semesters are going to fly by, and you’ll rock it!

    • They are going FAST. I’m glad you inspired me to start blogging again so the transition is smoother than when I graduated from my undergrad. I kind of floundered a little bit because I didn’t have any hobbies haha

  • So glad your first day of class went great. Your hair looks awesome that color!!

  • Rae

    Lovely photos!

  • The photos are beautiful! I love your list. Appreciate the small moments.

  • I absolutely love your list of favorite things! I like that you appreciate time alone. A lot of people never learn to appreciate that! I LOVE the homes in Atlanta, the weather, the flowers, trees, what a lovely place!
    Thank you for being so open and sharing so much about yourself. This was a pleasure to read!

    • Thanks for your comment, Joely! I am so happy it has been cooling down for fall because fall, winter, and spring are truly the best here!!

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    Great post, Autumn! I love getting new nail polish or a new shirt to cheer me up!

    • I love perusing the 99 cent beauty aisle for face masks and fingernail polish. It is always a pick me up 🙂

  • I love your photos! I agree… it’s so important to do something everyday that makes you happy. It helps to keep a good perspective, which is so needed when life is busy and hard. I love being around dogs (especially my own), dancing and reading a good book (even if I don’t have much time to spend on it).

    • Those are great things to help you be happy!! I love reading too and it isn’t as frequent as I would wish, but it sure is relaxing 🙂

  • Yes focus on the positiveness in life 🙂 I feel like everyone needs to take a step back and just breathe and enjoy the beautiful weather on that walk.

    And that neighborhood is gorgeous!!

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

    • It certainly helps to do that!! It can definitely be hard to get the guts to press that reset button though 🙂

  • I’m all about focusing on our own happiness! I’m participating in the #100happydays challenge and I love how it’s forced me to really think about the things that bring me joy. Thanks so much for sharing this positivity, and btw…your pictures are beautiful! xoxox Kayla http://www.lostgenygirl.com

    • That is an awesome challenge to do!! I definitely have had some times when I would have 200% benefited from that haha. Thank you for your sweet comment!

  • First of all, I LOVE your header. Second of all, this post was such a great reminder to look at the good in life to bring us cheer, even when we are faced with sad or stressful situations. Thank you for posting something so transparent. I love going for walks, baking, and painting to cheer me up!

  • This post is awesome, I love old houses, the ginger-bread trim, all the fancy detailing. Why are houses not made like that any more? I just don’t get it…

    • I love Victorian homes and bungalows the most too! I’m glad you appreciate them too 🙂

  • It is so true that we need to do something each day to make us happy. There is always something, regardless of how small. Those bungalows are simply beautiful!! Also so glad the semester is going well for you.

    • Thanks for your sweet comment, Sheryl! Going for a walk + being able to see beautiful houses like that was probably the best way to start week! There is always a little bit of something in our every day 🙂

  • Aw this whole post made me smile! Amen to finding happiness every single day!

    • I’m glad! That is definitely one of the reasons I post these 🙂

  • Gorgeous photos. Those houses made me happy too. I’m glad your week turned around and your first day of class was great. You are beautiful. I’m so sorry you were hurting and for your loss.

    • She lives in an absolutely gorgeous neighborhood! The first three weeks have been great and I’ve been really getting into a routine. Routine really helps me sweat the small stuff and it has been a lot easier as the anniversary of Anne’s passing is getting farther away.

      You always leave such sweet comments, thank you!

  • Love this, and you, and those old houses. But mostly you. Life is hard sometimes, but you handle it so gracefully.

    • I always love your comments and you too. I’m so glad we were able to see y’all before you moved to your fabulous new home in Hawaii!!

  • You are so inspiring. It makes me happy to read your posts.

    • I’m so glad, Lizz!!! 🙂

  • THIS WAS BEAUTIFUL POST!! What makes my soul happy is doing everything I’m supposed to….There is nothing like ending your day with knowing you got it all done 🙂

    • I love checking off my list too! I love that is what makes you feel awesome about your day 🙂

  • Isn’t it wonderful when we are met with just what we need? I’m glad you were able to take some joy in that special neighborhood.

    • It was really a tender mercy that I could decompress so fast! God is really mindful of us!

  • eliz frank

    So sorry Autumn to read about your loss and I send you healing love and hugs. My condolences to you and your loved ones. The photos you shot captured the beauty of the area and I can see myself falling in love with it too.

    • Thanks Eliz! Now that there has been some space from my sister’s passing, it has been a ton easier. I’ve felt really surrounded by friends here lately and I’m grateful!

  • Those pics are awesome! I love having a satisfying meal or just talking a long walk alone! Having “me” time is invaluable to me right now since I have 2 little kids and my days obviously revolve around them.

    • Thank you! 🙂 I love having a long way too. I can imagine that now with children that having time by yourself is probably the most golden thing you can have!! So many of my friends get gym memberships so they can have some time away everyday while their kiddos are being babysat.

  • Those houses are so beautiful! I totally agree with you, I am trying to focus on quality over quantity right now, and doing more of what feeds my soul!

    • I LOVE the houses in this area! It was definitely a favorite of mine 🙂 . I think that is a wonderful goal to strive towards everyday to invest back into yourself!

  • Bethany

    Beautifully said! I, too, love thrifting. 🙂

    • It keeps clothing in my closet 😉

  • Yay, love this Autumn! You know I’m so with you on thrifting and admiring new plants. 🙂 Happy Monday!

    • Yes, that is totally up your alley!! I would love to go with you sometime! ♥