Three Things That Bring Me Happiness:
1.) Aromatherapy massages on cool, foggy nights.
I recently received a wonderful gift: a 50-minute aromatherapy massage from Markus, which he bought off of Tippr.com. The gift was around $30, but the benefit was worth so much more! What made me delight about the experience was the drive to the home of the massage therapist, located in Santa Monica. A thick, coastal fog threatened to lay low on the streets…ocean air moisture slicked the sidewalks…charming street lamps glowed, dully. Something about the transition from this atmosphere to a warm, candlelit room and vanilla-citrus scented massage cream seemed magical at the time. Major happy points. 🙂
If you are thinking about thanking someone who you love or who has helped you out recently, consider checking out Tippr or Groupon or Living Social…or any number of the social deal sites to get a great gift like a massage. Worth. Every. Penny.
3.) The smell of sugar maple leaves…
Growing up in Missouri, Autumn was truly the most amazing season of the year. Perhaps it was because this time of year coincided with school starting up after a long, hot, summer vacation…a time when teachers paralleled boring textbook lessons with the changes that occurred around us in nature. I was fortunate to have such involved teachers in my school district. Science class meant long walks in the surrounding neighborhoods, harvesting fallen leaves from which we would make crayon rubbings that we would then compile into “leaf logs” – learning tools to be used to identify a tree by its leaves. These lessons gave me a feeling of ownership of my surroundings. I understood these neighborhoods and the life they held…down, sometimes, to a single ant.
I have always marveled at the beauty of the Sugar Maple. It is one of the only trees I have observed to go through such drastic changes year-in, year-out. Their leaves do not change into one uniform color: they seem able to CHOOSE from any fire-hued color they please…and that gives each tree its own, unique character in my book.