It’s a Friday during lock-down – this can only mean one thing… it’s time for the Feel-Good Friday List! Each Friday I’m sharing things that have made me happy in the past week, in the hope that it inspires you to watch, read, listen, cook or do something that makes you feel good. Maybe you could even make your own list! I don’t know, it’s just an idea. I’m throwing it out there.
Anyway, let’s crack on.
News stories I’ve read
- How Australia scuba tour guides are saving the Great Barrier Reef while tourists are away
- Beaches see huge increase in leatherback sea turtle nests after travel restrictions in Florida and Thailand
- One million people find laughter during isolation by posting pictures of costume-themed garbage bin outings
- 6-month-old miracle baby recovering from open-heart surgery beats Coronavirus
Songs I’ve danced to
There’s been even more dancing than usual this week. I think this whole experience has reminded me how much I love it, and how important it is to take time every day to dance like nobody’s watching. This is what I’ve been dancing to this week:
- Pink Lemonade by James Bay
- Live your Life by Nick Cordero
- The Hairspray soundtrack (you just can’t beat a good show tune).
A film I’ve watched
When I was writing my piece on feel-good films, I did some research to see which films other people had on their lists, and Three Men and a Baby came up a few times. Luke and I had never watched it before, so we had a movie night on Saturday. I completely fell in love with this film. It’s light, it’s funny, and it was a total escape from regular life. After all, how often do three New York bachelors find a baby girl left outside their door by one of their ex-girlfriends? You can watch Three Men and a Baby on Disney+.
A meal I whipped up in the kitchen
Every Friday in my house we have Fajita Friday. The only reason I might not have fajitas on a Friday is if we’re travelling, or if there’s some kind of natural disaster which stops me from using my hob. You know, like a tornado or something. Lock-down certainly isn’t going to get in my way. I sauté onion, peppers, a variety of mushrooms, and either Vivera vegan meet substitute, or black beans and sweet potato. We have salsa, homemade guacamole, and vegan cheese, and it’s one of the highlights of my week. So if you’re looking for something new to make, my suggestion would be fajitas. You can’t eat them and not feel good. You just can’t.
A friendly catch up
You know those friends who you don’t see in real life for months on end, but when you catch up it’s like no time has passed? Well this week (while I was cooking fajitas, actually), I called a friend that I hadn’t spoken to in a little while, and we had a lovely catch up that left me smiling. I’m quite often cooking when I call people, and she was cooking her dinner too, so it was sort of like we were cooking together!
Something I listened to
I’ve been using the Calm app for over four years now to help keep my mind healthy. I usually use it for the meditations, masterclasses, and the sound of rain when I want to relax. But this week, I listened to the City Streets soundscape. You can listen to people chatting, a rumble of traffic, and the occassional hum of a moped. It reminded me of how vibrant life can be, and made me hopeful of what’s to come. It’s available on the free version, but if you’re interested in testing out the paid version, I’ve got a few guest passes that will give you unlimited access to all the content. Just let me know!
Somewhere I went
If you’re lucky enough to be able to get outside, do so. I went to the woodland a few minutes walk from my house, and it was really soothing to look at at the un-changing trees, listen to the birds singing, and admire the bluebells.
What’s been making you happy this week?