All pictures are from http://www.joythebaker.com. Obviously. They are clearly way too good to be mine.
Something I say a lot is, “Life is hard enough as it is.” Usually I say this when a stranger is rude to me. Or when I (or someone I know) is stressing out about something that doesn’t matter. What I mean is this: life is hard. Really hard, a lot of the time for a lot of people. People die, they get sick, we’re lonely, we’re sad, we’re never gonna get on American Idol and meet Ryan Seacrest because we’re tonedeaf…just usual stuff like that. And I don’t know about you, but my default mode is Negative. I’m not a naturally positive person; if left to my own devices, I would sleep all day, eat my weight in cookies, and always assume the worst. I strongly believe that happiness is a choice. I wake up every day and think, “Today is going to be a good day.” I believe in positive affirmations. I believe in fakin’ it till you make it. I believe in reading self-help books on your Kindle (so if anyone asks what you’re reading, you can just shrug and say, “Murakami.”). Maybe it won’t be a good day, but if I tell myself it’s going to be a bad day? Then I’m pretty damn sure it will be.
So, life is hard enough as it is. Don’t make it any harder than it has to be. Don’t get so angry at the person that cut you off on the highway. Don’t keep checking the facebook page of someone you don’t like, just so you can make fun of them in your head (I’m way guilty of this one). And, whatever you do, DON’T READ NEGATIVE WEBSITES!
I go out of my way to find positive, uplifting, enlightening, funny, witty, and creative blogs/websites. So this is a feature where I’ll share some of my favorite beacons of positivity with you! Because we all need it.
Joy the Baker is probably my favorite foodblog. My friend Lauren shared this with me, and honestly, I don’t know what I did before Joy. She is like the Ina Garten of the internet: always reliable. She has a recipe for every occassion, and it is always. going. to. work. Also, the design of her webpage is beautiful, and she sprinkles little life lessons in her posts. She seems like a lovely person, and her podcast is also delightful. Like the website, it’s full of LIFE LESSONS. Mostly about the power of black tights, which I fully believe in. This week I made her cappucino cookies (with dark chocolate, not white chocolate) to celebrate Lauren’s vist, and I actually had to remove them from my apartment in order to stop eating them. I took all the leftovers to my parents’ and said, “I need to get these out of my life.” They were my main source of sustenance for 2 days.
Next week, I’m making her Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies to bring to work. They seem like dude food, right?
Joy the Baker, thanks for being your fabulous self! You encourage me to stay positive and ride my bike more. Oh, and bake.