Thursday, I discovered happiness is ice skating and ice cream. Yesterday, I discovered happiness is black-lights, miniature golf, and monsters. Today, I discovered happiness is a board game and coffee cake. Who knew?
Happiness is only present when you’re not looking for it. If you seek happiness it may never come. Let joy come to you. True happiness and joy comes in the most unexpected ways, so don’t force it.
key. If one were to tip over and fall upon the ground, it would hurt. Especially on ice. Ice is frozen water. It is also very enjoyable on an extremely boring afternoon. Ice skating can cure your negativity, or boost it. The feeling of inability to ice skate is not a pleasant one. Although, the feeling of accomplishment as one glides across the ice is beautiful. Needless to say, my appreciation for ice skaters just went up.
exhilarating. Although it was my first time at the Garment District, it was a fairly successful one nonetheless. In case you are unaware, the Garment District is a building devoted to second hand clothing. The second floor consists of nothing new, but only in the best sense. All vintage and cheap. Hand-me-downs and period clothing. An entire room was divided into sections: 60’s-70’s, 80’s, and vintage. My mother and I found 5 items and only payed $32 for all of them. That’s about the price of ONE item of clothing at any other “vintagey” store. Below, on the first floor was a different story. On one half of the room was Boston Costume, a portion of the building over flowing with costume pieces, full-body animal suits, wigs, masks, and accessories for your every dress-up need. The other side of the room was…different. 850lbs of clothing in one giant heap on the ground. One would simply rummage through the varying articles of clothing until satisfied and payed $1.50 per pound of clothing. $1 on Friday’s. Of course, the only down side would be the used and possibly unwashed pile of secondhand clothing lying on the dirty wood floor for 18 hours of the day. But one must simply purchase the items and wash them. Thoroughly. Very, thoroughly. All in all, it was a good day.
interesting. They have multiple functions. To cover your feet. Protect your soul. Make you look good. But one underestimated purpose of shoes is the ability to transform one’s outlook. A pair of running shoes may evoke health, fitness, or exercise. Converse (my personal favorite) may give you the feeling of individuality. They provide comfort and have a whimsical appearance. A pair of heels could give one confidence and a feeling of “I’m important and I know it”. Slippers? A hug for your feet. Flip flops? A bikini on a hot day. All in all, shoes are underestimated and can really define you, as a person. Show your soul, figuratively and literally.
As it is break week for my school, I had every intention of completing my goals for the week ahead. Getting together with friends, playing some music, taking photos, etc. Unfortunately I have been in an excruciating slump for the past few days. I hadn’t left the house since Friday afternoon. It’s Monday. I was in a very negative mood and refused to do anything productive. My mom tried to talk me in to calling up a friend or going to the mall or the movie theater, but I was simply “not in the mood”. Around noon I came to the conclusion that I might as well do something with my time other than watching YouTube videos and Facebooking (‘Facebook’ is apparently a verb). My mom said she had some errands to run and would be back in a few hours. So, as opposed to sitting on the computer doing virtually nothing, I decided to tag along.
We went to Barnes & Nobles and sat down for a delicious chai latte (my personal favorite) and blueberry muffin. My mom told me to check out the “Teen Section”. Apparently all authors have learnt to write are knock-off fantasy books or angsty teen novels. Although I was delighted to see “Nightlight”: a Twilight parody about a girl named Belle that moves to Switchblade and falls in love with Edwart, a nerdy teenager who’s afraid of girls and “happens” to be a vampire. I laughed.
After that we explored the extremely vacant mall. I enjoyed the coin-operated kiddie ride.
Bath & Body Works was, as usual, delightful. We spent 20 minutes deciding what scent of foam hand soap we wanted. We left the store with the cashier looking confused.
A succulent burger at Five Guys was the cherry on top, but we still had to make a stop at Building #19. I hadn’t been in a Building #19 in ages. I had forgotten how amazing it is. Everything is extremely cheap and vintage. I attained a pair of boots for $8 and some unusual shoes for around $30 (which was cheap for the company they were). Also, a denim skirt by Dolce and Gabbana for only $25. Successful shopping trip? I think so.
On the ride home we blasted Tik Tok and Party in the U.S.A. I love you mom. <3
“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”—Helen Keller