by Angela Noel
March 13, 2018
I won’t blame you if you’ve forgotten what an Awesome Nugget is. Or, if you are one of the new subscribers to the You are Awesome blog (Hi!) you may have never heard the term before. Either way, I owe you an explanation.
Awesome Nuggets make the day better. Big or small, these things surprise and delight me. I’ve talked about moths before, or about my wonderful former co-workers who honored me with all kinds of tongue-in-cheek insults. By opening my eyes to the wonder of the moment, these little bits of awesome make me feel good. Sharing them makes me feel better. Knowing they might inspire others to see the wonder around us. . . well, that’s the best of all.
We all need some good. And it’s been a minute. (I just love that phrase.)
Without further ado:
- First: Mangos. It’s a REALLY fun word to say. Seriously. Try it.
- Puzzles have entered my life. Puzzling is a family-friendly alternative to the towering dual menace of TV or video games. I believe we adults are enjoying it more than the smaller human living in the house–but whatever. It’s fun.
- My new job fascinates me, but I have some trouble getting out of work-brain when I come home. I posted this plea for help on Facebook:
SO MANY GOOD SUGGESTIONS! Here’s a rundown:
- Candles: Light them, breath in the scent, enjoy the flame.
- Take a bath
- Take a walk in nature
- Watch a favorite (or find a new favorite) TV show
- Play music (more on this below)
- My friend Angela didn’t comment on the post, but she actually called me on the real-life phone to tell me her suggestion: Have a get-home ritual. Including an indulgent face wash, lotion, and getting into comfy sweats etc. Make it deliberate. Make it personal. Close the door and tell everyone to stay away until the door opens to “home me.”
- Also, pet the dog (I added this one because my dog deserves a few pets and he’s soft and makes appreciative noises when I’m nearby.)
- I was short thirty-four cents recently when I went to buy a salad in the cafeteria at work. A colleague I don’t know immediately offered to cover it for me. Love that.
- With pride and rapt attention I held my breath for the forty seconds it took for Jackson to play his first-ever piano recital piece. The little satisfied smile on his face as the sound of the last staccato chord faded will forever live in my memory.
- I’ve been wrong a lot. A few examples: when I prejudged the barista at Starbucks, or became a sarcastic lizard at the waterpark, or promised I’d break up with perfection but insisted on recording my presentation ten times until I got it right . . . I’ve also learned a lot. These are good things.
I am having a love affair. . . with kale.
- I noticed a woman and her young daughter ahead of Jackson and I at Starbucks. The woman wore the most amazing magenta tights with leg warmers. Such a riot of color, and so great to see on winter’s gray day. I told her I loved the color and we chatted for a minute or two. Apparently, my friend Julia tells me, I talk to strangers more than most. I’m okay with that.
- Lastly, the Barenaked Ladies make me smile. I don’t mean actual naked ladies. I mean the Canadian band that sings about snacks, having a million dollars, erasers, and other mostly non-love song randomness. Additionally, when several people responded to my “simple pleasure” plea with the suggestion to play some music to unwind, a gong rang in my head. WHY was I not listening to music more? I love playing the weekly playlist from Just Another Blog From a Woman(in her 40s). Lord Huron, Betty Who, and The 1975 are also making me happy right about now.
That’s it for this edition of Awesome Nuggets. I hope you enjoyed this walk down a lane of goodness. Now I’d love to hear from you.
Your turn: What’s on your Awesome Nugget list lately?