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We will have the 1 year anniversary of the lockdown in the Philippines on March 15. This was in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You know something though? I am sad and frustrated thinking how little progress we’ve achieved since then. However, I know that I can’t do much about our situation right now. So as not to spiral down into a depressive state of mind, I’m reminding myself of the good things happening despite of.

Here’s what’s on my what happy looks like list lately.

  • Gardening

My plant collection is growing! Just this past month, I bought 5 new indoor plants! They seem to have replaced my love for shoes and clothes. It’s so relaxing to see them all around.

We’ve been bonding over gardening too, my mom and I. We find ourselves repotting or propagating plants on some days. I’m amazed and thrilled when I see a new leaf budding!

This has to be my biggest accomplishment in 2020! One big step towards reaching financial freedom!

  • A really nice and free wall décor

I got this really nice and really big canvas print from one of my recent blog collaborations. I’ve always wanted to get a wall décor for my room. Thank you for this beautiful canvas print Photowall!

photowall wall decor

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  • Dried flowers

Aside from a wall décor, I’ve thought about getting flowers. I finally bought a couple of dried flowers when I went to the supermarket. Now it’s a part of the happy spot in my room that I look at everyday.

I’m still mulling about getting fresh flowers though for the living room! I think it would be a pretty sight to see. It’d be fragrant too! What flowers smell nice and sweet?

  • A puppy

Our tenant recently got a puppy. Doesn’t have a breed but she’s absolutely the cutest thing! When she’s around, I make time to play with her and feed her occasionally. Pets are such blessings!

  • Scented candles

This is another thing I only learned to appreciate when lockdown began. I used to think they’re a waste of money since they melt. But I had a change of mind recently. I figured while they haven’t melted, I’m appreciating the fragrance wafting from them. Since I’d been loving this as of late, you might find this in my what happy looks like list in the future again.

  • Made a few sales

I made a few sales on Carousell this past couple of months despite not actively selling as much as I used to. Even sold a plant recently! It’s from a small business my friend and I established. Check us out at The Garden Titas of Manila. We’re currently catering to Metro Manila and nearby cities.     

  • Coffee and conversations with my closest friends

A day having coffee and conversations with my closest friends is a simple pleasure that’s made me happy these days. I wish we could hang out again as often as we used to before the pandemic. For now, I’ll relish a day out of a month. It’s a much needed mental health break.

  • Donning pretty sleepwear

I learned to love this too during this lockdown. It’s so awesome to slip on a comfortable and pretty sleepwear after a long day. This has become one of my favorite things now too!  

I’ve been thinking of buying more sleepwear actually! Here are a few I’ve been eyeing on.

comfortable cotton pajamas
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silk wear pajama
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shorts silk pajama
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  • Finding out a proposal you worked so hard for has been shortlisted for final pitching

I talked about how work was so busy in my January wrap up post. This pitch contributed to the busyness. Found out earlier that we were shortlisted for a final pitch. I feel so validated and I am reminded of the reason I do this.

What’s on your what happy looks like list these days?