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Some of my favorite things from this week, in no particular order:

1. My friend sent me a Tik Tok that her daughters made. I love those girls, and I love their relationship with one another. The video is goofy and sweet, and I’ve watched it a few times, giggling along with their recorded giggles.
2. I booked an Airbnb in Paris for a trip with one of my dearest gals. It’s in a part of the city that I don’t normally spend much time in, so it’ll be an adventure, but it really doesn’t matter where it is: that trip is going to be amazing.
3. I got up close and personal with some raindrops on leaves, was reminded of the power of snuggling up to beauty.

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4. I read more of a really, really good book (The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates).
5. I did enough yoga that my body feels stretched and fluid.
6. I got another rejection for a short story I’ve been occasionally sending out to publications, bringing the total for that one up to nine, which means at least that I’m trying. The rejection came an hour or so before I got some supportive feedback on those same words, and I was struck by the coincidence of that, how balance exists in the world.

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7. I worked really hard at my job(s) and was sometimes exhausted but mainly, was very grateful to do the type of work that I do and to do it alongside people I respect and enjoy.
8. I bought a plaid flannel shirt after wanting one for years and I can’t wait for the weather to cool down enough to wear it. Come back to us, autumn!

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9. I ate many local, organic shiitake mushrooms, which had magically found their way to me unexpectedly and for free.
10. I wanted ice cream, so I went out and bought some. A sundae, no less! Pumpkin with caramel, whipped cream, and a banana. Yum.

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So much of life happens in tiny whispers; maybe this list can be an invitation for you to find your own favorites, to call them out, to heap well-deserved praise upon them. Wherever you are, whoever you are, I wish for you a plethora of moments like that, those that may not always take your breath away but that make your heart grin, all the same.

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