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    What a nice day I'm having! Lots of alone time, took the day off work, woke up early, went to the gym, now I'm painting the kitchen. I absolutely love home improvement projects. Especially painting, I love the instant before and after! And I like working alone...it's so fun to try and finish everything so that when Mr. BBB gets home I can be all, 'wah laa!!!' and then he will praise me like he should

    I'm SO GOOD at picking out paint colors. I don't even really have to think about it, I just spend a few minutes considering options and it's like I just KNOW what's going to look good in the space. I'm even thinking about future projects I can do, like painting my dresser...and now I have a huge terrace and I can do everything outside (once it gets warmer).

    We're supposed to have very bad weather starting tonight but I'm actually really looking forward to it! I will get up very early and hopefully the gym will be open but after that I plan on being lazy and cozy all day...I'll make a big pot of chili and read and watch movies and burn a yummy smelling candle and snuggle with the cat (and Mr. BBB, if his job is closed). I also got a neat little project for a birthday present that fun and kind of crafty and I can work on that too. I love having free time. Or maybe we'll have friends over...we did this before when the weather was terrible and it was so fun! We played card games and ate snacks and ran around outside in the crazy snow. That was such a fun day.

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    I just had the most hilarious walk to work...doormen saying good morning, random strangers telling me hello, people saying happy st patrick's day...it was like I was a disney princess or something! I'm surprised a bird didn't land on my shoulder and start singing, lol. What a day.

    Love Fridays. I'm working on something kind of fun and different today, then I'm going to go home early, have lunch, clean my apartment, read, and take a nice long nap before meeting a friend for catch-up drinks. What a perfect Friday.

    The weather is so nice! It's a little warmer, the snow is melting, and the sun is so cheerful today for some reason. The weather forecast literally said 'abundant sunshine.'

    Food. I'm enjoying food so much these days. They say that when you quit smoking your taste and smell senses return, so maybe that's it? in any case I'm really enjoying eating more than ever. I had the most delicious duck breast last night, I think there was some kind of nutmeg-based spice rub on it, yummmm.

    Speaking of not smoking, today makes 3 weeks! I'm celebrating by breathing deeply whenever I remember. I can totally tell a difference in my stamina at the gym since I quit, I'm already in such better shape even after just a few weeks. And when I breathe really deeply it's so easy and smooth now, no hitch or catch in my chest, and it feels good to breathe. Meditating is better because I can really fill my lungs up with air. I have so much more energy in general, I can walk faster and everything is just so much easier. I feel lighter, both physically and emotionally. Just knowing that I'm now, finally, on the right track for a long and healthy and happy life is such a lovely thought.

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    Today is going to be a beautiful day! Nice and sunny and a little warm in the sun, chilly in the shade, with a little breeze. Perfection. Sunday was like this; I left to go to the gym but the sun felt so amazing on my skin that I ended up taking a long walk outside instead.

    On that long walk I called my parents, it had been a while since we talked at length. I had the most amazing conversation with my dad...he's usually a little high strung and can sometimes be negative but ever since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer there's been this gradual shift in him and on Sunday I could REALLY feel it! We both went on this group rampage of appreciation of everything that's going so well for our family, and there are a LOT of things going well. I was exhausted after the call and took a long nap but I'm still feeling so happy every time I think back on the things we talked about. I'm really excited about this new phase in his (and my mom's) life. I feel so much appreciation for both my parents, they are pretty great. I have very different relationships with them but they are both neat and special.

    Feeling excited about NOT having plans this week except for tonight; I love coming home at the end of the day and doing NOTHING. Last week was super busy and I got no sleep for DAYS; it was fun but too much of a good thing. Plus there was so much alcohol by Sunday I felt pickled! Tonight will be easy and fun and will end early. And for the rest of the week I'm politely declining all invitations. I want to sit quietly and read (maybe on my terrace if it's warm enough??) with a nice cup of tea and go to bed early. YUM, seems so delicious.

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    HOLY COW I'm having a great day.
    It's like everything that comes out of my mouth is the perfect thing to say at exactly the right time.
    It's really cold and windy out and I love it. Sunny too. Walk to work this morning was exquisite.
    Feeling really inspired to do things...I reached out to make a double date with some friends over the next few weeks. I think I want to start a bullet journal, and I started doing a little research on how to do it. It seems like fun! Crafty and useful at the same time! I asked a simple question and it turns out I'm getting tickets to two concerts that I'm really excited about- in a fancy suite that's catered, and I don't even have to pay for them!
    People around me are all fired up today about things, in a good way. It feels like everyone is inspired and engaged, way more than usual. I love days like this.
    Yesterday I got my company to give a small charitable donation to a cause that is amazing and awesome and even though it's not a lot, I was so proud that we helped. I like helping, I like the way it feels. I would like to do more of this. It's one big motivation to earn even more money...there are so many good causes to donate to, plus how much fun would it be to purchase art??? Like, from the artist? I could get cool stuff, plus support an up-and-comer.

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    I'm loving my now, my today, more than ever.

    The best thing about quitting smoking is that I now feel free to take a shortcut through central park on my walks to/from work, rather than going around it (you're not really supposed to smoke in the park anymore). I can't overstate how magnificent this is. It's truly breathtaking. Especially in the mornings...it's so quiet and there aren't many people around, and I can stand in the middle and see all the way around the park, all the buildings on all sides, because the trees haven't bloomed yet. Yesterday I was walking home and the sky was this pale blue along the horizon, it just looked like perfect porcelain, it was so beautiful I almost broke down in tears.

    This has been happening a lot. The other day I was having such a nice afternoon at home and I decided to put on some Bill Evans, have a cup of tea, and settle in to do a little abraham work and the whole setup (in my favorite spot in my awesome apartment) was so perfect I started to cry. I keep reading that crying is releasing resistance but it doesn't really feel that way, it just feels like really concentrated appreciation. Like I can't believe how perfect this moment is.

    I'm even feeling easier and easier about my BIG ISSUES. They don't feel so big these days.

    I'm still loving going to the gym. I feel like I'm re-inventing my own self image, little by little, from a person who doesn't like to exercise to someone who enjoys it and pushes themselves just for the fun of it. Yesterday I ran/walked 3 miles (mostly ran), and it wasn't hard at all. I went from not running a single step to running 3 miles easily in like, 6 weeks. I feel like I'm capable of anything. Now that I'm not working so hard to breathe, pushing a little bit feels GOOD, not awful or impossible.

    I'm feeling more inspired at work lately. I'm still pretty chill but I'm suddenly finding that everything is easier. I'm actually a resource, people are coming to me with questions and asking my opinion, and I'm even coming up with ideas that are really smart and creative and out of the box. It feels really great. And it's not like I'm perfect, I still make mistakes all the time. But something has shifted, I don't focus on the mistakes anymore, not really. I care less what others think of me and this is allowing for more real, personal connections.

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