This morning I woke early - as is my speciality, sometimes out of choice, more often out of necessity - and stumbled upstairs (yes, I did say that right - we have a topsy turvy duplex), freshly showered but suspended between that not-asleep-any-more state and the nowhere-near-awake-yet one, craving tea and the opportunity to relax before I began the inevitable trek up essay mountain.
Times like these - when days roll into one another, dominated by stress and little (proper) down time - calls for one to appreciate all those things that cause the corners of my mouth to lift - things like the morning sun lighting up memories framed on bookshelves, buying new music to let one's hair down to (quite literally, in my case - top knots prove problematic when headaches arrive), reading beautiful collaborations between inspirational women, learning more about one's craft and gratefully accepting tips given from those who have honed theirs, enjoying words that motivate, and dreaming of our next trip away in Eric.
Smile creators. Happiness givers. Life lifters.