After writing yesterday’s post about apps that make your life easier in Jakarta, I started thinking about the little things in life we are grateful about. I think it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of looking at everything negative instead of the positive. I’m a true believer of everything happens for a reason. Yes, the good, the bad, the ugly all happen for a reason. We may not be able to see the positive or the reason why it’s happening, especially at that moment, but usually, there is something that comes out of the negative.
I don’t know if you have heard of Sean Achor, but he is the writer of the Happiness Advantage and gives a great TED talk you can watch here. In his book, he talks about the seven secrets of happiness and how happiness is a connection to our success. I know this may be oversimplifying it, but every day we need to find something that makes us happy and have an attitude of gratitude. Once we start focusing on happiness and positivity, it changes our mindset and our mentality to starting thinking positive in everything.
So today I wanted to share something with you that made me happy. Today, Aaron and I went to Pasar Mayestic. Pasar Mayestic is this place that has over 100 shops that sell fabric. The first time it’s super intimidating, but then you get the hang of it. One of the many perks of being here in Jakarta means that I can get clothes custom made! This past January, I went on a cruise with my company, and I had a gorgeous custom made gown.
Since we have been here in Jakarta, I wear shorts every….single….day! That became a problem when we were planning our trip to India. So it was easy for me to buy material and have pants made. At that time, I also had a bunch of shirts made. Well, since we are leaving Jakarta here in two months I figured I might as well do some more. So I got to spend time today with my husband and his co-worker looking and picking out fabrics to have a few more things made. My favorite place is Keren Textiles. You can check out some of the beautiful material they have here.
My joy about having clothes made may not seem like a big deal to most people, but it was a great day, and that was my little slice of happiness. I’d love to hear what makes you happy today!