As I sit on the couch reflecting on the week past I realise a few things about myself, things that are not really ‘cool’ but are definitely Nelly. Last month I read Gretchen Ruben’s ‘The Happiness Project’ where basically she spends 1 year focusing on making daily decisions and actions to be happy. One of her main commandments for the project that she uses to regularly remind herself is ‘Be Gretchen’ and one of the many quotes in the book is “you can choose what you do but you can’t choose what you like to do”. Since reading the book I have been thinking about my own Happiness Project, really thinking about what makes me happy and what makes me unhappy and in doing this I have constantly gone back to this quote and commandment. Every year I try to start jogging, it is something I want to want to do but in all honestly the only thing I like about jogging is the idea of it!
So in the spirit of ‘being Nelly’ here are my guilty pleasures/secrets
I still love Justin Timberlake music. I was absolutely in love with him as a teen but still to this day every time I hear any of his songs I feel very happy.
I love Christmas. I love every single thing about it, I love Christmas decorations, I love Christmas trees, I love carols, I love all traditional foods – ham, turkey, cherries, trifle, mulled wine, egg-nog, Christmas pudding, seriously what is not to love!
I love city lights, my favourite site in the world is looking out over a big city at night, I still look wistfully out the tram window at night, I’m always disappointed if I don’t get a window seat on the plane.
I always nod along to speeches. I love speeches, it doesn’t really matter who is giving them or what it is actually about but I’m always nodding along, listening intently, I’m the one shaking my head at the people whispering in the back, giving the evil stare to the gigglers. At our recent work Christmas Party everyone else was just annoyed by the interruption from the MD’s speech but I was eagerly nodding, feeling all inspired.