Since becoming an “adult” – and believe me, I use that term loosely – I’ve developed a small list of things that I consider small pleasures. The little things I use to power myself through a tough time, a rough day or just overall, get me through.
This list includes, but is not limited to: baked potatoes , cable television, Soul Cycle, and fancy candles.
On the very last point, the temperate was just above “want to kill myself degrees” yesterday, so I took a moment to stop in a store on my way home and not make a beeline to my apartment. I now live by a really beautiful store called Laytners Linen and Home. The windows are always full of really pretty things – throw pillows, duvets, curtains, etc. So I stopped in.
Immediately I was drawn to the candle section and began sniffing all of them like a crazy person, as I’m wont to do. Normally, I’m drawn to lavender and orchid-scented candles…but in this particular instance, I couldn’t get enough of the Pink Citron smell.
I’d just finished Day 9 of a crazy work bender, so I embraced a “treat yo’self” moment and purchased the candle, which came to $29 and change. From the amazing, clean scent to the gorgeous packaging I was smitten. I lit it last night, settled in bed with a book and a cup of tea and proceeded to have a lovely, lovely evening.
It was a good reminder – life is hard. So is work. Small pleasures are usually easy to come by and even if they are guilty, small pleasures – I believe in doing what makes you feel good as often as you can. I have very little business treating myself in much at the moment (needing to save money more than ever!) but sometimes, if you just need a scented candle to get through the day, just go get your self a scented candle and be done with it.