Swipe on bright-red lipstick.
Paint my fingernails poppy.
Slip on a pair of scarlet cashmere socks (that one's Olin's).
Pour a glass of pinot.
Apparently my most common strategies for embracing the day with a sense of empowerment—and powering down happily (er... the wine)—center around the color red.
It's funny how little rituals (of all colors) can boost your confidence, instantly enhance your mood...
... like how drinking from my Danmade Ninja monkey mug makes me feel like I know how to pick out awesome things and truly appreciate them... Or how writing with an Ink Joy pen makes me feel organized.
... like how continuously framing a potentially hive-inducing work project as a fantastically exhilarating opportunity (and being lucky enough to be working with people who reinforce that idea) keeps excitement from dissolving into anxiety.
... and like how celebrating sparkly new snow with two wide-eyed little boys, I forget about slippery roads and scraping windows and really start to feel what I was trying so hard to sound enthusiastic saying... "Isn't it beautiful?"
Because, really, it is.