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Over in the Inner Circle, we’ve been chatting about radical delight. I’ve been finding more daily delight in my life and enjoying it so much! Here are ten things that have been bringing me delight recently, from the must-watch tv show I’m savoring, how my bedtime is bringing me joy, and the virtual classes I’m taking.
When I first saw the trailer for Ted Lasso, I thought it looked a little hokey. But last month, multiple people who I love were raving about it! They told me it was a must-watch.
Y’all, watching this show is the most fun I’ve had watching television in SO long. It leaves me feeling delighted and really good about humanity. The only other show that makes me feel better about the world at the end of every episode is The Great British Bake Off.
We’re enjoying Ted Lasso so much that we’re savoring each episode and watching one every couple of nights. If you have a show that brings you delight, please send me a DM on Instagram! Otherwise, I’ll probably watch Ted Lasso all over again once we finish it.
My friend Tanya Geisler and I are in a mastermind together. At the end of 2020, our mastermind got together to set our intentions for the new year. Tanya was drawing tarot cards for everyone from the Light Seer’s Tarot deck, and the imagery was so lush and current.
I’d been using a more traditional deck as part of my daily journaling practice, but I was really drawn to Tanya’s deck. We’re doing a no-spend quarter one in our house, so I put the Light Seer’s Tarot deck on my list for April. Tanya, though, generously gifted me the deck.
Not only was it delightful to receive this deck as a gift, but it’s also lovely to play with something new. It has breathed new life into how I interact with my tarot cards. I keep the deck with my morning pages journal in our living room so that I can enjoy it every morning.
I’ve been working towards taking a daily walk for three years now! When we first moved to Colorado, I was a shut-in because I really didn’t like the cold. Thankfully, my husband Tim realized I needed some different, cold-weather clothing last year.
This winter, I feel like I’ve finally cracked the code. Either I’m becoming more hardcore, or I’m just better prepared to be out in the cold.
So often, we think that we just have to be more hardcore and suffer through something when really, we just need better tools. A warmer pair of pants and some quality boots have made my daily walks possible.
Pre-COVID, I was busting my butt driving to pilates studios. I signed up for virtual classes once COVID hit, but I didn’t love doing them. I considered buying a Peleton, too! Finally, I realized that I was doing all these mental gymnastics to find the perfect way to exercise when I could just dress appropriately and take a walk outside.
One really helpful thing I did to make walking a priority was blocking off an hour on my calendar each day. Right now, I have from 1-2 PM blocked for a walk on my daily calendar. It’s during my after-lunch slump, and it’s an excellent time to have a phone call with friends or family on the East Coast.
Some changes are coming to the Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast, my brand, and my positioning. We (that’s you and me!) will be stepping into a new chapter that has a lot more color, both literally and figuratively.
I am so so so excited about these changes—it feels like we’re flipping the fun switch and going from black and white into full color. It also feels slightly rebellious! Most brands only have two or three colors, and many designers will limit you to that. But I want ALL the colors because they bring me so much delight.
Another thing that is really delighting me lately is going to bed early. I don’t even care if that makes me sound boring!
It feels delightful, radiant, and even a little radical to put myself in a position where I’ll wake up feeling rested. We do a lot of things in the evenings that do not help us feel rested, from going down the Youtube rabbit hole to the mindless scroll on Instagram or TikTok.
As soon as my girls go to bed, I take care of myself by washing my face, brushing and flossing my teeth, and taking out my contacts. That way, avoiding doing all of those pre-bed steps doesn’t keep me on the couch. When it’s time to go to bed, I’m already prepped for it.
Being under-rested affects our executive function. We cannot meet challenges, think critically, flex our discernment muscles, communicate effectively, or complete our goals when we can’t function well. We can’t be the brightest versions of ourselves without enough sleep.
Everyone who I’ve talked to about making kombucha at home has asked, “but how did you do it?”
As somebody who does not drink alcohol, I like having a special beverage at the end of my day. And it’s just been super duper fun! Brewing kombucha gives me an anchor to my week, along with making sourdough bread. It’s delight
I read a lot of non-fiction books for work, for learning, and personal development. And I do a lot of reading on just world things, as I want to stay informed. But 9:30 PM comes around, and my brain is tired, y’all. That’s why I’ve been enjoying diving into some fiction.
We’ve started reading the first Harry Potter book to our girls—it’s so far not too scary—and that has been so delightful! So here’s your permission slip: say yes to whatever fiction feels delightful. You’re allowed to read just for the fun of it, and things do not have to feel super heavy.
This one’s a little meta, but searching for moments of delight has brought me…delight!
It’s fun to smile at dogs when you’re on a walk. It’s fun to flirt with puppies! That brings me a lot of delight. My question for you is: What would feel magical in your life? What would make you smile big? Is there an energy you can start looking for?
So much of the delight I’m experiencing is seeing it and tuning my inner antenna to the delight channel. Try tuning your internal antenna to the energy you want more of.
There is room for delight, along with sadness, frustration, and any other emotions I might feel. You have to open yourself up to the full spectrum and see all the richness, all of the colors, that are possible.
The fact that I’m delighting in my radical self-belief doesn’t mean I never encounter any friction or self-doubt, of course. I don’t know or think that that’s possible, and I think expecting that to be possible is just so unfair for humanity and ourselves as humans. We are multi-dimensional, nuanced, creative, loving, caring, big-hearted, kind, and ambitious. Self-doubt is just part of the game.
But the recovery time, the time it takes you to come back to yourself, shrinks when you have radical self-belief. It’s the best.
I’ve been taking virtual pastry classes with Molly Wilkinson recently, and her classes are such a treat. She’ll be coming on the Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast soon to chat about her upcoming cookbook, French Pastry Made Simple!
One of the most delightful things I’ve baked with Molly is puff pastry. I’ve taken two puff pastry classes with her (among many others), and Molly is such a great teacher. She makes complicated french pastry recipes so easy to understand.
In the first class, my puff pastry was just okay—I think it was too hot, and the butter melted out. But the puff pastry I made in the second class with Molly was SO GOOD! It opened up a whole world of possibility of what I can make with puff pastry: pies, galettes, tarts, twisty parmesan sticks, faux croissants with Nutella.
I’ll just be walking through my day, and then I will remember that I, Tiffany Han, could whip up a batch of puff pastry right now if I wanted to. I know the ratio, and I’ve got the technique down. And oh my gosh, what a delight. What a joy.
Where have you been finding delight recently? Send me a DM on Instagram with your favorite spots of delight, and let me know if you try out any of the ten delightful things I’m enjoying.
Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ (definitely worth the free trial!)
The Light Seer’s Tarot Deck & Guidebook by Chris-Anne
Virtual Pastry Classes with Molly Wilkinson
Pre-order Molly’s book, French Pastry Made Simple
[02:04] Watching Ted Lasso
[04:58] Using the Light Seer’s tarot deck by Chris-Anne
[10:23] Taking near-daily walks
[18:11] Thinking about all the colors!
[19:54] Giving myself an early bedtime
[23:56] Brewing kombucha at home
[25:20] Reading fiction for fun
[26:46] Searching for moments of delight
[29:07] Practicing radical self-belief
[31:30] Baking puff pastry with Molly Wilk
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