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5 Things That Bring Me Joy

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)

Photo of the silhouette of a woman jumping by the ocean at sunset and text "5 Things that Bring Me Joy"

If you know anything about me, you know my very favorite thing to do is to do a non-bookish Bookish Fave. This is how I rebel. You can't put me in a box. So, for today's Bookish Fave, I will be concentrating on absolutely nothing bookish. Today, I want to talk about non-bookish things that bring me great joy. Lately, I have been trying to find joy in what I consume whenever I can because I know you all know, there is a lot of really upsetting stuff out there. So, while I stay abreast of what is happening in our world and want to stay educated, I also try to select a few things in my life that allow me a bit of an escape. So, I wanted to share these things with you. Here they are:


TV Show: New Girl


This sitcom that ran from 2011-2018 brings me so much joy. I loved it when it was airing, and I am loving the rewatch I am doing. As is typical with many sitcoms, the first three or four seasons are where the magic happens, but I love this treasure with my whole heart. I love the ensemble, and I literally laugh out loud so much when I watch this show. I call this my "Blankey Show" because that is what it is like for me. It is like a warm, hilarious blanket that allows me an escape for a cool 25 minutes. All the seasons are available for streaming on Netflix.


Movie: 13 Going On 30


I love this movie with my whole heart. 13 Going On 30 came out in 2004, when I was going through a very hard time. My precious mother picked me up and took me to this movie and to dinner to try to cheer me up. For the hour and thirty minutes I watched my beloveds, Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo, on screen, I was transported. It just made me so happy. I can honestly put this movie on anytime and just get lost. That "Love Is a Battlefield" scene? Perfection.


Podcast: The Popcast


I have talked about this podcast and my love of pop culture extensively on Unabridged. The Popcast is one of my favorite podcasts that I listen to religiously and that I support with my own cash money on Patreon. They offer a delightful distraction every single week. The hosts, Knox and Jamie, are hilarious, and they just bring so much joy to my life.


Tik Tok Account: @pinkypatelofficial


Pinky Patel is just hilarious. I love her commentary on pop culture, life, and well, really anything. She is a TikTok queen!


Instagram Account: @shelbysaywhatblog


I recently found Shelby's account, and I love it. I love fashion, and I love that Shelby is a size-inclusive mid-size influencer who is honest and real about the clothes she tries on. I love watching her hauls from different stores, and I love getting ideas for clothes and accessories that are attainable for me.




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