Joy at the Bottom of a Bowl of Ramen Noodles

Estelle and I were Skype-ing (Is that even a word?? Skype-ing? Oh well, you know what I mean.) after our trip to New York and she said something to me about how she found it fascinating that I got so enthusiastic about my bowl of ramen at Ippudo. Oh, how I loved that Ramen. It was absolutely perfect.

That ramen tasted like heaven.

When we arrived at Ippudo we were tired and we needed a place to sit. (Cushy bench in the waiting area with room for all of us? Check.) I needed to go the bathroom. (Clean bathroom with automated paper towels and a garbage can by the door? Check.) I needed some caffeine. (Tall glass of Diet Coke from the bar? Check.) It was a little chilly and I was absolutely STARVING. (Hot bowl of divine garlic ramen noodles? Check.) And of course, all of my favorite ladies were there which made it all EVEN BETTER.

My ramen noodles were over the top amazing, but the real reason that I was so excited was because the day before our trip, I had watched a special video that Dr. Brene Brown created with the over the top amazing team at Paper Coterie.

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Watch this video. Right now. I don’t mean to sound bossy, but, seriously. Watch it. 

In the video Dr. Brown talks about love, belonging and being “enough.” But what touched me the most was her message about how to get through the hardest times in your life – by building up a “joy bank.” How do you fill up your “joy bank”?

Well, I’m telling you there is joy at the bottom of a bowl of ramen noodles at Ippudo, that’s for sure.

“Joy is born of ordinary moments.” — Brene Brown

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