I struggle with my self-esteem. I feel like most people do, at least some time in their lives. Some days I am feeling pretty good about what is going on with me and where I am headed, and other days, it feels like I’m walking up the down escalator at the mall.

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I try to tell myself that my happiness doesn’t always have to always be moving up—it’s okay for it to stay level for long stretches.

I read an article today titled, ‘What If All I Want is a Mediocre Life?’, and it hit a chord. I strive to be the type of person who can look at my life, as it is in this moment, and think it is enough. I want to put a bunch of calligraphy power words/phrases on my Instagram and feel they reflect my inner self.

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In reality, the words/phrases you would find from me right now wouldn’t be encouragements, as much as reminders.

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Everyone is struggling with something. That itself is a bit of a balm to me—knowing I’m not alone in all this human stuff. For now I will try to connect with my people—the friends and family who make me feel whole, and I will bake bread. That is what will make me happy today.

Go talk to your people and bake bread, or do whatever it is will make you happy in this moment.

P.S. Here is what I am baking today—Cinnamon Babka.